Microsoft joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation, launches new container service

Microsoft has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a San Francisco-based organisation aiming at sustaining containers and microservices architectures, as a platinum member.

The Redmond giant joins 14 other companies in the platinum membership category, including Docker, Google – who originally designed Kubernetes before donating it to the CNCF – and IBM.

The foundation’s mission statement is to “create and drive the adoption of a new computing paradigm that is optimised...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Microsoft, OpenSource, Platform.

How three in four organisations are using Internet of Things data to improve their business

  • According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, M2M connections will represent 46% of connected devices by 2020.
  • 95% of execs surveyed plan to launch an IoT business within three years.

These and many other insights are from the recently published Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) study, The Journey to IoT Value: Challenges, Breakthroughs, and Best Practices published on 

By Louis Columbus, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform.

Why serverless cloud solutions will reduce IT costs

The public cloud computing sector is in a constant state of evolution, as vendors design new IT infrastructure architectures and service providers deploy them in their own unique hyperscale data centre facilities.

According to the latest analysis of cloud pricing by 451 Research, for the majority of new applications, a serverless solution offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than both virtual machines (VMs) or containers.

Severless cloud market development

When analyzing serverless offerings from the...

By David H Deans, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Developers, Hybrid, Research.

When to hire software testers in your organisation

Software testers are often viewed as the “last mile” investment in a tech startup. A young, early-stage software company is undeniably focused on feature development that will drive sales. There is real pressure to develop the product quickly and spin out new features to beat the competition, especially if you have outside investors tapping their fingers.

Before long, things can take off and you’ve got a couple dozen developers churning out code. Suddenly, you aren’t prepared when...

By Kevin Dunne, 21 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Software.

Research explores containerisation drivers with hybrid cloud shift key

In the race to move to hybrid cloud, enterprises are looking at containers to increase efficiency and developer productivity, according to a new study.

Of the more than 200 enterprise IT decision makers polled by CoreOS and 451 Research, their usage of containers was relatively even across the board. A quarter (24%) said they had a broad implementation of production applications, while 17% said they were still as the discovery and evaluation stage.

When it came to the drivers of container usage, greater...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, DevOps, Hybrid, Platform, Research.

Puppet DevOps report shows wide gap between higher and lower performing firms

A new report from Puppet on the DevOps landscape has found a significant gap in productivity and results between the highest and lowest rating organisations.

The study, put together in conjunction with DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) and which polled 3,200 respondents across multiple industries and with organisations of all sizes, found the highest performing organisations have automated 72% of all configuration management processes, spending 28% of their time in manual configuration processes. In...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

API management: Seven ways to an effective strategy

Whether using an app to check-in for a flight, finding out when the Uber will arrive, or messaging a friend, an API will have connected the individual to this data.

APIs—application programming interfaces—are the unsung heroes of the application economy. Indeed, the applications wouldn’t exist without them. APIs are sets of defined rules that govern how one application can talk to another, providing ready-made, universal access to whatever functionality an organisation needs to deliver.

On...

By Ian Clark, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Scalability.

Cloud education struggling at US universities – meaning an even wider skills gap

Cloud computing skills are certainly in demand, whether it is microservices, containers, or DevOps. Yet according to a new US study, colleges and universities are struggling to adapt.

A new report from B2B research company Clutch says that despite LinkedIn naming ‘cloud and distributed computing’ as the number one global skill of 2016, spiralling costs of course resources, limited expertise on-campus and the pace of innovation in the industry were contributing factors to the struggle.

“I do...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Research, Trends.

IBM touts its cloud platform as quickest for AI with benchmark tests

IBM claims it has the fastest cloud for deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) after publishing benchmark tests which show NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators on the IBM Cloud can provide up to 2.8 times more performance than the previous generation in certain cases.

The tests, when fleshed out, will enable organisations to quickly create advanced AI applications on the cloud. “Deep learning techniques are a key driver behind the increased demand for and sophistication of AI applications,”...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform, Software.

Why APIs are key to successful digital transformation

Digital transformation continues to dominate boardroom discussions as businesses increasingly realise the organisational and cost efficiencies that digitisation can provide.

