Cloud Trends for 2018

Here are some cloud trends for you. 


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
    AWS now fully supports Kubernetes with the general release of Amazon EKS, following other cloud vendors, after announcing the service last year at AWS re:Invent — Amazon Web Services was the last of the major cloud vendors to go all-in with the Kubernetes container-orchestration project …

    Amazon Web Services now fully supports Kubernetes with the general release of Amazon EKS

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
    SAP unveils SAP C/4HANA, a suite of cloud-based business products combining tech from its Hybris, Gigya, and CallidusCloud acquisitions into one CRM platform — Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is a mature market with a clear market leader in Salesforce.

    SAP gives CRM another shot with new cloud-based suite

    Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is a mature market with a clear market leader in Salesforce. It has a bunch other enterprise players like Microsoft, Oracle and SAP vying for position. SAP decided to take another shot today when it released a new business products suite called SAP C/4HANA. (Ya, catchy I know.)

    “The legacy CRM systems are all about sales; SAP C/4HANA is all about the consumer. We recognize that every part of a business needs to be focused on a single view of the consumer. When you connect all SAP applications together in an intelligent cloud suite, the demand chain directly fuels the behaviors of the supply chain,” CEO Bill McDermott said in a statement.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Understanding data security concerns in remote data centers

    With security breaches on the rise, compliance with regulations keeps a tight leash on enterprises.

    In 2017, recorded U.S. data breaches hit a new all-time high of 1,579, up almost 50 percent over the previous year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. This should come as no surprise, considering that also last year, data has taken the place of oil as the world’s most valuable resource.

    For data centers, privacy and physical security of servers and switches have always been a critical priority, but increased migration toward remote edge compute sites and multitenant data centers (MTDC) has made remote management and access control of the data center cabinet more complex and challenging.

    Furthermore, growing data privacy regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are driving the need for more-stringent cybersecurity measures, including closely controlled access to cabinets where servers and switches reside.

    Regulations and physical security compliance

    Certain segments of the industry—particularly healthcare and financials—look at cabinet access control more strictly, requiring a detailed report of who, when and why the cabinet was accessed. Generally though, all regulations simply require physical access control measures to be in place, but it is up to enterprises to decide which specific method or technology to use.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    OneNeck IT Solutions validates ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for top tier data center services

    OneNeck IT Solutions (Madison, WI) announced that it has successfully completed the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Surveillance Review. The review centered on OneNeck’s Information Security Management System (ISMS) supporting their colocation services and operations of their top-tier data centers in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon and Wisconsin as well as the company’s office in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is the best-known standard when it comes to establishing and recognizing global requirements for the industry’s ISMS.

    “Achieving ISO/IEC 27001:2013 demonstrates our commitment to ensuring we are compliant with the most widely accepted security management parameters in the industry,” said Dave Flynn, SVP of Operations and Engineering at OneNeck. “On behalf of our customers, we proactively seek out this type of intense scrutiny. It’s just one of the ways we can reassure them our solutions ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of all sensitive information assets.”

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    GitLab Sees Huge Traffic Spike After News of Microsoft Buying GitHub

    Code hosting service GitLab has seen a massive traffic spike after news broke over the weekend that Microsoft has agreed to acquire GitHub, the world’s largest code repository.

    According to Grafana, GitLab’s statistics portal, thousands of projects and code repositories are being imported every hour. These numbers are only expected to grow as Monday comes around and most developers get back to work.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Most clouds are free to test. VMware’s cut its price to $4k/month
    Single-host systems with 30-day self-destruct switch should make for an easier on-ramp

    VMware’s recognised that running its stuff on Amazon Web Services costs a bomb, so has reduced prices for your initial forays.

    Running VMware on AWS requires you to spin up a four-host cluster at an on-demand cost of US$8.37/host/hour, or more than $24,000 a month.

    At a time when numerous cloud providers let have servers to play with for free, that’s quite a sum.

    Hence a change to the VMware-on-AWS service in a June upgrade that allows single-host implementations. VMware’s only offering these as test rigs as they’ll wipe themselves after thirty days, but the intent is clear – getting users to at least try VMware-on-AWS by reducing the price.

