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Are containers the future of hybrid clouds?

I recently stumbled across the following video from James Bottomley, a Linux Kernel developer working for Parallels. It’s a very good explanation of container technology and how it will be integrated in OpenStack: What really caught my attention was the part about hybrid clouds. Looking a bit closer at containers in a hybrid cloud environment reveals […]

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A guide to testing in OpenStack

As you begin creating patches for OpenStack, you have two choices: you can run some unit tests yourself and try to figure out your errors before taking them to the community, or you can write the code and then just throw it out there, hoping that reviewers and Jenkins will catch all your bugs. I […]

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4 things to consider when selecting a cloud provider

By Scott Wallace and Marcos Quezada When choosing cloud providers, we usually pay attention to things like whether the provider has adopted open standards such as OpenStack, whether their cloud computing hybrid approach is dynamic and whether they have integrated platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) offerings. What we often […]

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Jumpgate: SoftLayer’s free library for OpenStack cloud compatibility

Nathan Beittenmiller explains in a recent blog entry that Jumpgate, a free and open source library, provides a compatibility layer between the OpenStack Application Programming Interface (API) and a proprietary API. Jumpgate does a decent job of translating the IBM SoftLayer proprietary API as OpenStack API, which means that now SoftLayer can be easily used as […]

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Cloud gives university professors advantage in classroom

Co-authored by Francesco Pedulla Have you ever thought about how cloud computing could affect teaching at a university? As cloud solutions developers, we found ourselves discussing this topic at a recent social media workshop. In this post, we thought we’d share our ideas and experience. We’ll also show how we’ve implemented cloud solutions to solve common problems that […]

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Open source in the City of Lights: Recapping the OpenStack Summit

Last week more than 4,600 developers and users—an attendance record—gathered in Paris for  the OpenStack summit at the Palais des Congrès. Collectively we shared best practices, user stories and discussed the 11th release of OpenStack cloud software, Kilo, planned for April 2015. With keynotes by banks, car companies, media conglomerates, and with 59 countries participating, […]

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Podcast: Angel Diaz discusses the future of open cloud technology

You can’t have an in-depth conversation around cloud computing today without bringing up open technology. As cloud computing emerges from its infancy, open standards developed in organizations like OpenStack and Cloud Foundry are primed to bring the cloud into adolescence. You’d have a hard time finding anyone as bullish on open technology as Angel Luis Diaz, vice president of Open Technology & […]

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OpenStack guest CPU topology configuration: Part three

In my last post, I ended with an example that showed OpenStack Nova preferring to choose sockets over cores and cores over threads when configuring a guest topology. This behavior can be a bit surprising at times, as when I tested configuring a preference of four threads at the flavor and a maximum of two […]

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Lessons from history: The rise and rise of OpenStack

Rewind 15 or so years to February 1999. Controversy around Eminem’s first major record release, The Slim Shady LP, dominates headlines. U.S. President Bill Clinton has just been cleared of impeachment. Meanwhile, in the technical press, IBM announces it is supporting a new strategic partnership with new kid on the block, Red Hat, Inc. By 2001, that partnership […]

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Test drive the engine: IBM Cloud at the OpenStack Summit in Paris

The Paris OpenStack Summit is here and the IBM team has been hard at work prepping for the event. We have a large group attending as usual and all are vying to show you the latest products and demonstrate the power of OpenStack in the IBM Cloud. To help plan your time at the summit, I wanted […]

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You can trust an OpenStack cloud — here’s why

By Matt Rutkowski Can I trust an OpenStack cloud? This question is probably not one that many of us developing in or on OpenStack might ask ourselves or even consider. With the recent announcement of OpenStack Juno, the milestone 10th release, and considering all of its compelling new features culled from existing and new components, it seems […]

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IBM to host sponsor sessions at the OpenStack Summit in Paris

In my previous blog post, I went through each of the IBM technical sessions that were selected for the OpenStack Summit in Paris. In this post, I want to shift gears a bit and focus on the agenda for the IBM sponsor sessions on Wednesday. Building this agenda, we wanted to avoid the standard vendor […]

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