Why Kubernetes promises much for those willing to embrace a cultural shift

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Opinion It’d be fantastic if developers could write one piece of code on their machine and have full confidence it could run on any server without a glitch.

This is far from the norm as the technical headaches of pushing code on to different servers and environments can have profound consequences for any organisation. This can undermine confidence and slow down the roll-out of new apps and amendments to them.

Things are changing though, as the technology supporting cloud...

By Rob Greenwood, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Cloud market valued at $148bn for past year, growing 25% annually

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Operator and vendor revenues across the main cloud services and infrastructure market segments hit $148 billion (£120.5bn) in 2016 growing at 25% annually, according to the latest note from analyst firm Synergy Research.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) experienced the highest growth rates at 53%, followed by hosted private cloud infrastructure services, at 35%, and enterprise SaaS, at 34%. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft lead the...

By James Bourne, 04 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

IBM launches new Bluemix continuous delivery and DevOps services

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IBM has announced the launch of new services on its Bluemix platform which are focused on continuous delivery, DevOps, and simplifying app development in the cloud.

IBM Bluemix Continuous Delivery gives DevOps teams a central hub to create, manage, and scale toolchains, which are integral to the app development process, as well as providing toolchain templates designed to be provisioned enterprise-wide with minimum fuss. The templates can also be used to help build microservices,...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

IBM announces new Bluemix services for greater cloud migration and data insights

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IBM has announced a series of new cloud data services on Bluemix, its developer-friendly platform as a service (PaaS) offering, aiming to help businesses accelerate their migration and glean better insights from their data.

There are three services in total. The snappily-titled IBM Decision Optimisation on Cloud, which is in beta, helps organisations digest a large amount of data, including predictions, business goals and transactional figures, and spit them out as decision...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

No change here: AWS continues to dominate public IaaS and PaaS markets

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Another quarter, another period of dominance for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in public cloud IaaS – according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

The figures tell a similar story from previous quarters; the market leaders are growing faster than the rest of the market, but while Microsoft and Google are growing faster than AWS, the Seattle-based giant still holds 45% of the worldwide public IaaS space, dwarfing Microsoft, Google, and IBM’s shares put together.

When it...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Containers, NFV and SDN most interesting technology for OpenStack users

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With the OpenStack jamboree in Barcelona only a week away, it’s a good time to note the technologies driving its users forward – and according to the latest survey data, containers lead the way, with NFV (network function virtualisation) and bare metal also seeing an uptick.

The user study from OpenStack, which has been running semi-annually since 2013 and polled almost 400 respondents, found that container technologies continue to lead the way, cited by 78% of...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

The ‘cloud shift’ grows: Gartner predicts more than $1tn IT spend affected by 2020

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IT spending has long since been shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services – and according to the latest prognostication from Gartner, more than $1 trillion (£759bn) of IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud in the coming five years.

The aggregate amount of ‘cloud shift’ in 2016 is estimated by Gartner to hit $111 billion, going up to $216bn by 2020. Business process outsourcing – with the cloud segment of...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

Gartner forecasts the end of ‘no-cloud’ corporate policies by 2020

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It’s certainly implausible to think of businesses incorporating a ‘no internet’ policy at their place of work, even when the web was in an embryonic state. This will naturally extend to cloud policies at work, according to analyst house Gartner, who predicts that by 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be a thing of the past.

The analysts did not stop there, however, filling out a few more betting slips in the process. Gartner also predicts that by 2019,...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility

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By Alex Vilner, managing director, SaM Solutions

With all things tech switching to cloud-based platforms the ‘as a service’ industry is exploding. The one that started it all, SaaS (software as a service), is now joined by IaaS and PaaS.

The commonality for these ‘as a service’ offerings is that they are all based in the cloud, solely managed by the provider and available to clients via a membership platform.

Connected devices are changing the landscape of...

By Alex Vilner, 08 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Virtualisation.

Why the PaaS market is not quite what it seems

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According to research from Gartner, the platform as a service (PaaS) market crossed the $4 billion mark in 2015. Clearly, the growing maturity of PaaS offerings is reflected in its continuing double-digit annual growth with more than 130 vendors across 15 different categories of specialised PaaS services now vying for a piece of the action.

Of course, PaaS was always going to be the next big thing. In 2013, Gartner boldly predicted that by 2017, “75% of new SaaS offerings will be...

By Jeff Drazan, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Two in three OpenStack deployments are in production, argues new research

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Almost two thirds (65%) of OpenStack deployments are now in production, up 33% from this time last year, according to the latest user survey by the OpenStack Foundation.

