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This Week in Cloud June 2, 2017

Ryan Quackenbush

By Ryan Quackenbush6.2.17

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.

If you’ve got an eye for technology but don’t have the time to keep track of everything cloud, let us give you a hand!

Just How Many Darned Developers Are There In The World? GitHub Is Puzzled

By James Governor, May 26th edition of RedMonk
“Just how many darned developers are there in the world? At GitHub Satellite in London this week CEO Chris Wanstrath gave a great keynote about the ongoing revolution in software development. One of the themes was what on the face of it is a straightforward question – how many developers are there in the world? Of course the question is not straightforward. Counting people is always hard, and the definitions are slippery. I am not a statistician or actuary, but we don’t seem to have to have it pinned down. Wanstrath said that the current commonly used estimate was 20m software developers. This figure though proved to be a bit of a strawman.”

Here’s The Single Biggest Reason Telcos Have Failed In The Cloud

By Matt Asay, May 26th edition of TechRepublic
“Remember how telcos were supposed to be relevant in cloud computing? How being experts in networking resources was expected to translate into big cloud dollars? How their built-in stable of small, medium, and large enterprises was thought to be a golden ticket against book (Amazon), packaged software (Microsoft), and ad sellers (Google)? Yeah, that didn’t work so well. It’s not that telcos’ expertise in network infrastructure isn’t needed. As Pivotal’s Richard Seroter pointed out to me, “having a network helps…but it doesn’t seem that telcos know how to capitalize on that unique dimension.” In other words, while they’ve fixated on their networking assets, successful clouds take the network as essential table stakes, and drive adoption through other services.”

Why You’re Still Scared Of The Cloud (It’s Not About Security Or Reliability)

By Jason Perlow, May 31st edition of ZDNet
“One of the things I enjoy about returning to services delivery at a large solutions provider partner since my tenures at IBM and Microsoft is that I get to interact in a trusted advisor role with small and medium-sized businesses. I can affect changes that I know will really help them improve their processes and become more agile — which will ultimately help them grow their business to the next level. It’s very, very different than dealing with IT departments in large corporations, where there are usually multiple levels of responsibility. More often than not I was dealing with C-seats and prime stakeholders, the very folks who were signing the checks.”

Companies Don’t Want To Get Locked In To Cloud Services

By Tess Townsend, May 31st edition of Re/Code
“Companies are increasingly worried about getting locked in with cloud vendors and not being able to switch to new providers, according to Mary Meeker’s annual internet trends report. In 2015, 22 percent of respondents said they were concerned about lock-in, compared with 7 percent in 2012, according to Meeker. The data cited comes from Bain and Morgan Stanley. Meanwhile, over the same time period, a decreasing share of respondents said they were worried about data security in cloud computing, and the cost of using cloud services. That’s significant for cloud services like Amazon’s AWS and Google Cloud. Startups today use at least one of the major cloud services, and the concern over being locked in suggests they’re having to pick a big provider for the foreseeable future.”

First The Cloud, Now AI Takes On The Scientific Method

By John Timmer, May 28th edition of ARS Technica
“Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked that, if you wait long enough, you can produce an old result using new methods, manage to get it published, and everyone will be impressed. I think his time limit was 15 years. Apparently, when it comes to big ideas about science (rather than scientific results), the schedule’s a bit accelerated. Just shy of 10 years ago, Chris Anderson, then Editor-in-Chief at Wired, published a piece in which he claimed that cloud computing was making the scientific method irrelevant. All those models and theories didn’t matter, so long as an algorithm could identify patterns in your data. The piece was wrong then, as I explained at the time (see below). It hasn’t gotten any more right in the meantime.”

