The future of enterprise software: Big data and AI rules okay – and the ‘decentralisation of SaaS’

Machine learning, cloud-native and containers are going to be key growth drivers of the future enterprise software stack – but it could be the end of the road for software as a service (SaaS).

That’s the verdict from an extensive new report by venture capital fund Work-Bench. The

By James Bourne, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, SaaS , Software.

Prometheus joins Kubernetes in graduating from Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Prometheus, an open source systems monitoring technology, has ‘graduated’ from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) – five months after Kubernetes took the plunge.

The graduation – which is essentially an affirmation of a technology having strong adoption and governance processes – was announced at the PromCom event. Prometheus has almost 20 active maintainers today, alongside more than 1,000...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise.

Alert Logic takes aim at container security problems with latest offering

If your organisation has been considering containers, then security concerns will almost certainly be paramount. Alert Logic, an information security provider, thinks it may have the answer.

The company has launched what is claimed to be the industry’s first intrusion detection system for containers which aims to ‘bring organisations powerful new capabilities to inspect network traffic for malicious activity targeting containers’, in the company’s words.

As Alert Logic is an AWS...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform, Security.

Container usage among developers reaching tipping point, says DigitalOcean

If your organisation is not allowing its developers to use container technologies, then you will very soon be in the minority, according to the latest analysis from DigitalOcean.

The company, in its latest quarterly Currents report assessing developer trends in cloud computing, found 49% of devs are now using containers in some form. Of that number, JavaScript (57%) was the most popular language used with them, ahead of Python (46%), PHP (36%), and Go (28%). Three in five (60%) said they were using containers...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Research.

Tighten your belts: The four cloud resources most likely to eat up your budget

For the past several years, I have been warning companies to watch out for idle cloud resources. This often means instances purchased “on demand” that companies use for non-production purposes like development, testing, QA, staging, etc. These resources can be “parked” when they’re not being used (such as on nights and weekends). Of course, this results in great savings. But this doesn’t address the issue of how idle cloud resources extend beyond your typical virtual...

By Jay Chapel, 06 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure.

Organisations continue to move from monolithic to microservices - but observability a struggle

We've all heard the exhortations from vendors and industry players alike - get into DevOps, containers and serverless for IT and application delivery before it's too late. But while the benefits are evident, companies are getting bogged down in troubleshooting and debugging software issues.

That's according to a new report from Scalyr. The study, which polled 155 software development practitioners, found that the majority (71%) are getting used to DevOps-type practices, pushing code into...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Microservices.

The DNA of adaptability: How Kubernetes hosts and manages a plethora of different workloads

We live in an environment where everything is changing. Business requirements are changing. User demands are constantly in flux and always evolving. And our infrastructure is also continually changing. Frankly, the infrastructure has always been in a constant state of change, but in the past we pretended that we could get it to a point of stability — that we could reach a state of “done.” Once we finished setting up that totally stable infrastructure, then we could run everything on top with...

By Cornelia Davis, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform.

Kubernetes skills demand continues to soar – but are organisations dropping the ball on security?

If you have Kubernetes skills then you will almost certainly be in demand from employers, as a new survey from CyberArk has found that IT jobs with the container orchestration tool in the title have soared year on year. But beware the security risks when getting involved.

According to the company, which has crunched data from IT Jobs Watch, roles involving Kubernetes have broken into the top 250 most popular IT vacancies, having been around the 1000 mark this time last year. The most likely job title for...

Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Kubernetes Services

Those who attended or watched Cisco Live’s opening keynotes earlier this week – or indeed read our story on it – will have recognised the importance of Kubernetes to attendees with Google Cloud’s cameo being a particular highlight.

Now Microsoft is making waves of its own – with the general availability of its Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS).

The move will see...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Microservices, Microsoft, Platform.

Google Cloud cameo steals the show at Cisco Live with partnership update top of the agenda

It’s a mad, mad, multi-cloud world all right. At Cisco Live US in Florida yesterday – the company’s flagship jamboree of all things networking – CEO Chuck Robbins was all but upstaged by Google Cloud chief Diane Greene.

Robbins is more than happy to let the great and good share the stage with him at Cisco’s events – Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared at Cisco Live Las Vegas

By James Bourne, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Google, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

AWS moves Amazon EKS to general availability in managed Kubernetes push

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Amazon EKS, its managed Kubernetes service – putting it alongside rivals Microsoft and Google in this regard.

