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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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IBM is suing a former senior manager for violating a non-compete agreement as he starts a new job at Amazon Web Services (AWS) three months after leaving his role as CIO for transformation and operations at IBM.
According to a report by Westfair Online, IBM sued Jeff S. Smith last week in White Plains, NY, demanding that he repay $1.7 million in stock bonuses. Smith had worked at IBM since 2014.
IBM argues that in starting his job at AWS on Monday, he would “inevitably be involved in decision-making about how best to compete against IBM and would inevitably disclose or use IBM trade secrets.” The lawsuit also alleges that Smith had shared inside information with AWS CEO Andy Jassy while he was working for IBM, wiping his company phone and tablet to make it impossible to detect communications, the report said.
The judge, who blocked Smith from starting his job at AWS on Aug. 1 until a full hearing could be scheduled, amended the order to allow him to begin work Monday in “listen and learn mode” for training purposes.
According to IBM, Smith signed a non-compete agreement where he agreed not to work for a competitor for one year. He notified IBM in June of his plans to start work at AWS in August.
IBM has asked the court to ban Smith from work for AWS until May 2, 2018. There is a hearing scheduled for Aug. 21.
In June, AWS won a temporary restraining order to prevent a former executive from joining Smartsheet, a collaboration


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Now that top cloud providers have released their quarterly numbers, Synergy Research Group has had a chance to augment the numbers they released a couple of weeks back, but there are no surprises. The future remains rosy for the industry — at least for the top players.
Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google’s Cloud Platform continue to grow market share, with IBM holding its own. Quarterly cloud infrastructure service revenues (including IaaS, PaaS, and hosted private cloud services) are at nearly $11 billion and continue a growth rate of over 40 percent per year. This means worldwide revenues from cloud and SaaS remain on track to surpass $200 billion by 2020, according to Synergy.

John Dinsdale, chief analyst and research director at Synergy, said in a statement:
“The increasing dominance of hyper-scale players continues to play out, with all four leading companies having cause to celebrate. While Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform are doubling in size, IBM continues to dominate in hosted private cloud, and AWS is still over three times the size of its nearest competitor. Some of the numbers are actually pretty spectacular.”
According to Q2 figures, Microsoft Azure, with 11 percent of the total public cloud market, showed the largest growth in market share, with a 3 percent gain over the last four quarters. AWS, which commands 34 percent of the total market, and GCP, with a 5 percent share, both saw


Rackspace is offering to streamline the Amazon Web Services (AWS) adoption experience for customers with an enhanced strategic channel partnership announced Monday. With the partnership, Rackspace seeks to address the common lack of internal resources and expertise needed to quickly and effectively move workloads.
The new strategic relationship has three key components, according to the announcement. Rackspace will offer Solution and Migration Advisory Services, including AWS-specific technical resources to help plan migration, along with assessment of workloads, from server types and configurations to systems architecture design, to ensure the best fit.
New Cloud Technology Partners Solution to Kickstart AWS Adoption
Migration Service Delivery allows customers to tap Rackspace support and engineers with access to AWS professional services to efficiently migrate or provision new applications on AWS.
Rackspace Advanced Migration Tooling uses automation to allow customers to move various workloads to AWS via a point-and-click self-service interface within the Rackspace Control Panel.
“We have worked closely with Rackspace over the last several years and have been very impressed by their dedication to invest in the capabilities required to become one of the next-generation leaders in the AWS Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner Program,” said Terry Wise, global vice president of channels and alliances, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Rackspace is a solid example of an AWS


RightScale launched its enterprise cloud cost management tool Optima to general availability on Tuesday, allowing departments across an enterprise to coordinate cloud resources and spending.
RightScale Optima provides the company’s analysis, reporting and forecasting capabilities along with automated actions and collaborative optimization.
Optima currently supports AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Softlayer, and private clouds.
“The RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Survey of more than 1,000 IT professionals found that optimizing cloud costs is the top initiative among all cloud users,” RightScale CEO Michael Crandell said in a statement. “Despite an increased focus on cloud cost management, only a minority of companies are taking critical actions to optimize cloud costs, such as shutting down unused workloads or selecting lower-cost clouds or regions. We believe RightScale Optima is a major step forward for large enterprises looking to manage cloud spend.”
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RightScale said Optima is designed to reduce inaccurate recommendations, helping enterprises forecast, track, and develop overrun alerts for cloud application costs. Usage and cost data from all cloud providers is shown in a unified dashboard, and costs can be viewed cloud account, team, or application. The dashboard also enables chargeback and showback, and tags to allocate costs to enterprise departments or business units.


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GoDaddy is shuttering Cloud Servers, its public cloud service. I know what you’re thinking. “GoDaddy is in the public cloud business?” Therein might lie the problem.
Launched only a year ago, Cloud Servers was never intended to go after the big guys — AWS, Azure, GCP, and the like — and had no dreams of competing for well-heeled, big-business customers. Instead, it was hoping to position itself as a gateway to the cloud for small and medium sized businesses wanting to test the waters. In other words, it was hoping to take on DigitalOcean and Linode. It was also undoubtedly hoping to leverage the substantial base of its hosting business and convince some of those customers that their lives would only improve if they made a move to the cloud.

It based its cloud offering on the open source OpenStack platform that’s widely used in private and hybrid clouds. It also entered into a partnership with Bitnami, which gave potential customers an easy way to install apps in its cloud. Server configuration options and such were rather limited compared to the larger full-service clouds, but that was part of its design, to be oh-so-easy to use. When Cloud Servers rolled out in March of last year, it supported 26 languages, was available in 53 countries, and accepted 44 currencies for payment. GoDaddy was serious about this new cloud endeavor.
Evidently that didn’t work as well as the company had hoped. Last Thursday, media reports


The shortage of skilled, certified applicants for IT jobs is well documented. Professionals in cybersecurity, cloud and other areas of IT are in high demand around the world, and companies, governments, educational institutions and industry groups have responded by creating more opportunities for skills training and certification.
A 2014 report by the RAND Corporation said the low number of cybersecurity professionals in the labor market could pose a risk to national security, and in May IBM cited a Frost & Sullivan estimate that the workforce will be 1.8 million cybersecurity professionals short of demand by 2022 when it announced a set of initiatives to train “new collar” workers. The growing demand for AWS and DevOps skills was noted as far back as a 2013 report by tech career site Dice.
While many professionals in the industry have IT-related degrees or diplomas, it is possible to work in the field without one. Here are some of the options available to help close the skills gap and open up career opportunities.
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Web hosting control panels like cPanel and Plesk provide training and certification, but with somewhat different focusses. cPanel certifies for sales, WHM admin and command line systems administration, and has two new certifications “coming soon.” Plesk courses and exams cover a variety of Plesk tools as well as Linux, Windows, WordPress, and Git.
The Linux Foundation offers webinars and courses for individuals, as well as corporate


Hootsuite is ditching AWS for IBM SoftLayer for its App Directory social application marketplace as part of an extension of the existing partnership between the two companies, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

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Media Temple has launched new managed cloud hosting services for AWS to allow high-traffic websites and complex apps to get the most out of the public cloud, the company announced on Tuesday.

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In a bid to expand its footprint in India, Amazon Web Services’ Asian business division announced its intention to open an AWS infrastructure region in India next year.

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