Bracing for the OpenStack deluge

  SUMMARY:Huawei, Hitachi and Aptira are aboard as OpenStack Foundation Gold members, Cisco beefs up its OpenStack bundles and more news out of the OpenStack Summit 2013. Here they come. The OpenStack faithful are gathering in Hong Kong this week atthe OpenStack Summit, hoping to show how the open-source cloud stack has matured enough for ...

Who wants a suite? Oracle, Salesforce.com, Adobe, every software vendor, that’s who

  photo: Shutterstock/Helder Almeida SUMMARY:Enterprise software companies, eager to soak up more of their customers’ IT budget are building out sales and marketing suites to do just that. Oracle’s intention to buy BigMachines, a provider of cloud-based sales automation services, fills in yet another box in the software giant’s application wish list. This deal, announced Wednesday and for ...

Facebook tells how it makes its MySQL cluster ‘almost run itself’

Facebook has one of the largest, if not the largest, MySQL installations in the world, and has created a tool to keep that system online with as little human intervention as possible. It’s called MySQL Pool Scanner and, Facebook’s Shlomo Priymak wrote in a post on Monday describing it, it’s designed to automate ”nearly everything a conventional MySQL ...

Understanding a little more about /etc/profile and /etc/bashrc

  Recently I was working on an issue where an application was not retaining the umask setting set in the root users profile or /etc/profile. After looking into the issue a bit it seemed that the application in question only applied the umask setting that was set in /etc/bashrc and would not even accept the ...

7 DevOps Habits

Glenn O’Donnell and Kurt Bittner, Forrester Research analysts, have published a report that describes how developers and operations see each other when working in isolation and offers seven habits of collaboration between the two. Their “The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective DevOps” are: Getting the two sides to talk to each other Taking an outside-in approach to everything ...

Is devops just downsizing in disguise?

Written by David Mytton Devops can be a little difficult to define because it’s sometimes referred to as a set of tools, a way of doing operations or even as a job title. Yet one of the consistent themes is that it’s all about developers being more involved with the operational side of their applications, ...

Microsoft keeps building its hybrid cloud with Windows Azure updates

  SUMMARY:A set of updates to Windows Azure include new backup services, an SDK, and a preview Hyper-V recovery manager. Microsoft continues to push out enhancements and updates to its cloud. This week it’s made Windows Azure Backup Services broadly available and announced a couple other updates including a new software development kit (SDK) that should ease debugging ...

Apple releases iOS 7.0.3 to fix bugs, add iCloud Keychain support

The small update also fixes iMessage and an iPhone 5S sensor calibration problem. Andrew Cunningham Hot on the heels of its big hardware and software announcements today, Apple has just issued iOS version 7.0.3 to all devices supported by iOS 7. In addition to adding support for the new iPads (all the demo units at ...

How to make your own bootable OS X 10.9 Mavericks USB install drive

Apple has changed things in 10.9, but making a recovery drive is still possible. Flickr user Prime Number When Apple released OS X 10.7 two years ago, it stopped selling operating system DVDs in its stores, stopped shipping recovery disks with new Macs, and switched to downloadable installers for OS X upgrades. These download-only installers ...

Windows 8.1: What a difference a year makes

Review: Not perfect, but 8.1 is an OS that actually works for desktop, mobile. Windows 8 was an ambitious operating system. Microsoft’s goal was, and still is, to have a single operating system that can span the traditional PC, the tablet, and everything in between. To do this, the company introduced a new kind of application—the “Modern” or “Metro” style ...