Gartner Clarifies Where the API Economy Is Heading

7 Mar , 2017  

At ProgrammableWeb, the application programming interface is at the epicenter of our online lives. But what people might not realize is how much the API is at the center of the future and soon present technology of every connected person’s daily life. APIs will continue to play a central role in trends like chatbots and virtual assistants, the Internet of Things, microservices, pretty much all things mobile, and so much more.



How Proprietary Thinking Could Undermine The Internet of Things

28 Gen , 2016  

There are a lot of numbers flying around about the Internet of Things. Gartner has IoT hitting 25 billion devices hitting $263 billion by 2020.



Alright Everyone: Let’s Partner Up! – Apprenda Marketwatch

3 Dic , 2014  

Good morning!


HP, Microsoft ally in apparent comeback to IBM-Apple partnership


In a move that appears to be aimed at the new alliance between IBM and Apple, Hewlett-Packard Co.  and Microsoft this morning announced an alliance to provide joint services for companies using the popular Microsoft Office 365 software-as-a-service offering. … If this new alliance is a comeback, then the two mostly complementary IT giants could be searching for other ways to partner. Even in the cloud, HP Helion is primarily an infrastructure-as-a-service offering whereas Microsoft Azure is mostly a software-as-a-service host for Microsoft’s extensive library of business software. The two now have a common enemy in IBM-Apple, which could be a strong motivator to expand their alliance further.” Via Bert Latamore, SiliconANGLE 




And now for some good news… How Satya Nadella turned Microsoft around in a year
Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s new chief executive, hasn’t entirely avoided controversy during the nine months he’s been at the company’s helm. But he’s already managed to steer the company back onto a direction that’s healthy for the company, after years of stagnation under his predecessor. …Whether you’re a friend of the company or a hater (everyone has their opinion), Nadella has probably done more to push the software giant back on track than in the years under its predecessor’s reign. And that’s not easy to do in less than a year.” Via Zack Whittaker, ZDNet 

IBM Named Leader in U.S. Government Private Cloud
IDC MarketScape has named IBM as a leader in the analyst firm’s recent U.S. Government Private Cloud IaaS 2014 Vendor Assessment report. The report, released in November, recognized IBM as a leader in providing the right mix of private, public and hybrid cloud capabilities that are ideal for federal agencies with unique requirements compared to the private sector. According to the report, “this sets IBM SoftLayer up to play a leading role in serving the ‘hybrid/mixed’ cloud requirements of government entities which, to date have shied away from leveraging public cloud-only offerings. …” Via Darryl K. Taft, eWeek


2015: IT vendor upheaval ahead?


IDC is predicting that cloud computing and upheaval in the data center will lead to “two or three major mergers, acquisitions, or restructurings among the top-tier IT vendors in 2015.” The 2015 predictions from IDC aren’t all that surprising. Analyst Frank Gens will talk a lot about the cloud, mobile, big data and analytics at a Web conference on Tuesday. What may be more interesting is the vendor fallout. … IDC didn’t name vendors that may consolidate, but its industry upheaval prediction is probably on target. After all, there are usually a few major IT mergers and restructurings each year…” Via Larry Dignan, ZDNet 

Computing Goes to the Cloud. So Does Crime.
As more of our world, from family photos to financial information, moves into the cloud, malicious hackers are following. It is easy to see why… While caution is necessary, not all is doom and gloom. For one thing, the concentration of core computing systems into clouds means that computers are likely to be better managed, security flaws more frequently and thoroughly patched, and devices inspected in a more uniform way. All of those things are improvements over the current state of affairs. In addition, companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google have among the world’s best security engineers. …” Via Quentin Hardy, NY Times 

Making the leap from philosophy major to citizen developer
People are no longer content to wait for overworked IT professionals to develop an application to automate a core process or provide access to vital information. Increasingly, they’d rather do it themselves. If they have the right tools, that can be good news for IT. … An emerging approach, called Application Platform-as-a-Service (aPaaS), may help align the work of IT and citizen developers. Gartner defines aPaaS as “a cloud service that offers development and deployment environments for application services.” aPaaS is typically offered through cloud providers, and provides drag-and-drop interfaces to enable rapid application building. …” Via Joe McKendrick, ZDNet


The Internet Of Things Is Reaching Escape Velocity


The frenzy around the Internet of Things (IoT) should be reaching its final countdown. … While the Internet of Things will inevitably ride the ups and downs of inflated hype and unmet expectations, at this stage there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle. … Coupled with a push for smart cities, advancements in robotics, connected cars, aerials (drones, nanosatellites), and connectivity infrastructure the race for the internet of things space is just getting started. Just as certain verticals are nearing critical mass, new and innovative applications are being spun up and built out…” Via Matt Turck, TechCrunch

Developers Can Now Use Google’s Cloud Platform To Handle Credit Card Information
Google today announced that its Cloud Platform is now in compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS). This means developers can now hold, process and exchange credit card information from branded credit cards on Google’s cloud computing platform without running afoul of existing regulations. … It’s worth noting that Microsoft’s Azure is also PCI-compliant, as is Amazon Web Services.” Via Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch 

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Has Chosen an Heir Apparent
At 50 years old, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he’s having so much fun that he still dances into the office each morning. But for perhaps the first time publicly, Bezos acknowledged today that he has chosen a successor to take over when he leaves the top job. “There is a succession plan,” Bezos said in an onstage interview on Tuesday with Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider, in which Bezos is an investor. “There is someone who would take over.” Blodget, of course, asked Bezos to divulge who it is. Bezos didn’t budge, calling it a “secret,” before releasing his trademark bellowing laugh. Here’s who we’re shortlisting…” Via Jason Del Ray, Re/Code


Let’s make it happen, today. You, me and everyone else.
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And They’re Off!….To The Bottom? – Apprenda Marketwatch

26 Nov , 2014  

Good morning! 


