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Cloud Computing: PredictionIO Raises $2.5M For Open Source Machine Learning Server For Predictive Analytics

Grazed from PredictionIO. Author: Editorial Staff.

PredictionIO today announces the finalization of $2.5M in funding in a capital raise whose investors include Azure Capital QuestVP, CrunchFund, Stanford StartX-Fund, Kima Ventures, IronFire, Sood Venture and XG Ventures. The funding will be used to accelerate product development and marketing and sales and operations for the company’s open source machine learning server for predictive analytics.

PredictionIO aspires to fill the role in the predictive analytics space played by MySQL in the relational database space by delivering an open source platform that empowers data scientists to both leverage a pre-defined library of predictive algorithms as well as create new algorithms that they can either choose to contribute to the platform, or keep to themselves. Built using Scala, the PredictionIO platform supports JVM and Java-based code as well as backend Hadoop-based data. Typical use cases for PredictionIO’s technology include the production of personalized content and recommendation engines, as well as algorithms that predict the behavior of users and industries based on historical trends...

Cloud Computing: NASA’s CTO - Open source software keeps us honest

Grazed from ITBusiness.ca.  Author: Shawn Freeman.

It’s not every day that NASA creates a position just for you.  NASA did just that for Chris C. Kemp in 2010. The tech pioneer became the space agency’s first Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology, appointed to lead and nurture IT innovation at the U.S. space agency.

Kemp focused on cloud computing, open-source software and open government, and prior to becoming CTO for IT, partnered with Google and Microsoft to help create Google Moon, Google Mars, and Microsoft World Wide Telescope. He also led the development of OpenStack, an open-source cloud project, with the goal of enabling any organization to create and offer cloud computing services running on standard hardware...

What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Trevor Pott.

The implosion of source-code hosting biz Code Spaces should have rung plenty of alarm bells. A company with a loyal following and a bright-looking future suddenly disappeared, never to be seen again. What's worse, for the past several years a significant chunk of the IT community has been warning about exactly the sorts of issues that ultimately resulted in Code Spaces' failure. I feel sorry for the real human beings affected by this incident; jobs lost, years of work evaporated.

Unfortunately, that's not all I feel. I also feel something almost, but not quite, entirely unlike schadenfreude. When I heard the news, the dark uncharitable part of my soul wanted to climb atop the tallest tower and bellow: "I told you so!" A release of years of pent up tension and frustration at watching company after company swallow cloud vendor marketing tripe hook, line and sinker. A lot of people told the world so. Nobody listened...

IBM Tightens Collaboration with Docker Open Source Cloud Community

Grazed from DBTA. Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM is accelerating the adoption of open technologies for cloud computing, with the goal of assisting enterprises in integrating existing infrastructures into the cloud space. To this end, IBM said it is working on an open integration model with Docker, an open source platform for developers and systems administrators to build, ship, and run distributed applications, and the open source Docker project community.

“The IT industry continues to rally behind a cloud built on open and community-driven technologies,” said IBM vice president of Open Technologies and Cloud Performance Angel Diaz. “IBM continues to firmly believe that the best means to truly drive wide-spread adoption and innovation of cloud computing is to ensure open technologies are at its core.”...

Read more from the source @ http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/IBM-Tightens-Collaboration-with-Docker-Open-Source-Cloud-Community-97791.aspx

IBM Drives Integration of Open Technologies to Foster Cloud Adoption

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

IBM today announced that it is accelerating the adoption of open technologies for cloud computing to assist companies to more quickly integrate its existing infrastructure, respond to market changes with greater agility and deliver additional value to its clients. To provide a more flexible way to build, scale and deploy applications and reduce the time and expense of cloud, IBM is announcing it is working on an open integration model with Docker and the open source Docker project community.

