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It’s official: Amazon Web Services and VMware are now partners when it comes to cloud computing. The two technology giants and former rivals said Thursday during a press event in San Francisco that they are now partners and are collaborating on new technology that will let customers use VMware data center management software on Amazon’s cloud computing service. Fortune’s Barb Darrow reported on the partnership last week. As part of the deal, Amazon will be VMware’s “primary public cloud partner” while VMware will be Amazon’s “primary private cloud partner.” The public cloud refers to a cloud service like AWS in which companies can buy computing and storage resources on demand. The private cloud, on the other hand, refers to a company’s internal data center that’s been outfitted with specialized software that mimics some of the flexibility and features of the public cloud. AWS CEO Andy Jassy said that some of Amazon’s big business customers wanted a way to more easily use their existing data center hardware in conjunction with Amazon’s cloud service to power their existing corporate software.
The tech industry isn’t a stranger to building astronomical hype about a technology and one of its latest golden gooses is containers. The hype around containers is somewhat similar to that in the field of big data, in the sense that in essence the concept for the technology has been around for decades but has now become extremely popular. Containers aren’t new but they can be a very efficient way to do DevOps, as Lars Herrmann, GM, Integrated Solutions at Red Hat told CBR: “Containerisation can be an amazingly efficient way to do DevOps, so it’s a very practical way to get into a DevOps methodology and process inside an organisation, which is highly required in a lot of organisations because of the benefits in agility to be able to release software faster, better, and deliver more value.”
Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 is now generally available and rolling out to customers. Presales for Server 2016 started on October 1 and Microsoft always said that customers would get access to the actual bits in mid-October. Now that it’s mid-October and the leaves are falling, the company is living up to this promise. In addition, System Center 2016, Microsoft’s data center management solution for deploying and managing servers and desktops, has now also hit general availability. Microsoft is using today’s launch to put the focus on its hybrid cloud efforts and how Windows Server 2016 enables enterprises to run their applications both in their own data centers and in public clouds (including, of course, its own Azure cloud computing platform).
A recent survey found 85.8 percent of telecoms consider OpenStack to be essential or important to their success. That's not bad for an open-source cloud some people still think isn't ready for primetime. Telecoms have turned to OpenStack as their Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) foundation of choice. Numerous telecom providers and enterprise leaders have chosen to implement NFV with OpenStack. These include AT&T, Bloomberg LP, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT Group, SK Telecom, and Verizon.