Alibaba gives update on cloud roadmap – with blockchain, IoT and AI of note going forward

Alibaba’s ambition in the cloud arena is well-known – with progress certainly being made if reports are to be believed – and to illustrate, the company outlined a variety of clients and technology opportunities at its Computing Conference in Hangzhou.

Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud, took to the stage to offer a progress update about the company’s cloud push and vision.

More than one million paying customers are on Alibaba Cloud – a fact revealed during the company’s most recent...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Economy, Platform.

Why three quarters of executives are researching and launching IoT projects in 2017

  • Manufacturing-based IoT connections grew 84% between 2016 and 2017, followed by energy & utilities (41%).
  • 73% of executives are either researching or currently launching IoT projects.
  • The IoT platform market is expected to grow 35% per year to $1.16B by 2020.
  • B2B uses can generate nearly 70% of the potential value enabled by IoT.

These and many other fascinating findings are from Verizon’s State of the Market: Internet of Things 2017,...

By Louis Columbus, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform, Software, Trends.

Five lesser known Azure certifications and courses you need to become a cloud expert

By 2020 there will be 1.3 million unfilled jobs in Europe, many will be in cloud-related fields. As businesses invest in digital transformation (83% believe cloud skills are critical for digital transformation, according to Microsoft), demand for skilled cloud professionals is set to surge.

Microsoft’s leading cloud platform, Azure, now boasts

By Alex Bennett, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Microsoft, Platform.

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.