Cloud and Internet News Update (February 1, 2017)

The Pain of Fixing Bugs, Trump’s Clashes with Silicon Valley, Machine Learning Taking Off, and More!

This week we have some interesting news updates including reports on bug fixes and the cost of security outages, the excitement around machine learning, and the tech industry’s backlash against Trump in his first few days as President. Read on!

It’s 2017 and We’re Still Slow at Fixing Bugs: Report

Software teams are deploying code faster (even hourly) and the adoption of testing automation has grown, but it can still take several working days to fix bugs after they’re identified. These are the findings of a survey conducted by Dimensional Research on behalf of Sauce Labs. The full “Testing Trends in 2017” report is available here:

US Tech Companies Express Outrage Over Trump’s “Muslim Ban”

US President Donald Trump’s ban on visitors from seven predominently Muslim countries launced a huge swell of outrage. Aside from the obvious bigotry, this anti-immigrant action particularly worries many tech US tech companies – which rely on foreign talent – have spoken out against the President’s Executive Order. Many worry that H1-B visas which allow temporary foreign workers to fill high-skilled jobs could be the next thing Trump will scrap.

Services Now Make up 9% of Apple’s Revenues

Apple, which has historically made its profits from hardware sales, has a growing services segment according to its F1Q17 earnings report. While its 18% year-over-year growth in services wasn’t as impressive as last quarter, it still makes services represent 9.2% of total revenues. Overall, Apple’s revenues grew YOY for the first time since F1Q16.

Many Companies Catching Onto Machine Learning

This week, cyber security company Radware acquired machine learning pioneer Seculert, whose software sifts through data centers for early warning signs of an attack before it starts causing damage. GoDaddy announced a new website builder that uses smart algorithms and machine learning to attract more visitors and drive sales. And Vertiv announced a new solution in whcih machine learning automates management of data center cooling systems so that elements like chillers, air handlers, and economizers are all optimally tuned.

New Report Measures the True Costs of Security Incidents

Highlighting the costs of security incidents – over one-third of organizations that experienced a breach in 2016 reported losses of more than 20 percent of annual revenue, according to Cisco’s 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report. The report also outlines some of the other major trends like the “corporatization” of online crime, and new attack methods that model corporate hierarchies.

OnApp Releases Version 5.3 of Cloud Management Platform

The new version of OnApp’s cloud management platform has added new features to make it easier for cloud providers to fully automate customer software installation or managed Linux/Windows administration. Other features include Virtual Server Gateways, allowing cloud providers to offer private networks with secure public network access.

Cloud Database NuoDB Expands Free Community Edition

NuoDB, an elastic SQL database built for cloud applications, is now available in a newly expanded Community Edition with features that let it automatically adjust to fluctuations and growth in transaction processing volumes and provide resilience to hardware failure. The latest NuoDB version allows users to add additional transaction processing nodes for more workload throughput and can be deployed across multiple hosts for fault tolerance and high availability.


Rackspace hired Dee Richartz as director of its managed security services business unit for EMEA.

Bob Picciano will be running IBM Cognitive Systems, the renamed and restructured divison made up of IBM’s former Power Systems unit which includes analytics software and some Watson services.

Robert O’Donovan, previously CFO at Pivotal, was hired as CFO at DataStax, a provider of data management for cloud applications.

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