Microservices, DevOps, Open Analytics, Bluemix, & Nutanix Highlight Keynotes at Cloud Expo 2017
Two of the best resources for keeping up to date on the latest developments and platform innovation in cloud web hosting are the annual RightScale “State of the Cloud” report and the Cloud Expo convention seminars sponsored at different locations by IBM. The opening keynote of the 2017 Cloud Expo in New York was delivered by Michael Maximilien on Bluemix, detailing IBM’s efforts to build the “Perfect Cloud Operating System for the Enterprise” through an abundance of XaaS products combined with Watson & Cloud Foundry. Jason McGee of IBM also delivered a lecture on “Microservices: Choosing the Right Cloud Services and Tools.” The day 2 keynote was delivered by Jeff Scheaffer, the Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Application Delivery Business Unit at CA Technologies, on the topic of “DevOps and the Age of Cloud Craftsmanship.” The final day 3 keynote address at the 2017 Cloud Expo was delivered by Chris Brown & Mark Lavi of Nutanix on the new “Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for DevOps.” Another major theme trending at the 2017 Cloud Expo was the development of “serverless” solutions based around the Function as a Service (FaaS) model, built on AWS Lambda and Apache OpenWhisk.
Cloud Expo 2017: Comparing RightScale Surveys on Cloud Solution Meta-Trends in Enterprise IT
The RightScale “State of the Cloud 2017” report is an excellent guide to the major trends in enterprise IT departments across the Fortune 500, even if the sample base only includes 1000 survey participants. What the RightScale survey shows is that most complex corporate organizations today are using a combination of public, private, & hybrid cloud solutions to manage the various requirements of daily business operations across service departments. Importantly, about 57% of the total IT spend for cloud solutions goes to AWS, 34% to Azure, 15% to Google Cloud, and around 8% to IBM. Docker is the most popular DevOps tool, followed by Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Kubernetes, Salt, Docker Swarm, Mesosphere, & Rancher. Jenkins and Travis are the preferred DevOps choices for continuous integration. VMware dominates in corporate private cloud orchestration with 42% of companies using vSpehere & 19% using vCloud Suite. OpenStack has around 20% total usage in private corporate cloud deployments with Microsoft System Center used for data center management in 16% of enterprise groups surveyed. Microsoft Azure Stack is trending up in corporate use while CloudStack is trending down, 2016 to 2017.
Overall, SaaS solutions are much more widely accepted in corporate IT departments today compared to 10 years ago, representing the wide establishment of cloud computing in the everyday workplace across the Fortune 500. Some of the main industry trends identified by the Cloud Expo 2017 organization are:
- Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation: Corporate IT & Cloud PaaS/IaaS/SaaS Software
- FinTech: New Applications for Blockchain, Ecommerce, Data Security, & Quant Trading
- Cross-Platform, Open Source Development Standards: APIs, Cloud Security, & Data Mobility
- DevOps Programming Tools: Version Control, Stack Management, Containers, & Microservices
- Apache Hadoop Ecosystem: Big Data Analytics & Open Source Data Center Monitoring Tools
- Cognitive Computing: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), & Deep Learning (DL)
- Enterprise IoT: Developer/Consumer IoT | IIoT – Processing & Storage for Device Data Streams
Some of the seminar topics at the 2017 Cloud Expo included: Persistent Storage for Containers; Building a Hybrid Data Pipeline for Salesforce and Hadoop; Value Stream Mapping; Deep Learning Training Workloads and Supermicro Advanced GPU Server Architectures; Watson IoT; Amazon Lambda; Combating Cyberattacks; OpenStack Integration; Fintech Security; Cognitive Computing; DevOps Evolution; Big Data Security; Streaming Analytics; Running Databases in Containers; MongoDB on AWS; Microservices; Scale-up Architectures; Edge, Cloud, and Fog Computing; Cloud Sprawl; Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for DevOps; SAP in the Cloud; WebRTC for IoT; & Multi-Cloud Flexibility.
