This Week In Cloud July 21, 2017

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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 Open Container Initiative Launches Version 1.0 Of Its Container Specs

By Frederic Lardinois , July 19th edition of TechCrunch
“It took a while, but the Open Container Initiative (OCI) today announced the launch of the 1.0 versions of both its container runtime and image specs for software container. The two-year-old open source foundation was established by Docker and other leaders in the container ecosystem to be the guardian of exactly these specifications, which are basically the industry standards for container formats and runtimes. Docker kicked off much of the work on these specs when it donated the codebase of its container runtime to the OCI. Over time, the technical community also added a spec for the container image format to the project as well. Today, the OCI has over 40 members, which include virtually every major tech company that plays in the cloud space (think AWS, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, RedHat and VMware) as well as a number of container-focused startups like Rancher and Wercker.”

OCI Container Standards Arrive At Last

By Serdar Yegulalp, July 19th edition of InfoWorld
“The Open Container Initiative, a consortium founded to develop open standards around Docker-style containers across platforms, has delivered 1.0 milestones for two crucial specifications under its banner. The new standards aren’t likely to affect the way developers work with containers. The real impact is likely to be felt by commercial producers of container-related products, especially if they are angling to have OCI certification applied to what they produce. OCI’s newly finalized standards cover two key components of the container ecosystem — the image format for containers, and the runtime specification. The OCI Image Format, as the first is formally called, is easy enough to grasp. It describes the way a container image is laid out internally and what its various components are.”

Review: Windows Server Containers Are New And Strange

By Brien Posey, July 17th edition of InfoWorld
“Containers have been all the rage in the open source world for a number of years, but noticeably absent from Windows until now. In Windows Server 2016, Microsoft released its own container capabilities. Furthermore, Microsoft has given its customers the flexibility of operating containers at the Windows Server level or at the Hyper-V level. Before I go on, let me take just a moment to explain the basic concept of a container. Containers are a form of virtualization, but they are quite different from virtual machines. Virtual machines use hardware virtualization to allow multiple OS instances to run side by side, isolated from one another by the virtual machine structure.”

Google Container Engine Now Speaks Kubernetes 1.7

By Susan Hall, July 18th edition of The New Stack
“Google is touting its quick integration of Kubernetes 1.7, released at the end of June, into Google Container Engine. The turnaround time isn’t that surprising, considering Google was the original creator of the Kubernetes open source orchestration engine and still one of the primary contributors to the open source project. Major enterprise customers such as eBay, The New York Times and Philips are driving more maturity and focus on enterprise-grade security, extensibility, networking and hybrid networking features in both Kubernetes and Container Engine, according to Aparna Sinha, Google’s group product manager for Kubernetes and Container Engine.”

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. Microsoft is the first of the three major IaaS vendors – Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform – to offer a hybrid cloud that consists of an on-premises hardware/software bundle that runs the same software management tooling as the public cloud.”

Kubernetes The Future Of OpenStack, Says Tech And Strategy Exec

By Bev Terrell, July 17th edition of SiliconANGLE
“One of the original ideas behind OpenStack’s launch in 2010 was to give enterprises an open-source alternative to the public cloud hyperscalers and VMware Inc. in private cloud environments. While many concepts and their attendant technologies have worked out as planned, just as many plans have fallen by the wayside for various reasons. However, within the ecosystem of OpenStack, containers may be providing a much-needed ray of sunshine. “With Kubernetes [container orchestration management], I think this is the future,” said Randy Bias (pictured), vice president of technology and strategy, cloud software, at Juniper Networks Inc. Since Docker has not quite worked out as people have hoped, according to Bias, the move to Kubernetes is a good one because it has a much better set of rules that govern it, which he sees as leading to faster innovation.”

Microsoft Prepares SQL Server 2017 for Linux and Containers

By Mary Branscombe, July 12th edition of InfoWorld
“The first release candidate of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2017 is available this week, adding a handful of smaller updates to the major new features in this release, which comes a little more than a year after SQL Server 2016. The best-known new feature is support for Linux (RHEL, SUSE Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu), and for containers running on Windows, Linux and macOS; that includes Always On availability groups for high availability integrated with native Linux clustering tools like Pacemaker. RC1 adds support for Microsoft’s Active Directory authentication system for Windows or Linux clients to SQL Server on Linux using domain credentials and using the Transportation Layer Security (TLS) encryption scheme (1.0, 1.1 or 1.2) to encrypt data transmitted from client applications to SQL Server on Linux.”

Here’s What You May See From the Amazon-VMware Alliance

By Barb Darrow, July 18th edition of Fortune
“There may soon be more news on Amazon and VMware’s nine-month-old partnership. Last October, Amazon and VMware— which had been rivals in public cloud computing—inked a surprise alliance. Together, they said they would ensure that key VMware data center technology would run on Amazon Web Services data centers. The fruit of that deal, a product called VMware Cloud on AWS, was promised for delivery in the middle of 2017. This still has not happened, although a VMware spokesman said the product remains on track for mid year. When Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell, speaking at Fortune Brainstorm Tech on Monday, hinted at more news on this front next month at an annual VMware even, some industry followers assumed he meant that VMware, partly owned by Dell Technologies, would announce the product’s actual launch at that time. And that may well be the case.”

