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OpenShift Upgrades Aim to Boost Container Integration

OpenShift Upgrades Aim to Boost Container Integration

Platform developers profess a desire to help harried developers connect applications to data across hybrid cloud infrastructure. ...

Software Woes Seen Fueling ‘Low-Code’ Approach

Software Woes Seen Fueling ‘Low-Code’ Approach

Access to enterprise software via the cloud or other services platforms may be booming, but the quality ...

Open Net Effort Eyes ‘Industrialized’ SDN, NFV

Open Net Effort Eyes ‘Industrialized’ SDN, NFV

Open networking organizations have announced a new development framework aimed at advancing software-defined networks and network virtualization ...

New Tools Seek to Orchestrate Container Management

New Tools Seek to Orchestrate Container Management

Several application container management tools were released this week with the goals of securing the software supply ...

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February 27, 2017(0)
An IBM-backed energy startup will attempt to advance the smart grid via a new cloud-based analytics platform designed to forecast renewable energy supplies along with the overall health of a statewide and regional power grids. IBM (NYSE: IBM) and electric power transmission specialist Vermont Electric Power Co. (Velco) said last week the energy startup called Utopus Insights Inc. would ... Full article
February 22, 2017(0)
Confusion abounds that DevOps and development automation are synonymous. An online search for implementing DevOps practices leads to lists of tools meant to automate everything from development to QA to deployment. While automation is certainly a key aspect of DevOps, the two are not identical in practice. Businesses that misunderstand that concept are often faced with less optimized workflows, ... Full article
February 21, 2017(0)
Platform developers profess a desire to help harried developers connect applications to data across hybrid cloud infrastructure. Increasingly, they say, API-based architectures and software containers are among the viable options for getting distributed applications into production. With that in mind, Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) announced a series of container integration services this week on its OpenShift platform aimed at ... Full article
February 17, 2017(0)
Access to enterprise software via the cloud or other services platforms may be booming, but the quality of code promoted as a way of streamlining daily operations falls far short, concludes a vendor survey. Those shortfalls have driven early adoption and market gains for an emerging agile software development approach known as "low-code" application development platforms. "Vendors are not ... Full article
February 15, 2017(0)
Open networking organizations have announced a new development framework aimed at advancing software-defined networks and network virtualization via open source platforms, network device disaggregation and new network standards. The Open Network Foundation (ONF), which is in the process of merging its operations with the Open Networking Lab, a group of more than 200 network operators and vendors, said this ... Full article
February 9, 2017(0)
Several application container management tools were released this week with the goals of securing the software supply chain while improving orchestration of container clusters as the percentage of production workloads inches upward. San Francisco-based Docker on Thursday (Feb. 9) released the latest version of its Docker Datacenter, intended as a platform for application developers and IT operators to collaborate ... Full article
February 8, 2017(0)
We humans like to think of ourselves as rational creatures who make decisions with clear, objective and unbiased minds. Many decision making processes have been predicated on this assumption. But back in the late 60’s two psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, after decades of research, proved we are not what we think we are. We have both known ... Full article
February 7, 2017(0)
Application containers get a lot of attention, but remain ephemeral. Converged data platform specialist MapR Technologies is looking to fill that gap in the application container ecosystem with the roll out of a persistent storage capability designed to move stateless containers to a full state status to access database tables and files. The availability of the storage capability addresses ... Full article
January 31, 2017(1)
Promising stronger and faster security for application containers in production, a startup has unveiled a new continuous security approach based on adaptive behavioral learning. The approach is said to secure distributed applications delivered via containers at their most vulnerable point: in production environments where deployed and scaled across hosts and datacenters. Virtualization and security veterans from Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: ... Full article
January 26, 2017(0)
Cisco System's deal this week to acquire privately held application-monitoring specialist AppDynamics represents a bet that enterprises will increasingly rely on distributed applications and other data services that need to be closely monitored. Cisco's (NASDAQ: CSCO) acquisition of the San Francisco-based company announced earlier this week is valued at $3.7 billion. It follows a $1.4 billion deal last year ... Full article
January 26, 2017(0)
IBM today announced the addition of TensorFlow and Chainer deep learning frameworks to its PowerAI suite of deep learning tools, which already includes popular offerings such as Caffe, Theano, and Torch. It’s another step in IBM's efforts to lay claim to leadership in the nascent deep learning market. Offering supported distributions of popular frameworks, said Sumit Gupta, IBM vice ... Full article
January 24, 2017(0)
Automated software testing is gaining momentum as enterprises look to accelerate DevOps by moving beyond manual steps such as scripting of code. The added agility is seen as another way of getting distributed applications out the door faster while scaling DevOps. As automated software testing takes off, with the global market expected to reach an estimated $34 billion this ... Full article
January 20, 2017(1)
“You can buy your way out of bandwidth problems. But latency is divine.” This sentiment, expressed by Intel Technical Computing Group CTO Mark Seager, seems as old as the Bible, a truth universally acknowledged. Latency will always be with us. It is the devilish delay, the stubborn half-life of the time gap caused by processor and memory operations, that ... Full article
January 12, 2017(1)
Global IT spending is forecast to increase by 2.7 percent in 2017, a modest increase that might be higher if not for "political uncertainty in global markets," according to a new Gartner Inc. forecast that also predicts strong annual server sales driven by cloud rollouts. Garter (NYSE: IT) reported Thursday (Jan. 12) that worldwide IT spending projected to total ... Full article
January 6, 2017(0)
The unexpected shut down of early application container developer ClusterHQ at the end of 2016 has some observers predicting that a shakeout in underway in the container sector as critics question whether sales to date justify skyrocketing valuations for container startups. In late December, San Francisco-based ClusterHQ announced it was shutting down operations after just over two years of ... Full article
January 5, 2017(1)
As companies increase their digital footprints, ‘identify and diagnose’ capabilities will not defend against the growing array of security threats, according to analysts at Gartner Group. Because the types of data ingested by analytics packages are evolving from structured to hybrid data–containing text, objects and other formats– the market will respond to that transition by offering packaged applications that ... Full article
January 4, 2017(0)
The growing desire to speed the deployment of enterprise software is being hampered by a shortfall in automation skills and "fragmented" testing processes. Lack of training and tools along with unclear testing processes were most often cited as obstacles to faster deployments, according to new software testing survey released this week. Continuous software delivery is a growing enterprise requirement, ... Full article
January 3, 2017(0)
The traditional way IT conducts performance analysis and capacity management for their infrastructure is, officially, a dinosaur. From the most advanced scale HPC architectures to commodity hardware and software based distributed environments to proprietary platforms, the standard approaches are increasingly irrelevant and incapable of realizing the required efficiencies and performance. First, a quick review of what performance analysis and ... Full article
December 19, 2016(0)
Application containers made the jump from prototype to production in 2016 as the distributed application technology began to make headway in hyper-scale IT infrastructure. Along with an expanding ecosystem, the sector is characterized by healthy competition that is driving innovation in areas such as container security and management of computing and storage resources, those competitors note. The latest indication ... Full article
December 16, 2016(0)
Allinea Software, whose cross-platform development and performance analysis tools are used by 80 percent of the world’s top 25 supercomputers, has been acquired by ARM Ltd., which said the move strengthens its HPC offering for both scientific and business computing by extending its portfolio of development tools for the HPC, machine learning and data analytics markets. The acquisition could ... Full article

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