Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Awesome Chef – Chef’s Youngest Contributor Jane Ireton [feedly]



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Awesome Chef – Chef's Youngest Contributor Jane Ireton
// Chef Blog

Last week, Jane Ireton, daughter of Chef Community member Doug Ireton, became Chef's youngest contributor (eight years old!) by making this commit to Chef provisioning:

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This is, of course, not only awesome and delightful, but exactly what the Chef Community is all about.

Doug, naturally, was very proud:

My 8-yr old daughter Jane's first open source contribution (to @Chef Provisioning)! Woot! https://t.co/AEOT6h34K7 #opensource

— Doug Ireton (@dougireton) November 20, 2014

If you'd like to know more about Jane's journey into coding, her presentation alongside Doug at this year's Velocity Conference in Santa Clara is a must watch:

Encouraging Girls in IT: A How To Guide

On behalf of all of us here at Chef, we'd like to say

Thank You Jane!
You're helping make our Community great and we'll be holding a spot on the engineering team for you.
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Chef Client Repo Force Push to Master – Post Mortem [feedly]



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Chef Client Repo Force Push to Master – Post Mortem
// Chef Blog

Ohai Chefs!

On November 19th a Chef branch was accidentally force pushed to master on Github, causing existing pull requests to include unnecessary diffs. We discovered the issue, rolled the git tree back to the correct state, and applied the commits which were originally meant to be included.

Because this has occurred before we want to hold a post mortem to generate action items to prevent it from happening again. And because this interfered with public repo commits and pull requests we are going to hold it publically.

I will use a Google Hangout On Air to facilitate the meeting. It allows unlimited viewers on Youtube but only 15 active participants. Because of this, please only join the Participant link below if you would like to speak. Any number of viewers are invited to join!

December 1st, 2014 2pm – 3pm PST

Thanks!

 


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Chef reporting add-on 1.2.1 Released [feedly]



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Chef reporting add-on 1.2.1 Released
// Chef Blog

Chef reporting 1.2.1 is a bug-fix release to address compatability with Chef Server 12.

Affected Versions

All versions of the Chef reporting add-on are affected if you have upgraded to Chef Server 12.0.0. If you are running Enterprise Chef 11 you can update to reporting 1.2.1 with no side-effects.

Impact

When running with Chef Server 12.0.0 with opscode-reporting < 1.2.1,  the opscode-reporting-ctl test command will fail.  These errors are not in your reporting service, but caused by some shared libraries used in the tests that have different behaviour with Chef 12.

Upgrade Instructions

Download

The latest version of reporting can always be found on the Chef download site.

Upgrade

Follow the upgrade instructions on the Chef Documentation site: * Reporting Upgrade


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Chef Server 12 Released [feedly]



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Chef Server 12 Released
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Ohai Chefs!

Today, after a thorough RC testing phase that included a great amount of feedback and contribution from the Chef community, we're pleased to announce the GA release of Chef Server 12. This release brings the previously premium features of Enterprise Chef, namely multi-tenancy and role-based access control, into Open Source Chef.

What's New

Chef Server 12 brings a host of improvements that will be welcomed by existing Open Source and Enterprise customers alike. Here are just a few:

All PostgreSQL, All the Time

Eighteen months ago, we released Chef 11 to the world. It was awesome, and it increased the scalability of the Chef Server to new levels. At the time, we had just rewritten the entire core of the API in Erlang and had migrated all of the data that the server stores from CouchDB to PostgreSQL. We soon followed up with Enterprise Chef 11, which brought this same scalability to our commercial customers.

Over the past year, we've been working tirelessly on removing the final bits of the CouchDB-backed Ruby API from the multi-tenancy features of the Chef Server, and we're pleased to announce that, with this release, we've completed that task.

Advancing the Chef Server Platform

With the removal of CouchDB and the consolidation of the Chef Server API into one codebase, we've been able to reduce the complexity and the footprint of the Chef Server platform. This starts with a 20% reduction in package size and a 25% reduction in the number of active services running on the Chef Server.

