IT Scene and Changing Trends from an Indian Perspective

Udayan Banerjee

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RightScale has recently published a report on State of the Cloud Report. It is the result of a survey of about a thousand people. The report has seven conclusions in the executive summary: Cloud adoption reaches ubiquity Hybrid cloud is the approach of choice Enterprise cloud governance lags adoption The challenge of cloud security is abating Next-generation IT shapes up as Cloud + DevOps + Self-Service IT Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate public cloud adoption The battle among private cloud technologies is shaping up as a clash of cultures I don’t think that there are any surprises in these conclusions. However, when I examined the report in more detail I could draw 3 interesting conclusions which … well you can judge if they are surprising: Public cloud is winning over Private cloud Though Hybrid cloud is the king as 54% of the respondent have gone hybrid... (more)

Cross-Platform Mobile Game Development – a Tool Comparison

Mobile game development has a world of its own. You will come across different set of programming languages which you would not have encountered elsewhere – Lua, Live Code, Unreal Script, Boo etc. Some of these tools are a derivative or an extension of what is available on other gaming platform while others have been explicitly developed for mobile. At least one of these platform may seize to become a game development platform and become an enterprise cross-platform mobile application development solution. As I have mentioned earlier (here it is), there are five approaches to cro... (more)

Google intends to remove the most significant obstacle to cloud adoption

If you look at the cloud pricing trend it is obvious that it has not been following Moore’s Law. In my opinion, that is the single most significant obstacle to cloud adoption. It erodes the value proposition over a period of time. On 25th March, 2014 – Google has declared its intention to follow the Moore’s Law in cloud pricing. It has brought down prices by about 25% to 55% for different services. With this announcement Google has changed the game! Obviously, Amazon could not remain quiet. Next day they announced a price reduction of about similar magnitude. Other provides are ... (more)

Twelve New Programming Languages: Is Cloud Responsible?

Do we need programming languages? You may think that the answer is no. But, if you go by the recent trend you may need to change your mind. Consider for example the following questions: Why is Google working two (GO, DART) new programming languages? Why has IBM (X10), Cray (Chapel) and Red Hat (Ceylon) working on creating a new programming language of its own? Why did the attendees of a recent conference in London select 5 (HTML5, DART, Scala, Clojure, Node.js) new languages as the most important software development trends for 2012? What does Neil McAllister mean when he says tha... (more)

The Evolution of Cloud Computing

Have you ever wondered where the term “Cloud Computing” originated? When did the hype around cloud start? Who are the people responsible for the idea of utility computing? The evolution can be split into 3 phases: The Idea Phase – this started in the 1960s and stretched to the pre internet bubble era. The core idea of computing as a utility computing and grid computing developed. The Pre Cloud Phase – this started around 1999 and lasted till 2006. In this phase internet as the mechanism to provide Application as Service got developed. The Cloud Phase – this phase started in 200... (more)