Report: Google Takes Steps To Commercialize Quantum Computing

By Stephanie Condon, July 17th edition of ZDNet
“Google is taking steps to spur the development of commercial applications for its quantum computing technology, Bloomberg reports, with the ultimate intent of offering quantum cloud services. The internet giant is reportedly giving scientists and AI researchers access to its quantum computers over the internet. Additionally, Bloomberg reports that Google has a new lab called an “Embryonic quantum data center,” as well as an open-source effort called ProjectQ to encourage developers to write code for quantum computers. Unlike digital computers, which use ones and zeros to perform calculations, quantum computers use subatomic quantum bits, or qubits. Qubits can be in multiple states at once and are consequently capable of carrying out more calculations in parallel.”

Quantum Computing in the Enterprise: Not So Wild a Dream

By Doug Black, July 16th edition of EnterpriseTech
“This publication examines the migration of HPC technologies from the specialized realms of supercomputing to business-ready solutions for compute- and data-intensive business problems. As such, quantum computing isn’t covered frequently – it resides in the nether regions of theoretical possibility, if not in incubation then in infancy. But quantum computing nonetheless compels our interest as the mother of all potential computational breakthroughs, something commensurate, technologically speaking, to our capacity for wonder. Impressive as are the throughput gains from GPUs, FPGAs, ASICs, ARM and the latest generation of CPUs, we know they’ll all be relegated to the dustbin of computing history if quantum computing becomes a practical reality.”

The Incredible Shrinking Time To Legacy. On Time to Suck As a Metric For Dev and Ops

By James Governor, July 17th edition of RedMonk
“I’ve had a riff for a while about Developer Time To Suck, the half life of a product or project before developers decide it is time to find something else bright and shiny to play with. It used to be that a new technology had a few years before it was seen as boring. In tech, like in politics, you were the future once. But the window is shrinking all the time. It used to be that a developer choice was cool for about five to seven years. Today not so much. MongoDB is a case in point… Turns out of course it’s not just Developer Time To Suck that is shrinking. Operations is heading the same way. Cloud Native is a proxy for saying much the same thing. But then, something is being written right now that will supplant Kubernetes.”

Banks Will Replace Legacy Core In Stages, Says SAP

By Tom Groenfeldt, July 18th edition of Forbes
“SAP, which has struggled for years to get a U.S. customer for a new core banking system, is taking a new approach, said Falk Rieker, global head of banking at SAP. “We are seeing a bit of a change from pure replacement to renewal enhancements. We see banks adopt certain functionality — API is the key term.” APIs, or application programming interfaces, can let banks connect new modules to existing legacy cores to provide updated, real-time services, or to replace older technology one piece at a time rather than undertake a complete changeover. For several years SAP sales people were looking at the aging Hogan systems, used by some of the country’s largest banks, as targets for replacement.”

Enterprise Spending On Public Cloud to Hit $266B in 2021, Driven By SaaS, Cloud Apps

By Macy Bayern, July 18th edition of TechRepublic
“The United States is set to become the largest market for public cloud services, assuming over 60% of global public cloud services, according to a new report from IDC. In addition, total worldwide spending is projected to reach $266 billion by 2021, with $163 billion accounted for by the US, the report said. “Professional services, banking, and telecommunications are the three fastest growing industries worldwide over the forecast period,” Eileen Smith, program director of Customer Insights and Analysis, said in a press release. Software as a Service (SaaS), composed of system infrastructure software (SIS) and applications, will continue as the leading mode of cloud computing. SaaS encompasses nearly two thirds of all public cloud spending in 2017 and is projected to capture nearly 60% by 2021, the report stated. Over half of public cloud spending comes from big businesses with more than 1,000 employees, according to the report.”

Businesses Will Spend $128 Billion On Public Cloud This Year, Says IDC

By Natalie Gagliordi, July 18th edition of ZDNet
“Spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $266 billion in 2021, according the latest data from IDC. Public cloud services spending is expected to reach $128 billion in 2017, up 25.4 percent over 2016. Sofware-as-a-Service (SaaS) will dominate as the top cloud computing type, capturing two-thirds of all public cloud spending this year. Customer relationship management applications and enterprise resource management will also account for significant public cloud spending throughout the forecast period, while Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) will ramp up with the fastest growth rates.”

Oracle Now Lets Customers Run Cloud SaaS Apps In Their Own Data Centers

By Blair Hanley Frank, July 19th edition of VentureBeat
“Oracle customers can now start deploying the company’s software-as-a-service applications in their private data centers with an update to its Cloud at Customer portfolio announced today. The changes will allow businesses to rent hardware that runs the same enterprise resource planning, human capital management, customer experience, and supply chain management applications that are available through Oracle’s public cloud services. In addition, Oracle expanded the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities of the Cloud at Customer hardware. Customers can now get hardware that will let them run the company’s Database Cloud, Analytics Cloud, Container Cloud, and other services in their private data centers. The hardware has also been upgraded with faster CPUs and NVMe storage, which reduces latency.”

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