Archive | June 2015

Kyvos Insights Launches OLAP Solutions for Hadoop Analytics

As many users seek out simplified ways to work with Hadoop for Big Data analytics, they are pursuing dashboards, Business Intelligence tools and other applications that can help yield insights. Kyvos Insights, focused on the Big Data space, has announced the availability of its flagship product in this space: Kyvos.

An online analytical processing (OLAP) solution for Hadoop, the product is specifically designed for big data crunching. It’s focused on revealing insights with no programming required.

Kyvos’ "cubes on Hadoop" technology is targeted to let business users visualize, explore and analyze big data interactively, working directly on Hadoop. 

"There are many diverse tools for big data analytics available today, yet few tools support OLAP-based dimensional analytics, big data and Hadoop – all at the same time," said Philip Russom, research director at The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI). "This is an important combination, because many technical and business users want to develop multi-dimensional data models from big data, and work with those models interactively and cost-effectively in Hadoop, using familiar slice-and-dice methods. Kyvos is unique, in that it addresses this combination of real-world needs, by bringing mature and revered OLAP technologies to the analytic ecosystem of Hadoop, thereby enabling dimensional analytics on big data at massive scale and high performance."

Kyvos also supports most major Hadoop distributions including Apache Hadoop, Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR.

"Companies are collecting unprecedented amounts of data, but it’s very difficult for a business user to directly access and interact with this data in a meaningful way," said Ajay Anand, vice president of products at Kyvos Insights. "Kyvos addresses this need by enabling interactive analytics on big data using Hadoop at any scale, with instant response times. Business users can now visually analyze their data and get insights instantly, without having to wait, so they can make smarter, more informed decisions." 

Kyvos Insights was formed by a team of veterans from Yahoo!, Impetus and Intellicus Technologies. Its Kyvos tool joins some others designed to streamline getting insights from Hadoop.

For example, immediately following startup company AtScale coming out of stealth mode to show its tools for making data stored in Hadoop’s file system accessible within Business Intelligence (BI) applications, Think Big launched its Dashboard Engine for Hadoop, designed to make it easy for business users to cull insights from Hadoop data stores. We covered these tools here

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Q&A: ClusterHQ Cofounder Luke Marsden Talks Container Technology

Container technology remains very big news, and in the container space ClusterHQ has been much in the news as the company announced the availability of Flocker 1.0. Flocker is an open source project that allows developers to run their databases inside Docker containers and make them highly portable. In addition to other annoncements, ClusterHQ is collaborating with EMC to enable Dockerized applications to use two EMC storage solutions suited for distributed applications: ScaleIO and XtremIO.

To catch up on the company’s latest moves, we got in touch with Luke Marsden, cofounder and CTO of ClusterHQ (shown here) for an interview. It’s our latest interview in a series focusing on cloud computing, Big Data and containers. Here are Luke’s thoughts.

 At DockerCon last week, you and Docker and Weave announced the Plugins project. How is it a step forward for containers?

We are very excited about the Docker Plugins initiative. The Docker Plugin project was set in motion to make it possible for developers to easily use the rapidly expanding set of tools created by the growing Docker ecosystem. The result of this close collaboration between ClusterHQ, Docker, Weave and Glider Labs to build the new dynamic Docker Plugin architecture, exponentially grows options available for Docker users. The Flocker plugin for Docker gives developers the freedom to run stateful containers, like databases, in production natively from within Docker; something that we’ve heard a lot of people ask for.

We just covered the official availability of Flocker 1.0, and discussed its ability to let developers make their databases highly portable. What are Flocker’s primary advantages and who should use it?

 Flocker lets developers run their stateful services, like databases, in containers in production as easily as the rest of their app. Before the availability of Flocker, running a database in a container in production was very difficult. By enabling stateful Docker containers to be easily moved between servers, Flocker facilitates widespread production deployment of containers for databases, queues and key value stores.

This is important because modern applications are being built from both stateless and stateful microservices and Flocker makes it simple and practical for entire applications, including their state, to be containerized in order to take full advantage of the portability and massive per-server density benefits inherent in containers. This operational freedom allows DevOps organizations to increase the value of their Docker investment and opens the door for containers to be used in a greater variety of mainstream enterprise use cases in production. 

You have a new partnership with EMC storage solutions. What’s that focused on?

I’m glad you brought up our EMC partnership. We were very pleased with the reception the partnership received from users.  EMC built Flocker storage drivers for both ScaleIO and XtremIO, two of their most popular storage products.  This means ScaleIO and XtremIO customers can use those storage solutions as the backend of their Docker-based microservice or application.

