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…

Kubernetes: Evolution Of An IT Revolution

(Note: this post assumes a basic level of familiarity with technologies such as containers and Kubernetes. For a primer, watch this lovely video.) When asked about the impact of revolutionary developments in France, Chinese Communist leader Zhou Enlai famously replied, “It is too soon to say.” (Though it is still disputed if he was referring to 1789 or 1968!)…

Managed Kubernetes on more public clouds: good news, but also distracting

Joining the fray One of the most predictable surprises in the public IaaS market recently has been DigitalOcean’s public launch of their own managed Kubernetes service, at KubeCon Europe last May. In my opinion, it was predictable for at least three reasons. First, customers. DigitalOcean is one of the largest and most prominent public-cloud providers,…

Container Pipelines: The Next Frontier

Our “8 Components” blog post, which was written quickly over lunch before the holidays, has turned out to be an all-time favourite—we even turned it into an eBook, complete with our own war stories. One of the areas highlighted in the post and eBook was the container pipeline, and on popular demand, in this post I…

CaaS in 2018: it’s a race

[Content warning: 2018 prediction!] Three weeks post-Reinvent (and a month after posting my thoughts on what CaaS actually means), Google Cloud’s annual summary further underlines, in my opinion, just how fast the top clouds are moving. It’s clear that all top clouds have or will have a Kubernetes-based managed service, which will go beyond the clusters and aim…

Cloud-native transformation: containers in the enterprise

A few weeks ago, I attended a talk about moving to microservices, in which the speakers, both of them DevOps program/delivery managers at a large online retailer, mentioned a rule they had. Tooling, they said, was not the answer to a Devops culture problem, but tools can be effective in slowing down or accelerating that…

CaaS: Hope or Hype?

In searching for inspiration for this post, I decided to bottom out an old suspicion of mine. After a brief but brave foray into the meme rabbit holes of the internet, I can confirm that indeed, “Everything-as-a-Service” remains a remarkably under-utilized as a buzzword. Something to strive for, I guess. A shortage of memes might…