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Why Open Source May Drive the Apple Watch to Success

Friday 10th of April 2015 02:51:23 PM

The first Apple Watches arrived in stores today--sort of. For two weeks, you can visit an Apple Store to look at the watches or -- if you have an appointment -- try them on for 15 minutes. Although you can preorder the watch now, they don't actually go on sale until April 24. According to reports, there were small crowds lined up for a look at Apple Stores early today, to "fondle" Apple's latest creation.

While the Apple Watch may or may not be a hit, and it is already criticized by some for being an expensive piece of proprietary technology, open source may actually pave the way for its success. Here's why.

Apple is pushing forward with an open source strategy for getting the community to collaborate on health-focused applications and tools, dubbed ResearchKit

Apple’s press release provided an overview of ResearchKit, and most importantly, it makes the point that with hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world:

"Apple today announced ResearchKit, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, helping doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone® apps. World-class research institutions have already developed apps with ResearchKit for studies on asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

…"With hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world, we saw an opportunity for Apple to have an even greater impact by empowering people to participate in and contribute to medical research,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “ResearchKit gives the scientific community access to a diverse, global population and more ways to collect data than ever before.”

 Effectively, Apple wants the huge community of users already committed to its devices to help power the next generation of healthcare apps. The new Apple Watch could play a key role in that effort, capturing real-time health information that can be aggregated into large, powerful data sets.

We don't now yet if users will take to the idea, and Samsung has a similar effort with its Samsung Digital Health Initiative, based on open software architecture. he initiative has several arms, but one primary area of focus will be on delivering very smart wearable devices that go well beyond the capabilities of wearable health devices such as Fitbit. In fact, Samsung officials are touting wearable devices that monitor blood pressure, deliver electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, and more.

We covered the Samsung program in this post.

There are already dongles for iPhones that can help iPhones collect and deliver the results of simple blood tests, such as glucose tests. What if an inexpensive device on your wrist could track your blood pressure, take daily electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, monitor your glucose and other track other simple blood tests, monitor your physical activity, sleep, annual physical dats and more? 

That's where both Apple and Samsung are heading with watches and wearables, and they are leveraging open source community efforts to head in the direction of grassroots health applications. It may create the tipping point that makes smarwatches really smart.

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Evolution of Solus and Fedora 22 Delayed

Friday 10th of April 2015 02:56:44 AM

Last week the former Evolve OS project announced they needed a new name. Suggestions came in and a decision was made. Now under a new name, the project tries to carry on with its original mission. In other news, Fedora 22 Beta was delayed causing a ripple effect throughout the remaining cycle and Red Hat announced their partners of the year.

The former Evolve OS project recently asked users to help rename their project and distribution and many suggestions they got. A new name was quickly chosen and since then the team has been working on a new site as well as moving and renaming their codebase and repositories. According to the minutes of a recent team meeting one of the first orders of business is to retain ownership of the evolve-os.com domain "out of spite." That address now redirects traffic to the new site, which isn't open for business just yet.

The plan as of now is to release a public beta of new Solus OS on May 14 followed by two release candidates on June 18 and July 2. The final is scheduled for July 16. On the menu are UEFI support, an installer overhaul to bring more features, update to GNOME 3.16, a system restore, and new artwork.

The Fedora 22 beta went into freeze more than a week ago, but alas, today it was decided to slip the release schedule by one week due to blocker bugs. During the review bugs in Firefox, Xorg ATI drivers, GTK3, and rpm-ostree didn't block the release but issues in rolekit and cloud-init did. Issues in rolekit cause a failure in setting the owner password when creating database servers and another in cloud-init prevents cloud installs from rebooting. It will be decided next Thursday if the beta can be released on the new schedule. The official Fedora release schedule isn't updated as of yet, but it looks like the final will be delayed until approximately May 26.

