What to Expect from OpenStack

At the beginning of every year, I like to take a moment to look at how far where we've come from a technology perspective and to venture a guess at where I believe things are going. Some of the most formative and influential moments I had this year were related to the growth around OpenStack, which was especially notable after my return from each OpenStack summit. As such, I'm going to focus my predications for cloud trends around around OpenStack in 2015

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What Is Cloud-Native and Why Does it Matter for CI

Article | August 1, 2023

Continuous intelligence (CI) relies on the real-time analysis of streaming data to produce actionable insights in milliseconds to seconds. Such capabilities have applications throughout a business. In today’s dynamic marketplace, new CI applications that use data from various sources at any given time might be needed on very short notice.The challenge is how to have the flexibility to rapidly develop and deploy new CI applications to meet fast-changing business requirements. A common approach employed today is to use a dynamic architecture that delivers access to data, processing power, and analytics capabilities on demand. In the future, solutions also will likely incorporate artificial intelligence applications to complement the benefits of traditional analytics. Increasingly, cloud-native is the architecture of choice to build and deploy AI-embedded CI applications. A cloud-native approach offers benefits to both the business and developers. Cloud-native applications or services are loosely coupled with explicitly described dependencies.

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Why Microsoft Should Spinoff Its Cloud Business

Article | February 15, 2024

Microsoft currently features old-school solutions that are growing relatively slowly (Office and Windows) and new cloud solutions that are growing tremendously (Dynamics 365 and Azure). If the company stays in its current form, Microsoft stock will keep steadily advancing. But because the company’s total top and bottom lines are never going to increase much more than 30% or 35% per year, the shares are never going to deliver truly huge returns. But that would change if the company was to spin off its rapidly growing cloud businesses. In such a scenario, the current owners of Microsoft stock would receive shares in a cutting edge cloud services company (let’s call it Azure), and shares in a company focused on providing old, mostly PC-based software to businesses and consumers.

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Intelligence Giant Upgrading its Cloud Technology

Article | February 20, 2024

With the huge amounts of data in all fields, a future in the cloud is imperative to help deal with this explosion of data, especially in the field of intelligence technology. This is the reason why the US Central Intelligence Agency is updating its cloud technology. The agency has recently released a draft request for proposal for its Commercial Cloud Enterprise contract.The C2E tens of billions contract will be a multi-award commercial cloud computing contract with a five-year base period and two five-year options for a period of performance of up to 15 years, according to nextgov.com.In a March 2019 presentation by the Directorate of Digital Innovation, a division of the CIA, the department outlined its vision for C2E. It would be broad and include infrastructure, platform and software cloud services supporting a broad range of users, with a variety of security clearances and a worldwide presence, as reported by techcrunch.com. The principal C2E Program objective is to acquire cloud computing services directly from commercial cloud service providers with established records for innovation and operational excellence in cloud service delivery for a large customer base,the department stated in the presentation.Apparently, the agency prefers to avoid all the attention that the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud procurement process got, and quietly go about its business.

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AWS tags US$235 million to expand its cloud infrastructure in Latin America

Article | February 10, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is raising its stake on cloud computing infrastructure in Latin America. Proof of this is that the IT company will use R$1 billion (around US$235 million) to expand its data center in Sao Paulo. These millions will be used for its Data Processing Center located in that part of Brazil. In addition, a portion of these US$235 million will also be used to increase the services it offers to both public and private parties.The move gives reason to suggest that AWS is upping the ante in the future of startups and tech in the region that rely on cloud services to develop their own products.It launched its cloud center in Brazil in 2011 but it’ll be getting some beefing up thanks to these funds. Moreover, AWS has two Edge networks in São Paulo and two in Rio de Janeiro. As well as one in each of the following cities: Bogotá (Colombia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Santiago (Chile).The objective of all of this is to be the region’s prime provider of cloud infrastructure and beat out its competition AKA, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft’s Azure.

