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The Cloud And Container News That Made Headlines In 2016 — Part 1

As we wrap up the year, I want to highlight a few events from the cloud, containers, and DevOps market that will have a significant impact on the industry in the coming years.

These events are not particularly related to new investments, mergers and acquisitions, or executive transitions that took place this year. They include announcements, initiatives, and strategic moves by key players that raised the eyebrows.

Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation

This news certainly deserves to be at the top of the list. On November 16, Microsoft announced that it is joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. This move came as a shock to those who knew Microsoft from its early days. Steve Ballmer, the previous CEO, infamously declared Linux as cancer. Under his regime, Microsoft fought a relentless battle with open source and Linux. Under the helm of Satya Nadella, it’s a changed Microsoft.

From shipping SQL Server on Linux to offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Azure to including a BASH shell in Windows 10, Microsoft is embracing Linux wholeheartedly. For the new Microsoft, what matters is cloud and not the dominance of the OS market.

The AWS and VMware Deal

2016 will be remembered for AWS consolidating its position in the market. It has become so powerful that the arch rivals have decided to bury the hatchet to partner with AWS.

VMware has taken the “join them if you can’t beat them” strategy so seriously that Pat Gelsinger, it’s CEO joined Andy Jassy, the chief executive of AWS to announce the partnership. Customers will be able to run vSphere-based workloads in Amazon’s cloud, which will be officially supported by VMware.

This partnership raised a few eyebrows as VMware is known to criticize AWS as the proprietary and closed public cloud.

Red Hat and Google join .NET Foundation

After Microsoft has started to show its love for Linux, the industry is reciprocating through its support for .NET.

In March 2016, Red Hat has joined the .NET Foundation to bring Microsoft’s open source technologies to its enterprise Linux OS. This enables Red Hat to support those customers who run Java and .NET in their datacenters.

Google is ambitious to become the enterprise cloud provider. To entire customers with Microsoft workloads, Google has been supporting Windows Server in its cloud. To strengthen it further, it has officially joined the .NET Foundation in November 2016. Google’s engineers will contribute to the open source .NET runtime and libraries.

Read the entire article at Forbes

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.