This Week in Cloud: January 27, 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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Cisco Pays $3.7 Billion for Software Maker AppDynamics

By Rachael King & Dana Cimilluca, January 24th edition of the WSJ
“Cisco Systems Inc. is buying software company AppDynamics Inc. for $3.7 billion, plucking the startup from IPO registration at a big premium in an effort to bolster its software offerings to large enterprise customers. AppDynamics, whose software helps companies including Cisco monitor the performance of their applications, was gearing up to be the first tech company to go public this year. The company was expected to price Wednesday night, and earlier Tuesday bankers increased the IPO’s estimated price that would have valued AppDynamics at as high as about $2 billion.”

HPE Acquires Cloud Cruiser

By Steven Burke, January 24th edition of CRN 
“Hewlett Packard Enterprise stepped up its hybrid cloud offensive with the acquisition of Cloud Cruiser, the vendor of a cloud IT consumption, metering and analytics platform. HPE said the acquisition of the six-year-old, San Jose-based software maker would be a significant boost to its Flexible Capacity services program. The Flexible Capacity services offering allows customers to buy HPE private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service based on the same monthly, fixed-fee, pay-as-you-go model that has fueled public cloud adoption. Terms of the deal were not disclosed..”

Microsoft’s Cloud Competitor to Amazon Remains Its Fastest-Growing Business By Far

By Harriet Taylor, January 27th edition of CNBC
“Microsoft Azure — the company’s cloud platform which competes with Amazon’s AWS — grew revenue by 93 percent year over year, according to the company’s December quarterly earnings report. Azure compute usage more than doubled from last year. The company did not detail Azure financials in its earnings report, but the annualized revenue run rate for Microsoft’s Commercial cloud — which includes Office 365 commercial, Azure, Dynamics 365, and other cloud products — tops $14 billion, Microsoft said in its earnings press release. Run rate measures the amount customers would pay over the course of a year, given current usage rates; the actual annual revenue will probably be higher, if Azure and other cloud services keep growing.”

10 New AWS Cloud Services You Never Expected

By Peter Wayner, January 23rd edition of Network World
“In the beginning, life in the cloud was simple. Type in your credit card number and—voilà—you had root on a machine you didn’t have to unpack, plug in, or bolt into a rack.That has changed drastically. The cloud has grown so complex and multifunctional that it’s hard to jam all the activity into one word, even a word as protean and unstructured as “cloud.” There are still root logins on machines to rent, but there are also services for slicing, dicing, and storing your data. Programmers don’t need to write and install as much as subscribe and configure.”

Ch-ch-ch-changes at Oracle’s Cloud Group

By Barb Darrow, January 26th edition of Fortune
“Peter Magnusson, the engineering exec who joined Oracle with considerable hoopla in 2014 to direct that company’s push into public cloud services, is no longer guiding that work, several sources close to the database giant confirmed. Now, Don Johnson, a former Amazon Web Services senior engineer, who also joined Oracle in 2014, is leading Oracle’s strategy in this area. Johnson, according to his LinkedIn profile was promoted from vice president to senior vice president of cloud earlier this month.”

Linkerd Project Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

By Natasha Woods, January 23rd edition of the CNCF Blog
“Today, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s (CNCF) Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) voted to accept Linkerd as the fifth hosted project alongside Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing and Fluentd… Linkerd is an open source, resilient service mesh for cloud-native applications. Created by Buoyant founders William Morgan and Oliver Gould in 2015, Linkerd builds on Finagle, the scalable microservice library that powers companies like Twitter, Soundcloud, Pinterest and ING. Linkerd brings scalable, production-tested reliability to cloud-native applications in the form of a service mesh, a dedicated infrastructure layer for service communication that adds resilience, visibility and control to applications without requiring complex application integration.”

Kubernetes as a Service Simplifies Public and Private Cloud Management

By Serdar Yegulalp, January 24th edition of InfoWorld 
“Platform9, creator of a turnkey OpenStack SaaS solution and the Fission framework, today unveiled a new service for running Kubernetes at scale in multiple environments. Managed Kubernetes enables enterprises to run Kubernetes without having to learn the intricacies of deploying and managing the software — in much the same manner as managed OpenStack solutions like Platform9’s promised to make the open source cloud management platform less unwieldy. With the new service, Kubernetes moves into its next phase as a technology known both for its potential and its limitations as it becomes the basis for other products, building on its power and ameliorating its problems.”

Subplatforming: Kubernetes & Our Many-Platforms Future

By Sinclair Schuller, January 25th edition of the Apprenda Blog
“Over the past decade, distributed server-side frameworks and technologies have gained a strong foothold in the market. Driven originally by web-scale companies, distributed has become a gold standard that every organization – including traditional enterprises – aspire to achieve… Because of Kubernetes, we’re going to see an explosion of domain-specific, specialized platforms come to market. Developers are now equipped with the best distributed DNA possible, with no need to re-invent the wheel. The killer app for Kubernetes isn’t an app at all – it’s other platforms.”

Container as a Service Providers Compete With Distinct Strategies

By Tim Warner, January 27th edition of TechTarget
“While developers can control everything that happens within Docker containers, they rely upon operations personnel to build and maintain the container environment. It’s not a task suited for every company, so container as a service providers offer an alternative. Containers as a service providers are cloud vendors that create a cloud service delivery model in which users pay for a preconstructed suite including orchestration, high availability, image registries and integration with the CI/CD pipeline. CaaS falls between infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).”

