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The first thing to understand about Diane Greene, the woman Google acqui-hired in November to transform its fragmented cloud business, is that she has the mind of an engineer.
"Everything is changing now that we are in the cloud in terms of sharing our data, understanding our data using new techniques like machine learning." Google's competitive strength, Greene believes, is the breadth of the tech it can offer an enterprise. Enterprise app developers can tap into things like Maps, Google's computer-vision engine (the tech that powers Google Photos), weather data, and language/translation/speech recognition. They can build apps on top of Google's Calendar, documents, spreadsheet and presentation apps.
Enterprises are moving to cloud services at a rate faster than previously thought, a new survey shows, which portends major disruptions in data center staffs and structures. That's the gist of a survey of 1,000 IT executives, released by Uptime Institute, which shows that 50 percent of senior enterprise IT executives expect the majority of IT workloads to reside off-premise in cloud or colocation sites in the future. Of those respondents, 23 percent expect the shift to happen next year, and 70 percent expect that shift to occur within the next four years.
Docker is hosting its developer conference in Seattle this week and showcasing the quickly growing ecosystem that has grown up around its container tools. One of the companies on stage today was Microsoft, which announced that it is great expanding its support for Docker containers by more deeply integrating it into a number of its enterprise and DevOps tools. Microsoft’s interest in Docker is no secret. It’s even building Docker support right into the next release of Windows Server, after all (even as it’s also building its own Hyper-V container solutions). Today, the company even showed how the upcoming Linux version of SQL Server can run in containers on Ubuntu. A few years ago, this last sentence would have turned heads — now, it’s just how the new Microsoft operates.
Business Insider: Microsoft leads the pack in cloud computing for the enterprise
Almost three quarters (74%) of global organizations across a range of industries are planning to move even more of their systems to the public cloud, according to a new study from HyTrust. Public cloud refers to cloud computing that allows companies to build, operate, and store software and data in off-site, third-party data centers. The study, which included survey responses from mostly decisions makers, found that a plurality of businesses are looking at employing Microsoft Azure rather than going with public cloud market leader, AWS.
In the age of developer-defined infrastructure, where developers have decision making power in application and cloud infrastructure technologies, open source has proven to be a powerful go-to-market and distribution method for both startups and enterprises. Developers are always looking for new technologies to improve their productivity. For example, Docker has emerged as the enabling technology to build and scale cloud applications. But for many incumbent software companies, open source wasn’t necessarily the obvious strategy. Jerry Chen, a partner at Greylock Partners, remembers a key meeting at VMware in 2010 when they were discussing open source as a potential developer distribution path for Cloud Foundry.
For years now, we’ve heard Amazon Web Services partisans saying that most, if not all, corporate software will eventually run in a public cloud (Amazon’s public cloud.) They argue that’s because it’s A): cheaper B): more secure and C): frees up internal engineers up to do more valuable work like write better software to run on AWS. Google’s enterprise chief Diane Greene recently made similar arguments. Microsoft, the third major public cloud player, is less strident about everything-moving-to-public-cloud since many of its customers also run Microsoft software in their internal data centers. Jason Forrester begs to differ with Amazon’s take. Forrester, formerly global data center network manager at Apple who also spent more than 10 years at IBM, says reports of the death of corporate data centers are not just exaggerated—they are flat-out wrong.