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Kubernetes: Fedora, Ubuntu, Google and CNCF

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  • Fedora 28 Launches with a Focus on Server Modularity, Latest Linux Technologies

    Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Project announced the release and general availability of the Fedora 28 Linux-based operating system for desktops, servers, and cloud environments.

    Powered by the latest GNU/Linux and Open Source technologies, the Fedora 28 operating system looks to be a great release and the first to introduce long-anticipated modular repository for the Fedora Server edition, allowing sysadmins to choose between different available branches of server-oriented software programs, such as Django or Node.JS. It also ships with the Kubernetes 1.9 production-grade container orchestration tool, and the latest Linux 4.16 kernel.

  • Ubuntu LTS Release Tuned for AI and ML Workloads

    The recent long-term-support release of Canonical's Ubuntu (Ubuntu 18.04, code-named "Bionic Beaver"), announced last week, adds features and upgrades designed to make the company's Linux distro a more appealing platform for artificial intelligence (AI) development. Much more.

    Among those upgrades: Kubeflow, the Google approach to TensorFlow on Kubernetes, and a range of CI/CD tools were integrated in Canonical's distribution of Kubernetes and aligned with the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for on-premises and on-cloud AI development.

    Kubeflow is the open source project focused on making deployments of machine learning (ML) workflows on Kubernetes "simple, portable, and scalable," the project page states.

  • Now that Kubernetes has won, DigitalOcean takes a late dip in K8s

    Now that Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for overseeing software containers, it's all but obligatory for cloud platform vendors to offer the software as a managed service.

    Google, which created Kubernetes before turning it into a model open-source project, sells its paid service under the name Google Kubernetes Engine. Microsoft began doing the same last October with its Azure Kubernetes Service. And Amazon last November waded into pool with its Elastic Kubernetes Service and an even more hands-off variant called Fargate.

    Not to be left behind, DigitalOcean will test the water on Wednesday by announcing its own take on the open-source dish: DigitalOcean Kubernetes.

  • Google Stackdriver Kubernetes Monitoring helps developers find problems in Kubernetes apps

    The company made the announcement at Kubecon, the conference related to all things Kubernetes going on this week in Copenhagen.

  • X-ray your containers with Google's new Kubernetes monitoring tool

    On Wednesday at the KubeCon event in Copenhagen, Denmark, Google unveiled Stackdriver Kubernetes Monitoring, a new tool that aims to help developers improve their visibility into the health of their applications.

    The new tool looks at a Kubernetes environment and pulls metrics, logs, events, and metadata to analyze, helping users better understand how their app is behaving in production, according to a press release.

  • Everybody and Their Dog is Rolling Out New Kubernetes Solutions

    Google Cloud wheeled out two new features this morning: an open source sandbox with secure isolation for containers and the ability to intercept application system calls, and the beta release of Stackdriver Kubernetes Monitoring; an out-of-the-box monitoring solution for Kubernetes, the company said in a blog this morning. It also announced expanded collaboration with open-source Kubernetes monitoring solution, Prometheus.

  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces Sumo Logic as Gold Member

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes® and Prometheus™, today announced that Sumo Logic has joined the Foundation as a Gold Member.

Kubernetes: Red Hat's Operator Framework Project and Cisco

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  • Red Hat Launches Kubernetes Operator Framework Project

    The open-source Kubernetes project is not just a container orchestration system, it can also be a platform for deploying and managing applications. That's the goal of the Kubernetes Operator Framework project, which Red Hat officially announced on May 1 at the Kubecon EU conference here.

    The basic idea behind the Operator Framework comes to Red Hat from CoreOS, which had been working on the preliminary concepts. Red Hat acquired CoreOS on Jan. 30 in a $250 million deal that also brought CoreOS' staff to Red Hat, including former CTO Brandon Philips. In a video interview with eWEEK, Philips explained what the operator framework is all about and also detailed his view on where Kubernetes is headed next.

  • [Podcast] PodCTL #33 – Operators Framework
  • Introducing the Operator Framework: Building Apps on Kubernetes

    To help make it easier to build Kubernetes applications, Red Hat and the Kubernetes open source community today share the Operator Framework -- an open source toolkit designed to manage Kubernetes native applications, called Operators, in a more effective, automated, and scalable way.