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Cloudelligent and CoreStack Partner to Deliver Cloud-Native Expertise and Optimize AWS Infrastructures

Businesswire | August 02, 2023

Cloudelligent, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, and CoreStack, a global multi-cloud governance provider, announced today a technology partnership that will equip businesses with NextGen Cloud Governance to mitigate risk, accelerate delivery, optimize performance, and innovate faster. The joint solution will provide Well-Architected Framework Reviews (WAFRs), Foundational Technical Reviews (FTR), Cost Optimization, and CloudOps through a managed services program. CoreStack’s AI driven multi-cloud governance platform provides continuous and autonomous governance through Compass and Cumulus product lines. The Culumus suite of solutions provides a comprehensive package that includes FinOps, SecOps, and CloudOps. The Compass suite of solutions offers a suite of assessment tools that include Well-Architected Framework, as well as custom frameworks. These solutions streamline evaluating, improving, and maintaining cloud workloads across all environments, including enabling auto-remediation directly from the CoreStack dashboard. Cloudelligent will leverage CoreStack's Compass assessment framework to lead the go-to-market motion, while Cumulus NextGen Cloud Governance will support delivering services to secure, modernize, optimize, and efficiently manage customers' cloud environments. "Through our partnership with CoreStack, we are excited to offer our customers unmatched cloud-native expertise and services that will accelerate innovation and improve agility," said Qasim Akhtar, Founder and CEO at Cloudelligent. "Leveraging CoreStack's Well-Architected and FTR assessments, we can help businesses innovate faster while optimizing their AWS infrastructure to achieve greater success." With CoreStack's Compass assessment framework and Cumulus AI-powered NextGen Cloud Governance Platform, customers can have a seamless experience with AWS, free from concerns about exceeding budgets or leaving workloads unsecured. The combined solution provides customers with cloud governance, FinOps, and SecOps. It also enhances operational efficiency, allows for optimized cloud spend, maximizes savings, and improves agility. "Our strategic partnership with Cloudelligent allows us to extend our comprehensive cloud governance solutions to Cloudelligent customers enabling them to reduce costs, and enhance security and operational efficiency in the cloud," said Suren Singh, Chief Sales and Partnerships Officer at CoreStack. “With Cloudelligent's team of highly skilled AWS-Certified solutions architects and engineers, and CoreStack's NextGen Cloud Governance platform, we are well positioned to deliver customized solutions that cater to the unique needs of our mutual customers, backed by dedicated pre-sales support for a seamless experience." Cloudelligent is one of the fastest-growing partners in the AWS ecosystem and brings deep expertise in AWS. The new solution is targeted at cloud practitioners and c-level executives of enterprises including startups, small and midsize businesses (SMBs), digitally native businesses (DNBs), independent software vendors (ISVs), and nonprofit organizations (NPOs)—and it is ideally suited for businesses seeking to optimize their AWS infrastructure. About Cloudelligent Cloudelligent, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, offers end-to-end solutions for businesses looking to accelerate their journey to AWS. With a diverse team of AWS-Certified Solutions Architects and Engineers, Cloudelligent helps organizations architect, migrate, optimize, secure, and manage their workloads to achieve desired outcomes and expand into new global markets. Cloudelligent helps companies innovate faster and maintain their competitive advantage by leveraging AWS services. About CoreStack CoreStack is an AI-powered NextGen Cloud Governance platform that enables enterprises to embrace cloud with confidence, rapidly achieving intelligent, continuous, and autonomous cloud governance at scale. The CoreStack portfolio includes two sets of multi-cloud solutions — Cumulus, a set of governance modules for FinOps, SecOps, and CloudOps; and Compass, a point-in-time assessment against Well-Architected Framework. CoreStack’s solutions embrace, enhance, and extend native-cloud capabilities, helping enterprises optimize cloud spend while assuring security and compliance across multiple clouds in a unified dashboard. CoreStack delivers transformative value, including 40% increase in operational efficiency, 50% decrease in cloud costs, and 100% compliance. CoreStack helps 750+ global enterprises govern more than $2B in annual cloud consumption. Frost & Sullivan, Forrester, Gartner, S&P Global, and IDC have recognized CoreStack as an innovator and leader in cloud management. CoreStack is backed by strategic advisors, including the ex-CEO of Wipro and ex-CIO of Microsoft. The company is a Microsoft Azure (Legacy) Gold Partner, Amazon AWS Technology Partner with Cloud Operations Competency, Oracle Cloud Build Partner, and Google Cloud Build Partner. To learn more, visit www.corestack.io.

