IBM, the pioneers of autonomic computing, the concept of creating self-aware systems that automatically optimize their own cost, availability, and user experience (Robert Morris, IBM, Almaden Research Laboratory, 2001) announced their intend to acquire Turbonomic, one of today’s most exciting deep-learning and streaming-analytics driven application resource management plays.

“The growing complexity of the I.T. infrastructure threatens to undermine the very benefits information technology aims to provide” IBM manifesto on autonomic computing from 2001.

What Turbonomic Brings to the Table

Turbonomic uses today’s extreme complexity of applications stacks, interdependencies, and public cloud service offerings to its advantage. This complexity may have prematurely ended the first era of…

UPDATE: Before we jump in, here is the weekly topic relationship map based on the term importance and correlation of Kubernetes topics on Stackoverflow during the week of March 4, 2021.

EMA Topic Correlations Map based on Kubernetes-related data from the Week of March 4, 2021

Top 25 Kubernetes Topics of the Week

Based on the 325 Kubernetes-related questions asked on, here are the Top 25 developer and DevOps centric topics of the week. The bar reflects the percentage of the number of total views received by each topic over the week. You can see that ingress control (kubernetes-ingress, nginx, nginx-ingress) was the biggest topic this week.

I love playing with the latest and greatest tech. That’s why I became an industry analyst. There is nothing like looking at the latest deep learning prototype cutting 50% of the cost of an EC2 environment just by “playing Tetris” (I stole this analogy from the brilliant Andrew Hillier, but do not have any affiliation with Densify). I love seeing a demo of a new observability tool automatically mapping and tracking dependencies by watching live function calls, or thinking about the implications of solving today’s biggest compliance challenges by moving to a completely codified approach of IT operations and software…

Here is an alternative look at Kubecon. This is based on the summaries of the 336 KubeCon sessions, on all 8,490 Tweets from 497 Twitter accounts, receiving a total of 11,116 retweets reaching altogether 131,081,141 Twitter users, and finally of an analysis of the event’s public slack channels.

Chart #1: Top 10 Topics — Operations, Developers, and Security

Top 10 Topics from KubeCon based on the automated analysis of all 336 public sessions

“Operations” of cloud native environments was the #1 topic at KubeCon 2020, and rightfully so. Enterprises large and small are increasingly struggling with operating distributed apps and traditional enterprise apps side-by-side. This is one of the key facts of 2020 and will be no less important in 2021. … is a website, created by Prof. Max Tegmark at MIT, that continuously ingests content from all (or at least most) news outlets around the globe and serves them up to readers based on simple selections they make on one or multiple sliders (follow Max Tegmark on Twitter). The two main ones are:

  1. Political Stance: Left — Right
  2. Establishment Stance: Critical — Pro
Screenshot of from Wed, Jan 27, 9:29 am MT

Under “more preferences” you will find a number of additional ways of shaping your daily news stories, but let us focus on the two main sliders at the top right. These two sliders basically let us view…

Red Hat acquired StackRox to address “compliance and security” as the #1 bottleneck slowing down the application release lifecycle, application modernization, and digital transformation as a whole.

“We cannot go faster than we already are, as compromising compliance and security could and probably would sink our company,” said the CIO of a large global telecommunications firm. His customers, internal and external, continue to ask for more software capabilities, but of course without lowering quality, increasing cost, or compromises in the security area. “Documentation is critical for us. When the next audit rolls around we need to prove compliance without scrambling…

As a former gamer and someone with two kids that often need ‘surgical separation’ from their gaming consoles, I have preserved some level of interest in the current gaming culture. To see what was going on over the previous 12 months, I have pulled all 14,790 posts to the Stackexchange gaming forum between Jan 1, 2020 and today (Jan 6, 2021) and received the following big picture view, based on some simple data transformation. Note that the rectangles are based on the number of views the respective game or gaming technology received between Jan 1, 2020 and today. Also, please…

My EMA Best of 2020 list is based on a combination of my personal opinion as an industry analyst at Enterprise Management Associates and a set of quantitative metrics that are transparently referenced in this article.

There is much room for different opinions. I look forward to discussing those and learning new perspectives from personas within or outside my “sphere.”

Top 3 Acquisitions of the Year — Collaboration, Silicon, and Kubernetes Storage

Slack acquired by Salesforce for $27B

After last year’s $15.3B acquisition of Tableau, Salesforce invests another $27B in the acquisition of the vastly popular Slack collaboration platform. This enables the Salesforce CRM to connect customer activities, customer sentiment, customer use cases, and many other data points…

Here are my 5 charts that best summarize VMworld 2020. I would be easier to do this in 25 or 50 charts, but the appeal of this excercise is to make some choices. Here are mine:

Chart 1 — Dominating Kubernetes (part 1)

Based on a complete full text analysis of all 861 sessions listed in the official VMworld 2020 agenda, these are the trends that bubbled up.

Bar chart showing the key topics at VMworld 2020: 1. Kubernetes, 2. Hybrid, 3. AI, 4. Edge, 5. 5G (data source: agenda)
Bar chart showing the key topics at VMworld 2020: 1. Kubernetes, 2. Hybrid, 3. AI, 4. Edge, 5. 5G (data source: agenda)
Chart shows the topic importance of all 871 sessions at VMworld 2020.

Key Observations

  1. Kubernetes: dominating (yes, I chose this term very deliberately) Kubernetes is the first prerogerative for VMware in 2020 and beyond. VMware used to be built on dominating the hypervisor. The modern hypervisor equivalent is Kubernetes. …

by Torsten Volk, Managing Research Director, Hybrid Cloud, Software Defined Infrastructure and Machine Learning

Automation and integration gaps are the DevOps equivalent of small Lego pieces that kids like to strategically place on the floor for us to step on, preferably barefoot. They may look harmless during daylight, but they will inflict an incredible amount of pain when we let down our guard for a moment and walk down the stairs in the dark, just to get a glass of milk or check if we locked the back door.

EMA Cloud Rant with Morpheus Data about the importance of closing…

Torsten Volk

Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing, Automatic Machine Learning in DevOps, IT, and Business are at the center of my industry analyst practice at EMA.

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