Cloud Trends for 2018

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Here are some cloud trends for you. 

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI deal has cloud companies going nuts
    https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/15/why-the-pentagons-10-billion-jedi-deal-has-cloud-companies-going-nuts/?utm_source=tcfbpage&sr_share=facebook

    Defense Department’s massive winner-take-all $10 billion cloud contract dubbed the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (or JEDI for short).
    Star Wars references aside, this contract is huge, even by government standards.The Pentagon would like a single cloud vendor to build out its enterprise cloud, believing rightly or wrongly that this is the best approach to maintain focus and control of their cloud strategy.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
    Cloudflare debuts IPFS Gateway, an easy way to access content from the P2P-driven InterPlanetary File System that does not require installing special software — Internet security provider Cloudflare is introducing a new product to help users more easily access the InterPlanetary File System …

    Cloudflare Launches Decentralized Web Gateway at Its First ‘Crypto Week’
    https://www.coindesk.com/cloudflare-launches-decentralized-web-gateway-at-its-first-crypto-week/

    Internet security provider Cloudflare is introducing a new product to help users more easily access the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), the decentralized storage protocol developed by Protocol Labs.

    In a blog post Monday, Cloudflare announced it was launching a “Crypto Week,” where it will announce “support for a new technology that uses cryptography to make the internet better” every day. The first of these technologies is a portal to more easily access IPFS, as well as build websites on top of the technology.

    In a second post, the company explains that the peer-to-peer nature of IPFS provides a number of redundancies for users trying to access a specific website or piece of data.

    The second feature revolves around the fact that users can request data using hash values, rather than IP addresses

    To ensure users can access data stored through IPFS, Cloudflare is offering a gateway which delivers content using Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS)

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cloud adoption drives hyperscale data centers
    https://www.csemag.com/single-article/cloud-adoption-drives-hyperscale-data-centers/17c19944fc8dc6b013d6b5f2823d03c2.html?OCVALIDATE=

    This change in data center landscape ultimately is a result of the mass emergence of the cloud in 2016.

    Consolidation, consolidation, consolidation. Not in terms of just organizational consolidations, but also in terms of data centers. Several reports started to use the phrase “hyperscale” to describe the new outsourced data centers that are used by cloud providers. Gartner predicts “by 2025, 80% of enterprises will have shut down their traditional data center,” versus only 10% today.(1) What does this mean?

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft Boosts Azure Security With Array of New Tools
    https://www.securityweek.com/microsoft-boosts-azure-security-array-new-tools

    At its Ignite conference this week, Microsoft announced improved security features for Azure with the addition of Microsoft Authenticator, Azure Firewall, and several other tools to the cloud computing platform.

    After announcing Azure Active Directory (AD) Password Protection in June to combat bad passwords, Microsoft is now bringing password-less logins to Azure AD connected apps with the addition of support for Microsoft Authenticator.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ujjwal Pugalia / Amazon Web Services:
    AWS announces that YubiKey can now be used as a multi-factor authentication (MFA) device to sign into the AWS management console — AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practice is to require all IAM and root users in your account to sign into the AWS Management Console with multi-factor authentication (MFA).

    Use YubiKey security key to sign into AWS Management Console with YubiKey for multi-factor authentication
    https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/use-yubikey-security-key-sign-into-aws-management-console/

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
    AWS rolls out new EC2 high memory instances for in-memory databases like SAP HANA, with 6, 9, and 12 TB memory, plans instances with 18 TB and 24 TB for 2019 — Amazon Web Services Inc. today offered some revved-up cloud computing instances aimed at customers running resource-intensive “in-memory” databases such as SAP SE’s HANA.

    Amazon rolls out High Memory Instances for in-memory databases
    https://siliconangle.com/2018/09/27/amazon-rolls-high-memory-instances-memory-databases/

    Amazon Web Services Inc. today offered some revved-up cloud computing instances aimed at customers running resource-intensive “in-memory” databases such as SAP SE’s HANA.