The concept reflects technology’s role in both shaping and stimulating strategic decision-making, with its ability to automate and simplify business processes, improve customer relationships, enhance productivity, and reap cost savings. In fact, IDC predicts that by the end of 2017,

By Monica Brink, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

The 15 highest paying IT certifications in 2017

  • Security-related certifications pay on average over $17,000 per year more than the median IT certification salary.
  • Citrix certifications have annual salaries that range from $99,411 to $105,086 with a median salary of $102,365.
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is paying a median salary of $125,091.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications are the most pervasive, with 730,000 active PMPs in 210 countries and territories worldwide.

These and many other insights about the highest-paying certifications this year are from Global Knowledge’s latest research on...

By Louis Columbus, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Developers, Security.

The key cloud certifications needed to boost your career in 2017

The cloud skills gap is widening and almost 40% of businesses are now struggling to find the qualified employees they need, according to Microsoft’s recent Cloud Skills Report. This is an incredible opportunity for professionals who can prove their cloud knowledge.

Determined professionals validate their knowledge and set themselves apart from the competition with training and certifications. The same report from Microsoft also found that tech leaders believe professionals with formal qualifications in cloud...

By Alex Bennett, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Developers, Microsoft.

Tencent gears up for greater GPU acceleration and AI possibilities with NVIDIA

Tencent’s cloud computing services will be beefed up with GPU accelerators from NVIDIA to ‘help advance artificial intelligence for enterprise customers’, the companies have announced.

The collaboration will include plugging Tencent’s cloud into NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture to connect multiple GPUs, as well as offering services incorporating Tesla P100, P40 and M40 GPU accelerators.

In other words, this means companies on Tencent’s cloud will be able to harness features...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

Adobe and Microsoft expand cloud partnership and launch joint solutions

Adobe and Microsoft have announced the first set of joint solutions to ‘help enterprises transform their customer experiences’, with Adobe’s Experience Cloud combining alongside Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 and Power BI products.

Those with good memories will recall an announcement made last September which confirmed Azure would become the preferred cloud platform for Adobe’s...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Microsoft, Software.

Hybrid IT becoming ‘standard enterprise model’ but playbook still being worked out

The good news: enterprises are beginning to use technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and containers in production scenarios. Yet according to a new study from Dimension Data, management of hybrid IT environments remains a key challenge with automation the key.

The report, which polled 1,500 IT decision makers across four continents, found different motivators by region for utilising hybrid IT – defined here as ‘the usage of multiple deployment models to deliver a single workload...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hybrid, Platform.

If you can’t take your lab to the cloud – bring your cloud to the lab

The pace of change today dictates that almost every organisation of a business move fast and compete, or face disruption. With technology playing such a central role regardless of the type of business, there’s considerable focus on adopting software as an organisational lubricant and various cloud-based models to facilitate operational simplicity and ease of consumption.

Over the past decade considerable organizational energies have been spent on data center optimization, automation as well as laying...

By Shashi Kiran, 07 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Why IBM believes quantum computing is the next big cloud hit after AI and blockchain

IBM has released a new API for its Quantum Experience program, which will enable developers to build interfaces between its cloud-based quantum computers and its classical equivalents.

According to Gartner’s most recent hype cycle, from August last year, quantum computing – the process of using quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as entanglement, to perform operations – will take more than 10 years to hit the mainstream.

IBM defines it thus. “While technologies that currently run on...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform.

Why 2017 is quickly becoming the year of the API economy

This year more CIOs will have their bonuses tied to how many new business models they help create with existing and planned IT platforms than ever before. This trend will accelerate over the next three years. CIOs and IT staffs need to start thinking about how they can become business strategists first, technicians and enablers of IT second.

CIOs must create and launch new business models faster to keep their companies competitive. APIs are the fuel helping to make this happen.

The urgency to create new business models...

By Louis Columbus, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

Why going ‘cloud native’ is the key to success with NFV

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MWC “I get the feeling the momentum is there – people are understanding architecturally how to make it work now,” says Steve Gleave, senior vice president of marketing at Metaswitch Networks.

Gleave could be speaking about any emerging technology within reason, but in this instance, it’s NFV (network functions virtualisation), the concept of taking old school network appliances and replacing them with software. And at Mobile World Congress this year, it’s more than...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

The top five in-demand cloud skills for 2017

Financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 reveals massive growth for the top cloud providers. With 47% and 93% revenue growth for Amazon AWS and Microsoft respectively, one thing is clear – cloud is growing at a breakneck pace.

Enterprises and small businesses will continue to adopt and invest in cloud technology. Cisco’s Global Cloud Index whitepaper shows global cloud IP traffic will almost...

By Alex Bennett, 23 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Enterprise.