Databricks secures $250m funding as a16z claims its victory in big data platforms

It’s another big day for big data; analytics platform provider Databricks has raised $250 million (£193.3m) in a series E funding round and now sits atop a $2.75 billion valuation.

The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), and featured participation from Coatue Management, Microsoft, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). In a statement, Ben Horowitz said that a16z was “thrilled” to invest in this funding round and that Databricks was the “clear winner in the big data...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Platform.

Understanding Kubernetes today: Misconceptions, challenges and opportunities

Any discussion of Kubernetes is best started with an understanding of why we need Kubernetes. Kubernetes helps us manage containers, which dominate application development now because they enable portability, faster application development, and greater independence for developers. Once we started using containers in great volume, we needed a way to automate the setup, tear down, and management of containers - that's what Kubernetes does.

By Ali Golshan, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Platform, Security.

Google Cloud acquires DORA to bolster DevOps expertise

Google has added a little app expertise to its skillset with the acquisition of DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment). The move will aim for the research firm to help ‘continue to create delightful experiences for developers and operators’, in the company’s own words.

DORA said the company’s positioning was a ‘natural fit’ for Google Cloud with both organisations “known for mutual commitment...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Google, M&A, Platform.

How applications container revenue will reach $4.3 billion: Growth drivers and trends

The global market for server virtualization technologies has experienced relatively low growth as more CIOs and CTOs consider alternative approaches to support their developer's need for agile IT infrastructure deployment. While some early adopters are experimenting with 'serverless' solutions, the mainstream market is utilising software applications container solutions.

According to the latest worldwide study by 451 Research, the emerging applications container market will continue to expand...

By David H Deans, 04 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Containers, Developers, Platform.

Why efficient multi-cloud management and DevOps requires transparency

As multi-clouds become the norm, finding and addressing wasteful cloud resources jump to the top of the list of IT concerns. Keeping cloud management simple, timely, and accurate requires a view into your application usage that is clear and comprehensive.

Hybrid clouds give organisations the ability to get the best of both worlds: on-premises for traditional apps and resources they want to keep...

By Brad Parks, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Packet and Wasabi join hands to offer better cloud services than AWS

Cloud and edge computing infrastructure provider Packet, and hot cloud storage firm Wasabi, have joined hands to integrate their respective platforms to offer their customers cloud computing and storage services for less compared to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

David Friend, CEO of Wasabi, said: “Amazon has 100-some-odd cloud services. They do everything, but they don’t do anything particularly well. They’ve got one big integrated environment. But if you want the best content delivery network,...

By Cloud Tech, 10 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Industry, Platform.

Docker and Microsoft team up in initiative for greater container control

Docker has its DockerCon event in Barcelona this week while Microsoft is running its online Connect() conference – and the two have combined on a new product which aims to help empower developers working in container environments.

The product, known as Cloud Native Application Bundles (CNAB), is an open source specification for packaging and running distributed applications, enable a single all-in-one packaging format, across...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

Exploring the evolution of Kubernetes to manage diverse IT workloads

Kubernetes started in 2014. For next two years, the adoption of Kubernetes as container orchestration engine was slow but steady, as compared to its counterparts – Amazon ECS, Apache Mesos, Docker Swarm, GCE et al. After 2016, Kubernetes started creeping into many IT systems that  have wide variety of container workloads...

By Sagar Nangare, 30 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Platform.

How blockchain can improve manufacturing efforts in 2019

  • The business value-add of blockchain will grow to slightly more than $176B by 2025, then exceed $3.1T by 2030 according to Gartner.
  • Typical product recalls cost $8M, and many could be averted with improved track-and-traceability enabled by blockchain.
  • Combining blockchain and IoT will revolutionise product safety, track-and-traceability, warranty management, Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO), and lead to new usage-based business models for smart, connected products.
  • By 2023, 30%...

By Louis Columbus, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Blockchain, Platform.

Avis chooses AWS to drive forward a connected car platform vision

Another example of an ‘industry cloud’, albeit this time with a twist: car hire firm Avis is tapping into Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help with connected car data analysis.

Avis is using AWS Connected Vehicle Solution, the infrastructure behemoth’s product which focuses on transporting vehicle data to Amazon’s cloud securely, with low latency and low overhead.

By James Bourne, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Platform.

IBM and Red Hat appears a match made in container heaven – but is there more than meets the eye?

Analysis What about Big Blue Hat? Or how about Big Purple? Any offers for ‘in the pink?’ The proposed coming together of IBM and Red Hat, costing the former $34 billion in total enterprise value, is the stuff of dreams for caption writers. But what does it mean for the cloud industry and the two companies involved?

From IBM’s perspective, this is a continuation of a long-standing message. Those who have followed the...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, M&A, Platform.

How cloud implementation is bringing benefits to developers

Now that the cloud has gained high momentum in the technology industry, the mystery of its popularity is no longer much of a mystery – its speed and ability to scale are what make the cloud an attractive option for businesses. With its elasticity, cloud provides organisations with the capacity they need whenever they need it, and all readily available. In contrast with internal infrastructure, where there are often large expenses up front, there’s a huge value in adopting cloud due to its concrete...

By Jeff Keyes, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Platform.

The importance of APIs in public cloud security: How secure do you think yours are?

The use of the cloud is now mainstream and, despite some concerns, it is generally accepted that the public cloud is not inherently insecure. In fact, in many cases it is more secure than most data centres.

This can be explained when we consider how many opportunities there are for a piece of sensitive information that...

By Jason Macy, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Developers, Platform, Security, Vulnerabilities.

How to make Amazon Web Services highly available for SQL Server

Mission-critical database applications are often the most complex use case in the public cloud for a variety of reasons. They need to keep running 24x7 under all possible failure scenarios. As a result, they require full redundancy, which involves provisioning standby server instances and continuously replicating the data. Configurations that work well in a private cloud may not be possible in the public cloud. And providing high availability can incur considerably...

By Dave Bermingham, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

Intel partners with Alibaba for edge computing platform

Intel has noted a $200 billion addressable opportunity for the 'data-centric' economy combining cloud, AI and edge - and the latter has come into force following a new partnership with Alibaba.

The collaboration, revealed at Alibaba's Computing Conference in Hangzhou, will see the two companies launch a joint edge computing platform.

The primary use case is for industrial manufacturing and smart buildings, integrating Intel's hardware, software and AI with Alibaba Cloud's IoT products....

By James Bourne, 21 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Applications, Architecture, Platform.

Google Cloud launches container security tool and more at Tokyo jamboree

Google has rolled out a series of cloudy updates in time for its Cloud Next Tokyo event - around container security, in-memory data, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Container Registry vulnerability scanning, launched in beta, looks to prevent the deployment of vulnerable images by automatically detecting known security vulnerabilities during the continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) processes.

Regular readers of this publication will certainly be aware of the importance of security in containerisation and DevOps....

By James Bourne, 20 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Google, Platform.