Cloud and Internet News Update (February 22, 2017)

Google’s Plan of Bringing Internet Access to Africa with Balloons Loses Steam

As Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. continues to ground some of the company’s loftier endeavors, a project (named “Loon”) aimed at delivering internet across Africa through a network of ballons has scaled back its plans. The project will now only include a small number of balloons aimed at specific regions in an aim to generate revenue sooner.


Lawsuit Claiming Facebook Stole and Open-sourced Data Center Trade Secrets will Proceed to Court

Data center companies BladeRoom and Bripco British will have their day in court against Facebook, who they accuse of misappropriating trade secrets – designs and methods for building modular data centers.A Silicon Valley judge dismissed Facebook’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The plaintiffs also claim Facebook published their trade secrets publicly (and under an open-source license) through its Open Compute Project.


New Zealand Court Ruling Puts Kim Dotcom Closer to a U.S. Courtroom

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom could be facing a U.S. court after a New Zealand court turned down an extradition appeal from Dotcom and his business associates who the U.S. Department of Justice have been pursuing since they shut down file hosting site Megaupload in 2012.

Extradition typically requires the country where the accused is based to have an equivalent law to where the crime took place. And while New Zealand lacks an equivalent “copyright” crime to the U.S., the High Court judge ruled that fraud and racketeering charges are equivalent and do apply. Dotcom, however, remains hopeful that he’ll be in New Zealand for at least another two years.

Kubernetes Now Generally Available on Microsoft Azure

After a technology preview in November, Kubernetes is now generally available on its Azure Container Service (ACS). This means containerized applications can be  deployed to Azure on a PaaS, on Kubernetes itself, or a managed Kubernetes cluster. The Azure platform also supports Docker Swarm, another major container management software tool.


Media Temple Goes Big with Extended WordPress Hosting Plans

Media Temple added a new “Extended” plan for corporations, resellers and large agencies aimed at supporting high-traffic, media-heavy sites and apps. The new plan includes 1TB of storage, unlimited data transfer, up to 100 sites and five million monthly visitors. Pricing starts at $499 per month. Media Temple also refreshed its Personal, Pro with increased SSD storage, and the Elite plan now includes TrueSpeed CDN by SiteLock at no additional cost.


Cloud Adoption Ignites Strong Demand For US Data Centers

Data centers are one of the top commercial real-estate sectors in 2016 thanks to strong demand for cloud technology, according to commercial real-estate consultancy BBG.

In 2016, data centers in the top 15 regions for data centers had 357.5 megawatts of capacity, and with major growth expected in the top four data center regions – Northern Virginia, Northern California, Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth.

[alignreset] Launches Next-Generation Public Cloud in Cyprus, Running on the OnApp Cloud Management Platform

CloudLayer8 has launched a public cloud service using the OnApp cloud management platform, providing a cloud hosting service that’s fully automated and self-service aimed at businesses across Cyprus, Greece and the Middle East.

The CL8 cloud is hosted at its datacenter in Limassol, but has the ability to spin up instances across OnApp’s global network of OnApp clouds known as the OnApp Federation. CL8’s data center will also be part of the OnApp CDN, which helps deliver content.

IBM, Indiegogo and Arrow Help Entrepreneurs Build IoT Products

IBM, Indiegogo and Arrow Electronics announced a joint initiative to give entrepreneurs free access to IBM’s Watson IoT Platform and Discounts on Cloud Services. Qualified Indiegogo entrepreneurs will have unlimited access to the Watson IoT Platform via Bluemix, along with access to up to $500,000 in Arrow’s technology design and production expertise for increasing the volume and quality of IoT devices.

Early examples of Arrow Certified Indiegogo IoT startup projects include Fitly whose “smart plate” analyzes and tracks what you eat, and PlayDate, the makers of a smart ball that lets pet owners interact with their dogs and cats from anywhere in the world.

See more details about the program here:

Security Worries Cause Financial Sector to be Bearish on Cloud Adoption

Security remains a top concern of financial institutions looking towards cloud adoption, according to a survey by Netwrix Corporation, a provider of a hybrid cloud visibility and governance platform.

Most financial organizations (85%) are worried about the security and privacy of data in the cloud, and 17% are strongly skeptical, saying that they are not ready to move their IT infrastructures to the cloud because of security concerns. The major reason why financial entities are not ready to embrace the cloud is the risk of unauthorized access and account hijacking (80%).

Topping the list of the key cloud advantages to financial institutions include the ease of cloud scalability and flexibility (67%), flexibility in resource utilization (50%) and high availability of systems (42%).

View Netwrix’s infographic summarizing the information here:

Cloudian’s New Object Storage Appliance Provides High Density Storage and Low Per GB Cost

Cloudian, a provider of Amazon S3-compatible cloud object storage software, announced that its HyperStore 4000 storage appliance which packs 700TB into a 7-inch high, 4U enclosure. This is suited towards data-intensive environments such as life sciences, healthcare and entertainment where unstructured data storage demands at least double every year. The cost works out to around half a cent per GB per month so that customers can optimize their storage across a combination of on-prem and public cloud storage (including AWS S3 compatibility).

Cloud and Data Management Drive Enterprise Mobility Efforts

Enterprise mobility efforts were initially all about device security and accessing email, but it’s not more about applications and data, according to a survey of 582 IT decision-makers at enterprises from end-to-end mobility company DMI.

Data management is now the primary focus of enterprise mobility. Two thirds of enterprises (67%) identified cloud as a key component of mobility efforts. 30 percent of survey respondents anticipate investment growth in cloud integration, and 28 percent say they expect this integration to provide significant benefits to enterprises – more so than any other mobility area in 2017.

The complete report is available here:

David Bock Joins Excella Consulting DevOps Services Lead

DevOps Expert David Bock is joining Excella Consulting as its DevOps services lead. Excella is a leading provider of Agile software development services to government agencies, commercial organizations and non-profits in Washington DC. Prior to joining Excella, Bock was the Director of Engineering, Special Projects, for LivingSocial and a co-founder of the technology firm CodeSherpas.


Gene Kim joins CloudMunch to Shape the Future of DevOps Intelligence

Well-known DevOps expert and author Gene Kim will be advising CloudMunch on its DevOps Intelligence Platform, which connects tools for software delivery and data from development and operations teams to provide insights, recommendations and suggested actions. Gene’s recommendations from his well-respected “DevOps Handbook” will be featured under the recommendations feature in its DevOps Intelligence Platform.

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