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The Great OpenStack-Amazon API Debate

The discussion and debate over open source cloud software's compatibility with cloud leader Amazon's proprietary APIs was just beginning when the 451 Group released "The OpenStack Tipping Point" in April. With the advancement of the OpenStack software and community -- along with lingering questions about the desired level of compatibility...

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Yes, the Open Cloud Does Matter

Last week, I covered some comments from a couple of tech industry heavyweights having to do with the OpenStack cloud computing platform. Specifically, former Microsoftie and noted tech blogger Robert Scoble put up a Google+ post saying that OpenStack would be sidetracked by any attempt to build in API compatibility with Amazon Web Services (AWS). And, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said that his company's strategy is to "support OpenStack" despite the fact that the platform is "immature." Now there are some other comments arising online about not only OpenStack's viability, but whether or not the concept of the open cloud is worth pursuing. Of course it's worth pursuing. In fact, many organizations are perilously playing with cloud lock-in. 

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Apache CloudStack Cross-site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerabiliity

The Apache CloudStack Security Team was notified of an issue found in the Apache CloudStack user interface that allows an authenticated user to execute cross-site scripting attack against other users within the system.

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Open Source Robots are Now Competing in the Cloud

For almost 15 years, some of the more interesting work in the field of robotics has been driven by open source efforts.  Last year, the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) took shape, which is a well funded and organized central entity that can provide oversight to some of the most important open source robotics efforts. The organization recently helped the U.S. Defense Department host its Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC) entirely in the cloud, with participants in the competition competing from remote locations using SoftLayer Technologies' cloud computing platform. 

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Cloudera's Mike Olson: Hadoop vs. Closed Source Is Not a Fair Fight

For many database practitioners, Hadoop is turning the tables on the relational database model. The rise of Big Data is driving what some see as a much-needed change in the platforms that process the massive infusions of aggregated raw data. Take for example, Cloudera founder and Chief Strategy Officer Mike...

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