Cloud Trends for 2018

Here are some cloud trends for you. 


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    5 cloud computing trends for 2018

    What can you expect in the year ahead? Multi-cloud and containers loom large, IT leaders and cloud experts say

    1. Multi-cloud goes mainstream – and open source is the portability enabler

    2. IT turns from cloud adoption to cloud optimization

    3. Hybrid cloud expands and powers related trends

    4. Containers, orchestration, and microservices join the “A” list

    5. CIOs learn to scale DevOps in a lean way

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why you should pick strong consistency, whenever possible

    Do you like complex application logic? We don’t either. One of the things we’ve learned here at Google is that application code is simpler and development schedules are shorter when developers can rely on underlying data stores to handle complex transaction processing and keeping data ordered. To quote the original Spanner paper, “we believe it is better to have application programmers deal with performance problems due to overuse of transactions as bottlenecks arise, rather than always coding around the lack of transactions.”1
    Put another way, data stores that provide transactions and consistency across the entire dataset by default lead to fewer bugs, fewer headaches and easier-to-maintain application code.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Big Data 2018: 4 Reasons To Be Excited, 4 Reasons To Be Worried

    Four reasons to be excited:

    Machine-learning methods become more accessible
    Data will not be in short supply
    Big data tools reach more effectively into the enterprise
    Infrastructure rises to support big data volume and velocity

    Four reasons to be worried:

    Necessary skills are in critically short supply
    Privacy concerns become actionable
    Data interoperability remains limited
    Security flaws threaten data integrity

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Solving Big Problems with Big Data
    With solutions-focused pragmatism and an engineering mindset, Luís Amaral identifies intersections and patterns to understand complex, seemingly unrelated issues.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Over 500 hyperscale data centers globally foreseen by 2019

    According to a new report by Synergy Research, by the end of 2017, there were 390 global hyperscale data centers, with 44 percent located in the United States. Coming in second, at eight percent, was China, with Japan and the U.K. at six percent each, and Germany rounding out the pack at five percent

    Over 500 Hyperscale Data Centers by 2019

    Dinsdale anticipates we will see over 500 hyper-scale facilities before 2019 ends, with 69 currently in the developmental stages. Synergy notes that for every company out of the 24, there’s an average of 16 data center sites. No surprise- Google, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM- are the largest cloud providers, operating a minimum of 45 data center locales, three per region (North America, Latin America, APAC, and EMEA). Oracle and Alibaba will also have a large data center presence, per the the report.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    DCD>Energy Smart highlights EU data center heat recovery

    DCD’s event at the Stockholm Brewery Conference Center in March 2018, will help the digital infrastructure industry deal with rising energy demands.

    Recycling generates profits

    “Through the adoption of various energy efficiency measures, the data center industry together with the energy utilities can build scalable, flexible, and green data centers which are dynamic in their infrastructure,” says Jan Sjögren, head of global ICT centers building operations at Ericsson who will be speaking at the event. “There is a great opportunity for the data center to recycle their waste heat, where we can potentially save on energy cost whilst generating profits as producers.”

    Across Europe, cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, Odense, Dresden and Stockholm are betting big on this approach, creating a new business model for the tech industry worldwide.

    “Rising energy consumption is of great concern to the data center industry. The trend towards utilizing clean energy will redefine future data center location strategies. With the rise of edge computing, we will see a network of distributed compute. Edge compute close to dense population areas, and large data centers in close proximity to power plants, with re-use of energy, will increasingly benefit operators,” says Tor Björn Minde, CEO at RISE SICS North AB, who will be speaking on this topic at the event.

    “Data centers seek solutions to increase energy efficiency and lower cost”

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    DCIM market poised for big growth through 2021: Analyst

    According to the report, the global DCIM market accounted for USD 546.00 Million in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 1650.82 Million by 2021, growing at a CAGR of around 20.3% between 2016 and 2021.

    As defined by the report’s summary, “Data center infrastructure management optimizes and serves business assessment of IT infrastructure. The change in the functionality of DCIM is presenting huge market opportunities for several enterprises. Automated asset location, change management, touch-based technology, mobile applications, and asset auto discovery are the latest advances in the DCIM market.”

    Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Market Poised to Bring in $1650.82 Million by 2021
    Global Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Market is Expected to Reach USD 1650.82 Million by 2021

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AWS brings Go support to its Lambda serverless platform

    With this move, Lambda now supports Go, JavaScript, Node.js, Java, C# and Python. Google’s Lambda competitor Cloud functions, which is still lingering in beta, currently only supports Node.js, while Azure Functions supports C#, JavaScript, F# and Java (with experimental support for Python, PHP, TypeScript, Batch, Bash and Powershell).

    Go code on Lambda is executed in a standard go1.x runtime and developers can upload their code as a ZIP file through the AWS command line tool or in the Lambda console.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    6 Ways Cloud Computing Is Transforming Healthcare Systems

    Here are six areas in which health clouds are resolving key challenges for the healthcare community.

    The global healthcare cloud computing market is expected to reach $9.48 billion in 2020 from $3.73 billion in 2015 — a 20.5% compound annual growth rate. The market is expected to be dominated by North America, followed by Europe, Asia, and the Rest of the World (RoW).

    Access to healthcare: In remote parts of the country and for patients with busy schedules, accessing healthcare is a major issue. Telehealth or virtual care solutions are gaining popularity

    Medication adherence: Patients not following the drug regimen prescribed by the doctor, results in avoidable re-admissions to the hospital costing the U.S. healthcare system $290 billion annually. Market for products that remind the patient when it is time to take the medicine, keep a log and automatically order refills is expanding at a rapid pace

    Drug theft and counterfeiting: Theft, counterfeiting, selling expired medicine are some of the problems which can be controlled by monitoring the supply chain.

    Resource inefficiency: Escalating cost of healthcare is always a hot topic among policy makers and no real solution has been implanted to date. One of the major factors adding to the cost of healthcare is inefficiency of resources like medical staff, equipment and easy access to patient resource pool for clinical studies.

    Personal data privacy: Each healthcare organization maintaining their own medical records is a nightmare for data security and compliance to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Not to mention that it adds significant cost for organizations

    Uniform medical records: Each hospital or care provider using their own Electronic Health Record (EHR) system is not in favor of the consumer. Not only does it add cost to the healthcare system since each hospital has to maintain a different system but it also makes it more resistive for a patient to change care providers.

    Cloud computing and healthcare is a match made in heaven to improve the quality of life for our society.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AWS Lambda Go vs. Node.js performance benchmark: updated

    Just this week AWS announced the release of Go for their Lambda service. This is pretty exciting as Go straddles a great niche between Java and Node.JS with regard to type safety, programming model and performance.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google is launching a new digital store to sell cloud-based software

    Google is launching a digital store that will offer cloud-based software to companies and other organizations. Bloomberg, which reported the news a bit earlier, notes the move is just the juggernaut’s latest effort to ensure that cloud leaders, and specifically Amazon Web Services, don’t leave the company in the dust.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft’s Azure Event Grid hits general availability

    With Event Grid, Microsoft introduced a new Azure service last year that it hopes will become the glue that holds together modern event-driven and distributed applications. Starting today, Event Grid is generally available, with all the SLAs and other premises this entails.

    Using Event Grid, developers can easily connect virtually any service to another, no matter where they run.

    The basic idea here is that Event Grid can route information about an event (say a new file is uploaded to a storage service) and then route that to another service to process this data (maybe for image analysis) — and you can even fan this event notification out to multiple services, too. That’s a core feature for every serverless application.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft buys gaming services startup PlayFab to bolster its Azure platform

    In the latest chapter of GAFAM’s continuing bid to conquer online gaming, Microsoft has acquired PlayFab, which helps game developers launch their titles online more quickly with simplified back-end services. The startup will be integrated into Microsoft’s Azure gaming group.

