This Week In Cloud July 14, 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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What Cloud Computing Really Means

By Eric Knorr, Juy 10th edition of InfoWorld
“The “cloud” in cloud computing originated from the habit of drawing the internet as a fluffy cloud in network diagrams. No wonder the most popular meaning of cloud computing refers to running workloads over the internet remotely in a commercial provider’s data center—the so-called “public cloud” model. AWS (Amazon Web Services), Salesforce’s CRM system, and Google Cloud Platform all exemplify this popular notion of cloud computing. But there’s another, more precise meaning of cloud computing: the virtualization and central management of data center resources as software-defined pools. This technical definition of cloud computing describes how public cloud service providers run their operations. The key advantage is agility: the ability to apply abstracted compute, storage, and network resources to workloads as needed and tap into an abundance of pre-built services.”

Moving into Production, Staying in the Cloud

By Larry Seltzer, July 13th edition of ZDNet
“You probably know by now that the economics of the cloud are compelling. The economics of the public cloud are even more so, because you let go of a lot of capital resources and risk. But about all that risk: Is it too risky to host your applications in the public cloud? There was a time, perhaps, but we’re well past it. The major public cloud providers have very mature platforms and vast pools of expertise, and security vendors are building out their cloud expertise, as well. Even large, sophisticated, and security-obsessed institutions like JP Morgan Chase are using the public cloud. Last year, Deutsche Bank reported that public cloud adoption among big banks was widespread. And it’s not just banks.”

IT Infrastructure Spending To Rise 12.4% In 2017, Driven By The Cloud

By Mike Wheatley, July 7th edition of SiliconANGLE
“The insatiable demand for more public and private cloud services among enterprises will drive a 12.4 percent surge in information technology infrastructure spending this year, according to analyst firm International Data Corp. IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, released Wednesday, says spending on servers, storage and Ethernet switches should top $40.1 billion by the end of this year. Of that, almost 61 percent will be spent by companies looking to outfit public cloud hosting data centers. IDC said spending on public cloud data centers will rise 13.8 percent year-over-year, while the amount spent on off-premises private cloud deployments will rise 11.9 percent in the same period.”

Why Health Care Research Needs Multitenant Orchestration to Save Lives

By Scott M Fulton III, July 6th edition of The New Stack
“We often talk about organizations running hybrid workloads on hybrid platforms using hybrid architectures. And we preach about hybridization as though it’s a voluntary evolutionary step that organizations should take. But we rarely consider the hybrid organization — the user of a platform that is, in and of itself, a conglomerate or an amalgam of various classes of users in differing capacities scattered throughout the planet. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington is, on its face, a single research facility that just happens to claim the largest repository of human health data anywhere in the world. But that repository is by virtue of a unique organizational structure that flips the whole question of hybridization on its ear (assuming that such an organization keeps its ears in the same place). From the perspective of the applications it uses, IHME is a hybrid organization. A few hundred research facilities worldwide, all of whom have some responsibility for gathering health care data, also share it.”

How Do the Mega-Vendors’ Cloud Strategies Compare – Update

By Andrew White, July 14th edition of Gartner
“Cloud-based business applications, or SaaS, describe and support what a business actually does, and are therefore more important to a CEO and business leaders such as sales, marketing, supply chain, operations etc. Cloud infrastructure does not describe what a business does; infrastructure (storage, processing and pipes) is more important to the CIO, and this describes what IT does (to support the business apps, among other things). Platform as a Service is another kind of IT centric topic in that it provides a platform on which users can assemble their own custom apps, applets or large-scale applications.”

IoT In The USA: 3,000 Companies, $125B In Funding, $613B In Valuation, 342,000 Employees

By Janakiram MSV, July 10th edition of Forbes
“2,888 businesses building the Internet of Things employ 342,000 workers, have raised $125 billion in funding, and have created $613 billion in value. 95 of them are now unicorns: billion-dollar startups. Spoke Intelligence and ReadWrite, an IoT-focused publication and accelerator, just released their inaugural IoT Revolution handbook, and the numbers are very, very significant. 2,748 companies in the U.S. alone, plus another 140 in Canada, make the IoT scene in North America. (Disclosure: I am an unpaid advisor with a small equity stake in ReadWrite Labs. I did not participate in this research.)”

How To Get Started With Kubernetes

By Serdar Yegulalp, July 12th edition of InfoWorld
“With every innovation comes new complications. Containers made it possible to package and run applications in a convenient, portable form factor, but managing containers at scale is challenging to say the least. Kubernetes, the product of work done internally at Google to solve that problem, provides a single framework for managing how containers are run across a whole cluster. The services it provides are generally lumped together under the catch-all term “orchestration,” but that covers a lot of territory: scheduling containers, service discovery between containers, load balancing across systems, rolling updates/rollbacks, high availability, and more. In this guide we’ll walk through the basics of setting up Kubernetes and populating it with container-based applications. This isn’t intended to be an introduction to Kubernetes’s concepts, but rather a way to show how those concepts come together in simple examples of running Kubernetes.”

