Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Amazon loads Docker app containerization into its cloud [feedly]

  

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Amazon loads Docker app containerization into its cloud
// The Register - Cloud

Virtualization's likely successor gets another boost

Although admins have been free to run Linux containerization technology Docker on top of Amazon Linux running on its rentable EC2 servers for some time, the company on Thursday announced that Docker had been integrated with Elastic Beanstalk.…


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Dell, Red Hat Partner on OpenStack Open Source Cloud Deployment [feedly]

  

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Dell, Red Hat Partner on OpenStack Open Source Cloud Deployment
// The VAR Guy

Just in time for the release of Icehouse, the latest and greatest version of the OpenStack open source cloud computing platform, Dell and Red Hat (RHT) have partnered to deliver new private cloud OpenStack deployment solutions for the enterprise. They have also expanded their collaboration on all types of cloud solutions, public, private and hybrid through development of a new OpenShift PaaS product.

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Using Virtual Machine Images for Community Development in an Open Source Project [feedly]

  

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Using Virtual Machine Images for Community Development in an Open Source Project
// MS OpenTech

 

 

The first step in building a viable open source community around your codebase is to attract users who may later become contributors. In this video I look at what users want from trial environments and what is needed to help a user become a contributor to the project. I demonstrate using Vagrant to provide those environments as part of the normal release process of a typical project.

You'll see how to create a trial image on Microsoft Azure for evaluation purposes. We'll use VM Depot, the community managed repository of virtual machines, to provide Virtual Machine images that evaluators can use to fire up their own Azure hosted virtual machine for more personal evaluation (or even deployment). Finally, we'll look at using Vagrant to ensure that all users can quickly create a development environment which is consistent with all other developers so that we can ease their potential migration to being a committer on the project.

All this work can be used to automate the creation of VMs during the release process using configuration files that are managed right alongside the source code by the development community.

This screencast demonstrates how to get started using virtual machine images for community development.

The post Using Virtual Machine Images for Community Development in an Open Source Project appeared first on MS OpenTech.


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Using Vagrant and Chef to manage your Development Environment [feedly]

  

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Using Vagrant and Chef to manage your Development Environment
// MS OpenTech

Using tools such as Vagrant and Chef it is possible to ensure that everyone in your team, from design to development, from testing to deployment are using the same environment for their work. This makes it easier to manage and scale the whole process. In this screencast we show you how to get started.

Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments, sandboxed in a virtual machine. It helps enforce good practices by encouraging the use of automation so that development environments are as close to production as possible.

Chef models IT infrastructure and application delivery as code, giving you the power and flexibility to deliver what your customer wants more quickly and more reliably. It is built to address the hard infrastructure challenges faced by modern developers and IT Pros.

In this screencast we show how to get started with Vagrant and Puppet to create a simple web application development environment. It will show you:

  • How to install Vagrant
  • How to create a Linux based guest virtual machine for development and testing using Vagrant and Hyper-V
  • Use a shared drive between the host and the guest to manage application and configuration data
  • Use version control to share application and configuration data between team members
  • Use Chef to provision the virtual machine
  • Build a simple Hello World web applications

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Using Vagrant and Puppet to Manage A Development Environment [feedly]

  

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Using Vagrant and Puppet to Manage A Development Environment
// MS OpenTech

Using tools such as Vagrant and Puppet it is possible to ensure that everyone in your team, from design to development, from testing to deployment are using the same environment for their work. This makes it easier to manage and scale the whole process. In this screencast we show you how to get started.

Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments, sandboxed in a virtual machine. It helps enforce good practices by encouraging the use of automation so that development environments are as close to production as possible.

Puppet is a tool to assist with IT automation. It uses a declarative, model-based approach, helping you manage infrastructure throughout its lifecycle. Starting with provisioning and configuration through orchestration and into reporting. Puppet, enables you to automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage change.