Serious question: Who will win the ‘race to zero’ in the cloud?


As the public-cloud market enters its adolescence, the pervasive concept of a “race to zero” has created an impression that only the established leviathans can compete in the space. On their path to dominance the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure gobble up nascent software-as-a-service startups and lesser infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service providers as they aggressively drive down costs and make it seem unattractive for customers to not be in the cloud. Google’s latest round of price cuts on an array of services and applications have reaffirmed this popularly held belief. …What does this mean for the race to zero? Is the cloud price war effectively over with only Google and Microsoft left playing a game of “how-low-can-you-go” chicken?…” Via Alex Guy, VentureBeat




As-a-service upstarts will KILL OFF THE CORPORATES?
“…given that we’ve got this technological change going on, we’ve also got an increase in the areas where a transactional marketplace makes more sense than a unified firm… My point here really is that Silicon Valley hasn’t found anything particularly new in these marketplaces, nor their ability to undermine the centralised firm. The idea is not emergent from competition, it’s not a function of this glorious internet: it’s something that has been baked into the basic view of why firms exist at all for 80 years or so now. …it’s still not a new idea: it’s a new application of an old one…” Via Tom Worstall, The Register 

Opportunities and Risks of Digitalization in Insurance
Changes are unfolding quickly in the insurance industry. Pressures to transform are growing, consumer preferences are steadily shifting, and competition becoming more fierce than ever before in many markets. Digital business model transformation is believed to be the answer by many to meet these new business demands. However, while this is a key tenant to staying competitive, we do not think that this transformation will be easy or not met with new challenges, or that digitalization alone is the only answer to maintain leadership position in the market. …” Via Juergen Weiss, Gartner


How to navigate Big Data in healthcare


In the fast-moving world of health IT, there can be too much of a good thing. …who is going to serve as the custodian of big data in a healthcare organization? Many enterprises have been creating new senior roles bearing titles like chief analytics officer. But to achieve the type of actionable insights health IT evangelists envision, is it enough simply to turn the information assets over to an army of data scientists? …Ideally, then, it would be a team effort that would involve tech-savvy data experts working alongside the practitioners who had a hand in creating the datasets. And the various pools of health data would have subject-matter experts who could serve as a point person to help researchers, developers and others interpret that information and use it appropriately. …” Via Kenneth Corbin, CITE World 

Docker Discovers Major Vulnerability–Latest Version Immune
News from Docker, the vendor behind the eponymous Docker containerization initiative, that a discovery has been made of a critical flaw in some versions of the software. …Docker had a previous security issue back in June and that vulnerability was also quickly patched. There is, however, no remediation available for older versions of Docker with this previous bug, a cautionary tale for organizations experimenting with early stage projects. While it is in no way an indictment of the Docker project, it does show that early-stage projects are just that – early and still a little rough around the edged. …” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes 

Public offering: Ingram Micro and VMWare release new partner program
Ingram Micro has launched its Public Sector Rewards Club – a program developed in conjunction with VMWare that mutual U.S. channel partners of the two giants can take advantage of at no cost, Ingram Micro said in an announcement. The new program is designed for organizations in the federal, state, local and education markets. Alongside the new partner program, Ingram Micro also announced the addition of VMWare to Ingram subsidiary Promark Technology’s General Services Administration (GSA) schedule. …” Via Jessica Meek, Channelnomics 

OpenStack Has Its Issues but it’s Worth a Fortune
The OpenStack user survey published earlier this month shows the frailties of the project and why customers using it become reliant on vendors. These issues stretch across different aspects of OpenStack, discussed in detail at the Kilo Design Summitat the OpenStack Summit in Paris. Full details of the user pain points can be found here. …” Via Atul Jha, The New Stack


Just how big is Amazon’s AWS business? (hint: it’s absolutely massive)


Amazon processed nearly $20 billion in online transactions in the first quarter of 2014 alone. Online purchases aren’t the only transactions they’re handling on an epic scale. Amazon Web Service (AWS) processes a massive amount of them every second, too, and keeping things running smoothly requires a truly staggering number of servers. …Just as amazing as the number of servers Amazon has deployed is the fact that it’s all hardware that they engineered themselves. Like Facebook, Amazon realized long ago that it made more sense to tailor their servers and networking gear to meet their specific needs — shedding unnecessary features and reducing deployment and support costs, all while increasing AWS reliability…” Via Lee Mathews, Geek 

Microsoft study finds everybody wants DevOps but culture is a challenge
Everybody wants to join the DevOps movement. Everybody wants their developers and their operations people to work more closely together and take advantage of greater internal IT harmony with the result of higher agility and a faster time to market.  But a new study sponsored by Microsoft finds that while everybody wants to adopt DevOps, the cultural barriers between developers and operations are way more of an obstacle to getting there than any shortcomings of technology. …” Via Matt Weinberger, ComputerWorld

