Golem aims to create Airbnb and Uber for computing through blockchain

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Say hello to Golem. The goal of the Golem project is to allow users to rent unused computing power – think Airbnb for computers – and to create, not entirely modestly, ‘the new way the Internet will work’. But how is it going about this mission?

The answer: by utilising blockchain and paying users in cryptocurrency. In theory, the Golem network will be a decentralised ecosystem where dedicated software and the combined power of users’ machines will be able...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, OpenSource, Platform.

OpenStack revenues to exceed $5bn by 2020 – with private cloud the lynchpin

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Revenues from OpenStack business models will surpass $5 billion (£4.08bn) by 2020 and grow at a CAGR of 35%, according to the latest figures from 451 Research.

The numbers, which are being released to coincide with the day before the latest OpenStack Summit, puts the exact figure at $5.7bn by 2020, from $4.6bn the previous year and $3.5bn in 2018.

“We continue to believe the market is still in the early stages of enterprise use and revenue generation,” said Al Sadowski,...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, OpenSource, Platform, Private.

Containers, NFV and SDN most interesting technology for OpenStack users

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With the OpenStack jamboree in Barcelona only a week away, it’s a good time to note the technologies driving its users forward – and according to the latest survey data, containers lead the way, with NFV (network function virtualisation) and bare metal also seeing an uptick.

The user study from OpenStack, which has been running semi-annually since 2013 and polled almost 400 respondents, found that container technologies continue to lead the way, cited by 78% of...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Why the PaaS market is not quite what it seems

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According to research from Gartner, the platform as a service (PaaS) market crossed the $4 billion mark in 2015. Clearly, the growing maturity of PaaS offerings is reflected in its continuing double-digit annual growth with more than 130 vendors across 15 different categories of specialised PaaS services now vying for a piece of the action.

Of course, PaaS was always going to be the next big thing. In 2013, Gartner boldly predicted that by 2017, “75% of new SaaS offerings will be...

By Jeff Drazan, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Why OpenStack success depends on simplicity

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Is it any wonder that OpenStack has become so popular? It accelerates an organisation’s ability to innovate and compete by deploying applications faster and increases IT teams’ operational efficiency, according to the latest OpenStack user survey.

OpenStack is an open-source cloud operating system that enables businesses to manage compute, storage and networking resources via a self-service portal and APIs at massive scale - significantly propelling cloud services forward....

By Martin Cooper, 25 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Platform, Software, Storage, Virtualisation.

Conducting containers in the cloud: Evaluating orchestration options

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The standard has been set for containerisation. It’s Docker. Need an identical copy of your application stack in multiple environments? Package it once for Docker and away you go. It’s simple, and it’s why we love containers. That was all you needed back in 2015 – but things are changing fast.

Now that containers have proved their viability, it’s on to the next big area for innovation: orchestration. This is where there’s even more competition and the...

By Mat Keep, 18 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, OpenSource, Platform.

Two in three OpenStack deployments are in production, argues new research

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Almost two thirds (65%) of OpenStack deployments are now in production, up 33% from this time last year, according to the latest user survey by the OpenStack Foundation.

The report, the seventh of its kind and featuring responses from more than 1,600 users, finds organisations are moving towards OpenStack as the default open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) API.

Not surprisingly, IT (68%) is where the largest number of OpenStack bods are based, followed by telecoms (14%) and...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

OpenStack cloud adoption continues to rise but challenges remain

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The adoption of OpenStack is going up and increasingly seen as a cost effective alternative to public clouds, according to a new survey released by cloud software provider Talligent.

The survey results of almost 650 virtualisation and cloud IT professionals, published in the inaugural State of OpenStack report, finds OpenStack deployments are likely to accelerate beyond the development environment once in place. Lab environments are expected to go from 43% to 89% among respondents in...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: OpenSource, Platform, Research.

Why your organisation deserves a 'real' open cloud

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Worldwide, there's a growing appreciation for the many benefits of the open dource way. Clearly, being truly open is a frame of mind that can apply to just about anything in life - including the development and nurture of a progressive company culture that's equipped for the challenges and opportunities of today's Global Networked Economy.Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, recently launched his new book entitled "

By David H Deans, 29 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, OpenSource, Platform.

IBM unveils developer friendly open source cloud projects

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IBM is ramping up its commitment to open source technologies by releasing a new platform which enables developers to build cloud applications.

The platform, called developerWorks Open, allows developers to not only download the code but have access to blogs and videos, comprising a global network to accelerate development projects.

