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This Week in Cloud: March 25, 2016

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Welcome to Apprenda’s This Week in Cloud! This is a curated list of the top stories that were published during the past week pertaining to cloud computing, 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!

Google Admits an Inconvenient Truth About the Cloud Wars

By Matt Weinberger, March 23rd edition of Business Insider 
“With a new service called “Stackdriver,” Google is acknowleding an uncomfortable truth about the cloud computing market — customers aren’t married to any one platform. Stackdriver, announced today at a Google cloud event, is a way to let developers and IT departments monitor and track their cloud applications. Pretty straightforward, except for one distinguishing detail. Stackdriver, based on technology Google got when it bought a startup of the same name in 2014, works whether those applications live on Google’s own cloud platform, a customer’s own data center, or even the rival Amazon Web Services cloud.

Cloud Computing Had a Wild and Wooly Week

By Barb Darrow, March 18th edition of Fortune 
“If you don’t like the current cloud landscape (cloudscape?), wait a minute. It’ll change. Take this week as an example. First, news dropped that Dropbox, which had long used Amazon Web Services to store most of its digital stuff, acknowledged that it had moved most of that (90%) to its own infrastructure. The migration, which has taken more than two years, was previously reported but wasn’t confirmed by Amazon nor Dropbox until now. For those who don’t follow this space, a public cloud is a huge pool of shared servers, storage, and networking owned and managed by one provider—Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are the big three. Those providers, in turn, rent that capacity to customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.”

Now the Cloud Wars (Really) Begin

By Aaron Levie, March 20th edition of TechCrunch
“After years of investing in their own server farms, software stacks, middleware, disaster recovery systems, security solutions, and networking, technology companies and non-technology companies alike are recognizing that their commitments of time and money never got them the differentiation they wanted. Nearly every business in the world –from GE and Coke to small businesses– had to replicate millions of computers around the world to all perform nearly the same tasks. Few companies had the right technical talent and know-how to do any of these tasks efficiently, and fewer still could achieve the economies of scale necessary to make these investments cost-effective.”

Is the Hybrid Cloud’s Biggest Challenge a Lack of Expertise?

By Jonathan Hassell, March 24th edition of CIO
“The cloud is the new IT economy these days, and for all intents and purposes, the public cloud marketplace has become a vendor landscape essentially monopolized by the big four providers: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and the IBM Cloud. If you throw in hybrid and private clouds, then VMware’s vSphere is also making a major impact in the space. One would think that three industry giants competing against each other in a veritable death match might be nothing but good for customers, and in many ways it is — prices are coming down, functionality is on the rise, and there is a lot of integration with other third party software vendors to enable key scenarios. But this type of landscape really comes with its own challenges for patrons of the public cloud: how to stay on top of a constantly changing technology stack with the same limited resources they already have.”

CIOs Are Prioritizing Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing And Security

By Louis Columbus, March 23rd edition of Forbes
“…The CIO survey methodology is based on interviews with 50 CIOs in the United States and is therefore not reflective of international demand or the broader market, yet it provides an interesting glimpse into cloud adoption from a CIO perspective. The percentage of CIOs with a budget of $25M or greater nearly doubled from 20% of respondents to 38%. Nomura ’s methodology captures small and mid-size US enterprise landscape. 66% of CIOs work for companies with annual revenues of less than $1B; 30% of respondents worked for companies with revenues between $1B and $5B; and 4% for companies with revenues of more than $5B. A wide range of verticals, led by health care and technology, are represented in the survey.”

Industry Cloud Aims to Convert Buyers into Suppliers

By Kristin Knapp, March 23rd edition of TechTarget
“Overwhelmed by options and unsure of their exact needs, many enterprise IT shops struggle to choose a cloud provider. But as cloud adoption grows, some organizations – especially those in vertical markets – are debating whether to become one. The emergence of “industry clouds” – cloud platforms that are built for, and often by, organizations within a specific vertical market – has accelerated, according to analysts here this week at Directions 2016, an event hosted by analyst firm IDC. Cloud consumers in markets ranging from healthcare to manufacturing have turned the tables to provide their own set of vertically focused cloud services.”

Join Us for ‘CoreOS and Cold Brews’ on April 21

By Sean Ludwig, March 24th edition of the Apprenda Blog
“Following our highly successful Kubernetes and Kraft Beer event last week, we wanted to keep facilitating conversations about container orchestration with fellow New York technologists. So we’ve invited our friends at CoreOS, makers of Linux for massive server deployments, to speak at a new meetup event on Thursday, April 21st called CoreOS and Cold Brews.”

