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New Release of Ubuntu Server Offers Amazon-Compatible Cloud

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| The next iteration of Ubuntu Linux will really help companies lift up into 
| the clouds. 
| The April 30 release of Ubuntu Server will have the ability to migrate 
| KVM-based virtual machines from one physical server to another, similar to 
| VMware's ability to use VMotion to migrate virtual machines, said Steve 
| George, director of the enterprise group at Linux supplier Canonical.    


Cloud Computing and Linux - A Presentation

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| When I have a presentation to give, I’m increasingly writing out my spiel 
| (after drawing up the slides), which was the case with the talk I gave this 
| morning at the Linux Foundation’s Collaboration Summit on Cloud Computing and 
| Linux. Thing means for you, dear readers, there’s some meaty text to skim 
| through instead of just boney slides. Also, this time I recorded a practice 
| read-through of the talk which you could watch as well, below. I’m one of 
| those people who never gives the same presentation twice, but you can get an 
| idea of this mornings talk from one or both of the below:       


Cloud Computing Poses E-Discovery, Legal Risks


An open letter to the community regarding "Open Cloud"

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| I write this letter in order to be 100% transparent with you about a new 
| initiative that could prove critical to the development of computing and the 
| Internet: the protection of the term “Open Cloud” with a certification 
| trademark (like British Standards’ Kitemark® and the FAIRTRADE symbol) as 
| well as its definition via an open community consensus process.     
| Cloud computing users will soon be able to rest assured that offerings 
| bearing the “Open Cloud” brand are indeed “open” in that critical freedoms 
| (such as the right to access one’s own data in an open format via an open 
| interface) are strongly protected. It will also ensure a level playing field 
| for all vendors while keeping the barriers to enter the marketplace low. 
| Offerings also bearing the “Open Source” mark will have additional freedoms 
| relating to the use, modification and distribution of the underlying software 
| itself.       


Amazon’s Cloud Plus Open Source: One VAR’s Recurring Revenue Model

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| Can solutions providers profit from Amazon Web Services? The VAR Guy found 
| the answer by spending some more time with Levementum, a solutions provider 
| that integrates multiple open source applications (such as SugarCRM and 
| Compiere ERP) into Amazon’s cloud for customers. Here’s a bit about 
| Levementum’s strategy and future direction.    



Cloudera CEO: Hadoop, Open Source and the Cloud

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| But Cloudera has heavyweight backing. It has raised money from venture
| capital group Accel Partners (though admittedly only a tepid $5 million). And
| its array of additional investors reads like a list of tech glitterati,
| including Marten Mickos, former MySQL CEO, and Diane Green, former VMware
| CEO.


Cloudera floats commercial Hadoop distro

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| The analogy with Linux is plain enough: They want something akin to the
| hardened and slow-changing Red Hat Enterprise Linux, not the Fedora
| development release.


Ex-Google, Yahoo Staffers Release Hadoop Distribution

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| That is why Cloudera has decided to release its distribution, which is
| available as an RPM bundle for systems running Red Hat Linux, as well as an
| image for Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).


Open Source Cloud Computing Made Easy


Cloudera Lands $5 Million in Series A Financing; Unveils Hadoop-centric

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| Last October, Sam introduced us to Cloudera, a company founded by
| highly-decorated industry veterans hoping to bring Hadoop's data processing
| power to a variety of businesses. Though Cloudera came into existence just
| last summer, it has already closed a $5 million round of Series A funding led
| by Accel Partners.


Hadoop: Funny Name, Powerful Software

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| Doug Cutting was a work-at-home dad plugging away at open source search code
| when he had a light-bulb moment that led him to create Hadoop, an open source
| adaptation of Google's MapReduce. Now, Yahoo is using Hadoop for all kinds of
| high-power computing functions.


Yahoo's Hadoop software transforming the way data is analyzed

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| Cutting, a 44-year-old programmer who had helped build search engines at
| Apple and Excite, had started the search project in 2000 because he wanted
| his code to live on. He knew that closed-source projects, where software is
| treated as a corporate secret, had a way of dying. With open source, the code
| is published and other programmers can contribute suggestions and help fix
| bugs.


OpenSolaris Project: Hadoop Live CD

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| Organizations routinely collect a huge amount of data, including web crawls,
| email messages, and scientific data. Processing these datasets with
| traditional relational database models or streaming algorithms is no longer
| scalable. A new data processing model, MapReduce, addresses this challenge by
| leveraging large clusters of hundreds or thousands of heterogeneous servers.


Hypertable Lead Discusses Hadoop and Distributed Databases

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| At the time that we started on the project, an open source Bigtable
| implementation did not exist, so we decided to build it ourselves. The reason
| that we chose open source is because we felt that an open source
| implementation of Bigtable would be inevitable. By leading the development
| effort, we would have a leg up on the competition in terms of knowledge,
| expertise, and credibility.    



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| Just one more reason why the Microsoft-Yahoo merger, if it happens, will be
| hell:
| [...]
| Go[t] that? 10,000 core processors running GNU/Linux at the heart of Yahoo.
| Microsoft is damned if they do (rip and replace) and damned if they don't. Go
| on, make our day, Steve....  

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