OpenStack and NVMe-over-Fabrics: Getting higher performance for network-connected SSDs

What is NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF)?

The evolvement of the NVMe interface protocol is a boon to SSD-based storage arrays. It further powered SSDs (solid state drives) to obtain high performance and reduced latency for accessing data. Benefits further extended by the NVMe over Fabrics network protocol brings NVMe feature retained over the network fabric, while accessing the storage array remotely. Let’s understand how.

By Sagar Nangare, 18 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Developers, OpenSource, Platform.

Google Cloud cameo steals the show at Cisco Live with partnership update top of the agenda

It’s a mad, mad, multi-cloud world all right. At Cisco Live US in Florida yesterday – the company’s flagship jamboree of all things networking – CEO Chuck Robbins was all but upstaged by Google Cloud chief Diane Greene.

Robbins is more than happy to let the great and good share the stage with him at Cisco’s events – Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared at Cisco Live Las Vegas

By James Bourne, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Google, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

Red Hat posts positive financials, cites CoreOS acquisition as key

Another day, another earnings report where cloud is cited as the primary mover. This time it’s Red Hat, whose fourth quarter and full year revenues have gone up 23% and 21% year over year respectively.

Full year revenues were at $2.9 billion (£2.05bn) while fourth quarter total revenue was at $772 million (£546.4m). The company’s subscription revenue from infrastructure-related offerings was at $510m for the most recent quarter, representing two thirds of total revenue, while total...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Economy, OpenSource, Platform.

Kubernetes takes step up as it ‘graduates’ from Cloud Native Computing Foundation

It’s official: Kubernetes has hit the big time. According to a missive from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the Google-designed, CNCF-maintained project is the first to ‘graduate’ from its foundation, throwing its mortarboard in the air in time-honoured tradition at the Open Source Leadership Summit in Sonoma Valley, California.

So what does this actually mean? Each technology adopted by the CNCF – of which there are 16 including Kubernetes – theoretically goes...

By James Bourne, 07 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, OpenSource, Platform.

Red Hat acquires CoreOS for $250 million to boost container play

Red Hat has announced the acquisition of CoreOS, a provider of Kubernetes and container solutions, for $250 million (£176.5m).

The move will help Red Hat ‘further its vision of enabling customers to build any application and deploy them in any environment with the flexibility afforded by open source’, as the company put it. “We believe this acquisition cements Red Hat as a cornerstone of hybrid cloud and modern app deployments,” said Paul Cornier, Red Hat president of products...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Containers, M&A, OpenSource, Platform.

CNCF details advancements in cloud projects

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) held its Kubecon CloudNativeCon North America conference on 6th December 2017 and shared developments in its open-source cloud efforts.

The CNCF houses the Kubernetes container orchestration system and 13 additional cloud project that enable organisations to build cloud native architectures. The event, which had over 4,000 attendees, introduced new members and shared multiple project updates – such as 1.0 releases from the containerd, Jaeger, CoreDNS and...

By Cloud Tech, 07 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, OpenSource.

Amazon adopts open source as competition increases

Amazon has declared the adoption of the open-source technology ‘Kubernetes’ as the competition in the cloud business increases.

The technology, formulated originally by a Google team, has received support from several enterprises including Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM. It is said to have many advantages including the faculty to process an application on any public cloud including Azure and Google Cloud Platform. This makes it easy for Kubernetes to migrate from one cloud vendor to another.

At...

By Cloud Tech, 01 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, OpenSource, Platform.

Rackspace and HPE team up for pay as you go OpenStack private cloud

When your correspondent wrote last week, to open the news that Google was becoming Salesforce’s preferred cloud provider, ‘meet the cloud’s newest strategic partners’, it was always going to be a short-lived title.

And so it has proved: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Rackspace have announced a partnership to offer what is claimed as the industry’s first pay as you go...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Private.

OpenStack revenue will break $6 billion by 2021 with private overtaking public cloud

OpenStack revenue will break the $6 billion barrier by 2021, with major advances in China and Asia Pacific being a contributory factor, according to the latest note from 451 Research.

Predictions concerning the overall market size have dipped slightly from the research firm’s previous analysis this time last year – the forecast for 2020 is now at $5.63bn, down from $5.75bn – yet 451 argues growth will...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, OpenSource, Platform, Research.

