This Week in Cloud July 28, 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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Independent for two years, Kubernetes is at the Center of the Cloud — and Now Comes the Hard Part

By Tom Krazit, July 21st edition of GeekWire
“The cloud computing world might be a different place if Google hadn’t open-sourced Kubernetes and donated the project to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation two years ago today. Instead, Kubernetes looks like it will be a future cornerstone for software development teams that are rapidly modernizing their software development practices. Kubernetes is open-source container-orchestration software that lets companies take advantage of the infrastructure management lessons Google learned over years of running the most popular destination on the internet. It’s a powerful way to manage your computing resources, and despite a deserved reputation for frustrating the hell out of users during the setup process, it’s quickly becoming the go-to method for managing containers and could be the path away from cloud vendor lock-in.”

I Want to Break Free! Kubernetes Has a Life Beyond Containers

By Maxwell Cooter, July 24th edition of The Register
“The move to containerisation has been built on a simple formula: containers mean Docker and container management means Kubernetes. Let’s disregard the first part of that formula and concentrate on the second half – the rise of Kubernetes as the container management software of choice, running on servers. But although this is how it’s commonly regarded, Kubernetes has a much richer part to play, one that can offer companies so much more. According to Sebastien Goasguen, director of cloud technologies at Bitnami and author of the Kubernetes Cookbook, it’s a mistake to think of Kubernetes as software to manage containers. “Extending Kubernetes has always been the aim: it should be seen as a platform you can build on,” he says.”

Why Kubernetes’ Platform Prowess Is A Bigger Threat To Amazon Than Its Containers

By Matt Asay, July 24th edition of TechRepublic
“According to some reports, Amazon Web Services (AWS) feels threatened by Kubernetes, and not because Kubernetes has become a rallying cry for the “Anyone but AWS” club. As Kubernetes becomes the industry’s default way to manage containers, and as the enterprise goes gaga for containerization, Kubernetes gives enterprises a way to run workloads across different clouds—not merely AWS. AWS, apparently, is now building a Kubernetes service, though the company refused to confirm or deny this when I asked. In so doing, AWS is likely responding to Kubernetes’ promise well beyond orchestrating containers. That may be short-sighted. As Bitnami’s Sebastien Goasguen told The Register, Kubernetes “should be seen as a platform you can build on,” and not merely a container tool.”

This Week in Scalability: System Backups in the Container Era

By Joab Jackson, July 22nd edition of The New Stack
“As we gear up to release our next e-book on the Kubernetes open source container orchestration engine (check with us in about a month), we have been reviewing how well K8s has been making its way into the enterprise — the true determinant of whether the software becomes an essential component of “the new stack,” so to speak. Reviewing our notes from Kubecon 2017, held earlier this year in Berlin, we found some powerful testimonies from both Salesforce and Comcast. Salesforce is using it in a pilot program to power three cloud-native services, with plans to be running 20 services by the end of the year. When the company’s engineers were considering different orchestration options, they immediately appreciated the smarts behind the Kubernetes. After all, many had come from other jobs managing large at-scale workloads. “We were, frankly, blown away. The development velocity was incredible, even back then,” Salesforce Principal Architect Steve Sandke said of the developers behind Kubernetes. “These people clearly knew what they were doing.”

ContainerShip Launches Its Fully Managed Kubernetes Service

By Frederic Lardinois , July 25th edition of TechCrunch
“ContainerShip, which launched at Disrupt NY 2015, helps developers deploy their containerized applications on virtually all of the major cloud platforms. In its early days, the company mostly bet on Docker and its own container management tools for handling its users’ containers, but, as the company announced today, it is now adding support for the Google-incubated Kubernetes container orchestration tool and launching its fully managed Kubernetes offering. “Over the past five months we noticed an explosion of Kubernetes and made the decision some time ago to add integration with Kubernetes as a scheduler,” ContainerShip co-founder and CEO Phil Dougherty told me. “The customers we were getting were happy with our scheduler but the whole Kubernetes project and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and other organizations have done quite the job of making it hard to ignore Kubernetes from a marketing perspective.”

Ease Into Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure

By Simon Bisson, July 25th edition of InfoWorld
“Managing containerized applications at scale is a new kind of challenge, especially if you’re planning on automating as much of the operations as possible. There is a fundamental disconnect between containers and the underlying infrastructure of our datacenters, one that makes it difficult to map containers onto the available physical and virtual resources. That’s where datacenter-scale tools such as Kubernetes come into play, providing an essential new management layer to control how and where our containers run. Originally developed and open sourced by a team at Google, the Kubernetes project is now managed by the independent Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Kubernetes is available on all of the major public cloud platforms including Azure. Perhaps best thought of as a datacenter operating system, Kubernetes monitors the resources used by a containerized application and deploys its elements on the underlying infrastructure to ensure that services operate correctly, managing the mapping between the requirements of the containers and the capabilities of the underlying infrastructure.”

