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  • Container Technology Drives IT Efficiency

    Container technology is pretty much hogging the limelight in recent times. During the paradigm shift from virtualization to container technology, many enterprises have been swayed to deploy container-based cloud software. Though containerization isn’t new as a concept, the rise of Docker has brought containerization into focus in the IT industry. Docker is a big name in this landscape as it simplifies application deployment process in a cost-effective manner. This makes Docker one of the interesting products in the container technology realm.

  • Containers Running Containers with LinuxKit

    Some genuinely exciting news piqued my interest at this year’s DockerCon, that being the new operating system (OS) LinuxKit, which was announced and is immediately on offer from the undisputed heavyweight container company, Docker. The container giant has announced a flexible, extensible operating system where system services run inside containers for portability. You might be surprised to hear that even includes the Docker runtime daemon itself.

    In this article, I’ll take a quick look at what’s promised in LinuxKit, how to try it out for yourself, and look also at ever-shrinking, optimized containers.

  • ​Oracle to use Kubernetes to manage its cloud containers

    Seven years ago, Oracle wanted to be a Linux power. So, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison and the company cloned Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) into Oracle Linux. Then, Oracle, after Ellison first dismissed the cloud, decided it would be a cloud power.

    Neither move has worked out that well. Now that managing containers has become a de rigeur for serious cloud companies, Oracle is partnering with CoreOS to do the heavy open-source lifting.

  • Webinar: How to get started with your Kubernetes strategy

Linux on Servers: CoreOS, ClearOS, and Aruba

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  • The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

    Summary? Now both Docker and CoreOS rkt containers can be started in actual VMs, for additional isolation and security – whereas a Linux distro vendor is offering a container system that aims to look and work like a hypervisor. These are strange times. Perhaps the only common element is that it's bad news for both VMware and Microsoft.

  • CoreOS Advances Tectonic Container Platform to Open Cloud Services

    CoreOS is extending its Tectonic Kubernetes container management and orchestration system with new deployment options and security capabilities. The new capabilities were announced at the CoreOS Fest conference in San Francisco held on May 31 and June 1.

    A core theme for CoreOS with the new updates and the overall platform is to enable flexibility and choice for users.

    "Cloud services have a big secret—after using the services for a year or two, the bill will be through the roof and you'll be completely locked in," Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, told eWEEK.

  • HPE Targets SMBs with New Servers and ClearOS Linux

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on Monday turned its focus to small and medium size businesses (SMBs) with news of a partnership with ClearCenter to bring ClearOS, a Linux-based operating system, to HPE Proliant servers. The vendor also announced that it’s refreshing and broadening its Proliant server portfolio.

  • HPE Targets SOHOs, SMBs With New Servers, Linux OS Bundles

    HPE is making a SOHO and SMB server play as it bundles ClearOS Linux on ProLiant servers and unveils several new servers targeting small and midsized business customers.

  • HPE's Aruba Networks Debuts New Core Switch and Asset Tracking Platforms

    HPE's networking division is going right to the core, with new Aruba 8400 switching platform and Linux powered network operating system.

Server Side: MariaDB, IBM, and Microsoft

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Containers: Cisco, CoreOS, Blocks of Containers, and Kubernetes

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  • Cisco Advances OpenStack and Container Networking Efforts

    Cisco is working on multiple efforts to help improve the state of both OpenStack and container networking. In a video interview, Lew Tucker, Vice President and CTO, Cloud Computing, provides insight ino the current and future state of networking for OpenStack and container environments.

  • CoreOS Fleet Fades Away in Favor of Kubernetes and Tectonic

    When container vendor CoreOS first got started, among its primary innovations was the Fleet cluster management system. Now in 2017, Fleet is on its way out, as CoreOS has standardized on Kubernetes as the basis for its commercial aspirations with the Tectonic platform.

    At the core of Fleet is the open-source etcd distributed key-value store that CoreOS developed, which has now also become the cornerstone of Kubernetes. In a 2014 interview with ServerWatch, Brandon Philips, CTO of CoreOS, explained that Fleet was the natural step after developing etcd.

