This Week in Cloud: March 4, 2016

By Atos Apprenda Support


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!

PaaS Vendors Draw Battle Lines over Containers

By Brandon Butler, March 2nd edition of Network World 
“News this week that platform as a service vendor Apprenda is supporting Google’s Kubernetes container management platform could be viewed as so-called battle lines being drawn in this still-developing market… One of the hottest trends in application development is the emergence of containers like Docker, which provide a way to package application code. The three major PaaS vendors – Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry, Red Hat’s OpenShift and Apprenda – all support containers. PaaS platforms can handle a small number of containers. But managing a lot of containers presents challenges, so these PaaS vendors have evolved their platforms… Today though Apprenda jumped into the fray too, announcing that it would also support Kubernetes.”

State of the Container World, February 2016

By Brendan Burns, March 1st edition of the Kubernetes Blog
“Hello, and welcome to the second installment of the Kubernetes state of the container world survey. At the beginning of February we sent out a survey about people’s usage of containers, and wrote about the results from the January survey. Here we are again, as before, while we try to reach a large and representative set of respondents, this survey was publicized across the social media account of myself and others on the Kubernetes team, so I expect some pro-container and Kubernetes bias in the data. We continue to try to get as large an audience as possible, and in that vein, please go and take the March survey and share it with your friends and followers everywhere! Without further ado, the numbers.”

Kubernetes and the Future of Cloud Native Platforms

March 1st edition of the Kismatic Blog
“This week, Apprenda announced their plans to integrate Kubernetes into their existing platform fabric to offer enterprise customers the best of both worlds: leading support for traditional polyglot enterprise application workloads (IIS/WebSphere/JBOSS) and a path to cloud-native transformation via Kubernetes. This is a very exciting announcement for the rapidly growing Kubernetes community, ecosystem and industry on a number of fronts.”

The Do’s and Don’ts of Docker Containers

By George Leopold, March 2nd edition of EnterpriseTech
“Operating on the assumption that whatever it was, it was needed yesterday, enterprise micro-services in general and Docker application containers in particular are making serious headway among developers. The folks charged with developing and distributed enterprise applications have reached the point where they are identifying the drawbacks as well as the advantages of application containers. Given the right approach, a proponent of the technology argues, the advantages outweigh the hassles. The initial problem argues Rafael Benevides, a senior software developer at Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), is that many new users continue to treat containers like virtual machines.”

Why Kubernetes Will Play a Huge Role in Apprenda’s Future

By Sinclair Schuller, February 23rd edition of Apprenda Blog
“The biggest challenge enterprises face in cloud today is solving how to reconcile existing investments with their future strategies. No enterprise is greenfield, nor can a company clean slate its entire IT stack. From the beginning, Apprenda has focused 100% of its energy on solving this challenge for our customers. Our customers have told us this is monumentally important, but we still have more challenges to solve for them. Chief among those is offering deep support for cloud-native applications, such as Internet of Things (IoT) apps, new web-scale consumer apps, and next-generation front ends. That’s why today Apprenda is thrilled to announce that over the course of the next few product releases we’ll be merging Kubernetes, the open-source container orchestration system from Google, into our architecture and joining the Kubernetes community.”

IoT Will Drive PaaS Adoption, Just Not The Way You’d Expect

By Mike Kavis, March 3rd edition of Forbes
“Platform as a Service (PaaS) adoption has been slow to gain broad acceptance in enterprises. We’ve seen some large enterprises embrace PaaS within in a specific product line or vertical within a company, but it is rare that we see PaaS as an architecture standard adopted across an entire company… All these different PaaS solutions are adding IoT functionality to their products and services. Some of the most popular IoT features focus on tasks such as ingesting IoT data, providing hardware developer kits to integrate with a variety of sensors and chips, persistent state management, and IoT gateways. But there is one big piece all these solutions are missing.”

How Serverless Applications Will Change Your Business

By Charles Babcock, February 29th edition of InformationWeek
“Application development keeps evolving toward a model that produces code faster and puts it into production more quickly. But no matter how many incremental improvements are made to the process, it never seems fast enough. Can serverless applications help your enterprise deliver the rapid development that today’s businesses demand? Going serverless represents a new pattern, made possible by recent additions of application functions and services in cloud computing. It enables developers to create a host of microservices that only fire when needed, and produce the required functions rapidly and seamlessly. Amazon’s AWS Lambda and API Gateway, as well as Google App Engine Cloud and Google Cloud Functions, are among the services designed to aid in creating and executing serverless applications. What do serverless applications mean to your business?”

Can Off-The-Shelf Software Survive the Cloud Onslaught?