EKS, which was announced at AWS re:Invent back in November, is now operational in US East and US West regions, with further expansion happening ‘very soon’, according to the company.

The move puts AWS...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Developers, Platform.

Orchestration in the cloud: What is it all about?

Can orchestration be considered a better alternative to provisioning and configuration management, especially in the case of cloud-native applications? We can look at this from a variety of angles; comparing against data centre-oriented solutions; differentiating orchestration of infrastructure (in the cloud and out of the cloud) versus containers (focusing mostly on cloud), as well as looking at best practices under different scenarios.

It’s worth noting here that this topic can span not only a...

By Nazareno Feito, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform.

Rackspace launches ‘Kubernetes as a service’ offering, acquires agency RelationEdge

A couple of interesting pieces of news from Rackspace; the company has launched a ‘Kubernetes as a service’ offering, as well as announcing the acquisition of digital agency RelationEdge.

The service, which will become available on Rackspace Private Cloud later this month, with planned support for public clouds later this year, is more affirmation of the rise of the container orchestration tool. At the

By James Bourne, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, M&A, Platform, SaaS , Software.

It’s time to build a multi-cloud strategy to make the best of falling public cloud prices

This year will see a marked increase in competition for public cloud dollars – and not just from incumbents like Amazon and Google. As demand for the cloud grows, big companies from China are making significant moves to expand their global reach – with Alibaba in particular moving aggressively into Europe and the United States.

The public cloud spend of a typical Fortune 500 can quickly escalate to eight or nine digits on an annual basis. Snap alone is paying hundreds of millions of...

By Spencer Kimball, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Containers, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

Kubernetes in focus with new updates from CNCF, Red Hat, Cisco, and more

With KubeCon and CloudNativeCon taking place in Copenhagen this week, it is not surprising that a series of Kubernetes-based announcements has hit the wires over the past 24 hours – with Cisco, Red Hat and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) taking top honours.

The CNCF, which maintains Kubernetes alongside other open source technologies, has announced the launch of a certified Kubernetes application developer (CKAD) examination, alongside a Kubernetes for...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Platform.

Netflix ‘testing waters’ with Google illustrates how it’s a mad, mad, multi-cloud world

Updated 1700 BST: Netflix has always been considered the poster child of Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployment – but the streaming and entertainment giant is utilising Google Cloud for certain workloads.

According to a report from The Information (paywall), citing sources close to the company, Netflix is using Google’s cloud for several functions, from disaster recovery to artificial intelligence.

The report...

By James Bourne, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, DevOps, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

Evaluating container-based VNF deployment for cloud-native NFV

The requirements of cloud native VNFs (virtual network functions) for telecom are different than IT applications – and VNF deployment using microservices and containers can help realising cloud-native NFV implementation success.

The best application for NFV is how it will be integrated, architected and further matured to strengthen 5G implementation for telecom service providers. Based on the current pitfalls related to VNF deployment and orchestration, making cloud-native VNF is the only solution in...

By Sagar Nangare, 03 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Scalability, Virtualisation.

Why Kubernetes networking is hard – and what you can do about it

History tells us that networking is always the last piece of the puzzle. From mainframes, to virtual machines, and now with containers, providing compute and storage are the first two steps before the realisation sets in that all these little entities have to all communicate with each other.

For most of the last 30 years, that communication has been facilitated over Ethernet where different ends of a communication at the application layer bind to each other using IP addresses and port numbers. But when...

By Pete Johnson, 03 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices.

GoDaddy goes all-in on AWS, citing containers expertise as key

Hosting provider GoDaddy is going all-in on Amazon Web Services (AWS) moving the ‘vast majority of its infrastructure’ over to Amazon as well as maintaining an active interest in containerised apps.

The move, announced by AWS, will see GoDaddy utilise various services, including Amazon EKS, its elastic container service for Kubernetes launched at the company’s re:Invent event at the end of November. Other services being used include P2, AWS’ general purpose GPU instances ‘to...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Infrastructure, Platform.

Red Hat posts positive financials, cites CoreOS acquisition as key

Another day, another earnings report where cloud is cited as the primary mover. This time it’s Red Hat, whose fourth quarter and full year revenues have gone up 23% and 21% year over year respectively.

Full year revenues were at $2.9 billion (£2.05bn) while fourth quarter total revenue was at $772 million (£546.4m). The company’s subscription revenue from infrastructure-related offerings was at $510m for the most recent quarter, representing two thirds of total revenue, while total...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Economy, OpenSource, Platform.