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What Is Function-as-a-Service? Serverless Architectures Are Here By Matt Watson It has never been a better time to be a developer. Thanks to cloud computing, deploying our applications is much easier than it used to be. How we deploy our apps continues to evolve thanks to cloud hosting, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and now Function-as-a-Service. What Is Function-as-a-Service (FaaS)? FaaS is the concept of serverless computing via serverless architectures. Software developers can leverage this to deploy an individual "function", action, or piece of business logic. They are expected to start within milliseconds and process individual requests and then the process ends. Principles of FaaS: Complete abstraction of servers away from the developer Billing based on consumption and executions, not server instance sizes Services that are event-driven and instantaneously scala... (more)

[session] PaaS with Containers | @CloudExpo @IBMSystems #AI #CloudNative #Serverless #DevOps

How to Build a Better Private Cloud PaaS with Containers Trying to improve density, lower costs and run applications faster than before? Today, enterprises looking for a secure cloud strategy are increasingly turning to container-based Platform as a Service solutions for on-premises hosted DevOps. In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alise Cashman Spence, Offering Manager, Power Systems Cloud Solutions at IBM, will discuss the driving factors behind these cloud trends and how IBM customers are realizing exceptional performance, security and control for data and analytics services. Speaker Bio Alise Cashman Spence is Offering Manager, Power Systems Cloud Solutions at IBM. 21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty... (more)

Everything as a Service | @CloudExpo @Catchpoint #SaaS #PaaS #Serverless

Everything as a Service By Dawn Parzych Whenever I write about the cloud, I tend to break it down into three categories: software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). As I was working on a cloud performance management ebook, a coworker suggested that I also include function as a service (FaaS) and containers as a service (CaaS) in the definitions. I’ll admit, I had never heard of these categories so after these suggestions were made, I went to do some research. SaaS was one of the first cloud solutions to hit the market. It provides the ability to consume information through a browser or API. IT teams don’t have to manage applications, hardware, security, or storage; everything is managed by the vendor. Users subscribe to a SaaS service on a recurring basis and can easily scale. The uses of SaaS include business p... (more)

The Cloud Computing Kettle Heats Right Up

4th International Cloud Expo Photo Album on Ulitzer The past month has seen an unprecedented concentration of Cloud-related articles, events, tweets, and - above all - product launches, partnership announcements and M&A moves. So is Cloud Computing, after three years, finally coming to the boil? Here, by way of allowing you to judge for yourself, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal brings you a timeline of the trajectory of the Cloud so far. NOVEMBER 13, 2006 Jeff Bezos' Risky Bet - BusinessWeek publishes a cover article on Amazon's "Elastic Compute Cloud" (EC2) - a totally new on-demand, pay-as-you-go storage and computing service launched earlier that year, in August 2006. [From the article: "Bezos wants Amazon to run your business, at least the messy technical and logistical parts of it, using those same technologies and operations that power his $10 billion online ... (more)

Clearing the Confusion Around "Private Cloud"

I was on a LinkedIn thread titled ‘How cloud computing is different from SaaS‘ where Rick Chapman who runs SoftLetter and SaaS University went on beating on this question ‘What is a private cloud’? It is definitely worth it given the tremendous amount of confusion in the term ‘Cloud’ in general and ‘Private Cloud’ in particular. The motivation for this post is Rick and supported by a tweet I read around the same time from ‘Carl Brooks‘ who is a technology writer on Cloud at TechTarget. Let me give it a shot. First, Cloud is about leveraging economies of scale whether it is public or private. Large companies like Citi Bank, P&G, Unilever, Pfizer have the economies of scale to create an equivalent of ‘Amazon EC2′ within the corporate network.When most people refer to ‘Private Cloud’ they are thinking about Virtualization. Private Cloud != Virtualization. To me, Cloud =... (more)

Grape Up to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | @GrapeUpInc #CloudNative #DevOps #PaaS #CloudFoundry

SYS-CON Events announced today that Grape Up will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company specializing in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the U.S. and Europe, Grape Up works with a variety of customers from emerging startups to Fortune 1000 companies. For more information, visit http://grapeup.com/. Download Show Prospectus ▸ Here DevOps at Cloud Expo taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Must Watch Video: R... (more)

Good Fences Between Apps and OS Make Good Neighbors in the Cloud

AppZero Session at Cloud Expo Did you ever have the invisible dream?  I don't like it.  It's the one where I have "the answer" to a big problem (usually involving giant, malevolent aliens) but everyone walks right past me because I'm invisible. I had that feeling yesterday reading James Urquhart's blog titled, "Application packaging for cloud computing: A proposal". He'd written a series of posts considering deployment and operations in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments. Looking at the impact of cloud computing on the use of virtual machines and operating systems, Urquhart wrote, "The very heart and soul of software systems design is being challenged by the decoupling of infrastructure architectures from the software architectures that run on them." Yes.  Exactly what I've been saying.  Exactly what AppZero does in ... (more)

Verizon Enhances On-Demand Cloud Computing Solution

Enterprise Cloud Computing Track at Cloud Expo As more companies move to embrace cloud computing, Verizon Business is enriching its on-demand, global cloud computing solution - Verizon Computing as a Service, or CaaS. The enhancements provide business customers with better control and flexibility over their computing environments. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Based on customer demand, Verizon recently added the following features to CaaS: Server Cloning - Provides IT administrators with the option to customize the configuration of a CaaS virtual server and then create a golden, or reference, server image. This eliminates the need to manually create the same server image multiple times and enables the rapid deployment of server clones supporting the same corporate application. Application and Operating System Expansion - The SUS... (more)

Dynamic Scaling and Elasticity - Windows Azure vs Amazon EC2

Dynamic  Scaling A key benefit of cloud computing is the ability to add and remove capacity as and when it is required. This is often referred to as elastic scale. Being able to add and remove this capacity can dramatically reduce the total cost of ownership for certain types of applications; indeed, for some applications cloud computing is the only economically feasible solution to the problem. This particular property  will be the most valued to evaluate a cloud platform,  and I have provided a comparison between two of the major IaaS platforms: Amazon EC2 Windows Azure (Which is also a PaaS on top of the IaaS Offering) Amazon EC2 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon EC2 provides out-of-the-box support for elasticity an... (more)

Open-Xchange Turns System Integrators into SaaS Providers

Open-Xchange has been selected by five additional system integrators from all over the world that will offer collaboration online to their customers as software-as-a-service (SaaS), as well as traditional on-premises software. Open-Xchange has been selected by five additional system integrators from all over the world that will offer collaboration online to their customers as software-as-a-service (SaaS), as well as traditional on-premises software. "We are seeing amazing market uptake on our hosted collaboration offering sold as SaaS," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "SaaS is a great business model for system integrators and service providers because it provides an additional source of recurring revenues, along with a tight customer linkage." Texas-based consulting firm Deployment Specialists (www.deplox.com) specializes in IT consulting projects from 1,000... (more)

How Pushy Should PaaS Be?

I cannot help but chuckle when I hear someone say, write, or tweet that because of cloud computing operating systems are fast becoming a commodity. The only thing I can say is that they apparently do not talk to the same users that I do. I can accurately use the word ‘entrenched' to describe the commitment to an operating system type that I observe among many enterprises out there. Whether or not you can attribute the commitment to organizational skill or organizational culture is really beside the point. Bottom line: Many users will only leverage a very specific operating system. Why am I talking about operating systems and the relative lack of commoditization? Because I believe this is interesting to consider in the context of the growing wave of PaaS solutions we see in the market. Many PaaS solutions are going to attempt to commoditize a chunk of application e... (more)