Building on top of this, we now have a fresh, consistent, and open-source codebase that will help us accelerate new feature development around the ways that you interact with your Chef Server. Some of our most-requested features like external authentication, external groups via LDAP, and templated organization policy can be built atop Erlang and PostgreSQL — a technology stack that we're heavily invested in at Chef and one that won't be going away anytime soon.

Search Improvements – Solr 4 Brings the Speed

Chef uses the Apache Solr search server to handle the search-based discovery for your Chef infrastructure. The version of Solr (1.4) that ships with the Chef 11 Servers was released in November 2009. In technology terms, that's ancient. Over the past 5 years, the Solr team has shipped some amazing features and improvements to their product, and we're pleased to announce that the Chef community will now get to experience those.

Since its inception, one of the most frequently requested improvements to Chef Server has been to reduce the amount of time that it takes for a saved object to become searchable. In Chef 11 and earlier, that latency was anywhere between one and sixty seconds. If you had a heavily loaded Chef Server, then it may take even longer while the asynchronous process sending your data to Solr was catching up to the request load. At the worst of times, Hosted Chef would experience search latencies longer than 10 minutes.

Solr 4 has allowed us to solve this problem. We've been running this version of Solr in Hosted Chef for a few months now, and the average search latency is just over one second.

Instant Access to Premium Features

For the first time ever, every user of Chef will have instant access to try out any of the premium features provided by Chef Software simply by running

chef-server-ctl install $premium-feature-name

Those premium features include:

  • Analytics Platform: Get visibility into your Chef servers, verify compliance and keep up with changes, all with the Chef analytics platform.
  • Management Console: Use the web-based management console to manage RBAC, edit and delete nodes, and reset private keys. Keep up to date with what's happening during chef client runs across an entire organization or on specific nodes.
  • Reporting: Capture and visualize what happens during the execution of chef-client runs across all of your Chef-managed infrastructure.
  • High Availability: Ensure that your Chef service is uninterrupted within your data center or AWS region, even if a Chef server fails.
  • Replication: Maintain a single worldview across multiple locations and ensure consistency across your network, no matter how many data centers or cloud availability zones you use in your enterprise.

All of these features are free for installs of fewer than 25 nodes, and come with a 30 day free trial for larger installs.

Chef Identity – Run Your Own Supermarket

Chef 12 now ships with Chef Identity included, allowing external applications like Supermarket and Chef Analytics to authenticate with Chef Server. Take a look at the blog post for Supermarket for instructions on setting this up.

Where to Get It

To download Chef Server 12, visit http://downloads.getchef.com/chef-server and select your operating system.

Once you've got the package downloaded, follow the instructions at http://docs.getchef.com/server/.

If you're upgrading from a previous release, the following versions are currently supported: * Enterprise Chef 11.1.8 and later * Open Source Chef Server 11.1.0 and later

More Information

On behalf of the entire team at CHEF, Enjoy!


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Ruby 1.9.3 EOL and Chef 12 [feedly]



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Ruby 1.9.3 EOL and Chef 12
// Chef Blog

Hi Chefs,

We've decided not to support Ruby 1.9.3 in the upcoming Chef 12.0 release, in accordance with the support policy we approved in Chef RFC 015 and made explicit here.

Before explaining the rationale, I'd like to be clear that Chef 12 Omnibus packages will ship with Ruby 2.1 for Unix-like systems and 2.0 for Windows (we'd prefer to ship with 2.1 here as well, but are prevented from doing so by some dependencies), so users of Omnibus packages will not be impacted by this change at all.

Our goal is to allow you to upgrade minor versions with confidence that your existing installation procedures and automation code will continue to work correctly. We also want to be able to ship new features, bug fixes, and security updates as safely and quickly as possible.

As you may know, the Ruby core team has announced that 1.9.3 will become EOL in February of 2015. Given that our major releases have historically had a lifecycle longer than one year, Ruby 1.9.3 will become EOL during the 12.0 release cycle. If we were to support Ruby 1.9.3 in the 12.0 release, we would have to either maintain support for an EOL Ruby version for the entire life of Chef 12, or drop support in the middle of the 12 release cycle. Both of these options have serious drawbacks that hinder us from achieving our goal of delivering improvements safely and quickly.

