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TechCrunch: A maturing OpenStack looks to the future
OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform that allows enterprises to essentially run their own version of AWS in their data centers, was founded by NASA and Rackspace in 2010. Today, it’s being used by the likes of Comcast, PayPal, Volkswagen, CERN, AT&T, China Mobile and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the U.K. The OpenStack Foundation’s bi-annual developer conferences now regularly attract thousands of developers and while the project started with only a few core services (compute, storage and networking), it now features six core services and about 60 small projects under its umbrella. After 14 releases in the last six years, it’s clear that OpenStack is now a pretty mature project; that definitely showed at the project’s latest developer conference in Barcelona, Spain this week.
Hot on the heels of the VMware deal, Amazon launched Server Migration Service (SMS), a tool that migrates virtual machines running in VMware environment to the cloud. This new service enables customers to quickly move workloads to the public cloud with minimal disruption and downtime. Having launched over 50 services in the public cloud, Amazon has set its sights on enterprise data centers. It is launching tools that reduce the friction of migrating traditional workloads to the AWS cloud. At last year’s re:Invent, Amazon has announced AWS Database Migration Service, which can migrate existing database workloads its public cloud. Amazon’s goal was to drive adoption of Amazon Aurora, the born-in-the-cloud database service compatible with MySQL. With SMS, Amazon hopes to convince enterprise customers in moving their existing VMs to Amazon EC2, the compute service of AWS.
Corporate IT executives see promise in an emerging technology in which the physical and virtual servers that are traditionally used to run applications becomes invisible to the developers building the apps. It’s called serverless computing, and according to General Electric Corp.’s chief technology officer, it’s what the “cool kids” are thinking about. GE CTO Chris Drumgoole predicts widespread adoption of the technology could be seen between 2019 and 2026, but analysts caution that it’s part of the continuing shift to cloud services, which requires a drastic organizational change within enterprises.
Microsoft plans to increase prices for some enterprise services by up to 22 percent in Britain following the plunge in the pound, likely hitting thousands of companies and government departments who rely on its cloud and software products. Microsoft said it would increase prices for its enterprise software by 13% and for its cloud services by 22% from Jan. 1 next year, becoming the latest tech company to raise fees in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. Britain’s shock vote on June 23 triggered the biggest one-day fall in sterling against the dollar and the pound is now down 18% against the U.S. currency, prompting computer makers such as Apple, Dell and others to increase prices in Britain.
Economic uncertainty stoked by the U.S. presidential election hasn’t fazed cloud providers, software vendors and other technology firms, according to IT industry trade group CompTIA. Its latest IT industry business confidence index held steady in the fourth quarter, at 61.7 on a 100-point scale, the group reported Tuesday. Slight declines in two out of three index components – the outlook on the economy and the IT industry – were offset by gains in companies’ self-assessment of their own health. The results are based on a survey earlier this month of executives and senior managers at 280 IT firms, in a range of industry sectors, including roughly a quarter with more than 500 employees.