    The new High Memory EC2 instances offer a choice of 6, 9 and 12 terabytes of memory, with 18TB and 24TB options to arrive next year.

    AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr said in a blog post that the idea is to allow customers to run in-memory databases, which keep entire datasets in short-term RAM memory, closer to the enterprise applications they interact with.

    Now Available – Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances with 6, 9, and 12 TB of Memory, Perfect for SAP HANA
    https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/now-available-amazon-ec2-high-memory-instances-with-6-9-and-12-tb-of-memory-perfect-for-sap-hana/

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    HOW THE PENTAGON’S MOVE TO THE CLOUD LANDED IN THE MUD
    https://www.wired.com/story/how-pentagons-move-to-cloud-landed-in-mud/

    THE PENTAGON DIDN’T mince words in March when introducing the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative, or JEDI Cloud program: “This program is truly about increasing the lethality of our department and providing the best resources to our men and women in uniform,” the Defense Department’s chief management officer, John H. Gibson II, told industry leaders and academics at a public event. JEDI aims to bring DOD’s computing systems into the 21st century by moving them into the cloud. The Pentagon says that will help it inject artificial intelligence into its data analysis and equip soldiers with real-time data during missions, among other benefits. For the winning bidder, the contract will be lucrative: Bloomberg Government estimates it will be worth $10 billion over the next decade.

    Or at least that’s how it should have worked.

    the story of the JEDI contract reads more like a bizarre corporate thriller than a simple cloud-computing deal.

    Case in point: Late Monday evening, Google announced it no longer plans to submit a bid by Friday, the deadline for interested applicants.

    It’s a reasonable assessment, given that developing the JEDI program would conflict with Google’s recently codified stance against developing or deploying artificial intelligence technologies that “cause or are likely to cause overall harm,” as the digital backbone of the Pentagon will certainly do in one way or another. However, it was also a bit of a gimme, as Google probably wouldn’t have won the contract anyway.

    That’s because Amazon has been considered the clear front-runner for the JEDI Cloud deal since the details of the contract were first released.

    The Pentagon’s 1,375-page winner-take-all request for proposal for JEDI is a web of restrictions and requirements that some critics allege leaves few viable candidates beyond Amazon.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    Amazon likely to win $10B Pentagon contract – Google, IBM, and Oracle aren’t happy
    https://thenextweb.com/google/2018/10/11/amazon-likely-to-win-10b-pentagon-contract-google-ibm-and-oracle-arent-happy/

    The Pentagon announced the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project earlier this year, prompting a feeding frenzy among big tech companies eager to get the lucrative contract. Appetites have curbed a bit amid accusations the JEDI contract wasn’t ever up for grabs.

    Project JEDI is a $10 billion defense contract for a single commercial provider to build a cloud computing platform to support weapons systems and classified data storage.

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    JEDI: Why We’re Protesting
    https://www.ibm.com/blogs/policy/jedi-protest/

    The U.S. Department of Defense faces a critically important challenge as it solicits bids for JEDI, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure. JEDI is intended to modernize and consolidate the defense department’s IT systems into an enterprise-level commercial cloud.

    The importance of this transition cannot be overstated: JEDI will be the foundation for integrating advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality into America’s warfighting capability.

    Unfortunately, JEDI, as outlined in the final solicitation, would not provide the strongest possible foundation for the 21st century battlefield.

    For that reason, IBM today filed a protest of the JEDI solicitation with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

    – IBM knows what it takes to build a world-class cloud. No business in the world would build a cloud the way JEDI would and then lock in to it for a decade. JEDI turns its back on the preferences of Congress and the administration, is a bad use of taxpayer dollars and was written with just one company in mind. America’s warfighters deserve better. –

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Alexa, remind me to launch nukes

    Amazon likely to win $10B Pentagon contract – Google, IBM, and Oracle aren’t happy
    https://thenextweb.com/google/2018/10/11/amazon-likely-to-win-10b-pentagon-contract-google-ibm-and-oracle-arent-happy/

    The Pentagon announced the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project earlier this year, prompting a feeding frenzy among big tech companies eager to get the lucrative contract. Appetites have curbed a bit amid accusations the JEDI contract wasn’t ever up for grabs.