Red Hat, Inc. today announced the winners of their annual partner awards. Winners are selected for their contributions to Open Source software in both "commercial and public sector channels." Their 2014 Partner of the Year was IBM Global Technology Services, who "experienced the greatest growth and had the most significant impact on Red Hat’s business." Ingram Micro, CDW, and Rackspace were among the other winners. In other Red Hat news, The Var Guy covered the first day of the Partner Conference yesterday and ARN talked to training manager Colin McCabe about implementing Open Source solutions.

Elsewhere:

* Linux Mint 17.2 codenamed 'Rafaela'

* Bruce Byfield Finds 9 Hidden Features in KDE

* Dedoimedo Reviews Linux Mint 17.1 KDE

* Microsoft Making a Stripped-down Windows to Rival Linux

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Dell and Red Hat's Latest OpenStack Alliance To Open More Enterprise Doors

Thursday 9th of April 2015 03:21:50 PM

Dell and Red Hat have announced an enhanced edition of the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution, a co-engineered, enterprise-grade private-cloud solution based on OpenStack. We've covered the OpenStack-focused alliance between the two powerful companies before, and the announcement is one of several from Red Hat this week. Working with Red Hat, Dell is effectively becoming an OEM for Red Hat's software solutions.

The latest upgraded solution addresses enterprise customer demand for more flexible, elastic and agile IT services, according to the companies.

According to the companies:

"Designed to help customers build OpenStack-powered, highly-scalable clouds, the updated solution is co-engineered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Dell PowerEdge R630 and R730xd high-density rack servers, part of Dell’s 13th generation PowerEdge portfolio. With its hyper-dense memory, storage flexibility and compact footprint, the PowerEdge R630 maximizes datacenter efficiency for OpenStack cloud deployments. The PowerEdge R730xd delivers an optimized balance of storage utilization and performance making it ideal for hosting massively scalable Red Hat Ceph storage."

The upgraded solution provides customers the following key benefits, according to Red Hat and Dell:

Increased density – optimized configurations minimize the data center footprint for OpenStack admin and infrastructure nodes, and feature a 20 percent VM density increase and over a 30 percent storage capacity increase within the same size footprint

Accelerated performance – fine-tuned configurations of Dell PowerEdge R730xd servers with solid state drives accelerate the performance of Ceph data processing, and with a choice of hard drives and memory configurations, customers can optimize Ceph storage to their application needs

Added security and stability – Hardened from the OpenStack “Juno” release, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6 adds the security and stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Highly resilient 10GbE network designs with multiple layers of redundancy provide continuous fault tolerant operation. Additionally, extended lifecycle support includes options for up to three years of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform “production phase” support and updates.

 “Enterprise customers are requiring robust and rapidly scalable cloud infrastructures that deliver business results,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager, Dell Engineered Solutions and Cloud. “Dell and Red Hat continue to jointly deliver cost effective, open source-based cloud computing solutions that provide greater agility to our customers, and this newest version of the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution leverages best of breed technology from both companies to do so.”

Dell and Red Hat have actually partnered for more than 15 years, and Dell was the first company to OEM Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform in 2013. As OpenStack deployments proliferate, support is going to be the key differentiator between the many companies providing OpenStack distributions and services. Red Hat is legendary for its support surrounding Linux and middleware, and Dell is no stranger to supporting enterprises.

To learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6, you can visit http://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/red-hat-upgrades-enterprise-infrastructure-service-offering-red-hat-enterprise-linux-openstack-platform-6

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Linux Foundation Takes Web Security and Encryption Platform Under its Wing

Thursday 9th of April 2015 03:09:46 PM

The Linux Foundation has its sights set on putting reliable open source technology at the center of the web security and encryption scenes. The nonprofit organization announced that it will host the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) and its Let's Encrypt open certificate authority platform. It is a free, automated and open security certificate authority that is billed as "for the public's benefit." Let's Encrypt allows website owners to obtain security certificates within minutes, purportedly enabling a safer web experience for all.

Akamai, Cisco Systems, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla and other organizations are backing the effort. 

As The VAR Guy notes:

"The Internet Security Research Group has operated independently since its founding in 2014, with Josh Aas of Mozilla serving as its executive director, and representatives of several other major open source organizations on its board. The Linux Foundation's agreement to take over hosting the project will give the initiative a new credential within the open source community, however."