Introductory Video – Cloud Expo New York 2017
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DevOps – Agile & Scrum Project Management with Continuous Delivery in Elastic Cloud Networks
One of the major takeaways from the 2017 Cloud Summit in NYC is that “DevOps” has fully been adopted in enterprise corporations as the preferred way of building online business operations using Agile/Scrum project management techniques and a new set of standardized web publishing tools. While there is still an abundance of innovation in the sector and new start-up companies are developing a wide range of cloud solutions for the SaaS marketplace, the traditional aspects of web design, software development, and systems administration have all been integrated into DevOps in enterprise IT around a new suite of platform tools for programming, network administration, and data center management. Some of the most popular new DevOps tools frequently discussed at the 2017 Cloud Expo were:
- OpenStack – / CloudStack – Public, Private, Community, & Hybrid Cloud Orchestration Software
- Apache Hadoop Ecosystem – Open Source Server Platform for Scaling “Big Data” Applications
- Docker Containers / Kubernetes – Containers for Web Server Stack Portability & Elastic Scaling
- AWS / Google Cloud / Azure / Bluemix – Major Public Cloud Hosting Service Providers
- Jenkins / Travis – Version Control Tools for Using Git in Agile / Scrum Programming Teams
- Docker Swarm / Mesosphere / Rancher – Elastic Container & Data Center Management Tools
- Chef / Puppet / Ansible / SaltStack – Infrastructure Automation with Continuous Integration
OpenStack, CloudStack, OpenShift, Mesosphere, Rancher, and other cloud OS platform software are largely used in constructing private, public, community, and hybrid cloud deployments in a data center for enterprise IT requirements. The Apache Hadoop ecosystem is open source and modular, allowing for a wide range of development from major IT companies and software start-ups within its canopy to create a new category of web and mobile applications based on “Big Data” at elastic scale. Fortune 500 companies are outsourcing internal IT departments to AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, & IBM’s Bluemix to save money on hardware operating costs and enable more flexible software development routines. Container systems like Docker and Kubernetes are preferred for corporate IT deployments of online software applications, where Jenkins, Travis, Chef, Puppet, Ansible, & SaltStack are all important tools for distributed programming teams to work together on complex web publishing & mobile application development projects based on custom code and unique web server software stack environments.
DevOps: Disruptive but Essential in a Cloud Computing Universe – “The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment… DevOps at Cloud Expo–to be held June 6-8 at the Javits Center in New York,NY–will expand the DevOps community, enable a wide sharing of knowledge, and educate delegates and technology providers alike.” Learn More about the 2017 DevOps Summit.
Cloud Expo 2017 Video | Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute
SYS-CON.tv – ‘“When we talk about cloud without compromise what we’re talking about is that when people think about ‘I need the flexibility of the cloud’ – it’s the ability to create applications and run them in a cloud environment that’s far more flexible,” explained Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.’ Learn more about the 20th Cloud Expo.
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud – Full Stack Infrastructure Management Platform for Data Centers
Chris Brown and Mark Lavi of Nutanix gave a keynote address at the 2017 Cloud Expo on using the “Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for DevOps” in corporate IT departments. The main advantages of an enterprise cloud model is that infrastructure can be deployed quickly and at a fraction of the cost (based on runtime consumption) of other IT resource spends. Enterprise clouds can also be configured to the exact needs or requirements of a corporation to maintain data security and legal compliance with industry regulations. Nutanix builds enterprise cloud solutions for clients based on custom hardware, data center management tools, and elastic server stack hardware. Nutanix consultation services include AWS, Azure, VMware, Hadoop, Oracle, OpenStack, Docker, Xen, and SAP solutions with a wide range of clients in enterprise corporations, including Yahoo!, Toyota, Staples, Panasonic, L’Oreal, Mary Kay, New York Life, Gazprom, Hallmark, Tata, Nasdaq, Honda, AT&T, Airbus, & other companies.
Cloud Expo 2017 Video | David Gildeh, Co-founder and CEO of Outlyer
SYS-CON.tv – ‘“We are a monitoring company. We work with Salesforce, BBC, and quite a few other big logos. We basically provide monitoring for them, structure for their cloud services and we fit into the DevOps world” explained David Gildeh, Co-founder and CEO of Outlyer, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.’ Learn more about the 2017 DevOps Summit at SYS-CON.
Cloud Expo 2017 Platform Innovation Focus – Interoute, Outlyer, & Loom Systems
Three featured companies at the 2017 Cloud Expo in NYC that illustrate the range of new services and specializations being developed by both established firms and start-up companies in the sector were Interoute, Outlyer, and Loom Systems. Interoute is one of the largest cloud solutions providers in Europe. The company builds public, private, and hybrid cloud deployments for clients with a focus on European legal compliance for businesses with web operations. Interoute combines SaaS tools like email and payroll with custom cloud solutions based on containers for modernizing legacy business applications, hardening web security, and upgrading corporate IT services. According to Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, IT infrastructure is now largely irrelevant (commodified) with the main focus for professionals being on “how it is used” in supporting software-driven web business operations. Cloud architecture increasingly abstracts away from overreliance on the nature of the infrastructure in order to give more freedom to developers & programmers in building custom stack environments with microservices. “Cloud fabric” is a term used by Interoute technicians for an integrated network combining all business activities, databases, mobile applications, and websites used by a corporation into a single, interwoven data center architecture.
