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This Week in Cloud May 12, 2017

Ryan Quackenbush

By Ryan Quackenbush5.12.17

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!

Shift to Cloud is Measured, IT Survey Finds

By George Leopold, May 10th edition of EnterpriseTech
“While more enterprises are moving workloads to the public cloud, a datacenter survey finds that the percentage of workloads residing in on-premise or co-location datacenters has remained stable since 2014. The Uptime Institute’s annual survey found that the percentage of workloads running in enterprise-owned or operated datacenters has remained at 65 percent over the last three years. “The takeaway is that with the explosive growth in business critical applications and data, enterprises continue to see the datacenter as not just important, but essential to their digital-centric strategies,” the survey concludes.”

Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends In Financial Services

By Daniel Newman, May 9th edition of Forbes
“Forget online banking. If there was ever an industry where mobile is not just first but full-steam ahead, it’s the financial services industry, where FinTech — a.k.a. financial services technology — is finding new ways to make spending, managing, and investing our hard-earned money even easier than ever before. From Venmo to Apple Pay, we’re seeing more and more consumers moving to digital currency — digital deposits — even digital investing. And it’s forcing the entire industry to rethink its concept of both brick-and-mortar stores, and everything that goes along with them. If it feels like this change is fast and furious, you’re right.”

3 Simple Tips to Help You Avoid Hybrid Cloud Catastrophe

By Conner Forrest, May 8th edition of TechRepublic
“For companies that acknowledge the value of the cloud, but aren’t ready to fully commit to a public or private cloud deployment, the hybrid cloud model is an attractive option. An organization must first decide what mix of environments will make up their hybrid cloud deployment, and whether they want to buy a pre-built solution or build their own custom hybrid cloud. Pre-built systems are easier to implement, and offer a faster time to value, but custom builds can offer more functionality. However, there are a host of other decisions and scenarios that can derail a hybrid cloud deployment. At the 2017 Dell EMC World conference on Monday, Dell EMC’s Heath Reynolds and Brian Ragazzi hosted a breakout session looking at some of the common challenges that organizations face in a hybrid cloud deployment and how they can avoid them.”

Serverless Works Best in API Architectures

By Mark Boyd, May 9th edition of The New Stack
“At Serverlessconf last month, new features and tooling were unveiled for both IBM OpenWhisk and Microsoft Azure Functions that lean heavily on what has proven to work in API-enabled architecture. One of the central tenets of introducing APIs into an IT architecture is that it enables each component of a larger system to be used independently, reconfigured, and daisy-chained into new workflows. Serverless takes that a step further by offering to do all of that linking together on an as-needed basis, spinning up compute power to get stuff down and then disappearing again when the need has passed, all without having to manage the servers that carry out that processing.”

Atos Launches Fully-Managed Cloud Solution Powered by Apprenda to Manage Legacy and Cloud-Native Applications and Microservices

May 10th Press Release
“Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, announces a new fully-managed cloud solution that allows customers the flexibility to build new microservices and move existing applications to a scaleable cloud model for better cloud control of application workloads. The fully-managed cloud solution is part of the Atos Canopy Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud platform, and a key component of Atos’ Digital Transformation Factory. This new solution is built on a new strategic partnership with Apprenda, a leading provider of cloud-native technologies for the enterprise.”

Phil Collins and Supergroup Exposed as Cloud Investors

By Kat Hall, May 11th edition of The Register
“Against all odds, middle-of-the-road rocker Phil Collins – along with ex-Genesis pals – are some of the unlikely backers behind UKCloud. World number one misery guts – and tennis star – Andy Murray and retired player Timmy the tiger Henman have also decided to crash into the net and have invested in the firm. Serving UKCloud’s latest venture, UKCloud Health, in a video this week, Murray said: “Off the court I’ve invested in a number of early startups in the UK based in health and technology.” In his signature dour monotone, Murray said he was “very happy and passionate” about the digital transformation of health..”

Puppet Zeroes In On Containers, Cloud Workloads

By Paul Krill, May 11th edition of InfoWorld
“Devops platform provider Puppet has introduced its Puppet Cloud Discovery service for learning what, exactly, users have running in the cloud and their impact. As Puppet’s first foray into SaaS, the service offers visibility into cloud workloads, providing the same type of introspection as the on-premise Puppet Enterprise platform. For example, it can tell users if they might have vulnerabilities because they’re running an outdated version of OpenSSL, or it could inform users which virtual machines need to migrated when moving from Windows Server 2012 to 2016. Cloud Discovery will debut in a preview form on the Amazon Web Services cloud later this month; plans call for it to eventually be supported on other cloud platforms as well.”

