Open Source Summit Europe 2017: Microsoft and Docker Increase Support for Kubernetes, but Will AWS Follow Suit?

C. Drake

• Major themes at this year’s Open Source Summit Europe included the continued ascendency of Kubernetes, and the flood of new companies joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

• Following AWS’s decision to join the CNCF many now expect Amazon to start making it easier to run Kubernetes on its infrastructure.

This year’s Open Source Summit Europe – the second such summit to be held in Europe – brought together over 2,000 developers, operators and other IT professionals in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The major themes of the Summit included the continued ascendency of Kubernetes, which has risen to prominence as the most popular orchestration platform for deploying and managing containerized applications. Other themes included the flood of new companies joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), one of several organizations the supported by the Linux Foundation. The CNCF serves as a neutral home for collaboration between vendors and end users and is dedicated to promoting an open source software stack for container orchestration and management. Established in 2015 by founding members that included Google, IBM, Intel and VMware, the CNCF has since seen a steady stream of high-profile cloud companies joining its ranks, with relatively recent members including Microsoft, Oracle, Alibaba, SAP and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Read more of this post

Nokia Innovation Forum: Enabling Digital Transformation Through Telcos

A. Amir

Summary Bullets:

  • Nokia uses its strength and experience in network solutions as well as its strong relationships with telcos to drive digital transformation.
  • In emerging markets where digital transformation is slow, Nokia needs to work more closely with the telcos and focus on particular solutions and verticals.

Nokia held its Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum in Singapore on the October 24, 2017. Various topics and use cases around IoT, 5G, cloud, network and security were discussed by not only Nokia executives, but also its industry partners, its telco customers, start-ups, government agencies and end users. Despite the diverse topics, the presentations and discussions throughout the event focused around digital transformation themes. Read more of this post

Oracle OpenWorld 2017: Oracle Relies on Core Integration/API Strengths for Modern Development

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Oracle Integration Cloud Service supports adaptive case management via bots for automating processes.
  • Oracle has plans for blockchain via open source software technology, Hyperledger Fabric.

During last week’s annual user conference, Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle addressed application platforms trends by highlighting its core strengths in providing the industry’s leading integration and API management technology. Read more of this post

Hitachi Next 2017: Newly Minted Hitachi Vantara Must Assert its Unique Differentiators to Succeed with Industrial IoT Plan

C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

• At its 2017 NEXT conference Hitachi announced the creation of a new business division, Hitachi Vantara, and a revamped strategy to target opportunities in industrial IoT.

• To succeed Hitachi must overcome several challenges, including the communication of the new Vantara brand and the assertion of its chief competitive differentiators.

Hitachi’s 2017 NEXT conference in Las Vegas was a pivotal event for the Tokyo-based multinational. Hitachi announced the creation of a new, wholly owned but independently managed business division, Hitachi Vantara, and a revamped strategy to target opportunities in the field of industrial and enterprise Internet of Things (IoT). Hitachi Vantara combines three former Hitachi businesses: Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a provider of data center infrastructure solutions; Hitachi Insight, which was launched in May 2016 to advance Hitachi’s IoT initiatives; and Pentaho, which Hitachi acquired in May 2016 and specializes in big data integration and analytics solutions.

According to Hitachi, the move to establish Hitachi Vantara effectively formalized cooperation that was already occurring between the individual Hitachi businesses – particularly in relation to IoT. Hitachi Vantara will aim to leverage innovation, development initiatives and experience from across the Hitachi group to target emerging industrial IoT (IIoT) opportunities. Hitachi’s experience includes more than 100 years as a provider of operational technologies (OT) for industries ranging from finance and government to manufacturing, energy and transportation. It also includes more than 50 years of experience as a provider of IT offerings that include data center solutions such as storage and converged platforms.

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NetApp Insight 2017: Solution Announcements Will Reinforce Strategy Success and Further Fuel Takeover Rumors

C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

• At its 2017 Insight event, NetApp will reinforce its ability to help enterprises manage growing volumes of data in a hybrid cloud and IoT era.

• Investments in all-flash storage, converged infrastructure, and hybrid cloud solutions are increasing NetApp’s competitiveness relative to rivals Dell EMC, HPE, IBM and Pure Storage.

Next week at its 2017 Insight event in Las Vegas, NetApp is expected to announce several important product initiatives, amid growing intrigue about what the vendor’s future holds.

