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Yesterday was day two of the ZeroVM Design Summit. Day one mostly focused on the architecture and capabilities of ZeroVM itself; while day two examined integration with other technologies, particularly OpenStack Swift (the technology behind Rackspace Cloud Files).
Last year, in my 2013 cloud predictions, I focused on Big Data and the rise of cloudy SSDs. And this year, those predictions became reality: in 2013 Rackspace launched new Performance Cloud Servers with SSD storage and businesses all over are enjoying the benefits of analyzing and getting true value out of critical data sets of all shapes and sizes. And it wasn’t just Rackspace; several other cloud providers followed suit with solid state storage-based offerings to keep up.
We’re three and a half years into OpenStack® and there is still confusion about exactly what OpenStack is, how to compare OpenStack to other cloud platforms, and specific use cases for OpenStack. I find myself having the same conversations over and over again in an attempt to debunk the myths and misperceptions in the market. There are a number of them, but to help people who are still getting up to speed with OpenStack, let’s focus in on the three largest.
In The New Kingmakers: How Developers Conquered the World, author Stephen O’Grady chronicles the rise of developers and how they have become a defining force in technology. Developers now rule the world, O’Grady writes as he examines how developers became the most important constituency in business today.
The way businesses build and consume open source software is radically changing and we’re fortunate to be at the vanguard of that change with the Solum project.
With a mission-based focus on scientific research, universities and research institutes have long been at the forefront of technology innovation that embraces open standards and ease of collaboration. By nature, the academy well understands that when hundreds of researchers contribute to a shared purpose and solve a shared problem in open and transparent ways, everyone benefits. The pace of innovation is accelerated and the diversity of solutions and approaches ensures that good solutions persist and not so good ones are quickly identified. Some might argue that the relative success of open-sourced platforms suggests that proprietary technologies often preclude necessary innovation. The growth of cloud has further challenged both researchers and industry. The scale economies of cloud-based solutions brings with it attendant challenges for the research community – beginning with the question of how to scale a conversation that brings both sides of an open community together to ensure that the full benefits of the cloud can be realized.
Go. It’s more than the opposite of stop and unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard about this exciting modern language created out of Google by Rob Pike and Ken Thompson, both important names in the Unix community.
Rackspace Cloud Queues is backed by the open source project, Marconi.  Below, Oz Akan,  Development Manager for Rackspace Cloud Queues and an active contributor to Marconi, walks us through the project. Want to try out Marconi without managing your own environment?  Want to explore open source code with the comfort of Fanatical Support behind you? Rackspace Cloud Queues is currently accepting Early Access participants.  Sign up here.  
Coming from, say, an enterprise-level Microsoft .NET shop and crossing over into the world of open source is like stepping out of an office building into the street during a parade. Clowns and bands and floats roll by as you tighten up your necktie and try to remain distinguished. But you know you really want to join the folks pulling the giant Batman float.
The concept of open source has allowed software development to evolve in very different ways than many other industries. It’s common practice for even the largest tech companies to regularly rely on open source software – even Google relies heavily on open source to keep running by using languages like Python to libraries like OpenSSL and OpenSSH.
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