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Open Source SSL Accelerator solution not as cost effective or well-performing as you think o3 Magazine has a write up on building an SSL accelerator out of Open Source components. It's a compelling piece, to be sure, that was picked up by Slashdot and discussed extensively. If o3 had stuck to its original goal - building an SSL accelerator on the cheap - it might have had better luck making its arguments. But it wanted to compare an Open Source solution to a commercial solution. That makes sense, the author was trying to show value in Open Source and that you don't need to shell out big bucks to achieve similar functionality. The problem is that there are very few - if any - commercial SSL accelerators on the market today. SSL acceleration has long been subsumed by load balancers/application delivery controllers and therefore a direct comparison between o3's Open ... (more)

Apple’s iMovie: Poor User Experience

Yesterday I had to record a 2-hour long webinar. The resulting .mov file was about 1Gb in size. Then I needed to cut out a 40-minute fragment from this movie and save it as a separate file. Doesn’t look like an overly complicated task, does it? Started iMac on my MacBook Pro, which is not a super powerful but decent machine: a quad-code Intel i7 CPU, 8Gb RAM, 100GB of free space on my HD, Snow Leopard MAC OS. Take 1. Started iMovie, then menu File, New Project, Import. The process immediately grabbed all my system resources and After spending 30 minutes iMove’s little panel with a progress bar displayed a message stating that now it’s importing the next long movie I worked with in the past (a.k.a. event). This gave me goose bumps. Where is the close or cancel button? That little panel with the progress bar had none. The iMovie’s menu became unresponsive, but even i... (more)

Cook, Schmidt, Otellini Ordered into Court

District Court Judge Lucy Koh has ordered the CEOs of Apple, Intel and Google to show up in her courtroom, each of them to answer four hours of questions about their deal not to poach each other's people. A civil suit brought by workers who figure they got shortchanged in the process could turn into a class action that could cost the companies hundreds of millions of dollars since Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and Paul Otellini were silly enough to trade e-mails about the arrangement. AllThingsD obtained an e-mail from Google HR that reads, "Google has an agreement with Apple that we will not cold call their staff." There's also an e-mail from Steve Jobs to then Google CEO and Apple board member Eric Schmidt asking that Google kindly stop reaching out to Apple employees. In 2007 Jobs also threatened Palm with a patent suit if it poached his people. The suit accuses the... (more)

Fedora 11 Improves Key Virtualization Components

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration project, announced the availability of Fedora 11, the latest version of its free open source operating system. The community's eleventh release includes the broadest feature set to date, spotlights developments in software management and sound, improves key virtualization components and introduces Fedora Community, a portal project beta. “The Fedora 11 release showcases a feature set that shows the strength and diversity of Fedora contributors’ interests in the evolution of open source,” said Paul Frields, Fedora Project Leader at Red Hat. “We've built several of the major features on the foundations established in previous releases, showing that the open source development model can provide a compelling mixture of steady advancement and rapid innovation.” ... (more)

Covario Challenges Economics of SEO

Covario announced a new, economics-based solution for managing online presence that challenges the traditional agency model. With its launch of D3 -- Data Driven Decisions for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Covario has identified an automation-driven solution that dramatically reduces inefficiencies in large scale SEO management programs by automating processes that consume an estimated 30-40 percent of current investment. "Having worked with large advertisers over the past few years, it's become apparent that the current model for managing SEO is fundamentally flawed," said Craig Macdonald, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Covario. "We don't believe advertisers will move away from agencies in helping them manage SEO, but we do believe that they will move away from agencies that do not use technologies like D3. It is simply impossible to expl... (more)

Intel & Nokia to Create a Universal Mobile OS

Wireless Technology Magazine on Ulitzer Intel, the semiconductor giant, and Nokia, the mighty handset maker, have united to create a universal widget operating system good for phones, laptops, netbooks, tablets, vehicle entertainment systems, Internet-connected TVs and other still-unimagined devices out of their existing Linux platforms - an open source combination of Intel's netbook-oriented Moblin and Nokia's smartphone-fancying Maemo. They're calling the thing MeeGo and the Linux Foundation will be hosting the project under Intel's Imad Sousou and Nokia's Valtteri Halla. The widgetry, due out next quarter, will support both Intel's Atom processor and rival ARM chips - though Nokia doesn't support Atom - and go up against Google's x86- and ARM-supporting Chrome OS and everybody else in the game. It's anticipated that MeeGo could eventually support other architecture... (more)

