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3 Things IBM Wants You to Know About OpenPOWER

Grazed from MotleyFool. Author: Editorial Staff.

The evolution of the server market over the past few years has not been kind to International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM). While the company's mainframe systems remain entrenched, its Power servers have been losing share to x86-based systems for quite some time. Cloud companies have been building massive, hyperscale data centers, often designing custom systems around chips from Intel. This is where much of the growth in the server industry is occurring, and IBM has completely missed the boat.

IBM recognized this problem a few years ago, and in 2013, the company founded the OpenPOWER foundation along with a handful of other member companies. The goal of the OpenPOWER foundation is to build an ecosystem around IBM's POWER architecture, with technology being contributed from all of the foundation's members...

Cloud Computing: How Open Source Is Changing Enterprises

Grazed from LifeHacker. Author: Spandas Lui.

There was once a time when IT vendors shunned the idea of open source. Why wouldn’t they? The idea of sharing their very own programming innovations with others was viewed as detrimental to any competitive business. But nearly 20 years on, open source is now in vogue and has been embraced by some of the biggest IT vendors and their clients. So what changed? We find out.

The popularity of open source, believe it or not, has little to do with cost. Yes, the free nature of open source means that vendors can acquire and build upon those codes at a lower cost but, first and foremost, it’s about consistency. Open source allow vendors to develop different software and platforms that are compatible with each other...

Cloud Computing: Meet Mycroft, The Open Source Alternative To Amazon Echo

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Mycroft, an open source artificial intelligence startup opened its Kickstarter campaign last week. It is getting ready to take on the heavyweights such as Amazon Echo, Apple Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft Cortana. Thanks to Apple Siri and Google Now, voice-activated personal assistants are in vogue.

Abundant bandwidth, affordable computing power, and advancements in machine learning made this technology accessible to consumers. Amazon Echo is one of the first dedicated voice-activated assistants available in the market. Though it started as a smart speaker, it will become the cornerstone of Amazon’s IoT strategy...

Cloud Computing: Chinese, Russian, tech giants join global open source efforts

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Simon Sharwood.

Notable tech companies from China and Russia are taking strides into the heart of the global technology community. Aliyun, the cloud computing offshoot of Business-to-business tat bazaar Alibaba, has become an Advisory Board member of the Xen Project, maker of the popular (if frequently-perforated) open source Xen hypervisor.

The Xen project says Aliuyn “has been contributing vulnerability fixes to the project for some time.” Xen Project Advisory Board members have the right to “propose and vote upon changes and additions to Xen Project test and validation infrastructure” and enjoy access to project leaders and the chance “to share technical and marketing priorities, and endorse new strategies for the project.” Financial contributions aren't required...

How the cloud will devour open source

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Matt Asay.

In one of the most colossal understatements ever, Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson declared, "It's pretty hard to build a successful, stand-­alone open source company." Having spent 15 years trying to do exactly that, I would go one step further: It's impossible. Yes, we have Red Hat.

But that's all we have. Investor (and former open source executive) Peter Levine insists that "we will never have another Red Hat," and he's right. But this may be because the Amazons of the world are increasingly eating the Red Hats of the world -- one SaaS business at a time...

IBM unveils developer friendly open source cloud projects

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

IBM is ramping up its commitment to open source technologies by releasing a new platform which enables developers to build cloud applications. The platform, called developerWorks Open, allows developers to not only download the code but have access to blogs and videos, comprising a global network to accelerate development projects.

IBM has had more than 20 years in the open source computing biz, becoming a main player in projects such as Apache, Linux and Eclipse. Big Blue is a platinum member of the OpenStack foundation, which announced a partnership with Google earlier this month. The company is also spearheading a project called Academic Initiative for Cloud, where the next generation of developers will be equipped with IBM’s platform as a service offering Bluemix...

Cloud Computing: Oracle's rising open source problem

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Matt Asay.

Life used to be so simple for Oracle. Back in the good ol' days, the company could build a great database, charge a king's ransom for it, and milk the maintenance stream forever. Rinse. Repeat. Unfortunately, this model no longer works, as a series of earnings misses over the last few years have shown.

While a number of factors are at play in Oracle's stumbles, one of the most persistent is the rise of open-source databases, both relational and non-relational (NoSQL), as a recent Bloomberg article posits. As Powa Technologies CEO says, "They scale and operate extremely well, and they don't cost anything."...

VMware Introduces New Open Source Projects to Accelerate Enterprise Adoption of Cloud-Native Applications

Grazed from VMware. Author: Announcement

VMware, Inc., today announced two new open source projects built to enable enterprise adoption of cloud-native applications -- Project Lightwave, an identity and access management project that will extend enterprise-scale and security to cloud-native applications; and Project Photon, a lightweight Linux operating system optimized for cloud-native applications.

Designed to help enterprise developers securely build, deploy and manage cloud-native applications, these new open source projects will integrate into VMware's unified platform for the hybrid cloud -- creating a consistent environment across the private and public cloud to support cloud-native and traditional applications. By open sourcing these projects, VMware will work with a broad ecosystem of partners and the developer community to drive common standards, security and interoperability within the cloud-native application market -- leading to improved technology and greater customer choice.

"Through these projects VMware will deliver on its promise of support for any application in the enterprise -- including cloud-native applications -- by extending our unified platform with Project Lightwave and Project Photon," said Kit Colbert, vice president and chief technology officer for Cloud-Native Applications, VMware, Inc. "Used together, these new open source projects will provide enterprises with the best of both worlds. Developers benefit from the portability and speed of containerized applications, while IT operations teams can maintain the security and performance required in today's business environment."

Cloud Computing: Red Hat Introduces New Linux OS for Containers

Grazed from CIOToday. Author: Jef Cozza.

The world’s largest open-source software Relevant Products/Services provider just brought a new operating system on the market. On Thursday, Red Hat, known for its enterprise Relevant Products/Services distributions of the Linux operating system, launched its Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host OS. The new OS is specifically designed to run the latest generation of applications as Linux containers.

Linux containers are virtualization Relevant Products/Services environments that allow organizations to run multiple isolated Linux systems on a single Linux control host. Containers introduce autonomy for applications by packaging apps with the libraries and other binaries on which they depend...

Cloud Computing: HP deal marks milestone for open source networking hardware

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Frederic Paul.

If you still harbored any doubts that the web is now driving the future of IT, last week's announcement that HP will offer disaggregated products for web-scale data centers via deals with Cumulus and Accton should be enough to convince you. The deal itself is hardly monumental. HP inked a pair of "partnerships that will produce a branded white box switch capable of running multiple network operating systems."

And it comes on the heels of HP's deal with Foxconn last year to build inexpensive cloud computing servers. But as HP joins Juniper, Dell, and many others supporting the concepts behind Facebook's Open Compute project, it's becoming clear that the era of high-priced, proprietary networking hardware—not to mention servers—is drawing to a close...

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