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Amazon AppStream (GA) Apps Run on AWS and Stream to Devices around the World

by Abel Avram on  Mar 13, 2014

Amazon has made available the AppStream service which enables developers to run an application on AWS, then stream it to various devices.

Docker drops LXC as default execution environment

by Chris Swan on  Mar 13, 2014

With the release of version 0.9 Docker.io have dropped LXC as the default execution environment, replacing it with their own libcontainer. At the same time Docker now supports a much broader range of isolation tools through the use of execution drivers, which include: OpenVZ, systemd-nspawn, libvirt-lxc, libvirt-sandbox, qemu/kvm, BSD Jails, Solaris Zones, and chroot.

Domino: Datascience-as-a-Service

by Michael Hausenblas on  Mar 11, 2014

Domino, a Platform-as-a-Service for data science, enables people to do analytical work using languages such as Python or R in the cloud (EC2).

Big Data Hadoop Solutions, State of Affairs in Q1/2014

by Boris Lublinsky on  Mar 04, 2014 1

According to a new Forrest report, Hadoop’s momentum is unstoppable. Its usage in the enterprise is continuously growing due to its ability to offer companies new ways to store, process, analyze, and share big data. The report takes a look at Hadoop vendors and ranks them.

Amazon Chooses HAL Media Type for AppStream API

by Steve Klabnik on  Mar 03, 2014

Amazon has released a new API, the AppStream API, which allows you to programmatically manage apps hosted on the Amazon AppStream platform. For this API, they chose to build it with the HAL media type. HAL is a minimalist hypermedia enabled media type for building machine-to-machine APIs. Amazon is one of the largest organizations to choose hypermedia as a technique for a public-facing product.

Nokia X Marks Another Android Fork

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2014

This article overviews the latest most important Android forking attempts which offer developers new opportunities but also some challenges.

Mac OS X and BTRFS support in Docker

by Chris Swan on  Feb 17, 2014

As part of the 0.8 release the Docker.io team have announced support for installation on Mac OS X and the use of the BTRFS as an alternative to AUFS.

What Is Going on with PaaS?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2014 4

Despite huge investments and years in development, PaaS has not managed to attract many customers so far. This article digests what several analysts are saying regarding the current status of PaaS and its future.

Google Improves Hadoop Performance with New Cloud Storage Connector

by Richard Seroter on  Jan 20, 2014

With a new connector, it is now possible for Hadoop to run directly against Google Cloud Storage instead of using the default, distributed file system. This results in lower storage costs, fewer data replication activities, and a simpler overall process.

What's coming in the April 'Icehouse' release of OpenStack

by Chris Swan on  Jan 16, 2014 1

Icehouse, the next release of the OpenStack open source cloud, will be coming in April 2014. Icehouse will bring automated installation (TripleO), bare metal provisioning (Ironic), a queuing and notification service (Marconi) and database as a service (Trove) as integrated services. Better support for Hadoop (Savanna) will be put into incubation.

FutureOps with Immutable Infrastructures and Built-in Failure Recovery

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 31, 2013

Mitchell Hashimoto, creator of Vagrant, gave a talk last month at Velocity Conf London about his vision for a “FutureOps” with immutable infrastructures and built-in failure recovery.

Trifacta Seeks to Simplify Data Wrangling-as-a-Service

by Alex Giamas on  Dec 30, 2013

Trifacta, a data analysis services platform, recently received VC investment to advance on their efforts of making data wrangling easier for data analysts. The goal is to collect, cleanse and munge data in a fraction of the time and effort it currently takes.

Hadoop-as-a-Service Provider Qubole Now Runs on Google Compute Engine

by Michael Hausenblas on  Dec 28, 2013

Qubole, a managed Hadoop-as-a-Service offering is now available on Google Compute Engine (GCE). Qubole was so far only available on Amazon's AWS and this announcement follows only a few days after Google releasing GCE into general availability.

Hadoop Jobs on GPU with ParallelX

by Charles Menguy on  Dec 26, 2013 1

The MapReduce paradigm is not always ideal when dealing with large computationally intensive algorithms. A small team of entrepreneurs is building a product called ParallelX to solve that bottleneck by harnessing the power of GPUs to give Hadoop jobs a significant boost.

Xen Project Releases 1.0 of Mirage OS

by Chris Swan on  Dec 23, 2013

Mirage OS is a ‘cloud operating system’ that seeks to avoid security vulnerabilities and bloat by facilitating the creation of single purpose virtual appliances. Applications are developed in the OCaml functional programming language and compiled into standalone ‘unikernels’ that run directly on the Xen hypervisor.

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