Christopher Tozzi

Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Xplenty Promotes Drag-and-Drop Hadoop Big Data Processing

How easy does Hadoop need to become to penetrate the market fully? As easy as dragging-and-dropping, said Xplenty, a new big data company that aims to allow anyone to use Hadoop in the cloud or on-premise with zero coding knowledge.

Linux Kernel Developers Consider Live Kernel Patching Solution

Updating the Linux kernel without restarting, also known as live kernel patching, is a luxury available so far only to a select few server administrators. But that could change as a result of kGraft and kPatch, which may make reboot-less kernel updates a standard part of the open source operating system.

Mirantis, Tesora Partner on OpenStack Cloud Interoperability

OpenStack companies Tesora and Mirantis cemented their partnership recently with the announcement that Tesora's Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) platform for the open source cloud operating system is now certified for use with Mirantis's OpenStack distribution.

OPNFV Plans Next Steps for Open Source NFV, SDN

OPNFV, the Linux Foundation collaborative project dedicated to building an open source platform for network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN), is closing out the year with a roundup of what it has accomplished in the three months since its launch, and where it hopes to head next.

Ubuntu Linux Phone from bq to Ship in February 2015

Ubuntu Linux fans could be sporting smartphones that run the open source operating system by next Valentine's Day. Device manufacturer bq has confirmed that phones powered by Canonical's Ubuntu Touch OS will hit the market in February 2015.

Canonical Brings Snappy Ubuntu Core OS to Amazon AWS

Delivering on the promise it made when it introduced Snappy earlier this month, Canonical has now extended the new Ubuntu flavor into Amazon Web Services, bringing the transactionally updated, container-oriented platform to another major public cloud platform.

Libscore Promises Easy Open Source Code Tracking
Open source software theoretically ensures that the best code becomes the most widely shared and used code. But how can open source developers know how many other projects are actually making use of their handiwork? An interesting new tool called Libscore aims to provide an answer -- at least for Web developers.
Survey: SMBs Ready to Invest in Tighter IT Security and Data Privacy for 2015
Small and medium businesses (SMBs) have mostly stayed out of the headlines about security and data privacy breaches that proliferated in 2014. But the cyberattacks on larger enterprises have spawned new concern and spending among SMBs on security, according to a survey out this week from Software Advice.
Incapsula Study Highlights Data Privacy Danger from Web Bots
If you want to have a serious Web presence, you need to deal with Internet crawler bots. But those bots also present increasingly heavy burdens for servers, as well as security and data privacy challenges. So says security vendor Incapsula, which has released a study of the bots, good and bad, that trawl the Web today.
Red Hat Brings Business Intelligence and Data Analysis Suite to the Public Cloud
Red Hat (RHT) has broadened the deployment options for its integrated data analysis and business intelligence platform with the announcement that Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA can now run across a variety of public cloud providers that Red Hat has certified, as well as on new hardware configurations.
Google Promises Better Compatibility with Open Source Documents
Google (GOOG) may soon be taking open OpenDocumentFormat (ODF), the native file format in virtually all modern open source word processors, like LibreOffice and OpenOffice, more seriously. That's according to a statement from Google's open source chief speaking about the future of the company's cloud-based app suite.
MapR Reaches 700 Paying Customers and 200% Growth in Q3 2014
Big Data may not be grabbing headlines the way it was a couple of years ago. But it's a niche that is by no means saturated, as the latest numbers from open source Hadoop vendor MapR -- which now reports 700 customers and a current expansion rate of upwards of 200 percent -- show.
StackEngine CEO Questions Docker's Direction

Is Docker, the open source containerization platform, turning into a "monolithic binary" that's doomed to fail within an open source ecosytem that thrives on decentralization? That's what StackEngine, which develops automation solutions for Docker, suggested may be happening in one of the latest examples of criticism of Docker.

Survey: Data Privacy, Security Don't Affect User Behavior

Lots of people complain about data privacy and security on the Internet, but few actually stop using apps for that reason. You probably already sensed that, but a new survey from open source collaboration and data management vendor Open-Xchange has quantified the actions users will actually take in response to data privacy concerns.

OPNFV Adds New Members to Open Source SDN/NFV Project

The Linux Foundation has announced that four new industry partners—Array Networks, Midokura, Ooredoo and Sonus Networks—are backing OPNFV, the open source software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV) platform.

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