Application awareness in cloud networking: Real or imagined?

Even before the cloud came along, there was considerable interest in the idea that networks should treat every application differently because each has unique needs — a concept known as application awareness or application-aware networking. With its potential to host applications on the network, the cloud is especially sensitive to application performance issues caused by ...

OpenStack tutorial: A guide for cloud providers

With the hype surrounding OpenStack, it’s hard for cloud providers to make sense of it all. We’ll help you find out how to take advantage of OpenStack’s potential, explore alternatives and best the competition. There’s no shortage of hype around OpenStack, and not all of it is unfounded. Large cloud providers such as Rackspace have ...

150,000 cloud virtual machines will help solve mysteries of the Universe

OpenStack, Puppet used to build cloud for world’s largest particle accelerator. CERN data center equipment in Geneva. CERN When you’re running the world’s largest particle accelerator, smashing particles at nearly the speed of light to understand the Universe at its most basic levels, you’d better have a great IT strategy. That’s why CERN, the European ...

Inktank gears up Ceph storage with support for Red Hat Linux

SUMMARY:Ceph is an open-source storage fan fave and now Inktank is buffing it up with Red Hat Linux support. One thing we learned at last month’s OpenStack Summit was that the open-source cloud crowd really, really likes Ceph storage.  Ceph is an open-source distributed object store and file system that is clearly gaining traction in OpenStack shops. Now Inktank, a ...

Ubuntu Server 13.04 targets carriers and the big data crowd

This was posted originally on Gigaom. SUMMARY:Ubuntu Server is all about virtualization and OpenStack these days, and the new version reflects that. It’s not a long-term support release, but rather a good opportunity to test out new integrations. It’s Ubuntu release time again. On Thursday, version 13.04 of the venerable Linux distribution will come out, ...