GlobalData’s State of the Blockchain Platforms Market Deems IBM, Microsoft as Leaders

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • IBM and Microsoft are ranked as leaders for early innovations in a complex and slow-moving market.
  • Going forward, multi-cloud management support for blockchain platforms will be a key differentiator, helping ease vendor lock-in concerns.

GlobalData awards top rankings to IBM for its early investment and breadth of portfolio for supporting highly scalable and distributed blockchain networks and to Microsoft for its developer reach, solutions-ready approach, and Azure partnerships. This week, GlobalData is releasing the first in a two-part Advisory Report providing a comprehensive overview of the current state of the market for blockchain platforms and their providers including app platforms providers, IT service providers, and newer infrastructure incumbents. Continue reading “GlobalData’s State of the Blockchain Platforms Market Deems IBM, Microsoft as Leaders”

Oracle OpenWorld 2019: Oracle’s Evolving Integrated Cloud Paves the Way for Blockchain

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Oracle Blockchain Platform Enterprise Edition supports pre-assembled integration with popular business apps.
  • The evolving Oracle Cloud provides necessary support for advanced applications, including blockchain.

Oracle has been working to expand its cloud interoperability partnerships, in particular with Microsoft and VMware, building out an ecosystem to further its mission of combining database and PaaS with strengths in management, analytics, and integration. A primary objective of its evolving Oracle Cloud is to help developers build the next-generation of distributed apps, including blockchain apps. Continue reading “Oracle OpenWorld 2019: Oracle’s Evolving Integrated Cloud Paves the Way for Blockchain”

Will Low-Code Development Take Over App Modernization Projects?

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • New low-code app development platforms are leveraging AI to make apps more intuitive by providing recommendations during guided user interactions.
  • New low-code platforms address the application lifecycle, including speeding the process of app development, integrations, and automating workflow controls.

New complex development architectures, a shortage of professional software developers, and the need to modernize customer-facing apps quickly have increased pressure on DevOps development teams to accelerate software delivery. As a result, the concept of low-code application development tools has received heightened attention. New offerings are being rolled out with AI integrations, making the software even more intuitive and providing non-coders with even more clout in helping companies create business-to-consumer (B2C) apps with advanced capabilities. Continue reading “Will Low-Code Development Take Over App Modernization Projects?”

Microservices Apps Prompt New API Security Solutions

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• New trends in API security include supporting Istio service mesh technology as part of API management/security solutions

• Vendors are targeting solutions at developers looking to inject security early on in the API lifecycle.

Along with new application development architectures come heightened security concerns within the DevOps process. Enterprises are beginning to move into application modernization projects, adopting new architectures such as microservices and serverless computing. These next-generation architectures, which create distributed applications, require security participation beyond operations and security teams so that app developers and architects can help address new types of vulnerabilities. There is also greater interest in segmenting and monitoring the new app architecture (e.g., access control, authentication, metering, and throttling) so that enterprises have a better understanding of, not only security vulnerabilities, but also how their infrastructure is being used. Continue reading “Microservices Apps Prompt New API Security Solutions”

AWS Highlights Trend Towards DevOps in a Serverless World

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• EventBridge advances AWS’ DevOps Agenda

• Cloud rivals are challenged to bundle DevOps and Serverless technologies

Enterprises continue to struggle with application modernization complexities involving new microservices and serverless computing architectures. As a result, public cloud providers are trying to do more of the heavy-lifting of infrastructure constructs through new DevOps solutions supporting event-based workloads.

During the recent AWS Summit, CTO Werner Vogels announced the general availability of EventBridge, which integrates operations’ external data and helps automate the DevOps processes within a serverless model. The concept is attractive to enterprises moving into cloud technologies because Amazon is acknowledging their need for application lifecycle management (ALM) technologies while having that data available, typically in a SaaS format, and tucked into the management services within AWS (e.g., AWS Consule/CLI/SDKs).

AWS EventBridge is a serverless event processing model based on CloudWatch Events and provides the integration between AWS apps and business systems important to operations teams, such as analytics and application performance management (APM). The event bus leverages Lambda serverless functions with the goal of further abstracting infrastructure complexities to DevOps members. Continue reading “AWS Highlights Trend Towards DevOps in a Serverless World”

Blockchain Rivalry Rises: Microsoft Joins Hyperledger; IBM Rearchitects Platform for Kubernetes

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Bullets:

• IBM’s next-gen platform addresses operational deployment issues with Kubernetes inclusion

• Salesforce poses competitive threat in 2020 with low-code approach

The competitive blockchain arena continues to heat up this week with Microsoft finally joining the Hyperledger OSS project, and IBM making inroads into multi-cloud support through new Kubernetes support. The moves follow Salesforce’s official entry into blockchain last month and inevitable disruption through its low-code platform support slated for 2020.