    And reducing it quite a lot – prices start at $5.60 an hour, less than a single host. Which is still more than $4k a month, a fair sum even if it does include vSphere, VSAN and NSX.

    The price is also indicative of the fact that whatever you do on the single host inside 30 days can be moved to a full four-node cluster.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google Cloud announces the Beta of single tenant instances

    Google Hosts Its Annual I/O Developers Conference
    One of the characteristics of cloud computing is that when you launch a virtual machine, it gets distributed wherever it makes the most sense for the cloud provider. That usually means sharing servers with other customers in what is known as a multi-tenant environment. But what about times when you want a physical server dedicated just to you?

    To help meet those kinds of demands, Google announced the Beta of Google Compute Engine Sole-tenant nodes, which have been designed for use cases such a regulatory or compliance where you require full control of the underlying physical machine, and sharing is not desirable.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Get alerted periodically whenever your Amazon AWS billing amount has increased by $10 – never be surprised by a huge bill!

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Introducing Amazon API Gateway Private Endpoints

    One of the biggest trends in application development today is the use of APIs to power the backend technologies supporting a product. Increasingly, the way mobile, IoT, web applications, or internal services talk to each other and to application frontends is using some API interface.

    Alongside this trend of building API-powered applications is the move to a microservices application design pattern. A larger application is represented by many smaller application components, also typically communicating via API.

    Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of Amazon API Gateway private endpoints. This has been one of the most heavily requested features for this service. We believe this is going to make creating and managing private APIs even easier.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Amazon now lets you share your custom skills made with Alexa Blueprints

    Earlier this year, Amazon introduced “Alexa Blueprints” – a way for anyone to create their own customized Alexa skills for personal use, without needing to know how to code. Today, the company will allow those skills to be shared with others, including through text messages, email, messaging apps like WhatsApp, or social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    After twenty years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud

    As we enter the 20th year of Salesforce, there’s an interesting opportunity to reflect back on the change that Marc Benioff created with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for enterprise software with his launch of

    This model has been validated by the annual revenue stream of SaaS companies, which is fast approaching $100 billion by most estimates, and it will likely continue to transform many slower-moving industries for years to come.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cloud provider spending rises from 1Q17: Synergy Research

    According to Synergy Research Group, public cloud provider spending on infrastructure hardware and software continues to grow, rising 32% from the first quarter of 2017 after an untraditionally strong start to 2018.

    The market research firm says this is the highest growth figure observed in nine quarters, during which time year-on-year growth was usually in the 10% to 20% range. Although the first quarter usually experiences a dramatic drop after a strong fourth quarter, 2018 first quarter spending was only down 2% from the fourth quarter.

    Combined, ODMs continue to dominate the market in vendor market share terms, presently accounting for nearly 30% of total revenues. ODMs are followed by Dell EMC, Cisco, and HPE, each of which has a 5% to 10% market share. Microsoft, Huawei, and VMware are the next highest ranked vendors in the first quarter, Synergy Research states.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    MongoDB launches Global Clusters to put geographic data control within reach of anyone

    MongoDB‘s Atlas service has been giving companies a managed database service in the cloud for some time. Mongo deals with all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, relieving the developer of creating it all themselves. Today the company announced it was taking that a step further by allowing customers to have granular control over where the data lives, with a new feature called Global Clusters.

    This allows companies to choose a cloud provider, then move to any location in the world data from a MongoDB database running in Atlas.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Serverless Consumers with Lambda and SQS Triggers

    On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Amazon Web Services released SQS triggers for Lambda functions. Those of you who have been building serverless applications with AWS Lambda probably know how big of a deal this is. Until now, the AWS Simple Queue Service (SQS) was generally a pain to deal with for serverless applications.

