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Nutanix Inc. is set to go public in a long-delayed test of investor attitudes about the technology sector. But the offering also may serve as a referendum on whether a new computing approach will wind up as a market niche or the next big thing in corporate technology. The Silicon Valley company, which priced its shares late Thursday, joined the ranks of billion-dollar startups on the notion of merging two classes of data-center hardware—servers and data-storage systems—into a single box. Nutanix’s founders have said they emulated techniques used by web giants like Alphabet Inc.’s Google division and Facebook Inc. to operate massive data centers more economically.
Microsoft and Adobe today announced a major partnership that will see Adobe deliver its cloud services on Microsoft Azure and that will make Adobe the preferred marketing service for Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Enterprise CRM solution. Microsoft says Adobe will now make Azure its “preferred cloud platform” for its three main services: the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Creative Cloud and Document Cloud. Specifically, Adobe will use SQL Server and Azure’s machine learning services available in the Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite. “Customers today expect a well-designed, personalized and consistent experience every time they engage with a brand,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe, in a statement today. “Adobe and Microsoft will bring together the cloud horsepower and end-to-end capabilities brands need to design and deliver great digital experiences.”
At the Ignite conference in Atlanta, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2016. Along with it came a slew of other announcements related to Docker and containers. Microsoft would be bundling the commercial version of Docker with every copy of Windows Server 2016 with no additional cost. It would also provide support to all the customers using the commercial Docker Engine. Microsoft would also position and highlight Docker Datacenter, a container management platform from Docker, Inc., to its enterprise customer base.
Containers, such as Docker, are IT's future. The program that will manage these containers is still an open question. The way things are developing, Google's open-source Kubernetes has to be considered the front runner. It's being adopted by more and more Linux distributions, container technology's primary platform. Canonical, Red Hat, and SUSE are all betting Kubernetes will be containers' DevOps future.
InformationWeek: Cloud Computing Embraced As Cost-Cutting Measure
When it comes to cloud computing adoption, money is still the main motivator. In fact, many large IT departments view the cloud, whether it's public, private, or a hybrid combination, as a way to cut costs and save money, according to a new analysis from CompTIA. The study found that 47% of large enterprises, 44% of medium businesses, and 41% of small firms surveyed reported that slashing costs outweighed other factors such as speed, modernization, and reducing complexity.