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  • AWS Release “Firecracker”, an Open Source Rust-Based microVM for Container and Serverless Workloads

    Amazon has announced the release of Firecracker, an open source virtualization technology that is purpose-built for “creating and managing secure, multi-tenant containers and functions-based services”. Firecracker is a fork of Chromium OS's Virtual Machine Monitor (crosvm), an open source VMM written in Rust, and the technology is used behind the scenes to power Amazon’s AWS Lambda services.

  • VENOM Vulnerability Threatens Several Major VM Hosts

    Users of the popular virtual machine tools Xen, KVM, VirtualBox, and QEMU are urged to patch their systems as soon as possible due to a newly found bug that exposes flaws in the code providing virtual floppy disk support. The VENOM vulnerability affects all operating systems that are hosting these environments.

  • Comparing Virtual Machines and Linux Containers Performance

    IBM Research Division has published a paper comparing the performance of container and virtual machine environments, using Docker and KVM, highlighting the cost of using Docker with NAT or AUFS, and questioning the practice of running containers inside of virtual machines.

  • How Etsy Deploys More Than 50 Times a Day

    Daniel Schauenberg described at QCon London how Etsy, renowned for its DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices, does 50 deploys/day. A fully automated deployment pipeline, thorough application monitoring and IRC-based collaboration are all important to achieve this rate of change while keeping risk to a minimum. Etsy has about 60 million monthly visits and 1.5 billion page views per month.

  • Private Cloud Roundup

    Private clouds continue to grow in popularity and offer a number of appealing benefits to an organization including higher utilization of existing server resources, improved manageability, pay as you go, and self-service. This roundup provides a high-level view of some of the key ingredients for creating a private cloud solution.

  • Bloggers React To Open Virtualization Alliance Announcement

    Yesterday’s announcement that a group of company’s led by Red Hat, IBM, HP and others have formed the Open Virtualization Alliance had bloggers talking. The the goal is to foster the adoption of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). But speculation ran high after the announcement that some member companies may be attempting to break the stranglehold VMWare and Citrix hold on the market.

  • KVM Gains Additional Support in Linux 2.6.26 Kernel and Native Network IO Performance

    The new 2.6.26 version of the Linux kernel has been released after three months of development with enhanced KVM support. In related news the KVM development team has announced achieving native network IO performance using pci passthrough with VT-d technology.

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