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Africa: IBM Launches the First Mainframe Linux and Cloud Innovation Center in Africa

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IBM has opened its mainframe Linux and Cloud Innovation Center in Nairobi that will seek to provide the government, private sector institutions and universities with extended big data, analytics and cloud computing through the IBM zEnterprise.

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Canonical offers "Chuck Norris Grade" OpenStack private cloud service

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Canonical is now offering what Shuttleworth called "Chuck Norrris Grade" private clouds. This means that Canonical will offer fully managed, OpenStack private clouds with carrier service service level agreements (SLA)s.

Canonical is adding private cloud hosting to its business model because as Chris Kenyon, Canonical's SVP of Worldwide Sales & Business Development, explained, smaller companies have a great deal of trouble holding on to OpenStack architectures. "It's not uncommon for a company to go through three architects in six months because the demand is so high for OpenStack experts. So to help our customers get up to speed on OpenStack, we decided to offer hosted private cloud services."

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OpenStack Cloud Rebels To Mimic Linux Strategy

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OpenStack is up against some pretty big odds, taking on the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft to determine the future of cloud computing. And it thinks of itself as the Rebel Alliance up against the Death Star. Or at least one prominent OpenStacker speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta does.

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Compare popular Linux distributions for servers

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There is no single best Linux distribution for every enterprise's servers. It all depends on what your company needs.

Today, Linux is more than a free OS to mess around with -- it runs core business applications. When comparing the most popular Linux distributions, corporate Linux users care about support throughout the stack, not just an attractive feature set.

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Bank finds stability in Linux, innovation in Agile

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Linux, 'dual live' data centres and a collaborative relationship between development and IT operations have all helped play a role delivering infrastructure stability while driving rapid ongoing growth at Tyro Payments, according to Sascha Hess, the vice-president for operations at the acquiring bank.

In the half year to December 2013, Tyro reported $25.4 million in revenue — a 36 per cent increase in revenue over the previous corresponding period. The processor has been in the BRW Fast 100 for four consecutive years.

Tyro Payments is "basically a software development company with a banking licence and a sales arm", according to Hess. The company was founded just over a decade ago and is Australia's only independent EFTPOS provider.

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Docker Open Source Virtualization Project Nears 1.0 Release

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Docker, the open source container-based virtualization platform, is not officially ready for production use quite yet. But it's very close, as the Docker team made clear this week by rolling out the release candidate for version 1.0 of the software, which adds new security features, networking updates and more.

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Why ARM Servers, And Why Now?

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Red Hat and Canonical are doing a lot of the work to get the KVM hypervisor running properly on 64-bit ARM and Citrix Systems is also working to get the Xen hypervisor, which is the preferred virtualizer on Linux-based public clouds (Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Hosting, and IBM SoftLayer all use a variant of Xen; it is not clear what Google uses and Microsoft clearly uses Hyper-V). Stephano Stabellini, senior principal software engineer at Citrix, explained that Xenon ARM was a “lean and simple architecture” that “removed all of the cruft accumulated over the years” in the X86 implementation of Xen. The ARM variant of Xen has no emulation and does not make use of QEMU, and it only provides one type of guest, which combines the two options available on X86 machinery. (That would be the full virtualization of a Hardware Virtual Machine and the partial virtualization available through Para-Virtualization).

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Containers bring a skinny new world of virtualization to Linux

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Once upon a time, if you ran a data center, you used virtual machine (VM) management programs (i.e., hypervisors) There was no other practical choice. This dates all the way back to the good old IBM 360 mainframe days with CP-67/CMS in 1967. Today, our data centers and clouds run more advanced hypervisors. Amazon Web Services (AWS), for example, is made up of nearly half-a-million Linux servers running the Xen hypervisor, while Microsoft's Azure cloud relies upon its Hyper-V hypervisor.

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Cern expands open source system use with Red Hat

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Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, has deployed open source Red Hat systems for mission-critical applications.

Last year, Cern said it was in the middle of expanding its IT infrastructure to accommodate the growing amount of data being produced by its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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