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‘Pick that cloud, lose our business’: What to do

Herersquo;s a shocker: Wal-Mart is telling some technology companies that if they want Wal-Martrsquo;s business, they canrsquo;t use Amazon Web Services. (Wal-Mart says it simply doesnrsquo;t want customers storing Wal-Martrsquo;s sensitive info on AWS.) Thatrsquo;s a tall order for technology companies that may have invested millions in their tech running on AWS.However, if you see it from Wal-Martrsquo;s point of view, Amazon.comrsquo;s retail business is costing it billions a year in lost sales, so why not fight back by reducing Amazonrsquo;s AWS income from not just Wal-Mart but Wal-Mart's customers? After all, Amazon.com refuses to sell products from Apple and Google that compete with its own streaming devices and services. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

13 reasons to ditch AWS for another cloud

Amazon Web Services clearly dominates the field. One of the first clouds, AWS is todayrsquo;s leading choice for good reason.
It offers so many options and services under its virtual roof that itrsquo;s nearly impossible to summarize the breadth.

There are dozens of machine types to choose from, dozens of ways to store data, and hundreds if not thousands of software packages you can use to build out your environment.

Thatrsquo;s the definition of the 800-pound gorilla in the cloud.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

How to tell if AI or machine learning is real

Suddenly, it seems, every application and cloud service has been fortified with machine learning or artificial intelligence. Presto! They now can do magic.Much of the marketing around machine learning and AI is misleading, making promises that arenrsquo;t realisticmdash;and often using the terms when they donrsquo;t apply.
In other words, therersquo;s a lot of BS being peddled.

Donrsquo;t fall for those snow jobs.[ Real or virtual? The two faces of machine learning. | The truth behind AI, machine learning, and bots. | The InfoWorld review roundup: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning in the cloud. | Build chat bots with Microsoft's Bot Framework ]Before I explain how can you tell if the software or service really uses machine learning or AI, let me define what those terms really mean:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Preservica Achieves AWS Education Competency Status

Oxford, UK and Boston, US - June 15, 2017 - Digital preservation specialist, Preservica, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Education Competency status.

This designation recognizes that Preservica has demonstrated technical ...

Preservica Achieves AWS Government Competency Status

Oxford, UK and Boston, US - June 15 2017 - Digital preservation specialist, Preservica, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. This designation recognizes Preservica as a high quality, trusted servi...

IDG Contributor Network: Don’t let Netflix envy cloud your devops judgment

There is a lot of talk about devops these days, particularly how itrsquo;s a Trojan horse for slower IT shops that have struggled to digitize at a fast-enough pace.

But at what cost do you place speed over upholding the integrity and soundness of your software?I recently spoke on a panel at the MIT CIO Symposium called Running IT Like a Factory. One of my co-panelists, the CIO of a major bank, talked a lot about cloud-native companies, and how Netflix does 3,000 releases per month and Amazon does 11,000 releases per year. He also referenced the robustness of AWS and how companies like this can create a ton of value very quickly.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

3 killer cloud skills that will get you hired today

One of the most common questions that Irsquo;m asked is: "What cloud skills do I need that will get me hired quickly?"First, keep in mind that this is an emerging area, so what employers are looking for is constantly shifting.
Second, even if they do hire you for a specific skill, yoursquo;ll be asked to retrain and retool as the cloud technology matures.[ A developerrsquo;s guide: Get started with serverless computing.

Then learnnbsp;how to use Microsoftlsquo;s Azure Functions and how to use AWS Lambda for serverless computing. | Build ’em now! 5 uses for serverless frameworks. ]
Still, here are three skills that should get you hired right now:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

WP Engine Expands Global Footprint With New Amazon Web Services Data...

AWS Data Center Increases Availability, Performance, & Privacy Compliance for Growing Global Customer BaseLondon, UK – June 12, 2017 – WP Engine, the worldrsquo;s leading WordPress digital experience platform, today announced it is expanding its global footprint with new Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centre availability across North America for its 60,000+ customers. Recently named an Amazon Advanced Technology Partner, WP Engine offers a range of enterprise-grade, high resiliency, high availability solutions on the WordPress-optimised... Source: RealWire

Serverless computing: Don’t make the wrong choices

Serverless computing is all the rage right nowmdash;and for several good reasons:It removes you from having to provision a server yourself; you simply write functions, and the resources you need are automatically allocated to that function. You pay only for the resources you use. No more leaving servers up and running, then getting a big cloud bill at the end of the month. It can automatically scale, determining what cloud services need to scale with demand and then making it happen. [ A developerrsquo;s guide: Get started with serverless computing.

