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Red Hat unveils 'Project Atomic' to rule container-loaded servers #RHSummit

This week saw Red Hat showing off its newest enterprise Linux technologies, and it's betting big on virtualization containers. At its annual Red Hat Summit yesterday, it showed off a new virtualization initiative leveraging open-source container technology from Docker, known as Project Atomic. Project Atomic combines components like geard, systemd, and rpm-OSTree with Docker's containerization technology to effectively put Linux on a diet – creating a streamlined operating system that will afford enterprises many of virtualization's benefits, but without so much of the overheads. "VMs provide a means for separation among applications, but this model adds significant resource and management overhead," notes... more »
Red Hat is really becoming cloud, says CEO | #RHSummit exclusive

Red Hat is really becoming cloud, says CEO | #RHSummit exclusive

Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO, discussed open source evolution and its role in driving innovation with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Stu Miniman in a live interview yesterday at Red Hat Summit 2014. The birth and growth of web 2.0 companies, explained Whitehurst, are leading to the increased amount of code developed by the open source community. "Before, most code came from large enterprises. Large web 2.0 companies use open source to drive innovation." "Everything happening in Big Data is happening in open source," Whitehurst added. "Linux has been around for 20 years, and Enterprise Linux has been around for 12... more »
Time to update Windows 8.1, it's just about to be made obsolete

Time to update Windows 8.1, it's just about to be made obsolete

So you've only just updated to Windows 8.1, now what? Well, Microsoft wants you to update again, and do it pretty damn quickly, because its about to stop providing support for earlier versions of its 'latest' operating system. As of May, Windows 8.1 will effectively be made obsolete already – much like Windows XP is too – as system updates will only be issued for those running the Windows 8.1 Update release and later versions. What this means is that any system running Windows 8.1 that hasn't installed the “Update” package will no longer be able to install any future system... more »
OpenStack takes backseat to container tech, DevOps | #RHSummit

OpenStack takes backseat to container tech, DevOps | #RHSummit

OpenStack is major theme of this week’s Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, with the open source stalwart revealing that several dozen organizations - including Harvard, MIT and network virtualization specialist Midokura - have adopted its distribution since launch. Surprisingly, however, the focus of the event is turning out to be containers, which provide a fast and lightweight alternative to traditional virtualization solutions at the expense of some advanced functionality. Red Hat has long supported the technology through the Linux Container project, further committing to the movement last September by teaming up with dotCloud to integrate the latter’s open-source Docker tool... more »
Twitter gets serious with Big Data, acquires data seller Gnip

Twitter gets serious with Big Data, acquires data seller Gnip

Twitter has announced the acquisition of Gnip, one of the world’s largest and most trusted providers of social data. In a statement, the microblogging site said it's plan was to make its data even more accessible to consumers, and to do that it needs to work with them to better understand what their needs are. “To that end, we have agreed to acquire Gnip, a leading provider of social data and a long-standing Twitter data partner," Jana Messerschmidt, Twitter’s VP for Global Business Development & Platform, wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition. "As Twitter has grown into a platform that delivers... more »
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Amazon's glassless 3D smartphone leaked

Rumors have been abound that Amazon is planning on releasing a smartphone to compete with devices offered by Apple and Samsung since as early as 2011, and over the years, many have waited for the retail giant to wow them. Unfortunately, Amazon has yet to unveil its own smartphone. But this year may be different, as The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Amazon will be unveiling its flagship smartphone by June and start shipping it by September. The report added that Amazon's phone will be able to display 3D images to users without the need to wear 3D glasses. Apparently,... more »
Do we need a mobile kill-switch to stop mobile theft?

Do we need a mobile kill-switch to stop mobile theft?

Smartphones, phablets, and even tablets continue to grow more powerful with each new release. Consumers are now more reliant on their mobile devices than ever, as they can accomplish many tasks while en route to work or a meeting. The downside with this mobile era is that more sensitive data is stored on our devices, which makes things really complicated when the device gets lost or stolen. People also use their mobile devices to purchase things online and manage their bank accounts. If someone gets a hold of their device, they may have to kiss goodbye to their savings. There are some... more »
Attention enterprise: beware of quasi-open source | #RHSummit

Attention enterprise: beware of quasi-open source | #RHSummit

The Moscone Center in San Francisco is the scene of this week’s Red Hat Summit, now in its 10th year. John Furrier and Stu Miniman welcomed the President of Products and Technology for Red Hat, Paul Cormier, to one of the final interviews for Day 1 on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE. The history of Red Hat and the #RHSummit, the future of open source technologies and a caveat for Enterprise consumers were discussed in depth over the interview. Cormier’s perspective, in light of his near 13 years with Red Hat, is one that has seen the inception and development of the entire open... more »
Docker containers bring flexibility, agility to application deployment | #RHSummit

Docker containers bring flexibility, agility to application deployment | #RHSummit

Solomon Hykes, Founder and CTO of Docker, discussed the company's latest developments and their collaboration with Red Hat with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Stu Miniman, live from this year's Red Hat Summit. "Red Hat is committing to supporting Docker in the future," Hykes said, explaining how the company offered a jump start program to train some of their customers in deploying Docker services. Docker currently has 30 employees. They changed their name from DotCloud six months ago and raised $15 million in a series B round, bringing their total raised amount to about $26 million. Docker used to be just a... more »
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Red Hat’s RHEL 7 RC opens wide next week | #RHSummit

This year’s 10th anniversary of the Red Hat Summit has yielded some interesting and important insights into the continued acceptance and growth of open source for the Enterprise. Jim Totton, the Vice President and General Manager for Platform with Red Hat, joined John Furrier and Stu Miniman on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE to discuss the focus of his division, highlight current strategic partnerships and share some interesting news about RHEL 7, which was, until today, only available in Beta. The concept of ‘platform wars’ led today’s conversation. Furrier felt an explanation around the context of platform would be an important way to understand... more »

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