While the Docker open source community further advances its position toward open governance, IBM has taken steps to further integrate with Docker. IBM has taken steps to further integrate with Docker including:

  • DockerHub will be hosted on SoftLayer to provide companies with greater ease of use and maintenance
  • IBM and Docker will ensure that customers have access to all relevant content from the Docker data repository (or Hub Registry), including compatible portions of the 14,000 Dockerized applications currently on the DockerHub Registry
  • IBM will offer a certified Docker image of the cloud optimized WebSphere Liberty Profile Application Server to provide companies with the greater performance and flexibility...

Red Hat's CEO Sees Open Source Cloud Domination

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Kurt Marko.

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst sees the business opportunity of a generation in what he calls a computing paradigm shift from client server to cloud architectures. “In those paradigm shifts, generally new winners emerge,” says Whitehurst and he intends to make sure Red Hat is one of those winners.

His logic is sound and simple: disruptive technologies like the cloud that arise every couple decades level the playing field between large, established firms and smaller, innovative challengers since everyone, from corporate behemoth to a couple guys in a garage, starts from the same spot and must play by the same unfamiliar and changeable rules...

No such thing as absolute freedom from vendor lock-in, even in open source, proves Red Hat

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Archana Venkatraman.

OpenStack is a free, open source cloud computing platform giving users freedom from vendor lock-in. When it was alleged that Red Hat won't support customers who use other versions of OpenStack cloud on its Linux operating systems, its president Paul Cormier passionately shared the company's vision of open-source but steered clear from stating wholeheartedly that it WILL support its users no matter what version of OpenStack they use.

Any CIO worth his salt will admit that support services can be a deal-breaker when deciding to invest in technology. Red Hat customers opt for the vendor's commercial version of Linux (RHEL) over free Linux versions because they want to use its support services and make their IT enterprise-class...

ActiveState to Sponsor Growing Foundation Set to Govern Cloud Foundry Open Source Project

Grazed from ActiveState. Author: PR Announcement.

ActiveState announces its ongoing support as a founding Gold-level sponsor for the non-profit organization known as the Cloud Foundry foundation and applauds the expanding community. Today, new Gold members, Accenture, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, GE, Ericsson, Intel, NTTand Verizon join founding Gold members CenturyLink and ActiveState, and founding Platinum members EMC, HP, IBM, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP and VMware, as members of the Cloud Foundry foundation.Pivotal launched the Cloud Foundry foundation in February 2014 to develop and advance an industry standard for multi-cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions for enterprise computing.

The foundation is dedicated to the evolution and growth of the Cloud Foundry open source project as well as the ecosystem and community around it. All members have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding. The foundation will transition to a formal governance model and is slated to officiallylaunch in the fall of 2014...

Cloud Foundry is turning into an open source platform that's worth watching

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

It's hard to tell when a new technology reaches a critical mass that it's really worth taking a look at and paying attention to. It still may be a little bit early for Cloud Foundry, but all the signs are pointing toward this open source application development platform being one that could impact the cloud computing industry.

Today Cloud Foundry announced some more big-name backers to its open source platform as a service (PaaS). Accenture, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, GE, Ericsson, Intel, NTT and Verizon jumped on board. They already have ActiveState, and CenturyLink, and the Platinum level members including EMC, HP, IBM, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP and VMware as supporters. That's an impressive list of corporate partners...

Why open infrastructure matters in the cloud

Grazed from OpenSource. Author: Jason Baker.

When reading a recent article by Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, I was struck by a comparison made between OpenStack and the interstate highway system. The article in Wall Street and Technology, called "OpenStack: Five things every executive needs to know," mostly focused on the high points of where OpenStack is in its development cycle. But the highway analogy stuck with me.

Part of what made the interstate highway system successful was its standardization and its open nature. "Unlike the early days of the railroads, where track gauges differed and companies refused to interconnect their networks, interstates are open to all who wish to use them," Whitehurst writes. Signage, road widths, and most other components of the system remain generally familiar as one moves from state to state and region to region, with some minor but acceptable variation...