    Project JEDI is a $10 billion defense contract for a single commercial provider to build a cloud computing platform to support weapons systems and classified data storage.

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
    GitHub debuts Actions for devs to automate workflows and build, share, and execute code inside containers, security alerts for Java and .NET projects, and more

    GitHub launches Actions to execute code in containers and security alerts for Java and .NET projects
    https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/16/github-launches-actions-to-execute-code-in-containers-and-security-alerts-for-java-and-net-projects/

    The GitHub code repository, which has been used by 31 million developers around the world in the past year, today announced a sweeping series of changes, including Actions, a new way for developers to automate workflows and build, share, and execute code inside containers on GitHub.

    In a phone interview with VentureBeat, GitHub head of platform Sam Lambert called Actions the “biggest thing we’ve done since the pull request” and compared it to Shortcuts for automating workflows introduced for iOS 12 last month.

    Actions will be made available in limited public beta for Developer, Team, and Business Cloud plans on GitHub. They’re designed to make it possible for any team to adopt the best workflows

    “A lot of the major clouds have built products for sysadmins and not really for developers, and we want to hand power and flexibility back to the developer

    A number of security measures were also made available today, including the Security Advisory API for access to all vulnerabilities found by GitHub for integration into your existing tools and services.

    Security vulnerability alerts for Java and .NET code were introduced today to deliver automated notifications and insights into how to fix issues with your code. Proactive security alerts were first introduced last year for Ruby, JavaScript, and Python.

    Also new: token scanning for public repositories. This feature allows GitHub to alert a developer or even their cloud provider if secret keys or passwords are, for example, accidentally pushed into a public channel.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Battling a multi-cloud deployment? Get our expert IT advice in this handy catch-up video
    There are many mistakes you can make – learn how to avoid them from gurus
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/10/17/multicloud_strategy_webcast/

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Fujitsu: We love Microsoft Azure, we’re training 10,000 bods on it
    Er, one-tenth of the human capital AWS is throwing at its public cloud
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/10/16/fujitsu_microsoft_azure_training_staff/

    Fujitsu may have given up the ghost on its own K5 cloud, but it is promising to throw a ton of human resources at selling and managing Microsoft Azure – its public cloud service of choice.

    As revealed yesterday, Fujitsu decided to kill the platform in all regions outside of Japan with immediate effect: K5 was sold and deployed as public, private, private virtual or private hosted services. Sales were clearly off-target with no recovery in sight.

    A spokesman at the company told us it is selling multiple clouds from vendors including VMware, Oracle, SAP and Microsoft Azure – though it has yet to start flogging Azure Stack.

    To put Fujitsu’s efforts into some kind of context, AWS earlier this year said at its Public Sector Summit that it planned to train 100,000 heads this year to keep expanding its tendrils.

    The cloud services arm of Amazon said that in Europe alone some 350,000 techies are required, “and we need to help fill those job skills – and quickly”, said Teresa Carlson, veep of worldwide public sector.

    Fujitsu said it already uses Azure to host some digital services in “areas as diverse as digital ticketing, legacy modernisation and AI”.

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jeff Bezos attacks Google for refusing US military contracts: ‘This is a great country and it does need to be defended’
    https://nordic.businessinsider.com/jeff-bezos-attacks-google-defends-bids-us-military-contracts-2018-10?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=topbar&utm_term=desktop&referrer=facebook&r=US&IR=T

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has defended his company’s bids for US military contracts.
    “This is a great country and it does need to be defended,” he said at a conference on Monday.
    His remarks are an implicit rebuke of Google, which has recently dropped out of the running for the $10 billion JEDI defense contract, saying that it could conflict with its corporate values.

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