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  • It Takes a Village: Making Data Projects Work - Amy Gaskins, Big Data Project Director
  • It’s Surprising Who’s Using NFV MANO Code From Cloudify

    There’s been so much flurry around NFV management and network orchestration (MANO) in 2016 that GigaSpaces’ Cloudify Project kind of flew under the radar.

    GigaSpaces, a company that offers a data scalability platform, has created some MANO software named Cloudify, and the code is being used by Open-O, OPNFV, and AT&T.

    [...]

    GigaSpaces launched the NFV Lab during the OpenStack Summit last month, and it is demonstrating it in collaboration with Metaswitch at the Metaswitch Forum event this week in Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Publisher's cloud strategy improves uptime and agility with PaaS

    Despite this PaaS love, Otte is keeping his options open. As he told me, "We're committed to operating in a multi-cloud environment that uses open source and cloud-based technologies in everything that we do." This means, among other things, that the company will continue to use OpenStack to stand up private and public clouds, even as it uses Cloud Foundry's container-based architecture to build portable images and then run them in any language.

  • MapR Report Shows Apache Drill Coming to Maturity

    MapR Technologies, focused on Hadoop, made the news this week as it rolled out a simple migration service for its Hadoop distribution that targets what it bills as growing demand for moving Big Data tool installations to its converged data platform. And, it was one year ago that we did an interview marking the company weaving Apache Drill into its Hadoop-centric distribution. Drill, which we've covered before, delivers self-service SQL analytics without requiring pre-defined schema definitions, dramatically reducing the time required for business analysts to explore and understand data. It also enables interactivity with data from both legacy transactional systems and new data sources, such as Internet of things (IOT) sensors, Web click-streams, and other semi-structured data, along with support for popular business intelligence (BI) and data visualization tools.

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  • Docker Founder Talks of New Tool and Open-Source Lessons He Learned

    Solomon Hykes, founder of Docker, details his firm's open-source experience and releases new tools at the OSCON conference.
    Solomon Hykes, founder of Docker Inc., is a familiar name in the world of open source today, but he wasn't always an open-source developer. In a keynote at the OSCON conference on May 18, Hykes detailed Docker's open-source voyage and released a trio of new tools as open source.

  • Containers and Persistent Data Storage on Docker and CoreOS

    As containers from Docker and other vendors grow in popularity, so does the need for enterprise-ready data storage solutions that work well with containers. Here's an overview of the challenges on this front, and how developers are solving them.

    You may be wondering why data storage for containers is an issue at all. After all, in our era of scale-out storage, automatic failover and redundant arrays, figuring out ways to store and protect data is not usually difficult.

  • SAP rolls Cloud Foundry HANA Platform beta

    SAP has released a beta version of its Hana Cloud Platform for Cloud Foundry.

    The software giant yesterday released a Cloud Foundry beta service that works on the Pivotal-inspired open-source cloud.

    Coming with the beta is support for Java, Node.js, HTML5, MongoDB, Redis, PostgresSQL and RabbitMQ.

  • [Older] In a Crisis, Be Open and Honest

    James Whitehurst is president and chief executive of Red Hat, the world’s largest open source software company.

    Q. You joined Delta Air Lines at noon on Sept. 11, 2001, as acting treasurer. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2005, by which time you had been promoted to chief operating officer and had to lay off tens of thousands of people. Talk about managing through crisis!

    A. I got promoted about 12 weeks before we filed for bankruptcy. That was really my first major leadership role, with 80,000 people working for me. I was 35 years old and I was too naïve to know I should have said no [to the promotion]. I’m naturally a very calm person and that helped, but it was really brutal.

    One of the key things I learned is that in this type of situation, your goal should not be to comfort or make people feel better, but to be open and honest. Tell people what it’s like and allow them to make the decisions that work best for them. A lot of leaders want to show a ray of optimism, but all you do is shade the truth. Be honest and say, “This is what it is and this is what we’re going to do about it.”

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Linux containers vs. VMs: A security comparison

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In this article, I’ll take two different approaches to comparing VM and container security. The first approach will be more structural, or theoretical, looking at the characteristics of each from a security perspective. Then I’ll apply a more practical analysis by looking at what happens in a typical breach and how it might be affected by container and VM architectures.

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  • Takeaways from Docker's Solomon Hykes keynote at OSCON

    In the opening OSCON keynote this morning, the founder of Docker, Solomon Hykes, gave us a fantastic birds-eye view of lessons learned from the "firehose" while building a successful open source project. He calls this process: Incremental Revolution.

    Hykes says, "The world needs the tools for mass innovation, tools that encapsulate the harder parts of technology in order to unlock creativity." Further, the growing Internet of Things (IoT), a programmable Internet, will be the ultimate tool of mass innovation, programming lots of things simultaneously or in parallel, rather than one at a time.

  • 3 Reasons Docker and Containerization Lit Up Application Development [Video]

    Docker was the flame that catalyzed innovation in application development, according to Scott Johnston, senior vice president of product management and design at Docker. However, that success was entirely unforeseen.

    "I wish I could say that we had a premeditated mindset three years ago when we released Docker," Johnston said in his keynote at last month's Collaboration Summit. "But we did not." Looking back, he sees three main reasons for Docker’s success: Accessibility, Portability, and Openness.

  • Docker 1.11: The first runtime built on containerd and based on OCI technology

    Docker Engine 1.11 has been released, built on runC and containerd. "runC is the first implementation of the Open Containers Runtime specification and the default executor bundled with Docker Engine. Thanks to the open specification, future versions of Engine will allow you to specify different executors, thus enabling the ecosystem of alternative execution backends without any changes to Docker itself. By separating out this piece, an ecosystem partner can build their own compliant executor to the specification, and make it available to the user community at any time – without being dependent on the Engine release schedule or wait to be reviewed and merged into the codebase."

