Upcoming Cloud Events
Key Banc’s Emerging Technology Summit will be held this week from Feb 26-27. Liftr Cloud Principal Analyst Paul Teich will participate in emerging technology discussions at Key Banc’s 14th annual event. Teich will also be attending the Open Compute Project Global Summit: San Jose coming up in a few weeks on March 14-15. Teich will be meeting with most of The Global CSP data center infrastructure supply chain. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting with Teich during these events.
South by Southwest is right around the corner. SXSW Interactive will be held from March 8-13 here in Austin, Texas. Paul Teich will be there along with Social Media and PR Specialist Trent Warren. If you’d like to meet with Paul and Trent onsite, please contact email@example.com to schedule a meeting.
Google Cloud’s New Hybrid Cloud Platform
Google Cloud announced last Tuesday that it is releasing a beta of its hybrid cloud platform to its customers; the beginning steps for a strategy that is over two years in the works. The Cloud Services Platform, which Google first introduced to the table last year, allows customers to build, run, and manage their computing infrastructure in such a hybrid environment. The CSP follows the same cost model as Google Kubernetes Engine.
New customers using the Cloud Services Platform to run software and services that run across their own data centers and Google Cloud itself. Google’s hybrid offering is software-based and built on top of Kubernetes and ISTIO. Since it is a hardware package, customers simply need to buy and download the product. Amazon announced their similar venture, AWS Outpost, last November, which will be generally available to customers in the latter half of this year.
Eyal Manor, vice president of Google Cloud, says that Amazon’s move into hybrid cloud did not influence them in anything and has already been in the works. Manor believes the hybrid cloud will be here to stay for the next 5-10 years.
In a move that counters their hybrid cloud strategy, Google announced its intention to acquire Alooma, a company that allows enterprises to combine all their data sources into services like Google’s Big Query, Snowflake, Amazon’s Red Shift, and Azure. The company also helps with migrating to the cloud, cleaning up data and then using it for AI and machine learning use cases.
Going forward Alooma will not accept any new customers who want to migrate data to any competition. Those who use Alooma in combination with AWS, Azure, and other non-Google services will likely start looking for other solutions soon, as this also means Google isn’t likely to develop support for them beyond its current state. Alooma and Google did not disclose the price of the acquisition.
IBM Announces New Cloud Integration Platform
At IBM Think 2019 conference, IBM announced that its Watson AI Platform would run on several major cloud providers’ infrastructure as well as on-premises enterprise environments. That headline greatly overshadowed the other announcement by IBM which stated the company was also rolling out the new IBM Cloud Integration Platform, thus throwing its hat into an increasingly crowded hybrid integration platform market.
The interesting, and confusing, thing is that hybrid doesn’t mean what it usually does here. Hybrid integration refers to the multiple technologies within the platform. The new platform contains: Apache Kafka, for event streaming; IBM Aspera for high-speed data transfer; Kubernetes, for orchestration of containers for microservices; and the venerable IBM MQ, which dates from 1993.
Not wanting to fall short of IBM, Oracle tried to drum up attention for their cloud service partner, Wipro, by announcing their Quick Migration to Cloud Platform that will help customers drive a more direct journey to Oracle cloud. Wipro and Oracle aim to simplify and accelerate the journey to Oracle Cloud for their customers.
According to Ravi Purohit, Vice President and Global Head- Oracle Service Line, Modern Application Services, Wipro Limited, “Wipro’s QuMiC demonstrates our expertise with Oracle Cloud and is an example of our continued investments in Oracle Cloud development. Extending the use of Wipro’s ‘Cloud Studio’, QuMiC complements the Oracle Cloud and will help customers significantly simplify, accelerate, and improve the time to value from their cloud implementations.”
ICONLOOP Achieves AWS’s Advanced Technology Partner Status
ICONLOOP has achieved Advanced Technology Partner status in the AWS Partner Network. It has achieved this status in recognition of its high performance in establishing a blockchain network, providing a stable service, and suggesting new ways to adopt blockchain technology across different industries. ICONLOOP has provided the “ICON Development Network
in the AWS Marketplace, allowing developers to run the ICON blockchain network through the AWS cloud. The network enables developers to easily develop, test, and validate their projects utilizing all of the functions that the ICON platform has provided.
By achieving advanced status, ICONLOOP is going to be eligible for preferred access to business opportunities, an AWS-written case study, and joint AWS customer-facing webinars. ICONLOOP will also continue working to increase the convenience of the development environment; something that is essential to the success of ICON. Additionally, it will continue to collaborate with AWS to find promising decentralized applications, DApps, in diverse industries.
AWS is continuing to bolster its technology lead by using blockchain from IconWorld and focusing on table design with Redshift. The cloud provider is adding to the already impressive scale of the AWS offering.
A Boost for International Cloud Offerings
Internationally, public cloud offering saw a boost as OVH unveiled its public cloud for Australia and Huawei introduced the Huawei Cloud for Singapore. Huawei Cloud is also scheduled to build its AI capabilities in Singapore, which will serve start-ups and major industries in the Asia Pacific. Huawei plans to extend 24/7 technical support and service assurance to Huawei Cloud’s customers in the government, internet, and the financial industry as well as large local enterprises, after approvals under Singapore’s data security certification process.
OVH, the French cloud infrastructure provider brought its public cloud to Australia and Singapore. OVH bills the services as offering “On-demand cloud servers for all your web projects” and says it’s based on OpenStack. The new offering runs in a Sydney Equinix data center in Sydney and a Telstra data center in Singapore. Chief Executive of OVH, Michel Paulin said, “By adding public cloud regions in APAC, we commit to develop in this region of the world and aim to support the local cloud users’ growth.” Paulin also added that the expansion was aligned with its “multi-local” strategy by bringing its service closer to local end users.
Late week earnings report: Chinese Internet company Baidu’s cloud business’s fourth-quarter revenue doubled year over year, reaching 1.1 billion Yuan in revenue, about $160 million. Robin Li, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer stated, “Baidu Cloud has seen strong growth in both revenue and customer base and is expanding AI solutions across different industry verticals such as telecom, manufacturing and financial services and transportation.”
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