Indeed, The Linux Foundation also has a proven track record in driving open source technology forward and fostering its acceptance.

"While the web has been a part of our lives for decades now, the data shared across networks is still at risk," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "By hosting this important encryption project in a neutral forum we can accelerate the work towards a free, automated and easy security certification process that benefits millions of people around the world."

"Encryption should be the default for the web," said Josh Aas, executive director, ISRG. "The web is a complicated place these days; it's difficult for consumers to be in control of their data. The only reliable strategy for making sure that everyone's private data and information is protected while in transit over the web is to encrypt everything. Let's Encrypt simplifies this."

Last year, The Linux Foundation delivered its launch of the Core Infrastructure Initiative. It was designed to bolster the security of OpenSSL, the open source Web encryption platform that was exploited to unleash the infamous Heartbleed bug. It's good to see that the foundation remains committed to open source security solutions.

To learn more about Let's Encrypt and get involved, you can visit: https://letsencrypt.org/getinvolved/

 

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PLUMgrid Delivers ONS 3.0 Suite for Driving OpenStack Clouds

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 03:14:47 PM

PLUMgrid, which focuses on virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack  cloud deployments, has announced the latest SDN software PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite 3.0 for OpenStack with new operational tools, features for dynamic routing, and expanded service insertion for third party virtual, physical and container based appliances. Based on OpenStack Juno, PLUMgrid ONS 3.0 is Red Hat certified with RHEL OSP 6.

The announcement is being made as the Red Hat Partner Conference opens in Orlando, Florida. PLUMgrid is a solutions sponsor of the event and doing demos of its new offering.

PLUMgrid Toolbox is a suite of seven monitoring and troubleshooting tools and offers enhanced visibility into virtual network functions, network health of virtual machines, Virtual Domains, and more. Designed for operations and IT staff, Toolbox also focuses on security, reliability and control of the OpenStack network infrastructure.

According to Pere Monclus, CTO and Co-Founder, PLUMgrid: "Operational tools are crucial to customers who are deploying OpenStack clouds. To help customers monitor and troubleshoot virtual networks, PLUMgrid is delivering a suite of new tools that provide functions such as tracing, reporting, and alerting.  With PLUMgrid ONS 3.0, our customers will provision services faster, simplify operations, and improve high availability between virtual and physical networks." 

ONS 3.0 introduces a dynamic router virtual network function (VNF), which supports dynamic routing protocols allowing the network to learn and distribute IP routes. The router VNF supports a portfolio of routing protocols including RIP, OSPF and BGP. The dynamic router VNF can peer with and learn from other routers in the network, ostensibly simplifying provisioning of tenants.

We've covered previous versions of PLUMgrid's OpenStack tools, and particularly its notable security tools, here

Further information and registration for educational webinars on ONS 3.0 can be found at www.plumgrid.com

 

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NASA, IBM Ask the World to Hack Space

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 03:00:28 PM

This weekend, NASA is hooking up with IBM's BlueMix cloud platform in an unprecedented development effort. More than 10,000 developers, scientists, entrepreneurs and students in 62 countries will work in tandem on a code-a-thon aimed at building technology for space exploration. Here are more details.

Dubbed the NASA SpaceApp Challenge, the code-a-thon lasts two days and has arms focused on robotics, outer space exploration and more. 

You can watch astronauts and scientists from NASA discuss the significance of the challeng in videos here. 

"IBM is supporting the NASA Space App Challenge because we saw a great opportunity to contribute to an important cause," says Sandy Carter, general manager of IBM's Cloud Ecosystem and Developers.

"Not only are we helping participants build applications that will be used to improve space exploration and life on earth - two initiatives that impact all of humanity - but we're also helping them build their skills for cloud development while helping to cultivate an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields."

IBM's BlueMix cloud platform will effectively function as glue and platform linking participants in the challenge from around the globe. 

