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OpenStack's latest release keeps the DIY private cloud features coming

The latest milestone release of OpenStack, the open source cloud platform project that's become a centerpiece of both Red Hat's and Canonical's cloud-building efforts, is out. But as advanced as this release is over its predecessors, a few key integrations for OpenStack remain as future to-do items -- and there's tension between the pace of OpenStack releases and the curve of its overall adoption.

Ubuntu chases after Red Hat with OpenStack and Docker bundles

Even if Canonical hasn't remade the consumer desktop with Ubuntu or made much of a dent with Ubuntu as a phone or tablet OS -- at least, not compared to the way Google has with both Android and Chrome -- there's no denying the presence of Ubuntu as a server.

With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 on Thursday, Canonical is attempting to further define how it stands out from enterprise-centric distributions like Red Hat even as it shares features typically associated with Red Hat.

Open-Xchange adds spreadsheet program to its online app suite

Open source collaboration software vendor Open-Xchange has added a spreadsheet function to its open-source, Web-based productivity suite, allowing the online editing and sharing of Microsoft Excel documents.

Cloudera gets $160M to bring Hadoop to the enterprise

Cloudera today announced that it has secured $160 million in new financing to advance its distribution of the open source Hadoop big data platform.

The move brings the company's total funding up to $300 million and reflects how bullish investors are on the Hadoop platform being a major tool for companies to handle their data in the future.

When You Pay for Cloud Storage, You’re Only Paying for Convenience

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?

Mirantis, IBM give businesses 75,000 reasons to adopt OpenStack

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.

Google, Microsoft, Salesforce back OpenID Connect

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.

Open source challenges a proprietary Internet of things

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:

Suse does OpenStack with Suse Cloud 3

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 offers Canonical-customized Ubuntu as a cloud service

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.

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