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Containers Explained

Article written by Leo Reiter
It’s hard to spend any time in cloud computing today without hearing or reading about containers. Let’s understand what they are, and why they are disrupting the landscape so much…
Containers, the “Elevator Pitch”

Containers take individual applications and their dependencies (libraries, configuration files, etc.), and package them up for easy deployment on any virtual or physical infrastructure. Unlike virtual machines they do not capture full operating system “images” (complete with device drivers, boot loaders, etc.). This makes them much lighter weight, faster to launch, and easier to move, without giving up many of the benefits of virtualization. Simply stated, containers are much more agile and scalable for today’s most demanding applications.

Where Will Cloud Sharing Grow Next?

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Michael Brown.

The cloud is not a stagnant creature, but an ever-expanding entity. Over the past few years, use of the cloud has grown exponentially—and that growth is only expected to continue. With more uses and even more vast an expanse, where will cloud computing and cloud-based file sharing go—or, grow—to in 2015?

In short, the cloud will (continue to be) everywhere. Research from Gartner, Inc. suggests that global cloud adoption is expected to reach $250 billion by 2017. Gartner also predicts that 50 percent of enterprises will employ hybrid clouds. That’s all good news for managed service providers (MSPs), but the important question remaining is whether or not this hybrid cloud will take the same shape we’ve grown accustomed to seeing...

Cloud Computing: Red Hat Introduces New Linux OS for Containers

Grazed from CIOToday. Author: Jef Cozza.

The world’s largest open-source software Relevant Products/Services provider just brought a new operating system on the market. On Thursday, Red Hat, known for its enterprise Relevant Products/Services distributions of the Linux operating system, launched its Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host OS. The new OS is specifically designed to run the latest generation of applications as Linux containers.

Linux containers are virtualization Relevant Products/Services environments that allow organizations to run multiple isolated Linux systems on a single Linux control host. Containers introduce autonomy for applications by packaging apps with the libraries and other binaries on which they depend...

$104 and 8 hours of Amazon's cloud computing is all it took to hack NSA's website

Grazed from TechWorm. Author: Editorial Staff.

A group of researchers only needed $104 and 8 hours of Amazon’s cloud computing power and of course, FREAK to hack the NSA’s website. The researchers used NSA’s anti-encryption policies, which were the main reason for the newly disclosed internet flaw called FREAK, to make NSA’s own website a guinea pig.

The bug which was disclosed by Akamai and subsequently reported by Techworm on Monday allows any potential hacker to intercept a supposedly secure connection between people using Android or Apple devices and PC’s using Mac OS X and Safari browser. The websites vulnerable to this flaw may be in thousands including, and

Microsoft Corp achieves ISO cloud privacy certification

Grazed from FinancialPost. Author: Lynn Greiner.

Privacy is top-of-mind for many industries, especially when it comes to the cloud. Since the U.S. government began demanding access to cloud-based data from Microsoft’s Irish data centre, customers realized that they may not be safe from privacy violations even if their information is not resident in the U.S. Microsoft and other industry players have been fighting the demands, since they’re all placed in the awkward situation of breaking someone’s laws no matter what they do.

If they capitulate, the EU won’t be happy (nor will customers), and if they don’t, the U.S. government will be miffed. With lawyers. But Microsoft firmly believes that customers, not the cloud provider with whom they store it, own their data. To that end, it says it has become the first major cloud provider to adopt ISO/IEC 27018, the first global standard for cloud privacy, and Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online have been evaluated for compliance by the British Standards Institute. Additionally, Microsoft InTune has been verified by Bureau Veritas...

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Extreme Performance Cloud Computing Sets New Benchmark

Grazed from TheHostingNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

EasyStreet Inc. has brought to market a new type of cloud computing solution engineered for unrivaled speed and scalability. The EasyStreet Extreme Performance Cloud Computing solution is ideal for situations where access to data has to be quick such as supporting website visitors and data-driven applications.

Working with leading products from SanDisk Corporation and Dell Inc., EasyStreet now deploys private clouds with a storage system capable of ten times the performance of a traditional disk system and three times the performance of an all-flash system using the same computing resources...

Docker Containers Rise Into The Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

The single hottest topic these days in or out of the cloud is Docker containers. As an alternative form of virtualization containers have been around on Linux platform for years. But with the advent of Docker containers it's becoming simpler to invoke "micro-services" to create distributed computing applications that can span almost any combination of hybrid cloud computing scenarios.

As with any emerging technology, there are a host of security and management issues that still need to be addressed before Docker containers will make it into production environments. One way to address those issues is to nest Docker container images inside existing Linux containers...

Google Bolsters Cloud Portfolio With Message-Oriented Middleware

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jaikumar Vijayan.

Google has released a beta version of a message-oriented middleware tool for connecting disparate applications and services running on its Google Cloud Platform or on customers' premises. Dubbed Google Pub/Sub, the middleware is designed to let distributed applications and services communicate with each other via real-time messaging.

The middleware eliminates the need for developers to hardwire service dependencies and lets them accommodate changes in data inputs, data formats and data security polices, Google said in an official description of the technology. "Publish-and-subscribe messaging helps connect apps and devices that send data into processing pipelines, and back out to other apps, devices, and Google Cloud Platform services for further storage and analysis," it said...

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Analysing the rise of the distributed cloud model

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Matthew Finnie.

The current model for public cloud computing is an optimisation of the traditional construct of internet-facing data centres: maximise the scale of the facility to serve as broad a market as possible, using the Internet as the means of distribution. This model is wedded to a separation of the compute from the 'dumb network', or to use the original terminology of some 40 years ago, we are still in a world where we separate processing (computing) from inter-process communication (network).

The convenience of this separated relationship has bought us the Internet economy: an autonomous network that can deliver anything anywhere. The rise of cloud computing 'as a service' exploits this Internet delivery model, removing the need to buy and build your own data centres...

Huawei, Intel expand tie-up amid China's rising scrutiny of U.S. tech firms

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Paul Carsten.

China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] and Intel Corp are expanding an existing alliance to provide cloud computing to global telecoms carriers, as U.S. tech firms vie for Chinese tie-ups to retain access to a tough mainland market. The partnership, announced by Huawei in a statement, comes as U.S and other Western tech firms' scramble to burnish their bona fides with China, which has become increasingly wary of foreign technology.

Joining hands with Chinese companies, including technology transfers and adopting Chinese partners' branding, can make these products more palatable to local buyers and authorities in the world's second-largest economy. "How do you stay in this market and do the least damage to your core business - that's the puzzle everybody is focusing on now," said James McGregor, chairman for advisory firm APCO China...

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