Cloud options mean decisions, decisions for IT buyers

26 Feb , 2015  

Much has been written about cloud consolidation, with M&A roiling the cloudscape over the past few months: Cisco bought Metacloud, EMC bought Cloudscaling, HP snapped up Eucalyptus. Despite all that, cloud deployment options abound, and choice will be a big theme at the upcoming Structure 2015 event, this June in San Francisco. […]

Cloud options mean decisions, decisions for IT buyers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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Sponsored post: CEO Sam Ramji talks future of Cloud Foundry on live Fireside Chat

17 Feb , 2015  

Cloud Foundry Foundation, the independent governing body overseeing today’s leading open source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), is rapidly gaining momentum in the enterprise cloud industry. The recent announcement of Sam Ramji as CEO and the appointment of board members from EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP, VMware, ActiveState and […]

Sponsored post: CEO Sam Ramji talks future of Cloud Foundry on live Fireside Chat originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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Pivotal open sources its Hadoop and Greenplum tech, and then some

17 Feb , 2015  

Pivotal, the cloud computing and big data company that spun out from EMC and VMware in 2013, is open sourcing its entire portfolio of big data technologies and is teaming up with Hortonworks, IBM, GE, and several other companies on a Hadoop effort called the Open […]

Pivotal open sources its Hadoop and Greenplum tech, and then some originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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OpenStack Gets Drop-In Replacement for Amazon's EC2 API

16 Feb , 2015  

Cloudscaling, an EMC company, has released a drop-in replacement for OpenStack’s existing Nova EC2 API. Using this, OpenStack users can interact with OpenStack Compute using a set of APIs that is compatible with the Amazon AWS EC2 APIs.

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Exclusive: Pivotal CEO says open source Hadoop tech is coming

6 Feb , 2015  

Pivotal, the cloud computing spinoff from EMC and VMware that launched in 2013, is preparing to blow up its big data business by open sourcing a whole lot of it. Rumors of changes began circulating in November, after CRN reported that Pivotal was in the process […]

Exclusive: Pivotal CEO says open source Hadoop tech is coming originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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Don’t like your cloud vendor? Wait a second.

29 Gen , 2015  

If your cloud provider’s lineup leaves you cold, you can jump ship. Or you could wait a minute because things could — probably will — change. There’s already been a ton of consolidation  — the acquisitions of MetaCloud, Eucalyptus, Cloudscaling et al by Cisco, HP, and EMC […]

Don’t like your cloud vendor? Wait a second. originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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EMC and Elliott kiss and made up — for now

12 Gen , 2015  

It looks as if EMC and activist investor Elliott Management have worked out their differences. EMC added two Elliott-friendly directors to its board, bringing the total to 13. The new directors are José Almeida, chairman and CEO of Covidien, and Donald Carty, retired chairman and CEO of AMR. Elliott […]

EMC and Elliott kiss and made up — for now originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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Flash storage deals continue, as Western Digital buys Skyera

17 Dic , 2014  

You can add another member to your list of storage startups being swallowed up by storage giants like Sandisk and EMC. This week, flash-storage startup Skyera was bought out by HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital, for an undisclosed amount. Gigaom’s Barb Darrow profiled Skyera in […]

Flash storage deals continue, as Western Digital buys Skyera originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Hey, Is This Node.js All Set? Put a Fork In It – Apprenda Marketwatch

5 Dic , 2014  

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Popular Coding Framework Node.js Is Now Seriously Forked


Node.js, a widely used open-source framework for building Web applications, has split into two separate projects as of late Tuesday. A group headed by some of Node’s most important contributors has “forked” the project, creating a new version it’s calling io.js. … The schism, however, could have far reaching effects on Node’s business depending on which version of the software companies choose to adopt. Matt Ranney, a developer at Uber, has already tweeted that his company is opting to switch over to io.js, and other companies may not be far behind.” Via Lauren Orsini, ReadWrite




Open standards face an uphill climb in the cloud
Something is missing in the ocean of press releases that comes out of the growing cloud computing market: a focus on open cloud standards. When it comes to cloud standards, enterprises voted with their dollars. Most have focused more on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google offerings than on standards such as OpenStack and CloudStack. Of course, AWS, Microsoft, and Google are cloud services providers, whereas open standards are enabling technologies. … This move to proprietary platforms by enterprises is a big change from three years ago, when there was a lot of excitement around cloud standards. I believe enterprises have shifted gears for three core reasons…” Via David Linthicum, InfoWorld 