Thanks to this integration with Flocker, Devops teams can architect and manage high performance, reliable, scalable and cost-effective persistent storage backends for Docker-based applications. We’re looking forward to continuing our collaboration with EMC.

This week marked the announcement of the Open Container Project. What do you think are the prospects for this initiative?

We were very glad to hear about the OCP.  It would be a shame if the container adoption we are currently seeing was slowed down by a standards war.  The fact that so many members of the community are coming together to define standards for containers is a positive thing.

What do you make of some of the efforts to compete with Docker, such as the Rocket project that the CoreOS team developed?

In fast growing markets there are always multiple ways of meeting end user needs.  The CoreOS team has some great ideas and we’ve just seen some of those ideas make it into the OCP.  I think that the OCP is a good example of setting aside differences and focusing on what is best for the end user.  That is a win for us all.

What are the main challenges for organizations that are trying to leverage container technology?

Excellent question.  We’ve been trying to figure this out ourselves and recently commissioned a survey that looks at the barriers to adoption of containers in production.  We found that in addition to security and networking, data management and persistent storage were among the top five barriers to adoption. Interestingly, the move to production usage of containers is expected to increase 69 percent this year. 

We’re glad to be solving some of the biggest barriers customers are seeing and to help them move their container projects out of the lab and into production. You can read the full report online.


At OStatic, our ongoing series of interviews with project leaders working on the cloud, Big Data, containers and the Internet of Things has included talks with Rich Wolski who founded the Eucalyptus cloud project, Ben Hindman from Mesosphere, Tomer Shiran of the Apache Drill project, Philip DesAutels who oversees the AllSeen Alliance, CEO of StackStorm Evan Powell, Tomer Shiran on MapR and Hadoop, the University of Washington team behind Grappa for data analytics, and co-founder of Mirantis Boris Renski

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OpenMandriva 2014.2 and openSUSE 42

openSUSEToday in Linux news Kate Lebedeff announced the release of OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2, a major update to 2014.1 released September 2014 and the first to support UEFI. In other news, Douglas DeMaio announced openSUSE 42, the next release of the gecko emblazoned Linux due in November. Elsewhere, Jack Germain reviewed Makulu 9 Aero and Alap Naik Desai reported Friday Microsoft hinted at a Linux OS at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago last month.

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2 was announced today as a bugfix update to 2014.1 released last Fall and the second released under the OpenMandriva Association. Kate Lebedeff began the announcement by paying tribute to Mandrake, the "ancestor" to Mandriva which was the original base of OpenMandriva. She quoted Mandriva founder Gaël Duval who said Mandrake lives on through the likes of OpenMandriva, Mageia, and PCLinuxOS. This release is "a tribute edition to acknowledge the contribution that Mandrake/Mandriva Community made to the Free Software movement." The name Scion chosen to "show our respect for those who had the vision and did the huge amount of work that created Mandrake/Mandriva Linux." (Scion is defined as a descendant or heir.) She said of 2014.2, "Just as any offering in the Mandrake spirit should be – it’s even more stable and it has loads of new fun stuff!"

Some of the load includes updated Welcome application, high-speed low-drag Linux 3.18.16 NRJQL, Xorg X Server 1.15.2, KDE 4.14.3, LibreOffice 4.4.3, and Firefox 38. Recommended hardware is at least one gigabyte of memory (two for live images), 10 gigabytes hard drive space, and a 3D graphics card. Some other changes include a new installer, unused hardware and language pack removal is back, drakfirewall is out and firewall-config for firewalld is in, and EDID ovverride is now available. This release is also the first to bring UEFI support to OpenMandriva users. Images are available in i586 and x86_64 versions. See the release notes for the Errata.

The next openSUSE will be version 42 instead of the expected 14.1 per the numbering convention since 2011. There was talk after the last release of changing things with a Tumbleweed like rolling release being suggested. With the "additional core SUSE Linux Enterprise source code the project is building a whole new release." In addition, the community distribution will now follow closely behind SUSE Enterprise update schedule. "Unlike old releases, future releases of “42” are expected to align with the releases of SLE service packs and major releases. openSUSE 42 will be a long-term type release with enduring updates and maintenance commitments by the community and SUSE." A milestone will be released soon according to DeMaio’s post and openSUSE 42 is expected to be announced at SUSECon in November.

In other news:

* Running BSD on the desktop with MidnightBSD 0.6

* Makulu 9 Aero Soars Above the Linux Distro Crowd

* Why Windows 10 Maker May Release Its Own Linux OS Distro Soon

* National Insecurity? Navy Still Using Windows XP

* Firms work to bring Ubuntu computers to Meridian classrooms

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ZDNet: Linus Torvalds and Jim Zemlin included in list of open source’s top 10 leaders.

