Three new container orchestration tools from Docker

With the growing popularity of software containers and app deployment provider Docker, more and more IT administrators have been spending time on managing a growing number of Docker containers.

The company is now offering three new tools designed for managing large scale deployments. The new products are called Docker Machine, Swarm and Composed.

They are designed to help administrators deploy and manage containers with greater ease by making the containers more scalable and portable.

Machine enables the creation of new Docker instances via laptop of cloud services. Swarm aids in the speedy deployment management across different cloud providers of large batches of Docker containers. Compose provides instructions on how large scale Docker deployments can be orchestrated.

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Canonical and Juniper join forces on OpenStack-based NVF tools

Canonical and Juniper Networks are working together to build network virtualization solutions based on OpenStack’s cloud platform.

The two companies are looking to become brokers between open source software defined network (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) projects in OpenStack and customers. The networking features of OpenStack are vital to many large telecommunication firms such as Hewlett-Packard and Ericsson.

Juniper and Canonical believe they can deliver enhanced scalability, performance and lower cost to these customers.

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IBM earmarks US$4B for cloud, analytics and mobile

IBM will spend no less than US$4 billion in developing cloud, mobile and analytics technologies this year in the hopes of boosting its annual revenues to $40 million in these areas by 2018.

Big Blue’s sales numbers have been sliding. Last year the company reported only $93 million in sales compared to $98 billion in 2013.

However, IBM has been steadily expanding in the cloud. Last year, this part of the business grew by 60 per cent to $7 billion.

Its cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security sales grew by 16 per cent to $25 billion.

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Got hacked recently? Don’t blame it on the cloud

Sony Pictures suffered one of the most publicized attacks recently. Ergo, the cloud is not secure.

Not so fast, says David Linthicum, senior vice-president at Cloud Technology Partner. He said most people wrongly believe their data is less secure in the public cloud because the data is now longer under its owner’s direct control.

Whether in the cloud or store in on-premises systems, data security is determined by two factors, he said: The planning and technology present in the security solutions; and the organization’s ability to operate the system in a proactive and secure manner.

While data may not reside in your facilities, you still own it and have the ability to control the data and the layers of security guarding it, he argues.

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Red Hat opens doors to OpenShift PaaS development

Red Hat announced a new open-source community initiative for its OpenShift platform-as-a-service.

The OpenShift Commons includes major cloud companies such as Cisco, Dell and Docker.

More than just a means to share OpenShift-based code, OpenShift Commons is meant to enable the sharing of use cases and best practices concerning agile software environments.

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