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Steven Vaughan-Nichols blogs about all things cloud

Amazon joins the rush to Kubernetes

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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

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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

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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 […]

Progress for cloud-enabled robots

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Robots have become smart, but when you use cloud resources to run them, they can become even smarter – and faster. While cloud-enabled robotics has been around in some form since 2011, some companies have recently taken the field from theory to practice. PerceptIn, for example, is prepping cutting-edge surveillance robots that incorporate proprietary object-recognition […]

For cloud container orchestration, it’s all Kubernetes, all the time

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Well, that was fast. In May 2017, there were three major cloud container orchestration programs: Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesosphere. Then, in early October, Mesosphere joined the Kubernetes bandwagon. Would Docker, the company which turned containers into IT’s hottest movement, continue the DevOps battle? Nope. On October 17, Docker announced that it will integrate Kubernetes […]

Is Mesosphere surrendering to Kubernetes?

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Until recently there were three major contenders for the spot as top cloud container orchestration program: Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesosphere. It’s now down to two. Mesosphere has thrown in the towel and is adopting Kubernetes into DC/OS. Is this really a surrender? Mesosphere CEO Florian Leibert argues it’s not. His position is Mesosphere and Kubernetes […]

The rise of container orchestration storage standards

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Containers are everywhere and thanks to Docker, CoreOS, and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), we have container standards pretty much nailed down. When it comes to container orchestration, we have three major contenders, Docker Swarm, Mesosphere, and Kubernetes, with Kubernetes pulling into the lead. But, when it comes to container orchestration storage standards we […]

When the cloud meets storm clouds

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It was quite a summer, with an unfortunate stretch of natural disasters — both hurricanes and earthquakes – leading to widespread devastation in some regions. From a business continuity and disaster recovery standpoint, there’s a lot to think about it. What’s a CIO or IT manager to do? Well, for starters, don’t put all your […]

Azure, availability zones, and stability

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Generally speaking, a public cloud is more stable than your private servers. After all, in a typical public cloud data center, there are hundreds of thousands of servers. When one server goes down, or even if a few dozen do, it’s no big deal. But, as Murphy’s law dictates: “Anything that can go wrong will […]

What’s behind the rise of cloud-native applications

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When the cloud first came along, it was all about migrating existing applications to early public web services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rackspace’s OpenStack-powered cloud, or Microsoft Azure. Any apps you ran on servers in your data centers were virtualized as fast as possible and deployed to the cloud. For some of you, […]