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.

App container market to hit $2.7bn by 2020 – with consolidation signs already afoot

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The application container market is expected to grow to $2.7 billion by 2020 up from $762m in 2016, according to the latest note from 451 Research.

The analysts put app containers in the overall bucket of cloud-enabling technologies (CET) alongside virtualisation, automation, and private platform as a service, and argues that while by no means the largest segment, containers will see the quickest growth. The overall market will see a 15% CAGR over the next four years, and be worth...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Research.

How APIs are enabling the future of IT infrastructure

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Companies are always looking for new ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs while maintaining excellence in the quality of their products and services. A big part of cloud computing that IT departments and service providers increasingly look to is APIs (application programming interfaces) to enable automation, in turn driving efficiency, consistency and cost savings. How are businesses doing this, and where are the opportunities for future development?

Enabling operational...

By David Grimes, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Larger organisations more likely to push ahead with DevOps initiatives, research argues

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Almost half of respondents in a new study from Redgate Software say they have adopted a DevOps approach to their projects – with a further third planning to join them within the next two years.

The study, the firm’s latest State of Database DevOps survey, polled 1,000 companies globally with more than half employing at least 500 people. While 47% polled overall said they are already on the road with DevOps initiatives, this number rises to 59% among companies with more...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Software.

Bitcasa posts cryptic farewell message on website

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Bitcasa, the developer-friendly cloud storage platform based in Mountain View, is ‘no more’ according to a statement from former CEO Brian Taptich.

The statement, which appears on the Bitcasa homepage and is redirected to from other pages on the site, is cryptic in tone, only noting that the company has “become a part of something much, much bigger.” A VentureBeat article...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Storage.

How McKinsey’s 2016 analytics study defines the future of machine learning

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  • U.S. retailer supply chain operations who have adopted data and analytics have seen up to a 19% increase in operating margin over the last five years.
  • Design-to-value, supply chain management and after-sales support are three areas where analytics are making a financial contribution in manufacturing.
  • 40% of all the potential value associated with the Internet of Things requires interoperability between IoT systems.

These and many other insights are from the McKinsey Global Institute’s study

By Louis Columbus, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

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.

AWS launches refreshed T2, R4, C5 and I3 instances, snags Workday as new customer

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of a new series of instances for its cloud infrastructure, both expanding current instance families and creating new categories.

At Re:Invent in Las Vegas today, Andy Jassy, AWS chief executive, announced XL and 2XL segments for its T2 series of instances, which are aimed more at the simpler workload, as well as I3, the next generation of its high I/O instances, C5 for more compute intensive workloads, and R4 for memory intensive...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure.

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.

Google beefs up cloud machine learning offerings with new groups and APIs

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Google has been pushing the message of machine learning as it aims to tempt more customers onto its cloud – and this push continues with the launch of a new group focused on delivering cloud-based machine learning solutions to businesses, as well as a new API.

“Building a centralised team within Google Cloud will accelerate our ability to deliver machine learning products and services to enterprise customers in every industry,” wrote Rob Craft, group lead for...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

Why six million developers are creating big data and advanced analytics apps today

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  • 2 million developers are working on IoT applications, increasing 34% since the last year.
  • Over 50% of the developers working on IoT applications are writing software that utilizes sensors in some capacity.
  • 4m enterprise developers play decision-making roles when it comes to selecting organizational IT development resources. Another 5.2 million hold decision-making authority for selecting IT deployment resources.
  • 4m developers (26% of all developers globally) are using the cloud as a development environment today
  • The APAC region leads the world with approximately 7.4m...

By Louis Columbus, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Software.

Golem aims to create Airbnb and Uber for computing through blockchain

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Say hello to Golem. The goal of the Golem project is to allow users to rent unused computing power – think Airbnb for computers – and to create, not entirely modestly, ‘the new way the Internet will work’. But how is it going about this mission?

The answer: by utilising blockchain and paying users in cryptocurrency. In theory, the Golem network will be a decentralised ecosystem where dedicated software and the combined power of users’ machines will be able...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, OpenSource, Platform.

Nitrous.io shuts down, open source self-hosted version promised

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Nitrous.io, a Singapore and San Francisco-based cloud integrated development environment (IDE) provider, has announced it is to shut down its development platform and cloud IDE on November 14, with customers given until that date before their data is deleted.

The company has stopped new signups, and said that payments made after October 16 will be refunded in full, as well as promising that subscriptions to any Nitrous email list will expire at the end of this month.

While two weeks is...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers.

Innovation and automation: Examining development in a multi-tenant world

Right now, students all over the country are leaving home, starting university, and moving into their halls of residence. From my experience, that’s usually a single building, teeming with rooms, where they can get to know one another, collaborate on ideas, and share student facilities, like cooking. It’s a cheaper way of living too.

A true multi-tenant architecture, in other words.

This got me thinking about software development within that same multi-tenanted architecture.

First things first:...

By Dr. Chris Boorman, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Developers, Software.

How to achieve agile-DevOps-cloud superiority in your business

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Anyone who knows anything about the application economy is embracing agile, DevOps and cloud - and with good reason. Agile empowers you to more rapidly deliver code that more precisely meets the immediate needs of the business. DevOps helps you get that code into production without delay, and improve software quality through enhanced feedback loops between development and operations. And cloud safeguards your user experience by adaptively responding to fluctuations in session volume,...

By Aruna Ravichandran, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps.

Hypervisors in cloud computing: What is out there for you?

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Choosing a cloud provider may seem like a trivial thing. You could go with the choice that most of the world has already made and pick the clear leader in the cloud space — AWS. However, as the public cloud market matures, the volume and range of relevant enterprise options expand. Depending on your requirements, you might find one of the other cloud providers out there more suitable, mainly because of the

By Ariel Maislos, 07 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Platform, Public, Virtualisation.

How the British Medical Journal ditched its old culture for a DevOps environment

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During a recent VMworld keynote, Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of VMware, gave special praise to General Electric (GE). For a company which was founded when Queen Victoria was still on the British throne, its continued innovations through cloud, analytics, and more has helped it remain the only company still standing from the original 12 listed as part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ), founded in 1840, a full 52 years before GE, is another...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CIO, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

EMC beefs up product portfolio with enterprise and native hybrid clouds

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EMC has announced the general availability of its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 product, a new hybrid cloud offering aiming to help customers advance their cloud journey, as well as given more information on Native Hybrid Cloud.

“Understanding the needs of organisations to transform a more modern, automated, self-service IT environment, EMC continues to develop and deliver innovations into its cloud platforms that are designed, supported and sustained as one to help customers...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Claranet argues lack of understanding remains between business and IT

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It’s a well-worn theme, yet raises its head again; new research from Claranet and Vanson Bourne argues that European businesses are suffering from a lack of understanding between the IT department and the rest of the organisation.

Just over a quarter (26%) of the 900 IT leaders polled – based in Benelux, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the UK – said they believe the wider business has total understanding of the role of the IT department. A similar number...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Research.