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Nutanix Goes to AWS | Gestalt IT Rundown: August 12, 2020

Nutanix launches Nutanix Clusters on AWS, Gartner’s IaaS report has some surprises, LinkedIn sells SlideShare, and Have I Been Pwned is going open source. All this and more of the IT news of the week on the Gestalt IT Rundown.

This week on the Rundown:

Pure FlashRecover

Pure Storage and Cohesity announced a new partnership on Pure FlashRecover, Powered by Cohesity. This effectively takes Pure’s FlashBlade array with an included Whitebox server running Cohesity’s Data Platform software. This is the first result of Pure being a Cohesity Technology Partner, and looks to be a replacement for Pure’s FlashBlade-based ObjectEngine backup appliance, although Pure is quick to point out that FlashRecover isn’t an appliance and has more general purpose potential.

Panay Gets More Windows 

Two years ago Microsoft divided the Windows team with the core development going to the cloud and AI team aka Azure and the front end in a team that is now under under Panos Panay. Microsoft is now moving the fundamentals and developer experience team back under Panay. Windows core engineering will stay with Azure. Panay says his team will focus on growing the Surface business among other things.

Parallels 16 Release

Parallels Desktop 16 launched on the Mac Tuesday to run Windows, Linux, and macOS applications and virtual machines under macOS, now with full support for macOS Big Sur. Other new features include support for 3D in Metal apps when running a Big Sur virtual machine on a Big Sur host, offers better printer sharing, and claims to launch twice as fast with improvements in DirectX performance and “git status” in Linux virtual machines. However Parellels declined to say if Windows on upcoming Apple Silicon machines in Big Sur would be supported.

Facebook Pysa

Facebook open sourced a security-focused Python static analysis tool Pysa. This runs on code before its compiled, looking for known patterns that can indicate a bug and flagging it for review. Facebook says the tool detected 44% of all security bugs on Ingstagram’s server-side python code. Designed to work on large code-bases that might not be cohesive, Pysa is also extensible to plug in other frameworks to scan.

Open Source Security Foundation

The Linux Foundation announced the formation of the Open Source Security Foundation, designed to help simplify the world of open source security by bringing projects and stakeholders together in an organizations. Foudning members include GitHub, Google, IBM, Intel , Microsoft , Red Hat, Uber, and VMware. Projects that the group will oversee include the Core Infrastructure Initiative, setup in response to Heartbleed, and the Open Source Security Coalition.

Google’s Virtual Business Cards

Google India announced the launch of People Cards, a virtual visiting card, where you can highlight your existing website or social profiles and other information about yourself that will surface in search. Users can create the card by searching their name from their Google account, with a limit of one card per account and requiring a phone number for authentication. These would be surfaced in seach similar to the information cards surfaced when searching for a company or a celebrity. The feature is currently only available in India.

Have I Been Pwned Open Sourced

Security researcher Troy Hunt announced he plans to open source the code base for the Have I Been Pwned hacked credentials repository. Hunt says he is consulting with open source experts and plans to open source the code gradually, with no set timeline for completion. Data from security breaches will not be included in this transitions due to legal concerns. In June 2019, Hunt announced he planned to sell Have I been pwned, but after negotiations with an exclusive party broke down announced in March he planned to keep the repository independent.

Gartner IaaS Report

Gartner published its report on the IaaS Public Cloud Services market for 2019. They found that Amazon remained the number one in the market, with more revenue than the other topped named competitors, Microsoft, Alibaba, Google, and Tecent combined. Marketshare did decline slightly, down 3% compared to 2018. What’s interesting to me is that this expands the traditional conversation around public cloud, putting the giant Chinese providers in context with where they fit with the common big three that we talk about. Also interesting is that the “other category”, while reporting over $8 billion in revenuie, is also growing at the slowest rate, even compared to Amazon, perhaps signifying that these is less room for those players. Going forward, Gartner plans to group IaaS and PaaS together into a single cloud infrastructure and platform services report, which in 2019 grew at a faster rate than the IaaS market, with Amazon, Microsoft and Alibaba, Tencent, and Oracle rounding out the top 5.

Nutanix on AWS

Nutanix made another step into the cloud with the launch of Nutanix Clusters on AWS. It takes a very VMware like approach, offering Nutanix’s hypervisor running on bare-metal EC2 instances. The benefits would be that organizations with on-prem Nutanix clusters could easily move workloads to the cloud without having to refactor, and be able to use Nutanix Prism management tools across both on-prem and cloud clusters. This would also provide access to AWS services like Files, Calm, and Era directly from Nutanix’s interface. No word yet if integration is coming to other clouds.

LinkedIn Sells SlideShare

LinkedIn, the social network that’s all about business, announced its selling its presentation hosting service SlideShare to the publishing platform Scribd. The acquisition will be effective September 24th, with Scribd getting SlideShare’s 100 million users and archival content along with the tech stack. Tom, this seems to confuse LinkedIn’s messaging again. Earlier this year we saw them trying to make a push (or at least making it less confusing) to use the platform for virtual events, where seemingly a presentation platform would be useful.

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Rich Stroffolino

Rich has been a tech enthusiast since he first used the speech simulator on a Magnavox Odyssey². Current areas of interest include ZFS, the false hopes of memristors, and the oral history of Transmeta.

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