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.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6 Previews New Technology

Latest release of OpenShift is based on the Kubernetes 1.6 milestone and provides a sneak peak of new capabilities yet to come.

Bitnami's Cabin Mobile Kubernetes Dashboard Goes Open Source

Run a full Kubernetes cluster from the palm of your hand with the newly open-sourced Cabin.

Open Container Initiative Specifications Near 1.0 Completion

A vote on the OCI image specification is approved unanimously, while a vote on the runtime specification is still ongoing.

Docker 17.06 CE Debuts with Multi-Stage Container Builds

The first release of Docker's community edition since the move to the Moby Project is now available.

Red Hat Grows Linux Business as Telcos Adopt OpenStack

Red Hat reports first quarter fiscal 2018 revenue of $677 million as the company's core Linux platform continues to score large deals.

OpenStack Cloud Evolves Beyond Its Python 2.6 Roots

VIDEO: Jonathan Bryce of the OpenStack Foundation explains how the open-source cloud platform has moved from Python 2 to Python 3 and now also has projects in typesafe programming languages.

Heptio Helps Launch Ksonnet To Make Kubernetes Simpler

After publicly stating that 'Kubernetes Sucks,' co-founder of Heptio is helping to lead a new effort that aims to simplify configuring Kubernetes.

New Features Coming in the OpenStack Pike Cloud Platform

At the OpenStack Summit in Boston, members of the project roadmap group provide insight into 8 new OpenStack capabilities set to debut in September.

SUSE Debuts OpenStack Cloud Monitoring

New commercial product is based on the OpenStack Monasca project.

Rackspace Partners with Dell EMC for OpenStack Cloud

VIDEO: Bryan Thompson, General Manager, OpenStack Private Cloud at Rackspace, explains what the new partnership with Dell EMC is all about.

OpenStack Aims to Enable a Composable and Cloud Native World

At the OpenStack Summit in Boston, interoperability across multiple open-source efforts is publicly demonstrated.

OpenStack Summit Highlights Cloud Use Cases

OpenStack Summit emphasizes community needs beyond just the cloud.

Microsoft Acquires Deis, Boosting Kubernetes and Container Portfolio

Leading open-source Kubernetes vendor gets scooped up by Microsoft.

Why Kubernetes Sucks and How to Fix It

Joe Beda helped to create Kubernetes and now he's on a mission to make it more accessible to a wider audience.

Container Self-Driving Technology Gets Turbo-Charged in Tectonic

CoreOS has never been short of chutzpah, and it's a trait that suits the company rather well, particularly as its products continue to evolve at a rapid rate.

Containerd and rkt Now Official CNCF Projects

Busy day at Kubecon CloudNativeCon Europe as cloud native technology moves forward.

CoreOS Tectonic Now Installs Kubernetes on OpenStack

Though CoreOS has had its Tectonic Kubernetes distribution for years, until today its installer didn't directly target OpenStack.

Docker Donating ContainerD to Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Docker's core container runtime project could soon be getting a new home.

NGINX Plus Release 12 Boosts Application Delivery Platform

New commercially supported release of popular open-source NGINX web server adds new scalability and management features.

Facebook Boosts Open Compute Server Platforms with New Designs

New Big Basin GPU server, Yosemite compute platform and Bryce Canyon storage chassis designs announced.

Docker 1.13 Prunes Containers, Improves Security

The Docker 1.13 release introduces multiple new commands including prune and squash, which can help containers to use disk space more efficiently.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 Improves Storage

New release of Red Hat's enterprise-grade container platform is based on the recent Kubernetes 1.4 milestone, adding new dynamic storage capabilities and an enhanced dashboard.

Snappy vs. Flatpak: Unified Linux Packaging Systems

[VIDEO] Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, details his ideas around Snappy and why it matters.

Red Hat Wins Big with OpenShift in 3Q17

Red Hat reports third quarter fiscal 2017 revenue of $615 million, with some large OpenShift deals helping to power the company forward.

IBM OpenWhisk Serverless Platform Now Generally Available

Amazon's Lamda isn't the only event-driven serverless platform that's production-ready.

