Apr
26
2016
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CoreOS’s Stackanetes lets you use Kubernetes to run OpenStack in containers

Container CoreOS today announced Stackanetes at the OpenStack Summit in Austin. Stackanetes (and yes, that name probably isn’t ideal) brings together OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform that allows enterprises to run their own AWS-style cloud computing services in their private and public clouds, and Kubernetes, Google’s open source container management service. The… Read More

Apr
26
2016
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Dropbox’s latest idea could change the way you think about cloud storage

dropbox image One of the problems with Dropbox and indeed all cloud storage is the way they have implemented how you view your cloud storage on your local drive. If you want to access your cloud file system in your local file management tool, you literally need to have it stored on your drive, which really defeats the idea of having cloud storage in the first place — especially on devices with… Read More

Apr
25
2016
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Rackspace brings AppFormix’s cloud optimization platform to its private cloud

AppFormix_Grid Rackspace today announced that it is partnering with AppFormix to bring that company’s cloud monitoring and performance optimization tools to its private OpenStack cloud customers.
Thanks to this partnership, Rackspace will now license AppFormix’s tools and bring it to all of its private cloud customers who use Rackspace to manage their clouds. This will give them access to… Read More

Apr
25
2016
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Shyp added another fee to its online return shipments

Shyp Shyp is now charging a $5 handling fee for its online returns in addition to its regular pickup fee and postage costs.
Shyp’s big play has been that it’ll charge a simple $5 fee, plus postage, for a quick pickup and delivery. It expanded into online returns in March last year after noticing an increasing percentage of its user base began returning items through the service. That… Read More

Apr
25
2016
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Crater’s SurveyBot offers video-chat software to moving companies

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 9.47.05 AM Companies like Makespace and Clutter have fully encroached upon the old-school industry of storage, but the even more ancient moving industry has been left relatively untouched.
Until now. Read More

Apr
25
2016
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OpenStack Foundation launches its first cloud admin certification exams to combat talent shortage

os_austin It’s no secret that it’s still hard to find good tech talent, and that’s definitely the case for the kind of complex and highly specialized skill set it takes to administer an OpenStack cloud. To grow this talent pool and to allow admins to show off their OpenStack skills, the OpenStack Foundation today announced the launch of its first certification program for OpenStack… Read More

Apr
22
2016
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Windows Ink, Cortana improvements and more arrive in the latest Windows 10 build out now

ink3-1024x683 It’s going to be a good Friday for those testing the latest releases of the Windows 10 operating system, as Microsoft is today rolling out a new build of its PC and mobile OS, which will allow users to try the newly announced Windows Ink experience for the first time. Windows Ink, announced at the Build 2016 event last month, offers improved pen support for Windows 10 PCs, including… Read More

Apr
21
2016
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Percona Live 2016: Closing Comments and Prize Giveaway

Percona Live 2016

Percona Live 2016Well, that is it for Percona Live 2016! This year was bigger and better than last year and included more sponsors, speakers, technologies, and talks than ever before. Once again we’d like to thank everybody who participated, and the entire open source community in general: without your dedication and spirit, none of this would be possible.

At the prize ceremony, many of the exhibitors gave away a prize to the people who filled out and turned in a completed conference passport, as well as some gifts for those who completed surveys for the talks. Prizes ranged from $50 gift certificates, signed copies of Bill Nye’s book Unstoppable, an Amazon Echo, GoPro cameras, an Oculus Rift, a Playstation, and more. All the winners left happy (except maybe the guy who got the Mr. Spock socks, although I would have been pleased).

Thanks for coming, and we’ll see you in Amsterdam (and next year)!

Below is a video of the ceremony in full (it’s about 15 minutes long).

 

Apr
21
2016
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Percona Live 2016: MongoDB Security

Percona Live 2016

Percona Live 2016It’s almost time for the closing remarks and passport prize give away at Percona Live 2016, but still the talks keep coming. I was able to quickly pop into a lecture on MongoDB Security with Stephane Combaudon, MySQL Consultant at Slice Technologies.

Stephane went over some of the reported security issues with MongoDB and explained that MongoDB has good security features. Data security is a concern for most people, and recent reports in the news show that significant amounts of user details stored in MongoDB are easily accessible. This doesn’t mean that MongoDB can’t secure your data. As Stephane explained, MongoDB can be correctly secured – but some features are not enabled by default. In this session, we learned the main items that need to be checked to get a robust MongoDB deployment. Those items include:

  • Network security: Stopping people from connecting to your MongoDB instances
  • Operating system security: stopping people from connecting to MongoDB and taking control of your servers
  • User security: how to make sure that users can only interact with specific portions of the data

I had a chance to quickly speak with Stephane after his talk:

See the rest of the Percona Live 2016 schedule here.

Apr
21
2016
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Percona Live 2016: Sometimes “Less is More” for dash-boarding and graphing

percona live 2016We’re starting to wind down here at Percona Live 2016, but there are still talks to see even this late in the conference! One of the talks I saw was Sometimes “Less is More” for dash-boarding and graphing with Michael Blue, Senior DBA at Big Fish Games.

In this talk, Michael discussed how monitoring specific metrics can be more help than all the metrics. In a monitor/measure everything environment, to get the big picture sometimes “Less is More.” There are good monitoring tools available for DBAs, with tons of metrics to measure, but at a larger scale it seems impossible to get that big picture view of your environment without spending much of your time going over all the metrics your graphing, sifting through emails of false positives alerts, and reading tons of your cron job outputs. In the talk, Michael explained the approaches he took at Big Fish to create better dashboards for all audiences without visual overload, which helped the DBAs find potential issues that were not caught via conventional monitoring. This session included:

This session included:

  • The basics of visualization
  • Picking metrics to measure at scale
  • How they leverage custom dashboards, Graphite, and the MySQL Enterprise Monitor

I had a chance  to speak with Michael after his talk:

 Check out more of the Percona Live 2016 schedule here.

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