Outlyer is a start-up company focusing on monitoring internet network traffic and cloud hardware performance. The company represents the ongoing transition from on-premise software engineering to the DevOps cloud model with microservices and new data center architecture that requires a greater ability to monitor live code in production environments. Outlyer is currently used by Salesforce, BBC, and other companies as a monitoring utility that can be adopted and easily integrated with existing operations at a lower cost basis than internal software development. David Gildeh, the co-founder and CEO of Outlyer, has suggested that DevOps represents the end of the old systems administration model of managing a few servers for a company, where IT professionals must currently retrain in scripting, automation, and monitoring in order to be successful in enterprise. AWS largely drove the DevOps “revolution,” Gildeh claims, where it is now viewed as strategic for companies to adopt containers, microservices, & Agile methodologies in the Fortune 500. Continual innovation at scale has led major companies like Amazon, Walmart, Uber, etc. to all adopt continual integration methods of software development in order to introduce regular upgrades to live ecommerce websites with massive registered user traffic activity.
Loom Systems is a network data monitoring start-up company that is based on Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, & Data Mining. AI is making cloud environments more complex and increased scale means that these apps need to function reliably on a daily basis for large numbers of professional business users. Big Data leads to more complexity in cloud apps and the correlation between cloud ecosystems is becoming more challenging for corporate IT managers to construct. Sabo Taylor Diab, Vice President of Marketing at Loom Systems, has discussed how his company sought to change from being reactive to being proactive in realtime data monitoring, which required building on an entirely new architecture. Loom Systems applies machine learning & data analysis to identify network hardware problems where the software will also instruct technicians on how to solve the issues diagnosed. Loom Systems also solves problems with data preparation, a requirement for a high number of IT professionals, which typically takes a large amount of time due to the complexity of correlation between events in analytics. This can assist, for example, in managing the evolving requirements of online ecommerce website traffic and data streams from large online user communities or IoT devices.
Cloud Foundry Silicon Valley Summit 2017 – “Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley, June 13-15, 2017 in Santa Clara, California, USA, is the summer’s biggest event for enterprise application developers and the industry’s preeminent event for developers looking to increase cloud-native skills, with offerings that include its on-site Developer Certification program and speaking tracks dedicated to specific languages, such as Node.js and Java.” Learn more about Cloud Foundry Silicon Valley Summit 2017.
Serverless Architecture – Strong Growth in Function as a Service (FaaS) Solutions for the Data Center
One of the biggest new trends at the 2017 Cloud Expo was the increased introduction of serverless cloud solutions based on the Function as a Service (FaaS) model. All of the major cloud operators are currently developing serverless platforms that allow a new type of applications to be created without reliance on a single hardware instance or client maintained software stack. AWS introduced the serverless architecture with Lambda, while IBM has a similar version of developed under open source standards as part of the Apache Foundation that is called OpenWhisk. Google Cloud and Microsoft’s Azure platform both now offer “Functions” infrastructure that allows for the same serverless apps to call functions from PHP, Python, Java, Node.js, Ruby, Perl, ASP.NET, and other web scripting languages without being based in any fixed server environment that is maintained by the customer. Serverless apps can also be built for the IoT or as utilities for existing websites that are looking to save money on hardware resources along with improved web script and database processing times.
- Amazon Lambda: real time file and data processing based on code triggers & cloud architecture
- Apache OpenWhisk Platform: open source framework for executing code in response to events
Joe Sepi Crane-Messina, Lead Developer & Tech Evangelist at IBM, gave a talk at the 2017 Cloud Expo on “Building Serverless Applications on the Apache OpenWhisk Platform”. The OpenWhisk programming model enables the implementation of REST APIs and the processing of non-HTTP events at scale. Deven Samant, Director of Enterprise Cloud and Mobility Solutions at Infostretch, gave a presentation on “How to Make Use of Serverless Compute Solutions for IoT Device Simulation”. This seminar included tutorials on implementing a simulator to feed data sets into AWS IoT gateways and practical tips on how to monitor web and mobile application use in real time, including data visualizations and hooks for APIs. Chris Munns, Senior Developer Advocate for Serverless Applications at Amazon Web Services, presented a seminar on “Building Serverless Web Applications” based on AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon S3, Chalice, and ClaudiaJS. Overall, serverless solutions generated a significant amount of buzz at the 2017 Cloud Expo, both in the developer and IT management communities, with Iron.io and Webtask.io good examples of new start-up companies in this field.
Serverless – The Next Major Shift in Cloud Computing – “In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn’t know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. When most of the industry has its eyes on Docker and containers, you’ll learn why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers with heavy investments in serverless computing.” Learn more about Serverless DevOps & Web Hosting Solutions.
Cloud Expo 2017 Video | Sabo Taylor Diab, VP of Marketing at Loom Systems
SYS-CON.tv – ‘“Loom is applying artificial intelligence and machine learning into the entire log analysis process, from start to finish and at the end you will get a human touch,” explained Sabo Taylor Diab, Vice President, Marketing at Loom Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.’ Learn more about the 2017 Cloud Computing Expo.