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This Week in Cloud April 7th, 2017

Ryan Quackenbush

By Ryan Quackenbush4.7.17

Welcome to This Week in Cloud! This is a curated list of the top stories that were published during the past week pertaining to cloud computing, containers, the IoT, acquisitions, product releases, industry studies, and more.
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Serverless Explainer: The Next Generation of Cloud Infrastructure

By Brandon Butler, April 3rd edition of Network World
“The first thing to know about serverless computing is that “serverless” is a pretty bad name to call it. Contrary to the vernacular, the technology that has burst onto the cloud computing scene in the past two years still does in fact run on servers. The name serverless instead highlights the fact that end users don’t have to manage servers that run their code anymore. Perhaps this sounds familiar. Technically, in a public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) the end user isn’t physically managing servers either; that’s up to the Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azures of the world. But so-called serverless computing takes that idea a step further and executes code that developers write using only the precise amount of compute resources needed to complete the task, no more, no less.”

The Path to Productivity Lays with IT

By Andrew White, April 5th edition of Gartner
“The IMF just published a fascinating report, titles Gone with the Headwinds: Global Productivity. The discussion note explains how productivity has been held low in developed economies for a while, and more so post financial-crisis; emerging markets were doing rather better until the financial-crisis brought their productivity levels low too. The paper says clearly that improving productivity is the only means by which we will improve our standards of living. Or, in my jargon, get ourselves out of the funk we are in and out of this new normal. The article states, “If sustained, low productivity growth would have profound adverse implications for progress in global living standards, the sustainability of private and public debts, social protection systems, and the ability of macroeconomic policies to respond to future shocks. It is therefore paramount to understand the root causes of the productivity slowdown and address market failures and policy distortions that may have played a role.”

Windows Networking for Kubernetes

By Jason Messer, April 4th edition of Technet
“A seismic shift is happening in the way applications are developed and deployed as we move from traditional three-tier software models running in VMs to “containerized” applications and micro-services deployed across a cluster of compute resources. Networking is a critical component in any distributed system and often requires higher-level orchestration and policy management systems to control IP address management (IPAM), routing, load-balancing, network security, and other advanced network policies. The Windows networking team is swiftly adding new features (Overlay networking and Docker Swarm Mode on Windows 10) and working with the larger containers community (e.g. Kubernetes sig-windows group) by contributing to open source code and ensuring native networking support for any orchestrator, in any deployment environment, with any network topology. Today, I will be discussing how Kubernetes networking is implemented in Windows and managed by an extensible Host Networking Service (HNS) – which is used in both Azure Container Service (ACS) Windows worker nodes and on-premises deployments – to plumb network policy in the OS … The sig-windows community (led by Apprenda) did a lot of work to come up with an initial solution for getting Kubernetes networking to work on Windows.”

Run New and Existing .NET Applications on Bluemix with Apprenda

By Ruth Taylor, April 3rd edition of the IBM Bluemix Blog
“Cognitive Business. Another buzzword? No. Businesses are working hard every day to differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. The path to differentiation is harnessing the world’s data and turning these data into insights on which you can take action. This is the path to digital intelligence – the next evolution of the world’s digital journey… Developing for each entry point brings specific challenges, including the choice of development languages and tools. IBM Bluemix and Apprenda have partnered to make it even easier to move, develop or augment workloads for the cloud by making .net support available on Bluemix.”

Economy Boosts CIO Budgets, as A.I. Helps IBM, says Morgan Stanley

By Patrick Thibodeau, April 6th edition of Computerworld
“CIOs in the U.S. and Europe are increasing their IT budgets thanks to an uptick in optimism, said Morgan Stanley in a new report. IT budgets are expected to grow 4.5% this year, “a tick above the historical average,” according to a survey 100 CIOs of large firms in the U.S. and Europe. The top spending priorities include cloud computing, security software, analytics tools, networking equipment and ERP and CRM applications, Morgan Stanley said in its report, “CIO Survey: 2017 IT Budgets Improve on US Strength.” Most hardware categories, including servers, printers and desktops, ranked near the bottom of the budget priority list as spending shifts to the cloud.”

Enterprise Adoption of APIs is Driven by Internal Integration Needs

By Mark Boyd, April 5th edition of The New Stack
“The need to integrate the ballooning range of software-as-a-service (SaaS) tools being used within enterprises is driving the adoption of application programming interfaces (APIs.) While many think of APIs in the enterprise as being introduced as a way to leverage a microservices architecture or as part of a broader cloud migration effort, integration is actually the early driver for using APIs in many businesses across industry sectors. “The number one use case for APIs occurring at the enterprise is integration,” said Mark Geene, CEO and co-founder of Cloud Elements. “The pervasiveness of the duplication of data is driving demand. An average enterprise is using 1,000 SaaS apps, and every one of those is its own island of data,” said Geene. “Not connecting tools leads to a lack of getting the full value out of your customer data or out of an aspect of your business.” Geene gives the example of one automative manufacturer that Cloud Elements has spoken with that is managing 600 applications “just in human capital.”

Atlassian Adjusts Business Model in Response to the Cloud

By Asha McLean, April 5th edition of ZDNet
“When Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes started Atlassian in 2002, the duo set out from day one to not only build a global company, but also one that would outlive them both, Farquhar said at the AWS Summit in Sydney on Wednesday. Although it might sound like an easy enough brief, Farquhar said it was actually quite difficult, considering Atlassian came up against what has been labelled a major “disrupter” early on in its life. Atlassian built software to be shipped, but as the concept of the cloud emerged as more than just a passing gimmick, Farquhar said his company had to adapt — even though it was merely a startup itself. Currently, about a third of Atlassian’s revenue comes from the cloud, but Farquhar expects that in less than 10 years, 90 percent of his customers will be consuming Atlassian products via cloud.”

