Open Source Software Spotlight

From your underlying open source server operating system to the open source tools that help you get your job done, open source software is likely a critical part of your IT infrastructure. This ServerWatch section will keep you abreast of the latest releases, reviews and various troubleshooting tips.

What's With All the Docker Love?

If you're into server virtualization tech, Docker is your friend, partly because you it plays nicely with your existing virtualization infrastructure.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Debuts

The first major update to SUSE's flagship distribution since the company was split out from Novell is now available.

Mirantis Raises $100M for OpenStack Cloud Efforts

Armed with its latest funding round, OpenStack specialist Mirantis is positioning itself for an IPO in 2016.

VMware Exploring New Frontiers of Innovation?

It's time to take a closer look at the big takeaway from VMware coming out of VMworld 2014.

OpenStack Juno Cloud Features Trove Database-as-a-Service Updates

The upcoming open-source OpenStack Juno cloud platform will now support more databases and database features.

Building Linux Distributions That Aren't Boring [VIDEO]

Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller discusses why Linux has become boring to some and his plan to change that perception.

Red Hat Extends Cisco Server Partnership

A partnership between Red Hat and Cisco USC that began in 2009 is still going strong, with continued collaboration on the cloud a point of emphasis.

IBM Set to Debut New Power 8 Servers in October [VIDEO]

IBM's General Manager of Power takes aim at Intel and details why openness matter for chip design.

Docker Founder Details His Plan to Secure Virtualization

VIDEO: Solomon Hykes explains what's coming next in the open-source Docker container virtualization project.

The Benefits of Docker vs. Server Virtualization

While containerization may not be a substitute for full-blown hypervisor-based server virtualization, it does offer a number of key benefits.

Is KVM or Docker Faster for Server Virtualization?

A new report from IBM stacks up Linux container against KVM virtual machine performance.

CentOS 7 Open-Source Server OS Arrives in Style

Red Hat-based CentOS 7 debuts less than a month after the general release of RHEL 7.

What's Next for OpenStack Is Ironic [VIDEO]

Execs from the open-source OpenStack Foundation outline some of the big new innovations in the development pipeline.

Inside the Nebula One OpenStack Cloud Server [VIDEO]

Chris Kemp, founder of Nebula and former CTO of NASA, explains how the new cloud server appliance works.

Ubuntu Orange Box Mobilizes OpenStack Clouds [VIDEO]

At the OpenStack Summit Ubuntu demonstrates a portable cloud solution as well as the first 64-bit ARM server running OpenStack.

HP Invests $1B in OpenStack Cloud, Rebrands Cloud OS as Helion

Hewlett-Packard renews its OpenStack commitment with a $1 billion, two-year investment in R&D and its new Helion cloud platform initiative.

Oracle Embraces OpenStack in Solaris 11.2

Latest version of Oracle's Unix operating system provides cloud, SDN and traditional operating system enhancements.

Microsoft Says Azure Cloud Services Safe From Heartbleed SSL Flaw

The company assures users Azure is immune to the OpenSSL flaw that affects much of the Internet. Customers running Linux images should remain on alert.

Red Hat Banking on OpenStack for Future Growth

Red Hat's fiscal 2014 revenues top $1.5 billion as interest in OpenStack and RHEL 7 set the stage for more growth to come.

Open Source Apache and Nginx Web Servers Get More Secure

Apache HTTP Server 2.4.9 and Nginx 1.5.12 debut with patches for security vulnerabilities.

Linux Kernel Patching Gets Dynamic

Oracle, SUSE and Red Hat have now all launched efforts that promise zero-downtime patching. How do the three approaches differ?

Piston Updates OpenStack Cloud Platform

Migrating from one OpenStack release to the next is a key challenge that Piston Cloud Computing has claimed to have conquered.

Open Compute Project Takes on Converged Infrastructure, Saves Facebook $1 Billion

Is converged infrastructure a "buzzword" for vendor lock-in?

Penguin Computing's Altus OCP31 Open Compute Project Offering

The Altus OCP31 showcases some of the key advantages a third-generation OCP-based server system can offer for those looking to save on operating costs as well as initial procurement costs.

Nginx Plus 2.0 Web Server Debuts with Enterprise-Grade Enhancements

Improved support for Java applications and advanced application health monitoring and high-availability features highlight the new release's enhancements.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server OS Arrives in Beta

Red Hat customers can finally get their hands on an early version of the company's next-generation server operating system platform.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Set to Include Docker Container Virtualization

VIDEO: Brian Stevens, CTO of Red Hat, talks about the next major release of Red Hat's flagship Linux operating system.

OpenSUSE 13.1 Linux Accelerates Open Source Quality

Latest release of SUSE's community Linux distribution packs in new features and benefits from an improved quality assurance process.

SUSE Linux Goes Long on Support

Enterprise Linux vendor SUSE extends support term length for SLES 11 and builds on its partnership with Microsoft for systems management.

Pivotal Brings Cloud Foundry PaaS into Full Release

After years of development, Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service is now ready for mass consumption as part of Pivotal One.

The Evolution of OpenStack Continues with New Projects

The open source cloud computing platform isn't just about storage and compute anymore as new services emerge.

OpenStack Demand Is High as Havana Debut Nears: Report

A Red Hat-sponsored report shows growth potential for the open-source OpenStack cloud, though there are some challenges.

IBM Sheds Light on Software-Defined Environments Strategy

Big Blue is looking to create a more cohesive 'software-defined everything' world, largely by centering on OpenStack.

The Secret to OpenStack's Cloud Success? Gravity

The Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation explains what it takes to build a platform ecosystem.

