EMC finally gets into the all-flash game with first XtremIO units

  SUMMARY:Rivals love to point out that EMC is late to all-flash storage. But now that it’s shipping its new XtremeIO arrays, that may not matter since EMC is, after all, EMC. In one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, EMC on Thursday is launching solid-state storage arrays resulting from its purchase of XtremIO a year and a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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” ...

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 ...

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 ...