According to NASA:

"The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. This year we have over 25 challenges in four areas: Earth, Outer Space, Humans and Robotics. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of government collaborators and over 100 local organizing teams across the globe."

"The idea of a Challenge is so compelling because it acknowledges the fact that the world is facing serious challenges - and that we all have to work together to approach them. While there local hosts may offer prizes and the global award includes an opportunity to attend a NASA launch, the main challenge we focus on is enabling 48 hours of highly engaged collaboration- and discovering what we can create when that happens."

 You can find out more about participation at the Challenge site.

 

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2015 Red Hat Summit Announced

Wednesday 8th of April 2015 03:24:09 AM

Red Hat, Inc. today announced this year's Red Hat Summit. A good time will be had by all for the Early Bird discounted price of $1295. Keynotes, presentations, labs, and panel discussions are among the scheduled events. There's something for everyone with the added attractions of offsite parties, receptions, happy hours, and pub crawls.

The Red Hat Summit 2015 was announced today for June 23 - June 26 in Boston. "Red Hat Summit has become a must-attend event, with customers, partners, and open source industry leaders from around the world coming together for a high-energy week of innovation, education, and collaboration." Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst and Paul Cormier are among the keynote speakers with more to be announced.

Besides the speeches, 170 1-hour breakout sessions are planned. Breakout sessions are presentations by industry experts on topical issues. Some speakers include Thomas Cameron, John Shakshober, and Matt Hicks. A Partner Pavillion will be open showcasing many of Red Hat's partners and their wares. Labs will let attendees test out Red Hat's latest tech. For those wanting still more add-ons include in-depth training courses with expert instructors and certification exams in Red Hat OpenStack. Developers can attend DevNation for "a week of keynotes, technical sessions, BoFs, evening programming events, and more" with folks from some of the top tech companies around.

For the rest of us, lots of announcements and quotes will flow from Red Hat Summit 2015 hinting where "the future of enterprise technology, including cloud computing, Internet of Things, Linux containers, big data, mobile, and beyond" may be headed. It will surely be an exciing week for Open Source.

In other Linux news:

* Looking into the Void distribution

* Parsix 7 Morphs GNOME Into a Better Desktop

* MintBox Mini News

* The Linux Setup - Carla Schroder, OwnCloud/Writer

* An Everyday Linux Review Of openSUSE 13.2

* The Irrelevance Of Open Sourcing Windows

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CoreOS Team Gets $12 Million to Offer DIY Google-style Infrastructure with Tectonic

Tuesday 7th of April 2015 02:31:45 PM

As Susan covered earlier today, the announcement by CoreOS about Tectonic is making waves. It's billed as a new "commercial Kubernetes platform that combines the CoreOS stack with Kubernetes to bring companies Google-style infrastructure to any cloud or on-premise environment." Google has a vested interest in CoreOS bringing Kubernetes to the enterprise, with Google Ventures investing $12 million in Tectonic.

Tectonic will make deploying container solutions a lot easier according to Alex Polvi, CoreOS CEO. He said, "Tectonic aims to provide an easily deployable solution that packages up the best in container technology." There are registrations available for beta testers, and here are more details.

In December, Polvi had announced both rkt and CoreOS's intent to shift away from Docker as its container engine of choice, calling Docker's process model "fundamentally flawed."  Although CoreOS has supported Kubernetes in the past, Tectonic marks the first time CoreOS is distributing Kubernetes as a base component of its offering.

 Tectoni is basically an alternative stack for users wanting to build container-based infrastructure. The CoreOS team said the following in the Tectonic announcement:

 "There is a lot of confusion and choice in the container technology ecosystem when trying to decide how to build a stack that supports application containers. Tectonic aims to provide an easily deployable solution that packages up the best in container technology. In addition to the CoreOS portfolio and Kubernetes, Tectonic includes a management console for workflows and dashboards, an integrated registry to build and share Linux containers, and tools to automate deployment. By using Tectonic, companies can begin to see the business benefits of using containers quickly."

