INDUSTRY NEWS: Weekly News Scan March 3, 2017

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This is a weekly browsing of recent relevant industry news articles, helpful for educating ourselves as well as for sharing with our peers. Please post any thoughts in the comments section!

 

Recode: Amazon’s massive AWS outage was caused by human error

Amazon today blamed human error for the the big AWS outage that took down a bunch of large internet sites for several hours on Tuesday afternoon. In a blog post, the company said that one of its employees was debugging an issue with the billing system and accidentally took more servers offline than intended. That error started a domino effect that took down two other server subsystems and so on and so on. “Removing a significant portion of the capacity caused each of these systems to require a full restart,” the post read. “While these subsystems were being restarted, S3 was unable to service requests. Other AWS services in the US-EAST-1 Region that rely on S3 for storage, including the S3 console, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) new instance launches, Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes (when data was needed from a S3 snapshot), and AWS Lambda were also impacted while the S3 APIs were unavailable.”

 

MSP Mentors: AWS Outage Highlights Value of Multi-Cloud Strategy

If this week’s massive AWS cloud outage has you thinking more acutely about multi-cloud strategy, you’re likely not alone. Roughly 150,000 websites were hobbled Tuesday by an hours-long malfunction involving Amazon’s S3 storage. Brands affected include Airbnb, Business Insider, Expedia, News Corp, and many other major global companies. The outage is just the latest talking point for selling managed IT services to cloud customers for whom redundancy of mission-critical applications is essential.

 

Forbes: What The Rise Of Cloud Computing Means For IT Pros

Twenty years ago, enterprise CIOs began using public cloud computing applications to ease the basic IT headache of maintaining and updating all systems and applications. Ever since, industry watchers have been predicting those CIOs would someday move most of their IT resources to the cloud, too. That day has come, and it's creating significant changes to the roles and responsibilities of those CIOs and their IT organizations. My company recently commissioned a survey of more than 1,800 people evenly split between IT, Line-of-Business and DevOps from enterprises worldwide. As a cloud service provider, our objective was to determine when the pundits’ cloud computing predictions would come true. However, we did not expect to find that the shift had already occurred.

 

WSJ: Cloud’s Impact Seen on Business Models, Not Just Tech

As more companies shift to the cloud, many are discovering that the move involves far more than a change in technology — it’s also transforming their entire businesses, the world’s two largest cloud providers say. Judson Althoff, executive vice president of worldwide commercial business at Microsoft Corp., says beyond “lifting and shifting” legacy IT systems to cloud providers, many firms are leveraging cloud-enabled tools to develop new products lines and services as part of a broader “digital business.” “Every business leader today is thinking about how they’re going to transform products and services,” Mr. Althoff told a crowd of senior IT managers gathered here for The Wall Street Journal’s annual CIO Network conference.

 

ZDNet: Cloud-to-client, direct: serverless computing reduces the middle

One of the buzzwords to emerge over the past year is that of "serverless" computing or architecture, which, as the term suggests, involves the provisioning of key information technology resources to users without the fuss and muss of acquiring and activating additional hardware, which not only means servers, but disk space as well. Let the cloud vendors worry about the messy details of protocols, security, resource provisioning, processor speeds, and memory allocation, and focus on the applications business users need to run their organizations.

 

TechCrunch: Ambitious Alibaba takes aim at the kings of cloud computing

When you think of the biggest cloud players in the world, one company you might not consider is Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant that held a record $25 billion U.S. IPO in 2014. Alibaba entered the cloud computing business in 2009, just three years after Amazon launched its cloud division, AWS — and Alibaba’s cloud computing efforts are among the ambitious projects that the Chinese e-commerce giant is pursuing aggressively. It’s impossible not to note the similarities between the two companies. While Alibaba is the premier e-commerce company in China, Amazon is the biggest in the U.S.

 

InformationWeek: Deploying Containers to the Cloud: Many Options

As the popular Docker container platform takes on more orchestration features, container users have faced a lengthening set of options with which to deploy the containers that they build. They can turn to Docker Swarm, which creates and manages a Docker container cluster, or they can rely on the Swarm orchestration features added to the Docker Container Engine last June. Or they can rely on the deployment expertise that Google embedded in Kubernetes, now open source code and available as a stand-alone deployment system or embedded in third party products, such as CoreOS' Tectonic.

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