Microsoft today is announcing that it will launch its Azure Service Fabric cloud service available for Linux out of limited preview on September 26.The core service, which offers developers a platform for building and running applications in small building blocks known as microservices, launched out of preview in March, and soon the Linux flavor of the service is becoming available to any member of the public in preview.In March Microsoft first announced the limited preview of Azure Service Fabric for Linux and said it would be open-sourcing certain pieces of the software this year.The open-sourcing work has begun, Microsoft Azure chief executive Mark Russinovich wrote today in a blog post.And beyond that, Russinovich wrote, an installer will be coming out to help companies deploy Azure Service Fabric in their on-premises data centers, or between public and private clouds, or on multiple public clouds.While it s not news that Microsoft has a strategy of gradually bringing its cloud tools to companies data centers to simplify operations, it is still fascinating to see Microsoft being willing to more fully promote Linux on premises.That s because Windows Server has instead been the mainstay for Microsoft for decades.Microsoft s previous public displays of affection for Linux include the announcement that it would bring SQL Server to Linux and the launches of open source PowerShell and Visual Studio Code for Linux.Microsoft s top public cloud infrastructure rivals, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, offer platform as a service PaaS tools but do not make the software available for cross-cloud or on-premises deployment.
Cracking the grey market in rent-a-borkersAnalysis It s not often an entirely new and thriving sector of the digital economy – one hitherto unmentioned by the popular press – floats to the surface of the lake in broad daylight, waving a tentacle at us.Krebs has documented the DaaS business for some years, a thankless job resulting in regular attacks on Krebs' own website.The key business and technical architects also helpfully described it in an academic paper.The site had been operating for four years.Just as blogs and social media democratised the media, by making the tools of production and distribution cheap and readily available, so too did booter services.
Open source company welcomes the "exciting development".SUSE expects to see continued growth and expansion in the wake of the merger of Micro Focus and HPE Software.Micro Focus, the parent company of the open source software company SUSE, is merging with HPE s Software Business Segment in a transaction valued at approximately $8.8bn and as part of the deal Micro Focus and HPE announced their intent to enter into a commercial partnership around the open source company.HPE will be naming SUSE as its preferred Linux partner in addition to exploring collaborations that will use SUSE s OpenStack expertise for joint innovation around HPE s Helion OpenStack and Stackato Platform-as-a-Service solutions.SUSE and HPE are working together to define the specifics of the commercial partnership, which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.This will be an expansion of the long-term alliance between the two companies that was focused on bringing to market enterprise Linux and a joint software-defined storage solution.
Microsoft Cloud is today being hosted from UK based data centres and the company has claimed a victory over Amazon Web Services for UK cloud roll out.By being first to publically declare a UK cloud region a company spokesperson said: "Microsoft is the first global cloud provider to offer a complete cloud from data centres in the UK – no other organisation is currently able to offer UK resident IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud services."The race to open cloud data centers began last year when Amazon CTO Werner Vogels revealed on November 5th that the company would be creating a UK region, which requires the creation of multiple data centres.This is not expected to be live until the end of 2016 or early 2017.The decision by Microsoft to open data centres in the UK was first announced by CEO Satya Nadella on November 10th at the Future Decoded conference.From today Azure and Office will now be generally available from three data centre locations in London, Cardiff and Durham.
Box Relay was developed on IBM s Bluemix cloud platform.Box and IBM have unveiled a co-developed solution which will automate routine work and processes in the cloud.The two companies entered into a partnership last June to offer new capabilities and solutions by combining Box s modern content management and collaboration platform with the worldwide footprint of the IBM Cloud.The new solution, Box Relay, was developed on IBM s Bluemix cloud platform.It will be available natively in Box.Box Relay will allow businesses to create a simpler digital workflow across several functions to help reduce the time people spend in managing their projects and increase team productivity.
