Legal entity for Gaia-X established, European cloud platform now official

It’s a bid to keep data safe and secure in Europe

The first steps to the creation of the European cloud computing platform Gaia-X have been taken, with the creation of a legal entity in Belgium.

Set up to address Europe’s dependence on American or Chinese cloud providers, 22 French and German companies, with the backing of several countries, have agreed to launch the joint venture.

DCD understands Gaia-X will function as a non-profit and involve companies such as Dassault Systemes, Orange, Siemens, SAP, Robert Bosch, Atos, Scaleway, and Deutsche Telekom.

Gaia-X will be launched next year.

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Is Apple Planning To Enter Cloud Computing Space?

Apple plans to focus on streamlining and expanding its software and cloud-based services such as iCloud, Apple Music, News Plus, etc. along with the production of iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks. However, to ensure that these cloud-based services run across Apple’s 1.5 billion active devices efficiently, Apple is reliant on its cloud division as well as on Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon that offers cloud computing solutions. As a matter of fact, CNBC reckoned that Apple pays $30 million monthly to Amazon’s cloud division and is one of the biggest customers of AWS. However, the company has never disclosed if it uses AWS for service offerings other than iCloud. The company also has some of its cloud services on Google Cloud.

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Docker Extends Collaboration with Microsoft Azure to Boost Developer Productivity

Docker announced that it has extended its strategic collaboration with Microsoft to simplify code to cloud application development for developers and development teams by more closely integrating with Azure Container Instances (ACI). The deeper collaboration, which also includes tighter integration with Visual Studio Code (VS Code), will allow developers to quickly start new language-specific projects (Node.js, Python, .NET Core/C#), leverage new functionality around the Compose Specification and streamline how they switch from local development to a serverless cloud container service while remaining in the Docker CLI user interface or from within VS Code.

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Nextcloud: Talk 9 brings grid view, file editing, open sources Talk back-end

New release open sources the high-performance back-end, improves scalability, introduces Grid View, and makes sharing and collaborative editing documents easier.

Nextcloud GmbH announced the upcoming major release of Nextcloud Talk that will include significant improvements for teams collaborating remotely, including easy document sharing with drag’n’drop, in-call collaborative document editing and significant modifications to facilitate calls with more participants. Together with this release, tgheir partner Struktur AG makes the high-performance back-end available under the AGPL license. A first release candidate of Talk 9 is available today and the final release is expected in about two weeks. Most of the improvements in the area of performance and scalability have been backported to the stable Talk 8 series, making them available to users right now.

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Red Hat Software Collections 3.5 and Red Hat Developer Toolset 9.1 now generally available

The latest versions of Red Hat Software Collections and Red Hat Developer Toolset are now generally available. Red Hat Software Collections 3.5 delivers the latest stable versions of many popular open source runtime languages and databases natively to the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform. These components are supported for up to five years, helping to enable a more consistent, efficient, and reliable developer experience.

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GitLab 13.0 released with Gitaly Clusters, Epic Hierarchy on Roadmaps, and Auto Deploy to ECS

Iteration is the key to resilience

GitLab is enabling IT and business teams to adapt, respond, and thrive. Iteration is the key. To do so you must collaborate rapidly, optimize for efficiency, and automate processes to handle security and compliance while you focus on delivering business value. GitLab 13.0 can help you iterate quickly and with greater insight. At the same time, access to Git repositories is critical, and we have enhanced our Gitaly cluster for high availability Git storage to ensure there are always multiple warm replicas ready to take over if an outage occurs.

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EU Parliament Strongly Recommends Developing and Using Open Source Software

Europe is choosing open source more than ever. Not just limited to EU Commissions’ decision to use Signal messaging app but also open science and the adoption of open source software by European universities.

Now, in a recent press release by the European Pirate Party, it looks like the EU Parliament is urging EU institutions to use open-source software. All thanks to the Pirate amendments for encouraging the use of open-source software.

 

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Enabling a Security-First Culture with the Oracle and KPMG Cloud Threat Report

2020 was a year that didn’t start off with the traditional drum beat of risks and threats. Since our global survey of 750 participants concluded, we have seen various events take place that have dramatically changed the way we work, the way we remain competitive in these global conditions, and how we look for new business opportunities in the midst of uncertain times. Digital Transformation (DX) is not a new term for most businesses, but it is one that is quickly reinventing global organizations to pivot their sales execution models and the way they service their customers to meet these new demands.  Enter, the 2020 edition of the Oracle and KPMG Cloud Threat Report.

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