Foremost among NetApp’s announcements will be the general availability of its hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution, which includes QoS-based profiling for different workloads and the ability to scale compute and storage separately. Other expected announcements include the integration of the new HCI offering with NetApp’s Data Fabric, and the latest version of NetApp’s ONTAP data management software. Alongside these announcements NetApp is expected to reinforce the message that it is a company committed and best able to help enterprises manage growing volumes of data in a hybrid cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) era. Read more of this post

Cloud Foundry Summit: The Growing Effects of ALM on CFF

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • CFF needs to target a broader audience of providers as part of the ALM ecosystem to address DevOps pain points.
  • OSS technologies and initiatives will play a major role in expanding ALM in the next 12 months.

As usual, multi-cloud benefits were the reigning theme around Cloud Foundry Foundation’s (CFF) primary objective. The open source multi-cloud PaaS project created by parent company VMware has made significant strides rallying a vibrant community of contributors, including IBM, Google, Red Hat, SAP and its latest, Microsoft. A particularly crucial effort spearheaded by the group over the past year called Open Service Broker API helps illustrate its importance in promoting multi-cloud capabilities to further the business agendas and opportunities among members. The certificate supports a consistent API to allow CFF members to jockey deals among cloud competitors in order to share and leverage high-value services which enterprises seek. So, for example, Red Hat can offer Amazon Lambda to its customers, while Amazon makes Red Hat OpenShift available to its customers, a recent arrangement made possible via Service Broker. Read more of this post

At Cisco Live! EMEA 2017 Cisco Showcased its Ongoing Transformation and Unveiled its Vision of an IoT Future


C. Drake

C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

  • This year’s Cisco Live! EMEA event showcased Cisco’s DevNet initiative, which fosters cooperation between IT engineers and application developers and promises to change future networking and data center technologies.
  • Cisco’s latest initiatives reflect the recognition that future network and data center architectures must evolve if they are to handle the sort of data processing, storage and analytics that will be needed in an IoT era.

At this year’s Cisco Live! EMEA event, Cisco demonstrated the extent to which it’s transforming from being predominantly a hardware supplier into a provider of software and services that help enterprises grasp opportunities in IoT.  Ruba Borno, Vice President of Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff to Cisco’s CEO, expounded on the different elements of this transformation and Cisco’s vision of positioning itself further up the technology stack to become a complete solutions provider for enterprise IoT initiatives. In order to fully realize this vision, Cisco is embracing a more comprehensive and layered approach to security, as well as increased infrastructure automation, the use of analytics to optimize application and infrastructure performance, and the full utilization of multi-cloud environments. Read more of this post

MWC16: Be Careful What You Wish For

Summary Bullets:

• The security versus privacy security is a growing threat to mobile operators, so they need to enter the debate to ensure customers continue to trust them.

• Success may be an even more pernicious problem, but the industry is showing its mettle in finding solutions.

As you read this, the madness and mayhem of MWC16 is winding down. But one of the key debates that will shape the future of the industry was taking place in the US between Apple, Google and Facebook, and the FBI. The issue is the balance between public security and personal privacy. Read more of this post

It Takes More Than Technology to Knock Down a Silo

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

Summary Bullets:

  • The IT industry needs to acknowledge that institutional silos are a human construct rather than specifically a technology problem and realize that technology isn’t always the solution for purely human-based challenges.
  • To actually banish silos, a company needs to evolve its management philosophy and change its corporate culture from adversarial to cooperative, so that managers are no longer forced into wasteful turf wars over budgets and resources.

Many vendors are still using the ‘break down the IT silos’ message to sell their convergence message. Silos are not a new idea – I first learned of them over 20 years ago – and I believe they are not necessarily a byproduct of technology. Silos develop in every corporate environment through a combination of groups that are tasked with substantially different missions and driven by the competitive forces of budgeting, corporate power, bragging rights and other territorial pressures. It is a very human condition, and as such not a problem likely to be solved by technology. Read more of this post

What Matters Most in Networking with Custom or Merchant Silicon

  • Mike Fratto

    Mike Fratto

    The debate over custom and merchant silicon is an old one, but it’s gaining steam driven by developments in software.

  • What matters to IT buyers is that the product provides adequate performance, and vendors using custom silicon need to make their case.

There is something of an intellectual debate occurring in networking over the need of custom versus merchant silicon. It’s not a particularly new debate, but the rise of white box switching, an ever increasing number of switching products coming to market using merchant silicon and the increased focus of software for both advanced features as well as tight integration with the rest of the environment is making the debate far more relevant. Read more of this post