Then learnnbsp;how to use Microsoftlsquo;s Azure Functions and how to use AWS Lambda for serverless computing. | Build ’em now! 5 uses for serverless frameworks. ]
Amazon Web Servicesrsquo; AWS Lambda and Microsoftrsquo;snbsp;Azure Functions are the best-known examples of serverless computing, and both have existed for a few years.
Still, although wersquo;ve had some great success in some serverless areas, there are other serverless areas that need work.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The 10 tools every modern developer should use

Years ago, all you needed to be a developer was an editor, a compiler, and hopefully some kind of revision control system. (Sadly, many developers still donrsquo;t use revision control systems properly.)These days, you need to know more even for basic software development. Herersquo;s the top 10 list of tools every modern developer should know and use:[ The art of programming moves rapidly.
InfoWorld helps you navigate whatrsquo;s running hot and what's going cold. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]
Git and GitHub: Although there are companies that still use Subversion or CVS even, let alone the awful Clearcase, you probably shouldnrsquo;t work at one of them.

Git is now a basic skill like tying your shoes or spell checking. SSH: Yeah, I know: Yoursquo;re a Windows developer and you donrsquo;t know no stinking shell.

But yoursquo;re going to run into having to create an SSH key or do other SSH stuff.
So you may as well learn now. Terminal Services or remote login: Even if yoursquo;re a Linux or Mac person, sooner or later yoursquo;ll have to deal with Windows.

These tools are how you will connect in. Amazon Web Services: AWS isnrsquo;t just cloud, it is the reason you donrsquo;t have to wait on IT.

There are other cloud providers, but yoursquo;ll have to deal with AWS sooner or later.

AWS has gotten so big that you canrsquo;t know all of AWS any more, but you do need to know at least the EC2 stuff. JavaScript: You donrsquo;t need to know it cold, but this is the scripting language of the now.
If a product or tool is going to add a scripting API, it will probably be for JavaScript. Bash and PowerShell: Sure, more modern devops tools are handy, but sooner or later something isnrsquo;t going to work and it wonrsquo;t have quite what you need.
So, expect to need to know how to write a basic restart script, grab an error code from an exiting command, or do a few things in a loop.

Thatrsquo;s what Bash (in Linux, many Unixes, MacOS, and Windows 10) and Microsoftrsquo;s PowerShell let you do.

Bonus: Add a tool like Grep (PowerShellrsquo;s equivalent Select-String is more wordy) and yoursquo;ll be an even more powerful deity. MongoDB: You need to know how to work with at least one document database. MongoDB is the easiest to learn. Whether yoursquo;re ultimately going to use MongoDB isnrsquo;t relevant; what matters is learning how to deal with a new-generation database.
If yoursquo;re going to use an index like Apache Solr, which is document-shaped, or yoursquo;re going to work with a more columnar structured database, the MongoDB skills will transfer. Curl and Invoke-RestMethod: Most software now has a REST API. On Mac and Linux, Curl is the command-line tool that lets you test and tweak and even script against a REST API.
In PowerShell, it is Invoke-RestMethod (although like everything on PowerShell, it requires more typing).

There are GUI tools like Postman that accomplish the same work, but a serious developer needs to be able to move past a point-and-click interface for efficiencyrsquo;s sake. Markdown: This is the format of the README.md file in GitHub. You should be able to read and write a simple Markdown document.

And thatrsquo;s easy because it has just seven symbols: (# is a header, ## is a subheader, * is a bullet, __ and ** are bold, _ and * are italics, ` is monospace, and --- is a break or rule). Markdown editors often have extensions but those are the basics.

From that basic markup language, you can get slides, PDFs, and HTML. Often these output formats can be consistently formatted with CSS or some other way.

Best of all, you donrsquo;t end up with smart quotes in your code samples. Basic HTML: I canrsquo;t make a decent-looking web page to save my life; Irsquo;m a back-end developer.

But whether yoursquo;re going to stub something out or have to parse HTML, you will need to know basics of the web markup language. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

How serverless changes application development

Pete Johnson is a technical solutions architect at Cisco.Serverless software architectures have generated a lot of interest. How much interest? Like, 2000 people at a conference breakout session —that level of interest. The photo below shows Datadog devops evangelist Matt Williams delivering a session about Lambda at AWS re:Invent last December.

The jam-packed venue was originally designed to house “Phantom of the Opera.”Hyun Auh Irsquo;ve been going to tech conferences for 25 years, and I have never been to a breakout that required a mezzanine before.
Serverless is catching like wildfire.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

BrandPost: The Rise of Hyperconvergence and Composable Infrastructure Threatens Public Cloud’s...

By Paul Miller, HPE Vice President of Marketing, Software-defined and Cloud Group 2006 was an important year in the annals of cloud computing history.
In the spring of 2006, just about 11 years ago, Amazon launched Amazon Web Services, known more co...