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SYS-CON Events announced today that Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Linux Academy was founded on the belief that providing high-quality, in-depth training should be available at an affordable price. Industry leaders in quality training, provided services, and student certification passes, its goal is to change lives by teaching Linux and cloud technology to the tens of thousands of students that learn at the Linux Academy. For more information, please visit https://linuxacademy.com/. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, and is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock... (more)

Choosing Your First Programming Language

By BryanHalfpap Many new programmers struggle when it comes to selecting their first language to learn.  Which is easiest, the most professionally useful, the most newbie-friendly?  Lets find out by showing you a range of options, their strengths and weaknesses, and some information about the most common programming languages in demand today.  At the end, we’ll make some recommendations and you’ll understand a bit more about why they were chosen. The Task At Hand Every job requires the right kind of tool, and each programming language can be thought of as a separate tool.  Just like some tools are good for hammering nails, driving screws, and leveling screws, some programming languages are innately more suitable than others for tasks like designing a website, interpreting text, or reacting to user input. Lets go through a few common use cases: Language Typical Us... (more)

Revolution R Enterprise 7 now generally available

Now that the limited availability period is complete, we're pleased to announce that Revolution R Enterprise 7 is now generally available for all customers on the following platforms (see the detailed list of supported platforms): Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux workstations Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux servers Platform LSF and Microsoft HPC Server clusters Cloudera and Hortonworks Hadoop clusters This new release brings many new improvements to Revolution R Enterprise, including: The latest Open Source R 3.0.2 engine New big-data predictive modeling capabilities, including "decision forests" ensemble models, interactive decision trees, and stepwise selection for GLMs. New "Write Once, Deploy Anywhere" functionality, that allows the same big-data predictive analytics R code to run in Hadoop, and in Teradata database. (Teradata support will b... (more)

Was the Cloud Designed to Be This Way?

There is a question we need to ask. It is a question which might end up annoying some people in the Cloud industry, however, it is one which we need to ask. Was the Cloud designed to be this way? This is to say, was the Cloud designed as terminology meant to distract everyday consumers from what really goes on in the world of data centers? Was the Cloud designed as a distraction? Cloud Education For the past two years, we have dedicated this space to one thing above the rest: explaining, highlighting and educating consumers on how the Cloud works and more importantly, how Cloud solutions can work for you. We have done this because here at Solar VPS, we firmly believe the more you know about how the Cloud works and how Cloud services can positively impact your business, the more prone you will be to investing in said Cloud services. And yet, on another level, we hav... (more)

More Technology Forecasts for 2010

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer I just can't help but share more technology forecasts for 2010, as it is January 1, 2010. Dan Grabham and the team from TechRadar put together some quality thoughts and I've included some of those and others below. First, let's address mobile phones during 2010. "It's the beginning of the end for the featurephone, those pretty but less functional handsets," says mobile phone specialist Gareth Beavis. "It's not that the segment is dying, rather that it's re-inventing itself as part of the smartphone revolution, meaning more applications for everyone." "Samsung's pledge to use Bada, which brings smartphone capabilities to cheaper handsets, on its lower end range shows that the soon-to-be world's biggest phone manufacturer wants to see smartphones in the hands of many more people, with the rest of the industry set to follow suit too." Think "Fort... (more)

There's Simply No Nice Way of Putting This. IBM is an Indian Giver!

There's simply no nice way of putting this. IBM is an Indian giver. To prevent the commercialization of the long-standing open source project Hercules - which might put some of its mainframe revenues at risk since Hercules is a mainframe emulator - IBM has suddenly claimed - out of the blue - that Hercules infringes at least 173 of its US patents or patent applications - including - get this - patents that it pledged the open source community could use without fear of infringing in 2005. The "non-exhaustive" list of the 106 patents and 67 patent applications that Hercules allegedly violates fills nine pages of a letter that IBM's mainframe CTO Mark Anzani wrote to Roger Bowler, the creator of the project and the president of TurboHercules SAS, the little French outfit trying to commercialize the widgetry. In that letter dated March 11, Anzani again rejects the compan... (more)

Who’s Gonna Buy Novell?