Deloitte Acquires Strut to Add DevOps Capability To Its Cloud Consulting Service

By Tas Bindi, May 8th edition of ZDNet
“Deloitte has announced that it has acquired Strut Digital, a Sydney-based professional and managed services firm, to fill the DevOps gap in its cloud implementation service. Kevin Russo, lead partner in Deloitte’s Technology, Strategy, and Architecture division, told ZDNet that Strut was the next logical acquisition for Deloitte, complementing the purchases of Plenary Networks, Sixtree, and Cloud Solutions Group over the last couple of years. He added that Deloitte has been looking to provide a “holistic end-to-end technology service” to clients, particularly those migrating to the cloud.”

Cisco Moves Deeper Into Cloud, Builds on Legacy Telco Strength

By Bev Terell, May 9th edition of SiliconANGLE
“As one of the venerable linchpins of Silicon Valley, Cisco Systems Inc. was originally founded on telecommunications and networking. In recent years, it has expanded its scope into natural growth areas: cloud, Internet of Things and Software-Defined Networking. “I think that, like many companies, Cisco itself is going through a transformation,” said Lew Tucker (pictured), vice president and chief technical officer of cloud computing at Cisco Systems Inc. As Cisco moves into the world of cloud computing, its emphasis is on helping enterprises build their own private clouds, especially in the telco space. This draws strongly on Cisco’s strengths, as it moves up the stack to offer additional services from the hybrid cloud.”

Azure Cosmos DB: It’s Web Scale!

By James Governor, May 11th edition of RedMonk
“At Build 2017 today in Seattle Microsoft took the wraps off Azure Cosmos DB, a “globally distributed multi-model database service”. Cosmos DB is designed to be as accessible as it is available, and is a significant upgrade of its predecessor Document DB, a managed NoSQL database service optimised for JSON storage. What is particularly striking about Cosmos DB is that it’s unashamedly designed to take full advantage of Microsoft’s hyperscale data center infrastructure – running across 27 regions. Like Google Cloud Platform’s recent Spanner announcement, which I covered here, it takes Brewer’s CAP Theorem – that a distributed data store can only offer guarantees in two dimensions across consistency, availability or partition tolerance – as a theoretical rather than practical limit on database design. Cosmos DB instead offers offering these tradeoffs around as declarative options for a developer.”

Michael Dell? More Like Michael in-Dell-nial: No Public Cloud, No Future

By Chris Mellor, May 9th edition of The Register
“You look at Michael Dell, as he gazes out on an audience of 13,000 attendees at this week’s Dell EMC World event in Las Vegas, and you think it’s like looking at a Sun King and his worshippers. The audience stretches from side to side in front of him in a 180-degree arc. The multiple video screens on either side relay every twitch of his face in brilliant 4K detail, while the sound system is to die for. But then a $74bn revenue run rate gets you the best – gets you the Sands Conference Center at the Las Vegas Venetian resort, gets you 300-plus media attendees alone, and an exhibition hall needing 75 trucks full of kit to carry the machines and stands, and an army of builders, decorators, security guys and Dell staff to build it and run it.”

OpenStack: ‘We Continue to Get Dinged On Complexity’

By Scott M Fulton III, May 10th edition of The New Stack
“It was only one T-shirt amongst the crowd of attendees at Monday’s opening day of OpenStack Summit 2017 in Boston, but it spoke on behalf of a good many others: “Make OpenStack Great Again.” The crowd was noticeably scaled back over the Austin show the previous year, due in some part, organizers said, to a decoupling of events from one another, and a convergence of other Boston tech events – Red Hat Summit among them – in the matter of just a few weeks. But scaling back may not be a bad thing. In fact, for this particular organization which already has a reputation for forthright talk and a minimum of marketing-speak, one step back may be the first step to taking two new steps forward.”

Ryan Quackenbush
Ryan Quackenbush

Ryan Quackenbush is a corporate communications specialist at Apprenda whose roles include elements of writing, sales, marketing and research. 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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