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Database Deployments Moving to the Cloud | IT Infrastructure Advice, Discussion, Community

The days of deploying on-premises databases appear to be in the rearview mirror, or rapidly heading there. Microsoft and Amazon Web Services account for 75.5% of the market growth.

If you are a startup company looking to implement a new database, chances are you aren’t going to license the software and install it on the server in your office. No, you will look at what AWS or Microsoft Azure has to offer, or maybe you will look at Salesforce.com if you are looking for a CRM platform system.

That’s what seems to have happened to companies like Cloudera and MapR that pioneered Hadoop implementations. A lot of that big data went into the cloud instead.

But it’s not just startups anymore that are looking to put their data to the cloud.

While small and midsized organizations will move more quickly to the cloud, enterprises will also move there, too, but over a number of years, according to a new report from Gartner, The Future of the DBMS Market is Cloud.

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Management Plane-as-a-Service: Moving Functions to the Cloud | IT Infrastructure Advice, Discussion, Community

Looking back on the last 12 to 18 months of product announcements from incumbent vendors highlights a trend for management services. Offering existing management services with a hosted option or new cloud-based management options are coming to market that can manage existing products.

The management plane is moving from its traditional location of an on-prem data center to cloud hosted environments. Before going further, I want you to ask yourself, what differentiates data centers from remote POPS?

AWS Outpost and Azure stack are arguably two of the best examples of products that move infrastructure management to the cloud. Details of AWS Outposts are not available in full, but there is enough information to make a reasonable comparison in this area.

The abovementioned products offer a predefined or tightly controlled hardware stack that the customer deploys at a specified location. Scaling for positive and negative growth is controlled by the vendor. The cloud management portal is used to manage and configure the deployed solution, making the solution an extension of the public cloud services you’re already consuming.

Managing a hardware solution as another zone within an existing cloud environment has several advantages, the primary use case is creating a unified management plane for infrastructure and workloads regardless of location. Developers can use the same code to deploy a workload regardless of the location.

Software-define infrastructure management

In the age of software-defined everything, infrastructure is not limited to bare metal solutions such as those mentioned above, and it can be a software platform. Software-defined infrastructure requires management just like its physical counterpart.

Often an opensource software-defined infrastructure solution can be managed by multiple different products, providing a range of options. Some of these management options are only available as a cloud service. Others provide options for the method of consumption. Kubernetes is a prime example of a project with many management solutions available. Kubernetes has an architecture that is well suited from management by a remote or cloud hosted solution.

There are two key areas that are helping push the management plane from the on-prem data center to cloud solutions; Trust and cheap redundant connections. Cloud service providers are maturing and proving themselves when it comes to security and reliability. Platform reliability and security are visible to the public and have been continually proven over time, providing tangible evidence. Businesses are seeing this evidence and trust is growing in the capabilities of cloud providers.

Vendors are using infrastructure from cloud providers to host their services for customers to consume. For this to occur, the vendors also must be trusting the capabilities of cloud providers more.

The role of SD-WAN

When planning remote data centers or POPs a consistent concern is how to operate the services if the connection to the primary data center fails. Some services require constant connectivity to a primary management service to function, and a service interruption can cause significant outages.

Reducing the risk of a link interruption between remote and primary sites is often an expensive task. Ideally, the solution involves redundant links from different providers where each link is either on a different media or different path. In the real world, this can be a challenge. What if there is only one provider or one path available?

SD-WAN solutions help address price and complexity issues for providing a site with redundant links. One of the core use cases for an SD-WAN solution is to create a secure tunnel between sites using multiple cheap internet links, translating to increased bandwidth with higher link redundancy and a lower price than a private circuit.

Another common feature provided by SD-WAN vendors is selecting the best path to hosted services, resulting in traffic between the management service and the infrastructure taking the most efficient path.

As time goes on, we are only going to see more management services offered as or with a hosted option. Businesses see the inherent complexity of managing management services, as their trust in cloud services increases so will their appetite to offload that complexity back onto the vendor.

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It’s Still A Slow Process For Ubuntu Touch Moving To Mir 1.x / Wayland


Given yesterday’s release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-7, you might be curious how this UBports project is moving along with their adoption of the modern Mir 1.x that provides Wayland support… Unfortunately, it will still be a while before that is being shipped in production on Ubuntu Touch.

With Mir 1.x there is now Wayland client support, Canonical encourages application/toolkit developers to target Wayland APIs rather than Mir, there is EGLStreams KMS support for NVIDIA, and other new features. But in the case of Ubuntu Touch, it’s still using dated Mir display server code from the days of Canonical pursuing Unity 8 + Mir + convergence when they were not pursuing any Wayland support.

During this week’s Ubuntu Touch Q+A 42, they provided an updated on Mir 1.x efforts: “How is Mir 1.X coming along? Marius has been working with it. Wayland is working well although for some strange reason Qualcomm devices are not playing. It provides much faster app startup. The results will be in the Edge channel soon but that is still quite a long way off from integrating into everyday Ubuntu Touch. We will not be moving straight to Wayland in next stage of integration.

It’s great to hear that Mir 1.x work will lead to faster application start-ups on Ubuntu Touch and may soon be in their Edge (testing) channel, but unfortunate that it will be a while before being part of their official stack. Separately but on the plus side for this community-driven Ubuntu phone/tablet effort, the new libhybris in Ubuntu Touch will allow for more easily porting the OS to more Android devices, the Morph browser is continuing to be improved, a new Telegram app is on the way, and other progress being made.

Allwinner “Cedrus” Driver Moving Ahead With H.264 & H.265 Video Decode Support


Merged last month for the Linux 4.20 kernel was The Cedrus VPU driver for Allwinner SoCs that was developed by Bootlin. Initially the video format supported with this kernel is MPEG-2, but H.264 and H.265 support is moving closer to mainline too.

Bootlin’s Paul Kocialkowski shared an update on the state of the Allwinner VPU support. There are patches still under review for H.264 and H.265 hardware video decoding. Hopefully we’ll see these patches merged for the Linux 4.21 kernel cycle so the Cedrus VPU driver becomes usable for more than just MPEG-2.

Additionally, the Bootlin developers are also working on tiled YUV format support as well as support for the Allwinner A64 and H5 SoCs with this VPU driver.

More details on the current state of this crowdfunded VPU driver via the Bootlin blog.