Formula Cloud: Google's TPU Pods, MSFT's "Build" + new stuff from NetApp, CloudBees and NGINX

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NEW YORK - May 10, 2019 - PRLog -- When moving to the cloud, it's important to remember that a migration is not just a single, giant step. It is a journey that involves many smaller steps. Advances like 5G networks are going to push us to generate, gather and disseminate a volume of data like never before. Enterprises can overcome the challenges by leveraging smart and powerful solutions.

In a new episode of "Formula Cloud", we check in at Microsoft's annual developer conference, give you an update on Google's Cloud TPU Pods, get hip to NetApp's ONTAP 9.6, kick the tires on CloudBee's new AWS Quick Start and find out how NGINX is better integrating with EC2.

At its annual "Build" developer conference, Microsoft showcased all kinds of new technologies for developers. The company is delivering new open source technologies and developer tools in Azure and Windows spanning infrastructure, data, AI and mixed reality, productivity and collaboration, business applications, and gaming.

"As computing becomes embedded in every aspect of our lives, the choices developers make will define the world we live in," said Satya Nadella, CEO.

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Azure Kubernetes Service, which is one of its fastest-growing services, is used by companies to manage cloud app container infrastructure at scale, providing greater reliability and flexibility.

At Build, Microsoft presented several new features to power and safeguard Kubernetes workloads. The new capabilities include Kubernetes Event–Driven Autoscaling (KEDA), an open source component  that supports deployment of serverless event-driven containers on Kubernetes created in collaboration with Red Hat.

Now in public preview, KEDA presents a new hosting option for Azure Functions that can be deployed as a container in Kubernetes clusters, bringing the Azure Functions programming model and scale controller to any Kubernetes implementation, both in the cloud or on-premises with OpenShift.

In other cloud news, Google has created custom silicon chips called Tensor Processing Units to accelerate large-scale machine learning applications. When assembled into multi-rack ML supercomputers called Cloud TPU Pods, these TPUs can complete ML workloads in minutes or hours that previously took days or weeks on other systems. Google Cloud Pods are now publicly available in beta.

"Cloud TPU customers see significant speed-ups in workloads spanning visual product search, financial modeling, energy production, and other areas" said the company who cited a user case. "What (used to take) over 24 hours for Recursion Pharmaceuticals to train on their on-prem cluster (was) completed in only 15 minutes on a Cloud TPU Pod."

Enterprises are evolving to new, more data-centric business models where data is a key strategic resource and data availability requirements are on the rise.

To meet those ambitions, NetApp recenty announced ONTAP 9.6, a new midrange, end-to-end storage system that includes an expanded portfolio of services to help businesses maximize the value of their data.

Precisely speaking, NetApp's cloud-connected flash solutions are part of its "Data Fabric" strategy. In other words, they provide the simplicity, operational efficiency and protection needed to support innovation, and add unprecedented power. Even in the most demanding data sets and technologies, such as artificial intelligence or 5G networks.

"By accelerating applications painlessly and by delivering simplicity and security for a future-proof infrastructure" says NetApp. "ONTAP 9.6 data management software allows organizations of all sizes to maximize the value of data and take on new data-driven initiatives.

One of the key enhancements of ONTAP 9.6 is FabricPool now supports Google Cloud Platform and Alibaba Cloud, in addition to Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and IBM Cloud Storage. Organizations can lower the cost of primary storage by automatically tiering cold data to any major public cloud or to a NetApp StorageGRID private cloud.

Last year NetApp introduced the AFF A800, the industry's first end-to-end "non-volatile memory express" system. With this announcement, NetApp has extended these benefits to the midrange market.

Meanwhile, enterprises that find ways to reduce friction (and save money) in their continuous delivery processes gain a huge competitive edge in the marketplace. To facilitate that goal, CloudBees has announced the availability of the its AWS Quick Start solution comprised of Core and Elastic Compute Cloud Spot Instances.

Leveraging AWS best practices for security and high availability, the CloudBees Core AWS Quick Start solution simplifies deployment to the cloud by reducing hundreds of manual processes to just a few steps.

"Using the CloudBees AWS Quick Start solution" said Jason Mero, VP at CloudBees. "Teams can launch CD pipelines in the cloud more quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before."

In other news, NGINX's new offerings now support Amazon's EC2 A1 instances and the Gravitron Processor, which users can leverage to run workloads at up to 45% less cost. In addition, NGINX now backs operating systems like CentOS 8 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 enabling flexibility for a variety of platforms delivered through public cloud.

"Our partnerships with leading technology companies, like Red Hat, AWS, and Arm showcase our commitment to investing in our joint ecosystems," says Christine Puccio, VP at NGINX. "With increased cloud adoption, there's been tremendous growth in demand for partners to create modules that plug into the NGINX platform."

"Formula Cloud" is produced by TVP, and sponsored by RestonLogic, cloud wizards leveraging over 10 years experience helping companies automate, transform and build highly-secure and stable systems. Click over to RestonLogic dot com to book a strategy session today.

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