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Salesforce Invests in Docker, which Partners with MuleSoft

Salesforce Invests in Docker, which Partners with MuleSoft

In a bid to link legacy but critical applications with agile microservices, cloud software giant Salesforce is ...

Container Adoption Spurs Cloud Usage Across Asia

Container Adoption Spurs Cloud Usage Across Asia

Cloud usage is surging in Asia, led by the adoption of cloud-native technologies such as Kubernetes across ...

Private Equity Firms Buys Cloud Vendor Apptio

Private Equity Firms Buys Cloud Vendor Apptio

Hybrid IT specialist Apptio, which went public in 2016, is being taken private by Vista Equity Partners, ...

Docker Rolls Windows Server Migration Tool

Docker Rolls Windows Server Migration Tool

Microsoft announced last summer it is ending support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2019, with support ...

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November 15, 2018(0)
In a bid to link legacy but critical applications with agile microservices, cloud software giant Salesforce is taking a stake in application container pioneer Docker, which will collaborate with recently acquired MuleSoft to run microservices on existing infrastructure. Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), which acquired MuleSoft last spring for $6.5 billion, did not disclose the amount of its stake in Docker. ... Full article
November 14, 2018(0)
Cloud usage is surging in Asia, led by the adoption of cloud-native technologies such as Kubernetes across the region but particularly in the booming Chinese technology sector, a new survey finds. The poll released this week by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) found that cloud usage across Asia has jumped 135 percent since March 2018 as datacenter operators ... Full article
November 12, 2018(0)
Hybrid IT specialist Apptio, which went public in 2016, is being taken private by Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that has been snapping up enterprise IT vendors. Apptio (NASDAQ: APTI) recently reported stronger-than-expected quarterly revenues. In October, Apptio completed its acquisition of FittedCloud, a provider of cloud optimization software based on machine learning. The deal expanded Apptio’s ... Full article
November 9, 2018(0)
Microsoft announced last summer it is ending support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2019, with support for Windows SQL server expiring six months later. That has prompted the release of several options for migrating Windows virtual machines and legacy applications to the cloud. Microsoft is of course encouraging customers to rehost on Windows 2008 workloads on Azure, extending ... Full article
November 6, 2018(0)
Rackspace is pointing its private cloud services toward multi-cloud deployments with the release of a VMware cloud running on Amazon Web Services. Rackspace said the managed service is intended to enable its private cloud customers to run their infrastructure on the AWS public cloud, customer datacenters or on other hosted platforms. The service also is intended for flexible deployments ... Full article
November 6, 2018(0)
AMD’s mission to add market share in the super-hot data center server processor market has taken its Epyc chip into the biggest data center of them all, Amazon Web Services, dominant leader in the public cloud services industry. Today at AMD’s Next Horizon conference in San Francisco, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) and AWS announced the availability of the first AMD ... Full article
November 6, 2018(0)
There has been much talk with the rise of application containers about the microservices technology replacing virtual machines. VMware made a move this week that may make that a moot point. The company announced on Tuesday (Nov. 6) it is acquiring Heptio, a two-year-old startup founded by the creators of the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator that has emerged as the ... Full article
November 3, 2018(0)
 “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.” - William Faulkner, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1949 This time, AI isn’t fooling around. This time, AI is in earnest, ... Full article
November 2, 2018(0)
An open source version of the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator is intended to package and deploy cloud-native applications to restricted, on-premise infrastructure such as government clouds. Gravitational, which was founded by Rackspace veterans in 2015, said its aptly named Gravity open-source Kubernetes packaging tool emphasizes secure cloud-native application deployments. It also allows users to take a snapshot of their Kubernetes ... Full article
October 31, 2018(0)
As native cloud applications expand across companies large and in between, greater attention is being paid to securing the ephemeral application containers increasingly used to deliver distributed apps. Cloud security vendors are now attempting to scale those efforts in order to protect container-native applications and other microservices. With that in mind, Qualys Inc. announced this week its acquisition of ... Full article
October 28, 2018(0)
In a bold stroke that promises to shake up the hybrid cloud market, IBM is acquiring open source leader Red Hat. "The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer,” asserted IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said in announcing the acquisition. "IBM will become the world's number one hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock ... Full article
October 25, 2018(0)
Dome9, the public cloud security specialist, has been acquired by another Israel-based cybersecurity vendor, Check Point Software. Check Point, Tel Aviv, said Wednesday (Oct. 24) its acquisition of Dome9 would bolster its Infinity security architecture by adding multi-cloud security along with security policy tools. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Dome9’s customers used its platform to secure multi-cloud ... Full article
October 24, 2018(0)
Oracle and high-end simulation specialist Altair are expanding their partnership to offer computational fluid dynamics (CFD) services on the Oracle cloud. The HPC simulations would tap into GPU cloud instances and data pipelines recently announced by Oracle and Nvidia. Earlier this month, Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) became the first public cloud vendor to support GPU specialist Nvidia’s HGX-2 “multi-precision computing ... Full article
October 23, 2018(0)
A new programming platform designed to accelerate cloud-native application development is jumping on the multi-cloud bandwagon to deploy code quickly to the cloud in order to deliver container and serverless applications. Pulumi Corp., which was launched in June by a pair of veteran tool developers, also this week announced early-round venture financing totaling $15 million. The Series A funding ... Full article
October 23, 2018(0)
Even as a press report yesterday declared that Intel has abandoned its current effort to produce a 10nm chip – a report denied by Intel – looming rival AMD and Oracle today announced the availability of the first AMD EPYC processor-based instance on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Announced at Oracle OpenWorld 2018, the AMD EPYC processor “E” series will lead ... Full article
October 17, 2018(0)
Three Chinese infrastructure vendors are embracing FPGA technology as a way of accelerating datacenter workloads. FPGA specialist Xilinx Inc. announced during a developer forum in Beijing this week that Alibaba Cloud, Huawei and server vendor Inspur are rolling out datacenter platforms based on the chip maker’s FPGA-as-a-service model. Among the datacenter workloads being targeted is AI inference, the partners ... Full article
October 16, 2018(0)
Arm today announced its Neoverse cloud-to-edge internet infrastructure foundation, designed to support a world in which a trillion intelligent devices will transmit data to and from the internet. Unveiled at the Arm TechCon conference in San Jose, Arm offered a look at its Neoverse processor IP roadmap and infrastructure-class IP for 5G networks designed to enable more ubiquitous compute ... Full article
October 16, 2018(0)
With upwards of 85 percent of companies using more than one cloud provider, the shift to multi-cloud deployments driven by emerging open-source platforms has prompted infrastructure vendors to begin offering management tools for migrating and integrating private and public cloud applications with on-premise systems. Among them is IBM, which this week rolled out a cloud management suite based on ... Full article
October 12, 2018(0)
Based on some news stories in circulation, one might get the impression that the next system to take No. 1 on the Top500 list could be an industrial oil and gas monster, which would be a first for a commercial HPC system. But at a spec’d 250 single-precision petaflops, No. 1 is out of the reach of the new ... Full article
October 11, 2018(0)
The jockeying over a massive U.S. military cloud contract reached a fever pitch this week as one prominent contender dropped out while another filed a legal protest aimed at heading off a sole-source contract award for cloud services worth billions of dollars. Faced with an internal revolt over the possible use of its cloud and AI technologies in warfare, ... Full article

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