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With Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco Systems downsizing their respective OpenStack-based public cloud efforts recently, the OpenStack open-source cloud framework, already struggling in that arena, lost two of its key corporate backers. OpenStack launched in 2011 to give business customers an alternative to Amazon Web Services in public cloud and VMware in private data centers. But now with two major public cloud adherents backing away, skeptics wonder if the technology has a future in the realm of shared data center infrastructure. Meanwhile, AWS and Microsoft Azure claim huge growth rates—AWS is on track to hit nearly $13 billion in annual revenue soon, and the Microsoft business unit including Azure is also growing fast, so with Cisco and HPE apparently tossing in the towel, OpenStack's biggest public cloud adherents are now Rackspace—which now also partners with AWS and Microsoft Azure—and various telephone companies around the world.
With the launch of Windows Server 2016 three months ago, Microsoft gave its users the ability to use the Docker engine to run containers on Windows server. This meant developers could now package their Windows executables into containers and run them on Windows Server (though obviously not on Linux machines), using the same Docker engine and commands they were already used to. Today, AWS announced that it its EC2 Container Service (ECS) now also supports Windows Containers in beta. To enable this feature, Amazon developed its own Windows version of the ECS container agent. In what is still a pretty unusual move for Amazon, the code for the agent is available on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 license.
This is the time of year when people issue their “Top 10″ lists for what’s on the horizon for our organizations, workplaces and careers in the year ahead. By now, you likely have “Top-10″ fatigue, so I’m not going to pile on here. Rather, let’s look at the one big megatrend that’s shaping our world over the next 12 months, and try to figure out the why and how. In the year ahead, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the major force that will drive the role of cloud in our organizations, workplaces and careers. It will also work the other way around as well — cloud will move IoT forward. I’m sure you have been hearing plenty about IoT and its implications, but let’s face it — most organizations don’t have the capacity to handle what’s coming down the pike. Terabytes and terabytes of data streaming in, demands for analytical power at all stages, and a search for ways to leverage it to deliver responsiveness to the customer.
VMware, a subsidiary of Dell, has purchased assets from OpenStack software-defined networking (SDN) startup PlumGrid to strengthen its SDN and container strategy. PlumGrid will shut down, according to a blog post by the company's co-founder and CTO Pere Monclus, with some of its employees joining VMware. The deal closed on Friday, though financial terms were not disclosed. PlumGrid was founded in 2011 by ex-Cisco engineers who worked on the networking giant's Catalyst 6500 and Nexus 7000 switches.