The High Cost Of Free: On Serverless, Convenience And Security Vulnerabilities

By James Governor, July 7th edition of RedMonk
“Jeffconf today was excellent, but the talk that really stuck with me was Guy Podjarny, founder of Snyk, because he introduced an idea I had never considered before. At RedMonk we spend a fair bit of time discussing the power of convenience in technology adoption, but also its potential costs and downsides. As a metaphor think of how absurdly convenient plastic packaging is, but also how damaging. So what happens in the serverless economy, where you don’t need to pay for a function until it is actually used? Well for one thing, just like plastic bottles, you’re less likely to dispose of them effectively. In microservices we talk about disposability as a virtue, but with serverless it’s so easy to deploy code, why bother getting rid of it? When it comes to security though, poor code hygiene essentially leads to bigger attack surfaces, which is A Bad Thing.”

The 2 Biggest Problems With Serverless Computing

By Matt Asay, July 11th edition of TechRepublic
“Serverless is a big deal, and for good reason. As Pariveda Solutions architect Phillip Manwaring has suggested, serverless computing, a la AWS Lambda, is a way for developers to focus on “ephemeral functions which encapsulate your business logic and expose organizational capabilities,” thereby structuring “your solutions and tak[ing] care of boilerplate, undifferentiated heavy lifting for you.” In other words: Serverless helps developers focus on solving business problems, not futzing with technology infrastructure. That’s the good news. The bad news is that serverless can make things so much easier that good developers can find themselves making really bad decisions about security.”

IBM Launches New IT Management Services Platform Powered By Watson

By Tas Bindi, July 12rd edition of ZDNet
“IBM has announced the launch of a new cloud-based services platform powered by Watson, enabling organisations to autonomously manage their IT operations. The IBM Services Platform with Watson — designed for organisations with hybrid cloud infrastructure — is touted as being able to preempt, proactively resolve, and prevent problems from occurring in the future, as well as provide IT teams with real-time visibility over their hybrid IT environment so that they can make faster, data-driven decisions, the company said. The addition of Watson, which IBM said serves as the “cognitive insights engine of the platform”, brings automation to more complex tasks such as continuous compliance, autonomous governance, and self-service and automated provisioning.”

IBM Expands Partnership With App Developer

By George Leopold, July 10th edition of EnterpriseTech
“IBM has been working with an application developer startup called Lightbend Inc. on artificial intelligence, cognitive and other distributed applications, most destined to run in the cloud. The startup announced this week that IBM has extended their collaboration by leading a $15 million funding round that also includes Intel Capital and a group of venture capital backers. Launched in 2011 under the name Typesafe, Lightbend was founded by Martin Odersky, creator of the Scala programming language. Joining IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) in the early funding round were Bain Capital Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Juniper Ventures and Shasta Ventures.”

Google Container Engine Update Adds The Latest Version Of Kubernetes And New Security Features

By Tom Krazit, July 12th edition of GeekWire
“Container orchestration products are becoming extremely important for companies that have embraced modern software development principles, and Google updated its take on this market Wednesday with support for a project that’s near and dear to the company’s heart. Google Container Engine now runs Kubernetes 1.7, which was released late last month. Google thinks it is the first company to update its commercial container orchestration service to the new version of Kubernetes, which was developed internally at Google and released to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation in 2015.”

Google Touts More Responsive Cloud Services As It Expands In Europe

By Nick Heath, July 13th edition of TechRepublic
“Google has launched a new datacenter hub in London, a move it says will reduce latency for its cloud services customers in Europe. The new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) London datacenter region opened today, the tenth GCP region to open worldwide, with more planned in Frankfurt, the Netherlands and Finland. Google says using London-based infrastructure to serve cloud customers in the UK will roughly halve latency, compared to the previous option of using Belgium-based infrastructure. That reduction from about 8ms to 4ms latency “doesn’t sound like much”, said Ben Treynor Sloss, VP of engineering for Google, but when there are multiple interactions between on-premise and GCP infrastructure that speed-up can make a difference.”

Azure Stack: Microsoft’s Private-Cloud Platform And What IT Pros Need To Know About It

By Brandon Butler, July 14th edition of Network World
“Microsoft’s release of Azure Stack, an on-premises version of its public cloud, could be important for networking and data center pros for one simple reason: It gives customers a way to use a popular and familiar cloud platform without shipping their sensitive data into a multi-tenant environment. Azure Stack is software from Microsoft that’s been certified to run on a select group of partners’ hardware and is intended to look and feel just like the Azure public cloud. In addition to providing a common management platform between the public and private cloud, Azure Stack is important for another reason too: none of Microsoft’s biggest public cloud competitors have anything like it.”

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