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.
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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

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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”

Open Networking Summit: Despite Cloud Native Advancements, Networking Providers Are Years Away from Offering DevOps Technologies

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• Telco is eight years behind enterprise in DevOps related progress

• Beyond OpenStack, infrastructure providers embrace key DevOps technologies

Last week’s Open Networking Summit in San Jose attracted the largest of telecommunications and networking companies, all reiterating the importance of 5G networks for supporting digital transformations and cloud native implementations. Now companies like Ericsson, AT&T, and Huawei are revealing more on their strategies to include DevOps technologies in 5G telecom networks alongside software defined systems and emerging open source software projects including Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) and others.
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New Market Disruptors Tackle Microservices Network and App Management

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • A new breed of San Francisco startups is addressing microservices connectivity issues head-on.
  • Infrastructure and cloud providers will integrate innovative service mesh technologies into management solutions this year.

A new crop of San Francisco startups is addressing a major sticking point among enterprise app modernization projects: the need for more lightweight connectivity solutions which address those points of intersection between apps and networks. Complexities around infrastructure implementations of modern architectures have finally taken their toll on app modernization projects within enterprises, stalling critical DevOps initiatives and prompting key OSS technologies to come to the forefront along with the disruptive innovators behind them. Continue reading “New Market Disruptors Tackle Microservices Network and App Management”

Dole Provides Sober Perspective on Blockchain’s Importance in Avoiding Food Contamination

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Summary Bullets:

  • Dole Food is committed to IBM Food Trust to revamp its supply chain operations.
  • Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum are moving towards interoperability via new alliance.

Industry travelers can no longer attend conferences or mega tradeshows such as this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona without being hit with the virtues of blockchain during keynotes and vendor demos. Earlier this month, a Dole Food Company executive offered a sobering account of just how intolerable the food supply chain has become among corporations running their operations on antiquated methods. Continue reading “Dole Provides Sober Perspective on Blockchain’s Importance in Avoiding Food Contamination”

IBM Consolidates Cloud Platforms to Strengthen Strategies in Hybrid/Multi-Cloud and Blockchain

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • IBM Cloud Integration Platform represents more integration capabilities (MQ, Event Streams, API Connect, App Connect) and a public cloud presence.
  • Continued innovation in integration is critical for IBM’s broader cloud strategy founded on IBM Cloud Private (ICP), which now serves as its multi-cloud management offering.
  • IBM released a free beta version of its blockchain platform, componentized to work with Kubernetes containers and operate in hybrid and multi-cloud environments and emphasizing a network-agnostic approach.

At the core of IBM’s cloud strategy is ICP, released a year ago to manage Docker and Kubernetes containers. This year, during last week’s Think conference, the platform’s role graduated to that of multi-cloud management, enabled through best-in-class IBM Cloud Integration Platform and the new IBM Cloud App Platform (WebSphere Liberty solutions which we expect will eventually merge with Red Hat JBoss app platforms). For the past 18 months, GlobalData has noted the importance of dominating the private/hybrid cloud space in order to gain a foothold in the broader multi-cloud ecosystem and carry more influence in modern app development technologies and models. Continue reading “IBM Consolidates Cloud Platforms to Strengthen Strategies in Hybrid/Multi-Cloud and Blockchain”

Enterprises’ Most Advanced UX Is Enabled in 2019 via New Microservices Innovations

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • New PaaS offerings from IBM, Red Hat, and Pivotal will include reactive programming in coming months.
  • Reactive microservices will play a key role in furthering migration from monolithic to microservices in 2019.

Open source software bodies have turned up the heat on important microservices technologies, grabbing the attention of startups in recent years and larger cloud service providers more recently. IBM, Red Hat, and Pivotal are readying reactive microservices technologies for the coming months, innovations which add real-time streaming and machine learning to cloud-based applications and support a critical component for enterprises migrating from monolithic to microservices-based apps. Continue reading “Enterprises’ Most Advanced UX Is Enabled in 2019 via New Microservices Innovations”