Meg Whitman: HP Used ‘Military-Style Communication’ To Talk About Its Split
“…enterprises are notoriously nervous about change. Meg Whitman herself has thumbed her nose at IBM’s sale of one of its server units to Lenovo and claimed that HP picked up a lot of IBM customers over the uncertainty just that one transaction caused. But she’s reassuring Wall Street that splitting HP into two huge $57 billion public companies, which will take a year, will not cause her customers to get nervous and flee. That’s because she says HP has already talked to just about everyone. …” Via Julie Bort, Business Insider 

HP talks cloud delivery options, the importance of OpenStack, how it competes on price
Bill Hilf, Senior Vice President of Product and Service Management for HP Cloud, brings an interesting perspective to his job given his former role as General Manager of Product Management for Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix and Senior Editor Brandon Butler got Hilf on the line for his big picture view of the importance of OpenStack, why HP recently acquired Eucalyptus, the impetus to compete on price, and the various cloud delivery options customers are pursuing…” Via John Dix & Brandon Butler, Network World


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Developers Are Writing the Future and It’s In the Cloud – Apprenda Marketwatch

21 Ott , 2014  

Good morning, everyone!


For Microsoft, Cloud Business Looks More Promising Than Mobile


One way to judge Microsoft’s effectiveness in responding to new industry-shaking challenges is to look at mobile platforms. After several years of trying to catch up to Apple and Google with its Windows Phone operating system, Microsoft has almost nothing to show for it. Cloud computing offers a different picture of Microsoft’s ability to make progress in new markets. He said 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies used Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure in some way. …” Via Nick Wingfield, NY Times





Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Shows Why Azure Is A Serious Threat To Amazon And Google
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has always been vocal about his “cloud-first” strategy, and on Monday he made it clear that Azure, Microsoft’s cloud service platform, was a serious player in the field. At a press event held in San Francisco, Nadella gave a bunch of figures that show Azure’s rapidly growing business. He said more than 80% of Fortune 500 companies used Azure, resulting in a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4 billion.  Although the revenue run rate is not the actual sales amount — but what it would get if it extrapolated its current sales over 12 months — it’s still a good indication of where the business is headed in the future. …” Via Eugene Kim, Business Insider

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Our cloud plays well with others
“…Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, outlined a slew of improvements that Azure has undergone over the last 12 months. Guthrie cited that Azure picks up more than 10,000 customers each week with more than 350 million Active Directory users to date. More than 60 percent of Azure customers now subscribe to higher-level services while 40 percent of Azure’s revenue stems from startups and ISVs. Microsoft is further targeting the latter two groups with the opening of the Azure Marketplace, led by the launch of Cloudera for Azure. …” Via Rachel King, ZDNet

Microsoft taps Amazon vet to help run Azure
Let’s face it: If you’re hiring for a primo public cloud position, Amazon is likely your first stop. And it looks like Microsoft knows it — having recently installed a former Amazon VP Suresh Kumar as corporate VP for cloud infrastructure and operations. … Sources said Kumar will report to Guthrie and replaces Dayne Sampson, who is listed as corporate VP of Global Foundation Services on LinkedIn.” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM

Microsoft partners with Dell for cloud hardware & software
Microsoft wants to do big cloud business in its own facilities, but it also wants to be in companies’ existing data centers. Today at the Microsoft Cloud Briefing event, the company pulled the trigger on a “cloud platform system” in partnership with Dell. That’s a big deal from a competitive perspective, because top competitors Google and Amazon don’t yet offer cloud-friendly hardware. The hardware-software combination will be available starting next month, said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group. …” Via Jordan Novet, VentureBeat

Microsoft “loves Linux” as it makes Azure bigger, better
“…Microsoft loves Linux. The operating system once described as a “cancer” by Nadella’s predecessor, Steve Ballmer, is now being embraced with open arms (if not extended), at least when it comes to Redmond’s Azure cloud platform. Nadella told us that some 20 percent of VMs on Azure use the open source operating system. … Microsoft’s major sales pitch for Azure is essentially a three-pronged argument that Microsoft is the only company that can really do cloud right. …” Via Peter Bright, ARS Technica


Developers Are Adopting Java 8 In Droves


With the release of Java 8 back in March 2014, the developer community was primarily excited about two things. One was support for lambda expressions, also known as anonymous functions, which..are blocks of code you can pass around in a program for later execution—or, if you prefer more formal terms, “a way to represent one method interface using an expression.” Second was Java 8’s embrace of the multicore world. Functional programmers viewed the new directions that Oracle was steering Java 8 as a strong validation of core principles in languages like Scala, Erlang and Haskell. Detractors suggested the new directions of Java 8 were potentially a threat to supplant those languages. …” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite

Docker is the New Java
Microsoft and Docker’s recent partnership reminded me of how the world has changed. I’m thinking about the introduction of Java back in the 1990s. Back then I was extremely skeptical of Microsoft’s motivations for their “support” of Java. This time I am not skeptical of their motivations with Docker. … The announcement from Docker and Microsoft highlights how the market has changed. Back when Microsoft ‘supported’ Java shortly after its announcement, they were the market leader and they fooled lots of people. Today Microsoft really does support Docker. Because they are (along with Google and others) trying to wrest workloads, leadership, etc. away from Amazon (the public cloud leader) and WMware (the private whatever leader). …” Via David Mitchell Smith, Gartner