To implement this change, we will be setting the minimum Ruby version attribute of the Chef gem to require Ruby 2.0 or above. We've considered allowing 1.9.3 to continue to function, perhaps with a warning, but decided against that approach because it's inherently unsafe. Warnings tend to get ignored until they're errors, so attempting to run Chef 12 on Ruby 1.9.3 will be an error.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us on the mailing list, IRC, or though our support team.


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Push Jobs Server 1.1.5 is out, and more improvements are in the works. [feedly]



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Push Jobs Server 1.1.5 is out, and more improvements are in the works.
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Push Jobs Server 1.1.5 is out

We are pleased to announce the release of version 1.1.5 of Push Jobs Server. This fixes minor issues with the push-jobs-ctl test command that caused failures when the Push Jobs Server was installed on Chef 12.

Push Jobs is Open Source

While this isn't new, it got a little lost in the announcement of our open sourcing of Chef Server. Push Jobs is open source and no longer a premium product.

We've wanted to open source it for a long time, but we needed to make it work with Open Source Chef Server first, as it depends on features that were only available in Enterprise Chef. An open source Push Jobs that only worked with the proprietary version of Chef would be less than delightful. With the release of Chef 12, we have an open source server with all the features needed for Push Jobs to work.

See the following repos in the opscode github repo:

The Push Jobs client is now built by the omnibus-chef system. It's still a separate package, but in the future we expect it to be integrated into the chef-client package for ease of installation.

Push Jobs 2.0

We have a lot of new things which will be released soon, as soon as testing and full platform support is done. Here's some highlights of what we're planning for Push Jobs 2.0:

ZeroMQ 4
We're moving to ZeroMQ version 4 from version 2. ZeroMQ 4 includes many protocol enhancements, including support for end-to-end encryption.
Encryption
Currently push signs its packets with HMAC but otherwise sends its data, including commands, in the clear. We're moving to using the ZeroMQ 4 elliptic curve encryption protocol, and will encrypt all traffic end-to-end. This changes the protocol, and will require upgrading both the push client and server.
Event Feeds
A common pattern is to poll on the job status endpoint while you wait for your job to complete. We've added two new endpoints to provide continuous updates of job execution via Server Sent Events, both on a per-job and per-organization basis. This should make running long jobs easier to track as well make it easier to build tooling on top of push.
Output capture
The current push system only returns the command execution status. We've added support for the capture of the stderr and stdout from job commands, and the ability to retrieve it from the server after the command completes.
These are breaking changes to the protocol, and the push client and server must be upgraded to 2.0 together.

More information

Give it a whirl, and let us know what you think.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Foxconn investing $2.6B into new display factory that will exclusively supply Apple [feedly]



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Foxconn investing $2.6B into new display factory that will exclusively supply Apple
// AppleInsider | Apple news and rumors since 1997

Foxconn's Innolux will build a new $2.6 billion sixth-generation plant in Southern Taiwan to supply displays exclusively to Apple, after the iPhone maker made an "urgent" request, it was announced on Thursday.
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Apple officially begins selling automated iAds in bid to boost mobile advertising business [feedly]



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Apple officially begins selling automated iAds in bid to boost mobile advertising business
// AppleInsider | Apple news and rumors since 1997

Apple and a series of partners officially announced on Friday that the iAd network is now accepting "programmatic" mobile advertisement purchases, in a change that brings Apple in-line with other ad services.
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Apple's A8 SoC reportedly capable of 4K video output, may pave way for ultra high-resolution Apple TV [feedly]



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Apple's A8 SoC reportedly capable of 4K video output, may pave way for ultra high-resolution Apple TV
// AppleInsider | Apple news and rumors since 1997

According to a report on Friday, Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models are able to play back 4K video thanks to the powerful A8 system-on-chip, suggesting a future Apple TV model equipped with the same silicon would offer support for ultra high definition programming.
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Apple Invents Secrets-based Security Measure Relating to the Detection of Unauthorized Calls to Software Routines [feedly]