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Canonical appoints ex-Microsoft UK dev lead as EVP of cloud

Canonical | July 13, 2015

Canonical has appointed former Microsoft exec Anand Krishnan to the role of executive vice president for cloud, where he will lead most of the company’s cloud-related efforts globally including business-development, marketing, engineering and customer delivery activities.Canonical has in recent months moved to bolster its cloud strategy with BootSack, its managed private cloud offering, and its own distribution of OpenStack. Its Linux distro Ubuntu is the most popular OS in use on AWS EC2 (though other Linux incumbents have questioned those claims), and it also recently launched Ubuntu Core, a slimmed-down, re-architected version of the Ubuntu operating system that borrows from heavily from the Linux container (isolated frameworks) and mobile (transactional updates) worlds.

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Google joins OpenStack to build bridges between public and private clouds

Google | July 16, 2015

Google has officially signed up to sponsor the OpenStack Foundation, the first of the big three – Google, Microsoft and AWS – to formally throw its weight behind the open source cloud orchestration software. Analysts believe the move will improve support for Linux containers across public and private cloud environments.Google has already set to work integrating Kubernetes with OpenStack with pure-play OpenStack software vendor Mirantis, a move the company said would help bolster its hybrid cloud capabilities.

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Cloudelligent and CoreStack Partner to Deliver Cloud-Native Expertise and Optimize AWS Infrastructures