Promo Cloud computing is evolving rapidly, and new ideas about Cloud 3.0 will be featured this week at Huawei Connect 2016, the company's flagship conference in Shanghai.Huawei characterises the mid-2000s boom in server virtualisation as Cloud 1.0.Cloud 2.0 was all about infrastructure-as-a-service, with special emphasis on tuning clouds so they could handle the most demanding workloads.But even though today's clouds offer remarkable flexibility, they still ask users to take care of server-maintenance chores like maintaining anti-virus software and updating applications.In Cloud 3.0 those chores start to disappear, as platform-as-a-service PaaS becomes more prevalent and users can consume applications rather than running servers in someone else's data centre.Cloud 3.0 can't happen without openness and collaboration, which is why Huawei has based its own cloud software – the FusionSphere Cloud OS and FusionStage PaaS – on the open source OpenStack and employed 6,000 developers in cloud research and development.
News: The scale out storage firm buys firms for fabric and cloud platform solutionsHyperconverged infrastructure firm Nutanix is strengthening its enterprise cloud platform with two acquisitions that add data analytics and DevOps capabilities.The company has signed a definitive agreement to buy PernixData, which optimises storage for virtualised environments.The deal is subject to customary closing conditions.In addition, Nutanix has closed the purchase of Calm.io, a provider of DevOps automation.Financial terms of both the transactions were not disclosed.
Having already conquered social media, and pushing into everything from virtual reality to free internet in low-income regions, Facebook is moving into a new area: video games.Okay, yes, Facebook has already tried its hand — and succeeded, at least in the past — at video games."Farmville," anyone?What Facebook announced on Thursday, though, is something deeper than what it tried in the past: an "all-new PC gaming platform."Which, uh, what's that?If you ask us, it sounds a lot like the enormously popular Steam — a PC gaming service run by Valve Software that boasts nearly 200 million active users.Steam is, by far, the largest video game platform in the world.It's much bigger than the combined audience of PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.A Facebook rep confirmed to us that the company is making a standalone application like Steam to this end.Unfortunately, that's where hard details end: There's no release date, no announced games or publisher partnerships, and no confirmation of what the app will do.By comparison, Steam is much more than just a game store; it also acts as a messaging platform, as a service for selling in-game items to other players, and a variety of other things.
Opinion: James Butler, CTO, Trustmarque, on how to take advantage of the price war raging between the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft.Further, the price war raging between global cloud providers such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft offers tempting savings; indeed, research has found entry-level cloud prices have fallen by 66% in the last two years.But despite the apparent simplicity of cloud, there is no one single way to pay for it and pricing can be difficult to compare across providers and with on-premise costs.This complexity can lead to unexpectedly large bills and prevent organisations realising the cost savings they originally envisaged.With compute time, pricing is generally by capacity CPU cores, VM sizes but may be metered by the minute, hour or day.There may also be a choice over the underlying CPU type and server architecture, which can affect performance.
Ford has claimed that it will be mass-producing a self-driving car by 2021.The Michigan-based multinational s president and CEO, Mark Fields, has informed a Palo Alto audience that the business would be selling cars without steering wheels or pedals in five years' time.This, according to the Financial Times, is because Ford reckons the market of the future is in driverless taxi services.Vehicle autonomy could have as big an impact on society as the Ford mass assembly line had over 100 years ago, Fields told onlookers.Ford, which increasingly wishes to be seen as a technology company as well as a motor-maker, has invested heavily in former recently, including plunging $653m into platform-as-a-service business Pivotal to aid its software development.The FT reports that Ford has also recently acquired machine learning company SAIPS, as well as investing inVelodyne Lidar, a laser-based driverless system company, alongside Chinese firm Baidu, and has exclusively partnered with Nirenberg Neuroscience on vision processing.
