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The New Stack Update

ISSUE 114: Redmond Loves Containers

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“As we move forward, it’s becoming increasingly clear (to me at least) that the future will be containerized and those containers will run on serverless infrastructure.”

Brendan Burns, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer.
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IoT Interoperability Improves
IoT developer concerns about interoperability have declined at the same time that more attention is being paid to IoT data. Along with its partners, the Eclipse Foundation’s Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group received 502 responses for its annual survey conducted from January through March 2018. When asked what their top two concerns were for developing IoT solutions, those mentioning interoperability dropped from 29 percent in 2016 to 15 percent in 2018. It is possible that open source standards and IoT platforms are responsible for the declining concerns about interoperability. That would validate the work of Eclipse, along with its survey partners Agile-IoTIEEE and OMA SpecWorks. At a minimum, developers involved with the aforementioned communities feel more comfortable that their projects can interact with other systems. Whether or not their standards will win versus others groups like the Open Connectivity Foundation remains to be seen.
What's Happening

The complexities are a given. That can sum up Kubernetes. It’s going to take time to unfold. And here’s why in this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast that Alex Williams recorded with Kelsey Hightower and Liz Rice, co-chairs of this year’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Copenhagen, May 2-4.

All the Complexities and all the Topics for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon

Redmond Loves Containers

Although it was a bit slow to respond to the container trend, Microsoft has gone all in on the technology and has even, it could be argued, jumped ahead of its competitors. This week, the company launched the full production-ready version of Microsoft’s Azure Container Instances (ACI). Microsoft touts ACI as a “serverless” service, one that offers the container, either of the Linux or Windows variety, as a basic compute primitive, much like a virtual machine (VM) is a primitive. It is somewhat similar to the Amazon Web Services’ Fargate service, which AWS launched in beta form last December. Microsoft has beat AWS to market on the Containers as a Service offering.

ACI’s emphasis is in ease of use, and in this regard, the release follows the Microsoft playbook. While the company has offered plenty of innovation over the decades, it has really made its mark by democratizing technology — that is to say, taking a good idea that others may have had and simplify it, and reduce its cost so that it can be used by a wider audience. It reset the enterprise server market with Windows NT, which offered a lower cost alternative to proprietary Unix. And think of all the business intelligence capabilities (i.e., Power Pivot), which BI software companies used to charged thousands for, that are now embedded as features in Excel.

Now Microsoft wants to do the same for containers. ACI takes care of all the infrastructure management for running containers, potentially reducing the burden on IT staff. It will be interesting to see how the other cloud providers respond.

Quali Wants to Be the Netflix for Cloud Development Sandboxes

Cloud sandbox vendor Quali wants to make setting up development and test environments as easy as choosing a movie on Netflix. Its Cloudshell platform provides self-service live environments that are authentic replicas of those used in production. They can be used for development, testing, demos and training, and deployed on any cloud — public, private or hybrid.

Eclipse Moves to Make Jakarta EE, Formerly Java EE, More Open to Developers

In September of last year, Java EE 8 arrived at the same time as it was being donated to Eclipse. The platform’s latest features included a new API for JSON bindings, and support for server-sent events. And the code base also is getting a new name: Jakarta EE.

A Tip from Mechanical Engineering: Use Control Theory to Better Auto-Scale Systems

Want to more efficiently automate the scaling up and down of your IT systems? Take a close look at the traditional practice of control theory. Though widely used in mechanical engineering for centuries, control theory has yet to be deployed much to automatically adjust the performance of the distributed IT systems.

Party On

Jake Erickson (left) and Dobroslav Slavenskoj of Slalom give a thumbs up during DevOpsDays in Seattle this week.

On The Road
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe // MAY 2-4, 2018 // BELLA CENTER, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK


KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe
Day of Podcasting 1: Kubernetes and cloud-native projects are only as strong as their core. The value of these platforms can only be determined by how the open source community establish constraints and boundaries for long-term sustainability. Our conversations from Copenhagen will explore how with technology maturity comes more questions about technical priorities, while staying passionate about new subject matter such as serverless technologies and machine learning for operations.

Day of Podcasting 2: Serverless, service mesh technologies and machine learning are as vogue as it gets these days, and that is what you will hear all about from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU. Join The New Stack and our sponsor Red Hat OpenShift as we discuss these and relevant topics with technologists and end users.

Pancakes on Thursday: Is an application architecture ever fully secure? Enter SPIFFE, a whimsical sounding term that is now an official CNCF project. It’s focus: build a way to create a secure identity framework for production environments. It’s a new level of complexity that also raises discussions about access, authentication and network-level ACL configurations. Come learn, engage in conversation and enjoy a short stack with The New Stack. And of course, our special sponsor, VMware, deserves the chef’s gratitude for making this breakfast possible.

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