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This Week in Cloud August 18, 2017

Ryan Quackenbush

By Ryan Quackenbush8.18.17

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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If AWS Is Serious About Kubernetes, Here’s What It Must Do

By Matt Asay, August 15th edition of InfoWorld
“Amazon Web Services has joined the “Anyone-but-AWS” club, pledging its support to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to better align with the Kubernetes crowd. It’s not as if the cloud giant had much of a choice: As much as AWS wanted to ignore Kubernetes into obsolescence, the gravitational pull around Kubernetes is simply too strong. Although most people view the CNCF announcement as a big endorsement for Kubernetes, AWS has been far cagier, offering precious little information on what it plans to do. The big question is just how far Amazon will go to support the open source project voted most likely to “take down AWS,” as WS02 CEO Sanjiva Weerawarana‏ said. Here is what AWS must do: Build a Kubernetes service.”

GitHub Goes All In On Kubernetes

By Michelle Gienow, August 16th edition of The New Stack
“When GitHub launched in 2008, the site rode upon Ruby on Rails. Eight years in, however, the organization’s infrastructure had begun to strain beneath the load of the world’s leading version control repository. GitHub had grown enormously in multiple ways, and not only in terms of user numbers and rate of requests to github.com and api.github.com. The engineering staff had grown as well, and with this came a growing demand for the Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Team’s services. The SRE team was increasingly pulled off projects aimed at directly improving the GitHub.com user experience in order to support all kinds of other, internal initiatives. As the number of GitHub services increased, so did the number of teams independently supporting each of them — meaning the site reliability team spent more and more of its time on server maintenance, provisioning, and other tasks unrelated to its main mission.”

Millions of Programmers Rely On This Site To Do Their Jobs, and Its CEO Has Big Plans to Make It Even More Helpful

By Matt Weinberger, August 16th edition of Business Insider
“It doesn’t matter which programming language you’re using, what kind of software you’re trying to make, or where in the world you’re located. If you have a question, one of Stack Overflow’s 50 million monthly visitors likely has an answer. That’s made Stack Overflow the premiere place for programmers to socialize and discuss important issues. Joel Spolsky, the CEO of Stack Overflow, tells Business Insider that he sees the site as “the Library of Alexandria” — an archive of the web’s collective programming knowledge. But Stack Overflow offers a lot more than programming tips. The nine-year-old company now operates a network of 170 topic-specific Q&A sites, including ones focused on travel, math, and office etiquette.”

Why Are Companies Moving to the Cloud? 81% Simply Fear ‘Missing Out’

By Conner Forrest, August 14th edition of TechRepublic
“If you’ve ever wondered why so many companies are making moves toward the cloud, the answer may surprise you: It’s fear of missing out. According to recent report from Commvault and CITO Research, 81% of business leaders are embracing the cloud because they’re concerned about missing out on cloud advancements. So, just how many executives are making that move? According to the report, 93% of respondents said that at least some of their processes were being moved to the cloud. Additionally, 56% said that they had already moved, or intended to move, all of their processes to the cloud.”

Let’s Face It: No One Was Planning For Multi-Cloud

By Dan Streetman, August 17th edition of Forbes
“When I meet with IT professionals and business executives to talk about the digital transformation challenges they’re facing, multi-cloud management quickly moves to the top of their lists. Today’s IT environments are now a mixture of legacy infrastructure and both public and private clouds, typically from multiple vendors. This presents an entirely new set of complexities. Many of these organizations are struggling, and the reason they’re struggling is because multi-cloud is not a strategy. In many cases, it’s something that just happened, and it caught many organizations off guard. The multi-cloud world we now live in is a result of shadow IT and bimodal IT gone wild.”

Move Big Data To The Public Cloud With An Insight PaaS

By Brian Hopkins, August 8th edition of Forrester
“In five years you’ll be using Insight PaaS for big data in the public cloud. On-premise won’t be an option. Here is why. The shift to the cloud for big data is on. In fact, global spending on big data solutions via cloud subscriptions will grow almost 7.5 times faster than on-premises subscriptions. Furthermore, public cloud was the number one technology priority for big data according to our 2016 and 2017 surveys of data analytics professionals.”

When Shifting To The Cloud Offers More Security

By Jeffery Schilling, August 15th edition of Forbes
“The modern data center is evolving in ways that few ever thought possible. This trend is playing out across organizations of all sizes, both public and private, for a simple reason: Transitioning to a public cloud platform, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, offers tangible benefits, from reduced capital expense costs and lower headcount to improved security and flexibility. However, some still believe that the concept of the cloud is a high-risk proposition. Some concern is legitimate because different organizations have different needs, and it is important to determine if migrating to the cloud is the right move.”