Red Hat’s KVM Virtualization Steals Spotlight

Red Hat Session at Cloud Expo IBM has launched a new service that lets outside enterprises indulge in software development and testing on its Cloud Platform. IBM currently hosts services on the web like Lotus Live along with a Private cloud option that it launched in 2009. Since then it has steadily expanded its cloud portfolio to include hosted test environments, storage and other associated services. Now along with Product testing and development, IBM is targeting the whole Infrastructure space offered as a service on the cloud (IAAS). Big Blue has clearly ventured into commercial Public cloud terrain complete with a Partner ecosystem like Amazon EC2’s.  Its channel partners will be able to build their services over IBM’s cloud allowing it to offer a suite of web based Software applications. The new offering comes with support for Linux via Red Hat Enterprise Linu... (more)

Voltaire and Platform Computing to Deliver Automation to Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Voltaire Ltd., a provider of scale-out data center fabrics, and Platform Computing, a provider of cluster, grid and cloud management software, on Tuesday announced a partnership to deliver optimized and automated management of data center resources, in virtualized and cloud computing environments. Through the integration of Voltaire Unified Fabric Manager (UFM) software and Platform LSF, intelligent workload scheduling and resource allocation extends from the application layer all the way down to the network fabric layer. The combined solution enables high performance computing, data center and cloud computing facilities to more easily support constantly changing resource requirements and workloads inherent in those environments. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! “HPC is a ... (more)

Intel distributes open source LibreOffice

The Document Foundation (TDF) has issued an official statement confirming that LibreOffice for Windows from SUSE is now available on the Intel AppUpSM Center. Formed to "fork" the OpenOffice productivity applications suite away from its originators now that the project sits under Oracle, LibreOffice is a free to download open source "Office" suite of apps largely compatible with Micrsoft technologies. A new online repository containing the LibreOffice download has been set up with specific compatibility for Intel processor-drive devices, particularly the company's Ultrabook high-end sub notebooks. Backed by Google, Red Hat, Novell, Canonical and others, version 3.5 of LibreOffice was made available last week -- Windows, Apple OS X and Linux versions are available here at this version option page. Available in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian as of now, T... (more)

Apple Market Value Now Exceeds $500B

Wow Apple! The market value exceeded $500B and now everyone is speculating if it will reach One Trillion, which no company has ever aspired. As I look into the valuation this morning, Apple is at $505B. Microsoft is almost at half of that at $266B. Look at the other big ones in technology sector – Oracle ($146B), Amazon($82B), Cisco ($107B), IBM ($229B), Intel ($134B), Google ($201B), and HP($50B). Other stalwarts for comparison are – Wal-Mart($202B), GE($202B), and Exxon Mobile($408B). Someone commented that if Apple was part of the Dow Jones, then the value would have exceeded 14000 few months back. Apple is an American pride institution that symbolizes great creativity, innovation, and visionary leadership in planning and execution. Once written off as a “has-been”, Apple came back with a vengeance largely due to the dynamic leadership and imagination of the lat... (more)

RHEV 3.0 Sets Stage for VMware Challenge

Originally posted on eweek: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Virtualization/RHEV-30-Sets-Stage-for-VMware-Challenge-885501/ by: Cameron Sturdevant Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers significantly updates management capabilities and supports giant virtual machines. The release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 signals that 2012 will be the year that IT managers at organizations of all sizes have real choices to make when it comes to virtualizing workloads in the data center. RHEV 3.0 and the Microsoft Windows Server 8 release candidate both offer a challenge to the currently unrivaled data center virtualization lead position held by VMware vSphere 5. Until now, IT virtualization managers could use VMware vSphere without much question to run workloads of all types. RHEV 3.0 successfully challenged this operating assumption in tests at eWEEK Labs. The revamped ... (more)