Businesswire | August 02, 2023

Cloudelligent, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, and CoreStack, a global multi-cloud governance provider, announced today a technology partnership that will equip businesses with NextGen Cloud Governance to mitigate risk, accelerate delivery, optimize performance, and innovate faster. The joint solution will provide Well-Architected Framework Reviews (WAFRs), Foundational Technical Reviews (FTR), Cost Optimization, and CloudOps through a managed services program. CoreStack’s AI driven multi-cloud governance platform provides continuous and autonomous governance through Compass and Cumulus product lines. The Culumus suite of solutions provides a comprehensive package that includes FinOps, SecOps, and CloudOps. The Compass suite of solutions offers a suite of assessment tools that include Well-Architected Framework, as well as custom frameworks. These solutions streamline evaluating, improving, and maintaining cloud workloads across all environments, including enabling auto-remediation directly from the CoreStack dashboard. Cloudelligent will leverage CoreStack's Compass assessment framework to lead the go-to-market motion, while Cumulus NextGen Cloud Governance will support delivering services to secure, modernize, optimize, and efficiently manage customers' cloud environments. "Through our partnership with CoreStack, we are excited to offer our customers unmatched cloud-native expertise and services that will accelerate innovation and improve agility," said Qasim Akhtar, Founder and CEO at Cloudelligent. "Leveraging CoreStack's Well-Architected and FTR assessments, we can help businesses innovate faster while optimizing their AWS infrastructure to achieve greater success." With CoreStack's Compass assessment framework and Cumulus AI-powered NextGen Cloud Governance Platform, customers can have a seamless experience with AWS, free from concerns about exceeding budgets or leaving workloads unsecured. The combined solution provides customers with cloud governance, FinOps, and SecOps. It also enhances operational efficiency, allows for optimized cloud spend, maximizes savings, and improves agility. "Our strategic partnership with Cloudelligent allows us to extend our comprehensive cloud governance solutions to Cloudelligent customers enabling them to reduce costs, and enhance security and operational efficiency in the cloud," said Suren Singh, Chief Sales and Partnerships Officer at CoreStack. “With Cloudelligent's team of highly skilled AWS-Certified solutions architects and engineers, and CoreStack's NextGen Cloud Governance platform, we are well positioned to deliver customized solutions that cater to the unique needs of our mutual customers, backed by dedicated pre-sales support for a seamless experience." Cloudelligent is one of the fastest-growing partners in the AWS ecosystem and brings deep expertise in AWS. The new solution is targeted at cloud practitioners and c-level executives of enterprises including startups, small and midsize businesses (SMBs), digitally native businesses (DNBs), independent software vendors (ISVs), and nonprofit organizations (NPOs)—and it is ideally suited for businesses seeking to optimize their AWS infrastructure. About Cloudelligent Cloudelligent, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, offers end-to-end solutions for businesses looking to accelerate their journey to AWS. With a diverse team of AWS-Certified Solutions Architects and Engineers, Cloudelligent helps organizations architect, migrate, optimize, secure, and manage their workloads to achieve desired outcomes and expand into new global markets. Cloudelligent helps companies innovate faster and maintain their competitive advantage by leveraging AWS services. About CoreStack CoreStack is an AI-powered NextGen Cloud Governance platform that enables enterprises to embrace cloud with confidence, rapidly achieving intelligent, continuous, and autonomous cloud governance at scale. The CoreStack portfolio includes two sets of multi-cloud solutions — Cumulus, a set of governance modules for FinOps, SecOps, and CloudOps; and Compass, a point-in-time assessment against Well-Architected Framework. CoreStack’s solutions embrace, enhance, and extend native-cloud capabilities, helping enterprises optimize cloud spend while assuring security and compliance across multiple clouds in a unified dashboard. CoreStack delivers transformative value, including 40% increase in operational efficiency, 50% decrease in cloud costs, and 100% compliance. CoreStack helps 750+ global enterprises govern more than $2B in annual cloud consumption. Frost & Sullivan, Forrester, Gartner, S&P Global, and IDC have recognized CoreStack as an innovator and leader in cloud management. CoreStack is backed by strategic advisors, including the ex-CEO of Wipro and ex-CIO of Microsoft. The company is a Microsoft Azure (Legacy) Gold Partner, Amazon AWS Technology Partner with Cloud Operations Competency, Oracle Cloud Build Partner, and Google Cloud Build Partner. To learn more, visit www.corestack.io.

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Canonical appoints ex-Microsoft UK dev lead as EVP of cloud

Canonical | July 13, 2015

Canonical has appointed former Microsoft exec Anand Krishnan to the role of executive vice president for cloud, where he will lead most of the company’s cloud-related efforts globally including business-development, marketing, engineering and customer delivery activities.Canonical has in recent months moved to bolster its cloud strategy with BootSack, its managed private cloud offering, and its own distribution of OpenStack. Its Linux distro Ubuntu is the most popular OS in use on AWS EC2 (though other Linux incumbents have questioned those claims), and it also recently launched Ubuntu Core, a slimmed-down, re-architected version of the Ubuntu operating system that borrows from heavily from the Linux container (isolated frameworks) and mobile (transactional updates) worlds.

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Google joins OpenStack to build bridges between public and private clouds

Google | July 16, 2015

Google has officially signed up to sponsor the OpenStack Foundation, the first of the big three – Google, Microsoft and AWS – to formally throw its weight behind the open source cloud orchestration software. Analysts believe the move will improve support for Linux containers across public and private cloud environments.Google has already set to work integrating Kubernetes with OpenStack with pure-play OpenStack software vendor Mirantis, a move the company said would help bolster its hybrid cloud capabilities.

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