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It’s only been two weeks since Microsoft made news by signing up as a platinum member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a Linux Foundation project and the organization behind the open source container orchestration platform Kubernetes. At the time, that made Amazon Web Services the only major public cloud provider that wasn’t a member, and it wasn’t expected to sign on anytime soon because it has its own container orchestration platform, Elastic Container Service.
Actually, Amazon’s homegrown platform serves to make AWS a walled garden where containers are involved, since it isn’t portable. When it comes to containers orchestrated on AWS with ESC, its the cloud equivalent of “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
Now, however, AWS has evidently decided that if you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em.
Today CNCF announced that AWS has agreed to pay $370,000 per year to join Microsoft, Google, Huawei, IBM and 11 others as a top level platinum member. AWS’s vice president of cloud architecture strategy, Adrian Cockcroft, will join CNCF’s governing board — which is one of the perks of having a platinum seat.
So why the sudden turn around? For starters, Kubernetes might be the most well known and largest project managed by CNCF, but there are others that are officially supported on AWS — most notably containerd, the container runtime that ironically provides

 

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Equinix this week announced partnerships with two very different cloud service providers.
One is with the German enterprise software giant SAP, whose Customer Relationship Management (CRM) cloud infrastructure can now be accessed directly via private network links inside Equinix data centers. SAP has second-largest CRM market share after Salesforce.

The other deal is with Rescale, a provider of high-performance computing infrastructure as a service. Rescale’s IaaS cloud is also now accessible by Equinix customers through direct connections that bypass the public internet. Rescale will offer access to its new ScaleX HyperLink infrastructure to meet enterprise users’ burst requirements. In other words, if your on-premises data center cannot handle a spike in demand, you’ll be able to add cloud capacity temporarily using this service.
A Big Deal for SAP
The partnership with SAP brings direct connections to the enterprise SaaS at eight Equinix data centers. This is important for SAP, considering that its biggest competitor in the CRM arena — industry leader Salesforce — began offering direct connections through Equinix in February.
“SAP joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange platform to address customer requirements for enterprise hybrid architecture in an environment that lends itself to the very highest levels of performance and reliability,” Christoph Boehm, senior vice president and head of SAP’s Cloud Delivery

 

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Equinix this week announced partnerships with two very different cloud service providers.
One is with the German enterprise software giant SAP, whose Customer Relationship Management (CRM) cloud infrastructure can now be accessed directly via private network links inside Equinix data centers. SAP has second-largest CRM market share after Salesforce.

The other deal is with Rescale, a provider of high-performance computing infrastructure as a service. Rescale’s IaaS cloud is also now accessible by Equinix customers through direct connections that bypass the public internet. Rescale will offer access to its new ScaleX HyperLink infrastructure to meet enterprise users’ burst requirements. In other words, if your on-premises data center cannot handle a spike in demand, you’ll be able to add cloud capacity temporarily using this service.
A Big Deal for SAP
The partnership with SAP brings direct connections to the enterprise SaaS at eight Equinix data centers. This is important for SAP, considering that its biggest competitor in the CRM arena — industry leader Salesforce — began offering direct connections through Equinix in February.
“SAP joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange platform to address customer requirements for enterprise hybrid architecture in an environment that lends itself to the very highest levels of performance and reliability,” Christoph Boehm, senior vice president and head of SAP’s Cloud Delivery

 

