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That didn’t take long.
A week after Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced per-second billing for EC2 and EBS instances, Google said that starting Tuesday, per-second billing is available on a number of its cloud services, including Compute Engine.
Paul Nash, group product manager, Compute Engine, said that its per-second billing option is now available on Compute Engine, Container Engine, Cloud Dataproc, and App Engine flexible environment VMs.
“These offerings join Persistent Disks, which has been billed by the second since its launch in 2013, as well as committed use discounts and GPUs; both of which have used per-second billing since their introduction,” Nash said in a blog post. 
The changes come shortly after Google introduced network tiers which allow customers to save money by opting for less performance.
Unlike AWS’ per-second billing, which is only available to instances running Linux, Google per-second billing is applicable to all VMs, including Preemptible VMs and VMs running Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Enterprise Linux Server.
“In most cases, the difference between per-minute and per-second billing is very small — we estimate it as a fraction of a percent,” Nash said. “On the other hand, changing from per-hour billing to per-minute billing makes a big difference for applications (especially websites, mobile apps and data processing jobs) that get traffic spikes. The ability to


(Bloomberg) — VMware Inc. stock has gained almost 50 percent since last October, riding a wave of optimism about a partnership with Inc. that was meant to save the software maker from oblivion as customers shifted more of their systems to the cloud.
The accord was announced with fanfare last year as a way for VMware to keep close ties to clients even as they move to internet-based computing – a business Amazon dominates, and one where VMware lagged. It was seen as a win for all parties. Customers that rely on VMware’s software for making servers more efficient could move some of their applications – for whatever the task, be it billing, payroll or email – over to Amazon’s cloud service without having to completely rewrite them. The resulting product, VMware Cloud on AWS, was released on Monday, with VMware Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger and Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy touting the release at VMware’s big annual conference in Las Vegas.
See also: You Can Now Spin Up VMware Servers in Amazon Data Centers
Here’s the problem: there’s nothing keeping Amazon from developing its own competing set of products down the road. Should that happen, VMware would be poised to lose customers – including some that it helped introduce to Amazon Web Services through this partnership.
“We’ll have to see how this relationship evolves over the next three to five years, but that is the thing that VMware will have to navigate very


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Ever wish you could just run VMware on Amazon’s cloud? Now you can, but not on the entire AWS cloud, just in one availability region hosted in Amazon data centers in Oregon.
This morning, on stage at VMworld, VMware’s big annual conference in Las Vegas, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and AWS CEO Andy Jassy announced initial availability of VMware Cloud on AWS, which is essentially VMware’s server virtualization platform running on bare-metal servers inside Amazon’s data centers customers can consume the same way they consume AWS cloud server instances.
See also: VMware Wants to be ‘Cloud Switzerland’
The two companies announced a partnership with the goal of seamlessly extending VMware’s environment from the enterprise data center to AWS about one year ago. VMware is nearly ubiquitous in corporate and public-sector data centers, where users deployed the platform to radically increase the utilization rate of each physical machine.
While many large IT organizations have deployed applications on public cloud platforms, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform, by many accounts they still run most of their workloads in their own data centers. Giving them a way to deploy software in the cloud using the same underlying software stack they use in-house and the associated management tools will presumably further reduce the friction they face when using cloud services.
See also: VMware Pitches Hyper-Converged


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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.”
Startup That Helps AWS Users Reduce Cloud Costs Raises $2 Million
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

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