2019 will surely be a chapter into the history books of cloud computing (if somebody is writing it). It was comprised of some significant acquisitions to lure more users, deals that turnaround on the last moment, and went into the hands of second-best (though the final decision is yet to come from the Cheif Justice). Some invested in or targeted a particular industry to gain the advantages of a blue ocean strategy. There were unknown deals, unexpected partnerships, unpredicted losses, and some significant gains. However, December of 2019 was quite cold; the most highlighted part was AWS re:Invent other than President Donald Trump’s impeachment. To learn about AWS re:Invent 2019 blogs are listed below. Here we jot down the news from 2019 of top cloud vendors that you might not know about.
1. A lawsuit that was filed against Amazon
In October 2019, Elasticsearch sued AWS for false advertising and trademark infringement concerning AWS’ release of their version of Elasticsearch, distributed analytics, and search engine. This dispute started in March 2019 when AWS, Expedia, and Netflix launches Open Distro for Elasticsearch.
Elastic alleges that the branding of both Amazon’s Elasticsearch and Open Distro violates the Elastic’s trademark. As per the lawsuit, Amazon misleading the customers to believe that Elastic approves or endorses the open-source service of AWS through the use of the Elasticsearch mark. Elastic further claims that AWS wrongly represented the amicable relationship between the two companies.
Amazon has reacted in late November and denied all allegations from the prosecution. Experts predict the possibility, and the best result would be a settlement for the two companies.
2. Azure Arc debuted to prudent users
In Microsoft Ignite 2019, Mr. Satya Nadella unveiled Azure’s hybrid cloud offering, Azure Arc. However, there was a subdued response from attendees.
This hybrid cloud offering allows users to control Windows and Linux on-premises server farms through Azure’s management features. Azure Arc also provides the capabilities to manage Kubernetes-based containers across a variety of infrastructure types. However, users were expecting something out of the box with features that are well-integrated as Microsoft marketed the service, but unfortunately, it does not have any currently.
Some industry experts are still wary of jumping on this service that should be used without further research, and many do not know how important it is for all Azure customers. Azure Arc is still in its early stages, and Microsoft expects significant progress to be made by 2020.
3. Google reinforced cloud security.
Keeping cloud security as a top priority. Google continues to expand its capabilities to protect data from a compromised hypervisor, prevent insider attacks, and alleviate threats from network vulnerabilities with confidential computing. Confidential computing means the isolation of applications in trusted execution environments. At the beginning of 2019, Google kicked off the competition, with some cash prize, to help advance the company’s confidential computing efforts.
Back in 2018, Googe added encryption to its toolkit with the launch of Asylo; it’s an open-source framework used to make container-based reserves that are compatible with Intel SGX-based hardware. Google’s goal is to make the hardware of Asylo agnostic.
While Dropout Labs won Google’s competition and earned the cash prize, it’s a company that offers a platform for secure, privacy-preserving machine learning to manage the sensitive, competitive, and regulatory nature of data.
4. Oracle starts the cloud revamp via cloud personnel
To come into the contention of top cloud vendors among AWS, Microsoft, and Google — Oracle sent a large number of employees on a break to make room for fresh new minds. Moreover, Oracle wants to add highly advance new technology and services, while ditching out some of their older offerings — such as OCI Classic.
However, Oracle officials have refused to comment on specific details; it is quite clear that the company is looking to revamp its development groups and balance its resources to enhance its cloud products.
How many positions are affected is still unclear. Some of the experts estimated that it could have been anywhere from a few hundred to 14,000 employees. With more than 600 open positions posted online at Oracle, all signs point to the fact that the company is pursuing new talent to strengthen its position in the cloud industry.
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