4 surprising facts about SMB cloud adoption (infographic)
“…Because nearly 90 percent of SMBs are currently making use of the cloud, it’s almost unnecessary to talk about the benefits of cloud adoption in simple terms. Advantages like total cost savings, flexibility, and decreased time to market are so universally acknowledged that they have become baseline expectations. Through our ongoing research efforts, we’ve uncovered some interesting and overlooked trends particular to cloud adoption within small and medium businesses. Here are four surprising trends that highlight how and why SMBs are using the cloud…” Via Tom Bressie, VentureBeat


Rocket Vs. Docker Will Come Down To DevOps


Docker has been flying high throughout 2014. It’s racked up a series of notable firsts and accomplishments, but recently, the cloud container system has encountered turbulence. While cruising through space as contested as the Ukraine, CoreOS has launched a Rocket at it. And it will face continued sniping in 2015. … All of this says a lot about how far Docker has come in a remarkably short amount of time. And yet, when CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi talked about the reasons for CoreOS’s creation of Rocket and a container specification, strains of common sense showed through the buzz, the enthusiasm, the sheer momentum of Docker and its adherents…” Via Charles Babcock, InformationWeek 

How Not To Manage An Open-Source Community, Courtesy Of Docker
Docker, the darling of development and operations professionals alike, used to be a sterling example of how to build a community. At least, that is, in terms of writing software that’s easy to understand and adopt. But when it comes to crisis management, Docker hasn’t done so well lately. … As hard as it can be, a community is more than just the smiling, happy code contributors. It’s also the noisy neighbors who yell a lot but do little. It’s the users who complain. It’s the competitors who want to piggyback on a project’s success and hijack its momentum for their own. It is, in short, about being open, both to the things we love and to the things we don’t. …” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite

IBM climbs on the Docker bandwagon
Docker fever continues to spread across the enterprise IT landscape. Following similar moves by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google, IBM is equipping its enterprise cloud services to run the Docker virtualization containers. Delivered as part of its Bluemix platform services, the IBM Containers service is currently in beta and will allow users to launch and run Docker containers on the IBM Cloud. The service will support all of Docker’s native features as well as Docker’s new orchestration services, which administrators could use to stage and manage complex Docker-based workloads. IBM also has forged a partnership with Docker…” Via Joab Jackson, CITE World


Citrix Acquires Octoblu, the Drone Networking Company Formerly Known as Skynet


“…It’s unclear about the terms of the deal and if it was an acquisition hire more than anything else. In any case, Chris Matthieu, one of the co-founders of the company, has changed his LinkedIn profile with the title: Director IoT Engineering at Citrix. Octoblu, originally called Skynet, is a system for drones to talk to each other. As we have written before, it was named “after the self-aware artificial intelligence system in the Terminator movie series.” In scope, Octoblu is designed to run on a single network or mesh of IoT networks that share a common API or communications protocol.  In this scenario, devices can discover, query, and message other devices on the network. …” Via Alex Williams, The New Stack 

AWS cuts prices again — this time on data transfer
Amazon Web Services cut prices on data transfers out of its cloud and both into and out of its CloudFront CDN effective December 1. … As a company that likes to track such things, Amazon said this is the 47th time it’s cut prices, but many of those reductions up till now were clustered around EC2 compute instances and S3 storage.  Data transfer rates were something even AWS fans often griped about because they are seen as, well, pricey compared to competitors, including IBM SoftLayer, which does not charge for moving customer data between SoftLayer facilities around the world. …” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM 

Five Things We Learned About Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos From His Rare Public Appearance
Jeff Bezos made a rare public appearance on Tuesday, when Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget interviewed him onstage at the media company’s New York City conference. It was an entertaining 45 minutes, with interesting revelations about Amazon’s succession plan (there is one!) and the Fire phone (more are coming!). Here are five other things we learned about the Amazon CEO from the Blodget-Bezos bonanza. …” Via Jason Del Ray, Re/Code 

Microsoft’s Azure RemoteApp For Running Windows Apps In The Cloud Comes Out Of Beta
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the public beta of its Azure RemoteApp service. Just like the name implies, it allows you to run virtualized apps on Azure and use them remotely, no matter whether that’s on a Windows PC, Mac or a mobile device. As Microsoft announced today, RemoteApp is coming out of beta (and getting an SLA) on December 11. …” Via Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

IBM and Cisco unveil direct rival to VCE vBlock
Big Blue and networking giant Cisco on Thursday US time announced VersaStack, an integrated infrastructure solution to take on rival storage company EMC. The move pairs IBM’s Storewize V7000 storage offering with Cisco’s UCS compute system to help channel partners drive big data and mobility solutions to their customers.   The move, pundits say, will place further strains on the quickly eroding partnership between Cisco, EMC, and VMware that together make up the company VCE that sells a near identical offering. In October Cisco reduced its ownership stake in VCE to just 10 percent. …” Via Tom Spring, CRN

