Showdowns and mergers – Amateur tech diviner – Issue #4

Amateur tech divinerAs 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.

Google GKE vs Microsoft AKS vs Amazon EKS

“This is going to be a brutal comparison and I’m happy to change my mind if somebody can present some factual evidence.”

Why I suspect this played: The public cloud big 3 square off on offering the best hosted version of an open source project? That’s like the IT equivalent of the Logan Paul KSI fight (which I’m conscientiously choosing not to link).

The Birth of the Niche Cloud?

“Hybrid cloud, which often drags with it the management, is dead. I think more are interested in talking about multi-cloud and I see multi-cloud replacing what hybrid cloud once stood for. I see container platforms providing the glue, management platforms once promised..”

Why I suspect this played: The company I work for has built it’s strategy on the assumption that our customers won’t abandon the investments they’ve made in people, process, and equipment at the drop of a hat. It is good to take a hard look at assumptions and make sure that we’re still convicted (I am).

DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 San Francisco: Video Interviews, Day 1

“DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 San Francisco has come and gone, but not without leaving a multitude of new connections and fascinating conversations in its wake. Case in point: the myriad video interviews now available on DevOps TV.”

Why I suspect this played: Most of the talks touched on digital transformation; a term that gets some hackles up and begs for some examples. These are a mix of Jenkins customers and partners showing what “DX” means to them.

Knative: Serving your Serverless Services

“Let’s get started on how to deploy our first serverless application on Kubernetes. For this blog, I will be using OKD, the community distribution of Kubernetes that powers Red Hat OpenShift. To run OKD locally we can use minishift, a single node OKD cluster that can be used for development purposes.”

Why I suspect this played: In all honesty I think it is because Knative is niche, hot, and esoteric. It is related to both Kubernetes and serverless architectures and we’re looking for insight into what it is and what it does.

Cloudera and Hortonworks merger means Hadoop’s influence is declining

“The deal signifies that the Hadoop market could no longer sustain two big competitors. Hadoop has been synonymous with big data for years, but the market — and customer needs — have moved on. Several megatrends are driving this change.”

Why I suspect this played: We closely watch the fortunes of other companies in the open source ecosystem; it makes the “disruptor” story that often relies on Uber of AirBNB as an example a lot more real when it is a fellow traveler being disrupted.

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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