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This Week in Cloud June 30, 2017

Ryan Quackenbush

By Ryan Quackenbush6.30.17

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.
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IBM Teams With Apprenda To Bring .NET Workloads To IBM Cloud

By Sinclair Schuller, June 20th edition of IBM Cloud Blog
“…Apprenda’s relationship with IBM started organically, based on customer feedback and interactions. Both companies have a mutual interest in solving the joint problem of offering Bluemix support and services such as Watson to Apprenda customers while equipping IBM customers with the ability to migrate existing Windows and .NET apps to Bluemix. The companies started off with a set of whiteboard sessions, talking through business, customer pain and the engineering effort it would take. The goal was to support Windows and .NET for Bluemix customers and weave that in with Bluemix cognitive services. Today, with .NET support in Bluemix, developers can very quickly cloud enable .NET applications without a lot of work. They simply move the application to the platform and can attach cognitive services or cloud-scale storage to mix their existing .NET view of the world with the more modern outcome that they want. The solution goes beyond an onboarding mechanism for existing .NET apps. It transforms applications in a low-friction way to be as cognitive as possible.”

Morgan Stanley: Cloud Computing Is At ‘An Inflection Point’ — But How Big Will It Get?

By Tom Krazit, April 24th edition of InfoWorld
“Over the next few years, we will learn whether cloud computing is a nice little business that will settle into maturity by the end of the decade or a once-in-a-generation business opportunity. That’s the view of Morgan Stanley’s Brian Nowak, who delivered the Wall Street view of Cloud City earlier this month at our Cloud Tech Summit. There’s no question right now that cloud computing “is at a point of inflection,” he said, with very strong growth expected over the short term as more and more workloads move into the cloud. Right now, Morgan Stanley estimates that about 20 percent of all workloads run on the cloud.”

One-Fifth Of Today’s Enterprise Applications Were Born In The Cloud, Surveys Suggest

By Joe McKendrick, June 24th edition of ZDNet
“To date, the motis operandi of cloud implementations has been to apply the cloud-first principle to any and all new projects, applications or workloads, while leaving on-premises as is. In other words, cloud adoption grows in proportion through gradual attrition of on-premises systems. Therefore, it’s only a matter of cycles before the number of cloud-first generation workloads and systems outnumbers on-premises systems. We may be close to one-fifth of the way there, two recent studies suggest. A survey of 100 IT managers from Cohesive Networks calculates that as of today, 18% of organizations have more than half of their workloads are “cloud native.” This maps closely to a study involving 902 organizations from Capgemini that estimates about 15% of cloud-native applications are cloud native.”

What Is The Enterprise Cloud?

By Trevor Pott, June 28th edition of The Register
“The private clouds are coming. A few of them are already in place, lurking in the shadows, but in 2017 the Infrastructure Endgame Machines (IEMs) land and everyone starts being able to buy cloud-in-a-can. With private clouds moving along the hype cycle towards Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) solutions, the race to rebrand the concept for marketing purposes begins. Behold: the enterprise cloud! So what, exactly, is the enterprise cloud? How does it differ from the private clouds of yore and most importantly – at least to your not-remotely-humble scribe – have they built an Infrastructure Endgame Machine yet? The answers, of course, depend entirely on who you ask.”

Cloud Migration: Look Before You Leap

By George Leopold, June 23rd edition of EnterpriseTech
“It’s best to get your ducks in a row before moving the company jewels to the cloud, a migration study advises. As hybrid cloud strategies gain momentum, the migration survey commissioned by management services specialist CloudHealth Technologies stresses that cloud computing is not a one-size-fits-all solution. “Multiple cloud deployment types are needed to best handle different workloads,” concludes a report released this week by Forrester Consulting. Among the other obstacles are “cost complexity” and the failure to train key stakeholders like DevOps teams.”

Most Firms Underestimate Cloud Migration Costs, Study Finds

By Mike Wheatley, June 25th edition of SiliconANGLE
“Enterprises should get their houses in order before attempting to move their most critical applications to the cloud, concludes a new study. So-called hybrid cloud strategies, which is a term used to describe moving some workloads to the public cloud while keeping others in-house, are growing in popularity among enterprises. But a new cloud migration survey conducted by Forrester Research Inc. on behalf of cloud management specialist CloudHealth Technologies Inc. warns that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.”

Traditional App Migration To Public Cloud Bringing Unexpected Issues

By Christine Horton, June 23rd edition of Channelnomics
“Customers are facing unexpected costs and performance problems when attempting to migrate traditional applications to the public cloud, according to Forrester Research. A study conducted by Forrester, commissioned by Dell EMC’s Virtustream and due for publication in early July, finds that organizations face expenses and complexity when trying to integrate their monolithic apps into a standard public cloud environment. Speaking at a preview of the research, Lauren Nelson, principal analyst at Forrester, said public cloud providers market themselves on being suitable to host any application and the ease of migration. However, relocation to public cloud can be a much more complicated process, she said.”

The App Economy Will Be Worth $6 Trillion In Five Years Thanks To Mobile Commerce

By Rani Molla, June 27th edition of Re/Code
“In five years the app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a report released today by app measurement company App Annie. What explains the growth? More people are spending more time and — crucially — more money in apps. While on average people aren’t downloading many more apps, App Annie expects global app usership to nearly double to 6.3 billion people in the next five years while the time spent in apps will more than double. And, it expects the average app spend — including app-store purchases, advertising spend and, most importantly, commerce — to increase from $379 per person to $1,008 in 2021. The 800-pound — or $6 trillion — gorilla in the room is mobile commerce.”

Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes: Different Tools

By Stephen O’Grady, June 22nd edition of RedMonk
“One of the most common questions being asked at the Cloud Foundry Summit last week – in my appearance on The Cube here, for example – was a predictable one: what about Kubernetes? The seriousness and intent of the question varied: some were genuinely curious as to how the two projects conflict and coexist. Others used the question as a rhetorical mechanism – a dig, in most cases… There are many potential answers to this question, but in the short to medium term it seems probable that the best is: different tools for different jobs. It’s true that Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes have substantial functional overlap. It’s also true that that this is likely to increase rather than decrease. But they remain differentiated in approach, audience and opinions.”

Pentagon Awards Huge Cloud Contract

By George Leopold, June 26th edition of EnterpriseTech
“Few federal agencies have more stringent security requirements for cloud deployment than the Defense Department, which has been fighting an uphill battle to move more sensitive workloads to the cloud. The Pentagon signaled this month it is ready to launch a new offensive with the award of a huge U.S. military cloud contract potentially worth half-a-billion dollars. Under an initiative called milCloud 2.0, commercial contractor CSRA Inc. will deploy and operate a government cloud in Defense Department datacenters under a contract awarded by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The three-year base contract runs through June 2020, with five one-year options. The company predicted the Pentagon cloud contract could be worth as much as $498 million.”

Digital Magic: Disney’s DevOps Transformation

By Jennifer Riggins, June 27th edition of The New Stack
“There’s no doubt the 94-year-old The Walt Disney Company has embraced technology as the key factor in driving its growth in the entertainment industry. But when you are an enterprise of this age and size in the public eye, how can you scale without implosion? During the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London this June, Disney Director of Systems Engineering Jason Cox explained his company culture and organizational structuring behind the digital magic, as well as Disney’s move to DevOps. With a company of 200,000 employees and almost insurmountable technical debt, Cox has found orchestrating growth comes with challenges.”

Cisco Announces Kinetic IoT Operations Platform

By Corrine Reichert, June 27th edition of ZDNet
“Cisco has announced its Kinetic Internet of Things (IoT) operations platform, with a focus on managing connections, “fog” computing, and the delivery of data. According to Cisco, Kinetic “streamlines the capability of companies bringing their IoT initiatives to market”, complementing both its Jasper IoT platform and its newly unveiled network intuitive, including the Catalyst 9000 programmable IoT-ready switches. “Today, we’re announcing a brand new product called Cisco Kinetic, which is our IoT operations platform,” Cisco SVP and GM of IoT and Applications Rowan Trollope said during his technology keynote at Cisco Live Las Vegas on Tuesday. “It’s really a platform for getting data off of your devices. And the beautiful thing about Cisco Kinetic is it runs on those Cisco Catalyst 9000 switches, and it runs on our existing ruggedised router switching infrastructure, it runs on all the new hardware that’s coming off Cisco that sits on the edge.”

Big Blue Lures Big Biz Object Storage Teams With VersaStack, COS

By Chris Mellor, June 27th edition of The Register
“IBM has found a new route for its channel into enterprise data-intensive workloads, courtesy of its Cisco VersaStack deal. VersaStack is a reference architecture for converged infrastructure systems, built from Cisco servers and networking and IBM storage. This is a FlexPod-type system, with the channel selling pre-tested, validated components as a single supported system. The VersaStack solution employs IBM’s Cloud Object Storage (COS) using Cisco’s S‑Series S3260 storage server as its physical storage array, with Cisco UCS C220 rack servers, Nexus 9000 switch and a 40Gbit Ethernet fabric. Existing customers with on-premises Cisco hardware and server management tools can manage this new COS capability. The storage capacity scales from terabytes to petabytes and IBM COS can be extended to use IBM’s SoftLayer public cloud, with capacity going outwards and upwards to exabytes.”

Microsoft and Box Ink Yet Another Cloud Partnership

By Barb Darrow, June 27th edition of Fortune
“It doesn’t look like Box has ever met a cloud provider it doesn’t like. On Tuesday, the company, which sells cloud-based file storage and synchronization services to businesses, named Microsoft Azure as a “strategic cloud platform.” In this case, that means Box (BOX, +1.83%) and Microsoft will both sell “Box on Azure” to business customers around the world, according to a Box spokeswoman. She added that this is the first time Box is “going to market” with one of the big four public cloud providers. That may be, but it certainly has cozied up to all of them. Microsoft Azure is known as a public cloud—a huge aggregation of servers, storage, and networking—owned and operated by Microsoft at data centers worldwide.”

Nutanix Bridges Cloud Diversity Issues, Unifies Multiple Clouds

By Adrian Bridgwater, June 28th edition of Forbes
“Cloud computing was meant to fix everything, but it didn’t. The early years of cloud have been beset by inequality across standards, inconsistency across platforms and even a degree of inequity in respect of connectivity to the cloud itself with areas like net neutrality bringing access into question. Standards bodies and foundations have come and gone… and today as an industry we still seek to gain higher levels of uniformity and homogeneity of access overall. The dual aspect option of on-premises (private) cloud and fully datacenter hosted (public) cloud was naturally joined by an intelligent third combination of the two… in the form of hybrid cloud. While this model allowed us to gain a tighter rein on security and privacy issues, even hybrid didn’t fully counterbalance and neutralize all of our cloud access concerns.”

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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