Because of it's growing popularity, I thought it would make sense to provide a nice bundle of video tutorials on Digital Ocean (for the visual learner). Digital Ocean has made a name for themselves by providing super-fast, super-cheap pure-SSD hosting.
I wonder whether this move from Rackspace was significantly influenced by Digital Ocean's meteoric rise with it's low-priced pure-SSD servers. I think the other vendors have to be taking notice of the scrappy startup by now.
Pivotal has developed and open sourced some new components for Cloud Foundry to make deployment a lot easier with some new options and really short commands for pushing your applications via Maven or Gradle.
The developers at RelateQ recently documented their 24 hour journey from their former development environment to one that was orchestrated by Docker and didn't take days to set up. Their stack had a lot of moving parts from open source: Cassandra, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, Kafka, Zookeeper, and Redis.
Tech media keeps predicting that Cisco is going to be hit the hardest by the arrival of software-defined networking. According to a Business Insider article , that has already happened in a $1B deal with Amazon, which was dropped to only $11M.
Sure it's a little over-simplified... almost all analogies are. But I think Juniper's David Noguer Bau makes a helpful metaphor for how today's networks work and how the software-defined networks of tomorrow will work.
Looks like Alex Freedland's recent prediction that OpenStack Will Eat IaaS AND PaaS Vendors could be coming true. Just last week, Rackspace, one of the founders of OpenStack and a primary steward of many of its projects, announced Project Solum.
A wonderful tongue-in-cheek article on etherealmind.com looks at a "Unicorn-Powered SDN Data Center" in the form of Legos. Go take a look at the whimsical picture tour along with some good inside jokes for all the members of data center teams.
But Luke Wheeler thought now was a good time to revisit how other companies are competing strongly in a few specific areas of services, some that AWS doesn't even provide. Wheeler has some really good distillations of each company's focus and how they differentiate themselves...