AppDynamics Pulls Developers into Application Performance Management

By Alex Handy, April 5th edition of The New Stack
“The practice of application performance management (APM) may not just be for operations anymore. For the launch of AppDynamics “Spring ’17” APM platform, the company has included the AppDynamics Developer Toolkit, which aims at putting APM tooling into the hands of developers, allowing them to integrate that information into the workflow. The AppDynamics platform can be used to unlock information of many forms, from overall performance data to deep dive captures during a crisis. The Developer Toolkit also adds testing tools to the development lifecycle which are capable of improving the developer’s view into the functioning of the overall application. Chief among these, perhaps, is the new Developer Mode, which allows for the capture of data characterizing overall application performance.”

Enterprise Architecture and Lean Thinking: Part One

By James McGovern, April 5th edition of Gartner
“Prior to joining Gartner, I was an Enterprise Architect practitioner for a Fortune 100 enterprise that embraced Lean Thinking. The principles of driving both business-outcome driven EA and holistic technology implementations across value streams was something I got really good at. I found joy in enterprise programs that came with big hairy audacious goals (BHAG) for this provided me with a quantifiable target I could orient my own thinking around as well as help extended team members truly understand what we were driving towards. I have come to appreciate that various aspects of architecture work don’t just happen in the Enterprise Architecture team itself but rather in different teams, so I had to continually check-and-adjust my approach based on the increasingly virtual nature of work.”

Google Caffeinates Cloud With Espresso

By Mitch Wagner, April 4th edition of Light Reading
“Google is hoping a shot of Espresso can help solve a couple of problems: improving app performance for customers and helping Google beat Amazon in the cloud. Espresso is the latest iteration of Google’s SDN architecture, focused at the cloud edge. It’s designed to improve traditional Internet architecture, which seeks to find any route between two points — in this case, Google’s cloud and an application endpoint. Instead, with Espresso, the network is continually looking for the best route between the cloud and an endpoint, and optimizing to find new routes in real-time to improve performance. Espresso is part of Google’s strategy to win enterprise customers for its Google Cloud Platform.”

There’s No Shame in VMware Quitting the Public Cloud

By Simon Sharwood, April 5th edition of The Register
“VMware quitting the public cloud by selling vCloud Air to OVH looks like failure, but is the best possible sort of failure because the company still has excellent prospects to turn a quid from the cloud, without having to operate one. Which is not to say that VMware is out of the woods. It clearly thought it could run a public cloud and that turns out not to be the case. That leaves it with a plan to keep building out a software-defined infrastructure stack it feels will deliver more value the more of it you implement and the deeper you go into hybrid cloud. That plan now rests on some muddled product lines that I’ll get to later.”

Amazon Web Services to Open Data Centers in Sweden in 2018, Continuing Global Growth

By Nat Levy, April 4th edition of GeekWire
“Amazon Web Services said it will open data centers in Sweden next year to serve customers in Nordic countries such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. The new Stockholm region includes three “Availability Zones,” which are independent groupings of data centers within a larger area with redundant power and connectivity. AWS now has 42 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with plans to add five more zones in France and China this year. “An AWS Region in Stockholm enables Swedish and Nordic customers, with local latency or data sovereignty requirements, to move the rest of their applications to AWS and enjoy cost and agility advantages across their entire application portfolio,” AWS CEO Andy Jassy said in a statement.”

Core Blimey! Azure Moving from Physical to Virtual Cores

By Simon Sharwood, April 4th edition of The Register
“Microsoft’s revealed that virtual machines in its Azure cloud will soon be defined by virtual rather than physical cores. Microsoft says the change “is a key architectural change in our VMs that enables us to unlock the full potential of the latest processors.” The post then names Intel’s Broadwell E5-2673 v4 2.3 as a 64-core creature that will power some new instance types. Which is a little odd as Intel doesn’t list that model among the E5 v4 family. The Register has therefore asked Intel to confirm the CPU’s status. If this is a Microsoft-only Xeon it’s not unusual: Oracle gets its very own Xeons and Intel is known to do custom jobs for other large customers. Back to Azure, which Microsoft says will put its new virtual cores to work in new instance types.”

Staples Moves to Microservices and Cognitive Computing for Flexibility and Growth

By Darryl Taft, April 5th edition of The New Stack
“Office supply powerhouse Staples has turned its IT organization around to focus on the cloud and cognitive computing technologies to help fuel flexibility, independence, and a deliver a stronger bottom line. Staples, which provides supplies and services for so many transitioning businesses, is itself in the midst of a digital transformation, moving to the cloud and incorporating microservices, Agile development techniques and cognitive technologies into its scheme of operations. In an effort to gain more independence, Staples decided to move to decompose its applications into smaller services for a more modular, independent approach.”

​IBM adds Nvidia Tesla P100 GPU to its Cloud

By Larry Dignan, April 5th edition of ZDNet
“IBM said it will offer the latest Nvidia GPU, the Tesla P100, in the IBM Cloud as it aims to grab artificial intelligence, machine learning and high performance computing workloads. Big Blue said it is among the first to offer Nvidia’s latest processors. The two companies are key partners on multiple fronts since 2014. Nvidia is increasingly becoming a data center player as graphics processors take a bigger role in analytics workloads. IBM, Nvidia, Google and a bevy of others are partners in the OpenPower group, which aims to serve as a counterweight to Intel.”

Ryan Quackenbush
Ryan Quackenbush

Ryan Quackenbush is the Advocacy Programs Manager at Apprenda. His cooking is renowned, his record collection and library are extensive and, when not at Apprenda, he can usually be found rooting for the Mets or playing live music. You can follow him on Twitter at @RSQuackenbush.

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