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Steven Vaughan-Nichols blogs about all things cloud

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, […]

Easy OpenStack updates: Mirantis DriveTrain

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OpenStack is a great, open-source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud, but it has one big problem. It’s not easy to upgrade from one version to another. That’s where Mirantis DriveTrain comes in. Mirantis is a cloud company which specializes in OpenStack, and DriveTrain is its lifecycle management system for incremental technology updates. Instead of […]

Microsoft: The Windows cloud business

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Still think of Microsoft as the Windows company? Think again. In Microsoft’s latest quarter, it was the cloud, not Windows, that drove revenue to $25 billion in non-GAAP revenue in the quarter, over the expected $24 billion and up 10% year-over-year from $23 billion. Not bad. Not bad at all. “Innovation across our cloud platforms drove […]

GigaSpaces spins off open-source Cloudify cloud management and orchestration program

Managing a cloud isn’t easy. Managing multiple clouds is even harder. That’s a big reason Cloudify has gained in popularity. Despite that, its parent company, GigaSpaces Technologies, has elected to spin Cloudify off so it can focus on its in-memory transaction processing programs. Cloudify will become a new company. Its focus will be on the […]

Azure Stack will ship soon

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Can’t there be a unity between having servers in the server room and a cloud? Between Microsoft’s Azure cloud and your data center? Sure there can! That’s the idea behind Microsoft’s Azure Stack. Azure Stack is a subset of Azure. It brings the Azure cloud to on-premises environments. It’s taken longer than expected to show […]

Protecting software-defined networks: The Open Security Controller

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Software-defined networks (SDN) move networking from the physical to the virtual. Projects such as OpenDaylight and OpenContrail have become essential to telecom and cloud companies where networking configurations must be made in micro-seconds. SDNs are well on their way to becoming mainstream technology. But, as the publication CSO recently pointed out, “SDN solves a lot […]