Capgemini: The ‘Cloud-Native’ Age Is Now

By Adrian Bridgwater, May 31st edition of Forbes
“Technology consultancy and outsourcing specialist Capgemini would this month have us believe that its latest research project has identified a significant rise in cloud computing adoption. More specifically, Capgemini points to a what it claims is a tangible rise in so-called ‘cloud native’ software applications and services i.e. those apps and online services built specifically for an online cloud-connected existence… But what really is a cloud-native software application in the first place and what do we mean by this term? SVP for enterprise cloud services at Capgemini Vikrant Karnik explains that a good example would be an application that is updated often, or one in an area where a firm is trying out a new business model.”

How Cosmos DB Ensures Data Consistency In The Global Cloud

By Simon Bisson, May 30th edition of InfoWorld
“Cloud computing isn’t like working on-premises. Instead of limiting code to one or maybe two datacenters, we’re designing systems that span not just continents but the entire world. And that’s where we start to get issues. Even using fiber connections, the latency of crossing the Atlantic Ocean is around 60ms, though in practice delays are around 75ms. The Pacific is wider, so latency through trans-Pacific fiber is around 100ms. Delays add up, and they make it hard to ensure that distributed databases are in sync. That makes it harder still to be sure that a query in the U.K. will return the same result as one in the U.S. Yes, most replication strategies mean that eventually the two will have the same content, but there’s a big question over just when that will happen. If the connections are busy, or there a lot of database writes, data can easily get delayed.”

Chaos As Global IT Failure Takes Out All British Airways Flights Out Of London

By Mike Butcher, May 27th edition of TechCrunch
“British Airways has a problem. Its new IT system has completely crashed five times inside a year, and today it added a sixth global crash to the roster. All flights from Heathrow and Gatwick have been cancelled until at least 6pm in London tonight, affecting all BA flights globally. The airline is asking passengers not to come to the airports. The system failure also took out the BA website for two hours. Travelers at airports serviced by BA are predictably flooding the company’s Twitter account with complaints. The airline has said it has found no evidence of a cyberattack, despite some reports of BA staff telling passengers this. It’s highly unlikely to be a cyberattack at this point, but let’s keep our minds open.”

JFrog Looks Beyond Containers to Address the Hybrid Cloud

By Alex Handy, May 26th edition of The New Stack
“As in many tech conferences these days, containers were the hot topic at the JFrog Swamp UP conference in Napa, California this week. But unlike the typical discussion of their benefits and pitfalls, many of the talks at this conference focused heavily on the care, feeding, and management of containers at scale. Matthew Moore, software engineer at Google, gave a detailed explanation of how containers are built at Google. The talk focused heavily on Google’s internal build system, Bazel, which is also available as an open source project. Internally at Google, said Moore, the teams have been building and using containers for a long time. This means that there have already been a few attempts to smooth some of the rough edges of dealing with containers.”

The End of Innovation, The End of IT?

By Andrew White, June 1st edition of Gartner
“I noted a fascinating “Comment” in today’s US print edition of the Financial Times… The point of the article is that the chemicals industry has gone full circle… So is IT in the same boat as the chemicals industry? Is SAP, Oracle, SalesForce, Amazon, Google, and others just moving the pieces around on the board, on a board that is not really being expanded with game-changing innovation? This is an interesting question and one that can’t be easily or quickly answered, or dismissed.”

Build A Kubernetes Cluster On Azure Container Service

By Mike Pfeiffer, May 31st edition of TechTarget
“While containers make it easy for developers to build and deploy new applications, there’s a big difference between running containers in development vs. production. Modern, production-grade applications need to scale to meet fluctuations in demand, and the infrastructure they run on needs to be resilient to individual component failures. As a result, most public cloud providers offer services that can accommodate containers in production, such as Microsoft’s Azure Container Service. With Azure Container Service, you can build a cluster of VMs that are preconfigured with Docker container support. Along with that cluster, you select an open source container orchestration tool — Docker Swarm, DC/OS or Kubernetes — to manage and scale your containerized apps. These orchestration tools ensure that the services the containers provide can be load balanced across multiple nodes in the cluster and can scale horizontally to meet spikes in demand.”

