No Easy Way Forward For Commercial Open Source Software Vendors

In an earlier article, I examined some of the recent dynamics in open source software, specifically around the for-own-profit commercialization of some projects by large cloud providers, and how that is driving smaller companies to seek out restrictive license models, in the process causing themselves considerable friction in their communities. As befits a piece that deals…

Containers Put The ‘Dev’ Back In DevSecOps

On the back of a record-breaking Kubecon+CloudNativeCon (with a reported 7,700 attendees last week), it is very clear that Kubernetes’ position as a cloud center of gravity remains unassailable in the foreseeable future. For one, even outside of this sprawling tradeshow, it has taken over sessions at many other conferences, from the Open Infrastructure Summit (previously…

At RSA Conference, Most Security Vendors Still Not Shifting Left

A week at the sprawling cybersecurity conference known as RSA Conference always sends you home with tired feet and a full brain. With attendance as high as ever, top-quality (and more diverse, this time around) keynotes, a myriad sponsored evening events and—crucially—a week-long San Francisco drizzle that kept attendees engaged indoors, the momentum seemed ever-present. However, as…

IBM And The Third Iteration of Multi-Cloud

Four months after the announcement of the Red Hat acquisition, and some time before it is expected to officially close, I caught up with Dr. Jim Comfort, GM of Multicloud Offerings and Hybrid Cloud at IBM, to talk about the company’s recent multi-cloud-related news, and to get a sense of its updated view of multi-cloud….

These Are Not The Containers You’re Looking For

In a previous post, I argued that in the case of Kubernetes, the hype may be ahead of actual adoption. The responses to that article have ranged from basic questions about containers, to very firm views that lots of people are already running multi-cluster, multi-cloud containerized infrastructure. Regarding the latter view, from experience I know that…

Open Source Software At A Crossroads

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity” —Charles Dickens Marc Andreesen famously said that software is eating the world; others have more recently added that at…

Cloud Foundry And The PaaS You’re Already Running

Following my previous Forbes articles about the resurgence of PaaS and the adoption of Kubernetes, I ran into Abby Kearns, executive director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, who was kind enough to read them. We exchanged some ideas about PaaS, Kubernetes, and the recent wave of acquisitions in the Cloud space. [Note: as a Forbes contributor, I do not have…

Is Cloud Good for Humans? The Ethical Angle

I once subscribed to the YouTube channel of a guitar instructor who used a phrase that stuck with me: “practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent”. Doing something wrong more quickly, efficiently and consistently doesn’t necessarily improve the quality of the action ; sometimes, it could even make it worse, as bad practice becomes entrenched habit. Technology is a facilitating…

OpenStack Gets Its Swagger Back

In a previous article I briefly explored the time-gap between marketing hype around a new technology (in this case Kubernetes) and its actual adoption at scale. Attending the OpenStack Summit in Berlin last week was a great opportunity to time-travel forward in that same type of cycle. OpenStack was all the rage just four years ago but…

PaaS-y Days Are Here Again

At the turn of the previous decade, you would be considered perfectly sound to place a bet on Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) as the dominant cloud service model (over IaaS). With offerings such as Google’s App Engine, Microsoft’s original Azure, newcomers Heroku and EngineYard, and OpenShift from Red Hat, to name just a few, the stage seemed set for this model of opinionated, abstracted…