Linux

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V

Grazed from The Register. Author: Simon Sharwood

Microsoft's revealed a plan to make Ubuntu 18.04 a "first-class" guest under Hyper-V.

Microsoft's definition of first-class may sound a bit ho-hum for users of other desktop hypervisors, as it includes window resizing, a clipboard that goes from host to guest and back again, something Microsoft's called a "Better mouse experience", Drive redirection and the Enhanced Session Mode that allows a guest to access host hardware. The Register's virtualization desk has enjoyed such features for quite some time in VirtualBox and VMware's desktop hypervisors.
 

Red Hat Improves IT Flexibility and Reduces Complexity with Linux Containers in Latest Version of OpenStack Platform

Grazed from Red Hat

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open-source solutions, today announced Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12, the latest version of Red Hat's massively scalable and agile cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Based on the OpenStack "Pike" release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 introduces containerized services, improving flexibility while decreasing complexity for faster application development. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 delivers many new enhancements, including upgraded DCI (distributed continuous integration) and improved security to help maintain data compliance and manage risk.

Hundreds of customers rely on Red Hat OpenStack Platform to power their hybrid and private clouds for a variety of mission-critical deployments, including BBVA; Cambridge University; FICO; Massachusetts Open Cloud; Turkcell; IAG;Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Paddy Power Betfair; Produban; UKCloud; and Verizon. And, Red Hat OpenStack Platform is backed by a robust ecosystem of partners, including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo, Rackspace, and NetApp for enterprise businesses, as well as Ericsson, Nokia, NEC, Huawei, Cisco and others from the telecommunications industry.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 is designed for private or public cloud infrastructure, built on the enterprise-grade backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 is a tested, certified, and fully-supported version of OpenStack that provides the agility to scale and more quickly meet customer demand without compromising availability, performance, or IT security requirements. Red Hat OpenStack Platform also includes Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat's multi-cloud management platform, to provide operational visibility and policy-based management across the Red Hat OpenStack Platform infrastructure and workloads. Additionally, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 maintains tight integration with Red Hat Ceph Storage, a highly-scalable block, object, and file storage solution, designed for scale-out clouds.

Linux & Cloud Computing

Grazed from SysCon. Author: Jnan Dash.

While reading the latest issue of the Economist, I was reminded that August 25th. marks an important anniversary for two key events: 25 years back, on August 25, 1991, Linus Torvalds launched a new operating system called Linux and on the same day in 2006, Amazon under the leadership of Andy Jesse launched the beta version of Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2), the central piece of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The two are very interlinked. Linux became the world’s most used piece of software of its type. Of course Linux usage soared due to backers like HP, Oracle, and IBM to combat the Windows force. Without open-source programs like Linux, cloud computing would not have happened. Currently 1500 developers contribute to each new version of Linux...

Linux Distributors Are All Over the Cloud

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Dan Kusnetsky.

Two of the major Linux distributors, Red Hat Inc. and SUSE, appear to believe that becoming the dominant supplier of cloud services and technology will allow them to continue to battle mainframes, Windows and single-vendor Unix in both corporate and services provider datacenters. Both of these suppliers have made recent announcements based on cloud-related products and services. Let's take a look at what they're doing.

The Red Hat Cloud Strategy

Red Hat has made a number of announcements centering on the cloud. A July 2014 press release described its latest integration with OpenStack, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 5. It offered the most recent edition of OpenStack and enfolded it in its usual support policies in the hopes of making open source technology a safe and reliable choice for enterprises. It also tied in strongly with VMware Inc. infrastructure...

Cloud Computing: Linux Foundation Expands International Membership

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced that Altera, Chelsio Communications, DataCentred, Imagination Technologies and Travelping are joining the organization.
These companies illustrate that Linux continues to rapidly grow its footprint globally across a wide range of industries and applications.