​Kubernetes Leads Container Orchestration

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, May 31st edition of ZDNet
“At CoreOS Fest, 451 Research and CoreOS revealed that containers are being adopted by enterprises to increase efficiency and developer productivity in hybrid cloud deployments. That’s no surprise. What’s more interesting is that 71 percent of the survey’s respondents said they were using Kubernetes. Why? “Organizations are looking for ways to create a consistent developer deployment model across on-premises and hybrid clouds,” said Jay Lyman, 451 Research’s Principal Analyst. “The need to empower developers, the push to realize the benefits of public clouds and need to support mission critical on-premise applications have created multiple computing environments within the enterprise. In order to manage this increasingly chaotic IT infrastructure and avoid the mistakes of the past, organizations are turning to container software to deliver a single platform for application deployment across clouds and operationalized efficiency across the organization..”

Cisco and IBM Team Up On Security

By Robert Hackett, May 31st edition of Fortune
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so the saying goes. As the WannaCry ransomware attacks lit up the globe earlier this month, the security research teams at Cisco and IBM set up an open line of communication with one another as they scrambled, along with the rest of the world, to ascertain the digital worm’s damage and to prevent others from falling victim. Now the pair of companies is consummating the partnership. Cisco and IBM have decided to join forces to swap threat intelligence between their internal research groups when investigating major hacks moving forward. The two companies are also planning to add product integrations that connect their portfolios over the course of the year.”

So What Even Is A Service Mesh? Hot Take On Istio And Linkerd

By James Governor, May 31st edition of RedMonk
“Remember that time, when we used to blithely use Docker and microservices interchangeably? Docker has proved to be excellent in simplifying dev and test workflows, while Kubernetes has emerged as a strong alternative center of gravity for deployment of container-based apps. But it’s still early days in terms of production deployment of container based apps, especially of microservices-based ones apps. What’s a service mesh? It’s the thing that focuses on solving all of those problems. Routing, rerouting for graceful degradation as services fail, secure inter service communications. Abstracting the networking and messaging in microservices based deployments.”

Cisco: Secure IoT Networks, Not The Devices

By Brandon Butler, May 23rd edition of Network World
“Derrick Harris offers a great analysis of Google’s AI-driven approach to cloud computing, but the subtext is perhaps even more interesting: The cloud is on lock-in overdrive. We’ve spent the last decade unhooking data infrastructure from proprietary systems. As Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson rightly stated: “No dominant platform-level software infrastructure has emerged in the last ten years in closed-source, proprietary form.” Well, except for the big-three cloud providers, each of which is wholly proprietary, and becoming more so with each passing day. As Harris wrote, “All three providers will offer Nvidia’s best GPUs for rent in their clouds, just like they all offer managed versions of popular technologies such as Spark or MySQL, but they hope to make their marks with homemade technologies you can’t get anywhere else.”

Meg Whitman Says HPE Has to Reconsider This Business

By Barb Darrow, June 1st edition of Fortune
“For the second quarter in a row, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise chief executive officer Meg Whitman said that one part of the company’s business—which sells servers to big cloud and telecommunications providers—was slammed by lower sales to a “single tier one” customer. Whitman, again, attributed lower-than-expected server sales to declining orders from a single customer, which she never identified but others have speculated to be Microsoft. But this time, Whitman said that HPE has to think about whether it even makes sense to stay in that business. That’s because, in this arena, HPE depends heavily on that one customer. And Whitman expects that customer’s purchases to keep declining over the next few quarters from what is “a pretty big number,” she noted on the company’s second quarter earnings call.”

Ryan Quackenbush
Ryan Quackenbush

Ryan Quackenbush is the Advocacy Programs Manager at Apprenda. His cooking is renowned, his record collection and library are extensive and, when not at Apprenda, he can usually be found rooting for the Mets or playing live music. You can follow him on Twitter at @RSQuackenbush.

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