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This Week in Cloud: December 23, 2016

Ryan Quackenbush

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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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Why 2016 Was a Watershed Year for Tech

By Christopher Mims, December 18th edition of the WSJ
“As 2016 nears an end, five of the seven most valuable companies in the world—including the three most valuable—are technology companies. Beyond their worth in the eyes of investors, Apple Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc., and Facebook Inc. also are powerful forces in everyday lives. Tech can seem inescapable. That helps explain why 2016 also was a difficult year for many of these companies. Collectively, they faced sharp criticism and unprecedented levels of scrutiny while clashing with governments around the world—including the future U.S. president.”

Why the Cloud? In 2016, It Was the Lure of the New

By Eric Knorr, December 19th edition of InfoWorld 
“Enterprises have all sorts of justifications for moving to the cloud: avoiding capital expense, adding scalability to applications, even cloud lust on the part of CEOs who want to “get out of the IT business” (um, sorry, administration still required). But 2016 saw one reason rise to the top: Incredible new features all pre-provisioned and waiting for you in the cloud. Sure, you could stand up a GPU cluster and run your own deep learning algorithms, or jump into IoT by assembling an event-driven platform in your own data center. But … would you?”

Cloud Is Now A Money Machine For Two Out Of Five Companies

By Joe McKendrick, December 15th edition of Forbes
“Since cloud computing became a “thing” five years ago or so, it has been seen in operational terms — a way to cut costs, avoid up-front capital expenditures on IT systems and equipment, and a way to improve interactions with customers and between employees. Now, it appears that cloud is becoming a money machine for many businesses as well. A surprise finding from a recent survey is that 80% of companies are now drawing some of their revenues from the cloud, and 42% indicate that this is now the source of a majority of their revenues.”

Report: Cloud Migration Could Provide Annual Cost Savings of 43%

By Mike Wheatley, December 19th edition of SiliconANGLE 
“TSO Logic, a company whose software helps companies optimize their applications across data centers and the cloud, has just bolstered the argument for migrating to the cloud. In its latest report, The Economics Behind Cloud Migration and Enterprise Transformation, the company reveals research showing that some 45 percent of virtualized operating system instances running on-premises would be more economical if they were running in the cloud, offering cost savings of up to 43 percent annually.”

The Cloud: Making Business Aspirations a Reality

By Larry Walsh, December 19th edition of Channelnomics
“Since cloud computing became a “thing” five years ago or so, it has been seen in operational terms — a way to cut costs, avoid up-front capital expenditures on IT systems and equipment, and a way to improve interactions with customers and between employees. Now, it appears that cloud is becoming a money machine for many businesses as well. A surprise finding from a recent survey is that 80% of companies are now drawing some of their revenues from the cloud, and 42% indicate that this is now the source of a majority of their revenues.”

10 Must-Watch IaaS Cloud Trends for 2017

By Brandon Butler, December 19th edition of Network World
“Analysts who track the IaaS public cloud computing market tend to agree that 2016 was a year that solidified the positioning of three vendors: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, and marked a major transition point in enterprises using them. These companies gave customers more choices of where to host their data around the globe, more virtual machine instance sizes to optimize their workloads and new ways to manage and analyze data that’s already in the cloud. And enterprises became more and more comfortable using them. More companies committed to shutting down data centers and moving their most important applications to IaaS.”

Kubernetes 1.5 Released with Improved StatefulSets and Alpha Support for Windows Server 2016

By Daniel Bryant, December 18th edition of InfoQ 
“The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) have released version 1.5 of the Kubernetes container orchestration and scheduling system. Core improvements focus on beta functionality associated with deployment and scaling of stateful applications, and making it possible to perform cluster operations without disrupting applications. Alpha support has also been added for a pluggable container runtime, and Windows Server 2016 nodes and the scheduling of Windows Server Containers. Due to a potential security issue with configuration, all users are advised to skip v1.5.0 and instead use v1.5.1 which has a safer set of defaults.”

Windows Server Support Comes to Kubernetes

By Michael Michael, December 21st edition of the Kubernetes Blog
“Extending on the theme of giving users choice, Kubernetes 1.5 release includes the support for Windows Servers. WIth more than 80% of enterprise apps running Java on Linux or .Net on Windows, Kubernetes is previewing capabilities that extends its reach to the mass majority of enterprise workloads. The new Kubernetes Windows Server 2016 and Windows Container support includes public preview with the following features.”

StatefulSet: Run and Scale Stateful Applications Easily in Kubernetes

By Kenneth Owens & Eric Tune, December 20th edition of the Kubernetes Blog
“In the latest release, Kubernetes 1.5, we’ve moved the feature formerly known as PetSet into beta as StatefulSet. There were no major changes to the API Object, other than the community selected name, but we added the semantics of “at most one pod per index” for deployment of the Pods in the set. Along with ordered deployment, ordered termination, unique network names, and persistent stable storage, we think we have the right primitives to support many containerized stateful workloads. We don’t claim that the feature is 100% complete (it is software after all), but we believe that it is useful in its current form, and that we can extend the API in a backwards-compatible way as we progress toward an eventual GA release.”