The New Stack Analysts, Show 17: Revisiting Orchestration, PaaS, and The Business of The New Stack
At their 2014 Cloud Customer Summit, CenturyLink’s Jonathan King, cloud strategy and business development, and David Shacochis, vice president, cloud platforms, joined up with The New Stack Analysts co-hosts Alex Williams before a live audience to record this episode, in which they look back at and explore topics that were first raised in previous episodes. …” Via Luke Lefler, The New Stack


Citrix has bought e-signature startup RightSignature

mw3Enterprise software company Citrix said today that it’s acquired RightSignature, one provider of technology that lets people sign files digitally on desktop and mobile devices. It sounds like the acquisition won’t make a huge difference to current RightSignature customers. … RightSignature, which charges for its services on a monthly basis, competes with DocuSign and Adobe’s Echosign, among others. The startup’s software integrates with Citrix’s cloud-based ShareFile file-transferring service; it also integrates with Google Docs. …” Via Jordan Novet, VentureBeat

Faster “cloud” orders for SAP hurt profit outlook
SAP cut its 2014 operating profit forecast on Monday as customers shifted faster than expected to products delivered over the Internet, delaying when those orders can be booked as sales. Company executives said the accelerating switch from packaged software to so-called “cloud” software would shave about 200 million euros (approximately AU$201 million) off a previous profit forecast, but that cloud contracts would bolster sales and profit in the future. The corporate software industry is undergoing a rapid shift from packaged software which customers run on their computer systems to software run over the Internet in remote datacenters, making data easier to manage, analyse and use on mobile phones. …” Via Harro Ten Wolde & Eric Auchard, Reuters

HP Joins The Battle Of Mobile Application Delivery Management in China
HP was the first US company to create a joint venture subsidiary in China; three decades later, the vendor has become a major player in the country’s consumer and enterprise markets. Among enterprises, HP has strong brand awareness for its server products and services, traditional software solutions, and IT services, but rather less for holistic application life-cycle management (ALM), especially on the mobile side. I think it’s time for technology decision-makers and enterprise architects to seriously consider adopting mobile app delivery management solutions and to evaluate HP for that purpose. Here’s why…” Via Charlie Dai, Forrester


An amicable split?

mw4“…In the past three weeks HP, Symantec and eBay have all announced plans to cleave themselves in twain as they seek to boost shareholder value. But will their respective divorces lead to double the opportunity or just needless upheaval for their channel partners and customers? … Investor value will have been top of mind of both HP and Symantec’s boards as they took the decision to carve their companies in two; after all, they answer not to customers or partners but to shareholders. However, some analysts have expressed fears that the inevitable costs associated with turning one company into two will burden HP. …” Via Doug Woodburn, Channelnomics

Business Agility Drives Tech Companies To Divide and Innovate – At 60 Billion are the HP Companies Small Enough ?
Somewhat lost in the discussion of HP splitting into two is whether breaking into smaller companies is an unstoppable trend in the tech sector.  HP plans to break itself apart, creating two approximately $60 billion, publicly owned, global companies. No one would consider these small. Companies at a certain size just can’t execute at the speed of digital customers today. Heres our take on why. …” Via Craig LeClair, Forrester


Two states join fed suit against Symantec


Symantec Corp. may be splitting in two but its troubles in court could be doubling as two more parties join a lawsuit accusing the security and storage vendor of overcharging government customers by hundreds of millions of dollars. Court records disclosed by Law360.com late last week show the states of Florida and California have signed onto the suit in Washington D.C. federal court being led by the U.S. government and a Symantec employee, Lori Morsell. …” Via Chris Gonsalves, Channelnomics 

Tech industry on the offensive against government
In 2008 the U.S. government threatened Yahoo with daily $250,000 fines if it refused to comply with its demands for user data. What was Yahoo to do? Without any relief from the (secret) courts it had either to comply or commit corporate suicide. And we didn’t find out about it until just a few weeks ago. … The mainstreaming of HSMs is a good thing for users. They have always been a very high-end tool for very high-value data. We should thank all the companies who move as quickly as possible to make these tools as widespread, cheap and accessible as possible. It’s important that governments be able to investigate crimes properly, but in the US it’s more important that people be able to protect themselves and their data.” Via Larry Seltzer, ZDNet 

Johnson Controls’ CIO Helps 125 Year Old Company Become Leader In The Internet Of Things
On the face of it, you would not think of Johnson Controls as a leading candidate to be an innovator in the world of the Internet of Things. Johnson Controls is a 125-year-old company based in Milwaukee that produces more than $40 billion in revenue per annum. The origins of the company were in building systems, which was primarily heating, ventilation and air control (HVAC). … For the past six years, Colin Boyd has been the chief information officer of Johnson Controls, and he has been one of the leaders in the company responsible for the transformation toward being a leader in this trend. …” Via Peter High, Forbes


