Analytics, big data most common cloud tasks for developers

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Big Data and analytics are the most common cloud tasks for nearly eight in 10 developers, according to research by market intelligence group Evans Data Corporation.

Its report revealed that 79 per cent of 578 developers spend 42 per cent of their time on the tasks, as well as discovering that those who associate cloud computing with the Internet of Things (IoT) are three times as likely to use the cloud as the basis of their development...

Developers' new role: hold the enterprise's hand with cloud computing

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Ultimately, decisions around cloud application or platform development and adoption are driven by the business. But the people bringing cloud in and enlightening their enterprises are the "developer visionaries" who understand the implications it brings to businesses, as well as keeping the whole thing from becoming a tangled, hairy and expensive mess.

That's one of the takeaways from a new report issued by Technology Business Research (TBR), which states that as cloud becomes a greater part of business technology infrastructures, business-side managers are increasingly getting involved in development decisions. In the process, the role of developers is being elevated, from a "coder" persona to that of consultant to business management...

IDC Sees Costly Battle for Cloud Developers Ahead

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Don Clark.

An already fierce battle for primacy among cloud services will shift into a more costly phase next year, IDC predicts. To the victors go the spoils–software developers. The research firm, as a part of a broad annual year-ahead forecast being issued Tuesday, predicts that the big companies jockeying to take over more corporate computing jobs will pony up to expand their computing capacity in 2014.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see them grow their cloud data centers by 20%,” said Frank Gens, an IDC analyst who helped lead the forecasting effort.’s Web services unit has a head start in the field, but players like IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, VMware and are jostling to catch up. Such services–part of what IDC calls the 3rd Platform market–don’t simply provide generic computing cycles, Gens said. Rather, they have assembled distinct stacks of software to help companies make Web-based applications...

Cloud Computing: Launches $1 Million Hackathon

Grazed from TopTechNews.  Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Hackathons are making headlines these days but one cloud provider’s contest is coming with the largest single hackathon bounty ever. is turning heads with a $1 million #salesforcehack during its Dreamforce event.  Here’s the deal: Developers will create the next killer mobile app on the Salesforce Platform for a chance to win a cool $1 million.

Salesforce has noticed a trend: with social networks rising -- and with the simultaneous proliferation of mobile devices -- developers are looking to capitalize on the potentially lucrative technology shift to create a new class of enterprise apps...

The Great Cloud API Debate

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

At the same time, last week's debate between Randy Bias, CTO of Cloudscaling, and Boris Renski, CMO and co-founder of Mirantis, scored important points about the value of application programming interfaces (APIs) and cloud architecture. And it dealt at length with the wisdom -- or lack thereof -- of focusing on Amazon APIs while inside the OpenStack project.

The protagonists are two outspoken members of the cloud community. Bias is known for assuming leading positions in the industry without showing any vestige of faintheartedness. At one point during the debate he said he was advocating Amazon APIs because Rackspace was the source of two core sets of APIs already in OpenStack: those for the Nova compute and Swift storage services. Rackspace's influence is waning in the open source project, he noted, so he had chosen this moment to "kick it in the teeth" and try to correct Rackspace's early influence in the project...

CloudShare Announces the Release of Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server Plugins -- Unifying Dev Tools With Dev Cloud

Grazed from CloudShare.  Author: PR Announcement

CloudShare, the leading provider of virtual environments in the cloud, today announced the general availability of two new plugins. One for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 and the other for Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012 (TFS). These tools combined with the already easiest-to-use cloud for development and testing, allow developers to spend less time building development infrastructure, and more time using it for development.

As is true with all productivity tools, .NET developers who use Visual Studio want to spend more time utilizing the tool than setting it up. The new CloudShare Explorer for Visual Studio allows developers instant access to virtual machines in the cloud directly from the Visual Studio interface. When connected to a TFS Build Controller, code deployments can happen with a click of a button to cloud environments, and access to those environments via RDP with another click.

New WSO2 White Paper Explores Benefits of a Cloud DevOps PaaS for Enhancing Application Development and Delivery

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Today, organizations seek to improve software delivery performance and effectiveness through automation, governance, architecture, and team collaboration best practices. However, outdated infrastructure and processes, along with disjointed tooling often hinder application delivery practices. A new white paper from WSO2 examines how IT professionals can implement a cloud DevOps platform as a service (PaaS) to optimize application development and delivery by increasing project visibility, enhancing team agility, and introducing automated governance and best practices.

The new white paper, "DevOps meets ALM in the Cloud – Cloud DevOps PaaS," was developed by Chris Haddad, WSO2 vice president of technology evangelism. In it, Chris examines how IT organizations can deliver a consistent, automated, governed, and unified application development process using an open source cloud DevOps PaaS...

Cloud based IDEs to replace desktop development tools in five years

Grazed from The Server Side.  Author: Jason Tee.

Organizations are constantly looking at ways that they can creatively leverage cloud computing and subsequently reduce their operating costs, which is why Tyler Jewell, CEO of Codenvy, had our full attention when he shared his vision of the future of coding in the cloud. "We believe that in five years, there will be no viable reason for developers to develop on a desktop ever again." If you initially scoff at that idea, you're not alone. On the face of it, there seems to be no way that developing in the cloud could ever be as fast, interactive or enjoyable as developing on your local hardware. The simple physics of the equation mean latency will always be higher if you are working on a remote platform.

According to Tyler, latency issues aren't as big of a barrier as you might suppose. He boasts that certain workflows can actually perform better in the cloud by taking advantage of cloud resources for things like continuous compilation, incremental compiles, and even thorny parallel compilation problems. However, what developers really need to consider is the bigger picture of what's slowing the entire development process down – and what could speed it up...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Touts Azure To iOS, Android Developers

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Michael Endler.

On Thursday, Microsoft clarified the importance of Azure to its transitioning identity. If developers buy into the vision, Microsoft could use the popularity of mobile platforms, including iOS and Android, to become a cloud powerhouse.  
During Thursday's keynote at Microsoft's Build conference, the company announced several new services for Windows Azure, its cloud computing platform. Microsoft hopes the offerings will inspire developers to make Azure the cloud infrastructure of choice, even for apps that run on non-Windows platforms.

Microsoft also touted not only the growing number of companies that use the platform but also how Azure supports many of the company's homegrown products, such as Office 365.  Consistent with the Wednesday keynote led by CEO Steve Ballmer, Thursday's session emphasized that Microsoft is a company in the midst of rapid transition, much of it fueled by the rise of mobile devices...

Cloud9 IDE to Offer Deployment for RedHat's Openshift Online

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Cloud9 IDE, Inc., the leading cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for web and mobile applications, has announced the availability of its IDE for Openshift Online, Red Hat's public Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering.. Openshift Online enables developers to quickly build, launch and host innovative applications in the public cloud. Yesterday, Red Hat announced the commercial availability of OpenShift Online.

The integration of the Cloud9 IDE with OpenShift Online offers developers the advantages of a comprehensive cloud-based development environment, paired with Openshift's ease of use, scalability, and interoperability. Cloud9 IDE runs in any modern web browser and enables developers to run, debug and deploy applications from anywhere, at anytime. Integrating the IDE with Openshift Online allows developers to directly deploy applications and permanently host code on Openshift's robust platform...