Infrastructure as a service IaaS is a maturing segment of the cloud computing market.In Amazon's most recent quarterly results Q2 2016, ended 30 June , AWS generated $2.9 billion in revenue, representing 58 percent year-on-year growth:Data: Amazon / Image: ZDNetAWS's $2.9 billion is just 9.5 percent of Amazon's total $30.4 billion revenue for Q2 2016 -- but it's a profitable segment, generating $718 million in operating income for the company.In his keynote at the 2015 re:Invent conference last October, Andy Jassy, then senior VP now CEO in charge of AWS, highlighted the number and breadth of organisations that are going "all-in" on the company's cloud services.Amazon may be the dominant public cloud infrastructure player, but there are plenty of would-be challengers, including Microsoft's Azure and Google's Cloud Platform.
News: Cloud software to significantly outpace traditional software products.Cloud technology may already be considered by many to be ubiquitous but the market is going to grow considerably according to IDC.In the firms Public Cloud Services Spending Guide it says that spend on Software-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and Platform-as-a-Service stands at $96.5bn in 2016.This figure is going to more than double by 2020 to $195bn at a compound annual growth rate of 20.4% between 2015 and 2020.By 2020, about half of all new business software purchases will be of service-enabled software, and cloud software will constitute more than a quarter of all software sold, said Benjamin McGrath, IDC senior research analyst for SaaS and Business Models."Cloud software will significantly outpace traditional software product delivery over the next five years, growing nearly three times faster than the software market as a whole and becoming the significant growth driver to all functional software markets, McGrath continued.
Spending on cloud computing will more than double by 2020, say abacus-shufflers IDC.The firm's new Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide says that in 2016 we'll all spend US$96.5bn on software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service SaaS, IaaS and PaaS .By 2020 that figure will reach $195bn, at a compound annual growth rate CAGR of 20.4 per cent between 2015 and 2020.That's good news if you're selling cloud but perhaps a little confronting if you sell, prefer or hold shares in companies that offer on-premises technology.Enterprise kit-makers should be especially uncomfortable, unless they can start to supply cloud operators.Business software vendors are also going to have to change their spots, as IDC's senior research analyst for SaaS and Business Models, Benjamin McGrath, says By 2020, about half of all new business software purchases will be of service-enabled software, and cloud software will constitute more than a quarter of all software sold."
Azure Stack is a Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure product that will let businesses run Azure IaaS and PaaS services directly in their own data centres.Essentially, customers will be able to benefit from the full range of public Azure services, but maintain them on their own hardware in private or hybrid platforms.Microsoft believes Azure Stack will put the company in good stead to compete with cloud rivals Amazon Web Services AWS and Google, as well as OpenStack.With Azure Stack, Microsoft is bringing proven innovation – including IaaS and higher level PaaS services – from hyper-scale datacenters to on-premises, enterprise-scale environments to meet customers business requirements, explains Mike Neil, corporate vice president for enterprise cloud at Microsoft.Customers will be able to run virtual machines, virtual networks and blob/table storage for applications such as SQL Server or SharePoint.Applications can be built and deployed in exactly the same way they are in Azure, too, using Azure Resource Manager to build reusable application templates for both traditional and cloud-native apps.
International Business Machines Corp. has touted the rapid growth of its cloud-computing business.IT -0.41 % and Synergy Research Group underscore IBM s challenge in adjusting to cloud computing but also persistent ambiguity in definitions of the cloud market.Gartner s report, issued last week, was the latest of its closely watched Magic Quadrant ratings that are deeply researched but ultimately subjective.The infrastructure-services segment is projected to grow 42.3% this year to reach $24.9 billion of the total $205.7 billion 2016 cloud market, Gartner said—compared with 22.7% in the $5.4 billion segment often called platform as a service, and 19.5% in the $37.8 billion segment called software as a service.Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure—the top two companies in last year s Gartner infrastructure-services report—showed improvement in the 2016 scores.Google Cloud Platform held its position, while IBM s SoftLayer slipped farther behind.