Struggling IBM pays $1.5 billion to dump its chipmaking business


IBM announced today that GlobalFoundries will acquire its chip manufacturing business in a deal expected to close in 2015. IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion over the next three years to complete the transfer but will presumably save more than that over the long haul by offloading a costly chipmaking operation. …Getting out of semiconductor manufacturing is part of IBM’s long-term shift toward higher-margin businesses. IBM also sold its x86 server business to Lenovo earlier this year. …” Via Jon Brodkin, ARS Technica 

IBM Sheds Yet Another Hardware Business – Pays to Get Rid of Semiconductor Fabrication
“…Strategically, this deal should have little if any impact on IBM’s remaining Power and Mainframe customers. Supporting this thesis is the fact that this is not a sale – IBM is paying Globalfoundries (GF) to take it off their hands. A substantial part of that payment is almost certainly intended to be applied to subsidize the continued production of IBM’s proprietary semiconductor designs. These designs use their own variant on industry-standard CMOS process to generally produce processors that are biased toward very high clock speeds. The payment is also to compensate for the fact that these products will have very low volumes for GF. …” Via Richard Fichera, Forrester 

IBM’s Ginni Rometty Just Confessed To A Huge Failure — And It Might Be The Best Thing For The Company
On Monday, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty quietly but firmly stopped the madness that had been a noose around her neck since she took office. As part of IBM’s disappointing quarterly earnings, she said the company is not going to hit $20 earnings per share in 2015, as IBM has been promising for years. This was known internally as Roadmap 2015. This wasn’t a promise made by Rometty, but by her predecessor, Sam Palmisano, a couple of years before Rometty took the helm in 2012. …” Via Julie Bort, Business Insider


It’s a wonderful day. Potentially- so let’s make it happen.
Yesterday’s Marketwatch

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Feeling Bogged Down? Split Up! All The Kids Are Doing It. Apprenda Marketwatch

10 Ott , 2014  

Good morning, one and all. Did you know it was Friday?


Symantec is splitting up to form two companies


On Thursday afternoon, giant antivirus firm Symantec announced that it would split up into two separate, publicly traded companies: one focused on security and one focused on information management. Symantec is the company that produces The Norton antivirus security suite. This is this third giant technology company to announce a split into two separate companies in ten days…According to Symantec, its security business generated revenue of $4.2 billion in 2014. Its information management business generated revenue of $2.5 billion. The company said that its board of directors unanimously voted for the plan, although in after-hours trading, Symantec’s stock was down 2.3 percent.” Via Megan Geuss, ARS Technica




Detecting a Red Shift in Enterprise Software Development
Red Shift is an astronomical phenomenon indicating a rapidly expanding universe.  It also describes the current enterprise software shift from internal productivity enhancements to rapidly expanding revenue opportunities.  A recent survey of 450 technology leaders indicates that only 46% of custom software is now focused on internal efficiency and effectiveness while 54% is aligned to enhance customer experience and deliver revenue through commercialized software.  While this shift is significant, challenges face every organization trying to conquer this technology frontier…In the private PaaS landscape, 3 products have emerged with the vast majority of mindshare amongst enterprises – Apprenda with 27%..” Via PR Newswire

G.E. Opens Its Big Data Platform
Thomas Edison would be proud. General Electric, the company he started, still knows how to make a buck off cutting-edge technology. In this case, the technology is in the so-called Internet of Things, in which sensors feed data to central repositories, which can analyze and manage enormous amounts of data from the machines. Initial uses include more efficient maintenance, remote monitoring, asset tracking and spotting new patterns of behavior that might be profitably exploited…” Via Quentin Hardy, NY Times

What Staples Can Teach The Cloud About Simplicity
In 2003, the office supply chain store Staples launched the advertising campaign “that was easy.” The campaign featured a red “easy” button workers could press to instantly organize their offices—an icon that even today has a special place on millions of workers’ desks. Staples’ success acts as a good reminder for other industries, especially those in the cloud sector. Unfortunately, cloud providers have made their services unnecessarily challenging for both users and developers by imposing limitations on server setup, programming languages and operating systems. There’s no reason that cloud providers can’t also “think simple” when it comes to the tools used for developing their infrastructure…” Via Robert Jenkins, ReadWrite

Coca Cola and others innovate new data methods with Splunk
The keynote at this week’s Splunk Inc. conference, and subsequent interviews with SilconANGLE’s roving news desk theCUBE, highlighted Splunk’s ability to streamline business IT processes and achieve a new philosophy about how they handle data, agreed co-hosts Jeff Kelly and Jeff Frick. In the keynote, one of Splunk’s most prominent customers, Coca Cola, Co., showcased its use of Splunk for app development and the automation of data collection…” Via Rachel Schramm, SiliconANGLE 

Baidu acquires Brazil’s largest group buying website
Chinese search giant Baidu has acquired group buying firm Peixe Urbano for an undisclosed sum as part of a strategy to widen its footprint in Brazil. Peixe Urbano was launched in 2009 as a Brazilian equivalent of Groupon. It experienced rapid growth until a decline in the group buying model prompted a major retrenchment in 2012. Despite its recent woes, Peixe Urbano refocused its business model from offers that would only be available for a day to campaigns that last for longer period of time. Baidu hopes to leverage on the platform, which has 25 million users, to create partnerships with service providers that would further develop its search engine locally…” Via Angelica Mari, ZDNet