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Apple Invents Secrets-based Security Measure Relating to the Detection of Unauthorized Calls to Software Routines
// Apple Mac News - MacHash

According to a New York Times report published this week, a particularly nasty mobile malware campaign targeting Android users has hit between four million and 4.5 million Americans since January of 2013. In a mid-January security report published by Cisco, they claimed that ninety-nine percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices. And while security firms have tried to sully Apple's iOS reputation for not having malware with reports about the recent Masque attack, Apple responded quickly. They also noted that they " . . . designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help . . .
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Public Hotfixes: Driver Disk for Broadcom tg3 3.137f for XenServer 6.2.0 [feedly]



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Public Hotfixes: Driver Disk for Broadcom tg3 3.137f for XenServer 6.2.0
// Feed for XenServer 6.2.0

This is a driver disk for customers running Citrix XenServer 6.2.0 who use Broadcom's tg3 driver and wish to use the latest version of the driver.
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Let There Be Light! Using HDX Insight to Gain Visibility into XenDesktop and XenApp [feedly]



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Let There Be Light! Using HDX Insight to Gain Visibility into XenDesktop and XenApp
// Citrix Blogs

HDX Insight is an invaluable tool that provides organizations using NetScaler to deliver XenDesktop hosted virtual desktops and applications with unprecedented visibility into the ICA traffic on their networks.

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Accudata Systems launches successful proactive mobility approach out of BYOD conversations [feedly]



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Accudata Systems launches successful proactive mobility approach out of BYOD conversations
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Citrix Partner Accudata Systems strengthens customer relationships by proactively turning BYOD conversations into benefit-rich strategic mobility solutions Accudata Systems' Vid Sista hears this story frequently. "A customer implements a BYOD (bring-your-own-device) project and is focused on how to manage the devices. We start with mobile device management (MDM) but quickly broaden the discussion to other critical aspects of mobility, including a strong security policy, applications, and data…

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Citrix Director 7.6 Deep-Dive Part 7: New Trends Reporting Features [feedly]



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Citrix Director 7.6 Deep-Dive Part 7: New Trends Reporting Features
// Citrix Blogs

In Director 7.0, we introduced the Trends view which shows historical charts and data to help with troubleshooting, (answer questions about what may have led up to an issue), and to enable EdgeSight performance management (trend data for detailed performance management, capacity management, and SLA monitoring).

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Basho Accelerates EMEA Growth, Powered by Riak 2.0 [feedly]



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Basho Accelerates EMEA Growth, Powered by Riak 2.0
// Basho

New, enhanced database and growing number of customers highlight strong year for the company

 LONDON, UK. – November 20, 2014Basho, the creator and developer of Riak, the industry leading distributed NoSQL database, has seen a surge in deployment and a growing customer-base in EMEA as a result of the launch of Riak 2.0, the significantly enhanced version of its flagship platform.

2014 has seen significant successes for Basho, from the release of Riak 2.0 to news that Basho technology is powering Spine 2, the electronic backbone of the NHS. Basho has also seen strong growth in its EMEA customer-base, with the company working with businesses such as bet365, one of the world's leading online gambling groups, StatPro, the cloud-based portfolio analysis service, and EE, the largest mobile operator in the United Kingdom to address their critical unstructured data needs. Basho has increased its number of customers in EMEA by 38 percent year on year, and these customer wins have contributed to revenue growth from Q2 to Q3 in 2014, which was up 90 percent.

"Our decision to implement Riak was purely strategic. After a stringent evaluation process we decided that Basho's flexible, scalable database was best-suited to our needs," said Martin Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Technology at bet365. "Given the huge amount of data we process on a daily basis – from customer details to betting odds – it was imperative that we had a platform to support this. We selected Riak, and have not been disappointed with the results."

The gaming industry is becoming increasingly complex, with customers no longer satisfied with betting on a limited selection of outcomes. Now, gaming companies must offer more than your traditional betting options. For example, during football matches, it is no longer enough to offer odds on scorer or full-time result. Instead consumers are eager to bet on everything from the number of yellow cards, to corners and amount of injury time. To offer and process these options requires a huge amount of data-crunching, and in addition to the vast number of metrics and numbers processed when taking into account everything from betting odds, bets placed and the final action on each account, such businesses require a lightning-fast database to support the deluge and prevent system crashes.

