Lots of news coming in this week from the Google Next cloud conference, which was held this week in San Francisco. View in browser »
The New Stack Update

ISSUE 162: Google Cloud Next

Talk Talk Talk

“70% of our customers are using Kubernetes.”

Mirko Novakovic, CEO, Instana
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What are the top three most important characteristics?
Professional-level support and documentation now rival performance as the top criteria when evaluating what API to use, according to SmartBear’s recently published “State of the API 2019 Report.

The report is based on a survey of over 3,000 API consumers and practitioners, with the sample dominated by users of Swagger or SOAPUI. The percentage of people saying “ease of use” and “accurate and detailed documentation” was one of the most important characteristics needed, and almost doubled in the 2019 survey as compared to when the same question was asked in 2016. Many other types of criteria also rose in importance as people are generally expecting more from the APIs they use. Asked specifically what they’re looking for in terms of documentation, 70% said “examples.”

As APIs have become ingrained in so many application stacks, so, too, have the strategies and tools to handle them. A formal API monitoring process has been implemented by 57% of the respondents’ companies. Since they are spending the time to track the API performance, API users expect that the API provider will quickly respond to service level issues, with 75% expecting the provider to send out an immediate notification or alert.

Furthermore, 46% want the provider to make a temporary workaround or backup API available until the problem is resolved.

Either way, 57% said that on average it should take less than 24 hours for an API provider to resolve a quality issue.
What's Happening

Machine learning-aided artificial intelligence (AI) might one day be able to emulate the intelligence of hundreds or even thousands of human brains simultaneously, in such a way that human input would be obsolete throughout the software development cycle. In theory, a single system could not only replace a hundred-member DevOps team, but assume the roles and tasks performed by hundreds of similar-sized DevOps teams. You could easily imagine, like taxi and truck drivers, the days of the software developer are numbered — except they really are not.

But what machine learning is already good at, Nick Durkin, field chief technology officer for machine learning-based continuous delivery services provider Harness said during this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, is assuming a lot of the more data-crunching and mundane tasks in the production and deployment pipelines.

Machine Learning AI Finds its Place in the Production Pipeline

Google Cloud Next

Lots of news coming in this week from the Google Next cloud conference, which was held this week in San Francisco.
One item is the work Google is doing to incorporate open source companies into its marketplace of cloud offerings. Rather than leaving its own customers to find the open source projects they want in the Google Cloud marketplace and provision them on Google Compute Engine manually, over the next few months Google will begin offering seven leading open source projects as fully managed services that are tightly integrated with Google Cloud Platform, showing up on the list of services you can set up from the Google console. Initial technologies include those from open source database system providers Confluent, MongoDB, Elastic, Neo4j, Redis Labs, InfluxData and DataStax.
The big news this week, however, was around Google’s new Cloud Run service, a serverless platform built on Knative, the runtime environment that extends Kubernetes for serverless workloads, and the Functions Framework. Unlike other serverless functions where you typically bring code written specifically to run as a function and be triggered by events, Cloud Run lets you package up existing code in a Docker container.

Keep tabs on for more stories coming from this cloud computing conference.

CloudBees, Atos Offers a Complete CI/CD Services Model

Services and solutions provider Atos has teamed with Jenkins provider CloudBees to jointly offer an integrated service as a managed platform for continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD). Application-transformation services from Atos helps teams modernize applications, as well as the way they are delivered and managed; a cloud-native CI/CD platform from CloudBees, powered by Jenkins and Jenkins X, can run with Google Cloud technologies in the cloud or on premise; Google's for cloud technologies for Kubernetes and Istio.

Gremlin-Spinnaker Integration for Automating Chaos Engineering

The folks behind the open source multicloud continuous delivery platform Spinnaker are partnering with Chaos as a Service vendor Gremlin. The integration with Gremlin means Spinnaker users can automate chaos experiments across multiple cloud providers including Amazon EC2, Kubernetes, Google Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Google App Engine, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack and more.

OpenStack 'Stein' Promises 5-Minute Kubernetes Deployments

In advance of its Open Infrastructure Summit to be held in Denver next month, OpenStack has released Stein, the 19th version of its open source cloud infrastructure software of the same name. Stein brings with it dozens of enhancements, including new capabilities for bare metal networking and management, the ability to run high-performance workloads with GPUs, improved container and Kubernetes functionality, and networking upgrades to support 5G, edge computing and network functions virtualization (NFV) use cases.

Party On

Oren Teich showed the Google Cloud Run serverless stack at Google Next.

Google Next press party at the Wingtip with (left to right) Ashley Carlson of Nectar Communications; Brittany Stagnaro, Google; Lindsay Hart, Nectar; Katie Wattie, Google.

On The Road
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon // MAY 22, 2019 // BARCELONA, SPAIN @ FIRA GRAN VIA, HALL 8, ROOM F1


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