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This Week in Cloud August 11, 2017

Ryan Quackenbush

By Ryan Quackenbush8.11.17

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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Amazon Web Services joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation – what does it mean?

By James Governor, August 9th edition of RedMonk
“Today Amazon Web Services (AWS) joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Platinum member, giving it a seat on the board, and an opportunity to blunt potential competitive threats. While other major cloud players are a long way behind AWS, the Anyone But Amazon Club has been establishing a solid technical center of gravity, notably around the Kubernetes container orchestration stack, which is hosted by the CNCF. Kubernetes is interesting because while it is a project with a growing number of contributors it is still evolving very quickly. So far it has avoided the fate of OpenStack, which exploded, but then slowed down, held back by Big Vendor inertia and competitive dynamics… AWS will also continue to make contributions around Containerd, the open container runtime in the near term.”

CNCF, Packet Provide Free Infrastructure for Cloud Developers

By Susan Hall, August 8th edition of The New Stack
“Packet, which offers hosted bare-metal servers for developers, and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation have banded together to offer free infrastructure for projects to advance cloud-native computing. Called the CNCF Community Infrastructure Lab, it’s actually $25,000 a month in resources that Packet is donating on its existing infrastructure. That infrastructure includes high performance compute and storage nodes in more than 15 global locations including New York City, Silicon Valley, Amsterdam, and Tokyo.”

Exclusive: Apple Is Now Working With This Key Google-Backed App Technology

By Barb Darrow, August 4th edition of Fortune
“There may hope for people who are sick of the endless cycle of downloading, updating, and deleting apps on their iPads and iPhones and other devices. Apple is starting to work with key Google-backed technologies that underlie a new generation of apps that will not require downloads. Microsoft and others have already pledged support for this set of technologies known collectively as Service Workers. Apple started work this week on integrating at least part of the technology in future releases of its software, according to a website that tracks Apple development projects on its Safari browser and iOS operating system.”

Ancestry.com’s Docker Story and How It Eventually Led to Kubernetes

By TC Currie, August 7th edition of The New Stack
“Paul MacKay, software engineer architect at Ancestry.com spoke recently at the Microservices Virtual Summit and laid out the issues with adopting containers and the sea change it created in how they ran their technology stacks. Ancestry is a site that has 20 billion historical records, 90 million separate family trees with over 10 billion profiles. There are 175 million shareable photos, documents, written stories, and collections for its four million members. This adds up to over 9 petabytes of data. They currently have nine clusters both on-premise and on AWS. In the production clusters, there are hundreds of nodes and hundreds and hundreds of individual services, then thousand of pods running through Docker and Kubernetes.”

What Is Cloud Computing? Everything You Need To Know From Public and Private Cloud to Software as a Service

By Steve Ranger, August 10th edition of ZDNet
“Cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing services — from applications to storage and processing power — typically over the internet on a pay-as-you-go basis. Rather than owning their own computing infrastructure, companies can rent access to anything from applications or servers from a cloud service provider. Providers can benefit from significant economies of scale by providing the same services to a wide range of customers. One benefit of using cloud computing services is that firms can avoid the upfront cost and complexity of owning and maintaining their own IT infrastructure, and instead simply pay for what they use.”

Heavy Clouds In IT World Make It Rain Gold For UPS Box Manufacturers

By Shaun Nichols, August 7th edition of The Register
“The growth in cloud computing services is creating a financial windfall for perhaps an unlikely source: backup battery vendors. As the demand for larger and more reliable cloud data centers has grown, hosting companies are increasingly building up their stock of backup power supplies, and as a result, uninterruptible power supply manufacturers will profit. According to research from IHS Markit, revenues for UPS devices are on the upswing after years of falling after their peak in 2011. While 2016 saw the market finally eke out some growth, analysts believe UPS revenues will continue to rise in 2017 before taking off in full by 2018.”

Infographic: Companies Are Turning to Hybrid Cloud to Save Money

By Amy Talbott, August 5th edition of TechRepublic
“Ideally, a hybrid cloud deployment combines the stability and reliability of a private cloud, along with the on-demand capabilities of the public cloud. Companies are increasingly embracing hybrid cloud as a strategy on its own, or as a stop on the way to an entirely public cloud model. When TechRepublic’s sister site, Tech Pro Research, surveyed IT professionals on hybrid cloud in 2016, the majority of respondents said they were familiar with the concept, and just over a third said their company had already implemented a hybrid cloud model. Respondents to a 2017 update of that survey echoed the responses from the 2016 group; however, this batch of respondents indicated that more companies currently evaluating the hybrid cloud option.”

Proposed Data Protection Law in UK Could Prevent a Cloud Industry Headache

By Tom Krazit, August 7th edition of GeekWire
“A new law proposed by the U.K. government could give its citizens more control over how companies like Google and Facebook manage their personal data and make it easier for cloud companies to operate in Europe by aligning U.K. and European Union laws. The law, as reported by The Guardian, is designed to bring a post-Brexit U.K. in line with European data protection laws. Pending European Union data protection laws will give consumers the ability to force Google or Facebook to delete content at will, and if the U.K. doesn’t follow suit, companies operating cloud computing services would be forced to maintain separate data storage facilities for U.K. customers and European Union customers.”

Why Serverless Was Made For Mobile Development

By Alexander Stigsen, August 9th edition of InfoWorld
“It has been a decade since the launch of the iPhone, but for developers, it can feel like we’re still trapped in 2007. If you’re doing anything interesting with a mobile app, you run into a pernicious and frustrating reality: Your mobile development experience was in large part determined by the web technologies that preceded mobile and still persist today. So when we talk about building mobile apps, what we really mean is building mobile apps that interface with server technologies. And that means interacting with a stack that was designed for a world of desktop computers connected with ethernet cables. While the world has moved beyond big screens and wired connections, mobile developers are the ones who have had to accept endless compromises in order to ship the experiences they want.”

5 Emerging Use Cases of the IBM OpenWhisk Serverless Platform

By Mark Boyd, August 4th edition of The New Stack
“Serverless is being explored and chosen as a cloud architecture options by start-ups keen to leverage the new technology to gain a disruptive edge, as well as by established enterprises looking to extract efficiency and cost savings from particularly cumbersome corners of their workloads. Even in these early days of serverless, we are seeing some common serverless design patterns and use cases with serverless. The Apache OpenWhisk platform, for instance, appears to attract customers who fear vendor lock in and may even have their eyes set, contradictorily, on the idea of hosting their serverless functionality on their own infrastructure (or with another vendor) in the future, according to Andreas Nauerz, IBM senior technical staff member and technical product manager for OpenWhisk, which IBM open sourced last year.”

New Numbers Show How Microsoft’s Biggest Businesses Are Really Doing in the Cloud Era

By Todd Bishop, August 4th edition of GeekWire
“Numbers released this week put Microsoft’s new era into clearer focus. The takeaway: The big Microsoft businesses that have shifted most aggressively to the cloud — its Office and Server product lines — are growing increasingly faster than its Windows PC business. The numbers underscore the importance of the cloud to Microsoft’s future, and provide new insights into the performance of its best-known products under CEO Satya Nadella. The numbers were disclosed this week in a footnote on Page 92 of the company’s annual 10K regulatory filing, described as “revenue from external customers, classified by significant product and service offerings.”

 

 

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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