This Week In Cloud: February 24, 2017

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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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The Cloud is Growing 7 Times Faster Than the Rest of IT

By Frederic Paul, February 21st edition of Network World
“The public cloud just keeps on growing, with increases in spending on cloud services and infrastructure easily outpacing overall IT spending. And it isn’t even close. The latest update to International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide projects worldwide investments in the public cloud “will reach $122.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 24.4 percent over 2016. Those are big numbers, obviously, but to put them in full perspective, IDC noted that growth rate is nearly seven times the rate of overall IT spending growth. Yep, seven times faster!”

Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook Are Building the Future, But Your Smartphone Still Isn’t Going Anywhere

By Matt Weinberger, February 20th edition of Business Insider 
“Many people — myself included — have high, high hopes for new tech like Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, or the Microsoft HoloLens hologram headset, to usher in a new era beyond the smartphone. But even Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks that future is a long time coming. In a recent interview, Bezos said that with shopping, Alexa is only really “good for reordering consumables, where you don’t have to make a lot of choices, but most online shopping is going to be facilitated by having a display.” He’s not wrong, either. If you’re buying anything more complicated than toilet paper, using an Amazon Echo or Google Home to buy stuff is about as much fun as having a friend read you the Costco catalog over the phone.”

Enterprise Cloud Requires Cloud-Like Carriers – Riverbed

By Mitch Wagner, February 22nd edition of Light Reading
“Enterprise applications such as cloud and the Internet of Things require carriers to deliver services that can traverse multiple geographic locations and be managed from the network core to the edge, according to the team at Riverbed Technology. In addition, carriers will need to transform existing investments in NFV to launch cloud-based services much more quickly to customers and grow their business, Riverbed says. To that end, the company launched its the Riverbed Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: RVBD) Service Delivery Platform on Wednesday, to provide what Riverbed calls “network-as-a-service.”

Run, Grow, Transform: How a Container Platform Supports Gartner’s Model for IT Spending in Digital Businesses

By Paul Roberts, February 22nd edition of the Apprenda Blog
“It’s no secret that large enterprises are becoming software companies. Custom software has become a competitive currency that drives top and bottom line growth, market differentiation and improvements to customer satisfaction. As a result, enterprises are placing increased emphasis on digital, software-focused initiatives in order to unlock business value and drive change. New digital initiatives present CIOs with a real challenge. They must find ways to fund new initiatives that are a cornerstone of enterprise strategy, while IT budgets – which are already under pressure from ‘business as usual’ operations – remain relatively flat. They are essentially being asked to ‘do more with less’… As such, we created a new whitepaper that highlights ways in which a container platform, like Apprenda, can support IT leadership’s quest to support enterprise strategy by reducing investment in running the business, and enhance capabilities to drive business growth and transformation (business change).”

9 Emerging Operations Gaps That Will Empower Your Cloud Strategy – Part 2

By Jason Coon, February 21st edition of the Apprenda Blog
“In part 1 of this post, we talked about the rise in popularity of different cloud strategies in the enterprise, and how the cycle of evolution is out-pacing the implementation speed of these projects. Due to this phenomena, many projects are not seeing successful results, or at least not in the expected amount of time. There is hope, though. We can demonstrate the benefits of cloud-native technologies by looking to our operations technology stack, and implementing a solution to close operations gaps with these technologies.”

The Cloud? Apple’s iOS Can’t Handle the Cloud

By Jason Perlow, February 22nd edition of ZDNet
“My colleague David Gewirtz posed an interesting question yesterday: If the entry-level iPhone doubled in price, would you still buy one? I’d still buy one — because as someone who covers the industry, it is essential I keep up to date on mobile technology. But I wouldn’t like it. Not one bit. However, future cost increases of the iPhone (and iPads) notwithstanding, there are other concerns I have as an end-user of Apple’s mobile platform. Apple is making a big push for business customers, so how do tech chiefs feel about the prospects for using Apple products at work? Much of it has to do with how well it handles the cloud. And as this column has a particular slant on enterprise, I’m talking about business cloud use, not just consumer cloud use.”

DevOps and Automation: There’s a Big Difference

By Jatil Damania, February 22nd edition of EnterpriseTech
“Confusion abounds that DevOps and development automation are synonymous. An online search for implementing DevOps practices leads to lists of tools meant to automate everything from development to QA to deployment. While automation is certainly a key aspect of DevOps, the two are not identical in practice. Businesses that misunderstand that concept are often faced with less optimized workflows, and it can lead organizations to assume automation tools are the silver bullet to solving their IT problems. Understanding the difference between these two concepts is imperative for organizations looking to make their IT processes more efficient.”

Containers Are The New App Servers

By Justin Warren, February 21st edition of Forbes
“Two conversations over the past couple of weeks have surprised me in a good way about what infrastructure companies are doing about containers. The first was with Atlantis Computing, which is known for its VDI-centric hyper-converged appliances. Patrick Brennan, Atlantis’ Senior Product Marketing Manager, pointed out that there are a lot of similarities between VDI workloads and containers. Consider that virtual desktops are essentially stateless (more on this in a moment). You don’t care which server the desktop is running on in the back end, and if it dies, you just restart it and continue on where you left off. You run hundreds (or thousands) of them, and they’re all pretty much identical. They’re usually based off a master image, as well.”

