January newsletter

It’s hard to believe January is almost over. 1/12th of the way through the year, it is time for telcos and cloud service providers to take a hard look at the reality of their cloud offering. If it doesn’t involve value added services, multi-cloud availability or technical expertise beyond IaaS and tin, expect a bumpy revenue line and shrinking customer base in 2016.

To help address these challenges, this month read our predictions for 2016 explaining why raw infrastructure will become even more of a commodity and the reasons behind the growing gap between successful cloud providers and those at risk of becoming ‘also rans’. Learn why organizations want simple and clear cloud relationships as well as more on why 2016 presents the chance to start a new year with a new cloud.

If you are interested in Docker, Spark or Kubernetes, check out some of the resources and tutorials we’ve put together for you.

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Organizations Want Simple & Clear Cloud Relationships

Confusing relationships with telcos and cloud service providers are a thing of the past. Users of cloud services want clear and simple relationships with their vendors according to the Future of Cloud Computing study by North Bridge. Three in four companies are using direct or credit card channels with cloud vendors; possibly because when choosing a cloud vendor there is a 50-50 split between ad hoc relationships vs. those entered into as part of a strategic plan.

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The Good Side of Telcos in the Cloud

Previously we blogged about why telcos in the cloud can be ugly. We showed that there are common reasons why they haven’t fully seized the opportunity easily within their grasp. First, telcos focus on network ownership rather than the needs of the existing captive customer base. Next, the telco culture can be prohibitive.

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5 Telco and Cloud Service Provider Predictions for 2016

We asked our in-house Flexiant cloud experts what they expect to see from cloud computing in 2016. Here are some of our thoughts.

1. Containers become mainstream – In 2016, enterprises will embrace containers and start shifting production workloads onto them. They’ll also start more projects to “containerize” their legacy apps with similar enthusiasm as when they virtualized their legacy apps from bare metal.

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New Year, New Cloud?

As we all celebrated the beginning of 2016, many of us made New Year’s resolutions – lose weight, get organized, spend less, save more, enjoy life, stay fit. As I get back into the swing of things today, I started to think about the New Year’s resolutions you might make at work, with a focus on those related to Infrastructure as a Service – and the impact it may have on telcos and service providers.

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Why Docker’s 2015 Made Container Orchestration All the More Critical

2015 was a remarkable year for Docker, the hugely popular container technology. Here at Flexiant, we have long argued for the long-term importance of containers. So much so that, as recently announced, we have launched the Kubernetes Orchestration as a Service feature within Flexiant Concerto, making it simple to orchestrate clusters of Docker containers, which is where we believe the industry is headed. Let’s take a look at what Docker has achieved over the past year.

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telecom-operator-2.jpg Flexiant Concerto: How to Set Up MEAN (MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS and Node.js)
We recently published a couple of blogs on how you can use Flexiant Concerto to quickly and easily put together common application stacks, namely LAMP and LAMR (Ruby on Rails). Today we will take you through the steps required to put together another popular stack, specifically MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS and Node.js, or MEAN.

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How to Harness the Power of Kubernetes with Minimal Time and Effort

The Kubernetes project has been growing as an astonishing rate. In well under two years of existence it has already had 15,000+ commits from over 400 contributors. The inaugural KubeCon 2015 had around 500 attendees, nearly twice as many as the first MesosCon and on a par with the first DockerCon back in 2014. What is behind all this interest and activity?

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Launch an Apache Spark Cluster on Kubernetes in 3 Steps with Flexiant Concerto

We recently looked at how you can use Flexiant Concerto to get going with Kubernetes in three simple steps, bypassing the investment in time and effort that would otherwise be needed when doing this manually. In that post, we took the commonly used guestbook example as our use case.

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