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This Week in Cloud: January 6, 2017

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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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We’re All Technology Companies Now

By Alan Murray, January 6th edition of Fortune
“Good morning. It’s not easy to grasp the dimensions of the gadget-palooza taking place in Las Vegas this week. CES started fifty years ago for the benefit of buyers and sellers of televisions and pocket radios. Today, it’s a five-day affair hosting 180,000 people and displaying tens of thousands of new products in 43 football fields’ worth of convention space. I spent a couple of hours wandering through the morass yesterday, looking at products that ranged from a self-cleaning cat litter box to an indoor wall that grows lettuce under LED lights. There are “smart” products of all kinds – including smart toothbrushes, smart hairbrushes, smart mattresses, smart breast pumps. You can see some of our favorite new products here. A few takeaways.”

2016: When Linux Containers Became Mainstream

By Serdar Yegulalp, December 30th edition of InfoWorld 
“In truth, 2016 wasn’t The Year of the Container. That was 2015, when the possibility and promise of containers came along and knocked IT for a loop. But not everyone wanted creative disruption. Many folks wanted dependable, reliable infrastructure, and they saw in containers a method to do so that had never been done before. The good news was that despite all the momentum around containers in 2016, major parts of the ecosystem began to stabilize. The novelty’s worn off, but in a good way—it means there’s now more attention on how to do containers right, not merely to do them at all. Here are five of the major developments in the container world that defined the year and set the course for what’s next.”

2016: When Linux Containers Became Mainstream

By Serdar Yegulalp, December 30th edition of InfoWorld
“In truth, 2016 wasn’t The Year of the Container. That was 2015, when the possibility and promise of containers came along and knocked IT for a loop. But not everyone wanted creative disruption. Many folks wanted dependable, reliable infrastructure, and they saw in containers a method to do so that had never been done before. The good news was that despite all the momentum around containers in 2016, major parts of the ecosystem began to stabilize. The novelty’s worn off, but in a good way—it means there’s now more attention on how to do containers right, not merely to do them at all.”

‘I just have to pinch myself’: The Linux Foundation is Still Adjusting to AT&T’s Embrace of Open Source

By Dan Richman, January 5th edition of GeekWire
“AT&T is an open-source software company now — I just have to pinch myself.” That’s how Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin started off a talk Wednesday with John Donovan, AT&T’s chief strategy officer, at the AT&T Developer Summit during CES. It surely must have been a strange experience for Zemlin, whose foundation oversees the care and enhancement of hundreds of open-source software projects, to be onstage with AT&T.”

How the Node.js Foundation Utilizes Participatory Governance to Build Its Community

By Kiran Oliver, January 5th edition of The New Stack
“On this newest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, TNS founder Alex Williams spoke with Node.js Foundation Community Manager Mikeal Rogers to explore how the Foundation is helping to build the Node.js community through participatory governance. The interview was held at the Node.js Interactive 2016 conference.”

eBay Builds Its Own Tool to Integrate Kubernetes and OpenStack

By Stephanie Condon, December 30th edition of ZDNet
“From Day One of eBay’s cloud journey, the e-commerce company has focused on keeping its developers happy, according to Suneet Nandwani, eBay’s senior director of cloud infrastructure and platforms. That’s led to several challenges and innovations at the company, the latest of which is the development of TessMaster — a management framework to deploy Kubernetes on OpenStack. With the emergence of Docker, it became clear that containers are “a technology which developers love,” Nandwani told ZDNet.”

Torrid Cloud Growth Continues

By Barb Darrow, January 4th edition of Fortune
“Companies continued their adoption of cloud computing services at a rapid clip in 2016, with overall growth expected to rise 25% year over year for that period, according to new numbers from Synergy Research Group. The forecaster estimated aggregate annual revenue from all those cloud segments at nearly $150 billion. Synergy lumps two key cloud categories, known by techies as infrastructure as a service and platform as a service, into one big bucket, which together showed the most dramatic growth rate of 53%. Infrastructure as a service (aka IaaS) is typically exemplified by offerings from AWS, Microsoft and Google.”

Cloud Computing Revenues Jumped 25% in 2016, With Strong Growth Ahead, Researcher Says

By Dan Richman, January 4th edition of GeekWire
“…Operator and vendor revenue for six segments of cloud computing reached $148 billion during that period, with spending on private clouds accounting for over half the total but spending on the public cloud growing much more rapidly. “Major barriers to cloud adoption are now almost a thing of the past, especially on the public-cloud side,” said Synergy Research Group founder and chief analyst Jeremy Duke in a release. “Cloud technologies are now generating massive revenues for technology vendors and cloud service providers, and yet there are still many years of strong growth ahead.”

Hybrid Cloud Will Be a Battlefield & Other Cloud Predictions

By Mitch Wagner, January 2nd edition of Light Reading
“Amazon had better watch its flank in 2017. Enemies are looking to break Amazon Web Services from its global domination, and hybrid is the battlefield on which these valiant warriors will make their stand. In other news: I’ve been learning about military history this year. Sometimes I get carried away with the metaphors. I’ll tone it down. Amazon Web Services Inc. has overwhelming domination of the Infrastructure and Platform as a Service (IaaS and PaaS) markets, with a 45% share of worldwide public IaaS, even though Microsoft and Google are growing faster. AWS is more than twice the size of Microsoft, Google and IBM cloud combined.”

Big Data 2017: The Future is Cloudy

By Tony Baer, January 3rd edition of ZDNet
“The old adage about two heads being better than one can well apply to this blog — except in this case, it’s three heads. And one of the fun things about writing this blog is getting the chance to pick up where my colleagues leave off. Last week, Andrew and George unveiled their crystal balls, and there was more than passing similarity to what we laid out in our Ovum forecast, available here. For the record, we predicted that machine learning would be the biggest disruptor for Big Data analytics going forward. It’s hard to ignore the machine learning and AI juggernaut.”

