The father of Google Apps and Chrome OS has a new vision — and it revolves around Android

Rajen Sheth is used to being ridiculed. He’s also used to being vindicated.

Sheth has been the driving force behind some of Google’s most crazy-seeming product pivots — first the advent of Google Apps, which asked enterprises to leave the long-standing comfort of Office for services like Docs and Gmail, and then the launch of Chrome OS, which challenged the very idea of what a desktop operating system needed to be.

Both projects attempted to introduce a new kind of cloud-centric focus to a change-resistant environment — and both were met with skepticism, doubt, and even disdain at their start.

“When we first started pitching [Google Apps], I literally had CIOs kicking me out of the room after five minutes,” Sheth recalls.

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Computerworld Cloud Computing

Open source tool manages AWS Lambda apps

A new open source project from Express and Node.js-canvas creator TJ Holowaychuk lets developers create, deploy, and manage AWS Lambda functions from a command-line tool.

Apex, written in Google’s Go language, also makes it possible to run applications in languages not directly supported by AWS Lambda, such as Golang itself.

Apex deploys AWS Lambda functions via projects, aka collections of function definitions described with JSON. It bundles all the needed dependencies and uploads them to AWS, and it automatically cleans up older or outdated versions of functions. In a nod to building versioned APIs, Apex allows users to manually specify which versions of a given function to retain.

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Amazon discovery service marks on-premises apps for assimilation

Sometimes the hardest part of performing a cloud migration is figuring out what has to be migrated in the first place. That’s one idea behind Amazon’s now generally available AWS ADS (Application Discovery Service), which polls existing on-premises systems and determines what apps they’re running as a prelude to migration.

Originally announced in April, ADS is yet another sign that Amazon is more interested in building a one-way bridge into its cloud than in creating a two-way street involving a hybrid cloud strategy.

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

New AWS service helps companies to move their apps to the cloud

A new Amazon cloud service announced Tuesday could help companies with legacy applications have an easier time taking the leap to the cloud. 

Amazon Web Services General Manager Matt Wood announced the new Application Discovery Service, which will allow companies to easily analyze legacy applications running on their data centers. It will help companies start the migration of their application data up to the cloud, and then work with one of Amazon’s partners to get their applications running in AWS.

The service lets users identify their applications and the infrastructure dependencies of those applications and then measure a performance baseline of those applications operating on-premises before companies consider moving them to the cloud. 

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Top 25 free apps for Windows 10

Top 25 free apps for Windows 10
Top 25 free apps for Windows 10

Windows 10 represents a bifurcation of sorts in the free Windows tool ecosystem. Thanks to “Universal Windows Programs,” recommending an essential toolkit of free Windows apps isn’t so universal anymore. Folks opting to stick with Windows 7 and 8.1 will have their own set of must-have free tools, and those who embrace Windows 10 — which presents its own priorities, advantages, and quirks — will have another.

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