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Cloud, Compiled
Cloud, Compiled - Issue #38
By Mike Maney • Issue #38 • View online
Why cloud-native is now a no-brainer. Plus, Big 3 beware.

Topline: Cloud-native is the new kid on the block—and everyone wants to say hello 
  • Goodbye cloud-first, hello cloud-native. Built for the cloud, native apps are emerging as the key to unleashing its full potential, with more than 500 million native apps or services arriving by 2023, IDC predicts. But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. “Many businesses that think they are cloud-native are actually only cloud-adoptive,” writes Manish Prasad, vice president of M&A integration at Infostretch. In order to bridge the gap, organizations must skill-up in essential areas, including open source and containerization. One tricky hurdle? Cloud’s growing talent crunch.
By the numbers:
  • As organizations of all shapes and sizes turn to cloud for increased agility and responsiveness, the IaaS market cap is expected to eclipse $238 billion by 2026. 
What you need to know:
  • Look out Big 3: competitors are challenging the old guard. “Reliable options for smaller companies, which don’t want to get lost alongside megacorporations at the big providers, are starting to get serious traction,” writes Protocol’s Tom Krazit. Alternatives to the Big 3 now account for nearly half of all cloud spend, a notable shift from two years ago when they commanded just a quarter.
  • Another day, another disputed government cloud contract. In what has become tradition, the losing bidder of the DHS’s $2.7 billion cloud deal has mounted a legal challenge alleging improper evaluation. Earlier this year, the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI contract was canceled after a years-long dispute, while the NSA’s cloud plan is in limbo as well. 
  • Big tech wants a big cloud? Tech execs are pushing the U.S. government to invest in a “national research cloud” to help with AI research and more. While skeptics fear it could entrench the power of big tech companies, supporters argue a national cloud would be a multicloud effort that encourages competition. 
In the Twittersphere:
  • Lydia Leong, VP and Analyst, Gartner (@cloudpundit): Cloud cost overruns may be a business leadership failure. Unnecessarily high cloud costs are the result of business decisions about priorities – specifically, about the time that devs/engineers devote to cost optimization versus other priorities.
  • Shira Ovide, ‘On Tech’ Newsletter author, The New York Times (@ShiraOvide): “the marketplace is both Amazon’s defense against prospective regulation, as well as the source of many of the horror stories spurring lawmakers and regulators to act in the first place.” by @mattmday
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