This Week In Cloud: March 10, 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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Kubernetes Saves Spire Service During AWS Outage

By Scott M Fulton III, March 2nd edition of The New Stack
“Tuesday afternoon’s outage at the US-EAST-1 availability zone of Amazon Web Services’ S3 cloud service, which may have lasted as long as four hours, has yet to be diagnosed. The following Wednesday afternoon, one of several threads on Amazon’s support forum asking for a statement from the company was left officially “not answered.” … But one Amazon AWS customer — one who uses servers in the targeted availability zone — does not have a post-mortem to conduct. Employee engagement service provider Spire was impacted by the outage, although one of its lead engineers — Rob Scott, Spire’s vice president for software architecture — reported Wednesday that its Kubernetes-driven service deployment instantaneously mitigated that impact, moving its active nodes to other EC2 availability zones, while his team sat back and watched with delight.”

Here’s Why Amazon’s Cloud Suffered a Meltdown This Week

By Rachel King, March 2nd edition of Fortune
“Apparently all it takes to bring down the Internet isn’t a virus or malware or a well-organized, state-sponsored attack. A typo will do the trick. Amazon on Thursday revealed the cause behind the meltdown at its data center in Northern Virginia two days ago, causing the Internet to go haywire. Numerous companies running their services on Amazon Web Services—Amazon’s cloud and data center infrastructure business—sustained outages and problems as a result, including popular workplace productivity products like Slack and Trello. Amazon broke down what happened to its Simple Storage Service nearly play-by-play over nearly a six-hour time frame, starting at 9:37 a.m. PT/12:37 a.m. ET through 1:54 p.m. PT/4:54 p.m. ET. Also known as S3, Simple Storage Service is a popular option for businesses looking for minimal cloud setup and storage for cloud-based applications. It also promises “99.999999999% durability.”

The Edge Will Eat The Cloud

By Tom Bittman, March 6th edition of Gartner
“Today, cloud computing is eating enterprise data centers, as more and more workloads are born in the cloud, and some are transforming and moving to the cloud. But there’s another trend that will shift workloads and data and processing and business value significantly away from the cloud. The edge will eat the cloud. And this is perhaps as important as the cloud computing trend ever was. Several overlapping trends are colliding.”

Top Five Digital Transformation Trends In Health Care

By Daniel Newman, March 7th edition of Forbes
“Technology is changing every industry in significant ways. To help frame how, I’m starting a new series discussing top trends in various markets. First up: Healthcare. No one can dispute technology’s ability to enable us all to live longer, healthier lives. From surgical robots to “smart hospitals,” the digital transformation is revolutionizing patient care in new and exciting ways. That’s not all. National health expenditures in the United States accounted for $3.2 trillion in 2015—nearly 18 percent of the country’s total GDP. It’s predicted that the digital revolution can save $300 billion in spending in the sector, especially in the area of chronic diseases. Clearly there is value—human and financial—in bringing new technology to the healthcare market. The following are just a few ways how.”

Analysis: Rethinking Cloud Architecture After the Outage of Amazon Web Services

By Brian Guy, March 5th edition of ARS Technica
“Thanks to innovation from companies such as Amazon with AWS, Microsoft with Azure, and Google with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), organizations of all sizes are today increasingly more agile and competitive. Cloud provider partners like Dev9 enable organizations to optimize their journey to the Cloud. But on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, many people found that their smart phone applications were no longer working properly, many web sites were down and the Internet in general just seemed broken. This is what happens when AWS, the largest Cloud provider, experiences a “service disruption.” What makes this past week’s outage unique is that unlike prior outages, “service disruptions” or “service events” as Amazon calls them, this week’s web site outages and mobile application failures were not the result of organizations not following Amazon’s best practices, otherwise known as the “Well-Architected Framework.”

Serverless Computing: Freedom For Devs At Last

By Todd Hoff, March 6th edition of InfoWorld
“Serverless computing provides a great opportunity for developers seeking relief from the burden of infrastructure. By abstracting away everything but a block of code, the serverless model makes it faster for developers to iterate and deploy new code, enabling smaller teams with smaller budgets to do things that only big companies could do before. Or, as Mat Ellis, founder and CEO of Cloudability, recently said in a CloudCast episode, “Serverless attempts to industrialize developer impact.” Of course, in the background, servers still exist, humming away. But serverless architectures are stateless. They do their work by executing a bit of logic — a function — and calling out to other services to do whatever else they need. If you’re a developer who primarily builds applications using services via APIs or needs to respond to events, serverless architecture may prove to be the easiest, fastest, and least risky means for getting the job done.”

Battle of the clouds: Amazon Web Services vs. Microsoft Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform

By Brandon Butler, March 4th edition of Network World
“Amazon Web Services is the consensus leader of the IaaS public cloud computing market according to industry watchers, but they credit Microsoft for closing the gap with Azure and say Google with its Cloud Platform has made considerable strides as well. Gartner says as much in its annual in-depth comparison of these three cloud players based on a list of 234 evaluation criteria. This criteria consists of features that are either required, preferred or optional for cloud providers to host enterprise workloads.”

What Future for Private Cloud?

