Google Introduces Cloud Storage Connector for Hadoop Big Data Workloads

In a recent blog post, Google announced a new Cloud Storage connector for Hadoop. This new capability allows organizations to substitute their traditional Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) with Google Cloud Storage. Columnar file formats such as Parquet and ORC may realize increased throughput and customers will also benefit from Cloud Storage directory isolation, lower latency, increased parallelization and intelligent defaults.

While HDFS is a popular storage solution for Hadoop customers, it does come with some complexity, including running long-running HDFS clusters. Google Cloud Storage is a unified object store that exposes data through a unified API. It is a managed solution that supports both high-performance and archival use cases.

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TPG Acquires CollabNet VersionOne

TPG Capital, the private equity platform of global alternative asset firm TPG, announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CollabNet VersionOne (“CollabNet”), a leading platform provider for Agile planning, DevOps, and Value Stream Management (VSM), from Vector Capital. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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VMware vSphere goes Kubernetes native

A re-architecture of vSphere with a Kubernetes control plane, Project Pacific looks like Kubernetes to developers and vSphere to admins

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As much as enterprises might want to modernize IT and go cloud, it’s still a stubborn fact that 95 percent of IT spending remains firmly on-premises. That’s changing, and fast, but CIOs have struggled to upgrade their information technology for the cloud era.

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VMware fortifies its hybrid-cloud portfolio with management, automation, AWS and Dell offerings

VMware expanded its hybrid-cloud offerings with AWS and delivered one with Dell/EMC, and continues to expand its own cloud portfolio with announcements at VMworld.

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SAN FRANCISCO—VMware has uncorked a variety of software products and services aimed at letting customers more quickly and securely build and manage hybrid-cloud environments.

More apps will be built and deployed in the next five years than in the last 40 to support workloads including analytics and connecting IoT devices, said Kip Colbert, vice president and cloud CTO for VMware, and that will require more expansive hybrid-cloud platform.

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Red Hat Integration delivers new Kubernetes Operators and expands data integration capabilities with latest release

Red Hat announced the Q3 release of Red Hat Integration, which brings them further in their alignment around Red Hat OpenShift as the platform of choice for developing and deploying cloud-native applications across hybrid cloud environments, as well as helping customers get their integrations up and running easier and faster.

As modern IT continues its rapid evolution, it becomes important that the cloud-native solutions supporting this transformation keep pace, enabling IT organizations to truly benefit from this constant innovation. To help customers take full advantage of this, we’ve updated, tested and certified every single component in Red Hat Integration with the latest version of OpenShift: Red Hat OpenShift 4.


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CNCF released Kubernetes Project Journey Report

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation released their first Project Journey Report for Kubernetes. This is the first of several such reports they’ll be issuing for CNCF graduated projects. Here’s the backstory.

The largest CNCF-hosted project is Kubernetes. It is the most widely used container orchestration platform today, often described as the “Linux of the cloud”. CNCF’s efforts to nurture the growth of Kubernetes span a wide range of activities from organizing and running the enormously successful Kubecon + CloudNativeCon events to creating educational MOOCs and end user communities to certifying that different versions of Kubernetes are conformant. We even underwrite security audits. All of this is funded by CNCF’s membership dues and revenues from sponsorship and registration at our conferences.

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Microsoft Expanding Azure VMware Solutions To Eight Regions

The regional expansion of Azure VMware Solutions is based on customer demand and will be across the United States, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific, according to Arpan Shah, general manager of Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure plans to expand the availability of Azure VMware Solutions to eight regions and add Azure NetApp Files as a supported storage option by year’s end.

VMware parent company Dell Technologies and Microsoft announced Azure VMware Solutions – which is built on VMware Cloud Foundation and allows VMware workloads to run natively on Azure — at Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas in April. Customers currently can move or extend their on-premises VMware environments to Azure using Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple. Azure VMware Solution by Virtustream is expected to be available later this year.

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Splunk to Acquire Cloud Monitoring Leader SignalFx

Splunk to Redefine APM Category with Any Data at Any Scale to Help Organizations Navigate Cloud Journey; Establishes Splunk as a Leader in Observability

 Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), delivering actions and outcomes from the world of data, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire SignalFx, a SaaS leader in real-time monitoring and metrics for cloud infrastructure, microservices and applications. Splunk is already a leader in ITOM and an AIOps pioneer and, upon close, will be a leader in observability and APM for organizations at every stage of their cloud journey, from cloud-native apps to homegrown on-premises applications. This breadth of innovation will help customers deliver cost savings, increased revenue and an improved customer experience, and firmly places Splunk as the vendor most qualified to deliver these outcomes across the entire suite of enterprise applications at any scale.

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Open Sourcing the Kubernetes Security Audit

Last year, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) began the process of performing and open sourcing third-party security audits for its projects in order to improve the overall security of our ecosystem. The idea was to start with a handful of projects and gather feedback from the CNCF community as to whether or not this pilot program was useful. The first projects to undergo this process were CoreDNS, Envoy and Prometheus. These first public audits identified security issues from general weaknesses to critical vulnerabilities. With these results, project maintainers for CoreDNS, Envoy and Prometheus have been able to address the identified vulnerabilities and add documentation to help users.

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