New York Times: Miscue Calls Attention to Amazon’s Dominance in Cloud Computing
There have been many opportunities to consider how crucial Amazon has become to the smooth operation of the internet over the past few years. The most recent involved a case of fat fingers. That event occurred late last month when an Amazon employee entered an incorrect set of commands on a computer, unintentionally knocking out a large set of servers in an Amazon data center in Northern Virginia and, with it, an array of online services from other companies. Among the many consequences of the shutdown: Users of the business messaging service Slack couldn’t upload files. Photos on the technology news site The Verge didn’t display. Quora, a popular question-and-answer site, couldn’t be reached.
There’s this thing called cloud computing, okay we already know that, but how do you actually do it? Key vendors in this space talk about "migration to cloud" as is if it was some technical coming of age, but we rarely hear enough about the guts of what happens when we decide to go cloudwards. Things happen differently in the cloud model. Software applications have a different shape i.e. they can no longer just look back inside the system (desktop PC or laptop) that they run on for resources. Basically this is because that machine isn’t there anymore in the virtualized datacenter powered world of cloud.
InformationWeek: Docker Shifts Toward the Enterprise
Container technology has already proven itself within test and development environments. In many cases, the technology is now ready for enterprise production deployments. Right on cue, Docker Inc., the company that is often credited for popularizing container technology, recently announced a new version of the Docker platform that they say is "optimized for business-critical deployments". The platform, known as Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) differentiates itself from the free Docker products, which have also been renamed Community Edition (CE). Today, we're going to compare each of the Docker platform versions so you have a better idea of what your options are.
Larry Ellison doesn't mince words when it comes to his competitors. The Oracle executive chairman on Wednesday described Amazon and Microsoft as defeated rivals in cloud computing—at least when it comes to the quality of their technology. On an earnings phone call with analysts, Ellison said that Oracle now has “a huge technology lead” over Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service. Several times, he bragged that Oracle’s revamped cloud computing service is both cheaper and faster than the competition, and that it will eventually become Oracle’s crown jewel.
Last week at the Cloud Next event, the annual user conference for developers and customers, Google’s leadership team articulated the vision and the roadmap for its cloud business. With over 10,000 attendees, the event resembled Google I/O – the most popular developer conference hosted by Google. Having gone through a major branding exercise that consolidated Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and G-Suite under Google Cloud, the company wanted to send a strong message that it is serious about the cloud.