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As we mentioned earlier this week, we’re gearing up for Percona Live: MySQL Conference and Expo in a few weeks.
Canonical has just announced that the Ubuntu Developer Summit will no longer be face to face and every six months. Instead it will be entirely online and virtual, using Google Hangouts. (Here is the announcement.)
On the surface, this seems like a good idea: It's cheaper monetarily, it appears to open things up to people who are unable to travel, and it makes it easier to make complete records.
However, I think it's a bad idea, for several interrelated reasons.
Some decision making needs face-time to happen. For whatever reasons, internet-only communication is not enough for a good enough "meeting of the minds" for sticky or subtle engineering and design decisionmaking.
The IETF, who probably have the longest[Read more...]
Informatica’s revenue is in. Hortonworks joins OpenStack. And more.
— Matt Aslett (@maslett) January 28, 2013
— Matt Aslett (@maslett) January 25, 2013
For 451 clients: Alteryx plots course for 2013 as it seeks to bring business users into
We've been fully operational for one year today. Time to take a quick breath and look back at a year that was among the most exciting in our lives, and time to look ahead to the next 12 months. In which things are likely to get even better.
July marks my sixth month working on the OpenStack project for HP. Over the past few years I have had people ask me about my journey to where I am now, especially students working on the Drizzle project. So I decided to write it today.
Back in 2007 I worked as a freelancer developing PHP code, doing DBA work and administering Linux systems. One of my biggest clients was an online magazine called The First Post, I was doing so much work for them they hired me as a full time employee under the title Technical Architect. We made great strides whilst working there and I even got the site running from a MySQL Cluster installation.
Towards the end of 2007 the magazine was in financial difficulty and there was a real risk of everyone losing their jobs over Christmas. As luck would have it one of our biggest fans was a guy called Felix Dennis who owns a magazine empire called Dennis[Read more...]
Topics for this podcast:
*OpenStack, Amazon, Eucalyptus and Citrix engage in open cloud warfare
*Microsoft spins off new company for openness
*Updates on automation players Puppet Labs and Opscode with Chef
*Percona turns attention to MySQL high availability
*Open APIs as the fifth pillar of modern IT openness
A few thoughts on high availability features (or the current absence thereof) in OpenStack.
I've just proposed a session for the OpenStack Folsom design summit which Jay Pipes was nice enough to invite me to (thanks!), and I thought I'd write up a few thoughts of mine ahead of time to get the discussion started.
Cloudera raises $40m. Accel announces $100m fund. Rackspace takes OpenStack private. And more.
# Accel Partners launched a $100m Big Data Fund to invest in Hadoop- and NoSQL-related vendors.
# Rackspace[Read more...]
OpenStack Foundation. New Pentaho CEO. And more.
# Rackspace announced its intention to form an independent OpenStack Foundation.
# HP has chosen Ubuntu as the lead host and guest operating system for its Public Cloud.
# Pentaho appointed Quentin Gallivan as its new CEO.
# Hortonworks continued the discussion about contributions to Apache Hadoop.
# Bob Bickel explained why CloudBees is not, itself, open source.
Red Hat’s $136m acquisition of open source storage vendor Gluster marks Red Hat’s biggest buy since JBoss and starts the fourth quarter with a very intersting deal. The acquisition is definitely good for Red Hat since it bolsters its Cloud Forms IaaS and OpenShift PaaS technology and strategy with storage, which is often the starting point for enterprise and service provider cloud computing deployments. The acquisition also gives Red Hat another weapon in its fight against VMware, Microsoft and others, including OpenStack, of which Gluster is a member (more on that further down). The deal is also good for Gluster given the sizeable price Red Hat is paying for the provider of open source, software-based, scale-out storage for unstructured data and also as validation of both open source and software in[Read more...]
Red Hat acquires Gluster. Adobe acquires PhoneGap. Oracle does Hadoop. And more.
# Adobe announced its agreement to acquire Nitobi, creator of PhoneGap.
# Oracle unveiled its Oracle Big Data Appliance, including Apache Hadoop and Oracle NoSQL database.
# ODF 1.2 has been approved as an OASIS standard.
# Univa[Read more...]
Topics for this podcast:
*Cloud M&A potential around OpenStack
*Oracle’s commercial extensions for MySQL
*Puppet Labs rolls out Enterprise 2.0, hosts PuppetConf
*Basho bolsters Riak distributed data store in NoSQL race
*Our latest special CAOS report, ‘The Changing Linux Landscape’
Microsoft’s Android revenue. Tizen formation. And more.
