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Microsoft goes open source, cross-platform with .NET developer tech

Microsoft is planning to open source the full server-side .NET core stack and to take that open-sourced .NET core to Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, alongside Windows. Microsoft officials announced the company's latest plans for .NET, a framework created by Microsoft that developers can use to build applications for Windows, on the opening day of the Connect(); developer-focused event on Wednesday.

Docker gets some competition with new Joyent, Canonical containers

Watch out, Docker! You're no longer the only container-based virtualization technology on the block -- spurred by the sudden success of Docker, platform services provider Joyent and Linux distributor Canonical have each open-sourced their container technologies.

Joyent's collection of container technologies could be used as the basis for running large-scale, big-data analysis jobs.

Digium Now Offers Cloud-based SIP Trunks

Two announcements in the news today from Digium:

HP leapfrogs Red Hat to become top contributor to OpenStack

According to the website Stackalytics.com, which tracks the companies that make code contributions to the open source cloud project, HP has overtaken Red Hat as being responsible for more new code than any other company in the latest release of the software.

Becoming the top contributor to OpenStack means different things to different people. For some, it amounts to bragging rights. Others may consider this a significant move for a company like HP to back a still-growing open source project like OpenStack.

Docker nets $40 million in funding, hopes to hook bigger fish: Enterprises

Docker's been enjoying plenty of uptake in the enterprise, but now there's a new symbol of its success: dollar signs.

Specifically, it's getting around $40 million via a round of series-C funding led by Sequoia Capital. Docker raised $15 million in series-B funding back in January, with the money used to "push toward the general availability of the Docker environment, develop commercial services that pair with the open source technology, and build a team to support the growing community," as TechCrunch noted.

Five ways Docker is taking over the world

In a little more than a year, Docker has gone from being a new kid on the block to a widely used and respected technology. For any project to become that big a draw in so short a time is an eye-opener, but evidence suggests Docker's growth is the real thing -- the creation of a standardized software platform for delivering apps at scale. Here are five signs of how Docker's rise is not likely to be mere faddism.

1. Docker usage

VMware stamps its imprint on OpenStack, with eye toward VM management

OpenStack is seen as an alternative to some of VMware's virtualization products, but now VMware is bringing OpenStack into its fold.

Google plunges in to Docker management

Docker 1.0's release couldn't have been more eventful, with new services making use of the fast-evolving application packaging ecosystem and the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux becoming more Docker-centric.

Add another major name to that list: Google, per its announcements yesterday. Not only is Google adding support for Docker images to Google App Engine, the company has open-sourced a container management tool for Docker that is theoretically capable of running outside of Google's cloud services.

Mozilla's $25 Firefox OS phones look to score in India

The alternative to Android and iOS is geared for low-budget markets, and it's about to hit one of the biggest in the world. Will that price tag light a fire?

Mirantis and IBM offer bare-metal hosted OpenStack-as-a-service

OpenStack, the build-your-own-cloud software adopted as a flagship product by Red Hat, Canonical, and others, has long been seen as difficult to set up and manage.

Now IBM (by way of its Softlayer cloud subsidiary) and Mirantis (an outfit that's both an OpenStack vendor and solutions provider) are pairing up to provide OpenStack as a private, on-demand, pay-as-you-go service hosted on bare metal provisioned exclusively for the user.

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