HP anoints Mendix as preferred rapid development partner on Helion cloud
Mendix, Inc. got an important endorsement for its rapid application development technology this week as Hewlett-Packard Co. named the company’s rapid application development platform a preferred technology for HP’s Helion cloud. However, the non-exclusive, non-binding relationship is something short of a commitment on either side. …” Via Paul Gillin, SiliconANGLE


TEDx Albany speakers have a message for young people: Be curious


“…TEDx is a program of independently organized events that combine video and live speakers. About 80 people gathered at 435 New Scotland Ave. in Albany on Thursday to network and discuss how to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in technology. …other speakers this morning included Chris Dutra, a software engineer at Apprenda, a software developer based in Troy, New York. Dutra told the audience that while it is an exciting time for software development, he is concerned a decline in grade school computer science classes and lack of interest among young people. “We’re entering a digital age without our children being properly trained,” Dutra said. …” Via Chelsea Diana, Albany Business Review 

Businesses, individuals honored during third annual Downtown Troy BID dinner
While celebrities strive for Emmys and Grammys, there’s a brand new type of coveted award in the city of Troy: a Sammy. The Downtown Troy Business Improvement District (BID) held its first ever Sammy Awards in conjunction with its third annual dinner Wednesday evening at Franklin Plaza. … Seven well-deserving business owners and business community supporters were the inaugural Sammy recipients. … there were many contestants for the title of New Business of the Year. Wednesday night it was awarded to Apprenda, Inc., a River Street tech business focused on enterprise computing. Apprenda was drawn to the city six months ago because of what the downtown area could offer for its employees. “It became very obvious to us very quickly that Troy was where we wanted to be,” said co-founder Matt Ammerman…” Via Lauren Halligan, The Troy Record


Post EMC Acquisition, Spanning Extends Backup To Office 365


It used to be that the cloud software space was pretty black and white… Fast forward to today and that has all changed, the news that backup vendor Spanning is rolling out Office 365 functionality speaks to that fact… Today Spanning is announcing cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery for Office 365. The product enables IT administrators and end users to find and restore lost data from any point in time, from any device. …” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes

NetApp goes for a ride on VMware’s EVO: RAILs
NetApp will offer VMWare’s EVO: RAIL hyperconverged rigs but with its networked FAS arrays. … It’s designed for enterprise remote and branch offices (ROBO), also SMBs, with limited IT staff and apps in VMware virtual server environments. The idea of a hyper-converged system including a network array is a bit of a stretch to people schooled in the idea of Nutanix/Simplicity single-box simplicity. Maxta and other software storage startups started the rot with reference architectures for hype-convergence. Is this EVO: RAIL gone off the rails or just marketing-speak to water down the original pure hyper-converged idea and wrap legacy product in fashionable new paper? …” Via Chris Mellor, The Register


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This Month in PaaS: Top Headlines for Platform as a Service

31 Ott , 2014  

This Month in PaaSOctober was a sprint in the Platform as a Service space—there was no sign of slowing down.

Not only has the next wave of companies proved the benefits of PaaS and the devops movement, there is a tremendous amount of Pivotal CF and Cloud Foundry technology news for containers like Docker, mobile back end services, microservices, Eclipse integration, and Jenkins CI as a service. In addition, this was the month that OpenStack’s co-founder joined Pivotal as Field CTO, Spring released Spring Cloud (with Cloud Foundry bits), and, in case you missed it, Pivotal CF 1.3 became generally available.

Here is Pivotal’s inaugural round-up of This Month in PaaS—16 stories to keep us all up to speed.

This Month in Platform as a Service 

The Economics of IaaS causes Application Demand and PaaS to Skyrocket

Efficiency and cost reduction on the part of IaaS is leading to an increase in application creation and consumption—this will drive PaaS adoption. The argument, made by CIO Magazine Advisor and ActiveState VP, Bernard Golden, summarizes what many others in the industry believe is happening.

Spring Cloud 1.0.0.M1 Available

Spring Cloud provides common patterns for distributed systems, covering configuration, service discovery, circuit breakers, intelligent routing, micro-proxy, control bus, one-time tokens, and much more. This release helps Java developers become quickly productive on Cloud Foundry.

