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Cisco+OpenFlow+OpenStack = ONE software-defined network

Everybody is talking about OpenFlow, the "Quantum" networking abstraction project that is part of the OpenStack cloud controller, and software-defined networks in general. A lot of the talk has been about removing the hegemony of Cisco Systems in switching and routing. Now...

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Intel CPUs Affected by VM Privilege Escalation Exploit

A security vulnerability in virtualisation software built into Intel's hardware allows an attacker to execute code in Ring 0 of the CPU on certain 64-bit operating systems and the Xen hypervisor...

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Microsoft Works on Hyper-V Support for OpenStack--Again

Back in February, we reported on the removal of Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor from the OpenStack cloud platform. The hypervisor was originally included in releases of the OpenStack platform, and there was lots of speculation about whether Microsoft itself aggressively opposed OpenStack, which is an open source cloud platform that competes with offerings like Microsoft Azure. Now, Microsoft is moving full steam ahead with Hyper-V support for OpenStack, which, along with Microsoft's other cloud moves this week, shows that the company recognizes that there will be many cloud platforms that succeed. 

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Canonical Touts Its New Microsoft Partnership

Canonical is promoting today its new partnership with Microsoft that allows Ubuntu Linux to run on Windows Azure...

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VMware's Database Play: "Disk Is the New Tape"

Virtualization technology made it feasible for databases of gigabyte or even terabyte size to be managed entirely in memory. This accomplishment has breathed new life into a space that hadn't seen a lot of action in the last decade. Venerable players like SAP (parent company of Sybase) are finding new ways not only to compete with Oracle but potentially exceed it. It has also opened the door for VMware to break into the database space with SQLFire. This technology, paired with a big-data storage system like Hadoop, is making customers wonder what the advantage of Oracle or SQL Server is supposed to be. 

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