    It’s a common architecture design pattern to attach consumers to message brokers in distributed applications. This becomes even more important with microservices

    Setting up an SQS trigger in Lambda is simple through the AWS Console.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    HPE Discover: Exploring the Potential of Blockchain in IoT
    JUN 29, 2018
    Cloudtenna’s File Discovery Tool Streamlines Workflow Through Machine Learning
    JUN 29, 2018
    What’s Up Doc? This AI Might Know Better Than Your Physician
    JUN 28, 2018
    Google Exec Says Microsoft Beat Search Giant to Buy GitHub
    JUN 28, 2018
    Puppet’s Cisco-Led $42M Round Going to Cloud and Containers
    JUN 28, 2018
    Three Things the IoT Market Is Still Lacking in 2018
    JUN 11, 2018
    The Evolution of Docker Container Security: Part 1
    JUN 06, 2018
    The State of NoSQL Databases in 2018: Is NoSQL Usage No Longer Cool?
    JUN 11, 2018
    Azure Cosmos DB vs. SQL Server: Scalability Differences
    JUN 14, 2018
    GitLab moving Google Cloud Platform Pixabay
    Why GitLab Is Moving From Azure to Google Cloud Platform

    Gitlab was already in the process of migrating from Azure to Google Cloud Platform long before this week.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Decentralized Fog Computing Platform

    Sonm provides cloud services based on distributed customer level hardware including PCs, mining equipment, and servers. You can either rent out your hardware or use someone’s computing power for your needs

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
    Alibaba in talks with UK’s BT about cloud services partnership; source: may echo 2016 Vodafone agreement in Germany where Alibaba built its first EU data center

    Alibaba in Talks With BT for Cloud Partnership in Europe Push

    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is in talks with BT Group Plc about a cloud services partnership as the Chinese internet giant challenges Inc.’s dominance in Europe.

    An agreement between Alibaba and the IT consulting unit of Britain’s former phone monopoly could be similar to Alibaba’s existing arrangement with Vodafone Group Plc in Germany, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified as the talks are private.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft launches new wide-area networking options for Azure

    Microsoft is launching a few new networking features today that will make it easier for businesses to use the company’s Azure cloud to securely connect their own offices and infrastructure using Azure and its global network.

    The first of these is the Azure Virtual WAN service, which allows businesses to connect their various branches to and through Azure. This basically works like an airline hub and spoke model, where Azure becomes the central hub through which all data between branches flows.

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Serverless computing could unleash a new startup ecosystem

    ile serverless computing isn’t new, it has reached an interesting place in its development. As developers begin to see the value of serverless architecture, a whole new startup ecosystem could begin to develop around it.

    Serverless isn’t exactly serverless at all, but it does enable a developer to set event triggers and leave the infrastructure requirements completely to the cloud provider. The vendor delivers exactly the right amount of compute, storage and memory and the developer doesn’t even have to think about it (or code for it).

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What are cloud-native applications?

    A decade or so into the cloud revolution, we finally have some solid ideas about the best ways to take full advantage of new types of infrastructure.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    High-performance, fully managed file storage

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Walmart enlists Microsoft cloud in battle against Amazon

    Once a seemingly unstoppable retail juggernaut, Walmart’s been scrambling to define its digitally in this Amazon-defined era. This morning, the company announced that it’s struck a five-year deal with Microsoft, Amazon’s chief cloud competitor.

    These sorts of partnerships are a regular occurrence for AWS

    Of course, neither Walmart nor Microsoft can be framed as an underdog in any respect, but Amazon’s stranglehold on online retail also can’t be understated. Not even a massive outage at the height of Prime Day could do much to ruffle the company’s feathers.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Amazon’s EC2 gets faster processors, new high-memory instances

    It’s a big day for Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service today. Not only can you now run EC2 inside a Snowball Edge device, but the company also announced a bunch of new EC2 instance types in the cloud. Thanks to these new instance types, developers now have access to a new instance type (Z1d) with custom Xeon processors that can run at up to 4.0 GHz, as well as new memory-optimized instances (R5) that run at up to 3.1 GHz and that feature up to 50 percent more CPU power and 60 percent more memory than their predecessors. There also are some bare metal variants of these instances, as well as an R5d version that features local NVMe storage.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    With its Snowball Edge, AWS now lets you run EC2 on your factory floor

    AWS’s Snowball Edge devices aren’t new, but they are getting a new feature today that’ll make them infinitely more interesting than before. Until now, you could use the device to move lots of data and perform some computing tasks on them, courtesy of the AWS Greengrass service and Lambda that run on the device. But AWS is stepping it up and you can now run a local version of EC2, the canonical AWS compute service, right on a Snowball Edge.

