Heroku gussies up Postgres with database roll-back and proactive alerts

  SUMMARY:New Heroku Postgres database service features should free up DBAs to do more meaningful work, said product lead Craig Kerstiens. Heroku’s new Postgres 2.0 database service brings perks — including proactive database monitoring and alerts, and a rollback feature that is more forgiving if there’s a database snafu. The new “unlimited undo” feature, roughly analogous to Apple’s ...

OnApp offers one UI to manage virtual, bare-metal and “smart” servers

  photo: Anna Gordon/GigaOM SUMMARY:OnApp CEO Ditlev Bredahl claims OnApp version 3.1, which provides on-demand access to pretty much everything in the data center, is the platform he wishes he’d had when he was running hosting businesses. London-based OnApp has finally released version 3.1 of its software, which aims to help hosts and telcos get ...

Cisco-threatening open switch coming from Facebook, Intel, and Broadcom

Facebook and friends try to replace proprietary network hardware. Cisco Nexus switches. pchow98 Six months ago, Facebook announced that its Open Compute Project (OCP) would develop a top-of-rack switch that could boot nearly any type of networking software. With the help of Intel, Broadcom, and others, the consortium devoted to open hardware specifications would develop a rival ...

A quick reminder of why cloud computing really matters — the applications

photo: Barb Darrow SUMMARY:Amazon Web Services’ second-annual user conference is around the corner, but its scale is as much about AWS’s platform as it is about the ecosystem of developers and applications it has enabled. Amazon Web Services’ second-annual re:Invent user conference kicks off on Tuesday, and the scale of the thing speaks volumes of ...

RightScale rolls up multi-cloud management and cost analytics in one suite package

SUMMARY: The early mover in multi-cloud management is melding cloud cost and usage analytics with its management services in a new suite. Dealing with multiple clouds is all the rage, at least if you scan the headlines —  recently systems integration giant CSC bought ServiceMesh to deal with these issues. So RightScale, which staked its claim in ...

There is no open core in OpenStack

  SUMMARY:It used to be that open-source business models were exclusively “open core”: take code from trunk, wrap it with proprietary “value-add” and sell a “commercial” edition. For a number of reasons, from fast growth to broad reach, that model doesn’t fit OpenStack. The most common model of monetizing open source is the “open core” ...

Facebook open sources its SQL-on-Hadoop engine, and the web rejoices

  SUMMARY:Facebook has open sourced Presto, a SQL engine it says is on average 10 times faster than Hive for running queries across large data sets stored in Hadoop and elsewhere. Facebook has open sourced Presto, the interactive SQL-on-Hadoop engine the company first discussed in June. Presto is Facebook’s take on Cloudera’s Impala or Google’s Dremel, and ...

Cisco SDN news: new switches now, a controller later, and Insieme comes home

  SUMMARY:Cisco spin-in Insieme comes back to the mother ship as the multi-front battle with SDN rivals VMware et al. roils on. Cisco CEO John Chambers traveled to New York City for Wednesday morning’s launch of new products key to Cisco’s SDN story and, oh, by the way, to announce that Cisco is bringing Insieme, the ...

Cisco Counters Its Young Competitors in Data Networking

Cisco’s application-centric infrastructure includes software, services and partnerships meant to automate more of how software applications are deployed and run in both cloud computing systems and private data centers. Cisco Systems has announced its big play for the future of data networking, a multibillion-dollar business that holds the Internet together. It’s comprehensive, probably compelling for ...

Flexiant readies OpenStack support with plug-in-friendly Orchestrator release

  photo: JULIADEBOER PHOTOGRAPHY SUMMARY:The British company, whose software aims to help service providers enter the cloud game, has “opened up” its platform to allow more flexibility. It’s also preparing to support OpenStack, claiming it will make service provider deployments less painful. Flexiant, a company that sells service providers software to help them start offering cloud ...