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Microsoft’s Embrace of Linux Draws Ire

Microsoft’s Embrace of Linux Draws Ire

The elevation of Microsoft Corp. to the status of "platinum" member of the Linux Foundation has angered ...

‘API Economy’ Gets a ‘Middleman’

‘API Economy’ Gets a ‘Middleman’

The assertion that the "API economy" is upon us gained a measure of credence this week with ...

Startup Heptio Takes Kubernetes Mainstream

Startup Heptio Takes Kubernetes Mainstream

Heptio is the latest application container startup, but it's pedigree runs deeper than most: The startup's founders ...

GE Makes Splash With Data Deals

GE Makes Splash With Data Deals

Add machine-learning specialist Wise.io and data ingestion platform vendor Bit Stew Systems to the list of acquisitions ...

Software

November 29, 2016(0)
Among the growing list of security threats expected to expand in the coming year are hackers probing emerging software-defined infrastructure for vulnerabilities. According to a security forecast released this week by Intel Corp.'s (NASDAQ: INTC) McAfee Labs, exploits targeting the embattled Windows operating system will give way to more aggressive attacks against infrastructure and virtualization software. The 2017 threat ... Full article
November 28, 2016(0)
Coming in at less than half the price that it says public clouds charge for flash storage, HPE today announced a new initiative that delivers all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ starting at $0.03 per usable GB per month. HPE also gave the first public demonstration of its much-anticipated “The Machine,” a “memory-driven computing” proof-of-concept prototype under development for several years ... Full article
November 22, 2016(0)
The elevation of Microsoft Corp. to the status of "platinum" member of the Linux Foundation has angered open source advocates who worry the software giant will flex its market muscles and, in the words of one critic, "commercial company interests increasingly are taking over" the open source movement. The Linux Foundation asserted last week that the move underscores Microsoft's ... Full article
November 21, 2016(0)
The assertion that the "API economy" is upon us gained a measure of credence this week with a high-profile investment in a startup behind an open-source API platform designed to connect existing software for emerging applications. San Francisco-based RapidAPI, a marketplace intended to allow developers to find application programming interfaces and manage them in one place, emerged from stealth ... Full article
November 18, 2016(0)
Heptio is the latest application container startup, but it's pedigree runs deeper than most: The startup's founders are two Google veterans who created the Kubernetes container orchestrator that is vying to become an industry standard for emerging micro-services. Kubernetes project founders Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie unveiled Heptio this week, declaring the startup will deliver the container orchestrator to ... Full article
November 16, 2016(0)
Add machine-learning specialist Wise.io and data ingestion platform vendor Bit Stew Systems to the list of acquisitions by GE Digital, which also this week released an operating system for the industrial Internet designed to extend its Predix technology stack. For starters, the industrial giant (NYSE: GE) announced it was buying Wise.io, the machine learning algorithm developer co-founded by University ... Full article
November 4, 2016(0)
Another batch of management tools targeting application containers emerged this week as vendors continue to plug holes in the emerging micro-services ecosystem while extending the capabilities of leading container platforms. For starters, ClusterHQ said it would beta release a pair of container management tools next week: the first to share and store Docker container volumes; the second, a Linux-based ... Full article
October 27, 2016(0)
Seeking to spot potential security vulnerabilities in systems that increasingly rely on open source software, software license optimization vendor Flexera Software has acquired a specialist in identifying potentially vulnerable software components. Flexera, Itasca, Ill., said Thursday (Oct. 27) it is acquiring San Francisco-based Palamida Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal represents an expansion of Flexera's ... Full article
October 25, 2016(0)
Cloud-native application development is among the drivers of OpenStack production deployments, which more than doubled over the last year, according to a new vendor survey. The survey results released this week by OpenStack leader Red Hat Inc. found that 43 percent of those polled last month said they have deployed the cloud platform in production, up from 16 percent ... Full article
October 21, 2016(0)
Procter & Gamble, the $76 billion consumer packaged goods giant with sales to 5 billion consumers in 180 countries, has lots of data. Four years ago, as the company found itself waist-deep in a rising tide of opaque data, P&G embarked on a voyage of big data discovery, one that provides a series of technology and organizational object lessons ... Full article
October 5, 2016(0)
In its drive to deliver "Google infrastructure for everyone," application container specialist CoreOS is rolling out an image registry designed to accelerate container builds on its orchestration platform. CoreOS said its Quay container registry adds another Kubernetes-based component to its Tectonic container orchestrator released in April. Container registries are used to secure and store private container images. Tectonic combines ... Full article
September 26, 2016(0)
Container leader Docker is broadening a partnership with Microsoft to run Docker Engine and a datacenter management platform with Windows Server 2016. The partners rolled out the first technical details of Windows Server containers last August, calling it "the first step in bringing containers to the Windows Server ecosystem." Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Docker said Monday (Sept. 26) the ... Full article
September 16, 2016(0)
Among the complaints of enterprises considering hybrid cloud deployments are integration issues, application incompatibility along with a lack of development tools and common APIs. Hence, vendors of collaborative software development tools and platforms are gaining traction with managed workflows designed to speed the development, testing and deployment of software code. Among them is San Francisco-based GitLab, which this week ... Full article
September 8, 2016(0)
As at least one competitor gets bigger, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) got smaller this week with an $8.8 billion spinoff and merger of its software unit with staid software vendor Micro Focus. HPE (NYSE: HPE) and Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L) also announced plans this week to form a partnership that will name the U.K.-based vendor's SUSE unit as HPE’s preferred ... Full article
August 31, 2016(0)
China’s impressive standing up of the 93 petaflops Sunway TaihuLight atop the Top500 list in June ruffled more than a few feathers in the west. Here’s yet more fodder for stirring up geo-computational acumen nervousness – a report by HackerRank, a blog that posts coding challenges, indicates the U.S. would place 28th in a Coding Olympics while China, Russia, and Poland ... Full article
August 31, 2016(0)
The Open Compute Project spearheaded by Facebook continues to wring out "big software" platforms such as the latest release of OpenStack, container orchestrators like Kubernetes along with block and other big data storage approaches running on environments ranging from containers to hybrid clouds. Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) used an OCP technology day this week to announce the opening of a ... Full article
August 25, 2016(2)
Despite major market inroads being made by Apache Spark, a new forecast estimates the global market for the Hadoop big data framework will continue to grow at a healthy clip through 2021, fueled in part by growing enterprise demand for Hadoop services. According to a market forecast released this week by Allied Market Research, the Hadoop market is expected ... Full article
August 22, 2016(0)
Leading purveyors of application container infrastructure are downplaying a recent analysis that identifies a resource management feature in the Linux kernel as a potential "performance killer." LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) released an application container analysis last week after conducting several months of internal "pressure testing" of container infrastructure. It found that many container projects running on Docker or rival CoreOS ... Full article
August 18, 2016(0)
With early adopters of application container technology completing early testing in multi-tenant settings, potential performance issues are beginning to surface. Among them, according to hyper-scaler LinkedIn, is a Linux kernel feature called "control groups" used with most containers to assign resources. In an analysis based on several months of "pressure testing," Zhenyun Zhuang, a software engineer at LinkedIn (NYSE: ... Full article
August 12, 2016(0)
The Obama administration has released a new federal open-source policy for improving access to software developed by or for federal agencies. The new policy released this week by Tony Scott, the Obama administration's CIO, "requires new custom-developed source code developed specifically by or for the federal government to be made available for sharing and re-use across all federal agencies." ... Full article

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