The Future of Microscaling and the Current State of Container Deployments

By Joab Jackson, February 21st edition of the New Stack
“In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke with Liz Rice, a co-founder of Microscaling. Rice, as well as the other two co-founders of Microscaling, Anne Currie and Ross Fairbanks, are thought-leaders in the emerging field of container-based microservices. So we were surprised when the trio had announced earlier this month that they were putting Microscaling on hold, at least temporarily. Microscaling had built out a number of interesting technologies, including software that offers a way to schedule containers based on service-level agreements and current operating conditions, and also a format, called Microbadger, for adding metadata labels to containers. For this podcast, we wanted to know what would happen with these technologies, as well as get Rice’s assessment on the current state of microservices and container deployments.”

4 Reasons You Should Use Kubernetes

By Sirish Raghuram, February 23rd edition of InfoWorld
“As most modern software developers can attest, containers have provided us with dramatically more flexibility for running cloud-native applications on physical and virtual infrastructure. Containers package up the services comprising an application and make them portable across different compute environments, for both dev/test and production use. With containers, it’s easy to quickly ramp application instances to match spikes in demand. And because containers draw on resources of the host OS, they are much lighter weight than virtual machines. This means containers make highly efficient use of the underlying server infrastructure. So far so good. But though the container runtime APIs are well suited to managing individual containers, they’re woefully inadequate when it comes to managing applications that might comprise hundreds of containers spread across multiple hosts. Containers need to be managed and connected to the outside world for tasks such as scheduling, load balancing, and distribution, and this is where a container orchestration tool like Kubernetes comes into its own.”

Kubernetes on Microsoft’s Azure Container Service Is Now Generally Available

By Frederic Lardinois, February 22nd edition of TechCrunch
“…This means the service is now backed by an SLA, and users will be able to get support contracts from Microsoft. Maybe more importantly, though, Microsoft also added two pivotal new features with this update: the ability to easily scale Kubernetes clusters up and down and support for high-availability setups with multiple masters. …The team also did a lot of work on Kubernetes itself to add support for Windows Server Containers, which enable Windows users to package their containers, which can then run on Windows Server 2016. With this update, Kubernetes on the Azure Container Service now supports Windows Server Containers in preview. Burns said that the company has seen a lot of interest in this feature. “I think that’s a reflection of the fact that these containerize workflows improve developer productivity whether they are new applications or existing applications you’re packaging for Windows Server Containers.”

Kubernetes and the Microservices Hierarchy of Needs

By Bilgin Ibryam, February 17th edition of The New Stack
“Devised by psychologist Albert Maslow, the Hierarchy of Needs is a psychological theory to explain human motivation, comprising of multitier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid. Maslow uses terms such as physiological, safety, belongingness and love, esteem, self-actualization, and self-transcendence to describe the stages that human motivation generally moves through. As human beings, first we need our basic needs satisfied, then the psychological ones, and only then we can think of self esteem and achieving our full potential …This approach of describing needs is so fundamental that it has been applied to many other domains such as employee engagement, cloud computing, software development, DevOps, etc. So it would make sense to apply it to microservices too, as there is a clear list of needs that has to be satisfied in order to be successful in the microservices journey.”

Oracle’s CEO Emphasizes Their Continued Commitment To The Cloud

By Steve Banker, February 17th edition of Forbes
“Oracle’s supply chain conference, Modern Supply Chain Experience, took place this week in San Jose, California. The overarching theme this year, as it was last year, involved the advantages of Cloud solutions. Oracle is committed to the Cloud for all their applications, the acquisition of NetSuite further demonstrates that, but in this case their focus was on the advantages of Cloud in their supply chain applications. Not all of their customers sounded quite so bullish about wanting to move quickly to Cloud-based supply chain applications. Nevertheless, top executives kept repeating “it is not a question of if customers will want Cloud solutions, it is a question of when.”

Integrating the Apprenda Cloud Platform with Splunk

By Michael Michael, February 23rd edition of the Apprenda Blog
“When you ask developers what tools they use to troubleshoot issues with distributed applications, logging is one of the top things considered. By their very essence, distributed applications and microservices have many instances deployed. In order to make sense of the data for analysis and debugging, you need an enterprise logging framework that will collect all the data from all instances and present them in a unified view. Apprenda provides such a centralized logging framework as a major component of our Apprenda Cloud Platform product. Logs are accessible by both developers and operators, with the former getting a scoped view of only the logs belonging to their applications.”

RightScale 2017 State Of The Cloud Report: Azure Gaining In Enterprises

By Louis Columbus, February 18th edition of Forbes
“…These and many other fascinating insights are from the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report…The report is based on interviews with 1,002 technical professionals RightScale conducted in January 2017 across a broad cross-section of organizations about their adoption of cloud computing. Please see page 3 of the study for additional details regarding the methodology. Key takeaways of the study include the following.”

Microsoft and Veritas Tackle Hybrid Cloud Together

By Scharon Harding, February 22nd edition of Channelnomics
“Microsoft and Veritas have formed an agreement that will see the vendors selling hybrid cloud storage technologies to mutual customers together. The multi-year, global agreement announced today means customers can use Microsoft Azure for hybrid cloud environments while hosting Veritas’ Enterprise management and governance offering on Azure. “Microsoft and Veritas customers have enjoyed the benefits of highly complementary technology offerings focused on solving IT challenges in the datacenter,” Jason Zander, CVP of Microsoft Azure, said in a statement. “Today, our strengthened partnership delivers deeper integration, allowing customers to more easily take advantage of the flexibility and enterprise-grade reliability that Azure provides.”

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