More bad news for server-huggers: there's no stopping the momentum toward adopting serverless computing -- in which server management and capacity planning tasks are handled by a cloud provider. Half of IT executives in a recent survey, 50%, say they are already running with a serverless architecture, and 28% intend to do so within the 18 months. That's the gist of a recent survey and ebook released by The New Stack, covering the state of the art with serverless. The survey of 608 companies finds that of those serverless users, the most profound benefits include the scalability provided, along with a greater speed of development. Among current users, adoption is spreading fast across their enterprises -- 32% said more than a quarter of their organization's application workloads use serverless architectures.
In my last article, I discussed the evolution of Cloud Computing technology and how Cloud has been a paradigm shift for the Digital Transformation. Cloud provides the businesses with unheralded flexibility while offering them greater versatility and inexpensive solutions for managing the IT systems, where the technological developments are happening at a phenomenal pace and dynamic than ever before.
Software giant Oracle is all set to publicly launch its blockchain-as-a-service platform, according to a report from Bloomberg. The California-based multinational is said to be launching the platform this month, with apps based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) to follow in June, the news source states, citing Oracle's president of product development, Thomas Kurian. As reported by CoinDesk, Oracle first unveiled the enterprise-grade blockchain cloud platform in October 2017, saying at the time that it is looking at the technology as a way to extend and streamline its existing cloud services. Frank Xiong, Oracle's group vice president of Blockchain Cloud Service, said at the initial unveiling that the firm aims to attract both large and small firms, with pricing based on transaction volume. "This blockchain platform will give [customers] a platform to extend their services beyond their enterprise bundle, which means they can extend them outside to their business partners, advantage customers and so on."
As far and fast as cloud computing is embedding itself into the enterprise, there remain many cloud-resistant applications and services. Global cloud infrastructure spending on server, storage and networking is expected to surge 18.9 percent in 2016 even as spending on traditional data center gear fades. According to IDC, the spending on infrastructure for cloud environments will hit 38.2 billion in 2016. IDC noted that its tally excludes double counting between storage and server. Private cloud infrastructure spending will be up 11.1 percent to 13.9 billion in 2016 with public cloud delivering growth of 14.1 percent to 24.4 billion.
IBM hopes to raise its competitive profile in cloud services when it introduces new hardware and cloud infrastructure by the end of this year or early 2018. The company will add a new collection of hardware and software products that deliver artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-based services faster and more efficiently. Among the server-based hardware technologies are 3D Torus, an interconnection topology for message-passing multicomputer systems, and new accelerators from Nvidia, along with advanced graphics processing unit (GPU) chips. Also included is Single Large Expensive Disk technology, a traditional disk technology currently used in mainframes and all-flash-based storage, according to sources familiar with the company's plans. The architecture achieves sub-20-millisecond performance latencies by eliminating routers and switches, and it embeds those capabilities into chips that communicate more directly with each other, one source said.