Kubernetes launches version 1.8 with focus on security and sustainability

The latest iteration of Kubernetes has launched, with the open source company promising 1.8 will be laser focused on security and sustainability.

The launch – the third of its type this year – offers a variety of new initiatives, from greater support for role based access control (RBAC), to transport layer security (TLS), to promotion for a series of workload APIs.

“Kubernetes 1.8 represents a snapshot of many exciting enhancements and refinements underway,” a company post explained....

By James Bourne, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Microservices, Platform.

How commercial blockchain deployments are gaining traction

Many organisations are now actively considering blockchain deployments, and a significant proportion are already anticipating integration of blockchain into their IT systems within the next 18 months, according the latest worldwide market study by Juniper Research.

The Juniper survey found that among the largest companies (those with 20,000 of more employees) that were considering deploying or were in the process of deploying blockchain, 54 percent had reached the PoC...

By David H Deans, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Platform, Research.

Google adds per-second billing to Compute Engine, Container Engine and App Engine… ahead of AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) may have been the first of the major cloud vendors to announce per-second billing, but Google has become the first to implement it.

The company announced yesterday that customers of Compute Engine, Container Engine, Cloud Dataproc, and App Engine flexible environment virtual machines (VMs) will move to the new system, applicable to all VMs.

Google’s change was made effective as of September 26, while AWS customers will have to wait until October 2 for their move. Google...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Economy, Google, Platform.

Oracle introduces new cloud pricing models with further glance at beating AWS

Oracle OpenWorld may still be a couple of weeks away, but Larry Ellison gave a glimpse of what to expect in San Francisco with the announcement of new licensing and pricing structures – promising to beat Amazon by at least 50% on cost.

Ellison, Oracle’s CTO, took to the stage to not only discuss the new structures, but reaffirm the company’s strategy, as well as its next generation, fully autonomous database, to be fully unveiled at OpenWorld.

One of the new models is ‘universal...

By James Bourne, 20 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Platform, SLA.

Why the war around the cloud has not even started yet

“CIOs are starting to wake up to the fact that there’s going to be multiple clouds to address multiple workloads and applications,” says Thor Culverhouse, CEO of Seattle-based Skytap, “which tells me the war around the cloud hasn’t even started.”

It makes for an interesting viewpoint, considering the assertion that the market is all but sewn up. Indeed, Gartner, in its most recent Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), has placed Amazon Web Services...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

Oracle joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation, reports cloud revenues of $1.47bn for Q118

Updated Sep 15 Oracle has announced it has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) at the platinum level, boosting its push for Kubernetes with new open source product releases, while reporting cloud revenues of $1.47 billion in its latest financial results.

The foundation, whose role is to help sustain containers and microservices architectures, said Oracle’s ‘key role will help define the future of enterprise cloud.’

“CNCF technologies such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, gRPC and...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, PaaS, Platform.

Enterprise container adoption remains slow despite the hype, research argues

Enterprise interest in container technologies continue to grow, but adoption has not gone up with it, according to a report from the Cloud Foundry Foundation.

The Global Perception Study report, which polled more than 540 enterprise developers across different industries, found that only 25% of organisations polled were using containers in 2017, up only 3% from 22% in 2016. There was, however, a greater uptick in companies evaluating options, at 42% from 31% in 2016.

Perhaps this is somewhat to be expected;...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Platform, Research.

MapR secures $56 million in funding as it celebrates ‘outstanding’ financial quarter

MapR Technologies, a data management platform provider, has announced an equity round of $56 million (£42.5m) from existing investors.

The company said it would use the money to “continue product innovation of the industry’s first modern enterprise platform for all data, accelerate country and regional growth to fulfil the demand for the MapR Converged Data Platform throughout APAC and Europe, and bolster MapR’s thriving global partner community.” According to CrunchBase, the...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, OpenSource, Platform.

This interactive map from Automic helps make the continuous delivery landscape clearer

Confused about the extent of the DevOps landscape? Fear not – a new map issued by business automation software provider categorises more than 150 products to help organisations compose a ‘coherent continuous delivery (CD) toolchain’.

The interactive map, as becomes clear on first glance, takes its cue from various subway systems around the world, which makes for a clearer look than the classic marketing technology landscape supergraphic, the most recent of which came in at a

By James Bourne, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, DevOps, Platform.

Gartner’s 2017 emerging technologies hype cycle adds 5G and edge computing for the first time

  • Gartner added eight new technologies to the Hype Cycle this year including 5G, artificial general intelligence, deep learning, edge computing, serverless PaaS.
  • Virtual personal assistants, personal analytics, data broker PaaS (dbrPaaS) are no longer included in the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies.

The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 provides insights gained from evaluations of more than 2,000 technologies the research and advisory firms tracks. From this large base of technologies, the technologies that show the most...

By Louis Columbus, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform, Research, Software.