HashiCorp secures $40 million funding to bolster cloud infrastructure automation space

Cloud infrastructure automation is becoming an increasingly hot space. HashiCorp, a vendor based in San Francisco, has secured $40 million (£30.2m) to support its growing customer base and boost investment in its engineering and go-to-market initiatives.

The funding round was led by GGV Capital and Redpoint, with contributions from Mayfield and True Ventures. Scott Raney, partner at Redpoint, said his company believed HashiCorp was a “key component for making cloud adoption work” in the...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

MapR secures $56 million in funding as it celebrates ‘outstanding’ financial quarter

MapR Technologies, a data management platform provider, has announced an equity round of $56 million (£42.5m) from existing investors.

The company said it would use the money to “continue product innovation of the industry’s first modern enterprise platform for all data, accelerate country and regional growth to fulfil the demand for the MapR Converged Data Platform throughout APAC and Europe, and bolster MapR’s thriving global partner community.” According to CrunchBase, the...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, OpenSource, Platform.

Why digital transformation leaders are adopting open ecosystems

Are you open to new ideas, and given a compelling choice are you really prepared to change? That’s what informed CEOs are asking their C-suite leadership team.

The context of those questions is about determining who is most qualified to guide the organisation’s digital transformation journey. It’s also about setting expectations for C-level executives to partner.

IT and business leaders must acknowledge that they’ve likely reached a significant turning point. Business technology...

By David H Deans, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, OpenSource.

Containers: The road ahead to enterprise adoption

It is indisputable that containers are one of the hottest tickets in open source technology, with 451 Research projecting more than 250% growth in the market from 2016 to 2020. It’s easy to see why, when container technology has the ability to combine speed and density with the security of traditional virtual machines and requires far smaller operating systems in order to run.

Of...

By Marco Ceppi, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Enterprise, OpenSource, Platform, Virtualisation.

AWS joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation at platinum level

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) strengthening its open source hand – and two weeks after Microsoft signed up.

The company joins, as Microsoft did, as a platinum member, to help speed up the deployment of cloud-native technologies in its public cloud portfolio.

“As the largest cloud provider, AWS brings...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Cloud job roles soar – but salaries not accelerating with it

If you’re looking for your next break in the cloud computing industry, be warned: salaries are slowing down while job postings soar.

That is the verdict of Experis, a professional IT resourcing provider, whose latest Tech Cities Job Watch looked at the challenges and opportunities in the UK technology job market.

According to the research, which utilised Innovantage’s recruitment software to analyse more than half a million employer websites, the number of cloud roles almost doubled (97.73%...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Economy, OpenSource.

The central role of the server in open networking

Open networking is a hot topic these days. When we read about open networking products and initiatives, the emphasis is on network switches more often than not. But server-based networking has also proceeded along an increasingly open path, and in many ways it set the stage for the opening of switch technology.

Network switches like top of rack (TOR) switches have traditionally been closed – they come from specific vendors with proprietary software. Networking in commercial off the shelf (COTS) servers...

By Sujal Das, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, OpenSource, Platform.

How IT operations management is embracing open source

Open source software adoption continues to disrupt the traditional IT markets, as enterprise CIOs and CTOs seek ways to evolve by working with progressive vendors and service providers who have a proven track record of open innovation.

The growth of digital business transformation and the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to drive large investment in IT operations management (ITOM) through 2020, according to the latest global market study by Gartner. A primary driver for organisations moving to ITOM...

By David H Deans, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, Vendors.

Microsoft joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation, launches new container service

Microsoft has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a San Francisco-based organisation aiming at sustaining containers and microservices architectures, as a platinum member.

The Redmond giant joins 14 other companies in the platinum membership category, including Docker, Google – who originally designed Kubernetes before donating it to the CNCF – and IBM.

The foundation’s mission statement is to “create and drive the adoption of a new computing paradigm that is optimised...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Microsoft, OpenSource, Platform.

Microsoft joins Cloud Foundry Foundation as gold member, strengthens open source push

Microsoft has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation continuing its push into the open source space, the latter has announced.

The Redmond giant has joined as a gold member – although their logo is yet to appear on the Foundation’s member list at the time of publication – alongside the likes of Accenture, Google, and Huawei.

Platinum members – Cisco, Dell EMC, IBM, Pivotal, SAP, SUSE and VMware – pay $500,000 per annum with a commitment to three years, compared to...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, OpenSource.