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Scaling back power needs in the data center is a noble ideal, but it’s something that very few organizations have truly been able to achieve. The fact of the matter is that increasing demand for service and capacity outpaces most of the greening efforts (and efficiency interventions like virtualization) that we can muster. There are more reasons to reduce your data center’s power consumption than just saving the planet, too. There are financial incentives to doing so that have little or nothing to do with fossil fuel conservation or the ozone layer. Part of the problem is that each data center is highly individualized. You can make changes to the cooling system efficiency, you can invest in advanced power distribution grids that ration power as it’s needed, and you can make a number of energy-saving procedural changes. Unfortunately, these methods may or may not p... (more)

WebRTC Summit at Cloud Expo Agenda Announced

Click here to follow ▸@WebRTCSummit Registration for  the First International WebRTC Summit (@WebRTCSummit) is now open. WebRTC Summit will take place Nov 6-7, 2013, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is an open source project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera that aims to enable browser-to-browser applications for voice calling, video chat, and P2P file sharing without plugins. Its mission is "To enable rich, high quality, RTC applications to be developed in the browser via simple Javascript APIs and HTML5." Register FREE for WebRTC Summit here ▸ WebRTC Journal ▸Home A survey by TokBox found that the WebRTC adoption rate among small organizations is growing quickly where over 25% of developers say it is important for their work. WebRTC Summit will feature two full days of technical... (more)

Four Gaps in Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides an excellent public cloud pay-per-use infrastructure, but here are some gaps identified by Convirture, a supplier of management software for AWS, plus other virtualization and cloud platforms. 1- Inability to centrally manage all AWS accounts in one place. It’s not possible to configure networking resources such as elastic IP addresses, security groups, key management, block storage volumes and snapshots, from a single management console. 2- Lack of granularity in controlling user access so that it’s possible to apply the same access control approach used internally to your AWS infrastructure in the cloud. Wouldn’t it be nice to control which AWS resources your business customers can access, and which operations they can perform? This is essential when multiple business customers are managing the AWS infrastructure (as many have... (more)

IGEL adds VDI Clients for Open-Source SPICE and VMware View

Reading, UK, October 12, 2010: German thin client manufacturer, IGEL Technology, today became the first company in its sector to integrate the open-source software client SPICE into its Linux operating system for its Universal Desktop thin client range. With the SPICE client, IGEL customers who already use Linux at their server level can now provision high-performance virtual desktops with different guest systems. For instance, SPICE can be deployed within the Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops solution in order to virtualize Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional, Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In addition to SPICE, IGEL's latest update to its Linux operating system also includes the brand-new software client for VDI solutions VMware View™ 4.5, which in addition to being compatible with Windows® 7 also offers improved W... (more)

Unix Copyrights Will Remain with Novell

It took Novell more than two days after the announcement that it's being bought for its chief marketing officer John Dragoon to say on the company's web site that Novell's Unix copyrights will stay with Novell. God knows it wasn't answering the phone. What Dragoon says still means control passes to Attachmate's owners and it is still unclear what control Microsoft has over them - considering the acquisition seems to have Microsoft's fingerprints all over it - or how interested Attachmate might be in preserving those rights against SCO, whose case still exists. Oral argument in its appeal of the jury decision award Unix ownership to Novell will be heard January 20. ... (more)

Convirture Reports Strong 2011 as Virtualization Management Takes Off

During 2011, companies across the globe increasingly embraced open source virtualization and cloud tools - turning to Convirture, maker of virtualization and cloud management software, to manage them. Convirture announced its fifth consecutive quarter-over-quarter growth, including increasing its customer base ten-fold for its commercial product, ConVirt Enterprise. The company now has customers in every global region, including North and South America, EMEA and Asia. The open source version of ConVirt has now been downloaded more than 60,000 times. In total, ConVirt software, which is available for most major Linux distributions including Debian, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu, is now being used by more than 8,000 businesses. "Linux-based virtualization is here, it's real and clearly there is an appetite for something other than VMware when it comes to managing cloud computi... (more)

