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Cloudsourcing - do you understand the legal complexities of next-generation outsourcing?

Grazed from ComputerWorldUK. Author: Jenny Hotchin.

For the first time in 25 years, following the adoption of cloud computing, next-generation IT outsourcing models are developing (cloudsourcing). IT provisioning and the associated decisions around outsourcing have dominated the discussions of IT decision makers since the first landmark outsourcing deal between Kodak and IBM. Since this deal in 1989, there have been multiple shifts in focus (selective v total; onshore v offshore), however, the traditional IT outsourcing model, has remained broadly unchallenged.

Cloudsourcing is similar to traditional outsourcing, in that an organisation employs a third party to provide certain infrastructure, platforms, applications and the associated processes and services. However, the rise of cloud computing means that organisations can now procure, implement and integrate infrastructure, platform and application requirements from cloud providers on a utility basis...

Cloud Computing 2015 - Open Source Has Won, But It Isn't Finished

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Glyn Moody.

At the beginning of a new year, it's traditional to look back over the last 12 months. But as far as this column is concerned, it's easy to summarise what happened then: open source has won. Let's take it from the top:

Supercomputers. Linux is so dominant on the Top 500 Supercomputers lists it is almost embarrassing. The November 2014 figures show that 485 of the top 500 systems were running some form of Linux; Windows runs on just one. Things are even more impressive if you look at the numbers of cores involved. Here, Linux is to be found on 22,851,693 of them, while Windows is on just 30,720; what that means is that not only does Linux dominate, it is particularly strong on the bigger systems...

Cloud Computing: Linux and open source 2014 - It was the best of years, it was the worst of years

Grazed from ZDNet. Auhor: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

Linux and open-source software had many high points this year, but it also had many low ones as well. Let's just get it over with and start with the worst.

Linux and open-source fiascoes

1) Heartbleed

When you program with open-source the right way, it creates great software. When you accept open-source as magic, you end up with Heartbleed. Heartbleed, if you don't recall, was an OpenSSL security hole that affected hundreds of millions of websites, It's root cause was that everyone--and I mean everyone--just assumed that it was safe because it was open source. So, for years no one bothered to check to see if the code really was reliable. It wasn't...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux For SAP HANA Goes Open Hybrid

Grazed from TechWeekEurope. Authjor: Ben Sullivan.

Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux for SAP Hana is now open for customers to use across the open hybrid cloud, including via public cloud providers certified by the company. The additions of new cloud provider partners through the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program, as well as new SAP-certified hardware available from provider Hitachi Data Systems, provides customers of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA with a choice of deployment options for big data applications, from new hardware configurations to the ability to leverage public, private and hybrid cloud services.

HybridStable, secure, and reliable

Jim Totton, VP of the platforms business unit at Red Hat, said: “By extending Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA to the public cloud, we are providing a stable, secure and reliable platform for deployments of SAP HANA across the breadth of the open hybrid cloud...

CIOs discuss transformation around cloud and open source

Grazed from EnterpriseInnovation. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing is no longer an issue of “if” for enterprises anymore, clearly all businesses will adopt or are adopting cloud in some shape or form as the basis for transforming their IT infrastructures into more agile and flexible organizations. Whether from government, telecoms, retail or even the highly regulated financial sectors, companies across the board are jumping on the cloud bandwagon in efforts to create a new model for IT.

According to an IDC survey conducted at the end of 2013, approximately half of the survey respondents indicated that they are planning on a private cloud strategy while the other half plan on rolling out a hybrid public and public cloud approach. "It's going to be a very diverse and complex environment out there for a number of years," IDC Research VP Mary Johnston Turner. She added that diversity includes the use of different virtualization tools as well as underlying operating systems...

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Survey: OpenStack Dominates Open Source Cloud

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Keith Ward.

Open source is becoming an increasingly attractive option for companies in the cloud, or planning on moving to it. And of those companies, a clear choice has emerged as their No. 1 option: OpenStack. So say the 376 respondents to an Open Source Cloud survey conducted by Zenoss, a vendor specializing in cloud-based management.

Its "2014 State of the Open Source Cloud" study found that 69 percent have implemented some form of cloud computing; of that number, 43 percent have cast their lot with open source. Of those, 69 percent are using OpenStack, which has been on a meteoric growth curve over the last several years...

After years of touting its cloud computing tech, Joyent open sources it

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud computing provider Joyent has long been respected for its technological chops, but has struggled to find an identity among a sea of cloud providers and technologies with much larger operations and much larger marketing budgets. Now, the tides might finally be shifting in Joyent’s direction — and it’s doing everything it can to ride them.

Last week, it was the announcement of a $15 million investment and a repositioning of itself as an infrastructure platform that’s all about containers. The company has actually been touting its container approach for years, but the fast rise of technologies such as Docker, CoreOS and Google’s Kubernetes container-management system has put containers at the top of a lot of minds. On Thursday, Joyent took an even bigger step by open sourcing the code that powers its cloud computing and object storage systems, respectively called SmartDataCenter and Manta...

Canonical Adds Ubuntu OpenStack Distribution for Open Source Cloud Computing

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Christopher Tozzi.

Ubuntu Linux has already enjoyed the distinction of being the most popular platform for hostingOpenStack clouds. But now, Canonical has taken its commitment to OpenStack a step further with the announcement of its own OpenStack distribution.

Called the Canonical Distribution for Ubuntu OpenStack, the platform is the company's newest enterprise computing product and is available starting now in public beta form. Canonical is pitching it as the OpenStack solution that offers "the widest range of commercially supported vendor options for storage, software-defined networking and hypervisor from Canonical and its OpenStack partners."...

Hybrid cloud – the future is open source

Grazed from Computing.  Author: John Leonard.

Among respondents to Computing’s recent data centre research programme, the hybrid cloud model is generating a lot of interest. Indeed, moving towards a hybrid model was the aim of 41 per cent of them (see figure 1).

Hybrid cloud implies a close interconnectivity between a private cloud (i.e. a collection of physical and virtual systems used exclusively by one company) and the multi-tenant public cloud services exemplified by Google, Amazon and Microsoft Azure. This seamlessly integrated whole allows data, services and workloads to be moved between public and private clouds at will, with the administrator able to monitor and manage the whole system via a single dashboard...

Cloud Computing: Hackers shake confidence in idealism of open-source software

Grazed from SFGate.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Hackers have shaken the free-software movement that once symbolized the Web’s idealism.  Several high-profile attacks in recent months exploited security flaws in the open-source software created by volunteers collaborating online, building off each other’s work.

Developed in the 1980s, open-source software has become so pervasive that it now powers global stock exchanges, the International Space Station and, according to researcher International Data Corp., appears on about 95 percent of computers and servers...