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Rackspace and Hortonworks Team Up on Easy Hadoop via OpenStack

As the transition to the cloud and Big Data continue, open source software is playing an absolutely critical role. And now, Rackspace Hosting, which has been focused on OpenStack-based cloud computing, has announced a strategic agreement with Hortonworks, which provides Apache Hadoop development, support and training, to empower customers with an enterprise-ready Hadoop platform targeted to be easy to use in the cloud. 

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OpenNebula 3.8 Improves Hypervisor Support

OpenNebula's Twin Jet release further improves the open source cloud computing toolkit's handling of virtual machines under VMware and KVM hypervisors. Support for Amazon EC2 has also been extended...

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Cloud Apache OpenOffice Plans to be Discussed Next Month

OpenOffice's graduation to a top-level project at Apache now clears he way for faster cloud innovation, especially as Microsoft Office 365's debut nears. Plans for "Cloud Apache OpenOffice" will be discussed at ApacheCon Europe in weeks...

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Rackspace Intros Cloud Block Storage for I/O-Heavy Apps

Rackspace intros Cloud Block Storage powered by OpenStack with a solid state drive-based option for better performance rates.

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Cloudyn Launches Free Tool For Making Sense of Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance Costs

Today cloud cost management company Cloudyn announced a new free service for calculating costs of Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances. Reserved Instances are sort of like cloud instances that you pay a retainer for: you pay an upfront fee, and can then pay a discounted rate if/when you use them. Amazon offers Reserved Instances at different rates depending on term of commitment — either one, two or three years. Cloudyn’s Reserved Instance Calculator will use predictions based on usage patterns to recommend optimal purchases. 

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