# LiMo Foundation and The Linux Foundation announced the formation of Tizen to develop a Linux-based device software platform.
# Karmasphere raised $6m in a series B round[Read more...]
Red Hat revenue up 28% in Q2. Funding for NoSQL vendors. And more.
# Red Hat reported net income of $40m in the second quarter on revenue up 28% to $281.3m.[Read more...]
HP builds Cloud Services on OpenStack. Linux on Github. And more.
# HP announced the private beta program of its OpenStack-based HP Cloud Services.
# The National Security Agency proposed a new database, Accumulo, to the Apache Foundation for incubation.
# Nominations for the Document Foundation board elections are now open.
Open Cloud Initiative launches. HP joins OpenStack. Oracle releases Java 7. And more.
# The Open Cloud Initiative launched to drive open standards in cloud computing.
# HP announced its support for OpenStack.
# Nebula[Read more...]
CloudBees raises $10.5m. Microsoft commits $100m to SUSE. And more.
# CloudBees secured $10.5m in Series B venture funding.
# Microsoft renewed its vows with Attachmate’s SUSE business unit, committing to invest $100m in new SUSE Linux Enterprise certificates over the next four years.
# Oracle announced that it has acquired Ksplice, twhioch offers zero downtime update technology for Linux.
# Ingres announced that Steve Shine has been named Chief Executive Officer and President.
# Dell[Read more...]
Novell sold to Attachmate. Barnes & Noble throws the book at Microsoft. And more.
# Novell closed its acquisition by Attachmate and its patent sale to CPTN.
# Attachmate’s CEO discussed the company’s plans for SUSE Linux.
# Barnes & Noble[Read more...]
I've been thinking a bunch about email and mailing lists recently... about how to deal with them, how to follow the ones that are important but not get drowned in a sea of email noise. I have a non-tech email account which is where friends mail me personally and where I handle theatre-related stuff. I do not receive a stupid amount of email on this account, and I am almost always interested in reading the messages that arrive there. So on my inaugust.com email address, I've been considering unsubscribing from all mailing lists and setting both Launchpad and github to stop emailing me most things.
For Launchpad and github, most things I care about have status pages of some sort: lists of bugs or branches I need to attend to or whatnot. I really don't need to get an email every time someone files a bug - it's noise.
Mailing lists are the trickier one, because so many open source projects are[Read more...]
VMware launches Cloud Foundry. Red Hat heads for Ceylon. And more.
# VMware launched Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-service and open source project.
# Red Hat’s Gavin King revealed details of the company’s Ceylon project.
# Red Hat submitted a number of specification requests for Java EE 7.
# Terracotta accused Red Hat of “trying to pull a fast one” with its data cache JSR.[Read more...]
I chatted today about VMware's Cloud Foundry with Roger Bodamer, the EVP of products and technology at 10Gen. 10Gen's MongoDB is one of three back-ends (along with MySQL and Redis) supported from the start by Cloud Foundry.
If I understand Cloud Foundry and VMware's declared "Open PaaS" strategy, it should fill a gap in services. Suppose you are a developer who wants to loosen the bonds between your programs and the hardware they run on, for the sake of flexibility, fast ramp-up, or cost savings. Your choices are:
An IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) product, which hands you an emulation of[Read more...]
Groklaw declares victory. Cloudera updates Hadoop distro. And more.
# Groklaw claimed victory, will stop publishing new articles on May 16.
# Cloudera released version 3 of its Hadoop distribution.
# VoltDB released version 1.3 of its open source distributed in-memory database.
# Black Duck grew sales by 51% in Q1.
# eXo and Convertigo partnered to add[Read more...]
Rackspace has been busy over the last year, funding both the Drizzle project and the OpenStack project. I've been lucky enough to be involved in both, and I couldn't be more pleased and proud of the stuff that's come from both projects.
What about synergy though?
Well, it turns out that it's pretty easy to use Drizzle as your database for two of the three current main OpenStack components. Glance, the Image Registry and Nova the Cloud Computing Fabric Controller, both use SQLAlchemy to manage data that needs to go into a database.
There's one prerequisite you need to get up and running, and that's SQLAlchemy 7, which is currently in beta. SQLAlchemy 7 introduces a Drizzle dialect, which tells the ORM how to map properly to Drizzle datatypes and the like. Once you've installed SA7, it's as simple as creating a schema to stick data in and the changing the[Read more...]
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