    The Seattle-based startup had raised around $13 million in funding from investors. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

    “Together, Azure and PlayFab will further unlock the power of the intelligent cloud for the gaming industry, enabling game developers and delighting gamers around the world,” Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s corporate VP of gaming, said in a blog post.

    PlayFab offered game developers a platform to host and operate online games and the analytics tools to help understand and monetize users.

    Microsoft acquires PlayFab, accelerating game development innovation in the cloud

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google to expand cloud network with new data centers, subsea cables

    Google is reportedly expanding its existing cloud network with new data centers this year and new subsea cables in 2019. It will further add data centers to five regions in 2018, including Montreal and the Netherlands in Q1, followed by Los Angeles, Finland and Hong Kong later in the year.

    Google expands network with new data centers, subsea cables

    Google will build five new regional data centers in 2018 and three subsea cables in 2019 to further grow its worldwide network.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    5 data center trends to watch in 2018

    1. 2018 is the year of the Edge Data Center — “It’s important to note that the edge is not here to replace the cloud. Edge computing serves as the decentralized extension of the campus networks, cellular networks, data center networks, or the cloud. [Many] edge solutions are designed to complement data center and cloud services.”

    2. All-flash solutions will eliminate a number of design challenges — “All-flash solutions should be in your design considerations if they’re not already. Interviewed customers reported significant power and cooling savings when they replaced legacy disk storage with all-flash technologies.”

    3. It’s all about converged technologies in 2018 and beyond — “This type of architecture aims to remove siloes of resources, challenges around administration, and issues with scale.”

    4. Prepare your data center for hybrid — “On the theme of decentralization, hybrid cloud continues to be a dominant factor when it comes to data center design and integration with cloud.”

    5. More investment made in data center efficiency — “Airflow management and computational fluid dynamics have helped data center operators create more efficiency and better understand how to design their data centers.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google’s cloud revenue is substantially below competitors.

    Google’s Diane Greene says billion-dollar cloud revenue already puts them in elite company

    It has long been believed that the big three in the cloud consisted of AWS, Microsoft and Google, with IBM not doing too badly either. But in its earnings call with analysts today, the company revealed it’s pulling in a billion dollars a quarter in combined cloud revenue. That’s a figure that Google’s Diane Greene says already puts her company on elite footing, but which is substantially below what competitors have been reporting.

    It’s worth noting that in Q4, Canalys reported that Microsoft had grown the fastest with 98 percent growth with Google second at 85 percent growth; still quite brisk, but not the fastest.

    That may be so, but it’s hard to ignore that a $4 billion run rate is not even equal to a quarter of revenue for any of Google’s main cloud competitors. While it’s hard to do a pure comparison of cloud revenue because there is no standard way of measuring it, we do know that Amazon reported AWS revenue today of $4.331 billion. Meanwhile, Microsoft passed a $20 billion total cloud run rate last year and IBM reported revenue of $17 billion for the year in its most recent earnings report, which breaks down to more than $4.25 billion a quarter.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
    Oracle to expand its autonomous technology across its PaaS offerings in app development, app and data integration, analytics, and system and identity management

    Oracle expands its autonomous technology across its cloud platform

    The autonomous technology in the Oracle Autonomous Database will now be rolled out to application development, app and data integration, analytics and system and identity management.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google releases Cloud TPU beta, GPU support for Kubernetes
    Google said a limited quantity of TPUs are available today.

    Google Cloud announced Monday that Cloud TPUs are available in beta on Google Cloud Platform.

    Short for Tensor Processing Unit, TPU’s are designed for machine learning and tailored for Google’s open-source machine learning framework, TensorFlow. The specialized chips can provide 180 teraflops of processing to support training machine learning algorithms, and have been powering Google datacenters since 2015.

    “We designed Cloud TPUs to deliver differentiated performance per dollar for targeted TensorFlow workloads and to enable ML engineers and researchers to iterate more quickly,” Google wrote in a Cloud Platform blog.

    “Over time, we’ll open-source additional model implementations. Adventurous ML experts may be able to optimize other TensorFlow models for Cloud TPUs on their own using the documentation and tools we provide.”


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