The report, the seventh of its kind and featuring responses from more than 1,600 users, finds organisations are moving towards OpenStack as the default open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) API.

Not surprisingly, IT (68%) is where the largest number of OpenStack bods are based, followed by telecoms (14%) and...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

XaaP and the platform business model: How Netflix, Uber, Airbnb are forging ahead

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The primary business context for cloud native case studies like Netflix is the ‘Platform Business Model‘, the conceptual design model for the particular commercial models they implement as well, one that is directly enabled by the technology.

Considering the business wealth a ‘simple’ mobile phone app has generated for Uber, this relationship is not hard to...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 31 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform.

Enterprise PaaS: Agile architecture for continuous innovation

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Although the MIT makes the specific point that the Platform Business Model is exactly that – a business model, not a technology – there is naturally a clear and powerful link with the cloud model PaaS (platform as a service).

This offers literally that – a platform as a service – and so it can play a central component part in enabling the Platform Business Model.

Enterprise vs cloud PaaS

Enterprise PaaS refers to the internal application of the platform as a...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, DevOps, Enterprise, PaaS, Platform.

PaaS and app migration: How to navigate digital disruption while keeping legacy investments

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Digital technologies are having an irrefutable impact on working lives. Mobile, social media, cloud and big data technologies have been ushered into the enterprise to enable more flexible working practices for employees, more convenient access for customers and greater agility for the deployment of new services. However, it isn’t enough to simply layer these new technologies on top of an existing IT infrastructure.

Legacy applications and technology platforms must go through a...

By Greg Palesano, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

We’re on the road to cloud – what do you mean our rivals may be going faster than us?

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More than half of the 1,000 participants in a study by Oracle admit their IT organisations are unprepared for the competitive threat of moving to the cloud, including competitors’ ability to launch new applications faster.

The report, which looked at large enterprises in EMEA, also uncovers inadequacies in terms of how platform as a service (PaaS) offerings are being leveraged for business agility. 59% of those polled said their businesses either do not or cannot know whether...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, PaaS, Platform.

Want to get ahead in the cloud? Docker and DevOps skills are what you need

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According to recent IT Jobs Watch figures, job roles involving container technology Docker have risen 317 places to number two in the 500 most sought after IT skills. With this in mind, recent research from Rackspace has shown a similar spike in Docker and DevOps-related skills in the UK technology industry.

An analysis of job adverts has shown an almost tenfold (991%) increase in posts seeking Docker skills over the past 12 months, while DevOps expertise continues to rise, with...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

IBM unveils developer friendly open source cloud projects

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IBM is ramping up its commitment to open source technologies by releasing a new platform which enables developers to build cloud applications.

The platform, called developerWorks Open, allows developers to not only download the code but have access to blogs and videos, comprising a global network to accelerate development projects.

IBM has had more than 20 years in the open source computing biz, becoming a main player in projects such as Apache, Linux and Eclipse. Big Blue is a platinum member of...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Chef cooking with gas as Amazon Web Services rollout announced

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IT automation and DevOps provider Chef has announced its availability in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace, expanding its collaboration with the infrastructure giant and offering one click deployment for AWS users.

Chef, whose clients include Facebook, Splunk and GE, now enables AWS customers to migrate workloads from on premise data centres to AWS, as well as migrate, deploy, automate, and manage change in the cloud.

Ken Cheney, VP business development at Chef, said: “Chef...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

55% of enterprises predict cloud computing will enable new business models in three years

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In late 2014, Oxford Economics and SAP collaborated on a survey of 200 senior business and IT executives globally regarding the adoption and use of cloud technology:

  • 69% of enterprises expect to make moderate-to-heavy cloud investments over the next three years as they migrate core business functions to the cloud.
  • 44% of enterprises are relying on cloud computing to launch new business models today, predicting this will increase to 55% in three years.
  • 32% are using cloud computing to streamline their supply chains...

By Louis Columbus, 29 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Will the next generation of Linux Containers knock load balancers off kilter?

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Modern IT infrastructure needs to be highly flexible as the strain on servers, sites and databases grows and shrinks throughout the day. Cloud infrastructure is meant to make scaling simple by effectively outsourcing and commoditising your computing capacity so that, in theory, you can turn it on and off like a tap. However, most approaches to provisioning cloud servers are still based around the idea that you have fixed-size server “instances”, offering you infrastructure in...

By Richard Davies, 19 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Platform.