22 Sep HCS Weekly Wrap Up 09/22/2017
Hybrid cloud and private cloud deployments are gradually getting easier as new tools and new services come online. VMware is getting serious about the cloud and enterprise needs. While there’s room for improvement, new tools are making automation and orchestration easier. And Dropbox shows us all what’s possible by executing what is almost certainly the largest ever public to private cloud migration—apparently without disruption.
Five stories we’re reading this week.
One. VMware Soars as New Cloud Powerhouse on Deals With Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Google. As we described in this week’s Ask HCS, hybrid cloud deployments are uniting public and private cloud infrastructure. VMware has strategically positioned itself at the center of this integration by partnering with public cloud giants. Its approach must be working as the company posted quarterly revenue of $1.90 billion, up 12.2% for the year.
Two. New Tools Aid Cloud Provisioning Process, but Issues Remain. Automation and orchestration have simplified cloud provisioning, but enterprises still face a lot of challenges in managing their deployments. New third-party tools offer fixes such as consolidating internal and external clouds into a single, user-facing application. Unfortunately, these tools can still require a lot of customization and are expensive.
Three. Why Dropbox Decided to Drop AWS and Build Its Own Infrastructure and Network. In building what amounts to the ultimate private cloud, Dropbox came to a crossroads that many enterprises may someday face. Moving most of its operations out of AWS was a daunting task with 500 million users and 500 petabytes of data. And the job of building its own data centers and networks was an enormous—and happily, successful—undertaking
Four. AWS Announces Per-Second Billing for EC2 Instances. Amazon will begin charging by the second for its Linux-based servers starting in October. AWS’ once-innovative by-the-hour billing model has been challenged by major competitors Google and Microsoft charging customers on a per-minute basis. Still, you can’t just buy one second’s worth of compute: minimum charge is one minute.
Five. 10 Tips for Getting Started With Machine Learning. Machine learning (ML) applications in businesses outside of the tech sector are still new. That is changing rapidly as sophisticated algorithms and unlimited sources of data propel ML accuracy forward. These ten tips will help forward-looking CIOs get started on making machine learning work for their businesses.
And on a lighter note…
- Let’s hear it for RSS feeds! If you thought really simple syndication, which let you subscribe to articles, podcasts, even artwork and apps from all over the world-wide-web was dead, think again. RSS is alive and well and so much better than getting your news from your Uncle Joe or that woo-woo lady from yoga class on Facebook or Twitter.
- Looking for a job? How about Siri Software Engineer, Health and Wellness? Apparently, people ask Siri all sorts of existential questions, especially when they’re under duress or need advice. But this is not a job for just anyone: you’ll need a BS/MS in Computer Science and a background in peer counseling or psychology. As if Lucy Van Pelt went to MIT.