In this screencast we show how to get started with Vagrant and Puppet to create a simple web application development environment. It will show you:

  • How to install Vagrant
  • How to create a Linux based guest virtual machine for development and testing using Vagrant and Hyper-V
  • Use a shared drive between the host and the guest to manage application and configuration data
  • Use version control to share application and configuration data between team members
  • Use Puppet to provision the virtual machine
  • Build a simple Hello World web applications

The post Using Vagrant and Puppet to Manage A Development Environment appeared first on MS OpenTech.


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Editing Puppet Files in Visual Studio [feedly]

  

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Editing Puppet Files in Visual Studio
// MS OpenTech

The Visual Studio Plugin for Puppet integrates Puppet, the popular configuration management tool, with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio 2013 Professional and Ultimate, providing developers and IT operations teams a simple way to deploy and manage infrastructure across physical and virtual machines, on private infrastructure, or in the public cloud.

  • The plugin, which is under active development and available as open source, offers features that include:
  • Create and manage Puppet modules
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Saving Puppet Modules for local use
  • Uploading to Puppet Forge

This video, from Snesha Foss, demonstrates the primary features in action.

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New DevOps Screencasts, a Video and Webinar [feedly]

  

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New DevOps Screencasts, a Video and Webinar
// MS OpenTech

Today we published three new screencasts and a video featuring the DevOps work we are doing with Vagrant, Puppet and Chef:

Screencasts

The first - "Using Virtual Machine Images for Community Development in an Open Source Project" - provides some insight into how open source communities may use Vagrant, cloud hosted VMs and Virtual Machine images from repositories such as VM Depot to help engage passers-by, transform them into users and eventually into committers.

A couple of others take a closer look at at how Vagrant and configuration management tools such as Chef and Puppet can help ensure that your design, development, test and operations teams are all working in near identical environments. These can be viewed through the following links:

Video Demo

Visual Studio users working with Puppet may be interested to view this very quick video demo - "Editing Puppet Files in Visual Studio".

Webinar

In addition, we encourage you to check out a related Webinar scheduled for tomorrow at 11:00 AM PDT. The online session is titled "Puppet Azure: Bringing DevOps to the Enterprise" and it promises to be a delightfully engaging joint presentation from MS Open Tech (myself and Snesha Foss) and Puppet Labs' Ethan Brown.

We hope you will join us!

The post New DevOps Screencasts, a Video and Webinar appeared first on MS OpenTech.


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Innovation Capital: How To Inspire Entrepreneurship And Creativity In Business [feedly]

  

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Innovation Capital: How To Inspire Entrepreneurship And Creativity In Business
// ElasticVapor - Life in the cloud

(Disclosure: the author is a strategic advisor and mentor for the Citrix Startup Accelerator. This post is part of a series of articles exploring corporate innovation and creativity.) Like it or not, the odds in business are at some point you're going to fail. Whether large or small, failure is a natural part of business [...]

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Chef + Docker: Automating Container Workflows [feedly]

  

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Chef + Docker: Automating Container Workflows
// Chef Blog

More than likely most of you are familiar with Linux containers but let's briefly review what the buzz is about.

Application containers are an operating system feature that allows you to run your app in an isolated environment without the need for a separate kernel. They're kind of like a mini-VM without all the overhead.

Containers give you a great way to start and stop applications and control the resources they use. They're also easy to deploy, especially with tools such as Docker.

Chef is the first (and only, as far as we know) IT automation platform to show how to incorporate containers into an industrial strength workflow. If you attended #ChefConf last week, you saw Mandi Walls deliver a delightful demonstration of how Chef can automate the creation, management, and monitoring of Docker containers.

Check out Mandi's demo, below. You'll see how:

  • Chef creates a container image.
  • Chef provisions and configures a Docker host environment.
  • Chef launches container instances.
  • Chef configures, monitors, and manages the new containers while they run.
  • Chef let's you analyze what you've done using a new feature called actions.

The result is a process that's versionable, testable, and repeatable. Using Chef with Docker helps you build a container workflow that's ready for production and automated build environments.

To be clear, we're still in the early stages, but we're working hard on moving these capabilities forward and are pumped about what we'll deliver in the future.


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Live news, views and interviews on SynergyTV [feedly]

  

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Live news, views and interviews on SynergyTV
// Citrix Blogs

The Watch Live! programming on SynergyTV will be more compelling than ever this year, with a lively, hosted format similar to the "NBC Today" show.  Citrix hosts Amanda Saunders and Adam Jaques will be your guides to everything Synergy, from the keynotes and sessions to the latest news announcements. With the help of roving reporter Kelly Morris, Amanda and Adam will broadcast interviews with attendees,…

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3 Reasons Visit The Real World Pavilion At Citrix Synergy [feedly]

  

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3 Reasons Visit The Real World Pavilion At Citrix Synergy
// Citrix Blogs

We're now only a couple weeks away from one of the biggest enterprise mobility conferences of the year, Citrix Synergy 2014. If you've attended Citrix Synergy before, you're probably aware of the number of informative sessions (fun prizes and special guest performances) that await you once those Anaheim Convention Center doors open. This year we decided to add something exciting that you Synergy veterans (and…

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Gain valuable Insight from Real-World Citrix Cloud Solutions Customers at Citrix Synergy [feedly]

  

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Gain valuable Insight from Real-World Citrix Cloud Solutions Customers at Citrix Synergy
// Citrix Blogs

The Citrix Cloud Platforms Group is excited to host many of its innovative cloud customers from around the globe at this year's Citrix Synergy event in southern California. We'd like to tell you a little bit about these customer sessions so you can gain insight from them by listening to the real-world challenges they faced and why they chose Citrix cloud solutions to help solve…

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Synergy is the prime opportunity for Citrix partners to engage with customers [feedly]

  

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Synergy is the prime opportunity for Citrix partners to engage with customers
// Citrix Blogs

Citrix partners who experience Synergy with their customers and prospects can not only share Synergy activities with them, but also have deeper, more meaningful and action-oriented customer conversations founded on the strategic insight, resources and trainings they acquired at Summit. Accompanying customers to Synergy can make a tremendous difference in relationships and business growth. Customers who attend the event are ready and eager for new…

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Lights, camera, SynergyTV! [feedly]

  

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Lights, camera, SynergyTV!
// Citrix Blogs

For those of you following along we've got a lot going on at Synergy LA (May 5-8) this year and for anyone not attending, you may be getting a little tired of hearing about everything you're missing.  Well never fear because SynergyTV is here! This year Citrix is investing in making SynergyTV more dynamic and interactive than ever by adding in our very own newscast right…

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[@NetScaler BLOG] When the Two Most Powerful Leaders Meet [feedly]

  

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[@NetScaler BLOG] When the Two Most Powerful Leaders Meet
// Citrix Blogs

What happens when you get the Two Most Powerful Leaders to Meet?                 Okay, maybe not the right picture in mind due to some animosity, but lets take it to another level.  What happens when two of the most powerful high-tech organizations meet?               I'll tell you what happens. You get two…

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3 predictions for the Federal Workplace of 2020 [feedly]

  

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3 predictions for the Federal Workplace of 2020
// Citrix Blogs

  As the Federal Government looks at another year of strained budgets — several agencies are looking at new and creative ways to decrease their overall operational expenditures, all while increasing agility for their workforce to make them more mobile and productive. What are the enablers that will transform these forward-thinking agencies and how they conduct their mission by the year 2020? BYOD-First will become…

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AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3 [feedly]

  

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AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3
// Apple - Support

Learn about AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3.
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Security Update 2014-002 [feedly]

  

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Security Update 2014-002
// Apple - Support

Learn about Security Update 2014-002.
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Moving from MySQL to Riak [feedly]

  

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Moving from MySQL to Riak
// Basho

April 23, 2014

Traditional database architectures were the default option for many pre-Internet use cases and architectures, such as MySQL, remain common today. However, these traditional solutions have limits that quickly become apparent as companies (and data) grow. Modern companies have changing priorities: downtime (planned or unplanned) is never acceptable; customers require a fast and unified experience; and data of all types is growing at unimaginable rates. Solutions such as Riak are designed to handle these shifting priorities.

Top Reasons to Move to Riak

  • Zero Downtime: Distributed NoSQL solutions like Riak are designed for always-on availability. This means data is always read/write accessible and the system never goes down. Downtime, planned or unplanned, can make or break a customer experience.
  • Ease-of-Scale: Traffic can be unpredictable. Businesses need to scale up quickly to handle peak loads during holidays or major releases, but then need to scale back down to save money. Riak makes it easy to add and remove any number of nodes as needed and automatically redistributes data across the cluster. Scaling up or down never needs to be a burden again.
  • Flexible Data Model: From user generated data to machine-to-machine (M2M) activity, unstructured data is now commonplace. Riak can store any type of data easily with its simple key/value architecture.
  • Global Data Locality: Every company is a global company and needs to provide consistent, low-latency experiences to everyone, regardless of physical location. Riak's multi-datacenter replication makes it easy to set up datacenters wherever users are, for both geo-data locality and maintaining active backups.

Users That Switched to Riak

Many top companies have already moved from relational architectures to Riak. Here's a look at a few that have made the switch.

Bump (acquired by Google)
Bump, acquired by Google in 2013, allows users to share contact information and photos by bumping two phones together. Bump uses Riak to store almost all of its user data: contacts, communications sent and received, handset information, social network OAuth tokens, etc. Bump moved from MySQL to Riak due to its operational qualities: "No longer will we have to do any master/slave song and dance, nor will we fret about performance, capacity, or scalability; if we need more, we'll just add nodes to the cluster." Learn more about their move in their case study.

Alert Logic
Alert Logic helps companies defend against security threats and address compliance mandates, such as PCI and HIPAA. Alert Logic switched from MySQl to Riak to collect and process machine data and to perform real-time analytics, detect anomalies, ensure compliance, and proactively respond to threats. Alert Logic processes nearly 5TB/day in Riak and has achieved performance results of up to 35k operations/second. Learn more about how Alert Logic improved performance through Riak in our blog post.

The Weather Company
The Weather Company provides millions of people every day with the world's best weather forecasts, content and data, connecting with them through television, online, mobile and tablet screens. Riak is central to The Weather Company's weather data services platform that delivers real-time weather services to aerospace, insurance, energy, retail, media, government, and hospitality industries. Check out our blog to see why The Weather Company selected Riak over MySQL to support their massive big data needs.

Dell
Dell uses Riak as the core distributed database technology underlying its customer cloud management solutions. Riak is used to collect and manage data associated with customer application provisioning and scaling, application configuration management, usage governance, and cloud utilization monitoring. In 2012, Enstratius (acquired by Dell) switched to Riak from MySQL in order to provide cross-datacenter redundancy, high write availability, and fault tolerance. Check out the full Enstratius case study.

Data Modeling in Riak

Riak has a "schemaless" design. Objects are comprised of key/value pairs, which are stored in flat namespaces called buckets. Below is a chart with some simple approaches to building common application types with a key/value model.

Application Type Key Value
Session User/Session ID Session Data
Advertising Campaign ID Ad Content
Logs Date Log File
Sensor Date, Date/Time Sensor Updates
User Data Login, eMail, UUID User Attributes
Content Title, Integer Text, JSON/XML/HTML Document, Images, etc.

To learn more about the benefits of Riak over relational databases, check out the whitepaper, "From Relational to Riak." To get started with Riak, Contact Us or download it now.

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