Month: July 2020

What is CaaS? Simpler container management

As modern, containerized applications continue to prove popular with organizations, it was only a matter of time before the major vendors started to offer container infrastructure and management “as-a-service.”

Use of containers is firmly on the rise with enterprises globally, with 65 percent of organizations stating they use Docker containers, and 58 percent using the Kubernetes orchestration system in some manner, according to Flexera’s latest 2020 State of Cloud report.

Lack of resources and expertise are frequently cited as chief challenges in using containers to build and maintain applications. So it should come as no surprise that developers

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Migrating to cloud native requires seeing shades of gray

A common approach to application migration to the public clouds is to alter the applications to take advantage of cloud-native features. This means that the applications can speak with the native management systems, native security systems, and other native services.

The alternative is lift-and-shift: doing as few modifications to the applications as you can get away with. This means avoiding cloud-native altogether, practically speaking.

Best practices have been emerging around the binary approaches of either go all-in cloud native or don’t go native at all. The reality is that it’s not a binary decision, and the answer you’re seeking may

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This AI tool can identify individual birds with 90% accuracy

Birdwatchers armed with binoculars and fields books can be great at spotting species, but they struggle to identify individuals in a flock.

Luckily for them, a new AI tool can do the tricky task for them — and potentially offer new insights into bird behaviors.

Scientists first trained the AI on labeled images of wild great tits and sociable weavers, as well as captive zebra finches. They then tested the system on new pictures of the same birds that it had never seen before. The team says the AI correctly identified over 90% of the wild species, and 87% of

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What comes after Kubernetes? | InfoWorld

“Boring.” That’s one of the best compliments you can pay an infrastructure technology. No one wants to run their mission-critical applications on “spicy!” But boring? Boring is good.

Boring means that a technology has reached a certain level of ubiquity and trust, that it’s well-understood and easily managed. Kubernetes, in production at 78 percent of enterprises, has arguably passed that point, having become widely recognized as standard cloud-enabling plumbing that “just works.”

Or, otherwise said, has become “boring.”

Even as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation helps coordinate the development of a range of other projects to fill in any

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6 ways Alibaba Cloud challenges AWS, Azure, and GCP

Most folks will by now have heard of Alibaba, the giant Chinese conglomerate, with business interests that include retail, financial services, logistics, media, and digital branding and marketing. The technology backbone underpinning these business units, Alibaba Cloud, is the third largest cloud provider globally, behind Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. And while Alibaba Cloud provides broadly similar offerings to AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, it does have a few surprises.

A relative newcomer to the international cloud market, Alibaba Cloud has deep pockets, and a keen desire to get ahead of Amazon globally. In April of this

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From sales to CRM to administrative, Sellful is business software that tackles everything

TLDR: Sellful is an all-in-one business solutions suite, capable of producing websites, selling product, communicating with customers, marketing and more.

When you’re trying to run a business, you’ve got a lot to consider. You’re trying to sell your product. You’re trying to communicate with customers and collect payments. You’re trying to balance your books and promote your brand.

Thankfully, there are plenty of apps and services available to help you accomplish those vital business goals. Unfortunately, those apps usually only handle just one of those tasks, which means you’re still dealing with a handful of different interfaces to help streamline

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