AWS re:Invent 2018 Conference: Major Keynote Addresses and Product Announcements

AWS re:Invent 2018 Conference: Major Keynote Addresses and Product Announcements

AWS CEO Andy Jassy & CTO Werner Vogels Headline Premiere Cloud Industry Event

Last month AWS held the 7th annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas with 50,000 attendees &100,000+ more tuning in on live stream. The conference featured over 2,100 break-out sessions, seminars, & presentations. Twelve & a half years after the launch of AWS, the company has millions of active hosting customers in startup companies, enterprise corporations, retail, small business, & the public sector. Major startups who build on AWS are AirBNB, Pinterest, & Stripe. In financial services, AWS powers Goldman Sachs, Capital One, & Barclays in cloud data center operations. AWS is the preferred service provider for Fortune 500 companies like J&J, GE, Shell, BP, Halliburton, Netflix, Disney, Fox & Expedia. AWS dominates every vertical in enterprise with a $27 billion revenue run rate and 46% YoY growth. AWS currently holds a 52% total share of the cloud market worldwide with main competitors Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, & Ali Baba. AWS also inspires a broad ecosystem which includes companies like Infosys, Acquia, Adobe, Accenture, WorkDay, VMware, & Rackspace. Customers want access to widest range of tools for software development when building web/mobile applications, where AWS has the most options for programmers. Industry competitors are currently chasing & imitating AWS cloud hosting services w/out being able to offer the same platform capabilities.

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IBM Acquires Red Hat for $34 Billion USD: Linux, Hybrid Cloud, OpenStack, & Kubernetes Solutions

IBM Acquires Red Hat for $34 Billion USD: Linux, Hybrid Cloud, OpenStack, & Kubernetes Solutions

"Game Changing" Move by IBM the Largest Software Company Acquisition in Corporate History

IBM announced this weekend that it will acquire the shares of Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHT) at a $190, a 62.8% premium to their closing price of $116.68 in a $34 billion USD deal still subject to approval by regulators & stockholders. If closed successfully, the deal will represent the largest purchase price paid for a software company in history, topping the 2016 acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft for $26 billion USD. In initial comments on the merger, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty stated: “The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market. IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.” Founded in 1994, Red Hat is one of the oldest and most widely used Linux distributions available for data centers today. Red Hat was the first open source software company to $500 million USD in annual revenue and is expected to surpass $3 billion in revenue in 2018. IBM gains the Red Hat Enterprise Linux codebase, programming talent, patents/IP, & goodwill, as well as the OpenShift, Kubernetes, OpenStack, JBoss, CoreOS, & Ansible resources. Red Hat has over 12,600 employees with corporate headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. As IBM is projecting cloud scale-out at the global level as a $1 trillion USD annual market, Red Hat's programming & engineering talent is already innovating at the highest levels of implementation for Fortune 500 corporations and provides an industry leading Linux product suite for data center management. This merger could have a major impact on the future of CentOS.

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The Three Pillars of GitOps: Pipelines, Observability, & Source Control

The Three Pillars of GitOps: Pipelines, Observability, & Source Control

Weaveworks Cloud & Flux - Git Version Control for Automated Kubernetes Web Server Configuration

According to Alexis Richardson, co-founder/CEO of Weaveworks, and William Denniss, project manager at Google Cloud Platform, GitOps are "modern best practices for high velocity app development using cloud native tools." With GitOps, web server configuration is regarded as code and subject to version control, where Git operates "as a single source of truth for the whole system." GitOps depends on completely automated software delivery pipelines, with 24/7 monitoring and observability "baked into the beginning," where data security is of "critical importance. Everything has to be version controlled and stored in a single source of truth from which you can recover." In Agile development teams, Terraform, Spinnaker, Puppet, & Ansible are currently popular for web server script automation using Git for disk image prints with Docker & Kubernetes on public cloud hosts for CI/CD requirements in project management. Weaveworks has developed a number of cloud platforms that address the software development & web server hosting pipeline holistically such as Weave Cloud, Weave Flux, and integrated AWS container management products. GitOps allows developers to make hundreds of small changes per day to running websites & mobile applications in live production rather than rolling out monolithic upgrades. YAML is used to build declarative infrastructure statements that can be repeated and implemented as standards for cloud network automation. In GitOps, diff alerts & pull requests are managed through decentralized networks of programmers in Agile teams from any office location using Git, increasing management flexibility in hiring and worker productivity times. GitOps has now become standard in web/mobile app development for enterprise corporations, start-up companies, non-profits, government agencies, & SMEs worldwide.

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FutureStack 2018: New Relic Cloud-Native Monitoring Tools for Kubernetes, Docker, & Microservices

FutureStack 2018: New Relic Cloud-Native Monitoring Tools for Kubernetes, Docker, & Microservices

Monitoring, Visibility, & Metrics for DevOps - Improved Production Efficiency for Web/Mobile Apps

New Relic is a cloud software analytics company founded in 2008 by Lew Cirne. New Relic raised $214 million in venture capital funding before going public with an IPO in 2014. Now listed on the New York Stock Exchange ($NEWR), the company has a valuation of $5.4 billion USD. The New Relic network monitoring tools for data centers and web/mobile software applications in production have been widely adopted as enterprise solutions. Each year the company holds a FutureStack conference for programmers, developers, & ecosystem companies to present seminars on various technical issues or announce new product releases. At the FutureStack 2018 convention in SF, Cirne noted that 50% of global GDP will be digitized by 2021, representing a total of $52 trillion USD which "drives world's brightest minds to focus on the problem." The question for enterprise corporations is how to move faster and accelerate the future. The solution New Relic is promoting is based in the use of Microservices, Kubernetes, & Docker containers. New Relic has 50 Agile teams with over 400+ programmers working on building new software for monitoring, visibility, & metrics, as well as enabling devops teams to automate repetitive tasks. The key to this is New Relic's "Four Pillars of an Observability Platform," where cloud metrics, network routing, & data analytics software must all be "Application Centric, Cloud Native, Intelligent, & Programmable." Cirne announced new tools for programmers and systems administrators at FutureStack 2018, including distributed tracing, the Elixir agent for APM, Kubernetes monitoring, & GraphQL API support. The FutureStack 2018 keynote address also included featured showcase presentations from major New Relic partners IBM & USA Today using the software at scale with thousands of active elastic cluster node servers.

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