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IDG Contributor Network: Lesson from AWS outage: stop putting your eggs in the same basket

It happened again.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) went down yesterday for hours,  bringing down a huge chunk of the internet with it. I didn’t realize at the time that AWS was the reason that I was not able to play the latest episode of Supergirl on my Apple TV. And it was not just the iCloud that was affected. It was not just the small sites. Big players were hit big time, including Apple, Adobe, Docker’s Registry Hub, GitHub, GitLab, Quora, Medium, Signal, Slack, Imgur, Twitch.tv…and many more.

This is not the first time AWS has gone down for hours, bringing everyone down with them. And it won’t be the last time.

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IDG Contributor Network: Raspberry Pi Foundation announces the best return gift

The first Raspberry Pi device was released on February 29, 2012. Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the credit card sized, single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the perfect return gift: Raspberry Pi Zero W.

You guessed it right, the W in the name stands for “wireless.” This is a new version of Raspberry Pi Zero that comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities at a mere $ 10.

A few days ago, I spent $ 12 to get a Bluetooth dongle for my Xbox One. Here I am getting a full fledged computer with wireless capabilities for less than what I paid for the dongle.

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IDG Contributor Network: SaaS is eating the infrastructure world

In many ways, we can compare the future of the software world to the emergence of self-driving cars. Just as we’re faced with questions around a unified set of operational standards for all companies eager to remove drivers from behind the wheel, serverless computing poses a similar set of challenges as software eats further and further into the infrastructure stack.

When that happens, the driver (or in this case, the infrastructure) will disappear into the background and the car (in this case, software applications) will take center stage. Whether we’re talking driverless cars or serverless computing, it’s going to be a bumpy road ahead as companies start to adapt. Here’s a look at what will happen when software eats the infrastructure world.

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IDG Contributor Network: Red Hat expected to rake in $2.4 billion in revenue this year

The king of Linux, Red Hat, continues its growth as a leading Linux vendor that’s betting big on the cloud. Yesterday, the company announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended August 31, 2016.

The company generated $ 600 million in revenue for the quarter, a 19 percent year-over-year increase. Red Hat is often credited with creating a business model around Linux and Open Source: a subscription based service and support model.

Subscription revenue for the quarter was $ 531 million, which accounts for 89% of total revenue. It was a 20% year-over-year increase. Based on these numbers we can safely assume that Red Hat will be generating revenues around $ 2.415 billion in this fiscal year. That makes Red Hat the most successful pure open source company to date.

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IDG Contributor Network: Is the IT services industry at a crossroads?

Much ink has been spilled over the changing IT services industry. Indeed, it is an industry well acquainted with—and perhaps even born out of—change. But the velocity of technological advancement happening today is unprecedented.

Is the industry truly at a crossroads?

The established industry players are dealing with two distinct macro shifts. IT outsourcing provider Infosys calls them “Renew” and “New.” Allow me to explain.

+ Also on Network World: $ 1 trillion in IT spending to be ‘affected’ by the cloud +

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IDG Contributor Network: OpenSUSE comes to Linode

The openSUSE Conference in Nürnberg, Germany concluded on Sunday and today cloud hosting provider Linode announced that it is now offering openSUSE as an option on its virtual servers.

Linode customers can get openSUSE 13.1, which reaches end-of-life in November 2016. Also available is openSUSE 13.2, which reaches end-of-life between January and March of 2017. Once 13.1 and 13.2 expire, they’ll no longer be available from the Linode Manager.

OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 will be available to Linode customers very soon, and Linode will offer openSUSE Leap 42.2, when it’s made available later this year. There are no plans to offer openSUSE Tumbleweed at this time.

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IDG Contributor Network: HP’s OpenSwitch becomes a Linux Foundation Project

HP’s open source networking operating system, OpenSwitch, is now a Linux Foundation project.

Many industry players are joining the project, including Broadcom, Cavium, Extreme Networks, LinkedIn, Mellanox, Nephos Inc., P4.org, Quattro Networks, SnapRoute and, of course, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

OpenSwitch is full-featured, Linux-based modular and modern network operating system that provides support for traditional and cloud networking environments.

Commenting on the arrival of OpenSwicth Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation said, “OpenSwitch brings another important ingredient of the open networking stack to The Linux Foundation. We’re looking forward to working with this community to advance networking across the enterprise.”

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IDG Contributor Network: An intelligent cloud?

For the most part, many of the current cloud offerings have previous frameworks that could run in a local infrastructure as well. New cloud offerings are what I would call “cloud only” — a series of tools that only exist in the cloud.

Here is a sample of Microsoft Azure’s new offerings. Notice, unlike previous announcement concerning virtualization, databases and operating systems, these all have a different ring to them.

  • Emotion API — Personalize experiences with emotion recognition
  • Language understanding Intelligent Service API — Teach your applications to understand commands
  • Text Analytics API — Perform text to sentiment analysis, extract key phrases and detect topic and languages
  • Face API –detect, identify organize and tag faces in photos
  • Speech API — convert speech to text and back again and understand its intent
  • Recommendations API –Predict which products your customers are most interested in based on their previous transactions

What makes this all possible is that large cloud providers of non-hosting services, such as Search, are opening their internal engines, which have done billions of queries and millions of hours of analysis, to the public. Google and Microsoft have invested billions of dollars into understanding their data in meaningful ways. More importantly, they have existing revenue-generating business based on these abilities so they continue to invest heavily. Mix that with a hefty dose of competition and fear and you can see how we got to where we are today: the intelligent cloud.

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IDG Contributor Network: Customizing the customer experience with DMPs

Thanks to today’s data management platforms (DMPs), brands are becoming more sophisticated in how they collect, store and analyze data in order to improve their customer experience. From Adobe AudienceManager and Core Audience to Oracle-acquired BlueKai and X+1, a growing number of DMP software options with a range of specializations are now available.

Wal-Mart was one of the first companies to experiment with data warehousing of transactional data before the aforementioned tools existed. Since then, what companies are doing with the help of well-integrated data and data management platforms has become increasingly innovative.

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IDG Contributor Network: Zuora ups the ante and takes it (again) to the old-school vendors

Zuora is an interesting vendor — founded by one of Salesforce‘s earliest executives, Tien Tzuo, the company was set up to deliver upon the promise of the so-called subscription economy. Tzuo is a long-time subscription economy prophet and, listening to him over the years, it would be easy to assume that in the future every possible transaction will be based on a subscription paradigm.

Of course, it isn’t quite that simple and many organizations are more than happy to continue using their traditional billing approaches, but what is true is that increasingly it is a general requirement from organizations that they will have increasing flexibility about how they package and price their products and services.

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