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Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance Model Gets Simplified

by Janakiram MSV on  Dec 03, 2014

AWS has simplified the pricing model for Amazon EC2 reserved instances. It has replaced the utilization based pricing model with a simpler model to buy reserved capacity.

QCon New York 2015 Registration Now Open; Top 10 Presentations

by Diana Baciu on  Dec 02, 2014

Registration is now open for QCon New York 2015 (Jun 8-12). The 4th annual conference will feature practitioner-led sessions and case studies on topics like Continuous Delivery, Data Science, HTML5, Agile, Architecture, and more. Register before Dec 20th and save $800.

IBM, Databricks, GraphLab Present Notebooks as Unified Interfaces for Building Prediction Apps

by Mikio Braun on  Dec 02, 2014

At the StrataHadoop conference in Barcelona last week, Rod Smith, Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, presented work on an internal product they have been developing in their consulting work with clients that integrates data sources, and data analysis.

Flyway 3.1 Extends Schema Evolution to DB2 z/OS, Redshift and Vertica

by Grischa Ekart on  Dec 01, 2014

Last week Boxfuse announced the availability of a new release of Flyway, its open source database migration tool. Highlight is the addition of IBM DB2 z/OS, Amazon Redshift and HP Vertica to Flyway's list of supported databases, a move that expands the coverage of the "big data and big iron space." The new release also features SQL callbacks and packaged DB drivers for ease of use.

Debian systemd Controversy Results in Fork

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 01, 2014 1

For several months the developers of the popular Linux distribution Debian have had an intense internal debate as to whether the project should switch to systemd. Ultimately Debian has chosen to utilize systemd and as a result a new project has been announced that will instead remain on the previous system, sysvinit.

Defining the Value of Software Products Precisely and Quantitatively

by Ben Linders on  Nov 27, 2014

The real requirements of a product are not the functions that are needed, or user stories that have to be delivered. It is the possible improvement of performance that customers can get from using the product said Matteo Vaccari. At the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference he facilitated a workshop together with Antonio Carpentieri about defining the value that is needed by customers.

IBM Announced Bare Metal PaaS and Private API Catalog

by Janakiram MSV on  Nov 26, 2014

IBM is offering a Cloud Foundry based PaaS called Bluemix on SoftLayer's bare metal infrastructure. The service is integrated with other products including MQ Series, IBM Watson and Cloudant NoSQL.

James Gosling and Bruno Souza Join Jelastic as Advisers

by Simon Maple on  Nov 24, 2014

James Gosling, creator of the Java language, and Bruno Souza, Brazilian SouJava JUG founder and Java Champion, will be joining Java/PHP cloud-host Jelastic . InfoQ speaks to Gosling, Souza, and Jelastic CEO, Ruslan Synytsky about the new relationships.

Mahout to Get Self-Optimizing Matrix Algebra Interface with Pluggable Backends for Spark and Flink

by Mikio Braun on  Nov 21, 2014

At the recent GOTO conference in Berlin, Mahout committer Sebastian Schelter outlined recent advances in Mahout's ongoing effort to create a scalable foundation for data analysis that is as easy to use as R or Python.

How Etsy Does Continuous Integration for Mobile Apps

by João Miranda on  Nov 19, 2014 1

Nassim Kammah, engineer at Etsy, explained to Velocity Conference attendants how Etsy does continuous integration for mobile apps. Etsy uses a mix of automated and manual processes, still adhering to the same principles that it applies on web development and reusing many of the same tools. Nassim also talked about how Etsy handles the unique set of challenges presented by mobile apps development.

Docker Client Comes to Microsoft Windows

by Janakiram MSV on  Nov 18, 2014 2

After announcing the partnership with Docker, Microsoft has built a native Docker client. The command line interface (CLI) is fully compatible with Docker client running on Linux.

Embedding Security Testing in Development Workflow

by João Miranda on  Nov 18, 2014

Stephen de Vries, ContinuumSecurity founder, promoted the idea of continuous and visible security at Velocity Europe 2014. Stephen argued that the same kind of processes and tools that embedded QA in the whole workflow of an agile development process can be applied to security. BDD-Security is a security testing framework that follows the Given-When-Then approach and is built on top of JBehave.

Systems Thinking for Safety Keynote @ Velocity Conf

by João Miranda on  Nov 18, 2014

The starting keynote at Velocity Conference Europe 2014 was all about how human error is too often the easiest way to explain away a failure and how a different approach is needed. Steven Shorrock, European Safety Culture Programme Leader at Eurocontrol, explained why a Systems Thinking approach applied to safety is a better answer.

Google Compute Engine Autoscaler Service is Broadly Available

by Janakiram MSV on  Nov 17, 2014

Google Compute Engine (GCE), the IaaS component of Google Cloud Platform got an Autoscaler feature. Currently in beta, Autoscaler adds elasticity to cloud deployments.

Oracle Commit to Java Modularity

by Ben Evans on  Nov 17, 2014 4

Oracle have announced the second set of enhancement proposals (known as JEPs) that will deliver features for Java 9, including major news about Java modularity.

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