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Steven Vaughan-Nichols blogs about all things cloud

Red Hat’s system management tools join hands with its DevOps programs


For years we’ve used older system management tools such as Ivanti LANDESK, Kaseya VSA and  Dynatrace Application Monitoring. They’re still great, but as we move to the cloud, containers and continuous integration and development (CI/CD) DevOps programs such as Puppet, Chef and SaltStack have risen in importance. Red Hat, a leading business Linux distributor, has a foot […]

Is the end of the traditional data center in sight?


We all know that the cloud is growing at the expense of server rooms and data centers. But Cisco predicts in its Cisco Global Cloud Index that by 2021 “hyperscale data centers” will represent 53 percent of all installed data center servers. For hyperscale, read cloud data centers and you see the future as Cisco sees […]

Meltdown and Spectre bring a world of hurt to the cloud


Meltdown and Spectre represent a new class of security problem and the cloud — based as it is  on virtual machines — is uniquely vulnerable. The good news is patches are either already in place or coming soon to all major cloud platforms and server operating systems. The bad news is that your data may […]

Kubernetes is the number one container orchestration program, but still faces challenges


Kubernetes is the top cloud container orchestration program, but that doesn’t mean it’s home free. A Platform 9 survey at the most recent KubeCon in Austin identified both strong and weak points for the program. First, the good news: Kubernetes is gaining new users and developers rapidly. KubeCon attendance grew 400% from 2016 to 2017. […]

Kubeflow: Machine learning comes to Kubernetes


As you probably know, Kubernetes has become the default container cloud orchestration system. What you may not know is that developers have been using Kubernetes as the foundation for other software stacks. With the newest of these, Kubeflow, machine learning (ML) has come to Kubernetes. David Aronchick and Jeremy Lewi, engineers on the Kubeflow project, […]

Cloud seeding your data: When the internet isn’t fast enough for your migration


“Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.”–Andrew Tanenbaum, 1981 That was true then, and it’s true now. Moving data within a cloud is easy — that’s what 40 Gigabit Ethernet is for — but getting that data there in the first place… not so much. Sneakernet may […]

GPUs in the cloud


I hadn’t realized just how important graphic-processing units (GPU), graphic chips, have become over the last few years in the cloud. Today, almost all cloud services offer GPUs for demanding users. When I think about services in the cloud, I think about storage and file-sharing, infrastructure as a service; cloud-based applications such as Office 365 […]

Amazon joins the rush to Kubernetes


Was it really only just over a month ago that I wrote, “The only real question is not if AWS will also fully invest in Kubernetes now that Docker has taken the plunge but when? Why, yes, yes it was. And guess what? As predicted by yours truly, AWS CEO Andy Jassy announced the launch […]

OpenStack moves forward


In Sydney Australia, the OpenStack cloud crew gathered together at the OpenStack Summit to contemplate where they are today and where they’re going tomorrow. First, OpenStack has continued to grow. Specifically, multiple surveys show that more and more companies are adopting OpenStack for their private and hybrid clouds. Specifically: The OpenStack User Survey showed that […]

Microsoft doubles down on Kubernetes for Azure


When I say Microsoft is “doubling down,” on Kubernetes for Azure, I mean that literally. Besides offering Kubernetes support on Azure Container Service (ACS), it’s also offering—bear with me now—Kubernetes on Azure as Azure Container Service (AKS). The difference between the two is that ACS enables you to use other container orchestration programs—Docker Swarm and […]