Christopher Tozzi

Contributing Blogger,
The VAR Guy
Docker Acquires SocketPlane for Containerization SDN Smarts

Designing secure, reliable and user-friendly networking APIs for containerized apps is one of the newest challenges in the software-defined networking (SDN) world—which is the reason Docker Inc., the company behind the open source containerized virtualization platform, acquired SocketPlane this week.

Catbird and Mirantis Partner on OpenStack Security Suite

"Software-defined security" is the newest buzzphrase for the Mirantis OpenStack ecosystem, following the announcement this week of a partnership between Mirantis and security vendor Catbird centered on new, certified security and data privacy solutions for cloud users.

Marvell Eyes IoT Developers by Open Sourcing KinomaJS Code

Electronics hardware vendor Marvell (MRVL) made a bid to speed up Internet of Things (IoT) app development this week with its decision to open source its KinomaJS platform for building Java apps on Linux, Windows, Android, iOS and OS X.

Red Hat Adds Cloud Consultation Service to Portfolio

Red Hat (RHT) entered the cloud consultation and support services market in a major way this week with the launch of its Cloud Innovation Practice, which introduces cloud setup and architecting solutions that go far beyond those provided with the open source giant's software products.

'Cloud First' Strategy: Who Has One, Who Doesn't and Why?

How important is the cloud to digital sales and marketing? Extremely, according to a recent survey from 2nd Watch—which is not a surprising finding. What is notable is the number of challenges businesses currently face in taking greater advantage of the cloud for operations, and the slow pace of cloud adoption.

Progress Extends Rollbase Cloud App Tools to HP Helion OpenStack

Hewlett-Packard's Helion OpenStack platform gained hundreds of thousands of potential new business users with the recent certification of Progress Software's Rollbase platform, designed for the development and deployment of cloud-based apps, for HP's distribution of the open source cloud computing platform.

How Could VARs Use the $89 Ubuntu Linux Symple PC? 1

For open source fans, the Symple PC, which runs Ubuntu Linux and sells for $89, is cool on its own as a personal PC. But the project's real ambitions lie beyond the world of personal computing, as founder Jason Spisak explained recently in comments on how the organization is working to make the device a commercial success with VAR partners.

Hybrid Embedded Computing? Intel Eyes New Niche With $89 Linux Compute Stick 1

There's plenty of talk these days about embedded Linux devices. But what if your device doesn't have the open source OS already embedded, and you still want to use it to run apps? Intel (INTC) is catering to exactly that market—among other niches—with its Compute Stick, a USB device capable of booting TVs and other hardware that will sell for as low $89.

Canonical, Juniper Partner on SDN and NFV for Carriers

Canonical made further significant inroads in the data carrier ecosystem this week with the announcement of new partnership activity with Juniper Networks (JNPR). The deal centers on a solution, based on Ubuntu Linux and OpenStack, that provides software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) for service providers.

Docker Releases Orchestration Tools to Support Open Source Containerization

Docker is promising freedom from vendor lock-in with the release this week of its first orchestration tools for download, which it says ensure maximum portability for apps running on the open source containerization platform.

OPNFV Summit to Showcase Open Source Networking Functions Virtualization

OPNFV, the open source collaboration for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), is extending its reach with the launch of a new conference, the OPNFV Summit, which project leaders hope will bring together networking companies, service providers and open source developers.

It's Real: An $89, Green Ubuntu Linux Desktop PC 15

Here's a pipe dream for you Linux fans out there: Imagine a PC that comes with Ubuntu preinstalled. It can also dual-boot Windows. It's responsibly manufactured and environmentally friendly. And it costs a mere $89—of which a portion goes to support community open source projects. Good news: It's real, it's called the Symple PC and it's available now.

Microsoft, Amazon Among New Ubuntu Linux IoT Partners

Canonical has grown even more serious about extending Ubuntu Linux into the Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded worlds. The open source company has announced several major partnerships, with names including Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN), that focus on Snappy Ubuntu, the transactionally updated variant of Canonical's platform.

Talend Plans European VAR Program to Expand Big Data Sales

Open source big data vendor Talend announced plans to expand its VAR partner program to Europe this week in a bid to continue the rapid growth in revenue and customers that the company reported in 2014.

MapR Releases New Hadoop Distribution, Adds Quick-Start Solutions

Big data company MapR is eying new partner opportunities, better real-time data analytics and simpler self-service solutions for business intelligence with the release this week of the newest version of its Hadoop platform, as well as the introduction of new "quick-start" Hadoop applications for the enterprise.

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