This Week in Cloud: November 18, 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, 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!

Google Signs On To The .NET Foundation As Samsung Brings .NET Support To Tizen

By Frederic Lardinois , November 17th edition of TechCrunch
“…As the company announced today, Google is now a member of the .NET Foundation, where it joins the likes of Red Hat, Unity, Samsung JetBrains and (of course) Microsoft in the Technical Steering Group. Google already allows developers on its Cloud Platform to deploy .NET applications thanks to its support for Windows Server, and offers .NET libraries for more than 200 of its cloud services. The company is also an active .NET contributor already. Today’s announcement doesn’t come as a complete surprise then, but it’s still interesting to see that two companies that compete on so many other fronts still find room to work together on other projects. Samsung, too, is deepening its commitment to .NET by launching support for it on its Tizen platform.”

Google Levels Up Its Cloud Machine Learning With New Services

By Blair Hanley Frank, November 15th edition of Network World
“There’s an arms race among public cloud providers to provide businesses with the best machine learning capabilities. Enterprises are increasingly interested in creating intelligent applications, and companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google are rushing to help meet their needs. Google fired its latest salvo on Tuesday, announcing a set of enhancements to its existing suite of cloud machine-learning capabilities. The first was a new Jobs API aimed at helping match job applicants with the right openings. In addition, the company is slashing the prices on its Cloud Vision API and launching an enhanced version of its translation API.”

Microsoft Azure’s Kubernetes Support Demonstrates Growing Importance Of Containers

By Keith Townsend, November 14th edition of TechRepublic
“Microsoft recently announced a new Kubernetes on Azure Containers preview. Why is this of any value outside of the limited organizations running containers within Azure, or any environment? The Microsoft announcement demonstrates the fast growing support around containers and, by proxy, shows the business value of containers in the enterprise… The deeper the integration of infrastructure and Kubernetes, the better the resulting operations. Microsoft has worked to ensure Azure networking, storage, and compute all work well within the Kubernetes management system.”

Kubernetes Support Signals Switzerland Play For Azure Container Service

By Trevor Jones, November 11th edition of TechTarget 
“In the emerging container orchestration fight, Microsoft has positioned itself as the Switzerland of cloud providers. Microsoft made a number of upgrades to its fledgling Azure Container Service, such as deeper integration with Kubernetes and Apache Mesos-based DC/OS, and a new private repository for container images hosted on Azure. And in keeping with the openness theme, Microsoft has released the source code for the Azure Container Service Engine.”

Apprenda-led Team Preps Kubernetes To Manage Windows Containers

By Joab Jackson, November 15th edition of The New Stack
“Apprenda is leading work to modify the Kubernetes orchestration engine so that it can also manage Windows containers, just like it manages those that run on Linux. The Kubernetes’ Windows Special Interest Group is spearheading the effort, and having Apprenda do much of the heavy lifting makes sense. The company, having offered enterprise-focused platform services since 2007, has cultivated a deep understanding of Microsoft Windows Server and .Net architectures. It branched out into Kubernetes earlier this year, purchasing Kubernetes’ startup Kismatic, and releasing its own commercial Kubernetes toolkit.”

Apprenda Launch ‘Kismatic Enterprise Toolkit (KET)’ for Automating Production Kubernetes Operation

By Daniel Bryant, November 13th edition of InfoQ 
“At KubeCon, Seattle, USA, Apprenda released their commercially supported open source ‘Kismatic Enterprise Toolkit (KET)’ version 1.0.0. KET provides developers and operators an integrated set of tools to automate the design, deployment and operation of production Kubernetes container orchestration clusters. The KET application suite and source code is available for download from the Apprenda GitHub account, and is released under the Apache 2.0 licence.”

Kubernetes Founders Launch Heptio With $8.5M In Funding To Help Bring Containers To The Enterprise

By Frederic Lardinois , November 17th edition of TechCrunch
“For years, the public face of Kubernetes was one of the project’s founders: Google group product manager Craig McLuckie. He started the open-source container-management project together with Joe Beda, Brendan Burns and a few other engineers inside of Google, which has since brought it under the guidance of the newly formed Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Beda became an entrepreneur-in-residence at Accel Partners in late 2015, Burns left Google for Microsoft earlier this year and McLuckie quietly left Google to start a new venture a few weeks ago. McLuckie and Beda have now teamed up again to launch Heptio, a new pure-play Kubernetes company.”