Google’s Cloud Business Nabs Home Depot as Customer

March 22nd edition of VentureBeat
“Google, long an also-ran in cloud services, has scored an important victory in its effort to win corporate clients: Home Depot is moving some of its data toGoogle’s cloud. The deal, flagged Tuesday by Google executive Greg DeMichillie in a briefing and expected to be announced formally on Wednesday, highlights the momentum Google Cloud Platform has gained under the leadership of Diane Greene, a co-founder of VMWare who joined Google late last year. VMWare sells its “virtualization” technology for improving the efficiency of data centers to many of the same customers that Google Cloud is targeting.”

Cisco Builds Its House on the Cloud

By Mitch Wagner, March 23rd edition of Light Reading
“Cisco’s reorganization, disclosed this week, is testimony that the cloud is the future of both enterprise and service provider networking and computing. The cloud is — paraphrasing VC Marc Andreessen in another context — eating the world. It is a fundamental transformation of computing and networking infrastructure. The cloud has already changed a lot, but there is much more to come. And Cisco is looking to stay on top of those changes. Just look at the executive shuffle that was part of the company’s reorganization this week. Kelly Ahuja, who led Cisco’s service provider business through 18 years, is out. In his place, Yvette Kanouff is heading up a newly reorganized service provider business unit that includes the core SP business, as well as cloud, video, NFV and mobility. (See Cisco’s Ahuja Quits as Robbins Revamps His Top Team.) Cisco is making other organizational changes in the engineering department, around networking and market segments; IoT and applications; and security. But it’s the shift to cloud that’s most interesting.”

Do Banks Need a Financial Cloud of Their Own?

By Barb Darrow, March 22nd edition of Fortune
“The proposition seems to defy the notion of public cloud. Not only are many banks and other financial institutions ready for the cloud, some are pushing Amazon and potentially other cloud providers to build cloud services specifically for their own needs. “Finclouds,” if you will. Privately, executives at these institutions point to Amazon’s GovCloud—a set of computing, storage, and networking services set up especially for use by federal and state government agencies. GovCloud runs on its own set of Amazon data centers. All GovCloud employees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents due to International Traffic in Arms regulations. It is basically a segregated AWS cloud.”

Enterprise Revenues Power Red Hat Past $2 Billion Barrier

By Gavin Clarke, March 23rd edition of the Register
“Mission accomplished. Red Hat, which promised a few months ago to hit $2 billion in annual revenue, has done so and now claims to be the world’s first open-source company to reach that milestone. It crossed the $1 billion-a-year line four years ago. While $2 billion pales in comparison to many proprietary software sellers—Microsoft reported $93.6 billion in revenue for its last fiscal year, for example—it’s still a healthy benchmark. Open-source software like Linux lets developers access the basic source code and customize it if need be. That process frowned upon in the proprietary software world where source code is a closely guarded secret.”

Docker’s No Longer All About Test-and-Dev, says Docker CEO

By Matt Asay, March 21st edition of TechRepublic
“No one doubts that Docker is hot with developers. What’s at issue is whether “hotness” translates into “production ready for enterprise adoption.” While naysayers insist “Hardly anyone is using Docker in production, even in the cloud,” Docker CEO Ben Golub told me in an interview that “this statement simply doesn’t reflect reality in 2016.” It’s not hard to see where the confusion comes from. Even as Docker hype reached a fever pitch in 2014, some warned that “if you’re going to attempt using Docker seriously in production, you need to be pretty skilled at systems management and orchestration.” Others pointed to successful deployments within startup-sized companies that don’t reflect enterprise requirements. But that was then. This is now. And in 2016, Docker just might be more enterprise-ready than you think.”

Enterprise Invests More In Software-Defined Data Centers

By Charles Babcock, March 22nd edition of InformationWeek
“Over two-thirds of enterprises are increasing their spending on software-defined infrastructure (SDI), a term that covers everything from software-defined networks to software-defined storage and other elements of a software-defined data center, according to a recent research report. In addition, SDI is one of the growth areas in the enterprise data center. The average spending on this technology was projected to increase in 2016 by 14.4%. That’s the conclusion of 451 Research in its Voice of the Enterprise report “Q4 2015 Software-Defined Infrastructure.” It’s based on 900 completed surveys by IT decision-makers in North America and Europe.”

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