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On the day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 12,000 for the first time since June 2008, it was impossible not to correlate the eloquence and optimism of President Obama's "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday night with the restoration of a sense of perspective and hope in the USA about the future. Obama grasped the nettle full-on. "We are poised for progress," he declared, adding: "Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing." As one blogger expressed it, though - and he is a former Goldman Sachs trader called Tyler Durden, so he ought to know wheref he speaks: "There was a massive pink elephant in the room called reality though." Durden's gripe is with what he deems to be the unreality of Obama's praising Google and Facebook so highly in an Ameri... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Julie Hanna Farris of Scalix

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Julie Hanna Farris, President and CEO of Scalix Listen to the interview   ... (more)

Ulitzer Aid Campaign for the Typhoon Ondoy Victims

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali Yesterday morning I checked the Ulitzer home page on my iPhone on my way to the office and I realized two of the top three stories were about "Typhoon Ondoy" in Philippines. Thirty-six hours later we still have three stories filed from Manila on Ulitzer's home page. Top Ulitzer stories on Ulitzer from around the 25 distinct subject categories it covers are processed every 60 minutes and displayed by an algorithm which we believe is more sophisticated than, say, Google News algorithms. Early this year, seasoned news man Roger Strukhoff, whose family owned and published their town newspaper in Wisconsin, launched the Ulitzer topic Philippines Online Journal. Strukhoff logged close to three million Ulitzer page views with his articles. Inday Vinas is a struggling young writer who grew up in a very poor area of the Philippines. She sta... (more)

The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010) being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem. I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)

Xandros 1.0: Easy on the eyes, easy to install

(LinuxWorld) — A couple of weeks ago, I took a second look at Knoppix and how it could be used to do a quick Debian install. Warts and all, the Knoppix install script provides a quick and dirty way for experienced Linux users to have Debian installed without suffering from what can be a psyche-bruising experience. It seems there are a number of distributions interested in doing the same thing. According to DistroWatch.com, 12 of the 105 distributions they are currently tracking are Debian-based. That dozen includes Knoppix, Lindows, Libranet and Xandros. This week we're going to look at Xandros, the successor to Corel Linux, which has recently released its 1.0 version. A brief history of Xandros Corel needed a cash infusion a couple of years ago. After receiving it in the form of a $150 million dollar investment by Microsoft, they announced they were getting o... (more)

'Tis the season to frag with Linux

(LinuxWorld) — We're in that "special" time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Shopping time and tempers grow short. Parking spots grow scarce. Frustrations grow and multiply. Even in small towns, it is hard to escape the insanity. Last week in a small town near where I live, a man went berserk in a Wal-Mart parking lot and drove his truck into five other vehicles, presumably cracking under shopping-induced pressure. This holiday season, it's healthy to save a little quiet time for yourself. To meditate on life's simple pleasures. To quietly and contemplatively cozy-up with a good FPS and frag everything that moves. FPS, if you don't speak video-game, stands for First Person Shooter. You know, games like Quake or Unreal Tournament. If you run Linux and don't have the cash to buy UT2003 or Quake 3, you might think this path to inner peace is not availa... (more)

Linux distro comparo: Help squash this columnist's bias!

(LinuxWorld) -- Before I get started on this week's topic, I want to request my readers to calm down about last week's column. I know the headline implied that the column itself was a newbie's guide to choosing a Linux distribution, but it was only meant to set the stage for such a guide by laying out my current opinion of the past versions of various distributions. That gives you a baseline against which you can compare my opinion of the latest versions. I even came clean about the fact that I have hated all SuSE distributions up to version 7.0 in order to lay all my cards on the table. I want to give you the opportunity to write off whatever I say about the next version if I still hate it and you happen to disagree. Or, if I happen to love the next version, perhaps you will learn something about what was wrong with the prior versions that you didn't notice. The on... (more)

A First Look at the Fedora Installation

I just took my first look at the Fedora installation. Sure does look a lot like the Red Hat installation. Funny how that works... Real minor stuff... Fedora would not let me install on my USB drive. SuSE 9.0 would allow me to install there (/dev/sda1) and GRUB was able to find and boot that partition. By the way, that's an IDE drive inspite of the /dev/sda. I still think that the SuSE 9.0 installation is the best of the Linux installs. I think it beats the Windows installs as well. SuSE's GUI partition program blows the doors off the Red Hat partitioner. Why somebody would write a partitioning program that did not display volume labels is beyond me. If you want to decide what software goes on your system -- as opposed to just accept some predetermined defaults -- SuSE 9.0 again blows the doors off Red Hat. Red Hat's attempt to write its own GUI front end to RPM was not... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Scott Testa of Mindbridge

SYS-CON Radio interviews Scott Testa of Mindbridge Software Listen to the Interview ... (more)

What Linux Really Needs is a Killer Game

ID software have been gracious to release their old games to the community, but for the latest "killer" games you need Windows. I really believe that when we get our act together and launch a game-based distro, we will be home and dry. We need some "killer'"games on the CD. We need the source for the games on that CD. We need that CD in places like Electronics Boutique and GAME. We need kids able to pick up that CD (or DVD, with respect to another learned friend posting here) and turn their PC into a games console, without ruining Mum's or Dad's official documents. As those games are played, kids will be encouraged to learn how they work and maybe work on their own. AMOS and Blitz basic on the Amiga formed a huge range of great games, but getting people learning C++ from an early age would lead to great things for the future, I'm sure. Linux games sites at the moment... (more)

The i-Technology Right Stuff

Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve, December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!   In alphabetical order the nominees are:   Tim Berner... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
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At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throughout enterprises of all sizes.
When you're operating multiple services in production, building out forensics tools such as monitoring and observability becomes essential. Unfortunately, it is a real challenge balancing priorities between building new features and tools to help pinpoint root causes. Linkerd provides many of the tools you need to tame the chaos of operating microservices in a cloud native world. Because Linkerd is a transparent proxy that runs alongside your application, there are no code changes required. It even comes with Prometheus to store the metrics for you and pre-built Grafana dashboards to show exactly what is important for your services - success rate, latency, and throughput.
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application performance guarantees & data privacy.
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the benefits of the cloud without losing performance as containers become the new paradigm.