Verizon changes course, focuses on private cloud service


One year ago, Verizon laid out ambitious plans to provide a service to compete with the likes of Amazon in the market for public cloud infrastructure. Verizon now has dramatically shifted its focus and delivered a product aimed at enterprises that want to build private clouds. The beta version of the Verizon Cloud was launched as a unified IaaS platform and object storage service. When it was released, it was praised for its potential innovation. But industry experts had advised customers to proceed with caution until the unified platform became fully available. Verizon now plans to coexist with the large-scale IaaS vendors and has made its integrated platform generally available…” Via Trevor Jones, TechTarget 

HP US$6-$10 billion deal appears imminent
A Hewlett-Packard acquisition in the range of US$6 billion to US$10 billion is “imminent,” according to a Re/code report based off a research note from Sanford Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi. The Re/code report and analyst note followed HP CEO Meg Whitman’s meeting Wednesday US time with analysts in New York on the company’s planned split into two publicly traded companies, each with US$56 billion in sales. The companies would be named HP Inc., which would include printers and PCs, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which would include enterprise systems, software and services. HP declined comment…” Via Steven Burke, CRN 

SAP And Birst’s New Alliance Looks To Fend Off Salesforce And Tableau In Race For Analytics
Marc Benioff and Salesforce.com are expected to talk a lot about analytics next week at the CRM leader’s annual Dreamforce conference. Just days before, rival SAP has looked to make a splash. SAP announced a partnership with late-stage startup Birst on Thursday that could help both with sales while continuing the alignment of cloud companies for a land grab in the business intelligence market. The partnership allows Birst customers to use the cloud version of SAP HANA database management within the product, while customers of SAP’s various offerings can layer Birst onto what they’re doing to better analyze their data…” Via Alex Konrad, Forbes


In The Cloud, Microsoft Looks Like A Winner Again

mw3Microsoft used to be evil. Then it was irrelevant. Now it looks like a winner. How did this happen?…They’re building it with open source. And yet. Over the past few years Microsoft has established itself as a real competitor again. Though much of Microsoft’s playbook remains the same, it has made key changes that make it a much more formidable competitor, while being a more likable one, too…That’s why Microsoft is no longer evil. Or irrelevant. It’s a competitor again.” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite

Satya Nadella on Mobility: It’s Personal
At Garner Symposium, Drue Reeves and I had the opportunity to interview Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Here’s a brief clip from the closing. I’m summarizing and Satya, passionate as he was throughout the conversation, lays out his vision about mobility that crosses the personal and professional: mobility of the individual and the app experiences. “Have my work and life wherever – that’s the true form of mobility…” Via Merv Adrian, Gartner


OpenStack is nowhere near a “solved problem”


OpenStack is many things, but a “solved problem”? Not even close. Though early OpenStack visionary Josh McKenty cited the “boredom” of working on an established platform like OpenStack as his reason for leaving to join Cloud Foundry, the reality is that OpenStack remains very much a work in progress that needs strong leadership if it’s to live up to its potential…” Via Matt Asay, TechRepublic 

Oracle Just Poached A Key Cloud Exec From Google
Peter S. Magnusson, Google’s former engineering director who was in charge of its App Engine team, was recently hired by Oracle to lead its cloud-computing business, Re/code’s Arik Hesseldahl reported Thursday. Magnusson is best known for being one of the founding members of Google’s App Engine team, where he built the search engine’s cloud and web app hosting platform. Most recently, he made headlines for leaving Snapchat’s VP of Engineering position after just six months…” Via Eugene Kim, Business Insider 

Google, Oracle Java API copyright battle lands at Supreme Court
Google is asking the US Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court ruling that said Oracle’s Java API’s were protected by copyright. Google told the justices in a petition [PDF] this week that assigning copyright to the code—the Application Programming Interfaces that enable programs to talk to one another—sets a dangerous precedent… The legal fracas started when Google copied certain elements—names, declaration, and header lines—of the Java APIs in Android, and Oracle sued…” Via David Kravets, ARS Technica


Have yourselves the finest weekend possible. Laughter is the best drug out there: try to OD.



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Today in APIs: Microsoft Touts Windows 10's IoT Strength

9 Ott , 2014  

Microsoft says its Windows 10 is for the Internet of Things, and touts Office 365 as a valuable API. Data ownership is muscling in on the public API. Plus: IBM heralds its growing API ecosystem, and Netagio Exchange launches an API.

Microsoft Indicates It’s a Player in the IoT

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella argued at the recent Gartner Symposium ITxpo that Windows 10 was a tool for integrating the Internet of Things and that its Office 365 was its most strategic API.

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It’s All About Customer Success

8 Ott , 2014  

I am humbled and proud this week after learning that InfoWorld has honored AppScale with a 2014 Bossie Award for Best Open Source Data Center and Cloud Software. This comes on the heels of winning a Gartner Award for being a Cool Vendor in PaaS in July. It is great when the open source software that your brilliant team has been tirelessly working on gets recognized for its quality and its importance. We have created something truly disruptive, and these awards validate our software.

