Cloud Trends for 2018

Here are some cloud trends for you. 


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Amazon Web Services will sell hardware to hybrid cloud customers to run in their own data centers

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Industrial cloud platforms need to demonstrate value

    Control Engineering China: While GE seeks to sell its digital assets, cloud platform developers need to more consistently explain customer value, offer better applications, and be patient.

    GE is seeking buyers for GE Digital, which incorporates the company’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) business, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and others at the end of July 2018. Since John Flannery took over the position of CEO at GE, he has been devoted to corporate business restructuring, streamlining, and spinoffs of non-core businesses to increase cashflow.

    Other reports said GE plans to sell the electric power conversion business (Converteam) acquired in 2011. Total assets spun off in the previous year neared $20 billion. Perhaps logic behind decisions include business results from the digital business in recent years, especially in light of forecasts.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
    Microsoft and Docker announce a new joint open-source project, the Cloud Native Application Bundle, that makes packaging and running cloud-native apps easier

    Microsoft and Docker team up to make packaging and running cloud-native applications easier

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
    Microsoft open sources the Open Neural Network Exchange runtime, part of its Windows ML platform, and makes Azure Machine Learning service generally available

    Microsoft open sources the inference engine at the heart of its Windows machine-learning platform

    Following its alliance with Facebook around the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), Microsoft is open-sourcing the ONNX runtime engine for machine learning.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What is iPaaS? Here’s How it Will Shape Marketing in 2019

    What is iPaaS?
    iPaaS is a series of cloud-based applications and data integration tools managed by the vendor and delivered as a service.

    iPaaS platforms can automatically integrate data from a wide range of sources before harmonising the resulting datasets into a consistent and immediately workable format. No more manual data wrangling!

    Despite its ‘as a service’ label, iPaaS platforms do not run exclusively in the cloud. They are also used to integrate cloud/SaaS applications to on-premise systems.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AWS wants to rule the world

    AWS, once a nice little side hustle for Amazon’s e-commerce business, has grown over the years into a behemoth that’s on a $27 billion run rate, one that’s still growing at around 45 percent a year. That’s a highly successful business by any measure

    Whether it was hardware like the new Inferentia chip and AWS Outposts, the new on-prem servers or blockchain and a base station service for satellites, if AWS saw an opportunity, they were not ceding an inch to anyone.

    Last year, AWS announced an astonishing 1,400 new features

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Suomi ei kelvannut Amazonille

    Amazon-konserniin kuuluva pilvipalveluyhtiö AWS eli Amazon Web Services on ottanut käyttöön uuden datakeskuksen Tukholmassa. Kaikkiaan kolmesta datakeskuksesta koostuva alue mahdollistaa AWS:n pohjoismaisille asiakkaille entistä nopeamman sovellusten ajamisen ja sisällön tallentamisen datakeskuksiin Ruotsiin.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Now Open – AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region

    The AWS Region in Sweden that I promised you last year is now open and you can start using it today! The official name is Europe (Stockholm) and the API name is eu-north-1. This is our fifth region in Europe, joining the existing regions in Europe (Ireland), Europe (London), Europe (Frankfurt), and Europe (Paris).

    Applications running in this 3-AZ region can use C5, C5d, D2, I3, M5, M5d, R5, R5d, and T3 instances, and can use of a long list of AWS services

    CloudFront edge locations are already operational in four cities adjacent to the new region:

    Stockholm, Sweden (3 locations)
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Helsinki, Finland
    Oslo, Norway

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The 2018 Cloud Security Spotlight Report noted that 84% of respondents claim traditional security solutions either don’t work at all or have limited functionality in the cloud. And lack of staff resources and expertise to manage cloud security is the largest barrier to cloud adoption.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Lawsuit Complicates DoD Cloud Kerfuffle

    It’s a safe bet Amazon Web Services (AWS) will eventually win all or most of a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract. AWS already supplies cloud services to U.S. intelligence agencies, and appears to have the inside track to win DoD’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract expected to be worth $10 billion over ten years.