Demand for web professionals continues to grow, as nearly four out of five developers and designers report client growth of 25 percent or more a year, according to a report released Thursday by Evans Data.
In a survey of 1,500 web designers and developers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, India, Brazil, and Mexico commissioned by GoDaddy, Evans found that roughly one in three respondents had client growth of over 50 percent, and the same number have revenues of over $500,000, even though half have been in the business for less than five years.
“Two decades after general internet adoption, this research indicates that the ‘Golden Era’ of web development and design shows no sign of slowing down,” Raghu Murthi, SVP of Hosting and Pro at GoDaddy said in a statement. “But the research also provides lessons to new web professionals on the importance of continued learning and the need to manage growth and focus on looking where your next clients will come from.”
See also: GoDaddy Q2 Profits Surge, Crush Analyst Estimates
Selling new services to existing clients is the primary driver of growth, at 40 percent, followed by providing support to existing clients (31 percent), new clients (21 percent), and reselling third-party products or services (7 percent).
The retail and travel sectors are driving growth in most of the countries surveyed, but in India the creative, education, and health care/fitness are the top three sectors, according to the survey. The research also showed

 

Demand for web professionals continues to grow, as nearly four out of five developers and designers report client growth of 25 percent or more a year, according to a report released Thursday by Evans Data.
In a survey of 1,500 web designers and developers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, India, Brazil, and Mexico commissioned by GoDaddy, Evans found that roughly one in three respondents had client growth of over 50 percent, and the same number have revenues of over $500,000, even though half have been in the business for less than five years.
“Two decades after general internet adoption, this research indicates that the ‘Golden Era’ of web development and design shows no sign of slowing down,” Raghu Murthi, SVP of Hosting and Pro at GoDaddy said in a statement. “But the research also provides lessons to new web professionals on the importance of continued learning and the need to manage growth and focus on looking where your next clients will come from.”
See also: GoDaddy Q2 Profits Surge, Crush Analyst Estimates
Selling new services to existing clients is the primary driver of growth, at 40 percent, followed by providing support to existing clients (31 percent), new clients (21 percent), and reselling third-party products or services (7 percent).
The retail and travel sectors are driving growth in most of the countries surveyed, but in India the creative, education, and health care/fitness are the top three sectors, according to the survey. The research also showed

 

(Bloomberg) — Business software company Docker Inc. is raising fresh funds, valuing the company at $1.3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
The latest influx of $75 million, which is expected to close by the end of the month, will help fuel Docker’s newest push to win business customers and finally monetize its free open-source tools popular with developers worldwide. Part of the funding will go toward building a sales and marketing team for corporate clients, one of the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private matters. The valuation would represent a marginal increase from the $1 billion it was ascribed when it last raised money in 2015.
See also: Docker at Four: The State of the Docker Ecosystem from 2013 to Today
The funding follows a springtime management shuffle. Steve Singh, a former chief executive officer of Concur Technologies Inc., took the top job at Docker in May, replacing co-founder Ben Golub. Executive Vice President of Product Marc Verstaen is also leaving the startup. He’s being replaced by another company co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Solomon Hykes.
Palo Alto, California-based Docker provides virtual work spaces, called containers, so software developers can more efficiently build, distribute and run software programs. The idea is to create software in isolated, independent environments which can then be stored in the cloud, distributed and run anywhere regardless of the operating system and

 

(Bloomberg) — Business software company Docker Inc. is raising fresh funds, valuing the company at $1.3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
The latest influx of $75 million, which is expected to close by the end of the month, will help fuel Docker’s newest push to win business customers and finally monetize its free open-source tools popular with developers worldwide. Part of the funding will go toward building a sales and marketing team for corporate clients, one of the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private matters. The valuation would represent a marginal increase from the $1 billion it was ascribed when it last raised money in 2015.
See also: Docker at Four: The State of the Docker Ecosystem from 2013 to Today
The funding follows a springtime management shuffle. Steve Singh, a former chief executive officer of Concur Technologies Inc., took the top job at Docker in May, replacing co-founder Ben Golub. Executive Vice President of Product Marc Verstaen is also leaving the startup. He’s being replaced by another company co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Solomon Hykes.
Palo Alto, California-based Docker provides virtual work spaces, called containers, so software developers can more efficiently build, distribute and run software programs. The idea is to create software in isolated, independent environments which can then be stored in the cloud, distributed and run anywhere regardless of the operating system and

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