"Kubernetes is an open source project introduced by Google to help organizations run their infrastructure in a similar manner to the internal infrastructure that runs Google Search, Gmail, and other Google services. The concepts and workflows in Kubernetes are designed to help engineers focus on their application instead of infrastructure and build for high availability of services. With the Kubernetes APIs, users can manage application infrastructure - such as load balancing, service discovery, and rollout of new versions - in a way that is consistent and fault-tolerant."

 Here, you can sign up for the Tectonic early release and newsletter

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AtScale Launches, Bridging Hadoop and Popular Analytics Tools

Tuesday 7th of April 2015 02:15:16 PM

At one point, the Big Data trend--sorting and sifting large data sets with new tools in pursuit of surfacing meaningful angles on stored information--remained an enterprise-only story, but now businesses of all sizes are evaluating tools that can help them glean meaningful insights from the data they store. As we've noted, the open source Hadoop project has been one of the big drivers of this trend, and has given rise to commercial companies that offer custom Hadoop distributions, support, training and more. Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR are leading the pack among these Hadoop-focused companies.

Front ends for working with Hadoop, which can enhance what it does with large data sets, are also appearing.  Now, startup company AtScale is coming out of stealth mode, showing off its tools for making data stored in Hadoop's file system accessible within Business Intelligence (BI) applications. The end result is a more useful view of Hadoop-driven insights.

According to AtScale's announcement:

 "AtScale software requires no data movement, no custom driver and no separate cluster in order to perform. When customers deploy AtScale, their business users can analyze the entirety of their Hadoop data, at lightning speed and from the BI tools they are already familiar with."

"AtScale turns Hadoop into an enterprise-grade, scale-out OLAP Server. It provides interactive analysis performance and ensures optimal query throughput on Hadoop. AtScale supports Apache Hadoop, Cloudera, HortonWorks and MapR....AtScale lets your BI tools "talk" Hadoop. AtScale is compatible with Microsoft Excel, Tableau Software, QlikView and many other leading Business Intelligence (BI) tools. With AtScale, business analysts self-serve to Hadoop from the tools they already own, know and love."

 To try AtScale, you can register at www.atscale.com

"AtScale is a game-changer for our approach to BI with Hadoop," says Craig Fryar, Head of Business Intelligence at Wargaming.net, the global gaming leader and creator of the award-winning World of Tanks. "We have a community of more than 110 million users and a massive amount of data about how people play our games. Our cluster stores billions of events that we can now easily explore in just a few clicks. With AtScale, we enable our analysts to quickly and securely access Hadoop and analyze data in real time using Tableau."

"We created AtScale to put an end to the frustration business users have had with Hadoop and to empower IT with a managed and governed platform for BI on Big Data," says Dave Mariani, Founder and CEO. "Today, millions of information workers could derive value from Hadoop but their organizations have not been able to empower them to do so; either because their current toolset doesn't work natively with Hadoop or because IT doesn't have the tools to provision them with secure, self-service access. I started AtScale to put data into the hands of the business user and I brought my team from Yahoo! to do it right."

 Mariani, a Big Data Veteran and entrepreneur, was responsible for the data pipelines and analytics teams at Yahoo! at the time that Hadoop was born.Yahoo! has consistently made use of Hadoop over the years.

It will be interesting to watch AtScale. Talend and other companies have also served up notable front ends and connectors for Hadoop, as we covered here

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Linux Australia Hacked and CoreOS Hearts Kubernetes

Tuesday 7th of April 2015 04:00:41 AM

In a post to the Linux-aus mailing list Saturday The Linux Australia Council informed members and conference attendees that due to a server breach personal information could be compromised. The March 22 hack was discovered two days later when steps were taken to "minimize the immediate damage." Elsewhere, CoreOS has joined the race to Kubernetes and folks are still buzzing about the Wired.com quote saying Open Source Windows is a possibility.

