Progress acquires Chef for $220m to add more automation and open source to its sauce

Application development firm Progress is to acquire DevOps and automation software provider Chef in a $220 million (£168.6m) cash deal.

The acquisition of Chef, which has more than $70m in annual recurring revenue, will 'bolster Progress' core offerings', as well as aligning with its 'growth strategy through accretive acquisitions… [adding] both scale and cash flow', Progress said.

The company added that the combination of Chef's 'vibrant' developer community, as well...

Gartner adds PaaS to IaaS Magic Quadrant in sign of the times – but the leaders remain the same

The script might have changed, but the leading actors remain. Gartner's 2020 Magic Quadrant analysing the leading players in cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has included various flavours of platform as a service (PaaS) in a nod to expanding enterprise use cases. Yet these additions have reinforced the status quo, rather than disrupted it.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains top of the rankings, with Microsoft and Google Cloud alongside in the leaders' zone. This is a mirror...

Alibaba Cloud posts $1.75bn revenues at 59% yearly growth rate, cites Asia Pacific dominance

Alibaba Cloud has secured almost $1.75 billion (RMB 12,345bn) in revenues for its most recent quarter at a growth rate of 59% year over year.

The eCommerce giant, whose cloud division broke the $1.5bn mark in February, attributed the figures to increased contributions from its public and hybrid cloud businesses, reflecting higher average revenue per customer.

Total revenue for the wider company for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, was $21.76bn (RMB153,75bn) at an...

Worldwide public cloud services market hit $233bn in 2019, says IDC

The global public cloud services market grew 26% year over year to hit a mammoth $233.4 billion (£176.7bn) in 2019, according to IDC.

The findings, which come from IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker, take into account infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS).

IDC argued that the public cloud services market has more than doubled since 2016. The combined revenues of the top five providers -...

Why securing Kubernetes requires a native toolset

A now-classic 2014 study by IBM concluded that an astonishing 95 percent of all digital security breaches it investigated were either caused, or contributed to, by human error – presumably including those of the software developers. The remaining few were largely the results of technical faux pas. Subsequent disclosures about breaches and attacks have cited the same finding - with all kinds of digital tools, it’s easy for people to make mistakes. Often the root cause is...

Why security needs to be integral to DevOps

Bottom line: DevOps and security teams need to leave one-time gating inspections in the past and pursue a more collaborative real-time framework to achieve their shared compliance, security and time-to-market goals.

Shorter product lifecycles the need to out-innovate competitors and exceed customer expectations with each new release are a few of the many reasons why DevOps is so popular today. Traditional approaches to DevOps teams collaborating with security aren’t working today...

Is Kubernetes the key to unlocking the benefits of containerisation?

Any CIO or CTO worth their salt is aware of containers, so it’s not surprising to see Gartner reporting that three-quarters of businesses want to have containerised applications by 2022. What is surprising, however, is that the same study says at present just 30% are using them – indicating businesses remain cautious about adoption.

One of the biggest reasons for this is that they are unsure about how they would manage and maintain a whole host of containers at the...

Cutting the cost of running SQL Server in the cloud: A guide

Who knew that there would be so many different ways that cloud service providers could charge for services? You were expecting to pay for compute and storage resources, sure. And it’s not really surprising that if you’re configuring your SQL Server infrastructure for high availability (HA) in the cloud you’re going to pay more for backup VMs and storage in remote sites. But added costs for Enterprise editions of software whose services you don’t otherwise really want or need? Added...

Lessons learned: Engineering productivity best practice during Covid-19

Case study The world became a different place during Covid-19 and how we work, communicate and collaborate has been redefined - possibly forever. Our company has a distributed team across the US and India for development and operations. When “shelter in place” hit the entire world, we were not sure how we would be able to execute our projects, customer commitments, and day-to-day operations. Most of our engineers rarely worked from home and in India. Some even left their homes to be...

Red Hat looks to move SAP managed services on-premises in new partnership

Red Hat is collaborating with SAP and IBM, its parent company, to help move SAP managed services on-premises.

The companies are looking to validate private deployments of SAP Cloud Platform as well as tie up related backing services on Red Hat OpenShift. By combining Gardener, an SAP managed Kubernetes service, and virtualisation capabilities on OpenShift, the companies hope to provide a more seamless ramp for on-premise deployments.

"For SAP Cloud Platform...