Credits will serve Blockchain platform to UK public sector via government s Digital MarketplaceBlockchain platform provider Credits is now supplying its Blockchain-as-a-Service to the UK public sector, via the Government Digital Services Digital Marketplace.Awarded by the Crown Commercial Service CCS , the place on the G-Cloud 8 framework agreement for Credits allows for the supply of its distributed ledger technology DLT throughout the UK public sector,This means organisations across the UK, including central and local governments, the devolved administrations, health, education, emergency services, defence, and not-for-profits, can use the service.The Credits Blockchain-as-a-Service will enable UK public sector bodies and their solution and managed service providers to build and deploy secure and interoperable DLT services.Credits is based at the Level39 Technology Accelerator in Canary Wharf.
The technology behind Bitcoin could soon be used across UK governmentThe first blockchain platform-as-a-service agreement has been signed by the UK government, awarded to blockchain platform provider Credits by the Crown Commercial Service.The distributed ledger technology DLT is now available to buy through Government Digital Services' Digital Marketplace, under the G-Cloud framework agreement, for government organisations that want to experiment with it.Blockchains -- which underpin digital currencies such as Bitcoin -- are distributed ledgers that allow for a complete history of financial and non-financial transactions.They provide a secure permanent record that cannot be changed and doesn't need a central registry.By enabling access to blockchain-as-a-service, national government organisations, as well as organisations under the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and local authorities are free build and deploy secure, enterprise-grade DLT services if they so wish.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed How Blockchain is going to change your life IBTimes UKCredits, the blockchain platform provider, is now supplying its secure Blockchain-as-a-Service to the UK public sector through the Government Digital Services' Digital Marketplace.The Crown Commercial Service CCS awarded a place on the G-Cloud 8 framework agreement to Credits for the supply of distributed ledger technology DLT , enabling the Credits Blockchain platform-as-a-service to be used by organisations across the UK public sector including central and local government, the devolved administrations, health, education, emergency services, defence, and not-for-profits such as housing associations and charities.CCS acts on behalf of the Crown to drive savings for the taxpayer and improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity.Its vision is to deliver value for the nation through outstanding commercial capability and quality customer service.The Digital Marketplace is the official platform for UK public sector organisations wanting to procure cloud and digital specialist services.
News: Distributed ledger technology available for the first time.The first blockchain platform-as-a-service on G-Cloud has been awarded to Credits for the supply of distributed ledger technology.Credits, a blockchain platform provider, is the first to provide the technology through the Government Digital Services Digital Marketplace and will enable the platform to be used by organisations across the UK public sector.Selected by the Crown Commercial Services CCS , which acts on behalf of the Crown to drive savings for the tax payer and improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity, chose Credits to appear on the G-Cloud 8 framework.Credits is a blockchain platform provider that supplies distributed ledger technology software and cloud-based services, with tools for building scalable blockchains.The framework is purpose-built to be interoperable with legacy and other blockchain systems, the company said.
Software-as-a-Service SaaS is the best-known segment of the cloud computing market, largely because it faces the most users: many people will have first-hand experience with cloud-based apps like Office 365, Salesforce, Box and Google Apps, for example; far fewer will have developed apps using PaaS Platform-as-a-Service , or spun up a datacentre's-worth of VMs using IaaS infrastructure-as-a-Service .No surprise, then, that in its 2015 Cloud Computing Hype Cycle, Gartner placed SaaS well on the way towards the 'Plateau of Productivity' the final stage, where mainstream adoption has been achieved , with 'Sales Force Automation SaaS' having already got there:Salesforce.com, founded in 1999, was the original 'poster child' for SaaS, which explains the pole position of Sales Force Automation SaaS in Gartner's Hype Cycle.Salesforce is now a $55 billion company and remains the enterprise SaaS market leader, despite impressive growth from software giants like Microsoft, Adobe and SAP:According to Gartner, the worldwide market for public cloud services will be worth $204 billion in 2016 -- a year-on-year growth rate of 16.5 percent.SaaS applications have traditionally addressed broad business functions such as accounting and finance, analytics and business intelligence, collaboration, customer relationship management CRM , e-commerce, enterprise resource planning ERP , human resources HR and security.