Google’s Material Design gets another update
Google is answering the comments and suggestions developers have been giving them about its material design by releasing another major update to the spec.

One the biggest requests the company said it has received from developers and designers is quicker access to related developer documentation. Google has responded by adding links for Android developers and tightly integrating the spec with both the Android and Polymer docs.

Other features include a new section that goes deeper into the environment established by material design; a “What’s new” section to help users track the spec’s evolution; a new section on product icons; new patterns; new and updated components; and a new usability section.

“Stay tuned for even more updates as we continue to integrate the relevant developer docs, refine existing spec sections, and expand the spec to cover more ground,” Roman Nurik, design advocate at Google, wrote on the company’s blog.

Red Hat partners with Dell on DevOps Solution Starter Pack
Dell and Red Hat want to help their customers build a DevOps solution. The two companies have announced a collaborative effort to create the Dell and Red Hat DevOps Solution Starter Pack, which includes a combination of Red Hat’s OpenShift Enterprise PaaS and Dell’s PowerEdge R420 server.

The solution will be sold through certified Red Hat channel partners, starting with Vizuri.

“The DevOps Solution Starter Pack provides businesses with seamless access to solutions and services aimed at making the cloud consumable in a complete packaged offering,” said Ashesh Badani, VP and general manager of OpenShift at Red Hat. “Vizuri has long collaborated with Red Hat and demonstrates significant expertise and knowledge of the Red Hat portfolio, and this combined offering should bring value to customers whether they are in application development, operations, or an architect.”

Cloud Technology Partners announces CTP Labs
Cloud Technology Partners is helping transform existing software and enterprise systems to multi-tenant, auto-scaling cloud services with its release of CTP Labs.

“CTP Labs brings pre-packaged and proven approaches, methods, frameworks and toolsets to the project, thus improving time to market while taking the guesswork, risk and cost out of converting systems into cloud services,” said David Linthicum, senior VP at Cloud Technology Partners. “All technology issues are considered, including multi-tenancy, auto-scaling, provisioning, use-based accounting, governance, management, and API development.”

CTP Labs features experienced cloud business strategists, architects, development engineers, DevOps experts and security specialists, and it provides market analysis, business modeling, and product planning and development to ensure cloud services meet customer expectations and marketplace requirements.

MongoDB certifies its Connector for Hadoop with the MapR Distribution
MapR Technologies and MongoDB have announced a new partnership. As part of the partnership, MongoDB has certified its Connector for Hadoop with MapR’s Distribution data platform, allowing users to leverage an enterprise-grade Hadoop platform for moving operational data and analytics insights between the MapR Distribution and MongoDB.

“The MongoDB Connector for Hadoop enables customers to easily move their critical business data between MongoDB and the MapR Distribution,” said Vijay Vijayasankar, vice president of global channels and business development at MongoDB. “Delivering a production-ready Hadoop option to our joint customers is only the beginning of the MongoDB and MapR partnership.”

MongoDB’s Connector for Hadoop features bi-directional access to MongoDB data in a Hadoop environment, and provides support for Map/Reduce, classes for loading and storing MongoDB data, and classes for reading and writing to the MongoDB backup file format.