The Data Warehouse Has Failed, Will Cloud Computing Die Next?

By Adrian Bridgwater, January 4th edition of Forbes
“There’s a trend in IT firms. CEOs and evangelists like to try and coin the next major buzz phrase with the word ‘data’ in it. There’s big data, fast data, data analytics, data provenance, time-series data and then there are data lakes, data marts and the data warehouse. TechTarget defines the data warehouse as federated repository (either physical or logical) for all the data that an enterprise’s various business systems collect.”

Why Cloud Lock-In Might Actually Be Good For You

By Matt Asay, January 4th edition of TechRepublic
“As the enterprise world moves to the cloud, a variety of options for doing so without vendor lock-in have been proposed, with open source alternatives like OpenStack and CloudFoundry on offer to help enterprises buy into the cloud without getting locked into any particular cloud. All of this makes for great theory, but in practice, as Expedia vice president of technology Subbu Allamaraju argued, “anything that needs to be procured or downloaded, built, run, operated and maintained is up for lock-in,” with a future built on just a few public clouds that want your data, infrastructure, and everything else.”

Ford and Toyota Launch Consortium to Help Developers Build In-Car Apps

By Frederic Lardinois , January 3rd edition of TechCrunch
“…When Ford first open-sourced SmartDeviceLink, it donated the technology to the GENIVI Alliance. If you look at the GENIVI Alliance’s homepage today, though, you won’t find Ford or Toyota as members. “Previously, GENIVI may not have been the most neutral body in the world,” David Hatton, Ford’s global manager of mobile application, told me when I asked about what happened. Indeed, as Doug VanDagens, Ford’s representative on the SDL Consortium’s board, noted numerous times during our conversation, the group aims to give all the members a voice but remain neutral. That, too, is one of the reasons the companies decided to set up their own governing structure instead of going to the Linux Foundation or a similar organization for help.”

Ford and Toyota Just Became Allies in an Unusual Agreement

By Kristen Korosec, January 4th edition of Fortune
“Automakers are scrambling to offer connectivity to their increasingly tech-savvy consumer base and offer seamless integration between cars and smartphones. But not all are keen to connect with systems developed by Apple or Google. Ford Motor and Toyota Motor have formed a consortium to accelerate the deployment of open source software aimed at giving consumers more options in how they connect and control their smartphone apps. The organization is called the SmartDeviceLink (SDL) Consortium, a reference to an open source software version of Ford’s AppLink.”

How Shell Oil Is Taking DevOps and Agile to the Cutting Edge

By Jennifer Riggins, January 4th edition of The New Stack
“According to Gregory Dubus, the global sustainability and transition manager at Shell International, the future of DevOps and agile project management should be focused on sustainability and transition. Speaking recently at DevOps World in London, he pieced together the building blocks for the massive agile and DevOps transition at one of the world’s largest enterprises. He said, “At Shell, we are not using the term agile, we are using the term ‘Edge.’ Edge is a wrap up around Scrum and DevOps.” At Shell, they use Edge as an umbrella term to cover the embedding of agile and lean principles and practices across the whole company, which grew out of an IT initiative.”

Old-Line Companies Like Wal-Mart and GM Acquire Taste for Tech Startups

By Eliot Brown, December 30th edition of WSJ
“In late 2015, a commuter-shuttle startup caught the attention of Ford Motor Co. executive John Casesa, who runs global strategy for the auto maker. The startup, called Chariot, was growing fast and had an interesting crowdsourced reservation model, a staffer told him, suggesting a meeting. One year and a $65 million deal later, the San Francisco van service is owned by the Detroit giant, part of an acquisition-fueled push into new areas as an uncertain and perhaps driverless future looms. “We are in an era in our industry where M&A will be a frequently used instrument,” Mr. Casesa said.”

For Non-Tech Companies, if You Can’t Build It, Buy a Start-Up

By Leslie Picker, January 2nd edition of The NY Times
“For years, mergers and acquisitions in technology were fairly straightforward: Every investment bank kept a list of a dozen or so companies like Google and IBM that had a track record of acquisitions and cash to deploy. When the time and price were right, bankers would seek to match the tech giants with a start-up, and a deal would be hatched. Now the technology deal-making club has had its doors blown wide open. All kinds of companies, including century-old industrial stalwarts like General Motors and General Electric, are among the corporate giants acquiring tech start-ups of late.”

Software Development Still Lacks Agility

By George Leopold, January 4th edition of EnterpriseTech
“The growing desire to speed the deployment of enterprise software is being hampered by a shortfall in automation skills and “fragmented” testing processes. Lack of training and tools along with unclear testing processes were most often cited as obstacles to faster deployments, according to new software testing survey released this week. Continuous software delivery is a growing enterprise requirement, putting more pressure on DevOps teams to improve workflows through steps such as automate testing and other tools. That, the vendor survey issued by test management specialist Zephyr Inc. of Newark, Calif., is proving more difficult since nearly half of respondents said they lack the skills to deliver software continuously.”

IT Research Firm Gartner Is Buying CEB for $2.6 Billion

January 5th edition of Fortune
“IT research and advisory company Gartner Inc said on Thursday it would buy CEB Inc, a provider of business research and analysis, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $2.6 billion to expand its business services. The deal will broaden Gartner’s research business through the addition of CEB’s services, which include research and analysis related to human resources, sales, finance and the law. Gartner is offering $54 in cash and 0.2284 of its shares for each CEB share. The deal represents a premium of about 25 percent to CEB’s Wednesday close.”

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