IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review
The cloud is changing the way we talk and think about IT and the leading cloud proviers are consistently transforming cloud computing to bring even greater depth and maturity of services to IT organizations in their pursuit of IT modernization. Each year Gartner takes a step back from this cycle to look at the cloud infrastructure market, helping organizations who are both new and existing cloud users analyze the state of the market and vendors therein.
This week, Gartner created a bit of a stir with the release of its annual Magic Quadrant on the for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide report. Most notably, the number of vendors reviewed dropped from 14 to six, due to both a consolidating market and a redefining of the inclusion criteria.
With the quick pace of change in this market, it may seem surprising at first blush to see that vendors have not moved much in their overall MQ placement; however, the MQ is a reflection of vendors relative to the overall market. AWS is still seen as the most mature leader in the space with a robust ecosystem; Microsoft made moves in its ability to execute and was lauded for its increasing openness to Linux and other open source tools; and Google cracked into the Leader Quadrant creating a ‘big three’ of IaaS.
Further to the point, after days of rumors, Microsoft announced today that it will acquire GitHub, which will give it an even larger open source footprint.
In other market analysis news, Puppet released this week a new report. Called State of DevOps: Market Segmentation, it brings additional insights based on the 2017 State of DevOps Survey data, revealing how companies are faring on their DevOps adoption based on their region and industry. In sync with our research on the topic, Puppet found that most organizations begin their DevOps journey to address an acute pain point.
The AWS consulting team here at Flux7 were excited to see this week that AWS released Amazon Neptune. Amazon Neptune is a fast, reliable, fully-managed graph database service that makes it easy to build and run applications that work with highly connected datasets. For example, life sciences organizations can use Neptune’s graph database engine to store billions of relationships and query the graph with millisecond latencies. Neptune can be used to power everything from recommendation engines and knowledge graphs to drug discovery and network security.
Our engineers also enjoyed this ‘how to’ on Writing your own AWS Systems Manager documents by Stefan Minhas on the AWS blog this week.
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