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Saving old software from extinction in the age of cloud computing
“…It’s about time we started asking ourselves: what are we leaving behind for future generations? When our descendants look back on the computer revolution, what will they still have access to?… While it’s easy to think this is some far-off problem that only future generations will have to deal with, the accelerated pace of computing means this “cloud rot” is something we are dealing with right now. While future generations may not be able to experience our version of cloud computing, it is our job to ensure there will at least be some record of it other than a thousand useless, broken clients.” Via Ron Amadeo, ARS Technica 

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New Survey Finds Demand for PaaS on the Rise
A new age of ‘Develop Your Own Application’ (DYOA) to meet ever-changing business requirements is driving demand for rapid application development Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies, according to new research sponsored by app development and data integration software company Progress…As many as 85% of survey respondents said that there is demand within their organization to reduce the time it takes to develop and deploy applications, highlighting that the DYOA trend is primarily being driven at a business rather than IT level…the use of PaaS for application development and deployment will continue to be a focus for organizations, with businesses planning to invest an average of $260,653 on this architecture before the end of the year.”  Via MarketWatch

Oracle Is Working On A Huge $5 Billion Acquisition
Oracle is getting ready to buy a company called Micros Systems for more than $5 billion, sources told Bloomberg’s Alex Sherman and Dina Bass… This would be Oracle’s largest acquisition since it bought Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion in 2010 (which really cost Oracle $5.6 billion after it factored in Sun’s cash)… it could give Oracle some much needed growth. Micros generated nearly $1.3 billion in revenue in 2013 and $171 million in net income.” Via Julie Bort, Business Insider

Red Hat shells out $95 million for French OpenStack integrator eNovance
Red Hat has bought eNovance, the OpenStack systems integrator that designed the Cloudwatt French national cloud, for €70 million ($95 million). Paris-based eNovance was founded in 2008 and is one of the top 10 contributors to the OpenStack public cloud project. Cloudwatt aside, the firm counts the likes of Cisco, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent among its customers…According to a Wednesday statement, Red Hat will pay €50 million in cash and €20 million in shares for the French company.” Via David Meyer, GigaOM

Microsoft Teams With American Family Insurance To Launch A Home Automation Accelerator In Redmond
“…Microsoft is launching a new accelerator in Seattle in partnership with American Family Insurance focusing on the home automation market. Applications are open from now until July 21, and the accelerator will run August through December…The accelerator is the first that Microsoft Ventures has based out of its headquarters since first announcing the Microsoft Ventures program last year…Worth pointing out, too, that this is also not the first accelerator focused on a specific vertical.”  Via Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch

The health tech revolution will turn all of us into big data wonks
Analyzing data is often thought of as a business-only activity. But with the rise of mobile devices and simple health trackers, consumers will soon be able to analyze their own health data to improve their lives…The proliferation of mobile devices has helped liberate the insights held in the huge amounts of data organizations are collecting. The increase of mobile devices is also causing the amount of data collected to burst the traditional data warehouse at the seams…as mobile devices, wearable devices, and appliances get connected to each other, we will have access to greater insights to improving our health over our lifetime.” Via Amisha Gandhi and Benjamin Robbins, CITE World

Enterprise spend on public cloud IaaS to reach $650m by 2018
There were twice as many enterprises adopting infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas) in 2013 over the previous year, according to a new study by Telsyte…The study has forecasted the total market value for public cloud infrastructure services to reach AU$650 million by 2018, up from AU$305 million in 2014…The research identified there’s a growing trend in the adoption of a hybrid cloud model, which is expected to be in use by some 30 percent of enterprises by 2018. But on-premise IT is still considered a favored choice.” Via Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet

VMWorld content catalog hints at slow AirWatch integration
VMware has released the content catalogue for VMworld San Francisco, and it offers a hint or three about what the company might announce at the event. Perhaps the most tantalisingly-named session is titled Preview the Latest Release from AirWatch. “Previewing” suggests, at least to us, that you should rule out a major launch for AirWatch at the show. Of course it could also mean that a new version of the product will be announced as a beta at the show, but will not go on sale for a while.” Via Simon Sharwood, The Register

CenturyLink starts airlifting managed services to its new cloud
CenturyLink, which bought Tier 3 last fall to be the foundation of the new CenturyLink Cloud, is now starting to move its bread-and-butter managed services onto that cloud. The first managed services down the chute will be Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux managed operating systems; Active Directory; Microsoft Internet Information Services, Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL, CenturyLink plans to announce at Structure Wednesday. They will start rolling out in a few U.S. regions next week.” Via Bard Darrow, GigaOM

Frictionless IT: How To Get To Hybrid Cloud
Virtualization is commonplace in data centers, but here’s how and w
hy to take the next leap and create a hybrid cloud environment…like every transition IT has ever made, the important thing is to start the process and show that your new methodology and technology have merit. For the hybrid cloud, increasingly there is a hard return-on-investment proof point, even before you start factoring in the hard-to-measure value of improving the responsiveness of IT for the business.
Via Art Wittmann, InformationWeek

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