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Canonical’s Stripped-Down “Snappy” Ubuntu Comes To Google’s Compute Engine

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Google Drops Some Of Its Cloud Computing Prices — Again

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Mesosphere Comes To The Google Cloud Platform, Integrates Google’s Open Source Kubernetes Project

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Google Compute Engine Adds New Zones In US And Asia

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Facebook’s New Open-Source Data Switch Technology Is Designed For Flexibility And Greater Control

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Facebook's new open source top of rack switch broken down by component parts.

Google Bets Big On Docker With App Engine Integration, Open Source Container Management Tool

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Google Makes CoreOS A First-Class Citizen On Its Cloud Platform

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Facebook building data center in Sweden using new architecture

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A rendering of Facebook’s Luleå 2 Rapid Deployment Data Center (RDDC)

If you’re near Luleå, Sweden, you could witness the first Facebook data center being built using a new kind of architecture.

Rapid deployment data center design (RDDC) is a new kind of building concept from Open Compute Project, an industry-wide coalition of technology companies that is creating cost and energy efficient designs and sharing them for free under an open source model. This new design idea that will allow Facebook to expand its capacity twice as fast. The concept was discussed during the Open Compute Summit in January. This will be the second data center building in Luleå, but the first using this new architecture.

This new approach to data center design will enable Facebook to construct and deploy new capacity twice as fast at its previous approach. It will be much more site-agnostic and reduce the amount of of materials used during construction.

The RDDC concept for Facebook began with a hack. In October 2012, Open Compute’s data center strategic engineering and development team and several construction experts came together to hack on a design for a data center that would look less like a construction project and more like a manufactured product. From this hack, a couple of core ideas for streamlining and simplifying the build process emerged.

The first idea developed during the hack was using pre-assembled steel frames. This concept is similar to that of a car on a chassis, where the frame is built and components are attached via an assembly line. In this model, cable trays, power bus ways, containment panels, and even lighting are preinstalled in a factory.

The second idea was Ikea-inspired flat-pack assemblies. Instead of creating a data center where all the weight is carried by the roof, Open Compute sought to develop a concept where the walls of a data center would be paneled to fit into standard modules that would be easily transportable to a site, much like an Ikea bookshelf fits neatly into one box.

Construction on the Luleå data center is expect to being soon using RDDC designs.

Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

Amazon’s New AppStream Service Lets Mobile Developers Stream Their Games And Apps From The Cloud To Any Device

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Amazon today announced a new service for mobile developers at its re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas today. Amazon AppStream, which uses the company’s recently launched g2 EC2 instances, allows developers to easily stream their applications in high definition from the cloud to any mobile devices. Amazon is specifically marketing this for mobile developers, but there’s no reason desktop apps couldn’t use this service, too.

The service is now in limited preview and developers can sign up for access here.

This new service, Amazon says, will allow developers to “build high-fidelity, graphically rich applications that run on a wide variety of devices, start instantly, and have access to all of the compute and storage resources of the AWS Cloud.”

Using Amazon STX, a new protocol developed by the company’s engineers, developers can now stream anything from the interactive HD video of complex 3D games to just the computationally intensive parts of their apps right from the cloud. Using Amazon’s g2 instances on EC2, developers can now just render all their graphics in the cloud.

Apps using AppStream can use all of the device’s sensors, too, and then send this data back to the cloud.

This, as Amazon’s VP of Amazon Web Services Andy Jassy noted in his keynote today, means mobile developers now have easy access to resources that wouldn’t otherwise be available on a mobile device. As mobile devices get smaller, he argues, the cloud becomes more important. Many of the most popular apps are already running on top of the cloud (and AWS specifically). This, the company says, means an “application is not constrained by the compute power, storage, or graphical rendering capabilities of the device.”

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

10 Startups In The VMware Universe Worth Tracking This Week At VMworld

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The VMworld annual virtualization geek out begins this week in San Francisco. The big topic that will dominate all others: the radical transformation of the data center as a flood of data makes the old IT ways just seem antiquated and ill-fitted to the reality of a new mobile-first world.

A host of startups are emerging that leverage VMware’s dominant position in the enterprise. Here are ten worth tracking this week and the months ahead:

  • CloudPhysics collects and analyzes virtual machine data from data centers to give IT a way to simulate potential problems that they may encounter when introducing new cloud services. The company uses data analytics to also help with the decision-making process, giving customers a way to better choose vendors, avoid costly downtimes and keep in check the ever-increasing human costs that come with IT. Its platform pulls virtual machine data from multiple data centers and then models it for customers to do simulations. For instance, a customer considering flash storage could use the service to simulate how various configurations from different vendors would fit in their static data-center environments.
  • Nutanix plays in the software defined storage space — a topic that should get a lot of attention this week at VMworld.  Enterprise customers have long kept storage separate from the servers. Nutanix takes a different approach. It wraps that storage into commodity x86 servers, helping reduce the space needed for big box storage attached networks (SAN) and networked attached storage (NAS) environments.
  • Cloud Velocity makes the cloud a seamless extension of the data center. Software is installed in the data center and in the cloud with access to the compute, storage and networking. The technology allows companies to run application in Amazon Web Services (AWS). In the coming months, the company will expand to other infrastructure environments.
  • HyTrust technology is designed to secure virtualized data centers that take all the compute, storage and networking and put it into one software layer. Virtualization administrators can manage everything through management platforms, exposing organizations to considerable risk. An administrator can erase an entire data center or copy a virtual machine with relative ease. HyTrust offers a way to manage data between the administrator and the virtual infrastructure. It offers a role-based system that can help monitor what a person is doing as compared to what they should be doing.
  • Tintri provides storage for virtualized data centers. It is one of the next generation flash storage providers that are putting pressure on traditional giants such as EMC and NetApp. The storage is designed specifically for virtualized environments.
  • Vormetric provides enterprise encryption for databases and files across the enterprise. It offers tight access controls to ensure only authorized users and applications can have access to the data.
  • In a post last week, I wrote about AnsibleWorks, which offers an orchestration engine that allows users to avoid writing custom scripts or code to manage applications. The open-source project is designed to open up IT automation to a less technical community. In turn, that also means less reliance on traditional IT, faster delivery and better time spent on important projects. Ansible is different from most IT automation offerings. It does not focus on configuration management, application deployment, or IT process workflow. Instead it provides a single interface to coordinate all major IT automation functions. It also does not use agents nor does it require software to be installed on the devices under management. Puppet Labs and Opscode are two of the more mature startups in the DevOps and IT automation space.
  • Tier3 is a Seattle-based company that provides a service layer to give IT the flexibility of its infrastructure and managed services to make cloud technologies more accessible. In its latest release, Tier 3 launched the capability for architects to design network configurations in the public cloud that for the most part mirrors the networking common to internal data centers.
  • Pernix Data provides a Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP). The technology clusters flash to get higher levels of performance. It’s similar to how VMware aggregates CPU and memory to give customers more for its server infrastructure. The advantage comes with getting more out of a flash-based server and reducing the need for storage, one of the greatest costs for today’s enterprise customers.
  • PureStorage offers enterprise storage that takes advantage of flash memory. According to the company, its products accelerate random I/O-intensive applications like server virtualization, desktop virtualization (VDI), database (OLTP, rich analytics/OLAP, SQL, NoSQL) and cloud computing.

All of these startups reflect how virtualization and the advancements in software have made it possible to manage data at a granular level.  It’s a wholesale change, reflective of significant overall change in the enterprise.

Update: Please add any startups to the comments that I do not have on this list.

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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