  • Building Blocks of Containers

    This article series previews the new Containers Fundamentals training course from The Linux Foundation, which is designed for those who are new to container technologies. In previous excerpts, we talked about what containers are and what they're not and explained a little of their history. In this last post of the series, we will look at the building blocks for containers, specifically, namespaces, control groups, and UnionFS.

  • The folks who brought you Kubernetes now want to make it easier to use

    Kubernetes is quickly becoming something of a standard for software container orchestration, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s still very much an early adopter’s product. A new open-source project from Heptio and others hopes to change that.

Swisscom to cut mainframe spend as Cobol app moves to x86 Linux

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Swiss telecoms and IT giant Swisscom is working with LzLabs to move core billing apps to x86 Linux systems and cut mainframe spend on maintenance, licensing

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Mainframes, Servers, and Containers

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  • The Mainframe vs. the Server Farm: A Comparison

    Google, Facebook, and Twitter own giant data centers all over the planet, and they are built with racks of commodity hardware. If thousands upon thousands of small servers networked together are good enough for Google, Facebook, and Twitter, then shouldn’t they be good enough for you? Perhaps you remember IBM’s famous commercial The servers, they stole all our servers!

  • A Brief Look at the Roots of Linux Containers

    In previous excerpts of the new, self-paced Containers Fundamentals course from The Linux Foundation, we discussed what containers are and are not. Here, we’ll take a brief look at the history of containers, which includes chroot, FreeBSD jails, Solaris zones, and systemd-nspawn.

  • Containers Are Not Lightweight VMs

    This series provides a preview of the new, self-paced Containers Fundamentals course from The Linux Foundation, which is designed for those who are new to container technologies. The course covers container building blocks, container runtimes, container storage and networking, Dockerfiles, Docker APIs, and more. In the first excerpt, we defined what containers are, and in this installment, we’ll explain a bit further. You can also sign up to access all the free sample chapter videos now.

  • Chef automation makes Linux container pitch

    Enterprises that use Chef automation for infrastructure aren't yet sold on the company's Habitat project for application management.

    In Habitat, Chef has a novel way to package applications that the company claims will allow users to get the most out of Linux containers. But IT pros say they still must sort out how Chef Habitat overlaps with Docker, and whether Habitat is worth the additional time investment to learn.

Server: Data Centres, Google, SDN, Amazon, and Microsoft

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  • Data Center Networking Performance: New Apps Bring New Requirements

    Large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google, Baidu, and Tencent have reinvented the way in which IT services can be delivered, with capabilities that go beyond scale in terms of sheer size to also include scale as it pertains to speed and agility. That’s put traditional carriers on notice: John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president at AT&T technology and operations, for instance, said last year that AT&T wants to be the “most aggressive IT company in the world.” He noted that in a world where over-the-top (OTT) offerings have become commonplace, application and services development can no longer be defined by legacy processes.

  • Google Reveals a Powerful New AI Chip and Supercomputer

    The announcement reflects how rapidly artificial intelligence is transforming Google itself, and it is the surest sign yet that the company plans to lead the development of every relevant aspect of software and hardware.

    Perhaps most importantly, for those working in machine learning at least, the new processor not only executes at blistering speed, it can also be trained incredibly efficiently. Called the Cloud Tensor Processing Unit, the chip is named after Google’s open-source TensorFlow machine-learning framework.

  • Google's AlphaGo AI is about to face off against the world's best Go player

    This week, the matter will be settled once and for all. Ke Jie and AlphaGo will face off in a three-game match in Wuzhen, China, as part of the Future of Go Summit being held by Google.

  • Keynote: Cloud Native Networking- Amin Vahdat, Fellow & Technical Lead For Networking, Google
  • Google's Networking Lead Talks SDN Challenges for the Next Decade
  • Peace, love and SDN

    Virtualization has been a blessing for data centers – thanks to the humble hypervisor, we can create, move and rearrange computers on a whim, without thinking about the physical infrastructure.

    The simplicity and efficiency of VMs has prompted network engineers to envision a programmable, flexible network based on open protocols and REST APIs that could be managed from a single interface, without worrying about each router and switch.

  • Bryan Cantrill on Integrity

    Amazon has 14 leadership principles and integrity is not on it.

  • Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

    The estate of bankrupt US trade school ITT Technical Institutes is today asking a court to stop Microsoft from erasing its cloud data.

    In a filing [PDF] to the US District Bankruptcy Court of Southern Indiana, the caretakers of the defunct for-profit university seek an order to bar the Redmond giant from wiping the contents of ITT's Office 365 and webmail accounts for students, faculty, and administrators.

​HPE hasn't abandoned OpenStack, releases Helion OpenStack 5.0

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If you thought HPE was getting out of the cloud business, I couldn't blame you. In late 2015, HPE gave up on its public OpenStack-based Helion cloud. Then, early this year, all of HPE's OpenStack developers moved over to SUSE. So, was HPE bidding the cloud, and OpenStack in particular, goodbye? Nope.

In Boston this week at OpenStack Summit, HPE released HPE Helion OpenStack 5.0. This release Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) based cloud is built on the OpenStack Newton codebase and adheres tightly to application programming interface (API) standards and services. Since OpenStack's open APIs are an important part of why it's popular with so many companies, that's no small matter.

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  • Why Edward Snowden loves open source

    Infamous government hacker Edward Snowden believes open source is a fundamentally better way to use technology compared to proprietary technology that he believes disempowers users.

    Snowden was interviewed at the open source cloud computing project OpenStack Summit in Boston via video from a non-descript location and spoke about his personal use of open source technology. In 2013 Snowden, then a government contractor, leaked classified information about government surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, which brought him worldwide fame.

  • Snowden Advocates the Need for Open Source and OpenStack

    Using public cloud and proprietary software represents a "silent vulnerability" to millions of users around the world, according to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    Snowden appeared remotely via a video link at the OpenStack Summit here May 9 in a question-and-answer keynote with OpenStack Foundation Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier. Snowden said the average user is unaware of how the internet works.

    "For most people, the internet is magic," he said.

    According to Snowden, it's not good enough to let people mindlessly build internet and cloud services, which is where OpenStack plays an important role. He noted that while there are for-profit alternatives in the cloud space like Amazon that do a decent job, they are fundamentally disempowering.

  • OpenStack Summit Highlights Cloud Use Cases

    OpenStack started off as a cloud technology project and has evolved steadily over the last few years. In a marathon two and a half hour set of keynotes on the first day of the OpenStack Summit here, the OpenStack Foundation and the vendors and companies that use it talked about how they are using the cloud.

  • How the U.S. Army Is Using OpenStack to Train Cyber-Warriors

    The open-source OpenStack cloud platform is now being used to help train the next generation of cyber-warriors. At the OpenStack Summit here May 8, officers from the U.S. Army Cyber School explained how they are using OpenStack to train soldiers to fight in the cyber-domain.

    Major Julianna Rodriguez, director, and Chris Apsey, deputy director of the Cyber Technical College at the U.S. Army Cyber School, detailed their activities in a keynote as well as a late-day deep-dive technical session titled "Saving Millions and Achieving Education Freedom Through OpenStack. "

MariaDB raises $27.3 Million

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  • MariaDB raises $27.3 mln

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced a EUR 25m funding of MariaDB, the company behind the fastest growing Open Source database, to support the company’s next stage of growth and database innovation. This EIB operation is guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a key element of the European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe, aiming at reviving investment in strategic projects around Europe.

  • MariaDB Raises €25m in Funding

    MariaDB, a Menlo Park, California-based provider of the MariaDB open source database, raised €25m in funding.

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) provided the funding, which is guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).

  • EIB backs open source database MariaDB with €25m

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has given €25 million in funding to open source database provider, MariaDB.

    This investment has been offered in order for MariaDB to increase its global client base as part of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a long term plan drafted by the European Commission.

  • Open Source database developer MariaDB picks up $27M from the EIB

    As open source database architecture continues to grow in popularity, one of the bigger developers in the area has picked up some funding to target the opportunity.

  • Open source database MariaDB secures €25m EIB funding

    The European Investment Bank likes what it sees in MariaDB, putting €25m into the open source database for expected growth in the coming years.

    The European Investment Bank’s (EIB) activities throughout the EU have proved quite interesting in recent years.

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