Microsoft Joins Everyone But Amazon In Cloud Foundation

By Barb Darrow, July 26th edition of Fortune
“Microsoft just joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a group dedicated to promoting a modern way for businesses to run their software. The group touts Kubernetes, a hot technology used to deploy and manage what are known as software containers. Containers let businesses pack the components needed to run a given software application into bundles that can theoretically run in their own data centers or an outside public cloud. In that way it helps the customer avoid being locked into any one cloud provider. Microsoft’s membership in the group is a formal endorsement of Kubernetes.”

Google Says It Has Tripled Its Big Cloud Deals Over The Last Year

By Tess Townsend, July 24th edition of Re/Code
“Google scored three times as many large deals for its cloud service in the second quarter as it did in the same period last year, according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. He defined large deals as those greater than $500,000. The statistic, which he shared during Google parent company Alphabet’s earnings call, applied to all of Google’s cloud business. That means the growth refers to both Google Cloud Platform and Google’s productivity tools in G Suite. “It does display the traction we’re having with cloud in the market,” Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat said of the statistic during the question and answer portion of the earnings call.”

The Cloud Wars Explained: Amazon Is Dominating, But Microsoft and Google Are Striking Back

By Matt Weinberger, July 22nd edition of Business Insider
“The cloud computing market is dominated by some familiar names. Amazon’s cloud service is its most profitable unit. Microsoft has pegged its future to its cloud computing businesses, leading to a very enthusiastic response from Wall Street. Google, too, is betting big on cloud computing as something that could be bigger than its advertising business. What exactly are these companies selling? Who’s buying it? And why is one company that wasn’t even in enterprise technology a decade ago — Amazon — beating the pants off everyone else? Here’s the state of play in the cloud game.”

Google vs Amazon: Who Will Win The Cloud Pricing War?

By Nick Heath, July 20th edition of TechRepublic
“Google and Amazon Web Services have been fighting price wars for years, driving down the cost of spinning up servers in their cloud platforms in an attempt to be the cheapest game in town. That wrangling continues: this month Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced its 62nd price cut, while earlier this year Google lowered the cost of reserving cloud infrastructure upfront by introducing Committed Use Discounts (CUD). In reality, the options for configuring and paying for cloud infrastructure vary so greatly that what typically determines which platform, AWS or Google Cloud Platform (GCP), will be the most cost-effective is how that platform will be used. However, recent analyses commonly cite GCP as the slightly cheaper option for compute and storage.”

What Does ‘Hybrid Cloud’ Mean? It Depends On Whom You Ask

By Stephanie Condon, July 25th edition of ZDNet
“As businesses across industries move their workloads to the cloud, they’re often relying on hybrid solutions. Not everyone in the enterprise space, however, has exactly the same idea of what “hybrid cloud” actually means. A new survey conducted by the cloud infrastructure company Stratoscale finds that C-level executives define hybrid cloud slightly differently than IT specialists. When asked, “What does hybrid cloud mean to you?” the plurality of executives (44 percent) said it means that different workloads belong in different environments. Another 33 percent said it means the ability to move workloads between private and public cloud. By comparison, IT specialists were effectively split between the two answers (39 percent and 38 percent, respectively).”

The Relationship Between The Cloud And DevOps

By Aater Suleman, July 21st edition of Forbes
“Most companies understand that if they want to increase their competitiveness in today’s swiftly changing world, they can’t ignore digital transformation. DevOps and cloud computing are oft-touted as vital ways companies can achieve this needed transformation, though the relationship between the two is often confusing, as DevOps is about process and process improvement whereas cloud computing is about technology and services. Not mutually exclusive, it’s important to understand how the cloud and DevOps work together to help businesses achieve their transformation goals.”

Edge Computing: AT&T’s Next Big Play?

By Carol Wilson, July 24th edition of Light Reading
“Network operators are “uniquely positioned” to convert their central offices and cell towers into distributed computing facilities to support a wide range of third-party applications including self-driving cars, industrial robotics and augmented/virtual reality, a top AT&T executive is saying. And this could be the move that gets telecom operators back into the cloud computing game big time. Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, isn’t saying every one of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)’s 65,000 cell towers and roughly 5000 COs will become edge computing sites. But that footprint, unique to network operators, represents an advantage in creating distributed cloud computing for high-intensity applications like AR/VR and self-driving cars, that will require much more compute power than devices will be able to deliver.”

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