IBM announces Docker Based Container Services

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, July 1st, 2015   |  

Containers continue to gain traction, IBM announced the release of enterprise class containers based on Docker and built on its Platform as a Service, Bluemix for hybrid environments. It will be possible now for enterprises to use a mix of IBM, Docker, Cloud Foundry and OpenStack in order to create new kind of portable distributed applications straightforward.
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Red Hat Summit 2015 Wrap-up

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Monday, June 29th, 2015   |  

Last week, Red Hat held its premiere event in Boston, Massachusetts from June 23 to 26, the Red Hat Summit,  where several announcements have been made.

The summit offered over 200 technical sessions and labs and has seen on stage executives from Red Hat (obviously), Cisco, SAP, Intel, Dell, Samsung and many other companies part of Red Hat’s ecosystem.

A special focus has been given to cloud computing, Docker container technology, mobile and storage technologies, everything empowered by open-source and its renovated coolishness.

Red Hat leveraged the event to make several announcements and unveil new products like Atomic Enterprise Platform, OpenShift Enterprise 3 and Red Hat Mobile Application Platform.
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Midokura expands OpenStack Team with Takashi Yamamoto

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Monday, June 29th, 2015   |  

Network virtualization is one of the hot topics within the OpenStack community. Last week japanese startup Midokura focused on network virtualization announced the assignment of Takashi Yamamoto as OpenStack engineer.

Yamamoto is an expert of Linux kernel, virtualization and has worked on various open source software projects in the past. He joined the OpenStack Neutron core reviewer team after having worked as a cloud infrastructure expert at VA Linux Systems Japan where he was in charge of developing the OFAgent which uses the open source component-based SDN framework for implementation Ryu.
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Red Hat announces Q1 2015 earnings

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Wednesday, June 24th, 2015   |  

On June 18 Red Hat announced its financial results for its fiscal year 2016 and for the first quarter of 2015.

Total revenue for the first quarter ended May 31, 2015 was $481 million, with an increase of 14% from the same quarter last year. Total revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 also included an additional $5 million of subscription revenue earned from Red Hat’s Certified Cloud Providers (CCP). Looking at the financials details we can see that subscription revenue was of $425 million, up 14% year-over-year. Operating cash flow for first quarter was of $209 million, up 27% year-over-year, full fiscal year operating cash flow of $623 million, up 15% year-over-year.
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IBM opens Cloud Center in Italy

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, June 18th, 2015   |  

IBM kept its word and as announced few months ago when it has opened its datacenter in Australia, now it has officially opened its first cloud data center in Italy, more specifically in Cornaredo, a small town close to Milan. The data center is joining existing SoftLayer EMEA cloud centers located in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam and it is going to provide the Italian cloud market with a local IBM Cloud presence.

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Rancher Labs raises $10M in Series A funding

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, June 11th, 2015   |  

Rancher Labs is a startup providing management on top of the Docker containers, today the company has announced that it has raised $10 million in a series A funding round.

The round was led by Mayfield and Nexus Venture Partners.

This funding round comes only a couple of months after Docker announced its series D fundings, the company stated that the money will be used to further develop its products and expand the company’s engineering and development teams. CONTINUE READING…


IBM acquires Blue Box

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Tuesday, June 9th, 2015   |  

Almost at the same time when Cisco announced the acquisition of Piston Cloud Computing, another big name announced to have acquired another OpenStack-powered company: Blue Box.

Seattle based Blue Box is a privately-held company founded 2003, specialized in Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) offering its Blue Box Cloud as a remote-managed private cloud solution is managed on dedicated hardware, powered by OpenStack.

Big Blue, officially, acquired Blue Box to expand and strengthen its cloud computing services but ironically this makes harder to figure out IBM’s overall strategy on OpenStack.
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Cisco announces acquisition of Piston Cloud Computing

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, June 4th, 2015   |  

Cisco announced to be intentioned to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, a start-up founded by former NASA and Rackspace leaders, gold member of the OpenStack Foundation since 2012.

Both Cisco and Piston gave the news on June 3, Cisco announced the deal in a  blog post by Hilton Romanski, Senior Vice President head of Business Development, which explains the background of this acquisition in a plan to build Intercloud, a project to connect globally networks of secure clouds.

According to the post Piston will bring new expertise to the project from product, delivery and operational standpoints. CONTINUE READING…


OpenStack Summit Vancouver Wrap-Up

Posted by Paola Cornacchiola   |   Thursday, May 28th, 2015   |  

There has been a lot of talk about OpenStack lately, last week Vancouver hosted the OpenStack Summit bringing us quite a few announcements about the open source cloud computing project. Among the highlights of the five days conference for developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software we have the Board of Directors of the foundation which approved Parallels, the hosting and cloud services company mostly known for its desktop virtualization software, as Gold Member.

Red Hat announcement of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (RHELOSP) 7, based on OpenStack Kilo alongside CloudForms 3.2 which allows users to put a deeper level of policy enforcement, automation, monitoring, etc on top of OpenStack deployments.
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EMC acquires Virtustream

Posted by Kenneth van Surksum   |   Tuesday, May 26th, 2015   |  

EMC has acquired Virtustream, a Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider originally funded among the others from SAP for 1.2 billion US dollars. Virtustream also provides a Cloud Management Platform (CMP) called xStream which VirtuStream uses to manage their own cloud in North America and Western Europe.

EMC plans to make the Virtustream offerings available into its Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution, which is an on-premise cloud offering running Microsoft, VMware or OpenStack which is using pre-configured bundles built on Vblock and VSPEX infrastructures, providing connections to VMware vCloud Air,AWS and partners. CONTINUE READING…


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