Toyota, Intel, Ericsson Team to Get Cars Talking to the Cloud

By Simon Sharwood, August 14th edition of The Register
“Toyota, Intel, Ericsson, with friends, have formed a new “Automotive Edge Computing Consortium” to “develop an ecosystem for connected cars to support emerging services such as intelligent driving, the creation of maps with real-time data and driving assistance based on cloud computing.” Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, NTT DOCOMO and DENSO Corporation have come along for the ride, too. The group justifies its existence with the familiar “everything’s going to make more data” spiel, and an informed guesstimate that come the year 2025 the vehicles on Earth’s roads will send a combined fleet 10 exabytes per month somewhere. All that data, the Consortium reckons, will need “new architectures of network and computing infrastructure to support distributed resources and topology-aware storage capacity.”

Episode 11 – Apprenda – Connect .NET Workloads to Bluemix

August 15th edition of the IBM Cloud Cast
“Gilly Dekel (IBM)and Jesse Kliza (Apprenda) join us to discuss Apprenda, a partner who provides a mechanism for .Net applications running on Azure to take advantage of Bluemix services.”

Azure Stack Will Need Special Sysadmins, Says Microsoft

By Simon Sharwood, August 16th edition of The Register
“Microsoft reckons its forthcoming Azure Stack on-premises cloud needs a special breed of sysadmin to keep it humming. The company describes that worthy as a “ Azure Stack Operator” and says they will be “Responsible for operating Azure Stack infrastructure end-to-end – planning, deployment and integration, packaging and offering cloud resources and requested services on the infrastructure.” As the image atop this story ( or here for m.reg readers) shows, Microsoft thinks that going hybrid with Azure will also need you to hire the following folk: An Azure Solution Architect to do cloud strategy, “including adoption plans, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategy, application design, and management and monitoring”; An Azure Administrator “to manage the tenant segment of the cloud (whether public, hosted, or hybrid) and providing resources and tools to meet their customers’ requirements”; DevOps peeps who will be “responsible for operationalizing the development of line-of-business apps leveraging cloud resources, cloud platforms, and DevOps practices – infrastructure as code, continuous integration, continuous development, information management, etc.”

Amazon Launches New Cloud Services to Tackle Data Loss, Analytics, Migration

By Conner Forrest, August 14th edition of TechRepublic
“On Monday, company leaders from Amazon Web Services (AWS) took the stage at the AWS NY Summit to detail the firm’s latest efforts in data protection, analysis, and migration. The first of the core announcements was Amazon Macie, a new security tool that uses machine learning to identify the secure data that a customer is storing in AWS, and takes steps to protect it. “Amazon Macie recognizes sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII) or intellectual property, and provides customers with dashboards and alerts that give visibility into how this data is being accessed or moved,” a press release said. Macie works with data stored in Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), but support for additional data stores is due later in 2017, the press release said. Macie can be enabled through the AWS Management Console, and its cost is determined by the amount of content that is classified as secure.”

Microsoft Acquires Cloud Startup Cycle Computing, Will Integrate HPC Tech Into Azure

By Emil Protalinski, August 15th edition of VentureBeat
“Microsoft today announced it has acquired cloud orchestration startup Cycle Computing. The company said it plans to integrate the startup’s high-performance computing (HPC) technology into Azure. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Cycle Computing simplifies the process of deploying high performance computing on internal grids, virtualized environments, and in the cloud by helping clients quantify, manage, and improve utilization. Founder and CEO Jason Stowe noted that his company’s products have been used to help customers fight cancer and other diseases, design faster rockets, build better hard drives, create better solar panels, and manage risk for people’s retirements. The company’s flagship product, CycleCloud, supports Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, and internal infrastructure.”

Report: Open-Source Database Firm MongoDB Submits Confidential IPO Filing

By Mike Wheatley, August 15th edition of SiliconANGLE
“Open-source database company MongoDB Inc. is getting ready to launch its initial public offering, almost 10 years after it was founded. The company, which develops enterprise-grade, open-source software including its namesake MongoDB NoSQL database, submitted an S-1 filing in the last few weeks, TechCrunch reported. The S-1 filing is the first official step companies take in the process of going public. The Wall Street Journal had reported in May that the company had hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as underwriters. MongoDB is extremely well-funded, having notched up no less than nine rounds in the last decade, totaling over $300 million in equity financing.”

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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