Christopher Tozzi

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AMD, Canonical Partner on Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud Server

A major hardware manufacture is now selling a computer with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled, and this time, it's an OpenStack server. That's what Canonical and AMD launched this week with the introduction of a server preinstalled with Ubuntu OpenStack private cloud software.

Spoonium Promises Docker-like Container Virtualization for Windows

As containerized virtualization via Docker continues to gain steam within the Linux world, the same thing may be coming to Windows. That, at least, is the hope of a software company named Spoon, which has announced a new virtualization solution called Spoonium.

Big Data Specialist MapR Updates Hadoop Distribution with Apache Drill

Open source Big Data vendor MapR expanded the functionality of its Hadoop distribution this week with the announcement of MapR 4.0.1, whose headlining feature is Apache Drill 0.5 integration.

Flockport Rivals Docker with Open Source Container Virtualization

Is there more to container-based open source virtualization than Docker? A startup named Flockport thinks so, and has launched a website for sharing and deploying virtual apps using Linux Containers (LXC), an alternative to Docker.

Mirantis Releases OpenStack Express 2.0 with Icehouse Support

OpenStack vendor Mirantis has revamped its private cloud-as-a-service (PCaaS) platform, announcing this week the release of Mirantis OpenStack Express 2.0, which features Icehouse support and value-added cloud management tools.

FoundationDB Adds Open Source SQL Storage Tool

FoundationDB, the company so far known mainly for its NoSQL data storage platform, expanded into the SQL world this week with the release of SQL Layer, a free and open source database engine that runs on top of the FoundationDB NoSQL platform.

Piston OpenStack Takes on AWS with Low-Cost Private Clouds

OpenStack orchestration vendor Piston is shooting to make do-it-yourself private-cloud computing easier with the release this week of a new version of its Piston OpenStack platform, which it says offers all the benefits of the AWS public cloud without the costs or security vulnerabilities.

Rackspace Adds Partner Program for Managed Cloud Hosting

Cloud-hosting giant Rackspace (RAX) announced this week that it is expanding its partner program to include new offerings for what it's calling Master Agents and Agents, which will make it easier for resellers to integrate the company's managed cloud services and support into their products.

KEMP, Infinera Join OpenDaylight Open Source SDN Project

The Linux Foundation's OpenDaylight project for advancing open source software-defined networking (SDN) continues to grow. Infinera and KEMP Technologies are the latest additions to the initiative, which now also counts more than 220 developers.

Cloud Host Linode Adds Professional Services Support Option

As SSD cloud hosting and storage provider Linode continues to redefine itself, its latest move is the introduction of a "Professional Services" option that adds full deployment and management off-loading to the company's customer service offerings.

Cumulus Networks Partners for Open Source Networking OS

Does the channel need an open source operating system designed to power the next-generation networking hardware that powers the cloud? The company behind Cumulus Linux thinks so, and so too, apparently, do Dell, VMware (VMW) and other partners who have endorsed Cumulus Linux through major reseller and distribution agreements recently.

Dropbox Adds Data Privacy, Security Features for Cloud Storage

What does it take to win the cloud storage wars? More storage at lower costs may be part of the answer, but so are powerful, user-friendly security and privacy features. That, at least, is what Dropbox is betting in the wake of a revamping of its premium cloud storage plan.

Attunity Maestro 2.0 Focuses on Big Data Management Automation

Logic-based automation balanced with measured user interaction are the main selling points Attunity is deploying to promote Maestro 2.0, the Big Data management and distribution platform that it released this week.

Centrify Changes Terms for Linux AD Management Software

In a sign that the cloud has hardly erased the importance of cross-platform interoperability, security and identity management vendor Centrify has announced some key changes to its product for connecting Linux, Mac OS X and other Unix servers and desktops to Microsoft Windows Active Directory (AD).

Mirantis Counters VMware OpenStack's Openness 1

How open is the OpenStack cloud computing distribution that VMware recently launched? Not very, according to OpenStack vendor Mirantis.

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