Weekly News Scan: July 1, 2016

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This is a weekly browsing of recent relevant industry news articles, helpful for educating ourselves as well as for sharing with our peers. Please post any thoughts in the comments section!

 

WSJ: Autonomics Advance Cause of Laborless IT

What’s not to love about autonomic computing platforms, or IT systems that literally take care of themselves? They self-tune, self-manage, self-heal—all without eating up IT budgets and bogging down beleaguered IT staffers, freeing them to focus instead on more value-generating activities. Although dreams of autonomic platforms go back at least 15 years, two prevalent IT trends—software-defined everything (SDE) and DevOps, coupled with maturing cognitive technologies—are only now raising the likelihood they will take hold in large enterprise IT. For CIOs overseeing increasingly large, complex, and strategically significant IT operations, such a development can’t come quickly enough.

 

WSJ: IT Spending Outlook Revised Downward Post Brexit: Analysts

Political and economic uncertainty sparked by the United Kingdom’s decision last week to break with the European Union will likely prompt chief information officers and other corporate tech buyers in the U.K., and across Western Europe, to rein in IT spending, analysts say. Research firm Canalys on Monday issued downward revisions to its 2016 outlook, as public and private sector IT chiefs cut back on expenditures to reduce their exposure to risk amid uncertain trading terms in the years ahead, the firm said.

 

Computerworld: Cloud computing slows energy demand, U.S. says

Ten years ago, power usage at data centers was growing at an unsustainable rate, soaring 24% from 2005 to 2010. But a shift to virtualization, cloud computing and improved data center management is reducing energy demand. According to a new study, data center energy use is expected to increase just 4% from 2014 to 2020, despite growing demand for computing resources. Total data center electricity usage in the U.S., which includes powering servers, storage, networking and the infrastructure to support it, was at 70 billion kWh (kilowatt hours) in 2014, representing 1.8% of total U.S. electricity consumption.

 

WSJ: Managed Services Face Uncertainty Over Cloud: Report

As more companies turn to the cloud to run their daily operations, managed services providers are worried about competing for customers with Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and other big cloud firms, a new report said. Managed services providers, or MSPs, typically charge firms recurring fees – set out in contracts and service-level agreements – to handle desktop, applications and network management, remote help desks, backup and disaster recovery, and other remote IT services. They typically serve small to midsize firms, or individual departments within larger companies.

 

InformationWeek: Red Hat Enlarges OpenShift Container Management

Red Hat has brought its OpenShift development platform to a level where the company can offer a local version free to developers and claim that it's available for end-to-end container management in the enterprise. That development was made clear as Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies, spoke at a June 28 press conference at the Red Hat Summit, which is running this week in San Francisco. Red Hat was one of Docker's earliest partners, and it returned to Docker's home town to deliver an update on Red Hat's container handling capabilities.

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