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This Week in Cloud: December 9, 2016

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Welcome to Apprenda’s 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.

If you’ve got an eye for technology but don’t have the time to keep track of everything cloud, let us give you a hand!

One Benefit of Cloud Migrations May Surprise You

By Barb Darrow, December 5th edition of Fortune
“For anyone following technology trends, the notion that many businesses are supplementing or even replacing their own data centers with a cloud like Amazon Web Services is no longer a shock, or even news. Public cloud companies, like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM aggregate vast numbers of connected servers and storage arrays in data centers around the world, and rent that capacity out to multiple customers.”

Managed services in a cloudy world

By Manek Dubash, December 3rd edition of ZDNet
“The managed services provider (MSP) model has had a remarkably long run, considering how much IT has changed over the last 20 years or so. Written off by many as the economics of cloud bit into the MSPs’ market share, at one point many were predicting the end of the MSP, displaced by a combination of SaaS and public cloud. Not any more. So what’s changed?”

Is the Cloud Creating Its Own ‘Data Gravity’? A Look at the Future of the Cloud Disruption

By Gabriel Pesek, December 6th edition of SiliconANGLE
“With cloud services and their applications causing fundamental disruption in a number of industries, the intelligent deployment of those tools to an enterprise’s data stores is steamrolling the volume of utilities offered by a provider to become the real point of determination in success. At the AWS re:Invent 2016 event in Las Vegas, NV, Jonathan Gray, founder and CEO of Cask Data Inc., joined John Furrier and Stu Miniman to talk about big data, cloud transformations and the changes expected in the near-future.”

How Much Cloud is Too Much Cloud?

By David Linthicum, December 6th edition of InfoWorld
“I’m often asked: Should all application workloads exist in the public cloud? The right answer is one that most people don’t want to hear: It depends. It depends on what industry you’re in. It depends on performance expectations. It depends on security requirements. The list goes on. Some enterprises will reach the point where 80 to 90 percent of their workloads exist in the cloud: some will only get to 50 percent. There is a point at which it does not make sense to migrate any more applications to the cloud. This is due largely to the fact that there is no significant economic benefit in doing so. It doesn’t make sense to migrate what doesn’t pay for itself.”

Financial Services Falls in Risk Scorecard, Cloud & Mobile Risk High

By Roy Urrico, December 7th edition of Credit Union Times
“The financial services industry dropped to second in the Tenable Network Security annual cybersecurity scorecard, which also revealed risk assessment for cloud and mobile among the world’s biggest enterprise security weaknesses. Columbia, Md.-based Tenable’s 2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card surveyed more than 700 IT security practitioners in nine countries and across seven industry verticals to calculate a global index score reflecting overall confidence that cyberdefenses are meeting expectations.”

Cloud Convenience is Killing the Open Source Database

By Matt Asay, December 7th edition of InfoWorld
“Open source has never been more important or, ironically, irrelevant. As developers increasingly embrace the cloud to shorten time to market, they’re speeding past open source, making it even harder to build an open source business. After all, if open source were largely a way for developers to skirt legal and purchasing departments to get the software they needed when they needed it, the cloud ups that convenience to the nth degree. In Accel’s annual business review, the vaunted venture capital firm writes: “‘Product’ is no longer just the bits of software, it’s also how the software is sold, supported, and made successful.” The cloud is changing the way all software is consumed, including open source.”

7 Linux Predictions for 2017

By Bryan Lunduke, December 5th edition of Network World
“Last year I made a set of predictions of events that I thought would happen in the tech world (focused primarily on Linux and free software). I was mostly right. This has emboldened me to make another set of predictions for 2017. I have no inside knowledge on any of these—I am basing this entirely on the twin scientific principles of star maths and wishy thinking.”

Cloud-Native Applications

By Manek Dubash, December 6th edition of ZDNet
“Time was when applications lived on-prem, running on wholly-owned infrastructure and maintained – at some cost – by IT staff. Updates came few and far between because of the time and cost of testing. In today’s fast-moving world with its proliferation of both data and the devices that create it, this approach cuts little ice. Rather, organisations are working to unlock the value in that data tsunami, and are tasking their developers with responding with highly-scalable solutions and ever-compressed timetables.”

Amazon Embraces Hybrid Cloud as a Means to Push People to the Public Cloud

By Matt Asay, November 23rd edition of More Than Seven
“Very few people today start using Linux by downloading the linux kernel and starting from scratch. Most people start with a Linux distribution; for instance Debian, Ubuntu or CentOS. These distributions provide some opinions, some central infrastructure, a brand, strong versioning for the entire ecosystem and a bunch of other things. I posit that we’ll see the same pattern emerge with Kubernetes… An observation at the moment is that all the current Kubernetes distributions I’m aware of are vendor-owned. Whether Open Source or not, they are driven by a single vendor (CoreOS, Red Hat, Apprenda, etc.) It’s interesting to see whether, in the current climate, we see a genuinely free and open source Kubernetes distribution emerge, similar to the role Debian plays in the Linux distribution world.”

AWS shoots for total cloud domination

By Ron Miller, December 2nd edition of TechCrunch
“AWS held its annual re:Invent customer conference this week — and as it revealed one new service after another, one thing became clear: the company with a marketshare lead that is by Gartner’s estimate 10 times bigger than its 14 closest competitors combined, has no plans to slow down or rest on its laurels. If that market lead isn’t enough to shake up the competition, according to data from Gartner, AWS S3 storage is 1.6 times as large in terms of pure data stored on its servers, as all the other object storage services in their Magic Quadrant combined. All of this is bad news for competitors like IBM, Google and Microsoft (not to mention, Oracle and Alibaba), but AWS isn’t just dominating because it was first (although that’s part of it), it’s also continuing to innovate at an astonishing rate, adding around 1000 new features every single year up from 722 just last year, according to a chart posted by CEO Andy Jassy during his re:Invent keynote.”

Microsoft to Hit $20bn in Commercial Cloud in Two Years – Nadella

By Tom Wright, December 5th edition of Channelnomics
“Microsoft is on track to have a $20bn commercial cloud business by 2018, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking at Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting, Nadella pointed out highlights of Microsoft’s 2016 – including the launch of well-received Surface devices – and said that the Azure platform has “grown triple digits” for the last seven consecutive quarters. Microsoft’s commercial cloud business currently has an annual revenue run-rate of $13bn, he added.”

Microsoft Releases R Server 9.0, Improved Azure Interface and More

By Dan Richman, December 7th edition of GeekWire
“Microsoft today announced version 9.0 of its R Server, a product designed for data scientists working with large sets of information. The new software was one of several announcements the company made today touching on data analytics, cloud administration and databases. R is a specialized programming language “designed by data scientists for data scientists,” said David Smith, principal program manager for Microsoft’s R community, during a presentation this morning. R Server is software for analyzing Big Data in the cloud or on premises, whether inside or outside of the Microsoft SQL Server database.”

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