Context: Who’s in Charge of the Container Ecosystem?

By Scott M Fulton III, January 26th edition of The New Stack
“The ideal of a technology ecosystem is that the people who benefit most from it — presumably, the customers — share the fruits of their labor with the producers who maintain this system. Both the suppliers and the demanders benefit each other, and in so doing, exchange roles from time to time. It’s the phenomenon we first saw with the Apple II in the late 1970s — the first community-driven economy devoted to a commercial computing product. A viable ecosystem relies principally upon the exchange of a kind of common currency: benevolence. This virtue typically thrives in the absence of ill will.”

The Cloud Updraft Grows Stronger

By Eric Knorr, January 23rd edition of InfoWorld
“You might think we make an awful lot of fuss about the cloud, considering that global public cloud spending amounts to a small fraction of IT spending overall — roughly $100 billion of a $2.4 trillion pie, according to IDC’s projections for 2016. But it’s all about momentum. IDC predicts public cloud spending will double by 2020, whereas overall IT spending will see something like a 13 percent increase by then. More importantly, as Amazon, Microsoft, and Google keep demonstrating, the cloud has become the place to go for the most interesting new enterprise tech. Case in point: Check out Peter Wayner’s “10 new AWS tools redefining the cloud,” which walks through Amazon’s latest and greatest offerings.”

Cloud Computing Spins Out Of Control (But Maybe That’s Not Such A Bad Thing)

By Joe McKendrick, January 22nd edition of Forbes
“Organizations continue their headlong rush into the cloud – but the people they depend on to manage this adventure are in a scramble to keep up, and, indeed, may be losing control of the situation. That’s the gist of a recent survey of more than 1,071 IT managers and professionals conducted by ScienceLogic, which finds that fewer than one-third have the visibility and control they need to keep things in check. At the same time, cloud adoption is occurring at a faster pace than anyone could have predicted.”

Multicore Processors Step Up to the Cloud

By Simon Stanley, January 20th edition of Light Reading 
“The approach taken by cloud service providers to hyper-scale data centers and virtual networking is driving the latest multicore processor developments. There are now more multicore processors available than ever before for cloud and networking applications, from the hyper-scale data center out to the network edge and the virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE). Processor and IP vendors are optimizing and extending 64-bit processor cores, and cache-coherent system architectures to deliver the best cloud service performance.”

Cloud Bottlenecks: How Pokémon Go (and Other Game Dev Teams) Caught Them All

By Matthew Rothenberg, January 26th edition of ARS Technica
“…In theory, the cloud was supposed to make solving these sorts of spikes in demand for an application easier to handle, just as relying on cloud vendors’ services was supposed to make development of all sorts of mobility applications—not just games—easier as well. And the capacity of the cloud has made it easier for game developers to introduce data-intensive new features, like augmented reality. But as developers have found with just about every networked platform in the past, having all that capacity doesn’t matter if the connectivity isn’t there. The more interactive mobile applications are, the more complex the exchanges between mobile devices and cloud infrastructures become. Fold in different connection speeds from different mobile carriers around the globe, and there are a lot of moving parts that must mesh to keep gamers (or users, or customers) up to speed”

Where the Cloud Won’t Work: Machine Learning for the Industrial Internet of Things

By Mark Boyd, January 23rd edition of The New Stack
“A quiet race is going on to set up the infrastructure needed for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). It is generally agreed that the cloud model won’t work to manage sensor data in real time, so instead hardware and network providers are rushing to evolve their technologies and sign up industrial customers to pilot and early implementation initiatives in edge processing. Stage one of the race is well underway, with the current focus on enabling edge processing on hardware gateways located in the field (factories, workplaces, cities, farms and buildings). To do that, many are leveraging Dockerized containers (and Moore’s Law) to do more powerful data processing. Once this infrastructure has a little more robustness behind it, introducing machine learning (ML) at the edge will spark a second wave of the race.”

Using the Amazon Echo to Support Continuous Integration Builds – Part 3

By Austin Parker, January 20th edition of The Apprenda Blog
“Previously in this series, we’ve set up a legacy service to output data that we can feed in to an AWS Lambda in order to create a report of test deployments. Today, let’s see how it all fits together, and how to create an Alexa skill to consume our reports.”

Need for New Perspective on Federal Government IT ‘Cannot Be Understated’

By Scharon Harding, January 25th edition of Channelnomics
“The channel, like the rest of the country, has its eyes on the federal government. Our 2017 Top 10 Emerging Threats for the channel place federal law changes as the biggest threat to channel businesses this year, largely due to the uncertainty that comes with a new presidential administration. Changes in the federal government can be a benefit, however, if these changes are toward digital transformation, but at the moment, federal agencies are broadly failing at being IT showrooms of the latest and most cutting-edge. Still, the market is one to watch considering government spending on IT saw a six percent year-over-year increase in 2015. And according to a recent blog post by the Federal CIO Council (CIOC), digital transformation is exactly where the feds should be headed.”

6 Key Points About Intel’s Hot New Linux Distro

By Serdar Yegulalp, January 23rd edition of InfoWorld
“The great thing about Linux is is that anyone possessing the wherewithal and dedication can produce a distribution to satisfy their own needs. That’s also the bad thing, as it means many Linux distributions, even those with name backing, fight to distinguish themselves or to be recognized at all. With Intel Clear Linux, the name-brand recognition is only a small part of what matters. Yes, it’s significant that the kingpin chipmaker is adding an entry to Linux Distro Makers Club, but why and to what end?”

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