Feb 28

Sabbetus writes “Bitcoin tops its previous all-time high of $31.91 and in doing so it proves to be quite a resilient virtual currency. To the supporters of Bitcoin this does not come as a surprise, since we have seen the likes of WordPress, Reddit and Mega embrace it. Recently Namecheap also confirmed that they will start accepting bitcoins. The new record price was reached on the same day that Mt. Gox, the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, reached an agreement with CoinLab to manage the exchange’s operations in the U.S. and Canada.” A far cry from the end of 2011.

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Feb 28

Java cloud caught in VMware love-in seeks ‘other relationships’ as well

Promiscuous Java-lover CloudBees has integrated its platform-as-a-service with VMware’s Cloud Foundry, giving developers a simple way to use Jenkins continuous integration with VMware’s well-developed PaaS.…

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Feb 28

On the heels of their December release, the 13.02 release of the Genode multi-server microkernel OS framework continues to deliver major new features. Under the hood, there’s support for the IOMMU, bringing safe bus master DMA to userspace drivers (overcoming one of the final advantages monolithic kernels had). They’ve also added full virtualization support, good enough to boot Linux as an application. In the cool department, they’ve added a new low latency audio interface that could very well pave the way for something akin to JACK, and right now provides a lightweight way for the system to beep at you in real time . A few more libraries have been ported (libssh, curl, iconv) in preparation for a port of git to the Noux native GNU runtime. There are also a bunch of other improvements to their NOVA microkernel, support for running on the Exynos 5250 and Freescale i.MX53, a new console multiplexer, improvements to the display server, simplification of the base libraries, and more. I’ll be attempting to build it and give it a spin to see how well it works in practice sometime soon.

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Feb 28

You may be the CIO or IT manager for a fairly complex IT environment. You also may already have begun moving your data center to a private cloud paradigm that offers greater efficiency and agility to meet your company’s needs.
While there are still a few challenges to work through, most days seem to run fairly smoothly. In the course of a week, however, the landscape changes. You are suddenly drawn into discussions with company management about a potential acquisition or merger in the works.
How do you advise your company on the impact of bringing both IT worlds together, let alone how best to navigate, post-M&A, the smooth integration of the other company’s IT assets with yours?
As it turns out, a hybrid cloud paradigm – used in what I call ’swing-shift’ mode – may be one way to mitigate risk when integrating IT worlds after a corporate merger or acquisition.

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Feb 28

Big Data applications such as Hadoop and Hive are becoming more widely adopted and mainstream. There is an increasing number of users who will select the cloud – whether private or public – as an efficient and scalable deployment vehicle for these large-scale distributed apps. Hadoop implementations can involve deployment of dozens to thousands of application nodes – a scale that can become very time-consuming to manage. Embracing Big Data applications is one thing, but users will struggle to manage them due to a lack of tools designed for such complex applications in the cloud. New solutions are required to enable a far simpler setup, configuration and provisioning of complex Hadoop and Hive deployments on a large scale – and also to manage them over their continuing life cycle.

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Feb 28

Companies that need to improve application performance, for example, in server virtualization or VDI environments, frequently come to the conclusion that flash is the best strategy. SSD technology is becoming the “go to” solution for enhancing the performance of these kinds of critical production applications. After realizing that a flash-based solution is warranted, the next question involves implementation. What is the most cost-effective way to add solid state flash technology into an existing production environment? For IT organizations that have multiple primary servers needing this performance boost, most find themselves looking at network based storage appliances as they can be easily shared across all servers and applications.

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Feb 28

As you go, so goes your company. At least in terms of which cloud apps you use that find their way into the workplace.
Showing that work imitates life, a CDW report surveyed 1,242 IT professionals and found that a major driver of corporate cloud adoption is users’ experiences of consumer services.
Nearly three quarters of respondents (73%) claimed that, in their company, employees’ use of personal cloud apps has “significantly influenced” the decision to move wholesale to the cloud. Similarly, just over three in five (61%) cloud-using organizations agreed that employee personal devices have culminated in a faster move to the cloud, according to an article on CloudComputingNews.net.
It’s also the case with IT professionals – two-thirds agreed that their personal use of cloud has influenced the company in terms of adoption.
Another aspect of the CDW research was a detailed look at the infrastructure being moved over to cloud on a company-by-company basis. Storage software was the most frequently cited service moved to the cloud by SMBs (40% small businesses, 35% medium businesses), while conferencing and collaboration tools were the most popular for large organizations (40%).

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Feb 28

Cyber News we are tracking today: Having multiple hypervisors is a growing trend in the virtualization. Customers have mixed emotions about VMware recent purchase of the Virsto software product. Red Cross decided to use Microsoft Office 365. and more.
Having multiple hypervisors is a growing trend in the virtualization world. “One study looking at large midmarket and enterprise-sized businesses found that 65% of organizations surveyed are currently using more than one hypervisor”. Larger corporations are using multiple hypervisors to handle the multi facets and to help cut operational cost. Two members from the SearchServerVirtualization Advisory Board was asked to chime in. Maish Saidel-Keesing thought is “if you think that adding Hyper-V or OpenStack or any other hypervisor to an established environment is as easy as building a new host, then you are sadly mistaken”. Brad Maher comment was “I think that reason large-sized companies are using multiple hypervisor is that they are being pushed to by software manufacturers”

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Feb 28

A number of analysts are beginning to suggest 2013 will likely signal the awakening of a long night in the IT industry that started with the beginning of the third millennium with the Internet crash. And just as recovery was around the corner, the financial crisis of 2008 dried the IT well once more. Both crises can be characterized as crises of demand. Just past 2000, the Y2K pipeline ran dry. Some argue that the problem was overstated, whereas others argue that the problem was solved just in time. In either case this event triggered a significant pullback in IT spending.
Faced with an existential threat after Y2K, the IT industry did not sit still. The main outcome from these lean years has been a significant increase in efficiency where the role of IT in companies with most advanced practices shifted from being a cost center to an active participant in the execution of corporate business strategy. Capabilities evolved from no accountability on resource utilization to efficient use of capital to nimble participant in a broad range of organizations and initiatives. The second crisis reaffirmed the continuing need to do more in the face of shrinking budgets and very likely provided the impetus for the widespread adoption of cloud technology.

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Feb 28

Mobile virtualization is a hot topic in the wireless industry today. However, there is considerable lack of knowledge as to what constitutes mobile… Read more at VMblog.com.

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