Fedora 25 Adds Some Rust to Linux

New release of Red Hat's community Linux distribution debuts with desktop, server and developer tools.

Kubernetes 1.4 Aims to Address Complexity Concerns

While Kubernetes has earned a reputation as being particularly difficult to get up and running with as a container and cluster management system, Kubernetes 1.4 looks to change that in a big way.

SUSE Updates Enterprise Linux as Business Grows

At SUSEcon event, CEO Nils Brauckmann reflects on the last six years and the road ahead.

OpenStack Puts Interoperability to the Challenge at OpenStack Summit

[VIDEO] The Executive Director and COO of OpenStack Foundation provides a behind-the-scenes look at how a 16-vendor interoperability challenge at last week's OpenStack Summit worked.

Ubuntu Linux Founder Tells OpenStack to Focus on Things That Matter

VIDEO: Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu Linux, discusses his views on interoperability and why the "Big Tent" idea isn't a big winner.

OpenStack Security Project Aims to Protect the Open-Source Cloud

The OpenStack Security project adds new tools and processes to help secure OpenStack technologies. The project technical leader offers insight on the program. 

The World Runs on OpenStack

From banks to the largest science project on Earth, OpenStack is making its mark.

Rivals Red Hat, Mirantis Announce New OpenStack Partnerships

The cloud rivals both announce new telco alliances as competition in the cloud market heats up.

ZeroStack Serving Up Killer Enterprise Features for OpenStack Customers

ZeroStack has come a long way since its launch just over a year ago. But are its plans to make an OpenStack-based hybrid cloud product that's accessible to everyone working?

FreeBSD 11 Updates Open-Source Server Operating System

FreeBSD expands architecture support and improves features throughout the system.

Fedora 25 Linux Enters Beta Release

New server, security and desktop capabilities land in Red Hat's community Linux distribution.

Red Hat Growing Million Dollar OpenStack Deals

Red Hat reports second quarter fiscal 2017 revenue of $600 million.

Docker Debuts Swarm Mode and More at DockerCon

Docker Swarm Mode highlights an impressive set of announcements as Docker strives to make its container platform more convenient to set up, more secure and easier to use.

NGINX Is the Most Popular Docker Container App [VIDEO]

NGINX Inc CEO Gus Robertson details the success his company is having in the container world and where it's going next.

Container Security Stepping Up to the Plate

The recent launch of Docker Security Scanning is just the latest sign that the security ecosystem around containers is getting stronger by the week.

IBM Opens Up OpenWhisk for More Serverless Computing

Jason McGee, VP and CTO for IBM cloud platform, discusses the promise of IBM's open-source serverless computing platform.

Docker Turns Three, Celebrates with Mac and Windows Launches

A key part of Docker's strategy for world domination is to woo developers, and the new Docker for Windows and Mac beta releases are its latest and biggest tactic for doing just that.

HPE Boosts OpenStack with New Helion Release

VIDEO: Mark Interrante, senior vice president, Engineering for HPE, discusses what's new in HPE's latest Helion OpenStack milestone release.

Rancher's Container Management Solution Comes to Market

Rancher offers a pretty cool container management system that is completely open source, which certainly makes it worthy of consideration, especially if you don't exactly have money to burn.

Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus Linux Gets Snappy

The latest Long Term Support release of Ubuntu provides enhanced package management options as well as the new LXD virtualization technology.

Mirantis Unlocks OpenStack Appliances with Quanta and Supermicro

The company's Unlocked Appliances effort expands with two partners who are bringing new OpenStack-optimized hardware to market.

TripleO Evolves for OpenStack Deployments

Red Hat is now relying on OpenStack-on-OpenStack to enable the cloud.

OpenPOWER Foundation Details New Server Designs

Once solely the domain of IBM, multiple vendors are now building servers based on the POWER architecture.

Unikernels Highlight How Docker Is Much More than Just Containers

If all goes according to plan you'll soon be able to use the Docker platform to easily manage and run unikernel applications just as if they were apps running in Docker containers.