IBM has had more than 20 years in the open source computing biz, becoming a main player in projects such as Apache, Linux and Eclipse. Big Blue is a platinum member of...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Google signs up for OpenStack Foundation, tries to get jump on Microsoft and Amazon

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Google has unveiled itself as the newest corporate sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation, promising to commit engineering resources and further collaborate on technologies such as app catalogue Murano and API service Magnum.

Mark Collier, chief operating officer of the OpenStack Foundation, wrote in a blog post announcing the news: “Few companies understand cloud-native apps at scale like Google, so I expect big things as Google developers contribute to OpenStack projects like...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

Why enterprises need containers and Docker

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At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT.

While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016, less than two years after its 1.0 release.

Why are Yelp, Goldman Sachs, and other enterprises using Docker? Because in many ways, enterprises have been unable to take...

By Logicworks, 10 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Hybrid, OpenSource, Platform.

Is OpenStack ready for prime time?

OpenStack has become a force to be reckoned with in the cloud computing market. The 451 Research Group forecasts OpenStack related sales at $3.3 billion (£2.13bn) by 2018 – pretty good for an open source development project.  But is it truly ready for the big time?

A potted history

OpenStack was introduced in 2010 as a project of NASA, who dropped out in 2013, and Rackspace. In 2011 Ubuntu adopted OpenStack and became the first “vendor” to integrate with the platform. In 2012 Red...

By David Auslander, 07 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, OpenSource, Platform.

Even bigger data: Getting the most out of your implementation

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By David Belanger, Senior Research Fellow in the Business Intelligence and Analysis Program at Stevens Institute of Technology and co-leader of the IEEE Big Data Initiative

Over the last week or so, I’ve had the opportunity to view a collection of talks and articles about new network technologies related to how data is gathered, moved, and distributed. A common element in all of these discussions is the presence of big data. 

New network technology is often the driver on...

By Dr. David Belanger, 26 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, OpenSource.

Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie: Why the conversation needs to change in the cloud arena

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Sipping a coffee outside the hubbub of Cloud Expo Europe, Matthew Finnie, chief technical officer at virtual data centre provider Interoute, has something on his mind.

The vast majority of the activity going on in the ExCeL arena, he surmises, will be vendors pitching their position. Nothing unusual with that at a trade show, you might say, but Finnie wants the conversations to go one step further.

“I think one of the things we’re hoping for is people start to put two and two...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

Severalnines: Mixing DevOps with database management and going its own way

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Sweden-based database management provider Severalnines is an interesting company. Its name would suggest SLAs but the firm, with approximately 7000 users, supports MySQL, MariaDB and MongoDB among others and enables businesses to support both SQL and NoSQL open source databases in the cloud or on-premise.

Yet the way Severalnines has built its success is of most interest. Instead of going cap in hand to VCs and building up cash without going near making a profit, Severalnines has...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, OpenSource, SLA.

Red Hat snipes at VMware, calls cloud vision “fundamentally flawed”

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Open cloud provider Red Hat has hit out at end user computing giant VMware in a blog post, describing its recently outlined hybrid cloud vision as “appealing” but “fundamentally flawed in implementation.”

The post, written by Red Hat cloud product strategy general manager Bryan Che, argues VMware’s vSphere and virtualisation technology is not as effective at scaling out cloud apps compared to OpenStack, adding that while you can run both cloud-native and...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Federal agencies like the cloud – but aren’t ready to commit yet

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A new report from government IT network MeriTalk has assessed how federal agencies are keen on the concept of cloud computing, but are reticent to migrate their full IT estate over for the moment.

This is not to say federal firms aren’t completely against the idea, however. Nearly one in five (19%) of the 150 respondents say they deliver more than a quarter of their agency’s IT services through the cloud. The most popular choice to move was email (50%), followed by web...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Sovereignty, Government, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Google announces Cloud Monitoring in beta for Cloud Platform and AWS customers

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Google has announced its Cloud Monitoring service, which tracks usage and uptime for Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services customers, is now in beta availability.

The announcement comes just days after the search giant released Cloud Trace, which allows developers to create reports on their app’s performance issues by finding traces of slow requests.

First announced at Google I/O last year,...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

The importance of DevOps when deploying with AWS

The fact that ‘Time is Money’ applies today, just as it did the past. In contemporary computing environments, business agility to address customer needs directly translates to the success of your company. This is where the emerging software development paradigm, “DevOps”, which builds on several principles of agile development, lean manufacturing, Kaizen and other continuous improvement processes, can be invaluable.

Companies that operate in the cloud are already familiar with the need for speed in...

By Logicworks, 17 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Developers, DevOps, OpenSource.