Evolution, growth, and transition – Amateur tech diviner – Issue #14

As part of my role as a senior product marketing manager at an enterprise software company with an open source development model, I publish a regular update about market trends for product marketers, managers, and other influencers. In the spirit of open source, here are the 5 articles my audience found the most interesting last week (as measured by clicks) and why I think that’s so.

“Brian talks with Clayton Coleman (@smarterclayton) and Derek Carr (@derekwaynecarr), Technical Leads of Red Hat OpenShift, about the upcoming architectural changes in version 4.”

Why I suspect this played: The upcoming release of my company’s Kubernetes distribution is a Big Deal. It brings some fundamental changes (and customer-focused improvements) to the platform. What kind of changes? The kind of changes that are discussed in this podcast episode with one of the smartest people at Red Hat.

Q&A: Where IBM Sees Growth in Hybrid Cloud

“There have been questions raised about how IBM fits in a world that continues to move further and further into the cloud. The pending acquisition of open source software producer Red Hat is expected to be part of IBM’s next era but not the only strategy in the works. Jim Comfort, general manager for IBM Hybrid Cloud, spoke with InformationWeek about how his company aims to change perspectives as it helps enterprises take advantage of the cloud.”

Why I suspect this played: This was an obvious winner. My company has long been guided by an “open hybrid cloud” strategy to deliver on the promise of “any application in any environment with no lock in”. So how well does our vision of hybrid line up with that of a much larger company we’ll soon have much more to do with? This interview gave us some idea.

The OpenJDK Transition: Things to know and do

“At this point, it should not be a surprise that a number of major changes were announced in the Java ecosystem, some of which have the potential to force a reassessment of Java roadmaps and even vendor selection for enterprise Java users. Some of the biggest changes are taking place in the Upstream OpenJDK (Open Java Development Kit), which means that users will need to have a backup plan in place for the transition. Read on to better understand exactly what the changes Oracle made to Oracle JDK are, why you should care about them and how to choose the best next steps for your organization.”

Why I suspect this played: Changes like those currently underway in the Java community are practically once in a generation: the future of a technology at the heart of critical applications in a massive install base has been suddenly (to outsiders at least) thrown into question. Thank goodness for the calm voices telling us what it will take for everything to be OK (and what OK looks like).

Machine Learning, Microservices, and Kubernetes

““In the future, across the Kubernetes infrastructure, AI intelligence will be so embedded in every piece of the Kubernetes ecosystem, the AI functionality will be indistinguishable from Kubernetes in the logic,” Raihan said. “We will not talk about AI apps as a separate module that sits on top, but it will be an assumed feature of what Kubernetes has to offer.”

Why I suspect this played: Kubernetes is such a rapidly developing technology that keeping up with the project, community, and market requires effort. This piece goes beyond just keeping up and speculates where the platform may be going and to what end.

“Ansible is a powerful infrastructure automation tool. Kubernetes is a powerful application deployment platform. Learn how to use these tools to automate massively-scalable, highly-available infrastructure. This book takes users on an automation journey—from building your first Kubernetes cluster with Ansible’s help, to deploying and maintaining real-world, massively-scalable and highly-available applications.”

Why I suspect this played: This book is about a hero’s journey from novice to wizard, and promises I can be a wizard too.

Those stories got the most attention last week; subscribe to find out what we read this week (along with the other stuff I publish).

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