Why The Data Problem Is A Good Thing For The Open Cloud Movement
Piston Cloud Co-Founder Joshua McKenty says the OpenStack customer ecosystem has four emerging market segments. On one side are the customers who hire consultants to build them a cloud. On the other side are the IBM customers who will always be IBM customers. And in the middle are two classes of customers who have one thing in common, McKenty said. They have a data problem and with that comes deeper interest in the infrastructure, be it their own or a third-party that manages it for them. In one camp of this middle market are the customers who want a more enterprise-grade agreement, McKenty said. They want reliability and durability in the virtual machines they run. In the other camp are the companies with SaaS or cloud apps that are seeking more than what AWS offers. Realistically, AWS is in fine shape and will continue to dominate. They were the first to step ahead and provide services that abstract the complexity of managing data. Their place in the market is solid and will remain ...
OpenStack To Crack Down On Incompatible Clouds
itwbennett writes "OpenStack is calling shenanigans on companies that call their services OpenStack but aren't truly interoperable. (HP, Rackspace, we're looking at you.) Josh McKenty, CTO of Piston and an OpenStack Foundation board member said that the board has 're-fired up' the interoperability working group, and though he admits it will take some time before the hammer falls, he called out HP and Rackspace as two offenders: 'Neither of their public clouds could be called OpenStack under current interoperability guidelines,' he said. For their part, HP has denied the claims, while Rackspace said in a blog post that it is on track for interoperability by the end of the year."
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Nearly Two Years Later, Nebula Launches A Mainframe Style “Cloud Computer” Built On OpenStack
Nebula has launched its long awaited Nebula One, a hyped but often delayed integrated system that Co-Founder and former NASA CTO Christopher Kemp calls a “cloud computer” that takes mainframes and time sharing into the future with the cloud. Nebula launched at OSCON in 2011 with the goal of building systems that Kemp said would last “for generations to come.” It is now nearly two years later and Kemp says Nebula is officially here. Nebula One is built on what Kemp says is the company’s “Cloud Controller,” a hardware appliance that turns server racks into a scalable on-premise system that combines compute, storage and networking into one machine. It runs “Cosmos,” Nebula’s distributed enterprise cloud operating system, which configures servers that plug into the Nebula hardware. The technology is built for self-service and supports APIs for OpenStack and Amazon Web Services. It plugs into IBM, Dell or HP servers. Nebula, under Kemp’s direction, also has a flare for ...
Xi3?s David Politis Says Piston Will Combine The Best Features Of PCs And Consoles
Xi3 recently opened preorders for Piston, the company's gaming-optimized personal computer. I actually had a chance to speak to the company's chief marketing officer David Politis over the weekend at South by Southwest Interactive, where he described the device as a combination of the best aspects of PCs and gaming consoles: Consoles are great because they're small, they've got a great environment, but they are closed and you can't update them. Computers, on the other hand, they're typically great because there's a lot of software for 'em, you can run basic computing things, you can surf the web and all of that, but they're typically really big and they typically suck power. And they're ugly.
Xi3 pushes back at Valve, calls Piston “more than just a Steam Box”
Raising the obvious question: What makes something a "Steam Box," anyway?