Recent vendor activities indicate increased customer pressure to make this emerging market sector more accessible to enterprises not familiar with the complex technology and perhaps lacking in adequate DevOps expertise. Blockchain platform updates are largely focused on acknowledging customer demand for improved ease of use, less up-front investment, and adherence to open-source software to ensure cloud portability and avoid vendor lock-in.
Continue reading “Blockchain Rivalry Rises: Microsoft Joins Hyperledger; IBM Rearchitects Platform for Kubernetes”

Salesforce Is Tackling Blockchain from a Frontend and Backend Perspective

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Salesforce Lightning Platform’s low-code app development technology is the cornerstone of its blockchain strategy.
  • MuleSoft will eventually add compelling backend integration capabilities to customers’ blockchain projects.

Salesforce used its annual developer conference to announce its entrance into the blockchain platform space last week, a compelling prospect considering its strengths in frontend app development via its low-code expertise and, more recently, backend integration capabilities through its newly acquired MuleSoft. Continue reading “Salesforce Is Tackling Blockchain from a Frontend and Backend Perspective”

Red Hat’s Reengineered Cloud Platform Addresses Ops Automation, Hybrid Management

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Red Hat OpenShift 4 reflects a reengineered platform service shored up by CoreOS management technology and integrated with RHEL, targeting operations’ need for ALM automation.
  • Red Hat and Microsoft deepen their partnership to offer enterprise-grade Kubernetes under a one-click service and include Azure services such as ML, IoT, and serverless computing.

Red Hat is strengthening its OpenShift strategy and competitive standing by leveraging its recognition in the Linux world through Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and integrating, for the first time, its two flagship technologies. The move serves to tackle enterprise operations’ need for improved application lifecycle management (ALM) as customers move into complex projects that modernize app development and deployment. Continue reading “Red Hat’s Reengineered Cloud Platform Addresses Ops Automation, Hybrid Management”

Open Infrastructure Summit 2019: Cloud Providers and Data Center Giants Link Arms to Achieve Multiple Cloud Management

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Last week’s Open Infrastructure Summit conference highlighted key cloud management partnerships between OpenStack and public cloud providers.
  • This week, during Red Hat Summit, we expect the company to focus on OpenShift’s ability to accelerate multi-cloud deployments as well.

This year’s Open Infrastructure Summit, held in Denver, reflected the culmination of the past year’s progress in important hybrid and multi-cloud management advancements, helping to clarify the role traditional infrastructure providers will play in enterprise DevOps strategies. This role is being realized through partnerships with public cloud providers where Cisco, VMware, and others are integrating their core data center technologies with the evolving cloud management platforms offered by Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, enabled through standard interconnect protocols (please see Open Infrastructure Summit 2019: Data Center Giants Cisco and VMware Hitch Their Wagons to Multiple Cloud Partners,” May 6, 2019). Continue reading “Open Infrastructure Summit 2019: Cloud Providers and Data Center Giants Link Arms to Achieve Multiple Cloud Management”

The Technologies Flashing the Green Light at the Intersection of VM and Kubernetes

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:          

  • Key technologies promote management and isolation of untrusted containerized workloads on par with VM security
  • Watch for new operational management technology supporting advanced ALM capabilities

I’ve been moving outside my comfort zone and attending OpenStack conferences, including next week’s Open Infrastructure Summit in Denver, to gain insight into what enterprise operations teams are up against as they shift from a virtualized world into modern app development scenarios. The success around containerizing applications (by running them on an operating system’s kernel versus hardware) is finally prompting interest in microservices, a new app architecture which breaks cumbersome monolithic apps into smaller, composable services.

 

This intersection of virtualization and Kubernetes, where VMs and application containers are being managed together is not without its security concerns. Vendors have therefore realized a need for technologies which provide an extra level of management and isolation for those untrusted workloads running in containers in order to reduce risk levels. Some examples include Google’s gVisor, which provides secure isolation for containers, and Amazon’s Firecracker, micro-VM technology which leverages modified KVM and manages and secures serverless infrastructures such as Lambda.

Of particular interest to hyperscale providers is Kata Containers, an OpenStack Foundation project which standardizes lightweight VMs that perform like containers but support workload isolation and retain the security benefits of VMs.   Continue reading “The Technologies Flashing the Green Light at the Intersection of VM and Kubernetes”