A lot of folks attend those linux.conf.au conferences and if you were at linux.conf.au 2013, 2014 or 2015 or at PyCon Australia 2013 and 2014, your personal data may have been stolen by hackers last month. The official word is that there is no proof that personal information was stolen, but a database dump during the breach included attendees' "First and Last Names, physical and email addresses, and any phone contact details provided, as well as a hashed version of the user password." Fortunately, bank card information was on another server that was not hacked. The hacked server has been decommissioned and replaced by a brand spanking new host deployed with all the latest security measures. Other servers were checked and security was beefed up everywhere. Those affected are asked to change their passwords and contact the council with questions.

The top headline today was the announcement by CoreOS about Tectonic, a new "commercial Kubernetes platform that combines the CoreOS stack with Kubernetes to bring companies Google-style infrastructure to any cloud or on-premise environment." Google has a vested interest in CoreOS bringing Kubernetes to the enterprise, $12 million worth in fact also announced today. Tectonic will make deploying container solutions a lot easier according to Alex Polvi, CoreOS CEO. He said, "Tectonic aims to provide an easily deployable solution that packages up the best in container technology." They're signing up beta testers!

Wired.com reported Friday that Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Technical Fellow, said that "it's definitely possible" that the company could someday open source Windows. He said they've open sourced other bits and since so many deploy open source right beside Windows they have little choice but embrace it. So, as the world changes Microsoft tries to change it's reputation, but few really think open sourcing Windows is on the menu.

Other interesting headlines today:

* 1+ Year Running Arch Linux on a Lenovo Yoga 2

* xkcd: Operating Systems Running in my House

* 6 operating systems designed just for Docker and other container runtimes

* 10 Linux Distros You Need To Know

* An Interview with Git Creator Linus Torvalds

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Piston Unveils Piston CloudOS 4.0, focused on "the Modern Data Center"

Monday 6th of April 2015 03:05:01 PM

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. has announced the availability of Piston CloudOS 4.0, which is billed as "an operating system for the modern data center that transforms clusters of commodity servers into a single unified environment." The platform can purportedly deploy OpenStack in minutes, and CloudOS 4.0 also lets users deploy Hadoop and Spark on bare metal, with forthcoming support for container orchestration tools such as Kubernetes, Mesos and Docker Swarm.

Piston reports that the technology behind CloudOS 4.0 has been deployed at scale and in production by hundreds of companies since 2011, including Swisscom, USDA, Zulily, and King Digital Entertainment. This week's announcement represents Piston's first expansion into a broader market beyond OpenStack. 

"For the last four years, Piston has developed a platform that makes OpenStack deployment and operation extremely fast and easy. Now customers can use this platform, called CloudOS, to deploy other frameworks and orchestration tools as highly-available services, all on the same infrastructure," said Jim Morrisroe, CEO of Piston Cloud Computing. "Our vision is to make deploying the services that developers need as simple as downloading an app to your smartphone."  

According to Piston:

Tasked with implementing new technology frameworks and services to accomplish business goals, organizations often end up with fragment infrastructure silos. Not only do these silos limit their ability to reallocate resources as needed, but deploying on bare metal poses a significant technical and costly challenge for IT, while slowing time-to-market.

CloudOS simplifies and significantly speeds up the deployment and operation of modern technologies on bare metal, delivering choice, flexibility and ease of use. Piston CloudOS is the only holistic operating system for the modern data center that includes a host OS, software for boot, a resource manager and a services manager.

 According to the announcement, key benefits of Piston CloudOS 4.0 include:

Piston CloudOS enables push-button deployment of services such as Hadoop, Spark and OpenStack with upcoming rollouts of additional big data components and container orchestration solutions including Kubernetes, Mesos, Docker Swarm, MongoDB and Cassandra.

Piston CloudOS allows customers to seamlessly reallocate resources to multiple frameworks and services across the data center, on the fly, and ensure optimization of their infrastructure.

Piston CloudOS allows customers to monitor, adjust, scale, and optimize the cluster—giving unprecedented visibility into data center resources. 

"Organizations today are faced with the challenge of effectively implementing new technologies, some of which are still taking shape, in their existing environments, which can typically be silod," said Jay Lyman, cloud platforms research manager for 451 Research. "By unifying the management of disparate resources and doing what it has done for OpenStack with other open source projects and services such as Hadoop, Spark and Kubernetes, Piston is helping organizations take advantage of the latest software in a way that doesn't slow them, but actually simplifies and speeds their management of infrastructure and tools."

