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Azure Service Fabric Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Apr 03, 2016

At Microsoft’s recent Build conference in San Francisco, the company announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Fabric.

Continuous Delivery for (Smart) Trucks

by Manuel Pais on  Mar 10, 2016

Peter Thorngren, from Volvo Trucks, explains how the future world of smart trucks and autonomous transportation systems rely deeply on continuous delivery techniques like virtualization, test automation and continuous integration.

Survey Indicates Rise in Container-based Stateful Applications

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Jan 28, 2016

A survey revealed that more than 75% of IT decision makers are interested in running stateful applications like databases inside containers.

VMware Open Source 'Photon Controller' Infrastructure Control Plane at DockerCon EU

by Daniel Bryant on  Nov 27, 2015

At DockerCon EU 2015, VMware made available their Photon Controller as an open source product via the organisation’s GitHub account. The Photon Controller is a component within VMware’s Photon platform that is designed as an infrastructure stack optimised for ‘container and cloud’ workloads. The platform offers an API-first user experience, a scalable control plane, and native container support.

VirtualBox 5.0 released

by Matthias Marschall on  Jul 27, 2015

Oracle released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0. It supports Paravirtualization for Windows and Linux guests, offers improved CPU utilization, supports USB 3.0, enables bi-directional Drag and drop, and lets you encrypt your disk images. It works seamlessly with current versions of Vagrant.

Google Release 'Preemptible' VMs with Fixed Pricing in Beta

by Daniel Bryant on  May 24, 2015

Google have released Google Compute Engine ‘preemptible’ virtual machines in beta, which are the same as normal instances with the exception that they are limited to a maximum 24 hour runtime, and may be shut down at any time. Preemptible VMs are offered at a fixed price, which is discounted up to 70% off the prices of normal instances.

VENOM Vulnerability Threatens Several Major VM Hosts

by Jeff Martin on  May 19, 2015

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.

The Peril and Promise of the Early Adoption of Technology

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 18, 2015

At the inaugural O’Reilly Software Architecture conference, Bryan Cantrill shared lessons learnt from building a business around the early adoption of OS-virtualised containers. Core advice included; don’t innovate in too many directions at once; identify the technical differentiators, and focus on ease of use/adoptions for everything else; and don’t give up - technological revolutions take time.

Alex Bordei on Scaling NoSQL Databases

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 30, 2014

Network performance, virtualization and testing are some of the considerations to address performance and scalability issues with NoSQL databases. Alex Bordei wrote about scaling NoSQL databases and tips for increasing performance when using these data stores.

Shippable Launches Version 2.0 Leveraging Docker-Based Applications

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Dec 30, 2014 1

Shippable recently announced its new platform in the virtualization space, which now supports containerized workflows

Xen Bug Forces Amazon and Rackspace to Reboot Their Services

by Janakiram MSV on  Oct 02, 2014

Last week Amazon Web Services and Rackspace notified customers that their servers would be rebooted as a part of Xen hypervisor patching. This is the second time that AWS has scheduled reboots as a part of its cloud infrastructure maintenance, and AWS published guidance for building applications resilient to reboots and restarts.

Docker Gets Ignore, Auto-Pauses Containers On Commit

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 08, 2014

Docker 1.1.0 was recently released, within a month of the 1.0 release, with several features such as .dockerignore, pausing of containers when a commit is made to them, tailing logs and several other improvements.

Interview with Mitchell Hashimoto on Vagrant Cloud End of Beta

by Matthias Marschall on  Jun 30, 2014

HashiCorp has released Vagrant Cloud to the public. Vagrant Cloud enables developers to share their locally running Vagrant instances remotely. Additionally Vagrant Cloud is a central place for storing and discovering Vagrant Boxes. With the new Organizations feature, Vagrant Cloud users can limit access to their boxes or shared Vagrant instances with Access Control Lists (ACL).

John Willis on the "State Of The Union" for DevOps

by João Miranda on  Jun 22, 2014

John Willis, one of the leading lights of the DevOps community, addressed the "State Of The 'DevOps' Union" at DevOpsDays Amsterdam. He started by mentioning the findings of the 2014 State of DevOps Report, went on to discuss Software Defined Everything and asserted that the future will be built around "consumable composable infrastructure".

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