    The sheer size of the cloud contract and Amazon’s dominance of the public and federal cloud markets has prompted a series of pre-award protests by key cloud competitors, including IBM and Oracle. Both protests filed by the AWS rivals have been rejected by the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO): Oracle’s on the merits and IBM’s in deference to a federal court after Oracle took the unusual step of suing the Pentagon in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AWS gives open source the middle finger

    AWS launched DocumentDB today, a new database offering that is compatible with the MongoDB API. The company describes DocumentDB as a “fast, scalable, and highly available document database that is designed to be compatible with your existing MongoDB applications and tools.” In effect, it’s a hosted drop-in replacement for MongoDB that doesn’t use any MongoDB code.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    M&A datacentre deals continue to grow

    Specialist datacentre operators looked to mergers and acquisitions in 2018 to meet demand

    The number of datacentre-oriented mergers and acquisitions (M&A) saw significant growth in 2018, according to Synergy Research Group.

    The big driving factor behind this rise in M&A deals is being put down to more and more enterprises looking to outsource to specialist datacentres, who in turn are seeking to expand their reach to meet the demand.

    However, despite the total value of closed deals in the year, it still fell short of the 2017 peak.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Monipilvisyyden edut jäävät siis helposti melko teoreettisiksi, ellei satu olemaan kansainvälinen jättiyritys. Entäpä ne haittapuolet?

    Ensinnäkin monipilvisyydessä maksaa useamman erilaisen teknologian osaamisen ylläpitäminen. Saatetaan tarvita useampi tiimi, joista yksi keskittyy yhteen pilvialustaan ja toinen toiseen. Teoriassa yksikin tiimi voi yrittää olla hyvä kaikessa, mutta päätyy todennäköisimmin geneerisiin ja pienimpiin yhteisiin nimittäjiin perustuviin ratkaisuihin.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:, Inc.:
    Amazon Web Services announces AWS Backup, a fully-managed, centralized service for customers to back up their data across AWS services and on-premises — Centralized backup service makes it easier and more cost-effective for customers to automate backups of their data and meet business and regulatory requirements

    Amazon Web Services Announces AWS Backup

    Centralized backup service makes it easier and more cost-effective for customers to automate backups of their data and meet business and regulatory requirements

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
    Microsoft acquires Citus Data, which develops an open-source extension for PostgreSQL that turns it into a distributed database — Databases continue to be one of the most competitive areas of cloud computing, and Microsoft strengthened its database story Thursday with the acquisition of Citus Data.

    Microsoft acquires Citus Data, creators of a cloud-friendly version of the PostgreSQL database

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AWS Provides Secure Access to Internal Assets With Amazon WorkLink

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday announced the launch of Amazon WorkLink, a service that enables organizations to provide employees easy and secure access to internal websites and applications from their mobile devices without the need for a VPN or custom browser.

    When employees install Amazon WorkLink on their mobile devices, they can access their company’s internal assets from the existing browser. On the administration side, WorkLink allows IT admins to select what content they want to make available to employees.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
    Google says Cloud Firestore, its serverless NoSQL document database for mobile, web, and IoT apps, is now generally available in 13 regions around the world

    Google’s Cloud Firestore NoSQL database hits general availability

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft Azure revenue growth slows in Q2

    Azure recorded revenue growth of 76 percent. That’s the same growth the company booked in the last quarter, and is still respectable growth, but depending on your perspective, you can also read it as growth flattening out.

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
    Report: Microsoft and VMware are working on software to ease porting apps built on VMware’s virtualization tech to Azure as part of a broader partnership — One of the biggest obstacles to the growth of cloud computing is inertia, as companies that spent tens of millions of dollars …

    Microsoft reportedly exploring new partnership with VMware as Windows Server 2008 deadline looms

    One of the biggest obstacles to the growth of cloud computing is inertia, as companies that spent tens of millions of dollars on infrastructure technology years ago try to wring all they can out of those investments. Microsoft and VMware might be putting aside decades of competition to make it easier for those companies to make the leap.

    The Information reported Tuesday that VMware is exploring a partnership with Microsoft that sounds an awful lot like the one it forged with Amazon Web Services several years ago.

