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For many years, VMware has been waging a war against Amazon's encroaching cloud computing business. Next week it is finally expected to wave the white flag. That's when VMware is expected to announce it is partnering with Amazon to make VMware's software run more easily on Amazon's cloud, reports Fortune's Barb Darrow. This will be a big about face for VMware, who sells its own cloud services and its own cloud software that competes with Amazon.
I attended Microsoft’s Ignite conference last week. Microsoft unveiled Azure Stack private cloud hardware stacks from Dell, Lenovo and HPE along alongside a software partnership with Docker. While Azure Stack will not be generally available until mid-2017, these announcements may distract enterprise customers from both Open Compute Project’s (OCP) efforts to standardize private cloud hardware and also OpenStack’s efforts to become the private cloud software stack of choice. It is also clear that Microsoft is years ahead of Oracle in understanding enterprise private and hybrid cloud needs. Jason Zander, Microsoft’s Corporate VP for Azure, spoke at the “Reinvent IT infrastructure for business agility” general session last Monday. Jason announced availability for Microsoft’s new Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 (TP2) and introduced three nearly identical half-racks from three major server OEMs – Dell, Lenovo and HPE. These half-racks are working testbeds for TP2. Azure Stack is derived from Microsoft’s Azure public cloud technologies and will compete with OpenStack offerings from enterprise Linux distributions, such as Red Hat.
New York Times: U.S. Tech Giants Are Investing Billions to Keep Data in Europe
In the battle to dominate Europe’s cloud computing market, American tech giants are spending big to build up their local credibility. Amazon Web Services, the largest player, announced last week that it would soon open multiple data centers in France and Britain. Google, which already has sites in countries like Finland and Belgium, is expected to finish a new multimillion-dollar data complex in the Netherlands by the end of the year. And Microsoft, by some measures the second-largest cloud computing provider in Europe, said on Monday that it had spent $1 billion in the last 12 months to expand its offerings, taking its total investment in European-based cloud services to $3 billion since 2005.
If there’s one thing that drives Google’s head cloud chief Diane Greene bananas, it’s the idea that the search giant is not serious about becoming a big business technology provider. Since joining Google last fall, Greene, speaking Thursday at a press event in San Francisco, said she’s talked to over 200 customers and partners about Google’s various enterprise services, from its work document tools to its cloud computing business in which companies can buy computing capacity on demand. Greene said that Google would “blow customers away” with the amount of tools and services they have to sell. Yet after each discussion, the companies would inevitably ask “Is Google really serious about the enterprise?”
OpenStack has released Newton, the 14th version of the open-source cloud software. The OpenStack Foundation said new features will improve the user experience for container cluster management and networking, as well as scalability and resiliency. It said updates to the Ironic bare-metal provisioning service, Magnum container orchestration cluster manager, and Kuryr container networking project will make it easier to integrate containers, and virtual and physical infrastructure under one control plane. Products and services based on OpenStack Newton would become available "in the coming weeks and months", it said.