Your Data Center Could Be Haunted. Apprenda Marketwatch

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How the hybrid cloud has already doomed your data center

…At the end of the day, all their customers want is for the IT burden to be removed, or for specific technology problems to be solved or solutions provided. Where that infrastructure has to live, for the most part, doesn’t matter to them. If you’re buying managed services, whether it is in the form of SaaS or managed IT, or some mixture thereof, all you want is your bills to come down. And who else can make data center resources cheaper or more reliable from a SLA perspective than a hyperscale-class cloud provider? Can an enterprise build and manage their infrastructure cheaper than a public cloud provider? As a CxO, that’s a question you need to continue to ask yourself. For the partner, moving these resources from on-prem to the cloud makes a lot of sense. … we’re looking at a ton of industry consolidation here. Your own datacenter (particularly if you’re working with a managed service provider) may already be doomed.” Via Jason Perlow, ZDNet

Adopting Cloud Is No Longer An Advantage, HBR Finds
If there was once competitive advantage in moving to the cloud, that’s no longer the case. That’s one of the conclusions found in a survey of 452 business and IT managers conducted by the Harvard Business Review Analytics Services. The emergence of reliable cloud services has meant that “using cloud has enabled companies to act more quickly and to collaborate more easily. This has conferred competitive advantage on early adopters. Cloud’s wider adoption, however, has set a new benchmark for business performance,” the open pages of the survey’s report, “Cloud: Driving A Faster, More Connected Business,” concluded…” Via Charles Babcock, InformationWeek

Programming Language Rankings: Summer 2015
RedMonk continues its exploration of programming language discussion and contribution with our ongoing rankings. We know our methodology isn’t perfect, but has proved a useful guide to potential adoption vectors – notably in the case of Swift… Fragmentation is creating opportunities for languages like Rust and Julia. We’re faced with an interesting model where we’re seeing stability at the core, but a fair degree of movement at the edges, with new languages swiftly (please excuse the pun) coming to the fore…” Via James Governor, RedMonk

Why Agile is Fragile
Agile development is bringing exciting change to software delivery, IT organizations, and end users. Reorganizing development toward frequent release cycles brings new features and services to market faster. Agile allows delivery teams to be more productive and creative. They can rapidly meet the needs of customers and business units instead of creating frustrating delays of rigid process and approvals. Agile is a crucial factor for innovation, especially when paired with the extended practices of DevOps and continuous delivery…” Via Kyle Cochran, EnterpriseTech

Lessons from Migrating a Customer Off Windows Server 2003
Microsoft recently ended support for Windows Server 2003 after announcing its end of life more than two years ago. After a bit of hand wringing and head scratching, enterprise IT organizations around the world mobilized to decide how to best respond. All patches and security updates have now ceased, so any businesses continuing to run Windows Server 2003 face compliance issues and vulnerabilities. Such a large infrastructure change is costly and affects the daily lives of many people… Forward-thinking enterprises took a lot of time and carefully evaluated their options. Some embraced the opportunity presented to not only modernize their servers and data centers, but to go further… Major infrastructure replacement is a common use case for Apprenda enterprise PaaS adoption…” Via Tom Wojtusik, Apprenda Blog


Why EMC May Soon Buy Out — Not Spin Out — VMware
With about a month remaining in an agreement between it and an activist hedge fund, the storage and IT giant EMC may be getting close to shaking up its unusual corporate structure, including potentially buying the portion of software company VMware it doesn’t already own. EMC has been pressured by Elliott Management, a hedge fund controlled by the billionaire Paul Singer that has a history of using its ownership positions to push companies for changes, to break up. … Tucci speculated that EMC might save as much as $1 billion a year depending on how “tightly aligned” it gets with VMware. Many took that as a hint that EMC’s board is studying a spin-in… The combination would also give EMC the full benefit of VMware’s earnings…” Via Arik Hesseldahl, Re/Code

EMC may tighten its grip on VMware, much to Elliott Management’s chagrin
…Elliott Management, founded and led by Paul Singer, has induced big changes at tech companies. Last week’s news that Citrix CEO Mark Templeton is retiring was seen as Elliott’s handiwork. Heck, the company has even taken on foreign governments. But thus far it hasn’t gotten Tucci to blink. Tucci’s stance has been that his hand-assembled EMC Federation comprising EMC itself, VMware, VCE, Pivotal and RSA Security—lets each company compete on its own merits but also offer integrated products. But the federation is a bit fluid…” Via Barb Darrow, Fortune

VMware doubling down on OpenStack
The content catalog for late August’s VMworld San Francisco has yielded up another nuggetoid of vNews: a new version of VMware Integrated OpenStack. Virtzilla debuted its own OpenStack distribution last year, billing it as an exceptionally fine distribution for those who want to run an OpenStack cloud on top of vSphere. OpenStack has happily managed VMware’s ESX hypervisor for a few years, so by making its own distribution VMware gave itself the best chance to help meld OpenStack and vSphere nicely…” Via Simon Sharwood, The Register


This is how Cisco brings the web to the world’s most forsaken places
Of all the types of emergency relief first responders can provide during a crisis, a secure line of communication maybe one of the most important. Networking company Cisco knows this. And it has a team that’s prepared to deliver just that. The company.. maintains a crack team of Internet infrastructure specialists who are trained to bring disaster zones back online, and quickly. The team, known as its Tactical Operations group (or TacOps), gets dispatched wherever disaster strikes. Its task is to “establish connectivity for continuity of government, first responders, and other relief personnel,” TacOps engineer Rakesh Bharania tells Motherboard…” Via Robert Hackett, Fortune

The Math Behind Microsoft’s Big Nokia Writedown
Inside a recent SEC filing, Microsoft detailed the figures behind its massive goodwill writedown that trashed its earnings last quarter. The writedown was an admission that the company’s expensive attempt to break into the first-party smartphone business has struggled. Published on July 31, and brought to my attention this morning by GeekWire, the filing’s language from Microsoft is stark…” Via Alex Wilhelm, TechCrunch

IBM’s Makeover: A Buy-or-Die Strategy for Big Blue
There’s lots of talk about what’s wrong with IBM, lots of opinions about how the strategies of the old CEOs undermined today’s IBM, and just as many about the company’s lack of vision. Unless you’re in the technology trenches, you probably don’t know how emotional these discussions can get: there are lots of IBM lovers and haters who are not afraid to express their thoughts about what went wrong and how to “fix” IBM. … There’s no nibbling around the edges of the business model, no “evolutionary” suggestions and definitely no assumptions that the future will in any way resemble the past. IBM is misaligned with consumer and corporate computing trends…” Via Steve Andriole, Forbes


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