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OpenStack Roundup

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  • OSOps Gives Operators a Powerful Tool to Poke OpenStack Developers

    For JJ Asghar, senior partner engineer of OpenStack at Chef, there is one issue that continues to hamper OpenStack’s success: Operations. It’s no secret in the Ops community that there is a large barrier to entry involved in becoming a part of the OpenStack community. When it comes to submitting bugs, reporting issues, and ensuring one’s OpenStack cloud runs smoothly, operations teams find themselves facing an uphill battle.

  • Cisco's Embrace of OpenStack Pays Network Dividends [VIDEO]

    When Lew Tucker, vice-president and CTO of cloud computing at Cisco first got Cisco involved with OpenStack, networking wasn't even a separate project, it was just part of the Nova compute project. OpenStack has since evolved with the Neutron networking project and more recently, a large focus on Network Function Virtualization (NFV) with some of the world's largest carriers supporting the effort.

  • OpenStack Player Platform9 Rolls Out Channel Partner Program

    As the OpenStack arena consolidates, there are still many business models evolving around it, and OpenStack-as-a-Service is emerging as an interesting choice. Platform9, which focuses on OpenStack-based private clouds, has announced a new release of its Platform9 Managed OpenStack, which is a SaaS-based solution with integration for single sign-on (SSO) solutions. The company also updated its private-cloud-as-a service offering from OpenStack Juno to OpenStack Liberty.

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  • Bitcoin Goes Corporate, or at Least the Blockchain Does

    “The back office in financial services is finally sexy again,” says Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation.

  • Xeon Phi Installation on Gentoo Linux

    Intel Xeon Phi is a coprocessor for high-performance computing that uses Intel Many Integrated Core Architecture (MIC) which is x86 compatible multiprocessor architecture (Source: Developer Zone). Intel Xeon Phi has over 50 cores with multiple hardware threads per core and 512-bit SIMD (IMCI-512) instructions. Official support of Linux distributions is limited to two distributions: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The installation procedure on other distributions is not always straightforward, therefore we are going to show you how to install Xeon Phi on Gentoo Linux. We used Gentoo Linux with kernel version 3.12.49, Intel Manycore Platform Software Stack (MPSS) 3.5.2 and two Xeon Phi 31S1P coprocessors.

  • Using Intel's Xeon Phi Under Linux

    If you are interested, they have published a lengthy guide about setting up the Xeon Phi under Linux, getting code offloaded to the device, and they ran a very small synthetic benchmark on the MIC.

  • Container services: Hello from the outside!

    Container services are changing how applications are deployed and managed. But what exactly are they and how do they compare with other ways of delivering platforms?

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    Application containers are both an image packaging mechanism that describes what goes in an application component, and an application runtime which specifies how the application component is launched and executed. Not surprisingly, the OCI is working on two specifications: the OCI Runtime Spec, which deals with the application runtime, and the recently announced OCI Image Format Spec which covers the application definition and packaging.

OSS in the Back End

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  • On the Multi-Cloud Future

    Do you run multiple operating systems? It's not uncommon for the answer to that question to be yes. You may run Linux on a laptop and Android on a phone, for example. In the same fashion, many experts surveying the cloud computing scene predict that the growing trend toward hybrid cloud deployments will make it extremely popular for enterprises to run many cloud platforms and tools concurrently.

  • The Open Cloud, Demystified

    In this post, you'll find several of the best free guides to popular cloud-centric tools, ranging from ownCloud to OpenStack, that can help boost your efficiency. We have updated this collection of documentation with a valuable overall guide to the open cloud platforms that you can choose from, and some brand new guides.

  • Bexar, Mitaka, Newton: Behind OpenStack release names

    Mitaka is not only the latest release of the OpenStack cloud infrastructure service, it’s also a city in Japan.

  • OpenStack Mitaka aims to make open source easy-peasy

    The newest release of the OpenStack cloud infrastructure is designed to be easier to install, easier to use and easier to manage.

    That could be big news for CIOs. The cloud platform is delivering flexibility and processing power at lower cost to big-name companies such as AT&T and eBay. But calling for lots of installation, maintenance and development support, OpenStack has come to be known almost as much for its DIY-style complexity as it has for its innovative potential.

  • OpenStack, SDN, and Container Networking Power Enterprise Cloud at PayPal

    This architecture has four layers. The Infrastructure & Operations layer at the bottom provides computer, storage, and network and is powered by OpenStack. On top of that is the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) layer -- the core technology and analytics platform that provides services like messaging, logging, monitoring, analytics, etc. to be leveraged across all PayPal applications. On top of that is the Payments Operating System (POS), which is the foundation for all payments-related microservices and which serves all customer-facing experience through mobile and web apps. Finally, the top layer comprises customer-facing applications.

  • Lenovo's Highly-Available OpenStack Enterprise Cloud Platform Practice with EasyStack

    In 2015, the Chinese IT superpower Lenovo chose EasyStack to build an OpenStack-based enterprise cloud platform to carry out their "Internet Strategy". In six months, this platform has evolved into an enterprise-level OpenStack production environment of over 3000 cores with data growth peaking at 10TB/day. It is expected that by the end of 2016, 20% of the IT system will be migrated onto the Cloud.

  • SDN, NFV Can Make You Money
  • NEC/NetCracker’s NFV Platform Dives Into DevOps

    In a world of plentiful OpenStack offerings and NFV orchestrators, NEC/Netcracker looks to differentiate by “filling the gaps” in NFV, for example by providing integration with operations support systems (OSSs) and business support systems (BSSs). The platform also promises to deliver tools that enable technology vendors and service providers to collaborate on application and service design using a DevOps model.

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