App Modernization Starts With Knowing How To Evaluate PaaS Providers

By Kurt Marko, November 14th edition of TechTarget 
“Platform as a service occupies the vast gray area between raw infrastructure, things like virtual machines, object storage or various flavors of databases, and packaged software delivered as a subscription service. This ambiguity largely explains why there are so many PaaS variants. With a number of options, it’s difficult for enterprises to know which kind of PaaS technology they should procure when trying to modernize their legacy applications… The IaaS versus SaaS orientation isn’t the only way to categorize and understand PaaS products. They can also differ by means of deployment. Some are distributed as traditional software products, like IDEs and software development kits (SDKs). These are installed locally and run either on an internal cloud infrastructure, like OpenStack, or as a standalone commercial product, like Apprenda, Mendix or Stackato.”

CI/CD Pipeline With Apprenda, Jenkins, And ONTAP 9 With APIs

By Bikash Roy Choudhury, November 11th edition of the NetApp Blog
“Continuous Integration (CI) tests the code in an iterative and automated process to improve code quality by identifying bugs in the code in the early stages. CI allows developers to respond to market demands and release applications a lot quicker by having more control over the workflow. CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise is one of the most popular CI tools commonly used by developers… Apprenda Platform as a Service (PaaS) is one of the most popular platforms used to provide a standard and consistent runtime environment for applications that are developed and deployed into production. NetApp provides storage and data management capabilities for all data that is created from development to deployment and makes sure that data is protected over the entire application lifecycle.”

Hybrid IT: Keeping Your Balance Among The Clouds

By Hugo Moreno, November 11th edition of Forbes
“As IT shifts to an as-a-Service model, cloud computing becomes the critical catalyst. Cloud opens up new worlds to enterprises, enabling applications and functionality to be drawn from multiple sources, whether they are public cloud–based resources, private cloud resources or traditional internal data centers. But IT and business executives must strike the right balance between public and on-premises resources, and adapt that balance as business requirements change.”

Cloud Will Account For 92 Percent Of Datacenter Traffic By 2020

By Natalie Gagliordi, November 10th edition of ZDNet 
“Businesses are migrating to cloud architectures at a rapid clip and by 2020, cloud traffic will take up 92 percent of total data center traffic globally, according to Cisco’s Global Cloud Index report. The networking giant predicts that cloud traffic will rise 3.7-fold up from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 to 14.1ZB per year by 2020. “The IT industry has taken cloud computing from an emerging technology to an essential scalable and flexible networking solution. With large global cloud deployments, operators are optimizing their data center strategies to meet the growing needs of businesses and consumers,” said Doug Webster, VP of service provider marketing for Cisco, in a press release.”

6 Reasons Private Clouds Aren’t Dead Yet

By Charles Babcock, November 16th edition of InformationWeek
“The Cisco Global Cloud Index says that 68% of enterprise workloads will be executed in the public cloud by the end of 2020. Another 24% will be executed in private cloud infrastructure, bringing the total for cloud computing to 92%. So, why don’t all those users of the public cloud simply become the standard and everyone else move in that direction? It’s hard enough to see why the traditional data center is still hanging around at 8% of the total by the end of 2020. Why does it need to survive at all, and why will private cloud infrastructure be hanging on then as well? Why not realize maximum gains by moving everything into the public cloud? Aren’t the largest economies of scale be achieved there?”

Why An Investor At Andreessen Horowitz Thinks Software Is The Future Of Healthcare

By Lydia Ramsey, November 12th edition of Business Insider 
“It’s not exactly surprising that a partner of a venture capital firm with a tagline that “software is eating the world” thinks the same could be said for the drug industry. Vijay Pande, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, runs the firm’s bio fund. So far, the fund’s made investments in companies including Freenome, which is developing a blood test that screens for the earliest signs of cancer, and Q, a startup that wants to quantify the human physiology.”

CIOs May Finally Get A Seat At The Grown-Ups’ Table

By Galen Gruman, November 15th edition of InfoWorld
“…That obsession over getting a seat at the table doesn’t seem to have changed much in reality—most CIOs are still made to focus on continually reducing costs even as they are asked to support more and more technologies. They’ve tried learning the language of business, embedding IT pros into business teams, bringing business expertise into IT, and other forms of “business-IT alignment.” But little has changed. But now, maybe something can change, and not only at those idiosyncratic companies where an individual CIO has figured out the secret sauce for his or her organization.”

