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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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In Sign of Changing Software World, Pivotal Will Open Source Big Data Tools

Grazed from Wired. Author: Cade Metz.

Pivotal—the rather ambitious business software outfit spun off from big-name tech companies EMC and VMware—is open sourcing three of its key products, sharing the underlying software code with the world at large. Today, the San Francisco-based company announced that in the coming year, it will open source GemFire, HAWQ, and GreenplumDB, three “big data” tools designed to help businesses analyze large amounts of digital information.

“Our customers are starting to look to open source, and they’re looking to projects that have communities around them,” says Pivotal’s Sunny Madra, who oversees the company’s data work. “Customers want a say in the direction of software.” The move is yet another sign that the world of business software is changing, moving away from proprietary software built and licensed by individual vendors like Oracle and Microsoft, towards open source tools that anyone can freely use and modify...

Cloud Computing: Open Source Enters The Classroom

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Alison Diana.

As open source becomes increasingly important to enterprises and consumers, a growing number of educational institutions are adding classes or programs that focus on this discipline. Yet some channel executives worry these initiatives are inadequate to meet business needs and are concerned their companies will continue to carry most of the technology's training burden.

Nobody debates the need for more education on open source. Almost a year ago, more than half businesses surveyed used and contributed to open source, according to a Black Duck Software report. About one-third make it easy for employees to begin or join their own open source projects, the study said...

Google releases open-source tool for evaluating cloud performance

Grazed from DataCenterDynamics. Author: Drew Amorosi.

This week Google announced it would provide a cloud computing performance evaluator called PerKit Benchmarker. The evaluation tool is hosted on the open-source collaboration site Github, and will allow users of the Google Cloud Platform, Amazon’s AWS, and Microsoft’s Azure to measure their current provider’s performance against industry-established benchmarks.

“For those of you developing applications on the cloud, performance is often a critical concern”, Google’s Cloud Platform Performance Team wrote in a blog. “It turns out that it’s surprisingly difficult to evaluate cloud offerings beyond just looking at price or feature charts”. Google said it then invited input from other cloud providers, industry analysts and academia – in all, more than 30 parties – to help develop the benchmarking framework. Industry contributors included, among others, CenturyLink, Microsoft, Intel, Rackspace, and ARM...

5 Things You Need To Know About CloudStack

Grazed from TechWeekEurope.  Author: Ben Sullivan.

CloudStack is an open source cloud software platform which is designed to deploy networks of scalable virtual machines in an Infrastructure-as-a-Service environment. It is often likened to OpenStack, and provides on-premises cloud computing as part of a hybrid cloud solution.

The ‘stack’ refers to the entire range of features companies look for in an IaaS solution such as  cloudstack orchestration, Network-as-a-Service, user management, and an open API.  CloudStack supports VMware, KV, Hyper-V, and Xen hypervisor...

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...