InfoWorld 2014 Bossie Award - AppScaleAs nice as the public recognition may be, we measure success based on the success of our customers. Over the past three months, we have helped scores of customers succeed with AppScale. To refresh, AppScale is an open source implementation of Google’s game-changing platform, App Engine. What that means is that your company can very rapidly develop web and mobile applications using de facto, enterprise-tested and validated API’s, and run those applications on any cloud- public or private. No one else is doing this. With AppScale, you can rapidly prototype and create MVP’s in record time, and have the freedom to run those applications where it makes the most sense for your business. Sometimes that may be Google, and other times it may be AWS, Azure, SoftLayer or one of the thousands of service providers around the globe. We believe that having freedom and control of your application is what allows your company to stay agile, efficient and successful.

There is a reason why SnapChat, Khan Academy, BestBuy, Lowes, Briggs & Stratton, Chico’s, Scott’s Miracle-Gro, HomeJoy and millions of other SaaS and enterprise-critical applications run on App Engine. These companies are smart, they understand the importance of time to market, and they’re are not saddled with a LAMP stack mentality. They understand that an MVP that can be quickly tested and iterated upon is invaluable. Execution is critical. Time is money.

So, how does AppScale help these smart, forward-thinking companies? The short answer is that we give them simplicity, freedom and control.

Many of our customers have built applications in GAE but need to access them in China, where Google is limited. For these customers, we slide their applications off App Engine and onto AppScale and run them in a mainland China datacenter with no modification, no extra work.

For some enterprises, their data is simply too valuable to trust in a public cloud, period. They desire to run in an environment where they have complete control. No problem. AppScale can run their GAE app wherever they desire and without modification.

Some customers have very large monthly bills in App Engine. We relieve that pain by running their GAE SaaS applications on AppScale in a competing public cloud, again, with no modification to their code.

If you are running your application on App Engine, AppScale will be an important part of your IT strategy. If not today, soon. Let me know if you would like to talk about the details of our platform or our products. We are always happy to discuss disruptive technologies.

I would enjoy the conversation.

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Prices Dropping in the Cloud, and so is the Knowledge: Apprenda Marketwatch

2 Ott , 2014  

Hello, and a fine, fine morning to all of you! 


Are Docker Containers Essential To PaaS?

mwVirtual machines and Docker Linux containers are changing the way applications are run, architected, developed, and deployed. During a panel I moderated at Interop 2014 in New York Tuesday, spokesmen for leading PaaS suppliers addressed the question of how next-generation applications are changing PaaS…The session kicked off with each panelist answering the question: What is a next-generation application? Their descriptions broadly overlapped: Next-generation applications are more likely to be composed by teams working on a PaaS system than by talented developers working alone or in pairs, the panel agreed…PaaS is becoming increasingly important as the need for software applications grows in an economy that is more and more dependent on software…over the next few months one or more of these PaaS platforms is likely to gain traction and become a springboard to a next generation of applications.” Via Charles Babcock, InformationWeek




Deconstructing The Cloud – From New Book, Carnival In The Cloud
At the turn of the millennium, a new form of computing swept over the world…Indeed, the twenty first century has seen that under-hyped technology trend boldly and assertively come of age…Here’s a rundown of the different flavors of cloud computing…In time, I expect that all major SaaS vendors will also become PaaS vendors and encourage an ecosystem of developers that create innovative application businesses. In this volume, we look at the Apprenda case study in detail as an example of a PaaS venture…” Via Sramana Mitra, One Million by One Million

Big Organizations Have A Love/Hate/Love Affair With Hadoop
CIOs are of two minds on Hadoop. They’re not convinced that it can help them tackle their data but at the same time they’re hiring Hadoop talent in droves. What gives? The reality is that while enterprises continue to stumble in the Big Data dark, they know that Hadoop—a framework for storing and running local calculations on distributed pools of data—will almost certainly be a core part of the answer, and they’re investing heavily to ensure they don’t get left behind. The primary investment? Hiring Hadoop talent…” Via Matt Asay, ReadWrite

Channel says we’d rather sell servers than public cloud
The majority of resellers still make most of their money through traditional hardware and software sales, although most now offer something-as-a-service. According to research released by analyst firm Canalys, 96 percent of resellers provide IT-as-a-service to customers but for most providers it still only contributes less than 25 percent to the overall business…Forty percent of partners also cited cloud security and shortage of skilled labour as hurdles in their sale of cloud services…” Via Tony Yoo, CRN


Why Cisco focuses on cloud consumption models and cloud-stye computing


With close to 40,000 customers worldwide, Cisco’s Unified Computing System (USC) put the company at the lead as North America’s top blade server vendor. Focusing on pushing fabric-based computing to the industry, Cisco is now bringing more features to the fabric-based architecture and expanding the reach of what they call cloud-style computing, explains Ben Eiref, Director Product Management, Cisco, in a live interview with theCUBE’s Stu Miniman and Jeff Frick at Oracle OpenWorld 2014…” Via Alina Popescu, SiliconANGLE

GTT Acquires More Cloud Prowess
Global network operator GTT Communications has deepened its cloud services focus with the $40 million acquisition of UNSi, which provides data services primarily to large US-based enterprises. For GTT Communications Inc. , the move is the latest in a string of transactions designed to both bolster the provider’s network holdings and broaden the array of cloud-based services it can offer, GTT president and CEO Rick Calder tells Light Reading. Providing a broad array of cloud-based services is critical for enterprise-focused operators, and strengthening that ability by way of acquisition is an increasingly global trend…” Via Jason Meyers, Light Reading