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why moving all your workloads to the cloud is a bad idea

    In the third installment in this series on common pitfalls of moving to the cloud, learn how to figure out which applications you shouldn’t migrate.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Amazon’s AWS continues to lead its performance highlights

    Amazon’s web services AWS continue to be the highlight of the company’s balance sheet, one again showing the kind of growth Amazon is looking for in a new business for the second quarter — especially one that has dramatically better margins than its core retail business.

    Despite now running a grocery chain, the company’s AWS division — which has an operating margin over 25% compared to its tiny margins on retail — grew 49% year-over-year

    amazon’s retail operations generated nearly $47 billion with a net income of just over $1.3 billion (unaudited). Amazon’s AWS generated $1.6 billion in operating income on its $6.1 billion in revenue.

    So, in short, Amazon’s dramatically more efficient AWS business is its biggest contributor to its actual net income.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The cloud continues to grow in leaps and bounds, but it’s still AWS’s world


    The cloud continues to grow in leaps and bounds, but it’s still AWS’s world
    Ron Miller
    @ron_miller / Jul 27, 2018

    Amazon Holds News Conference
    With the big cloud companies reporting recently, we can be sure of a couple of things: the market continues to expand rapidly and AWS is going to be hard to catch. Depending on whose numbers you look at, the market grew around 50 percent as it continues its unprecedented expansion.

    Let’s start with market leader, Amazon Web Services. Canalys has them with 31 percent of the market while Synergy Research puts them at 34 percent. That’s close enough to be considered a dead heat. As Synergy’s John Dinsdale points out, AWS is so dominant that in spite of mega growth numbers from other vendors, it is still bigger than the next four competitors combined, even after all these years.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Smart Plant IoT

    Auto watering the plant and tracking plant’s health through Helium and Microsoft Azure IoT.

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Whoa, AWS, don’t slip off your cloudy perch. Google and Microsoft are coming up to help
    While Alibaba dips a tentative toe in the challenger pool

    Data Centre Arrow Storage
    Whoa, AWS, don’t slip off your cloudy perch. Google and Microsoft are coming up to help
    While Alibaba dips a tentative toe in the challenger pool
    By Chris Mellor 3 Aug 2018 at 22:22
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    Man with hiking equipment standing on rock’s edge

    Gartner’s magic quadrant rating public cloud storage suppliers has suggested Amazon is losing ground while Google and Microsoft make gains.

    The analyst pointed out that Google has consistently higher availability and markedly better network performance when compared to its main competitors for its multi-regional object storage service.

    Google has made progress over the past 12 months among Gartner’s enterprise clients in terms of both awareness and winning business.

    Oracle was lauded for offering “high performance at a compelling price with respect to its bare-metal block storage service, which is enabled by its implementation of nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) and SSD-based storage.

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What data is too risky for the cloud?

    In the final article in this series on hybrid multi-cloud pitfalls, learn how to devise a low-risk cloud migration strategy.

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    India may become next restricted market for U.S. cloud providers

    Data sovereignty is on the rise across the world. Laws and regulations increasingly require that citizen data be stored in local data centers, and often restricts movement of that data outside of a country’s borders. The European Union’s GDPR policy is one example, although it’s relatively porous. China’s relatively new cloud computing law is much more strict, and forced Apple to turn over its Chinese-citizen iCloud data to local providers and Amazon to sell off data center assets in the country.

    Now, it appears that India will join this policy movement. According to Aditya Kalra in Reuters, an influential cloud policy panel has recommended that India mandate data localization in the country, for investigative and national security reasons

    It’s that last line that is increasingly the objective of governments around the world. While privacy and security are certainly top priorities, governments now recognize that the economics of data are going to be crucial for future innovation and growth. Maintaining local control of data — through whatever means necessary — ensures that cloud providers and other services have to spend locally, even in a global digital economy.

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Oracle launches autonomous database for online transaction processing


    Oracle launches autonomous database for online transaction processing
    Ron Miller
    @ron_miller / 11 hours ago

    Key Speakers At The Oracle OpenWorld 2017 Conference
    Oracle executive chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison, first introduced the company’s autonomous database at Oracle Open World last year. The company later launched an autonomous data warehouse. Today, it announced the next step with the launch of the Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing (ATP) service.