Ubuntu Release supports Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, and Docker

Upon joining the Cloud Foundry Advisory Board, Canonical sent a signal to the market. In its latest release, Ubuntu 14.10, capabilities support Metal as a Service (MaaS). This means any cluster of physical machines can be transformed into a scalable platform for Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, or Hadoop.

Cloud Foundry’s Evolution, Docker, and More: An Interview with Pivotal’s James Watters

CenturyLink Labs’ Lucas Carlson, sat down to interview Pivotal’s James Watters. In the conversation, they cover the long range and recent history of Cloud Foundry, microservices, Deigo, containers, Docker, ecosystem maturity, and more. Watters points out the fact that ISVs are saying they need to support it.

Microservices and PaaS—Part IV

Recently, members of the Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board began a series on this topic, and began with the premise that a single war file and monolithic application is no way to deliver modern cloud services. This article explains how PaaS features simplify and support microservices development.

Are Docker Containers Essential to PaaS?

In this post from Information Week, pundit Charles Babcock, summarizes a panel he moderated on the topic at INTEROP. The PaaS panel covered Linux containers, and the four panelists gave their thoughts on the importance of Docker. Interestingly, they all backed the importance of these containers.

Shadow IT Risk and Reward

While shadow IT, as a concept, has been around a while. It is still one of the more important, strategic considerations for rolling your own PaaS. This article is one of the more thorough reviews of the behaviors driving the trend, and it captures relevant statistics as well as pitfalls and approaches.

GE’s Big Agile Bet

GE has moved from 2 day to 20 minute builds. In this post from DevOps.com, the author highlights a presentation from DevOps Enterprise Summit where GE’s Alan Schachtely presented. He explains how GE has shifted the culture of 15,000 software engineers to a devops mindset with lean, agile principles.

The New Mobile-Cloud Enterprise

This article, published by TechCrunch, covers some of the recent acquisitions and product launches in the mobile backend as a service space, including the launch of Pivotal CF Mobile Services. As PaaS reaches to be “Linux of the Cloud,” enterprises need more mobile apps.

This Month in Pivotal Cloud Foundry

Now Available: Cloud Foundry Foundation Bylaws, Governance, Membership

Together, Cloud Foundry Foundation members IBM, HP, EMC, SAP, Centurylink, VMware, Intel, ActiveState, Canonical, Docker and others have moved past the momentum stage and produced a Code of Conduct, Bylaws, Governance Policy, Membership Agreement, Intellectual Property Policy, and more.

General Availability of Pivotal CF 1.3

Just as October was arriving, we announced the general availability of Pivotal CF 1.3. In under a year, the engineering team has made four releases. In this release, enhancements included multiple availability zones, multiple networks, security groups, on-demand access to enterprise Hadoop, and more.

Cloud Foundry’s Container Technology: A Garden Overview

Pivotal Engineer, Glyn Normington, develops container technology for Cloud Foundry. In this post, he explains the Cloud Foundry container technology. The Garden architecture has a platform agnostic front end and a platform-specific backend based on Linux. Glyn covers namespaces, networking, and more.

Co-Founder of Piston Cloud, OpenStack Joins Pivotal to Focus on Cloud Foundry

This month, Pivotal announced a new Field CTO for Cloud Foundry. Joshua McKenty explains how OpenStack rose to dominate the market and outlines a vision for where Cloud Foundry is heading. After giving a brief history of his own journey to the cloud, McKenty also explains why he is excited.

How shrebo, the Sharing Economy Platform, Innovates with Cloud Foundry

In this post, we had the opportunity to do interview the CTO of shrebo, a company who has built SaaS APIs on the Cloud Foundry platform with Python/Django. The CTO, a 20 year veteran who has worked at IBM, SAS, and Credit Suisse, explains his needs, architecture, development benefits, and much more.

How to Continuously Deploy Code with Jenkins and Pivotal CF

After launching a partnership with Cloudbees in September, this blog post explains how the Jenkins Enterprise service is deployed via Pivotal CF Ops Manager. The process is very simple and streamlined—setting up master and slave, registration of trial license, and integration.

Service Management Through Cloud Foundry Eclipse

In this post, Pivotal Engineer, Nieraj Singh, explains the Cloud Foundry Eclipse plug-in, a joint collaboration between Pivotal and IBM. He explains how to install the plug-in, create a server instance with Pivotal Web Services, create service instances, and bind them to applications.

All Things Pivotal Podcast—Now Available

When Pivotal’s Simon Elisha started the AWS Podcast back in 2011, it became a regular part of the listening “diet” of thousands of people in over 100 countries to understand the radical changes in how IT was being consumed & delivered. Now, Simon’s dialogue is available again under the All Things Pivotal Podcast.

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