Cloud restarts done, here come the postmortems from Amazon and Rackspace
With a couple days’ worth of cloud restarts in the rear window, two of the biggest cloud providers are ready to talk about them — a bit. To recap, last Wednesday night, Amazon started notifying customers of a reboot needed on some of its instances to start Friday. On Friday night, Rackspace followed suit, telling customers of a re-do to start Sunday. Details were scarce but it was pretty quickly established that an unspecified vulnerability in the Xen hypervisor was the issue. Both companies use versions of Xen in their public cloud infrastructure…” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM


Azure Architect Talks About Kubernetes and the Future of PaaS


Here is the third of four interviews that I conducted last week at the Cloud Standards Customer Council. The theme of the conference was “preparing for the post-IaaS phase of cloud adoption” and there was quite a bit of talk around the role that PaaS would play in that future. The last session of the morning, before we broke for lunch, was a panel centered around Current and Future PaaS Trends. After the panel ended I sat down with panelist John Gossman, architect on Microsoft Azure.  John, an app developer by origin, focuses on the developer’s experience on the cloud…” Via Barton George, DZone

3-Front Attack On Microsoft’s Cloud
On the surface it seems unwise to bet your business on something as ephemeral as a cloud. Even if you apply tech’s appropriation of that term — a $100 billion market for services that let organizations rent access to information technology – the cloud seems a little risky as a business proposition…When Microsoft released earnings at the end of July, its COO Kevin Turner boasted that Azure was up “more than 100 percent year over year. We are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365 and Azure both growing over 100 percent again.” Turner said that Azure growth was “more than 150%” and Nadella, who was head of cloud before taking over as CEO, sees Microsoft as ”becoming cloud-first and mobile-first.” But Microsoft could be under attack on three fronts…” Via Peter Cohan, Forbes

AT&T, AWS to Integrate Network, Cloud
AT&T and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are working together to extend AT&T NetBond to AWS. Customers will have a new high performing and highly-secure choice to connect  to AWS, including the ability to scale their network at the same rate as their enterprise-class applications running on the AWS Cloud. AT&T NetBond dynamically adjusts the size of the pathway to the cloud as data needs change and puts the control of the highly-secure network in the hands of the customer. Customers will also benefit from an integrated design that can be quickly implemented…” Via Light Reading


Health IT: Friend To Emerging Medical Technology Companies


The prevalence of wellness and sickness care in our society has fostered continued growth in the healthcare sector. According to the 10th Edition of Jonas & Kovner’s Health Care Delivery in the United States (published in 2009), the healthcare sector employs more than 14 million Americans, with national expenditures amounting to almost $2.5 trillion annually, or 17.6% of the nation’s gross domestic product. Growing demand has ignited a call for innovation — especially in the healthcare IT, pharmaceutical, technology, and medical device industries — presenting a major opportunity for life science companies to step forward and help address concerns about quality of healthcare and rising costs, all the while promoting healthy behavior…” Via John W. Manzetti, InformationWeek

Health IT (HIT) Strategy to get-with-the-times and “get some big data”?
I saw an article in Information Management today that reported on an update from Karen DeSalvo, M.D., National Coordinator for HIT, who spoke at a conference this week. She is reported to suggest that the 2011-2015 HIT strategy needs to be updated. Specific reference is made to, “new data coming in, new devices, new demands, and new needs.”..The article also brings up that most infamous of words, “interoperability”…Interoperability really does interest me though – far more than the non-interoperable forms of integration we see mostly today.  My latest thinking, yet to be tested, is that process interoperability (or the lack of it) is what causes information asymmetry between process stake-holders.  The question then becomes: “How can we design holistic business processes that support process interoperability, such that information asymmetry does not take place” and thus improve the environment for constructive, real, longer lasting collaboration..” Via Andrew White, Gartner


Your move, AWS and Microsoft: Google’s cutting basic cloud compute prices 10 percent


Once more into the fray: Google is cutting price on Google Compute Engine instances by about 10 percent across regions and all types. Google SVP Urs Hölzle disclosed the cuts, effective immediately, Wednesday during Atmosphere Live, but don’t expect that to be the end of it: Given past history, expect Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to react with cuts of their own. Up until this past year, Amazon pretty much unilaterally cut prices on base compute and storage services, but last March Google made its presence felt with 30 percent price cuts  and — perhaps more importantly — sustained use discounts..Those moves persuaded even some skeptics that Google is, in fact, serious about competing head-to-head with AWS in public cloud. Microsoft has also pledged to meet price cuts…” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM

How Low Can You Go? Google Slashes Cloud Prices By 10%
“…Price cuts are interesting, and you have to hand it to Google for being super-aggressive in this regard. But there are a whole lot of things I’d like to see alongside price cuts and, in something that would appear to seem strange to Google, enterprises will actually pay more for a service that has those enterprise-class features alongside it.” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes

Google slashes cloud prices by 10%
Google has slashed prices for all instance types and regions across its Compute Engine. Senior vice-president of technical infrastructure Urs Holzle said: “Effective immediately, we are cutting prices of Google Compute Engine by approximately 10 percent for all instance types in every region…However, while price cuts dominate the narrative about public cloud, some have questioned whether this is the whole story…” Via Steven Kiernan, CRN


It’s another great day, don’t you think? Yesterday’s Marketwatch



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