Containers Depart ‘Hype’ Phase in 2016

By George Leopold, December 19th edition of EnterpriseTech 
“Application containers made the jump from prototype to production in 2016 as the distributed application technology began to make headway in hyper-scale IT infrastructure. Along with an expanding ecosystem, the sector is characterized by healthy competition that is driving innovation in areas such as container security and management of computing and storage resources, those competitors note.”

Real-World Container Migrations

By Janakiram MSV, December 20th edition of Forbes
“As we wrap up the year, I want to highlight a few events from the cloud, containers, and DevOps market that will have a significant impact on the industry in the coming years. These events are not particularly related to new investments, mergers and acquisitions, or executive transitions that took place this year. They include announcements, initiatives, and strategic moves by key players that raised the eyebrows.”

Monitoring Containers in a Microservice Architecture

By Kiran Oliver, December 20th edition of The New Stack
“Monitoring containers can be something of a challenge for developers, particularly when the containers are part of a complex microservice architecture. On this new episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Cisco Systems Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Native Platforms Ken Owens discussed with TNS editor Benjamin Ball the microservice landscape as a whole, and the overall complexity that a microservice-based infrastructure introduces. The interview was undertaken for our fifth EBook on Monitoring and Management with Docker and Containers.”

Ticketmaster Chooses Kubernetes to Stay Ahead of Competition

By Ian Murphy, December 21st edition of Linux.com 
“If you’ve ever gone to an event that required a ticket, chances are you’ve done business with Ticketmaster. The ubiquitous ticket company has been around for 40 years and is the undisputed market leader in its field. To stay on top, the company is trying to ensure its best product creators can focus on products, not infrastructure. The company has begun to roll out a massive public cloud strategy that uses Kubernetes, an open source platform for the deployment and management of application containers, to keep everything running smoothly, and sent two of its top technologists to deliver a keynote at the 2016 CloudNativeCon in Seattle explaining their methodology.”

Amazon’s EC2 Container Service adds support for Windows Containers

By Frederic Lardinois, December 20th edition of TechCrunch
“With the launch of Windows Server 2016 three months ago, Microsoft gave its users the ability to use the Docker engine to run containers on Windows server. This meant developers could now package their Windows executables into containers and run them on Windows Server (though obviously not on Linux machines), using the same Docker engine and commands they were already used to. Today, AWS announced that it its EC2 Container Service (ECS) now also supports Windows Containers in beta.”

HPE and Cisco Moves Hurt OpenStack’s Public Cloud StoryHPE and Cisco Moves Hurt OpenStack’s Public Cloud Story

By Barb Darrow, December 19th edition of Fortune 
“With Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco Systems downsizing their respective OpenStack-based public cloud efforts recently, the OpenStack open-source cloud framework, already struggling in that arena, lost two of its key corporate backers. OpenStack launched in 2011 to give business customers an alternative to Amazon Web Services in public cloud and VMware in private data centers. But now with two major public cloud adherents backing away, skeptics wonder if the technology has a future in the realm of shared data center infrastructure.”

The Next Wave of IT: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Simon Bisson, December 16th edition of ZDNet
“One recurring theme in the conversations I’ve been having over the last few months is the idea of “digital transformation”. Yes, it’s a buzzword, but it’s an interesting one as it encapsulates a lot of different ideas. As I hear different explanations from different companies, I’ve started to come to think of it as a piece of useful shorthand. Under the various definitions is a consistent theme, where it’s as much about getting people to think about the current shift in the underpinnings of modern IT as it is about thinking about the business impact of these changes. Having some form of shorthand is important, as there’s a lot happening, and it makes sense to wrap things up in a way that’s easier to understand. So what is this shift?”

Devs Will Lead Us to the Big Data Payoff At Last

By Matt Asay, December 22nd edition of InfoWorld
“In 2011, McKinsey & Co. published a study trumpeting that “the use of big data will underpin new waves of productivity growth and consumer surplus” and called out five areas ripe for a big data bonanza. In personal location data, for example, McKinsey projected a $600 billion increase in economic surplus for consumers. In health care, $300 billion in additional annual value was waiting for that next Hadoop batch process to run. Five years later, according to a follow-up McKinsey report, we’re still waiting for the hype to be fulfilled. …In part that’s because keeping up with all that open source software and stitching it together is a full-time job in itself. But you can also blame the bugbear that stalks every enterprise: institutional inertia. Not to worry, though: The same developers who made open source the lingua franca of enterprise development are now making big data a reality through the public cloud.”

What Google, Microsoft, and Amazon Did This Week In the Race To Be Everyone’s Favorite Virtual Assistant

By Khari Johnson, December 17th edition of VentureBeat
“Take a step back for a look at the big picture, and it’s clear that 2016 was a remarkable year for bots and virtual assistants. Within the span of a few months this spring, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft all made plans to grow bot ecosystems and each invited developers to build bots or virtual assistant integrations for their platforms. If that sounds dry or technical, think of it this way: All of these companies want a relationship with you.”

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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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