Weekly News Scan: July 15, 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!


CIO: Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 improves post-deployment support, private cloud operations

Mirantis, the pure play open source company, has announced the release of Mirantis OpenStack 9.0, which is based on OpenStack Mitaka. “The improvements in Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 are based on real-world production deployments of Mirantis OpenStack, including our collaborations with AT&T and Volkswagen,” said Boris Renski, co-founder and CMO of Mirantis. “The improvements we made -- largely in the area of post-deployment operations -- integrate Mirantis’ services expertise into the software so that we can deliver better business outcomes. Mirantis OpenStack 9.0 will be a valuable asset to Mirantis as we help customers build and operate private clouds.”


Forbes: Cisco Collaborates With SwiftStack For Object Storage

Object storage maker SwiftStack has announced a distribution agreement with networking behemoth Cisco. The agreement, called a collaboration by SwiftStack, will see SwiftStack’s object storage bundled in with Cisco’s on-site OpenStack offering called Metapod. The agreement apparently grew out of Cisco’s internal deployment of SwiftStack for its own internal cloud needs, and the two companies have been working together for some time. The Swift part of SwiftStack comes from the OpenStack Swift project, on which SwiftStack is based. SwiftStack provides additional components on top of the underlying Swift codebase to provide enterprise features, such as manageability, scale, and integration enhancements, that are not present in the open source project itself.


ZDNet: Infrastructure as a service cloud computing revenue to surge by 2020

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud revenue is expected to triple to $43.6 billion by 2020, up from $12.6 billion in 2015, according to research firm IDC. The projection, which equates to a compound annual growth rate of 28.2 percent over five years, is based on the number of enterprises ditching on-premises hardware for the public cloud. IDC said a survey of more than 6,000 IT organizations found two-thirds are using or planning to use IaaS. IDC noted that "public cloud IaaS is slowly transforming the enterprise IT value chain".


WSJ: Demand for Amazon Cloud Services Holds Steady Following Brexit Vote

The United Kingdom’s vote in favor of leaving the European Union hasn’t hurt spending for cloud services from Amazon Web Services, Deutsche Bank analysts said in a note this week. But the process remains in early stages, and it’s possible demand could slow in the future if cautious companies defer spending. “The Brexit vote so far has not had any material impact on demand for AWS in Europe, despite the fact that a depreciation of the pound has resulted in a de facto AWS price increase for U.K. customers,” the analysts said in a research note, citing conversations with more than 20 AWS partners and customers.


Fortune: Amazon Just Bought This Hot Cloud Startup

Amazon’s cloud is getting some fancy new tools. The retail giant’s cloud-computing arm, Amazon Web Services, bought a small startup called Cloud9 that specializes in software development tools. Cloud9 revealed the deal on Thursday, but did not disclose how much the deal was worth. Cloud9 is based in both Amsterdam and San Francisco and has under 50 employees, according to the startup’s LinkedIn profile. The startup built a so-called integrated development environment, which is basically an-all-in-one software package that gives coders a bunch of tools to build, test, debug, and run their own software.

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