Data centers with massive operations are increasingly common. From cloud and embedded computing to analytics and hardware customization, enterprises are struggling with how to efficiently and cost-effectively handle new types and amounts of data. Today's new members understand the pull Linux has in the data center and support the collaborative work underway to solve today's scalable server, network and storage challenges...

Oracle releases its OpenStack cloud-computing distribution on Oracle Linux

Grazed from V3.co.uk. Author: Daniel Robinson.

Oracle has officially released its Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, its distribution of the OpenStack cloud framework that integrates with Oracle Linux and the Oracle VM Server virtualisation platform, providing customers with increased choice and interoperability when building cloud infrastructure, the firm said.

Available as a free download from Oracle's Public Yum Server and the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), Oracle's OpenStack build installs on top of Oracle Linux and allows users to operate virtual machines using any guest operating system supported by Oracle VM Server, including Microsoft Windows, Oracle Solaris and other versions of Linux...

Is cloud computing about to get cheaper because of Linux?

Grazed from CBR. Author: Joe Curtis.

Cloud could finally prove cheaper than on-premise thanks to a new Linux-based technology that renders cloud hosting half the price of Amazon Web Services (AWS), it is claimed. Cloud-hosting provider Elastichosts today announced its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution, basing it on Linux containerisation technology that allows for more flexible pricing.

While providers including AWS and Google offer on-demand services, they actually charge based on the overall capacity of servers being used. But Elastichosts' IaaS solution, Elastic Containers, charges by real-time usage, measured every 15 minutes, meaning customers would pay less when the servers are less busy, such as overnight...

Demand for Linux Skills Rises with Cloud Computing

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Patrick Thibodeau.

Demand for people with Linux skills is increasing, a trend that appears to follow a shift in server sales. Cloud infrastructure, including Amazon Web Service, is largely Linux based, and cloud services' overall growth is increasing Linux server deployments. As many as 30% of all servers shipped this year will be cloud services providers, according to research firm IDC.

Demand for people with Linux skills is increasing, a trend that appears to follow a shift in server sales. Cloud infrastructure, including Amazon Web Service, is largely Linux based, and cloud services' overall growth is increasing Linux server deployments. As many as 30% of all servers shipped this year will be cloud services providers, according to research firm IDC...

How Red Hat's Linux and OpenStack IaaS drives Intel's bottom line

Grazed from The Server Side. Author: Cameron McKenzie.

As a software architect attending a developer conference like the 2013 Red Hat Summit, one of the least interesting vendors on the docket has to be Intel. They are always there, set up with a big booth in the exhibitors pavilion at the Oracle OpenWorld and IBM Innovate conferences, and while it all seems interesting to the low-level hardware guys, chips and processors simply aren’t the bailiwick of coders. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that processors aren’t important to the wellbeing of developers, but they’re important in the same way that air is important for sustaining life – things fall apart if it disappears, but so long as it’s there, it’s boring as hell.

Interestingly though, Dirk Hohndel , Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel, in the most entertaining of the array of morning keynotes at the 2013 Red Hat Summit made some pretty compelling arguments about why Intel should be taken more seriously as a player in the open-source software development world...

CloudLinux Reaches Milestone with 1,000 Paying Customers and 9,000 Servers

Grazed from CloudLinux.  Author: PR Announcement
 

CloudLinux (http://www.cloudlinux.com), the developer of the only operating system (OS) tailored to the needs of shared web hosting providers, announced today its latest sales and distribution figures. These figures reveal a particularly high adoption rate, with 9,000 servers now running on the CloudLinux platform.

“This is a momentous occasion for the CloudLinux team,” says Igor Seletskiy, Founder and CEO at CloudLinux. “We have always had absolute confidence in CloudLinux to improve the level of service that hosting companies can offer and enhance the experience of their customers – but nobody’s opinion is more important than the industry’s. The latest figures show that shared hosting providers recognize the value of CloudLinux, and are deploying the OS on all their shared hosting servers.”