IBM Opens Up to OpenStack for Enterprise Cloud Foundation

Big Blue tabs the open source cloud platform as the base for all of its cloud computing offerings.

Piston Cloud Raises $12.5 Million for OpenStack Cloud Tech

Open source OpenStack cloud vendor gets a little help from Cisco in a new round of funding.

VMware Pumps $30 Million into Puppet

VMware makes strategic investment in open source-based configuration management technology - what does it all mean?

Mirantis Raises $10 Million for OpenStack Services

Founder says he has turned down acquisition offers as his company continues to grow by helping others build OpenStack public clouds.

What's on the Horizon for the OpenStack Grizzly Cloud?

As the open source cloud project continues to grow,  new projects could land in the next release.

VMware vSphere Embraces OpenStack

VMware CTO Steve Herrod tells OpenStack that he want to join the party.

OpenStack Open Source Cloud Distributions Take Shape

Ubuntu, SUSE and Red Hat explain how the nascent market for packaged cloud server distributions is beginning to shape up.

Ubuntu Helps Accelerate OpenStack Deployments

Mark Shuttleworth details what it takes to deliver OpenStack in production, in 3 minutes or less.

Cisco Debuts Its Own OpenStack Distribution

The networking hardware giant releases a key open source cloud distribution.

Red Hat Integrates OpenStack with Linux Platform and Management Tools

With OpenStack Folsom now officially available, Red Hat reveals how it's putting the open source cloud technology together for an Enterprise release.

Can OpenStack Overcome Its Cloudy Climate?

Will political in-fighting and dissent over open and closed cloud platform alternatives prevent cloud providers from helping make the cloud enterprise a reality?

Piston's Airframe Arrives for OpenStack Private Cloud Systems

The company looks to stand out by making it easier for organizations to jump on the OpenStack bandwagon.

Apache Deltacloud Hits Open Source Cloud Server Milestone

Different cloud server technologies all come together and get abstracted in Deltacloud 1.0.

Rackspace Finally Goes Public with OpenStack Cloud Servers

After more than two years of promoting the open source OpenStack project, Rackspace is finally ready to deliver it for its own cloud customers.

Open Source OpenStack ARMs the Cloud

The cloud will no longer be confined to just the realm of x86 servers as OpenStack turns two.

Open Source OpenStack Moving Forward as Folsom Nears

Is it officially the summer of OpenStack?  Work on governance as well as technology continues to accelerate.

SUSE Linux Building Commercial Open Source OpenStack Offering

The new OpenStack private cloud will take full advantage of SUSE Studio and cloud management capabilities.

NASA Ditching Open Source OpenStack? Not So Fast

While Amazon boasts that NASA is saving $1M by moving to AWS, the truth is a bit more complex.

Puppet Partners with EMC on Open Source Razor

New provisioning tool takes aim at bare metal server deployments.  

IaaS Meets PaaS: Piston Brings Cloud Foundry Platform to OpenStack

A new open source project lets Cloud Foundry PaaS run on OpenStack IaaS.

Puppet Configures OpenStack

Open source cloud platform now has open source configuration options.

OpenStack Essex Delivers Cloud Dashboard

Latest open source OpenStack release provides new management, security, storage and compute features.

Citrix Walks Away from OpenStack, Moves to Apache CloudStack

Citrix kills its commercial OpenStack efforts, claiming it wasn't Amazon compatible; OpenStack execs disagree.

Puppet Enterprise 2.5 Takes Aim at Infrastructure

The latest release of Puppet goes beyond simple server and application configuration.

13 Free Network and DNS Tools

These 13  free network and DNS tools will go a long way toward helping you administer, troubleshoot, manage and secure your network.

OpenStack Debuts TryStack

Open source cloud computing platform gets a new on-ramp with TryStack effort.

Dell Leans on SUSE for OEM Linux Solutions

What's sitting inside your Dell OEM solution? If it's Linux, then it's likely to be SUSE.

Cloudera Expands Hadoop Management for the Enterprise

Cloudera Enterprise 3.7 debuts providing enterprise tools for managing Big Data.

Fedora 16 Goes Exploring With Verne

New Linux release embraces OpenStack and improved GNOME desktop.

Use s3cmd for Managing Amazon S3 Storage from the CLI

If you're looking to script backups or other operations, a reliable CLI tool that works with S3 is a must. s3cmd fits the bill.

Opscode Brings Chef to Windows

The open source server configuration management tool makes the leap to Windows, enabling automation for both Linux and Windows.

Zend Debuts PHPcloud

New cloud service for PHP developers takes flight with tools to help build and test cloud applications.

Use httperf for Server Benchmarking

Prototyping Web applications? Trying to test and tune your Web servers? httperf makes it easy to test HTTP server workloads.

Ubuntu 11.10 Ocelot Heads to the Cloud

New Ubuntu release builds in OpenStack, Juju and updated Unity interface on the desktop.

There's a New GNU fdisk in Town

The latest GNU fdisk is now in alpha. Not anywhere ready for production, but ready for the adventurous to take out for a spin.

Rackspace Opens Up OpenStack With Planned Foundation

A new open source foundation is set to take shape.

Kernel Developers Share Security Tips

Learn tips for keeping your Linux system safe in this post-kernel.org-breach world.

Engine Yard Brings JRuby to Cloud

Java on Ruby implementation takes a big leap forward enabling deployment of production supported cloud.

Piston Computing Secures OpenStack

A new take on OpenStack debuts with automated deployment and security baked in.

Give Yourself a Menu in Vim

Completing filenames when using Vim in command mode can be tricky. These tips will make it a simpler task.

Puppet Enterprise 2.0 Expands Configuration Management

Configuration management tool gets new reporting user interface and  faster synchronization.