Concentrating on data centers and on optimizing commodity and legacy clusters is all the rage at the moment. In our recent interview with Mesosphere's Ben Hindman, he discussed the company's "data center operating system," which allows administrators to easily build and deploy applications and services that span entire datacenters. That includes optimizing commodity hardware services.

Likewise, in our recent interview with the team behind Grappa, found here, we discussed the open source Grappa project, which scales data-intensive applications on commodity clusters and offers a new type of abstraction that can beat classic distributed shared memory (DSM) systems.

Piston, too, is very focused on "the modern data center that transforms clusters of commodity servers into a single unified environment." You can find out more about Piston CloudOS here

 

 

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Despite Enterprise Concerns, Android is an Ultra-Safe Platform

Monday 6th of April 2015 02:51:22 PM

As recently as March, we were reporting on one of the biggest security holes ever affecting Android. In fact, PaloAlto networks had found that that security breach affected almost 50 percent of Android devices, making them vulnerable to an attack that can swap out a user's pre-installed app with malware that can round up sensitive data.

The fact is, though, hard data now shows that Android is not a target of hackers, and even in the case of the security vulnerability that PaloAlto Networks identified, no reports of actual hacks arrived. In a new report released by Google, the remarkable news has emerged that fewer than one percent of Android devices had a potentially harmful application installed last year.

Google's data data was collected via a feature called Verify Apps that was first introduced in Android 4.2 in 2012. Since March of 2014, Verify Apps has been performing background scans and giving Google access to huge data sets showing how secure Android devices are.

"During October 2014, the lowest level of device hygiene was 99.5% and the highest level was 99.65%, so less than 0.5% of devices had a PHA installed (excluding non-malicious Rooting apps)," Google's report said. PHA stands for Potentially Harmful Application.

The really remarkable finding in the study from Google is that less than one percent of Android devices had a potentially harmful application installed last year.

The news should reach the ears of enterprise IT administrators, some of whom will still not allow users to adopt Android devices due to security concerns and possible mistrust of open source tools. Android has proven to be much less of a security risk than other mobile devices are, and that should help the mobile platform make more of a mark in enterprises, rather than appealing primarily to consumers. 

 

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More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

Leftovers: Gaming

Leftovers: KDE Software

  • Wayland & Other Tasks Being Worked On For KDE Plasma 5.4
    Now that KDE Plasma 5.3 was released this week, KDE developers are starting to plan out and work on the new material intended for KDE Plasma 5.4.
  • Interview with Wolthera
    My name is Wolthera, I am 25, studied Game Design and currently studying Humanities, because I want to become a better game designer, and I hope to make games in the future as a job. I also draw comics, though nothing has been published yet. [...] After I played a lot with MyPaint, I heard from people that Krita 2.4 was the shit. When I went to the website at the time (which is the one before the one before the current) it just looked alien and strange, and worse: there was no Windows version, so I couldn’t even try it out. So I spent a few more years having fun with MyPaint alone, but eventually I got tired of its brush engine and wanted to try something more rough. When I checked Krita again, it had two things: a new, considerably more coherent website (the one before this one) and a Windows build. Around that time it was still super unstable and it didn’t work with my tablet. But MyPaint also had tablet problems, so I had no qualms about dual booting to Linux and trying it out there.
  • GSoC with KDE
    So, my project is titled: Better Tooling for Baloo. Let me begin by explaining what Baloo is. According to its wiki page it is "Baloo is a metadata and search framework by KDE." What exactly does it mean? Baloo is responsible for providing full text search capabilities to KDE applications. It doesn't end there it also provides searching on basis of metadata of various types of files. To acomplish this it indexes file contents and metadata using various plugins ,called extractors, to handle different types of files. It then exposes the data it has indexed with the help of various API's. So thats a very high level view of how it works. Now, my project, as the title states will provide better tools for Baloo. These tools will mainly be: