Saturday, September 13, 2014

Did the IO Blender Kill Your VDI Project? [feedly]



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Did the IO Blender Kill Your VDI Project?
// Virtualization Management Software & Data Center Control | VMTurbo » VMTurbo Blog

Storage solutions have significantly advanced over the last few decades in terms of capacity and read/write speed. However, many of these solutions were designed for the physical world and did not take into account virtualization and a single datastore that … READ MORE

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VMTurbo Customers Improve Virtualization Team Productivity [feedly]



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VMTurbo Customers Improve Virtualization Team Productivity
// Virtualization Management Software & Data Center Control | VMTurbo » VMTurbo Blog

Several recent studies site the lack of data center professionals and skill shortages.  The Cisco Global Cloud Index Study highlights that 60% of data center operators cite lack of suitably qualified staff as one of the major issues they will … READ MORE

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How to Setup CloudPortal Services Manager Branding & White Labeling [feedly]



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How to Setup CloudPortal Services Manager Branding & White Labeling
// Citrix Blogs

CloudPortal Services Manager allows service providers, resellers, and customers to create their own brand so that the web portal interface (control panel) displays their own logo, color scheme, fonts, and messages when their users log on to the portal. The three main elements involved in branding that change the look and feel of the CloudPortal Services Manager interface are: Stylesheet Images Logon and home page content…

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Shine on and on with a customer success story [feedly]



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Shine on and on with a customer success story
// Citrix Blogs

In today's world of choice, having a customer recommendation speaks volumes about your company's performs in the real world. This is why customer success stories can be a powerful marketing resource that delivers polished proof points and illustrates meaningful results of well deployed solutions that a prospective customer can easily identify with and in turn, recognize you as a qualified and skilled partner to address…

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XenMobile and iOS 8 [feedly]



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XenMobile and iOS 8
// Citrix Blogs

Apple recently announced that their newest devices (iPhone 6 and 6+) will be available for purchase from Sep 19, 2014 and their newest operating system, iOS 8 will be generally available on existing, supported iOS devices, starting Sep 17, 2014.  iOS 8 builds upon and extends a number of great enterprise-centric features delivered with iOS 7 last year.  One example is Touch ID, which can now be incorporated into…

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Puppet Labs Wins Honors at Top Workplaces 2014 Awards [feedly]



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Puppet Labs Wins Honors at Top Workplaces 2014 Awards
// Puppet Labs

Puppet Labs was named No. 6 among medium-sized companies and No. 1 for communication at The Oregonian's Top Workplaces 2014 awards ceremony.


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Server Locality Using Razor and LLDP [feedly]



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Server Locality Using Razor and LLDP
// Puppet Labs

Recently I had a discussion with a great customer where they wondered if there was a smart and automated way of deploying operating systems together with applications. Of course, I said, you can use Razor and Puppet for those things. However, they wanted a completely hands-off approach that included a function for server locality. The hands-off piece is already built-in with Razor, but server locality? Not really.


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Puppet Camp Convergence: Chicago and Boston In One Week [feedly]



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Puppet Camp Convergence: Chicago and Boston In One Week
// Puppet Labs

We just finished up Puppet Camp Boston and Chicago. Read more to get the slides and videos and all the details.


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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Sep 5 – 12) [feedly]



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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Sep 5 – 12)
// The OpenStack Blog

Dox a tool that run python (or others) tests in a docker container

What if there was a tool that allows to integrate docker containers to do the automatic testing for OpenStack? The idea of dox is to slightly behave like the tox tool but instead of running, use docker containers.

What's Coming in OpenStack Networking for Juno Release

As the Juno development cycle ramps up, now is a good time to review some of the key changes we saw in Neutron during this exciting cycle and have a look at what is coming up in the next upstream major release which is set to debut in October.

Horizon's new features introduced in Juno cycle

Matthias Runge gives an overview on what happened during Horizon's Juno development cycle. Horizon's blueprints page on launchpad lists 31 implemented new features which may be grouped in sub-topics: Sahara-Dashboard, RBAC, JavaScript unbundling, look and feel improvements and more. If you're curious about what's coming, read the full post.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Relevant Conversations

Tips 'n Tricks

Security Advisories and Notices

Upcoming Events

Other News

Got Answers?

Ask OpenStack is the go-to destination for OpenStack users. Interesting questions waiting for answers:

Welcome New Reviewers, Developers and Core Reviewers

Welcome Dina Belova to ceilometer-core

Robb Romans Jim West
Rob Cresswell Huai Jiang
Martin André Abhishek Asthana
Tony Campbell Zura Isakadze
Srinivas Sakhamuri Robb Romans
Isaias Jeremy Moffitt
Stig Telfer Eduard Biceri-Matei
Sarvesh Ranjan Tom Barron
Hongbin Lu Szymon Wróblewski
Timothy Okwii Saksham Varma
Thomas Järvstrand Mike Fedosin
Kyle Stevenson
Komei Shimamura
Dave Chen
Aidan McGinley
Rishabh

OpenStack Reactions

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Trying to follow some of the summit talks after a party the night before

The weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please leave a comment.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Cloudcast Transitioning from CTO to VC [feedly]



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The Cloudcast Transitioning from CTO to VC
// The Cloudcast (.NET)

Aaron & Brian talk with Dr. Steve Herrod (@herrod, Managing Partner at General Catalyst) about the transition from CTO to VC, his views on the evolution of the Enterprise, how he thinks about mobile-only, and why he's building iOS apps in his spare time. We also talk about how our podcast is like a VC firm, except without all the money. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
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Apple Watch: The Ultimate Guide [feedly]



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Apple Watch: The Ultimate Guide
// Mac|Life - All Articles

After three years of top-secret development, Tim Cook finally revealed the Apple Watch (not "iWatch" as had been rumored) on September 9, 2014. The announcement contained a deluge of details; it seems the device was designed to do pretty much anything anyone at Apple could think of. So to help you keep track of it all — and to point you toward the more important features — we've put together this comprehensive quick-look guide. Check back often since we'll update it as new information comes to light.

Price and Availability

Apple Watch will launch sometime in early 2015. Pricing will start at $349 and ramp up for the more expensive models and bands.

iPhone Compatible

For many functions — including several of the most significant features — Apple Watch needs an iPhone to work (iPhone 5 or newer; non-Apple phones are a no-go). The watch doesn't come with its own data plan, so when Wi-Fi isn't an option, it piggybacks on an iPhone's Internet connection.

Customizable

Apple Watch is highly customizable, coming in various colors and materials with a wide variety of bands. All of these options are sorted into three collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Edition (more on those below). The watch comes in two sizes, 38mm height and 42mm height, and can be set to work properly on either your left or right wrist.

Basic Usage

You can interact with Apple Watch in several ways. The watch face itself is a touch screen, but to avoid having to cover up such a small area with your finger, you can turn a side button called the Digital Crown to scroll through lists, zoom into maps, and more. The Digital Crown can also be pressed in, acting like a Home button of sorts. Just below it is the watch's only other button, which brings up a Friends menu from which you can quickly send a message, make a call, or communicate in unique new ways (see below). 

The Digital Crown can be used to scroll or zoom. (Isn't that a pretty Home screen?)

New Touch Technology

Apple Watch incorporates two cool new types of technology that don't appear in any other Apple product. The first is a force-sensitive Retina display that lets the watch face distinguish between a tap and a press depending on how hard you push. In many apps, tapping and pressing do different things. Then there's a linear actuator called the Taptic Engine, which sounds cool and is cool. It allows you to experience feedback you feel, like taps on your wrist. The tech can produce different tactile sensations for different functions, and works in concert with subtle audio cues to alert you to notifications, incoming calls, messages, etc. These new technologies have spawned a few new cleaver, silly ways to communicate, such as Tap (send a tap to a fellow Apple Watch wearer's wrist), Sketch (share a quick doodle), Walkie Talkie (trade sound bites), and Heartbeat (since the watch reads your pulse, you can send it to someone else and they'll feel it on their wrist). That last one can be romantic or creepy depending on who you share with. In addition to all the other cool things Apple Watch can do, it also features Apple Pay and can be used at participating retail and online stores to buy stuff quickly and securely.

Force-sensitive Retina display on the top, Taptic sensors on the bottom.

New Ways to Communicate

Apple Watch will turn you into a social superstar with wrist-tapping real-time notifications for any messages, mail, or calls that come into your iPhone. These functions have custom interfaces designed to fit the small size of the watch face, to make using them fun and not frustrating — you can even use your finger to stretch and shape your own custom emoji. Apple Watch also features Siri, which can be used to dictate messages, view upcoming events, and search for places.

Battery Life

Apple hasn't yet commented on battery life, but it will likely require frequent charging. That's probably why the device comes with an inductive charging cable that quickly comes off and on using magnets, so you can slap it on without much of a hassle. (Unlike all of Apple's other mobile devices, Apple Watch won't use a Lightning cable.) The watch is smart about saving power, though — its screen stays off until you raise your arm to look at it.

And Hey, It Tells time!

Apple Watch is accurate to within 50 milliseconds of the global time standard, and will auto-adjust to local time when you travel, or when daylight savings time kicks in. It comes with multiple faces to choose from (developers will undoubtedly provide even more) that offer various different looks and features. Each one is customizable, allowing you to change colors and add extra features such as stopwatches, stock quotes, and weather updates. You can also access this kind of information by swiping up, a feature that Apple calls Glances. So far, our favorite faces are an animated butterfly that looks like it's landed on your wrist, a face that shows the phases of the moon and current placement of planets in the solar system, and the classic Mickey Mouse watch. You can also make a face out of any photo.

From quirky to classic, Apple provides fabulous watch faces to suit everyone's personal tastes.

Apple Watch Apps

Here are the apps Apple has so far announced; we're sure this is just the tip of the iceberg, especially now that third-party developers are starting work on their own offerings.

  • Alarm
  • Apple TV and iTunes: Control Apple TV or your iTunes library on a Mac or PC; listen to iTunes radio
  • Calendar: Meeting reminders, calendar invitations
  • Maps: Turn-by-turn navigation that is accompanied by varying wrist taps that hint at which way to go when walking
  • Music: Can control music playback on an iPhone, or you can even leave your phone at home and listen to music while jogging
  • Passbook: Works with Apple Pay
  • Photos: Meant for a more personal collection of photos that you've checked as favorites
  • Remote Camera: Works as a remote for your iPhone's iSight camera. You can set your phone down, stand in front of it, and use the watch display to frame the perfect photo.
  • Siri: Dictate a message, find nearby locations, view your events, and more.
  • Stocks
  • Stopwatch: Digital, analog, or hybrid view; can show an average of your lap times on a graph.
  • Timer
  • Weather
  • World Clock

Health and Fitness

Apple Watch is packed with fun, cool-looking diversions, but most of them are neat-but-not-neccessary duplications of iPhone features. Its health and fitness functions, however, go beyond what other devices can do. With its enhanced ability to read your body's movements and heart rate, the watch is better equipped than iPhone to track health-related data. These features shine in the Activity and Workout apps. The former uses colorful circles to measure three categories: Move (how many calories you've burned), Exercise (minutes of activity — a brisk walk counts), and Stand (how much you stand instead of sit). You're encouraged to fill as many circles as you can each day to stay active. The Workout app is for dedicated cardio exercise, tracking stats such as time, pace, distance, and calories. The app will learn your routines and suggest fitness goals, and will help you set reminders. Working out unlocks achievements, which are badges to commemorate your accomplishments. Using the companion iPhone app, you can follow your progress in detail over time.

The functionality of the Activity and Workout apps may be the defining features of the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Collections

There are three different types of Apple Watch, each of which comes in different materials and has its own set of optional bands in unique colors. Every set of watch and compatible bands is referred to as a collection. Apple Watch is the standard collection, which will likely be the biggest seller. It comes in 316L stainless steel and space black stainless steel cases, and its display is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This line is compatible with the widest variety of bands. Apple Watch Sport comes in silver or space gray anodized aluminum that is 30% lighter than the stainless steel models. Its display is protected by strengthened Ion-X glass, and this watch only works with the Sport band. Apple Watch Edition appears to be for high rollers, coming in yellow gold or rose gold — both are 18-karat, and are said to be twice as hard as standard gold. Its display features the same sapphire crystal protection as the standard Apple Watch.

From left to right: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition.

Band Types

  • Link Bracelet (Apple Watch): A classy look; would go well with a suit and tie.
  • Sport Band (Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition, Apple Watch Sport): Made from high-performance fluoroelastomer; durable, but soft and light; more flexible than most rubber watch bands; pin-and-tuck closure.
  • Leather Loop (Apple Watch): Leather; one end of the band loops through the other and back again, locking in place upon itself with magnets concealed within the quilted leather.
  • Milanese Loop (Apple Watch): Loops back around and holds against itself with a magnet
  • Modern Buckle (Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition): Leather
  • Classic Buckle (Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition): Leather; exactly what you'd expect from a traditional watch band. Classy.

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Cook says Apple working on products that 'haven't been rumored about yet' [u] [feedly]



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Cook says Apple working on products that 'haven't been rumored about yet' [u]
// AppleInsider | Apple news and rumors since 1997

In an upcoming PBS interview with Charlie Rose, set to air Friday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the company's current product lineup, Beats, Apple TV, Steve Jobs' legacy and hints at new product categories that "no one knows about."
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Giving your customer more by using Citrix Insight Services (TaaS) [feedly]



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Giving your customer more by using Citrix Insight Services (TaaS)
// Citrix Blogs

What was once a tool for only Citrix Technical Support is now available to partners, customers and anyone using Citrix products. All you need to use Citrix Insight Services (TaaS) is a My Citrix login and data to analyze. Getting the data to upload is really simple: XenApp 7.5, XenDektop 7.5, NetScaler, and XenServer have the components to create the data bundle and upload it,…

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

DNSdeploy - Continuous Deployment of DNS Records [feedly]



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DNSdeploy - Continuous Deployment of DNS Records
// RubyFlow

How to set up Continuous Deployment of DNS Records with the help of DNSimple and tools you already use and are familiar with.

This workflow makes changes to your DNS zone transparent and comprehensible for everybody in your team.

DNSdeploy - Continuous Deployment of DNS Records

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Ruby String Magic [feedly]



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Ruby String Magic
// RubyFlow

If you want to master Ruby, you should know strings very well. Follow @RubyStrings to learn about all the details!

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Free Courses for Getting Started in the Open Source Cloud [feedly]



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Free Courses for Getting Started in the Open Source Cloud
// Learn Linux | Linux.com

The cloud is a big place. There's no one technology, no one source of information, and no one topic that can cover everything. But to me, that's what is exciting about it. It's a place where having a multidisciplinary background is not only helpful, it's essential. read more...

Blue clouds, open source cloud

The cloud is a big place. There's no one technology, no one source of information, and no one topic that can cover everything. But to me, that's what is exciting about it. It's a place where having a multidisciplinary background is not only helpful, it's essential.


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How to Prepare for Linux Certification [feedly]



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How to Prepare for Linux Certification
// Learn Linux | Linux.com

While certification might not be a requirement for many jobs, it can provide validation for your skills. So at what point in your career should you consider certification and how do you prepare?

iStock photo man at computerThe pervasiveness of Linux technology means there's a world of job possibilities for skilled pros.

Eighty-six percent of Linux professionals in a Linux Foundation/Dice survey report that knowing Linux has given them more career opportunities. They like the interesting work and working on cutting-edge technology.

While certification might not be a requirement for many jobs, it can provide validation for your skills. So at what point in your career should you consider certification?

Any time is good, according to Jon Heise, senior technical recruiter at Instant Technology in Chicago.

People who spend the time and money to get a certification are showing initiative to continue their learning and improve their craft.  That gives them credibility and professionalism – welcome attributes in today's competitive workplace, he said.

While most people look to certification as they aspire to land a job or move to a better job, some companies want their staffs certified, Randy Russell, director of Certification at Red Hat, pointed out. Consultancies and hosting companies are just two types of employers who can charge more for their services by touting their certified staff.

Shawn Powers, a teacher with video training site CBT Nuggets and an associate editor for Linux Journal, argues that learning Linux offers an array of benefits – Linux pros know how to work with multiple operating systems, are skilled at troubleshooting and at thinking creatively.

Dice survey data

Getting started

A new course, "Linux Essentials," is offered at CBT Nuggets for the absolute beginner. It's designed to be a precursor to the Linux Professional Institute's LPIC-1 certification.

Its creator, Shawn Powers, an associate editor for Linux Journal, said it has been sorely needed.

"The learning curve from 'no Linux' to LPIC-1 certification is just too steep," Powers said.

"It unfortunately assumes a basic understanding of Linux, and frustrates new users. The LE cert is also a great litmus test for folks interested in Linux. You'll learn enough to know for sure whether Linux is for you or not."

"CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI", meanwhile, allows candidates to be certified at the same time with the LPIC-1. CompTIA Linux+, which has been making steep gains in market value in the past few months, prepares students for roles such as junior network administrator, systems administrator, Linux database adaministrator and web administrator.

Other certifications help candidates grow in competency. The just-announced Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) prepares students to do basic to intermediate system administration, while the more advanced Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) is prepared for the design and implementation of system architecture. They're designed to be complementary to the Red Hat and LPI certifications.

There are several courses that can help admins prepare to take a Linux Foundation certification exam, including LFS220 Linux System Administration, and LFS230 Linux Network Management

Finding your course

Do some research to find the course right for you, advises Russell.

Red Hat's certifications have no pre-requisites or training requirements. Red Hat training offers various points of entry for IT pros with different levels of experience, but you can always study on your own or rely on your background in Linux.

"If you know the content …you've looked at our exam objectives documents – they're on the web – and you can accomplish those tasks in a timed setting, you are free to take just the exam," he said.

If you've looked at the exam objectives, your readiness depends on your honest answer to this one question, Russell said: Can I perform all the tasks listed without assistance or reference materials that will not be available during the exam?

Even those who have undergone training need to take this approach because they may have achieved greater mastery in some areas than others, he said.

Most people take some training, and there's a wealth of free and low-cost instruction available in online videos, books, eBooks and more.

Here are some free options:

  • University of California-Davis Professor Norm Matloff's Linux guide for beginners (.pdf)
  • LPI Exam 201 Prep: Linux Kernel at IBM.

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Ruby & Rails: Making sure rake task won't slow the site down
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If you don't have multiple cores and/or you have a small VPN, you may end up with a huge slow down of your web app, when rake tasks are executed. This can be a big issue especially when you use something like whenever to perform periodic tasks. Luckily there's a nice. You can read more about how to use it here: Ruby & Rails: Making sure rake task won't slow the site down

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Edge Show 118 - Gene Kim DevOps Interview | Edge [feedly]



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Edge Show 118 - Gene Kim DevOps Interview | Edge
// Channel 9

Gene Kim gives great practical advice and insight to IT Pros / Operations about DevOps in this special interview on the Edge Show.  Want to be the Kung-Fu operations master of your DevOps future?  Get a glimpse of what it might look like.

More specifically at [06:43], we cover:

  • Reference to the TechNet Radio interview with Jessica Devita
  • What are some common objections you see from IT / Operations who are resisting or ignoring this DevOps transformation going on in the industry?
  • [09:19] What are some practical tips you might recommend an IT/Ops person to start working with Developers?
  • [11:54] Do you see Ops helping out with feedback loops (part of the second way) even while you're making progress on the first way?
  • [14:03] Would you see Ops helping all the way in the planning phase of the application lifecycle?
  • [15:33] How do you see IT/Ops be a critical part to the Third Way in implementing a culture of Hypothesis Driven Development and continuous experimentation?
  • [17:53] You have a book called Visible Ops related to ITIL processes. At a high-level how does ITIL relate to DevOps?
  • [19:19] What are some ways you know ITIL is counter-productive to implementing DevOps principles?
  • [19:50] How might you benefit from the good things ITIL provides as it relates to DevOps and eliminate or limit the counter-productive behaviors?

Here's more information on the DevOps Enterprise Summit from Gene Kim:
We've assembled leaders of large and complex organizations who are adopting DevOps are sharing their transformation stories. Our goal is to show that DevOps is for horses, and not just for unicorns.  We have announced speakers from GE Energy, Macy's, Disney, Blackboard, Ticketmaster/LiveNation, Barclays Capital, US Department of Homeland Security, UK.gov, Nordstrom, Capital One, Raytheon and more... If you love heroic and courageous tales of DevOps transformations — of how people overcame suspicion and vanquished low-trust, command-and-control bureaucracies — this conference is for you! Attend in San Francisco on Oct 21-23. http://devopsenterprise.io 
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HP Buys Private-Cloud Software Player Eucalyptus, in a Nod to Amazon [feedly]



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HP Buys Private-Cloud Software Player Eucalyptus, in a Nod to Amazon
// Linux.com - All Content

VentureBeat: Tech giant HP is buying Eucalyptus, an early cloud-software startup. The acquisition points to HP's acknowledgement that the public cloud spans beyond just HP's data centers.


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