OpenStack Public Cloud Options Expand with Mirantis Saudi Telecom Partnership

Though Rackspace appears to be retreating from the public OpenStack cloud market, there is still opportunity for telcos.

Rackspace Partners with Red Hat for Private OpenStack Cloud Deployment

Darrin Hanson of Rackspace talks about his company's new offering with Red Hat and the current state of the Private (OpenStack) cloud.

OpenStack Cloud in 2016: Looking Back, Looking Forward

The year 2015 was a landmark year for open source cloud technology efforts, but the best is still yet to come in 2016.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP1 Advances Docker Container Support

New service pack update debuts with Portus project for Docker container registry management.

What's Missing from the Open Container Initiative? [VIDEO]

Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, discusses what's wrong and what's right with the Open Container Initiative.

CoreOS Plots a Course Forward for Containers

CoreOS CTO details the roadmap for containers and why his company is still adamant about creating a standard for container application images.

The OCI Signals a Change in Containerization Strategy

Docker and CoreOS may have shifted their containerization strategies in agreeing to work together on the Open Container Initiative, but does that mean the two rivals have suddenly become BFFs?

Vapor IO Brings OpenDCRE to General Availability

Open Data Center Runtime Environment (OpenDCRE) is now production-grade ready as an evolutionary step forward from IPMI.

Mirantis Led FUEL Project Gets Installed Under OpenStack Big Tent

Popular OpenStack installer and tools effort gains new momentum by entering formal OpenStack model.

Docker Reaches Across Universes at Dockercon EU

At Dockercon EU, the myriad ways that Docker is being used in this world and beyond were on display.

Rackspace Sees OpenStack Public Cloud Demand Slowing

As revenues rise at Rackspace, managed cloud services across multiple platforms is the strategy for the way forward.

OpenStack Building a Developer Story for Mitaka

Mirantis co-founder Boris Renski discusses efforts within the OpenStack community to engage developer adoption.

Fedora 23 Linux Secures Servers and the Cloud

The latest milestone release of Red Hat's community Linux distribution improves workstation, server and cloud capabilities, with new container creation capabilities coming in Fedora 24.

Blue Box Prospers under IBM Ownership at OpenStack Tokyo [VIDEO]

Jesse Proudman of Blue Box discusses his company's new release and why IBM's ownership is pushing his company forward like never before.

OpenStack Murano Evolving as an On Ramp for Cloud Apps

Getting applications to run as a service in the cloud isn't as hard as it once was.

Linux Foundation Doubles Down on Real-Time Linux

After a decade of efforts trying to evolved Real-Time Linux, a new Linux Foundation Collaborative Project enters the fray.

Mirantis 7 Fuels OpenStack Kilo With Liberty

The new release of Mirantis' OpenStack cloud platform, which bundles the Fuel toolkit for cloud deployment and management, focuses on stability.

A Tale of Two Containers

It's never been easier to get started with containers. You can roll your own using Docker sources or try a packaged offering from Microsoft or VMware.

Red Hat CEO Optimistic on OpenStack Revenue Opportunity

Red Hat is now on track for $2 billion in fiscal 2016 revenue.

Docker's DCT Delivers Digital Signing for Security

Docker 1.8 arrives with key new features that show Docker in particular and the container landscape in general are getting more and more mature every month.

Blue Box OpenStack Lands on IBM Softlayer Servers

Recently acquired OpenStack private cloud technology now available to IBM customers.

Mirantis Raises Another $100 Million, This Time from Intel

The OpenStack technology services provider has now surpassed more than $200 million in total venture funding.

Linuxcon: The Changing Role of the Server OS

Oracle's top Linux engineer details how containers are changing the world, and why containers themselves still need to change.

IBM Launches New Linux Mainframes and Open Mainframe Project

Linux on the mainframe is a big deal for IBM and it's about to get even bigger.

OpenStack Magnum Brings Containers to the Cloud [VIDEO]

Adrian Otto, Project Technical Leader for Magnum, discusses the challenges and opportunities of containers in the cloud.

Docker 1.8 Improves Container Security With Content Trust

The open-source container technology now benefits from technology that can digitally sign and verify application containers.

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