By Joe McKendrick, February 27th edition of ZDNet
“When it first appeared on the scene three decades ago, off-the-shelf software was revolutionary. Instead of having to hire programmers to code and build systems, organizations and individuals were able to buy complete solutions, spreadsheets to enterprise resource planning, all packaged up and shrink-wrapped within a series of disks. Vendors such as JDEdwards packaged up ERP systems covering everything from finances and human resources into ready-to-roll offerings. Eventually, every enterprise was scarfing up these packages to gain access to needed functions. Now, cloud computing — in particular, the pay-as-you go subscription model of Software as a Service — has become the darling of software-delivery methods. Will off-the-shelf delivery become extinct?”

Cisco Broadens Moves in Cloud, ‘Hyperconverged’ Systems

By Don Clark, March 1st edition of the WSJ
“Cisco Systems Inc. is mounting new responses to two of technology’s biggest trends, the rise of cloud computing and a new breed of multifunction hardware for corporate data centers. The networking giant on Tuesday announced a $260 million deal to buy CliQr Technologies, a startup that helps companies manage software running in their own computer rooms as well as external cloud services. Cisco also unveiled new systems that combine data storage and computing in a single box, a field pioneered by high-profile startups like Nutanix Inc. Cisco’s moves come as customers are gravitating toward technologies that help them deploy new business applications faster and reduce the labor necessary to accomplish computing chores. Shifting computing tasks to cloud services like those offered by Inc. is one way to do that. Cisco, instead of offering its own on-demand computing over the Internet, has adopted a strategy of acting as an intermediary between companies and operators of such services.

Agility vs. Security in the Cloud Doesn’t Have To Be a Balancing Act

By David Kim, March 1st edition of the Apprenda Blog
“Today Cisco announced new innovations in three keys areas: networking, hyper-converged infrastructure, and hybrid-cloud orchestration. They also highlighted Apprenda as an enterprise PaaS partner driving hybrid cloud use cases. The question is: why? Let’s define the problem. Traditionally, IT organizations have had their applications residing in monolithic contiguous units, such as pods or racks. This made these applications extremely sticky or dependent on the infrastructure, and it required investments in infrastructure (more hardware, more virtual machines, and more networking) to scale across data centers. In many cases, the infrastructure was optimized for the application and the app was written to run on specific versions of the operating systems and hardware, resulting in brittleness, complexity, and cost.”

Rackspace Edges Further Away from the Public Cloud

By Mike Wheatley, March 2nd edition of SiliconANGLE
“Rackspace Inc. looks like its retreating even further from the public cloud with reports suggesting that up to 90 of its employees are being shifted to faster growing businesses in the company, such as hybrid and private cloud. It’s not clear if any employees are going to be laid off, the San Antonio Business Journal reported on Tuesday. However, Rackspace told the Journal that it reshuffles its employees, which it refers to as “Rackers”, quite regularly to focus on “fast growing areas of its business”. It added that “from time to time” it does also eliminate some roles in certain areas when it decides to reduce investment. Rackspace currently boasts a 6,000-strong workforce. The company says it’s putting some of those 90 employees to work in areas like engineering private and hybrid clouds, and marketing for its public cloud services. It says the move is being made in preparation of an expected slowdown in new signups for OpenStack public cloud service, because most public cloud workloads these days end up in the hands of Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure.”

Welcome to the Post-Cloud Future

By Galen Gruman, March 1st edition of InfoWorld
“The battle has been raging for a decade between on-premises data centers and the cloud, but it’s now clear that the cloud has won. Sure, there’ll be on-premises systems in use for years, just as there are mainframes and Cobol apps in use today. But the on-demand cloud model is becoming the norm. But perhaps not as you’d expect. The cloud battle is usually portrayed as a choice between highly customized, highly customized, highly managed, purpose-built internal systems that take an army to manage but deliver very specific competitive value versus more generic cloud services that take fewer resources to maintain and secure but at the (perhaps small) price of standardized processes and options that force companies to find nontechnical ways to differentiate themselves.”

Oracle Drops $500M on Cloud Startup Ravello Systems

By Keith Townsend, February 29th edition of TechRepublic
“In a surprise purchase, or at least at a surprise cost, Oracle announced the $500 million acquisition of virtualization company Ravello Systems. At $500 million, is there something to this purchase that competitors such as HPE or Dell are missing in Ravello? I believe the answer is yes, and I’m surprised that EMC hadn’t acquired the VMware competitor in the past. The fact that Oracle shelled out half a billion for Ravello means that VMware and Dell could have missed out big time.”

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