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Compose models of your container-based applications, and deploy and schedule them across your Docker infrastructure using StackEngine. It’s easy and… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Redmond in web swoop after launch of Internet Explorer’s replacement

Microsoft relaunched Internet Explorer this week as “Edge” – and the software behemoth appears already prepared to accept that its super new browser may absolutely suck.…

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Apr 30

Redmond swoops on web after launch of Internet Explorer’s replacement

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Apr 30

IOmark and Evaluator Group are announcing a new category of IOmark results, specifically for Hyper-Converged systems. The IOmark-VM-HC and… Read more at VMblog.com.

Apr 30

ProfitBricks has launched its SDK for .NET, adding to its growing collection of libraries for the DevOps community. This new library exposes all functionality found in the SOAP API and expands ProfitBricks’ support for developers who work with Microsoft technology.
“This .NET library addition provides a powerful programmatic interface to our SOAP API,” commented Achim Weiss, Co-founder and CEO of ProfitBricks. “This release is the latest in a series of new offerings that further extend ProfitBricks’ services into the developer community. We are dedicated to providing the industry with the best in painless cloud infrastructure, and you can expect more functionality for the Microsoft developer community in upcoming months.”

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Apr 30

StackEngine , the platform that gives organizations the power to simply compose, deploy, and automate resilient Docker applications, today announced… Read more at VMblog.com.

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DataCore Software , a leader in software-defined storage, has announced that Amanda Bedborough has been promoted to the new position of Senior Vice… Read more at VMblog.com.

Apr 30

Zenoss , Inc., the leading provider of unified monitoring and analytics for virtual, physical and cloud-based IT infrastructure and applications,… Read more at VMblog.com.

Apr 30

The 11th release of OpenStack is available for download today, marking a turning point for the open source project with contributions from nearly… Read more at VMblog.com.

Apr 30

HughPickens.com writes: Nathaniel Popper writes in the NYT that with its volatile currency and dysfunctional banks, Argentina is the perfect place to experiment with a new digital currency. The number of Bitcoin users in Argentina is relatively small; it barely registers on most charts of global Bitcoin usage. But Argentina has been quietly gaining renown in technology circles as the first, and almost only, place where Bitcoins are being regularly used by ordinary people for real commercial transactions. For example, BitPagos is selling bitcoins in over 8,000 Argentine convenience stores and is helping more than 200 hotels, both cheap and boutique, take credit-card payments from foreign tourists. The money brought to Argentina using Bitcoin circumvents the onerous government restrictions on receiving money from abroad

The Rock Hostel is one of hundreds of hotels in the country using BitPagos to collect credit-card payments from foreign customers. If owner Rodriguez Pons accepted credit-card payments from American customers through the usual financial channels, customers would be billed in dollars, and when those dollars came to Pons’s Argentine bank account, they would be converted at the official rate, about 30 percent lower than the black-market rate. It would also take 20 days for Pons to get her pesos. BitPagos helped counter these drawbacks by taking the credit-card payment in the United States and then using the dollars to buy Bitcoins, generally from Coinbase, before sending them to Pons immediately.

Bitcoin proponents like to say that the currency first became popular in the places that needed it least, like Europe and the United States, given how smoothly the currencies and financial services work there. It makes sense that a place like Argentina would be fertile ground for a virtual currency. Inflation is constant: At the end of 2014, for example, the peso was worth 25 percent less than it was at the beginning of the year. And that adversity pales in comparison with past bouts of hyperinflation, defaults on national debts and currency revaluations. “In the long run, Bitcoin will be very disruptive to the developed world,” says Dan Morehead, a former Goldman Sachs executive who now runs a hedge fund focused on Bitcoin. Things are happening sooner in Argentina, he says, because its financial system creates hassles for the people there. But, he added, “Argentina is just a more extreme example of the situation in every country.”

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