For all of you out there using Rackspace for your IT hosting purposes, welcome to the world of OpenStack. San Antonio’s Rackspace made waves this week announcing it has fully integrated OpenStack, the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing project, into its existing infrastructure, which essentially means that its public cloud services are now operating on open source software.
While Amazon continues to make headlines with the company’s Kindle Fire duking it out in the ongoing tablet wars, one thing is for certain: All that new technology means that Amazon is going to be on the hunt for new software developers, as Alistair Barr reports for Reuters.
Scientists at Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute advanced upon the premise of The Sims last week with the first-ever software-based simulation of a living organism. Yes, the software organism was only based on a single-cell, parasitic bacterium called the Mycoplasma genitalium—a far cry from creating an artificial lifeform with human intelligence—but the implications are many.
Sunnyvale’s Electric Cloud is tackling DevOps with the release of ElectricDeploy, it’s new product that automates complex application deployments. According to the company, ElectricDeploy is built and integrated with it’s flagship tool, ElectricCommander.
From the announcement:
It’s now common knowledge that health-care professionals are increasingly using medical apps to aid them in their daily tasks, which might include checking out a patient’s X-rays or keeping track of administrative records.
UrbanCode, the global leader in enterprise build, deploy, and release automation, today announced the launch of Terraform. The open source software, made available under the Apache 2.0 license, satisfies the need for one-click provisioning of environments for IT teams everywhere.
Remember when software piracy was rampant and one could easily get a copy of Microsoft Office for free? For the Chinese government, the days of software thievery stand out all to well—so well, that the country’s leaders have spent $160 million on licensed software for government offices scattered around the country, which IDG News reports is “part of ongoing efforts to weed out piracy in the nation's government departments.”
If you’re a developer looking for a tool to help you build the next great tablet app, Waltham, MA-based Telerik has a new product update it would like you to check out.
It only took GitHub four years to gain respect among the developer community and with that respect comes a $100 million investment, brought to you by Menlo Park’s esteemed venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz. For those of you who, for some reason, may not be aware of GitHub, the San Francisco-based online source code repository boasts over one million users hosting over three million repositories, including jQuery, Ruby on Rails, and CakePHP, among others.
It’s survey time for the IT industry. According to research firm Gartner, Inc., 2012 will see global IT spending by companies to exceed $3.6 trillion, which Gartner says is a three percent increase from last year. Gartner derived its survey results by analyzing “75 percent of the Global 500 companies.”
Although Gartner views this 3 percent increase in spending from last year as pretty bleak, the research group does point out some optimistic notes that come from the cloud.