VMware said Wednesday it plans to acquire Wavefront, makers of a metrics monitoring service for cloud applications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As a cloud-hosted service, Wavefront ingests, stores, visualizes, and alerts on streaming metric data from clouds and applications. The service can also measure, correlate, and analyze across servers, devices, applications, end-user behavior, multiple public cloud and datacenter attributes, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS environments, VMware said. VMware plans to combine Wavefront with its vRealize portfolio in order to bolster its suite of cross-cloud management services. The idea is that enterprises need a means to monitor virtual environments, microservice, and container-based applications in order to spot problems before they have an impact.
Microsoft is buying Deis, a small company that specializes in containers, a modern way to develop and deploy software. The deal was announced Monday morning in a blog post. No financial terms were provided. Software containers are seen as the new building blocks of cloud-based applications. Thus, they constitute a hot category as many businesses are turning to third-party public clouds—like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services—to run their applications. Finding ways to do this in the most reliable and efficient manner is critical.
Market research firm Gartner projects that by 2020, cloud computing will be a $383 billion market. This year, it is expected to grow by 18 percent and it is no wonder cloud players are aggressively making their moves to claim bigger slices of the burgeoning industry. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is currently the public cloud market leader with Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform at second and third, respectively. According to a study by the Synergy Research Group, AWS maintained its hold of 40 percent of the market despite displaying no year-on-year growth. Combined, the next top players, Microsoft, Google, and IBM combine for 23 percent showing a 5 percent growth over the year.
We hear a lot about IT automation and machine learning these days. It is mostly at the software application level where the emphasis is very much on automating blocks of code that can perform the same (or similar) function in different application use cases and different (often similar) business workflows. Behind the application layer, automation is also growing in importance in the cloud datacenter itself. This type of automation works to enable routine provisioning and maintenance tasks so that they can become 'self-service' options handled automatically, freeing up IT support staff to concentrate on more important matters. According to cloud computing infrastructure specialist Nutanix, the two types of automation are inextricably linked but it’s infrastructure automation that needs the most attention.