First things first

After some fireworks in the cloud computing space earlier this week, things have slowed down a bit. But here are the three items (plus two bonus ones) you probably don't want to miss. Well, I think they're interesting, at least:

  • Introducing commercial Kubernetes applications in GCP Marketplace (Google): IMHO, this is the start of something much bigger with regard to how organizations will package, sell and run enterprise software over the next several years -- as pre-packaged Kubernetes applications. There are a handful of reasons for this, but I think the primary ones are (1) that it will let companies manage their third-party applications the same (or similar) way they manage the applications they build themselves; (2) building and packaging this way makes it easier for vendors to ship, manage and continuously deliver on their applications; and (3) enterprise buyers, especially, still want the control of managing their own application infrastructure. Sapho CTO (and former CBS Interactive CIO) Peter Yared discussed this on the podcast last year and, minor disclaimer, I spent the first half of this year working in this space at Replicated.
  • Amazon Web Services tests out two tools to help keep the cloud secure (WIRED): The two tools, Tiros and Zelkova, are essentially designed to identify unusual network activity (especially from the open internet) and to warn users of accidentally lax security (e.g., a publicly available S3 bucket). If you've paid attention to cloud security at all over the past couple years, you know how big a deal tools like this could end up becoming, as there have been a handful of high-profile breaches and other incidents enabled by insecure configurations.
  • Amid the 20th anniversary of open source, Tim O’Reilly warns that platform companies built on open-source software have lost their way (GeekWire): I don't know exactly who Tim O'Reilly is talking about, but I did spot Amazon and Google among the OSCON sponsors (so I know it wasn't them). It's easy to take shots at large companies, but, if we're being honest, the tech industry really needs a fundamental rethink on what we expect from open source and how the money is distributed.

I also want to give quick shout-outs to SWIM.AI, which raised a $10 million round for its industrial AI platform, and zero-trust security startup ScaleFT, which was acquired by Okta. I've done podcast interviews with the founders and CTOs at both companies, which you can listen to here:

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