By Manek Dubash, March 8th edition of ZDNet
“We’ve already accepted that hybrid cloud is the future of infrastructure for most enterprises – research repeatedly confirms that cloud is and will be a major component of enterprise infrastructures. In other words, enterprises expect their hybrid cloud architecture to consist not of a self-contained pilot project in the public cloud but a full-blown, integrated application farm stretching across multiple datacentres in multiple geographies, probably across multiple service providers.”

Three Overlooked Lessons about Container Security

By Liz Rice, March 8th edition of The New Stack
“Last week was an exciting week for me — I’ve just joined container security specialists Aqua Security and spent a couple of days in Tel Aviv getting to know the team and the product. I’m sure I’m learning things that might be obvious to the seasoned security veteran, but perhaps aren’t so obvious to the rest of us! Here are three aspects I found interesting and hope you will too, even if you’ve never really thought about the security of your containerized deployment before.”

Google Announces General Availability of Container Builder

By Jaikumar Vijayan, March 7th edition of eWeek
“Google this week announced general availability of a development tool that it says will allow organizations to more easily build container images regardless of the deployment environment. The company’s new Google Cloud Container Builder lets developers build software programs in any language and to pack the builds—or early versions of the programs—into Docker containers on Google cloud. The tool can help large and small enterprises that are just starting out with containers enable a more streamlined software release process for development teams, Google software engineer David Bendory, and product manager Christopher Sanson said in a blog.”

Google Spent $30 Billion On Its Cloud and Is Making Some Undeniable Progress

By Julie Bort, March 8th edition of Business Insider
“If there’s one question that the top brass at Google are sick of being asked, it’s this: How are you going to catch up in the cloud market to Amazon and Microsoft? Google’s answer is pretty straightforward: the old-fashioned way. It plans to build out its tech, making it reliable and affordable with just enough differentiation to attract customers. And when it lands those big customers, it will show them off as references. If Google builds it, they will come. That’s what day one of Google’s two-day conference for cloud customers this week was all about. Instead of announcing a bunch of new products (that is set up for day two), the company’s cloud chief, Diane Greene, used the three-hour keynote to showcase marquee customers. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt took the stage as well, in a show of support and commitment from the top of the company.”

Mainframe Cloud? That’s Nuts!

By Mitch Wagner, March 7th edition of Light Reading
“Mainframe cloud sounds like a ridiculous idea, like a rotary dial on an iPhone or a self-driving Model T Ford. But IBM says a mainframe cloud makes sense. IBM is crowing about a deal to bring insurer Chubb from the mainframe to the cloud. Chubb, a property and casualty insurance company, wants to enhance productivity, agility, improve user experience and enhance cost efficiency by migrating to the cloud. IBM will migrate Chubb’s mainframe (a.k.a. z System) development and testing to the IBM Cloud, as well as providing cloud storage and security services.”

IBM Aims to Commercialize Quantum Computing, Launches API, SDK and Sees Q Systems In Next Few Years

By Larry Dignan, March 7th edition of ZDNet
“IBM is launching and application programming interface (API) and software developer kit for public access to quantum computing via IBM Cloud. The company also outlined plans to make commercial quantum computing systems in the next few years. The move is the latest in IBM’s effort to commercialize quantum computing. Quantum computing is the use of quantum theory and using subatomic particles to store information. Quantum computing is expected to be much faster than today’s systems and capable of performing any tasks. Last year, IBM launched the Quantum Experience, which enabled developers to run algorithms and experiments on the company’s quantum processor and work with individual quantum bits, or qubits. Here’s a look at the Quantum Experience and formulating a task.”

Cisco, IBM Update VersaStack Offering With Hybrid Cloud Capabilities

By Mike Wheatley, March 7th edition of SiliconANGLE
“Cisco Systems Inc. and IBM Corp. on Monday announced they’ve updated their joint VersaStack portfolio with hybrid cloud capabilities and a new set of software-defined industry solutions. VersaStack is a converged data center infrastructure solution that encompasses compute, network and storage and is designed for rapid deployment and fast execution. Using the solution, companies can automate data center processes and reduce complexities in order to accelerate the delivery of applications. In order to add value to customers, it’s essential that enterprises are able to deploy applications and they use quickly and in a flexible manner. Key to this is having a facility that’s able to scale and manage data storage resources using software-defined technology. That’s what VersaStack is all about.”

Microsoft’s Latest Open Source Servers Shown Off With Intel, AMD, and Even ARM Chips

By Peter Bright, March 8th edition of ARS Technica
“At the Open Compute Summit in Santa Clara, California, today, Microsoft showed off the latest iterations of Project Olympus, its open source data center server design. Until now, the servers in Microsoft’s data centers have all used Intel x86 processors, but now both of those elements—”Intel” and “x86″—have new competition. In news that’s both surprising and unsurprising, Microsoft demonstrated Windows Server running on ARM processors. Qualcomm and Cavium have both designed motherboards for the Project Olympus form factor that use ARM chips: Qualcomm’s Centriq 2400 processor, a 10nm 48 core part, and Cavium’s ThunderX2 ARMv8-A, with up to 54 cores. In addition to offering lots of cores, both are highly integrated systems-on-chips with PCIe, SATA, and tens of gigabits of Ethernet all integrated.”

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