Leave AWS? Not for easier cloud discounts

If the cloud is all about convenience, cloud pricing is anything but. The pay-as-you-go model has been complicated by AWS Reserved Instances and other ways to lock in lower prices at the expense of business agility. Indeed, this critical need to shepherd costs efficiently has some AWS users longing for simpler and more flexible pricing… Continue reading Leave AWS? Not for easier cloud discounts

Cray puts its supercomputer in the cloud

Cray Research is now offering its Urika-GX supercomputer as a cloud computing service, targeted at life-sciences customers looking for compute cycles to solve some heavy problems. This offering, done with cloud infrastructure provider Markley, makes Cray one of the last high-performance computing providers to give cloud computing a try. But few companies actually need it.… Continue reading Cray puts its supercomputer in the cloud

IDG Contributor Network: Microservices need to honor contracts

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Archilochus said in 700 B.C. Centuries later, Unix was developed using similar philosophy: “Do one thing and do it well.” Derived on the same principles, microservices aim to deliver specific functionality in an independent repeatable way, but any change to that microservice must not result in… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Microservices need to honor contracts

Kubernetes foundation takes on container networking

 (CNCF), which seeks to drive large-scale cloud computing with an emphasis on containers and microservices, has just added the Container Network Interface (CNI) project to its fold. The project joins others hosted by the nonprofit foundation, including the Kuberrnetes container orchestration platform and CoreDNS DNS server. CNI had been a GitHub open source project. It features… Continue reading Kubernetes foundation takes on container networking

A cloud storage architecture for the enterprise

Yaniv Romem is co-founder and CTO and Tom Leyden is VP of corporate marketing at Excelero Tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google have redefined IT for web-scale applications, leveraging standard servers and shared-nothing architectures to ensure maximum operational efficiency, flexibility, and reliability. As new application workloads – cloud, mobile, IoT, machine learning, and… Continue reading A cloud storage architecture for the enterprise

Microsoft’s P language is aimed at where cloud, AI, and IoT meet

Microsoft is positioning its P language as a solution for asynchrony in a world where this capability is becoming increasingly vital for the cloud, artificial intelligence, and embedded systems. Geared to asynchronous event-driven programming, the open source P unifies modeling and programming into a single activity. “Today’s software uses cloud resources, is often embedded in… Continue reading Microsoft’s P language is aimed at where cloud, AI, and IoT meet

Does Microsoft’s Cosmos DB promise too much?

Microsoft apparently missed database godfather Michael Stonebraker’s memo. In 2005 Stonebraker declared the “one size fits all” mentality of the database market is an idea whose “time has come and gone.” Fast forward to 2017 and Microsoft launched Azure Cosmos DB, a new database that promises to do… everything. No, really. Everything. Relational data? Check.… Continue reading Does Microsoft’s Cosmos DB promise too much?