    The motto of the chief information officer might as well be “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Companies that rely on business applications built in the last decade know they will need to modernize their infrastructure at some point in the near future, but the risk of breaking mission-critical applications that are otherwise running just fine holds them back.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cloud Computing Storms Ahead

    It feels like the winds are shifting in cloud computing. Better bring your umbrella.

    When both Intel and Nvidia said in their latest quarterly announcements that data-center spending slowed, a chill went down my spine. With smartphones slowing and the internet of things rising slower than once hoped, the cloud has been one of the largest and most steady drivers in tech.

    To some extent, the slowdown is the law of large numbers.

    Prepare, but don’t panic.

    Long term, AT&T and startups have been talking for some time about a new tier of the internet, sometimes called carrier edge networks. It’s mainly PowerPoint today, but I get that there’s a need to ensure good user experiences in part by providing local content-peering sites. Today, it’s anyone’s guess how and when these mini- and micro-data centers will be built.

    Meanwhile, AI shines a stronger ray of hope. The data center is hungry for performance on deep learning. For example, Google’s TPUv3 uses liquid cooling, upping the ante on the first gen that packed a very large chip on a 2.5-D substrate with very large memory.

    Every data-center vendor today is sprinkling their roadmaps with liquid-cooled systems, exotic chip packaging, and other ways to pull out all the stops on performance as CMOS scaling slows. These techniques carry fat price tags.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Knative serverless environment lets you deploy code to Kubernetes, but no resources are consumed unless your code needs to do something. Learn Knative in this hands-on, self-paced tutorial.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cloud Computing Storms Ahead

    It feels like the winds are shifting in cloud computing. Better bring your umbrella.

    When both Intel and Nvidia said in their latest quarterly announcements that data-center spending slowed, a chill went down my spine. With smartphones slowing and the internet of things rising slower than once hoped, the cloud has been one of the largest and most steady drivers in tech.

    To some extent, the slowdown is the law of large numbers. More than a half-dozen major hyperscalers have gone from nothing to global giants in the past decade. After years of breakneck expansions, growth will likely settle to single-digit rates going forward, veteran market watcher Linley Gwennap told me.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google Launches New Cloud Security Services

    Google has introduced a new set of services to provide cloud customers with improved protection from unsafe websites, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and other threats.

    With the newly introduced Web Risk API, currently in beta, client applications can check URLs against Google’s lists of unsafe web resources, such as phishing and deceptive sites, and sites hosting malware or unwanted software.

    The new Google Cloud service allows organizations to quickly identify known bad sites and warn users that clicking on specific links may lead to risky pages. It can also be used to prevent users from posting links to known malicious pages, Google says.

    Powered by the same technology as Safe Browsing, Web Risk API leverages data on over a million unsafe URLs that Google maintains by examining billions of links each day, and allows enterprises to leverage the technology to keep their users safe.

    Simplify enterprise threat detection and protection with new Google Cloud security services

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
    AWS is launching new EC2 G4 instances with support for Nvidia’s T4 GPUs, which optimize for running AI models and use ray tracing tech, in the coming weeks

    Nvidia’s T4 GPUs are coming to the AWS cloud

    In the coming weeks, AWS is launching new G4 instances with support for Nvidia’s T4 Tensor Core GPUs, the company today announced at Nvidia’s GTC conference. The T4, which is based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture, was specifically optimized for running AI models. The T4 will be supported by the EC2 compute service and the Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes.

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Recent database offerings by AWS — Good for users, Dangerous for open source business models

    Managed Service Hosting
    If we consider AWS offering fully managed versions of the open source software as a service, this could have a direct impact on open source companies who are already doing this as their core business. This was the case that happened to MongoDB very recently.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Brian Merchant / Gizmodo:
    Once boastful of its plans to rely on 100% renewable energy for new datacenters, Amazon’s quietly tamped down those ambitions

    Amazon Is Aggressively Pursuing Big Oil as It Stalls Out on Clean Energy

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google renames its hybrid cloud platform to Anthos and launches the platform out of beta

    Google’s hybrid cloud platform is coming to AWS and Azure

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple’s cloud business is hugely dependent on Amazon

    The iPhone maker pays $30 million a month to use AWS, CNBC reports


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