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Steven Vaughan-Nichols blogs about all things cloud

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 […]

Anyone but Amazon: The rise of Kubernetes

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Kubernetes is becoming the cloud container orchestration program of choice. According to a recent 451 Research report, 71 percent of surveyed container users were using Kubernetes. Why? Well there are two reasons: The technical and the competitive. On the technical side, Jay Lyman, 451 Research’s Principal Analyst, said, “Organizations are looking for ways to create […]

Gartner shows us a world of public cloud haves — and have-nots

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Some people — and I’m one of them — are cynical about the value of Gartner’s Magic Quadrants. But, sometimes they hit the nail on the head. And, they do just that in their most recent analysis of the Infrastrcuture-as-a-Service (IaaS) public cloud. In this analysis, we see one ruler: Amazon Web Services (AWS). Oh, Microsoft, […]

CoreOS moves in on cloud DevOps with Kubernetes

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CoreOS is probably still best known for its cloud-friendly CoreOS Container Linux distribution. But that may be changing. CoreOS is now wrapping Kubernetes, the increasingly popular container orchestration program, into its Linux platform. In March, Kubernetes 1.6 became the first release led by a CoreOS developer. With CoreOS’s latest release of Tectonic, the container-friendly Linux platform, CoreOS has […]

Red Hat doubles down on cloud development investment

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For a while now, I’ve been saying Red Hat, The Linux Company, wants to become Red Hat, The Cloud Company. And I think I’m on to something. The first billion-dollar open-source company recently announced it was acquiring Codenvy. Codenvy is a well-regarded provider of cloud-native development tools. The company’s cloud-based, integrated development environment (IDE) enables developers to create modern container-based and […]