  • ​Cisco joins the Kubernetes cloud rush

    On May 1, Cisco announced Kubernetes support for AppDynamics and Cisco CloudCenter. With this integration, Cisco promises enterprises can easily harness the value of Kubernetes to help deliver experiences that exceed their customers' expectations for scale, sophistication, and velocity.

    How? To start with the basics, companies are rapidly adopting containers on the promise of increased application agility. It's containers that power continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD). While Kubernetes is a big help with this, since it enables you to manage multiple containers at once, there are still challenges with unlocking the full value of containers as they move applications from development into production environments in data centers and the cloud.

Seven of the best open source web servers for your organisation

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Web servers have come a long way since the CERN httpd was developed by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990 as part of the project that resulted in the first ever web browser.

Some of the leading suppliers of web servers today provide closed-source options for enterprises, but many others retain the open values embodied by Tim Berners-Lee. The source code for the CERN httpd was released into the public domain in 1993.

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Best Linux server distro of 2018

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As a free and open source operating system, Linux is the ideal candidate for setting up your own server. The community of developers behind each Linux distribution (distro) regularly review the source code of their chosen OS to make sure it's free of bugs.

When it comes to servers, the emphasis should obviously be on stability. While upgrades are a good thing on the face of it, they have the potential to interfere with the smooth running of your server.

We’ve highlighted some of our favourite Linux server distros in this article, including operating systems that offer long term support, stability, and ideally a fast setup process.

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3 questions about Kata Containers answered

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Kata Containers is a new open source project licensed under Apache 2.0 and governed by the OpenStack Foundation that combines the speed of containers with the security of virtual machines. Kata Containers will be featured in a number of upcoming sessions at OpenStack Summit and KubeCon EU. Can't make it to either of those events? We've brought you answers to three of the top questions we hear from users.

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New Heptio Announcements

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Databases: Revenue Shift and PostgreSQL

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  • How open source databases are sucking revenue out of legacy vendors’ pockets

    In other words, the value of the open source database market to customers/users is measured in the tens of billions, or even hundreds of billions, of dollars. One other way of thinking about this? That's tens or hundreds of billions of dollars that proprietary vendors will never capture.

  • Has the time finally come for PostgreSQL?

    For nearly 30 years, PostgreSQL (a.k.a., Postgres) has arguably been the most common SQL open source database that you have never heard of. Call it the Zelig of databases, its technology either sat behind or acted as the starting point behind an array of nearly a dozen commercial database offerings from EnterpriseDB to Redshift, Greenplum, Netezza, CockroachDB and a host of others. And PostgreSQL has distinguished lineage as one of the brainchilds of Turing Award winner and database legend Dr. Michael Stonebraker, who started the PostgreSQL project based on the lessons learned from his previous database venture, Ingres.

MySQL 8.0 Released With Many Improvements, Faster Performance

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It's a busy day in the software and hardware space today as well as a busy week for Oracle with several big releases this week. The latest is the general availability of the long-awaited MySQL 8.0 update.

MySQL 8.0 is a very significant update over the MySQL 5.7 series. MySQL 8.0 features a transactional data dictionary, a new document store with NoSQL support, and up to twice as fast MySQL database performance compared to version 5.7.

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Direct: MySQL 8.0: Up to 2x Faster

More on Nextcloud in Germany

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  • German government moves to open source private cloud

    The German federal government is moving to an open source, self-hosted cloud platform from Nextcloud for file sync and sharing and collaboration, in order to protect the data of its citizens.

    The Federal Information Technology Center (ITZBund), which takes care of IT services for the entire federal government, has been running a pilot of 5000 users with Nextcloud since October 2016 and after a successful tender this will now be rolled out everywhere.

  • German government chooses Nextcloud for open-source files

    Nextcloud has revealed its new three-year contract which will consist of supplying the German federal government with its private, on-premises cloud platform.

  • Open source's big German win: 300,000 users shift to Nextcloud for file sharing

    The German federal government has chosen local private cloud and open-source file-sync operator Nextcloud as its collaboration and file-sharing platform for 300,000 government users.

    Nextcloud arrived on Germany's tech scene in 2016 after Frank Karlitschek, co-founder of the open source infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud program OwnCloud, forked the software to create a more open-source model.

  • German Government Chooses Open Source For Its Federal Cloud Solution

    It’s not hidden that apart from costing tons of money, the use of proprietary software also brings along hidden security caveats. These are the two primary reasons why the usage of open source software is being pushed in public agencies all around the world, especially in European countries.

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