Novell set this week as the deadline for acquisition offers, according to the Wall Street Journal followed by the New York Times. Elliott Associates LLP spokesman Scott Tagliarino claims Elliott, whose $5.75-a-share offer put Novell in play a couple of months ago, knows nothing about Novell's schedule. "It's running its own show," he said. Elliott's offer is still on the table. Novell refused the hedge fund's unsolicited bid as too low but since the offer inflated Novell's sunken stock price the company knew it was trapped and went looking for a sweeter deal. The Journal reports being told by "people familiar with the matter" that 20 companies have expressed interest of some kind in Novell, but that any serious offers are all expected to come from private equity firms and top Elliott's $2 billion bid. How much more Novell could possibly be worth is the question. ... (more)

Microsoft, Novell Develop Cross-Platform HPC Widgetry

The unholy alliance of Microsoft and Novell says it's got some HPC supercomputing cross-platform widgetry developed in their joint Interoperability Lab in Massachusetts that's good for customers deploying server workload management across SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Windows HPC Server. It should tickle their infrastructure efficiency and cost savings by simplifying systems management through dual-boot and hybrid cluster solutions. They can balance server workloads using both SLES and Windows HPC Server and switch between the two environments. The pair has got a list of highfalutin brand name customers already using the stuff. ... (more)

Twelve New Programming Languages: Is Cloud Responsible?

Do we need programming languages? You may think that the answer is no. But, if you go by the recent trend you may need to change your mind. Consider for example the following questions: Why is Google working two (GO, DART) new programming languages? Why has IBM (X10), Cray (Chapel) and Red Hat (Ceylon) working on creating a new programming language of its own? Why did the attendees of a recent conference in London select 5 (HTML5, DART, Scala, Clojure, Node.js) new languages as the most important software development trends for 2012? What does Neil McAllister mean when he says that these 10 (DART, Ceylon, GO, F#, OPA, Fantom, Zimbu, X10, Haxe, Chapel) programming languages that could shake up IT? Why did Anders Hejlsberg of Microsoft, the creator of Turbo Pascal, Delphi and C# launch TypeScript? Are new programming languages getting created just to satisfy the creativ... (more)

Weekly Roundup: Windows Azure IaaS Moves into GA

Over the last week, the cloud world seems to have received some significant announcements from Microsoft and Amazon. Also, HP Cloud has introduced a new messaging service. Plus, Appcelerator has announced the release of Titanium 3.1 and Node.ACS GA. Here’s a quick sum up of Cloud happenings over the last week. Microsoft has announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. This new service allows users to host Virtual Machines in Azure. In addition, they have also reduced GA prices on virtual machines and cloud services by 21-33%. Next, they have also announced the availability of Django (a high-level Python Web framework) in the Windows Azure Web Application Gallery. This tutorial helps users to create a website on Azure for Django Framework in just a few clicks. HP Cloud has introduced a new HP Cloud Messaging service. This service simp... (more)

The Collegiate Cloud: An Interview with Ferris State University’s Amy Buse

Ferris State University (FSU) is an accredited state university located in Big Rapids, Michigan, offering multiple computing degree plans within its Business/Technology Consortium. The college serves more than 14,000 on- and off-campus students in the region.   I had the opportunity to sit down with Ferris State Professor Amy Buse to learn more about how the school has provided its students with cutting-edge cloud computing technology across a number of applications to better prepare them for their careers after graduation. Jason: How did you discover Skytap, since it is not commonly used in education? Amy: I found out about Skytap at Interop a couple years ago. I heard a speaker from the company and knew “I gotta go talk to this guy.” We had researched a lot of other vendors but nobody else had the ability to allow our students install the operating system themsel... (more)