AWS CEO Andy Jassy & CTO Werner Vogels Headline Premiere Cloud Industry Event
Last month AWS held the 7th annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas with 50,000 attendees &100,000+ more tuning in on live stream. The conference featured over 2,100 break-out sessions, seminars, & presentations. Twelve & a half years after the launch of AWS, the company has millions of active hosting customers in startup companies, enterprise corporations, retail, small business, & the public sector. Major startups who build on AWS are AirBNB, Pinterest, & Stripe. In financial services, AWS powers Goldman Sachs, Capital One, & Barclays in cloud data center operations. AWS is the preferred service provider for Fortune 500 companies like J&J, GE, Shell, BP, Halliburton, Netflix, Disney, Fox & Expedia. AWS dominates every vertical in enterprise with a $27 billion revenue run rate and 46% YoY growth. AWS currently holds a 52% total share of the cloud market worldwide with main competitors Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, & Ali Baba. AWS also inspires a broad ecosystem which includes companies like Infosys, Acquia, Adobe, Accenture, WorkDay, VMware, & Rackspace. Customers want access to widest range of tools for software development when building web/mobile applications, where AWS has the most options for programmers. Industry competitors are currently chasing & imitating AWS cloud hosting services w/out being able to offer the same platform capabilities.
After being proposed initially by Dries Buytaert in 2017 at DrupalCon, Vienna, community members now estimate that 2020 will be the year when Drupal officially adds React as a theme option to the core CMS distribution. Drupal 7 primarily uses PHPTemplate as the theme engine, while Drupal 8 implements the Twig & Symfony2 frameworks. Although both professionally licensed and open source themes for Drupal 8 have been successful on Twig/Symfony2, there is a growing development sector advancing decoupled or “headless” methodologies based on Node.js. What is not clear is the level of support required for Node.js in the future of retail web hosting for Drupal, with some sites opting for a progressively decoupled or fully decoupled approach as alternatives to monolithic traditional installations. There are currently different installation requirements for running Drupal 8 on NGINX vs. Apache, whereas Node.js is equally compatible with both server formats for building new decoupled Drupal solutions.
Enterprise DevOps Adoption Reports Show Open Source Software vs. VMware Divide
As the end of 2018 approaches many groups are releasing their annual IT reports with Puppet, Google, Java Magazine (JVM), & MediaCurrent producing some interesting documentation on patterns of software usage in large business organizations. Puppet released the "State of DevOps 2018" which surveyed over 30,000 individuals in enterprise IT internationally in Fortune 500 companies to show how software development teams are adopting DevOps techniques. The Puppet report suggests five stages of DevOps adoption cycle, which range from normalizing the technology stack, to standardizing and reducing variability. Companies seek to expand DevOps practices further, then automate infrastructure delivery, i.e. through web hosting configuration-as-code scripts like YAML or command line utilities like Ansible, Jenkins, Grunt, SaltStack, etc. These build the ability in the IT department to provide self-service capabilities in operations, i.e. Saas/PaaS solutions. Although DevOps practices are mostly centralized in developed nations & male employees, Puppet found that DevOps adoption is advancing across business organizations of all sizes & financial capability. Comparing the data from the State of DevOps Report prepared by Puppet with other IT surveys from Google, JVM, & MediaCurrent shows the major software trends advancing in Agile programming teams for web/mobile apps at the highest levels of computer science in the industry, as well as the financial investment involved on both sides.
"Game Changing" Move by IBM the Largest Software Company Acquisition in Corporate History
IBM announced this weekend that it will acquire the shares of Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHT) at a $190, a 62.8% premium to their closing price of $116.68 in a $34 billion USD deal still subject to approval by regulators & stockholders. If closed successfully, the deal will represent the largest purchase price paid for a software company in history, topping the 2016 acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft for $26 billion USD. In initial comments on the merger, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty stated: “The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market. IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.” Founded in 1994, Red Hat is one of the oldest and most widely used Linux distributions available for data centers today. Red Hat was the first open source software company to $500 million USD in annual revenue and is expected to surpass $3 billion in revenue in 2018. IBM gains the Red Hat Enterprise Linux codebase, programming talent, patents/IP, & goodwill, as well as the OpenShift, Kubernetes, OpenStack, JBoss, CoreOS, & Ansible resources. Red Hat has over 12,600 employees with corporate headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. As IBM is projecting cloud scale-out at the global level as a $1 trillion USD annual market, Red Hat's programming & engineering talent is already innovating at the highest levels of implementation for Fortune 500 corporations and provides an industry leading Linux product suite for data center management. This merger could have a major impact on the future of CentOS.