Basho's growing stature in the gaming sector has been matched by its recent success in the telecommunications space. An increasing number of telco companies like EE are using Riak to replace existing systems and provide fault-tolerance and scalability for the future. Riak's strength in the industry is further highlighted by the market trend towards reducing the burden of managing complex hardware environments by providing a consolidated virtualized orchestration platform to replace much of the traditional hardware.

These recent deals highlight a strong year for Basho, while the reseller partnership with Nordicmind and its upcoming Riak Nordic Roadshow demonstrate its growing success in EMEA. Success in the region is further reflected in the appointment of Emmanuel Marchal as Managing Director EMEA, who will be leading enterprise focus in EMEA, as well as the continued work with companies such as Deutsche Vermögensberatung (DVAG), Germany's largest stand-alone financial services distributor. The financial advisors of DVAG support over 6 million customers in all questions concerning financial planning, insurance and finances.

"We knew that with the release of Riak 2.0, 2014 would be a massive year for the company," said Adam Wray, President and Chief Executive Officer at Basho. "However, the growth in deployment and the continued success of Riak was more significant than we expected – with customers responding in kind. This year alone we have made strides in several sectors, including telco, financial, gaming and healthcare, where we have helped complete a project with the NHS that could potentially save lives. Couple this with our growing number of partners, and we can happily say that Basho is going from strength-to-strength."


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Citrix Director 7.6 Deep-Dive Part 7: New Trends Reporting Features [feedly]



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Citrix Director 7.6 Deep-Dive Part 7: New Trends Reporting Features
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In Director 7.0, we introduced the Trends view which shows historical charts and data to help with troubleshooting, (answer questions about what may have led up to an issue), and to enable EdgeSight performance management (trend data for detailed performance management, capacity management, and SLA monitoring).

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Attention partners! Learn how to empower your customers for success with Citrix Insight Services at Summit 2015! [feedly]



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Attention partners! Learn how to empower your customers for success with Citrix Insight Services at Summit 2015!
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The Citrix Summit 2015 Partner Event is fast approaching. If you're a Citrix Partner and have already registered for the event, great – we'll see you there! If you're a Citrix Partner and haven't already registered, I would strongly encourage you to do so by visiting http://www.citrixsummit.com/. Citrix Summit provides attendees with opportunities to immerse themselves in the latest technologies and partner programs while networking…

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Database Sizing Tool for XenDesktop 7 [feedly]



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Database Sizing Tool for XenDesktop 7
// Citrix Blogs

Currently sizing a the databases for XenDesktop relies being able to interpret and understanding the database sizing KB article CTX139508. This doesn't help if you know you have a variation on the listed environments. To try and assist I've created a simple tool that can help generate custom sizing information. Why not an excel file? Many people have asked for excel files or simple formula…

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Selling Technology has Changed to Benefit Citrix Partners! [feedly]



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Selling Technology has Changed to Benefit Citrix Partners!
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Due to the "Seismic Changes" in Selling and Marketing B2B customers are more than halfway through the sales cycle before contacting a vendor.  Because of the convergence of social media, cloud-based marketing solutions, big data, mobility and search engine optimization: 94% of buyers collect and share information prior to a business-to-business purchase decision. (Sirius Decisions) Customers have practically infinite online resources to pull from. Armed with…

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The eG Monitor for Citrix ShareFile is Citrix Ready [feedly]



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The eG Monitor for Citrix ShareFile is Citrix Ready
// Citrix Blogs

eG Monitor for ShareFile We are pleased to announce eG Monitor for Citrix ShareFile as Citrix Ready! eG Innovations provides performance management solutions that dramatically accelerate the discovery, diagnosis, and resolution of service performance issues in virtual, cloud, and physical service infrastructures. eG Innovations' performance management and monitoring solutions are used by the demanding companies to enable delightful user experiences, keep mission-critical business services at…

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