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Large banks, slower to adopt public cloud services due to perceived security and regulatory risks, increasingly are considering these services as they face pressure to cut costs and gain the flexibility to spin up server and storage capacity quickly. Many banks have been thinking about a public cloud infrastructure model and cloud providers like Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Corp.’s Azure for more than three years, Deutsche Bank researchers said in a note Wednesday. But “it has only been in the last six to nine months that they’ve moved beyond talking about AWS/Azure to actually drawing up internal plans to ramp up usage.”
This strategic alliance, the first at this scale for Docker, includes sales, engineering, support, and knowledge sharing for HPE data-center customers. At the heart of this alliance is HPE's Docker-ready server program. HPE servers will be bundled with the Linux-based Docker Engine and support. This will enable customers to create containerized applications, which will be portable across all of HPE's servers. "In order to survive and thrive in the idea economy, companies must transform the IT experience so that lines of business and developers can innovate faster, smarter and fearlessly," said Antonio Neri, HPE's executive vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Group. "Together with Docker, we are making it easier for IT to deploy and manage containers, while giving organizations solutions that optimize their investments and power a new generation of applications that are the business."
According to industry analysts, 80 percent of IT spend worldwide is allocated for maintenance, while only 20 percent is devoted to driving innovation. I believe that ratio needs to shift dramatically to enable enterprise IT to spend less time “keeping the lights on” and more time rolling out new services and apps, testing new business models and achieving greater efficiency. For the old guard to succeed in this hyper-competitive landscape, I believe businesses need to radically transform their IT infrastructure. Across virtually every industry, upstarts are often outmaneuvering incumbents. The oft-cited advantage Amazon, Uber and others maintain over their legacy competitors is web-scale IT infrastructure, which delivers agility to rapidly grow the business and innovate at a breakneck pace.
Amazon has been adding new competencies to the AWS Partner Network to encourage existing and new partners to acquire additional capabilities. The latest competency that it announced targets the opportunity to migrate large enterprise workloads to AWS. Along with it, AWS has also added new competencies to recognize partners with skills and technologies related to cloud migration.
Recode: The evolution of cloud computing
Servers are probably not near the top of your list for conversation topics, nor are they something most people ever think about. But there are some interesting changes happening in server design that will start to have a real-world impact on everyone who uses both traditional and new computing devices. Everything from smart digital assistants to autonomous cars to virtual reality is being enabled and enhanced with the addition of new types of computing models and new types of computing accelerators to today’s servers and cloud-based infrastructure. This is one of the key reasons that Intel recently doubled down on its commitment to server, cloud and data-center markets as part of the company’s evolving strategy.