    This latest autonomous database tool promises the same level of autonomy — self-repairing, automated updates and security patches and minutes or less of downtime a month.


    Oracle launches autonomous database for online transaction processing
    Ron Miller
    @ron_miller / 11 hours ago

    Key Speakers At The Oracle OpenWorld 2017 Conference
    Oracle executive chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison, first introduced the company’s autonomous database at Oracle Open World last year. The company later launched an autonomous data warehouse. Today, it announced the next step with the launch of the Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing (ATP) service.

    This latest autonomous database tool promises the same level of autonomy — self-repairing, automated updates and security patches and minutes or less of downtime a month. Juan Loaiza SVP for Oracle Systems at the database giant says the ATP cloud service is a modernized extension of the online transaction processing databases (OLTP) they have been creating for decades. It has machine learning and automation underpinnings, but it should feel familiar to customers, he says.

    “Most of the major companies in the world are running thousands of Oracle databases today. So one simple differentiation for us is that you can just pick up your on-premises database that you’ve had for however many years, and you can easily move it to an autonomous database in the cloud,” Loaiza told TechCrunch.

    He says that companies already running OLTP databases are ones like airlines, big banks and financial services companies, online retailers and other mega companies who can’t afford even a half hour of downtime a month. He claims that with Oracle’s autonomous database, the high end of downtime is 2.5 minutes per month and the goal is to get much lower, basically nothing.

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New interconnect technologies tackle higher data storage demands

    New connector and cable technologies deliver higher data rates, higher signal integrity, and higher density for next-generation data centers

    Our civilization depends on data. Almost all technology and devices connected to the internet of things depend on storing data in the cloud. The massive demand for digital storage has led to an equally massive increase in demand. Every year, data storage requirements increase by 40%. As the need for reliable and powerful data storage centers increases, so does the technology. Recently, new technologies have been developed to handle the expected 40 zettabytes of information that will need to be stored by 2020.

    Several factors are contributing to the growing need for data storage. Cloud storage has become widespread in recent years with more and more people storing information online rather than on their devices. Artificial intelligence (AI) is another contributor as it requires massive amounts of memory to operate. Deep-learning and machine-learning computing systems also require extensive storage to operate.

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Data center power efficiency increases, but so do power outages

    An Uptime Institute survey finds the power usage effectiveness of data centers is better than ever. However, power outages have increased significantly.

    A survey from the Uptime Institute found that while data centers are getting better at managing power than ever before,

    It found that the power usage effectiveness (PUE) of data centers has hit an all-time low of 1.58. By way of contrast, the average PUE in 2007 was 2.5, then dropped to 1.98 in 2011, and to 1.65 in the 2013 survey.

    A PUE of 1.5 means for every watt into the IT systems, a half of a watt is needed for cooling. So, lowering PUE is something of an obsession among data center operators.

    However, Uptime also found a negative trend: The number of infrastructure outages and “severe service degradation” incidents increased to 31 percent of those surveyed, that’s up 6 percentage points over last year’s 25 percent. Over the past three years, nearly half had experienced an outage at their own site or a service provider’s site.

    This begs the question: Is one causing the other? Is the obsession with lower PUE somehow causing more and bigger outages? Rhonda Ascierto, vice president of research with the Uptime Institute, says no.

    “We can’t determine that,”

    Most downtime incidents lasted one to four hours.

    Half of those who did make an estimate put the cost were less than $100,000, but 3 percent said costs were over $10 million.

    What causes data center outages?

    The leading causes of data center outages are power outages (33 percent), network failures (30 percent), IT staff or software errors (28 percent), on-premises non-power failure (12 percent), and third-party service provider outages (31 percent).

    To err is human, and this survey showed it. Nearly 80 percent said their most recent outage could have been prevented. And that human error extends to management decisions, Ascierto said.

    “Oftentimes, people talk about human error being the cause of outages, but it can include management errors, like poorly maintained or derated equipment that may not match runtime requirements,” she said. “The human error comes down to management responsibility.”

    Uptime found 24 percent of those surveyed said they were impacted by outages across multiple data centers.

    2018 Data Center Industry Survey Results


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