GitLab Ditches The Public Cloud

By Brandon Butler, November 15th edition of Network World
“Popular developer platform GitLab has concluded that the public IaaS cloud is not an effective platform for hosting its open source file storage system with high input/output demands. So, GitLab is ditching the cloud. In a blog post explaining the decision, GitLab engineers say they’ll transition their CephFS storage tool to bare metal infrastructure that they will manage themselves. GitLab provides a platform to help teams of developers write, test and ship code. GitLab’s storage issue is a prime example that not all workloads are ideally suited for the public cloud.”

Guest Post: Democratizing Enterprise Technology Maturity at Ticketmaster

By Sherry Taylor, November 8th edition of the Apprenda Blog
“Among the many exciting announcements this week at KubeCon Seattle, we are proud to have Sherry Taylor, Executive Program Director for Technology at Ticketmaster provide a guest blog post on a new open source maturity model for driving innovation in the SDLC and ensuring cloud-native readiness for enterprise applications. Apprenda has been thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ticketmaster over the past months in their cloud transformation and we know the community will greatly benefit from this innovative approach to leveling up software delivery in organizations of all sizes.”

Cisco Launches Cloud Service For Smart Cities As Game About Hacking Smart Cities Debuts

By Dean Takahashi, November 14th edition of VentureBeat
“Here’s a weird intersection of fiction and real life. Cisco is announcing today a new cloud service to enable smart cities, just a day before Ubisoft launches its Watch Dogs 2 video game about hacking smart cities. Cisco, of course, is perfectly serious, as it is launching its pay-as-you-go cloud service to enable cities to take action more effectively with data collected from sensors, cameras, and devices. It unveiled the initiative at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016.”

Cisco: Cloud-Native Apps Will Dominate By 2020

By Charles Babcock, November 14th edition of InformationWeek
“By 2020, the internet of things (IoT), analytics, and database applications will make up 22% of all business workloads in cloud data centers, an increase from the 20% businesses saw in 2015. These big data applications will most likely be “cloud-native,” or designed to run in the cloud, and the growing use of them will be at the center of enterprises’ movement into the cloud. That move is about to accelerate. However, even as the enterprise moves into the cloud, its claim on the world’s total cloud computing resource will shrink compared the role of the consumer, according to the Cisco Global Cloud Index released Nov. 10.”

Amazon Web Services To Cut Compute Prices, Continuing The Decline In Cloud Costs

By Dan Richman, November 14th edition of GeekWire
“Amazon Web Services will cut the cost of its EC2 basic compute services among a limited number of regions by up to 25 percent starting Dec. 1, depending on the region and the type of EC2 instance purchased, the market-leading public cloud provider said in a blog post today. The announcement highlights the ongoing price competition characterizing the public cloud market, which sees regular price cuts among AWS and competitors Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.”

GE Buys ServiceMax in $915M Cloud Play

By Mitch Wagner, November 15th edition of Light Reading
“GE is leading the way in the trend toward every company becoming a software and cloud company. The old-line manufacturer of train locomotives and jet engines is transforming itself, using Internet of Things, software and the cloud to service those machines, creating additional value for its industrial customers — and revenue for itself. In the latest step in that direction, GE Digital announced it has acquired ServiceMax, which provides cloud-based field service management solutions. The $915 million deal is expected to close in January. The acquisition provides GE Digital with enhanced capabilities for is IoT vision, which it calls “industrial Internet,” the company said in a statement.”

GE’s CEO Reveals How To Transform Into A Digital Company

By Katie Fehrenbacher, November 15th edition of Fortune
“There’s no greater indication of industrial behemoth General Electric’s desire to morph into a Silicon Valley software company than its annual technology conference. During the company’s two-day show in San Francisco on Tuesday morning, GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt took the stage and asked the audience “Why not us. . . Why can’t we make ourselves into a digital company?” The company is “all in,” Immelt says, on crafting itself in the image of a tech and computing disruptor, which includes becoming a “top 10” software company by 2020. To achieve this goal, GE is investing heavily in building software and wireless capability to connect machines like wind turbines, trains, and jet engines.”

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