Virtustream Peddles Clouds for All Occasions

Virtustream wants to move mission-critical legacy apps to the cloud where they'll be 60% cheaper to run on-demand especially since they won't have to be rewritten. So it's put out xStream 2.0, an update, which is supposed to move both web-scale applications and legacy applications to a public, private or enterprise-class hybrid cloud take your pick. Stuff, it says, you can't do on Amazon. It's for the enterprise and solution providers. For the effort they're supposed to get enterprise-class security and compliance, application SLAs, consumption-based billing and our old friend cloud efficiency, pretty much the whole point of the exercise. xStream uses a patented so-called µVM technology that's supposed to assure application performance by dynamically pooling compute, memory, storage and network resources. Under the covers xStream is a macro hypervisor that works ... (more)

Convirture Announces Easy-to-Use Management Platform for Hyper-V

Data center administrators now can now enjoy simple, cost-effective, centralized management of multiple Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines with the latest release of ConVirt Enterprise from Convirture.  With the addition of Hyper-V support, ConVirt can now be used to manage the most widely deployed virtualization technologies including KVM, VMware and Xen. By adding ConVirt Enterprise Cloud, a virtual machine and cloud management solution, businesses can also have a single point of control to manage cloud computing platforms, including Amazon EC2, Eucalyptus and OpenStack. "There are a lot of businesses that are looking for a more sophisticated tool than Hyper-V Manager to manage multiple Hyper-V hosts, without the expense and complexity of stepping up to System Center and that's where ConVirt fits in," said Arsalan Farooq, CEO of Convirture. "We're the 'Goldilocks'... (more)

StackIQ To Present at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

The Pain Curve – Lack of Automation Leads to Failure Due of the rise of Hadoop, many enterprises are now deploying their first small clusters of 10 to 20 servers. At this small scale, the complexity of operating the cluster looks and feels like general data center servers. It is not until the clusters scale, as they inevitably do, when the pain caused by the exponential complexity becomes apparent. I've seen this problem occur time and time again. This talk describes why clusters are so different from farms of single-purpose servers that reside in traditional data centers, and why without an automated solution that can address the cluster requirements, real pain is coming and failure is certain. Speaker Bio: Greg Bruno is the Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ. Prior to joining StackIQ, he co-founded the open-source Rocks Cluster Group at th... (more)

DevOps Hierarchy Of Needs

QuBell Blog: DevOps Hierarchy Of Needs By Stan Klimoff People often ask how Qubell is different from Chef, Puppet, OpenShift, Docker, Heat, Ansible, Mesos, Kubernetes or some other hip product du jour. Like any comparison of apples to oranges, the answer involves a surprisingly deep investigation into botanical conventions, differences between cultivars and species, and even a venture into dangerous waters of “what is fruit, really?”. Intellectually stimulating, but not that useful from the nutritional standpoint. However, over time it became clear that it is much easier to phrase the question differently. The right question is “I got Chef/Puppet/etc, what’s next?” So I raise you the following model (dibs on the name “Klimow’s Pyramid”): [continued] Learn more about Qubell An Exclusive Interview with Stan Klimoff SYS-CON Events announced today that Qubell has been named... (more)

Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail By @MRHinkle | @CloudExpo [@CitrixCloud]

CloudOpen 2014 – Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Here’s the presentation I gave at the Linux Foundation’s CloudOpen in Dusseldorf on October 13, 2014 titled Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Add two parts virtualization, one part orchestration add a little networking shake and pour. Unfortunately cloud computing isn’t that easy but then again not all clouds are the same and tastes may vary. This talk will discuss how the varying open source technologies like OpenStack, Docker, LXC and others can be mixed together to make something that appeals to the needs of a wide variety of users. There’s also no problem in abstaining from building your own cloud but still benefiting from the open source tooling to maximize the benefits of the public cloud. Slide deck here ... (more)