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What is Chef? With Chef, you write abstract definitions as source code to describe how you want each part of your infrastructure to be built, and then apply those descriptions to individual servers. The result is a fully automated infrastructure: when a new server comes online, the only thing you have to do is instruct Chef what role it should play in your architecture. Now you can use Chef for deploying, updating and removing Monitis agent as well.   The following manual assumes that you already have configured, and are running, Chef infrastructure, so we will not discuss Chef installation and configuration procedures here, especially since it is wonderfully documented and easily referenced here !   The current version of Monitis Cookbook is tested on following operating systems: - Debian 6.0.1 x86-64 bit - Ubuntu 12.04 x86-64 bit - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3... (more)

David Eaves Talks About Vancouver’s Open Data Initiative

Back in May, ReadWriteWeb reported on a Motion put before legislators in the Canadian city of Vancouver. Duly passed, the Motion commits the city to three closely related ‘open’ agendas; the City of Vancouver will move as quickly as possible to adopt prevailing open standards for data, documents, maps, and other formats of media; the City of Vancouver, when replacing existing software or considering new applications, will place open source software on an equal footing with commercial systems during procurement cycles; the City of Vancouver will freely share with citizens, businesses and other jurisdictions the greatest amount of data possible while respecting privacy and security concerns. Last week I spoke with David Eaves, a co-author of the Motion, both to understand the city’s rationale, and to explore intentions for the third area — Open Data — in a little more ... (more)

Announcing @LinuxAcademyCOM to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #SDN #AI #Linux

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)

Why Novell Kisses Microsoft’s Ring Every So Often

Microsoft and Novell decided to revisit their eyebrow-raising pact the other day, the one that was signed in November of 2006 to the outrage of the FOSS mob, and let it be known - na-na-na-na-na - that it produced upwards of 100 new customers in the past six months, double the rate of the first two years of their relationship. Since that fatal November day, they say they've sold more than $200 million in certificates for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server support and maintenance to more than 300 customers. Which is why Novell kisses Microsoft's ring every so often when no one's looking; it would be lost without the sales Microsoft's brought in. Microsoft puts it down to an increased rate of demand for their interoperability solutions and the "IP peace of mind" that goes with its promise not to sue. Heavy on the peace of mind. Recent customers include Boise Inc, Ida... (more)

Google Vs. the public: Adblock Plus urges Android users to fight back

Users impacted by Google's decision can use Firefox browser instead Rights of users to control their internet experience should not be dictated This week, Google made updates to its Android software, singling out Adblock Plus in a David Vs. Goliath battle in which Google has taken steps to strip its users of their right to personalise their online experience. Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus, says that all this move has done is to alienate Google's users in an attempt to dictate their use of the internet and prevent them from controlling their online experience. "Google has historically been an advocate for consumer choice so it's upsetting to see that they have taken this move." Adblock Plus, which blocks annoying and intrusive online advertising, whilst whitelisting responsible advertisers who only display 'acceptable ads,' campaigns for online user rights and... (more)

Building Private and Hybrid Clouds with Ubuntu 9.04

Ubuntu Workshop at Cloud Expo April 23, 2009  - Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) has been released today bringing highly interesting new features, specially in the Cloud Computing and Virtualization area. The new Ubuntu server distribution includes two complementary cloud tools, OpenNebula and Eucalyptus, so providing the technology required to build the three types of Cloud architectures, namely private, hybrid and public clouds. Eucalyptus can be used to transform an existing infrastructure into an IaaS public cloud, being compatible with Amazon’s EC2 interface. Eucalyptus is fully functional with respect to providing cloud-like interfaces and higher-level cloud functionality for security, contextualization and image management. OpenNebula, on the other hand, is a virtual infrastructure engine that enables the dynamic and scalable deployment and re-placement of grou... (more)

Centrify Achieves Another Year of Record Sales and Accelerated Expansion in Europe

Company Adds Significantly to Its Market-Share Leading Customer Installed Base LONDON, UK - Feb 03, 2014 - Centrify Corporation, the leader in Unified Identity Services across data centre, cloud and mobile, today announced that the company posted record total sales in calendar year 2013 and more than 40 percent growth year over year with a strong performance by Europe. With this growth, Centrify continued to grow its customer installed base, the largest share in its segment within the security market, while maintaining in excess of 97 percent customer retention rate. The company's employee base also grew by approximately 30 percent over 2012 with total headcount now more than 400 personnel. In Europe, Centrify's headcount also experienced significant growth, doubling in number across the region in 2013. This includes the appointment of Jean-Marc Valat as new Regio... (more)

After Ubuntu, Windows Looks Increasingly Bad, Increasingly Archaic, Increasingly Unfriendly

My recent switch to a single-boot Ubuntu setup on my Thinkpad T60 simply floors me on a regular basis. Most recently it's had to do with the experience of maintaining the software. Fresh from a very long Windows 2000 experience and a four-month Windows XP experience along with a long-time Linux sys admin role puts me in a great position to assess Ubuntu. Three prior attempts over the years at using Linux as my daily desktop OS had me primed for failure. Well, Ubuntu takes Linux where I've long hoped it would go - easy to use, reliable, dependable, great applications too but more on that later. It has some elegance to it - bet you never heard that about a Linux desktop before. There are many night-and-day differences between Windows and Ubuntu and, for a guy that does 80% standard office tasks and the rest of the time I'm doing Linux admin tasks, it was nearly all i... (more)

Maximize the Advantage of SSD Caching

File System Alignment for SSDs There are many techniques and methods that can be used to tune an IT system to improve overall system performance.  SSD caching is widely being used as a low cost, easy to implement method to quickly increase performance with little or no impact on existing operations.  One thing that needs to be considered when choosing SSD caching is how to configure a file system to maximize the performance increase SSD caching provides. Operating Systems and Block Size In the past few years, the sector size of HDDs has increased from 512 bytes to 4k bytes.  Relatively new operating systems (e.g. Windows Server 2008 R2 to present) have evolved to work with this not-so-new sector size to take advantage of higher density drives.  Problems, however, can occur for older operating systems that were not designed to work with the larger block size devices. ... (more)

IDC Webcast on Red Hat Satellite ROI Study

Click Here to View Webcast Now ! Based on in-depth interviews with Red Hat Enterprise Linux users, Tim Grieser, program VP of system management software for IDC, presents a quantitative assessment of benefits - including business value and return on investment (ROI) - gained by using Red Hat Satellite to reduce costs while delivering high service quality to end users. This joint webcast with IDC presents the results of their updated Red Hat Satellite ROI study. Click Here to View Webcast Now ! ... (more)

Oracle software on Windows Azure

You can now have Oracle on windows Azure. Right now (effective immediately) it is in preview which means it is the time for you to check it out without shedding too many dollars. This became possible as a result of a partnership between Oracle and Microsoft.   Customers can run Oracle supported software on: Windows Server Hyper-V Windows Azure The following Oracle related items are available as preview in Windows Azure image gallery: Popular Configurations of Oracle Java Oracle Database Oracle WebLogic Server Oracle Linux Customers who have Oracle license can run Oracle on Windows Azure (license mobility is OK) Read more details here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/cloud/faq-1963009.html Start your trial here: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/campaigns/oracle/ Mahalo, Jay ... (more)