Christopher Tozzi

Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Mirantis Counters VMware OpenStack's Openness

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

Brian Stevens, Red Hat CTO, Steps Down Unexpectedly

Red Hat (RHT) CTO Brian Stevens stepped down this week, in an unexpected move that some reports are attributing to tension in the executive boardroom.

China Promotes Linux-Based Operating System Against Windows, Android 12

Could the Chinese government supply what Linux needs to overtake Windows once and for all? Within China, at least, that may happen, if the new Linux-based China Operating System (COS) lives up to developers' promises.

New Vault Conference to Promote Open Source Cloud Storage

The Linux Foundation thinks open source storage deserves a conference all its own, and has announced plans to host an event toward that end in March 2015 in the form of a new conference called Vault.

CloudPhysics Adds Big Data Monitoring Features for VMware Data Centers

Big Data meets the software-defined data center in the latest offering from CloudPhysics, which has updated its SaaS benchmark and monitoring platform with new metric features for VMware users.

SolidFire Unveils VMware, Cisco Support for All-Flash Storage

SolidFire has moved to capitalize on demand for all-flash storage systems in virtual data centers, with the announcement at VMworld this week of support for Cisco Systems (CSCO) and VMware (VMW) in its converged storage platform.

VMware Debuts OpenStack Open Source Cloud Computing Distribution

VMware (VMW) is no longer content just to provide the virtualization hypervisors that power open source clouds based on OpenStack. The company is now offering an OpenStack distribution of its own, which it's pitching as a quick and low-cost cloud-computing solution for the enterprise.

Linux Foundation Launches Certification Program for IT Professionals

The Linux Foundation has announced a new way for IT professionals to validate their open source software skills—and for enterprises to measure the talent of prospective employees—through a Web-based certification program.

Linus Torvalds Promotes Linux for Desktops, Embedded Computing

What's the future of Linux for desktop computers and embedded devices? That's a question up for debate, but Linux founder and open source superstar Linus Torvalds provided some intriguing viewpoints in a discussion at the Linux Foundation's recent LinuxCon event.

VMware Certifies Ubuntu Linux LTS for vCloud Air Cloud Computing

Canonical and VMware forged a closer bond this week with the announcement of certified Ubuntu Linux images in vCloud Air, VMware's new enterprise cloud-computing platform.

Eltechs Debuts x86 Crossover Platform for ARM Tablets, Mini-PCs

Desktop PCs using ARM hardware have yet to hit the market en masse, but the software ecosystem to accommdate them is already growing, as Eltechs demonstrated this week with the announcement of virtual machine software tailored for ARMv7 tablets, mini PCs and other devices.

Tesora Launches Certification Program for OpenStack Cloud Database

As the OpenStack cloud storage ecosystem grows more and more diverse, how can enterprises ensure compatibility between their OpenStack distribution and their database of choice? Tesora hopes that providing a solution to that quandry can help win it customers through a new certification program.

HyTrust, Intel Partner to Add Physical Data Security to Cloud

By allowing data to be stored and accessed from anywhere, cloud computing makes geography relatively meaningless, and that's usually a good thing. But what if data security policies require the enforcement of physical boundaries? That's the challenge HyTrust and Intel are now hoping to solve through an initiative focused on securing applications and data in the cloud.

Rackspace Adds Redis Open Source Data Store Support to ObjectRocket

In a move that should help further expand Rackspace's (RAX) appeal to next-generation app developers for the cloud, the company has integrated Redis, the open source in-memory key-value data server, into ObjectRocket, the DBaaS platform that Rackspace acquired in 2013.

ClusterHQ Flocker Aims to Simplify Data Migration for Docker Cloud

The Docker open source containerized virtualization ecosystem has taken another important step forward with the introduction of Flocker from ClusterHQ, a platform that promises to make data as portable as applications by including databases and key-value stores inside Docker containers.

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