This list of the “Top 10 Leaders Driving Open-Source Tech” from ZDNet includes Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Linux Foundation Executive Director, Jim Zemlin.

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The Linux Foundation to Deliver Funds to Fight Security Woes

The Linux Foundation is throwing some serious funding at online security challenges. Its Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) has announced financial support of nearly $500,000 for three new projects to better support critical security elements of today’s global information infrastructure. Established in 2014 in response to the Heartbleed vulnerability, more than 20 companies founded CII to fortify the security of key open source projects. Here are the projects that will benefit from the funding.

 Specifically, CII’s funds will support a new open source automated testing project, the Reproducible Builds initiative from Debian, and IT security researcher Hanno Böck’s Fuzzing Project.

Here is what these projects are all about:

Reproducible Builds – For distributions like Debian and Fedora, it is essential that the machines used to build binaries distributed to users have not been compromised by unknown attackers. Reproducible builds enable anyone to reproduce bit by bit identical binary packages from a given source, thus enabling anyone to independently verify that a binary matches the source code from which it was said it was derived. Without it, even with software containing carefully audited source code, it is much harder to detect if binaries have been tampered with before they get in the hands of users.  CIIs $200,000 grant will advance work on these goals.

The Fuzzing Project – The fuzzing software testing technique is a powerful mechanism to identify security problems in software or computer systems. Security researcher Hanno Böck spearheads The Fuzzing Project, coordinating fuzzing efforts for open source software. Many vulnerabilities in well-known software, including several GnuPG and OpenSSL bugs reported lately, were found by Böck’s effort. He will receive $60,000 from CII to continue his work finding and reporting fuzzer-related issues in open source software. He works on improving and documenting the tools and methods to automatically find large quantities of bugs in software.

False-Positive-Free Testing – Pascal Cuoq, chief scientist and co-founder of TrustInSoft, a company that uses the Frama-C platform to guarantee software has no flaws, will receive a grant to build an open source TIS Interpreter, including all the extensions necessary to support the false-positive-free operation on OpenSSL. This work is based on TIS Analyzer, a commercial software analysis tool based on Frama-C, the extensible open-source framework for source code analysis. One issue impairing TIS Analyzer’s widespread adoption is that it occasionally produces false positives: it can report security errors that are actually false alarms. Cuoq’s new project supports a new flavor of TIS Analyzer named “TIS Interpreter” and a methodology that detects bugs with no false positives. 

While each project were announcing funding for today is quite different, each is critical to our global computing infrastructure and cybersecurity,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. 


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Survey: Many Organizations Are Aiming for 100% of IT in the Cloud

How many organizations are seriously considering running all of their information technology in the cloud? The folks at BetterCloud, which focuses on tools for cloud office systems, are out with survey results based on responses from 1,500 IT professionals, and among the findings, 62 percent said that by 2020 they are planning to run 100 percent of their information technology in the cloud. Here are more details.

The respondents to BetterCloud’s survey came from 53 different countries. 

Today, 12% of organizations surveyed run 100% of their IT in the cloud, according to BetterCloud’s findings. The survey also reports:

"Every year, more organizations will abandon legacy applications (think Microsoft Exchange) for their lighter, more nimble replacements: cloud applications (think Office 365 and Google Apps). In doing so, organizations of all ages and sizes will begin to rely on the cloud–not only for cloud office systems, but for their entire IT infrastructure. And 66% of Google Apps customers who took the survey expect to run 100% of their IT in the cloud by 2020, versus only 49% of Office 365 customers."

"The majority (66%) of organizations five years old or younger expect to run 100% of IT operations in the cloud by 2017. Only 9% of organizations 21 years or older expect to be running fully in the cloud by 2017. Contributing factors to the slow growth for older organizations are likely infrastructure complexities, dependencies on legacy systems and the cemented business processes built around them, number of employees, and even the employees themselves, who may not be accepting of a cloud-based work environment."

That last fact is not always considered when talking about the cloud. Some workers are resistant to cloud-centric applications and handling data in the cloud. "Over time, younger organizations will be able to move at a much faster pace," the BetterCloud survey reports. "Nearly all surveyed organizations (96%) that started within the last five years expect to run 100% of their IT in the cloud by 2026."


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How To Install LAMP Stack On Mageia 5

Install LAMP Stack On Mageia 5 LAMP is a combination of operating system and open-source software stack. The acronym LAMP is derived from the first letters of Linux, Apache HTTP Server, MySQL/MariaDB…

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