Apache Kafka updates to 0.9

As Apache developers awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, they found themselves transformed in their beds into a giant new version of Apache Kafka. Version 0.9, released yesterday, adds security support for SSL for the first time, as well as new consumer APIs. This latest version of Kafka includes updates that should make it easier … continue reading


NodeOS nears 1.0 in its quest for a 100% JavaScript OS

The Node.js community has built itself an operating system. Known as NodeOS, this Linux kernel-based distribution layers a 100% JavaScript world on top of the traditional OS foundation. This layer is backed by the Node Package Manager (NPM), which allows all of the JavaScript applications to be downloaded and installed easily. NodeOS is a slender … continue reading


Nmap 7 is released

The quintessential open-source network mapper, Nmap, was updated to version 7 yesterday. This version includes mature IPv6 support and expanded capabilities for its scripting engine. The biggest draw for security-wary developers and admins alike, however, may be the top-shelf SSL/TLS scanning. With SSL and TLS vulnerable to so many different attacks discovered over the past … continue reading


SD Times Blog: Docker turns to Minecraft for server ops

Software teams for decades have hoped to build platforms in which they can construct software like Legos. Block upon block, infrastructure piece upon infrastructure piece, it is said, the future will enable us to piece together programs from smaller primitives and link them together as easily as clicking blocks into place. This, of course, is … continue reading


QCon highlights microservices, troubleshooting

Now that we all live in this cloudy, serverless world, what in the heck do we do when something goes wrong? This was a major topic of discussion at QCon San Francisco’s second day. Today’s talks and gatherings focused heavily on engineering reliability at scale, and on how to build services that can fail gracefully. … continue reading


Uber: Embracing the chaos

At QCon San Francisco today, Matt Ranney, chief architect at Uber, detailed the chaotic internal workings of the company’s software stack. The talk included references to three of Uber’s open-source projects, but also highlighted the utter chaos going on inside the organization. When Uber was created, said Ranney, it was little more than an outsourced … continue reading


Rancher Labs introduces container platform

Rancher Labs and infrastructure startup Redapt today introduced a new container platform for running systems inside of a datacenter or cloud. The platform includes support for various levels of container infrastructure, from scheduling to Docker and its supporting projects. Rancher Labs characterized this new platform, known as RancherOS, as a way for enterprises to run … continue reading


Apache Cassandra 3.0 arrives

Apache’s NoSQL key-value store, Cassandra, reached version 3.0 today, with dozens of bug fixes and performance improvements. Chief among the changes is the improvement of data consistency operations, as well as savings when it comes to space used by the data store. Among the changes in this release are the new materialized views and user-defined … continue reading


Engine Yard container group launches Kubernetes packaging system

When Engine Yard acquired Deis in April, it was a clear sign that the company had an interest in containers. Deis offered a container-based PaaS, and today the company released a package-management system for Kubernetes, known as Helm. Kubernetes has recently become a popular target for developers and vendors alike looking for a way to … continue reading


Pivotal updates Cloud Foundry distribution

Pivotal has updated its Cloud Foundry distribution to version 1.6. This update introduces Spring Cloud Services for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, as well as a new runtime that allows .NET applications and Docker containers to be hosted inside the Platform-as-a-Service. Version 1.6 is focused on enabling enterprises to deploy and expand microservices within their organization. To … continue reading

Hortonworks' Owen O'Malley

Big Data TechCon highlights expanding needs of enterprises

At Big Data TechCon in Chicago this week, attendees were treated to a glimpse of the future of Hadoop and large-scale data processing. With new solutions such as Apache Apex and Snowflake, enterprise options were shown to be expanding fast. Keynote speaker Owen O’Malley, cofounder of Hortonworks and a 10-year veteran of the Hadoop project, … continue reading


Docker has 1.9 arrived

Docker 1.9 arrived yesterday afternoon, bringing with it a host of changes to make the container platform more robust and capable of handling clusters of applications. This release is the first to include the final versions of multi-host networking and the clustering tool known as Swarm. Solomon Hykes, CTO and chief architect at Docker, said, … continue reading

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