Leaving Silicon Valley’s lions for Vultr

Lions

I’ve been working and living in Silicon Valley since 2002. At age 21, I joined Oracle as a software engineer. When I met Larry Ellison atop one of the now dormant Oracle towers, he was actually quite friendly, at least to me and some fellow interns.

At 24, I joined a wiki startup called JotSpot, in large part to work with its founders, who had previously created the once-popular Excite search engine. I had an absolute blast working with the...

Google Cloud cuts its marketplace revenue shares from 20% to 3%

Google Cloud Office

Google Cloud is considerably reducing the amount of revenue it takes from third-party software sales on its cloud marketplace.

The platform’s percentage revenue share will soon be changed from 20% to 3% according to an inside source, which Google has since verified.

As the third largest global cloud infrastructure provider, the move comes as an attempt to increase competitiveness and attract software makers to sell their products on Google Cloud.

Market...

Zoom acquires Five9 in £10.7bn deal

People on a Zoom conference call.

Zoom Video Communications has reached an agreement to acquire Five9, a provider of a cloud contact centre, in an all-stock transaction valued at $14.7 billion (£10.7bn). 

Combining Five9’s Contact Centre as a Service (“CCaaS”) solution with Zoom’s broad communications platform is hoped to transform how businesses connect with their customers, building the customer engagement platform of the future.

The acquisition is expected to help enhance Zoom’s...

Oxford University partners with Oracle to ID COVID-19 variants

Graphic art depicting the coranavirus.

Oxford University has selected Oracle to help speed up the identification of COVID-19 variants.

A specialist platform developed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will help with global genomic sequencing and examination, thereby mitigating the impact of potentially dangerous strains.

The emergence of more infectious variants of the COVID-19 virus is threatening to slow the global recovery and potentially thwart current vaccine immunity, according to Oxford University. To...

KubeCon Europe roundup: Key developments for Kubernetes on the edge

Kubernetes (K8s) is the key component in the data centres modernising and adopting cloud-native development architecture to deliver applications using containers. Capabilities such as orchestrating VMs and containers together make Kubernetes the go-to platform for modern application infrastructure adopters. Telecom operators are also using Kubernetes to orchestrate their applications in a distributed environment involving many edge nodes.

But due to the large scale of telco...

AWS EKS vs. ECS vs. Fargate: Which offers the best managed Kubernetes?

To make Kubernetes work at scale, you need a container orchestration tool that automates the management, deployment and scaling of your clusters. 

If you’re running Kubernetes on AWS, you can choose from several options: 

Elastic Container Service (ECS)Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) AWS Fargate

Which one is the best match for your workloads that helps to reduce your AWS bill? Read on to find out.

What is Elastic Container Service...

IBM to acquire Turbonomic with AIOps dominance squarely in its sights

IBM is to acquire Turbonomic, a Boston-based application resource and network performance management software provider, to help organisations with their AIOps initiatives.

The acquisition 'will provide businesses with full stack application observability and management to assure performance and minimise costs using AI to optimise resources - such as containers, VMs, servers, storage, networks, and databases', the company touted in the press materials.

AIOps, the...

Breaking the top five myths around chaos engineering

If the only exposure you’ve had to chaos engineering is Chaos Monkey and some flashy blog headlines, it’s easy to paint the whole endeavour as reckless. After all, testing in production is an internet meme, and arguing for it makes for an attractive story. It turns out, however, to be a double-edged sword since a lot of people still associate chaos engineering with extra risk - yet  the premise of the practice is, in fact, all about understanding and mitigating risk.

Myth #1:...

Extract: Cloud Native Transformation: Practical Patterns for Innovation: Understanding the principles

Editor's note: This is an exclusive extract from Cloud Native Transformation: Practical Patterns for Innovation, by Jamie Dobson, Pini Reznik and Michelle Gienow, published by O'Reilly Media. The book is currently available for free for a limited period of time. You can find out more here.

Cloud native is a lot to wrap your head around: it’s an architecture, a tech stack, an approach to software development and delivery, and a complete paradigm shift all rolled...

DISH to construct its 5G network on AWS in major cloud-telco marker

It is another cloudy day in the telecom industry - but DISH certainly hopes that the sun will shine tomorrow and beyond.

The operator, the fourth largest in the United States, confirmed it has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider. More pivotally, however, it has also agreed to construct its 5G network on Amazon's cloud in a telecom industry first.

DISH 'will achieve agile and cost-effective operations while seeking to redefine the practical...