Coté Memo #076: How cloud native makes customers awesome
The piece on “cloud journeys” I excerpted from last time is now posted.
Tech & Work World
I’ve been writing some pieces on “cloud native” of late. It’s a term we’ve been using at work to describe what we’re all about. Here’s an excerpt from an internal newsletter piece I drafted today:
You’ve probably coming across the term “cloud native“ frequently. James Watters has an excellent post on the topic, but I wanted add some background for y’all here. We’ve made ”cloud native" an umbrella term to describe what Pivotal Cloud Foundry does for our customers. It’s shorthand for how we make our customers awesome: our platform gives them the tools and processes needed to start deploying their custom-written software weekly, if not daily, along with the tools needed to keep that software running happily in
With this platform and knowing how to use these cloud superpowers, our customers become truly agile: frequently changing both their businesses and IT processes to keep competitive, e.g., they can think of a new business idea on Monday and have it up and running by Friday.
Speaking of this, if you’re interested in migrating to cloud-land, check out an excerpt from Josh Long’s upcoming book, Cloud Native Java. on the topic. Also, of course, you can get the developer experience for free for two months.
I’ll be at DevOpsDays Chicago, August 25th and 26th, speaking on the second day.
While I’m up there, on Aug 26th, I’ll be speaking at the local Cloud Foundry Meetup.
Shameless Self Promotion
Last week’s Software Defined Talk podcast: “Once we settle the important topic of lawn management in Texas, we discuss the circus around HP dress codes (and the actual lack of them), HP/Stackato, GitHub and the ALM market, and the odd fate of the GPL in commercial software land.”
Torture your friends with three ways of modeling the ROI for DevOps.
Fulfilling the promise of enterprise asset management - a PDF. Just in case you need a quick read on EAM.
The Life Cycle of Programming Languages - looking at the social side of chasing shiny objects.
Why Consumer Startups Dominate the Megaround Market - “In software, companies selling to IT have raised the most capital, then marketing, then HR, which is close consistent with software outcomes.” Hey, that first part is us!
TheLegacy ERP Conversion Under Way At Dietz & Watson - Nice little case study as reportage: a regional deli supply company upgrades its legacy ERP system, which includes much custom coding from RPG to PHP. “The core ERP system includes product processing, sales analysis, and financials. Much of it was developed in-house, with the financials a customized version of packaged software from a vendor no longer in business. The system is very stable, according to Wolinsky.”
Rackspace CSO: Work Together To Overcome Cloud Security Uncertainty - it’s always good to see new ways of talking about cloud and security.
Maciej Ceglowski - Barely succeed! It’s easier! - a good presentation on calming the fuck down.
Zorawar Biri Singh lands Cisco CTO post as firm shuffles its top brass - former head of HP Cloud when I was at Dell. He DJ’ed his own OpenStack Summit parties, so I’ll be looking forward to more of that!
Randy Shoup on Microservices, the Reality of Conway’s Law, and Evolutionary Architecture - this was a nice overview of how to think about when to do microservices.
The Implications of Cloud Native - the term is everywhere, mang.
Analyst Watch: Macro confusion about microservices - Al Hilwa at IDC jumps in.
Why CNCF? Why now? - It will take some time to realize the full vision.
HP acquires ActiveState’s Stackato PaaS business - VentureBeat - we discussed this in this week’s Software Defined Talk podcast as well.
Next step in HP’s Helion transformation: Buy Stackato - “With this agreement, ActiveState loses the product it’s best known for. Copeland wrote that ActiveState will continue as a company, focusing on other products including ActivePerl, ActivePython, AvtiveTcl and Komodo IDE. He will stay with ActiveState rather than join HP.”
Reflecting on the OpenStack Kilo Summit and Looking Forward to Liberty - “Puppet alone provides the basis for the majority of OpenStack deployments, at 56 percent. Puppet plus deployment tools that utilize Puppet (e.g., Mirantis Fuel, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, PackStack) provide the basis for 72 percent of all production deployments.”
Open Source Usage in Large Enterprises - Across “100 C-Level execs” usage at their company: “When it comes to the actual usage of open source software (OSS) in large enterprises, only 21% of them use it across the enterprise and 25% have deployed it in a business unit. The other 54% are either at the planning phase (21%), or use it for Internet-related programs (13%) or are running a pilot program to evaluate it (20%)”
Git a load of this: GitHub now valued at $2 billion - “The site reports it hosts 25 million source code repositories, and has 10 million registered users and 33 million unique monthly visits.” No word in the article in revenue or enterprise sales. We discussed this in this week’s Software Defined Talk podcast as well.
Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance > Reports > Cloud Platform Choice: A Crucial Strategic Decision - Some charts on cloud platform and cloud project spend.
The Need for U.S. Digital Engagement - “Twenty years ago, 61 percent of the Internet’s 35 million users were based in the U.S. Today, the U.S. accounts for less than 10 percent of the 3 billion connected people worldwide. There are now 650 million Internet users in China (compared with 280 million in the U.S.) There will be as many as 550 million connected consumers in India by 2018 (more than double the current number).”
Why EMC May Soon Buy Out - Not Spin Out - one new theory on what EMC will do with VMware.
Fun & IRL
No fun this issue, just work.
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