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What do you get for your money? That’s the question everyone looking to buy a piece of tech asks themselves. It also happens to be the question this recurring feature will try to answer. Is it worth spending extra on high-end gear, or do you get what you need with cheaper models?
When Mirantis wanted to see how well OpenStack scaled when dealing with tens of thousands of VMs, it teamed up with IBM's SoftLayer to create some benchmarks. The results: Some 75,000 small VMs were deployed over approximately 8 hours, with VMs taking around 200 seconds on average to boot.
After some four years of wrangling, the OpenID Foundation has finally given the thumbs-up to OpenID Connect, its protocol for both authenticating users and providing a distributed way to handle privacy and permissions.
But a protocol by itself is a long way from being a full solution to the nasty hash of credentials, mechanisms, and standards that developers and administrators have to deal with whenever the word "security" enters the conversation.
The only limit to the Internet of things isn't imagination or technology. It's the vendors. Will your Whirlpool, Maytag, or GE washer be able to communicate with your Samsung TV or Apple iPhone, Sears oven, or any other device?
Without interoperability, consumer devices, electronic appliances, and sensor-equipped wearables won't recognize each other and communicate. It will make scenarios, such as this one, difficult:
Like Linux before it, OpenStack is manifesting via different vendors, each a product of a different development philosophy and target market. Now, the creator of a major business-grade Linux -- not Red Hat, but Suse -- is revving its own edition of OpenStack.
Dubbed Suse Cloud 3, this distribution of the Havana edition of OpenStack supports two of the big new features rolled out for OpenStack this time around: its orchestration (Heat) and telemetry (Ceilometer) components.
Joyent wants to bring Linux into its fold of advanced computing cloud services, and has started offering an enterprise-supported version of the Canonical Ubuntu distribution that has been modified to take advantage of Joyent's infrastructure.
"The two companies actually complement each other, from an engineering perspective," said Bryan Cantrill, Joyent senior vice president of engineering, speaking of Joyent and Canonical, which manages the Ubuntu distribution.
The latest point revision of the popular OpenOffice.org fork, LibreOffice, is now available for download. Version 4.2 sports a good mix of improved existing features and some valuable new ones; here are some of the most crucial improvements and additions and what makes them stand out.
Better "round-trip" integration with Microsoft OOXML documents
For nearly two years, tech insiders whispered that Microsoft was designing its own computer servers. Much like Google and Facebook and Amazon, the voices said, Microsoft was fashioning a cheaper and more efficient breed of server for use inside the massive data centers that drive its increasingly popular web services, including Bing, Windows Azure, and Office 365.
Le gouvernement inaugure une nouvelle version du portail d’accès aux données publiques : 13 000 jeux de données avec 10 fois plus de sources de production data.
Salesforce.com, the preeminent software as a service (SaaS) company, is reportedly joining the open source OpenStack project.
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