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4 Open-Source Network Management Tools Improve Usability, Performance

Network management tools have come a long way from the early command-line products with arcane, text-based configuration files that kept everyone except the resident (typically Linux) guru in the dark. Today’s management tools, replete with desktop or web-based GUIs, easy installs and configuration...
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DevOps Demands NetOps

Building applications that run on your own servers and networks used to mean some very firm demarcations between what was considered a developer task and what was left up to the network team. The move to cloud platforms and cloud abstractions (even on your own hardware) has changed where those...
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Why I Love containerd…and Docker!

I talk a lot about containerd. I write blog posts about it, speak at conferences about it, give introductory presentations internally at IBM about it and tweet (maybe too much) about it. Due to my role at IBM, I’ve helped IBM’s public cloud Kubernetes service, IKS, start a migration to use...
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Orange Pi 3 SBC Arrives with Allwinner H6 and Mini-PCIe

An open-spec, Allwinner H6 based “Orange Pi 3” SBC has gone on sale for $30 to $40, with the latter giving you 2GB of RAM and 8GB eMMC. Other highlights: GbE, HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, WiFi-ac, and mini-PCIe.The long-awaited Orange Pi 3 — the highest end of three Allwinner H6 based Orange Pi SBCs — has...
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Kubernetes: Tools for Operability

In this presentation, Bridget Kromhout discusses what containers and Kubernetes clusters are at a high level, looks into the practical application of open source tools to simplify cluster management, and shows how to deploy Kubernetes clusters in a repeatable and portable fashion. "You're probably...
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7 Tips to Declutter Your Work Life

Could decluttering your work life make you more productive and happy in 2019? Considering the fact that millions of people have bought into Marie Kondo's organization method, as described in her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” and in her popular new Netfilx series, it's an idea worth...
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What Metrics Matter: A Guide for Open Source Projects

"Without data, you're just a person with an opinion." Those are the words of W. Edwards Deming, the champion of statistical process control, who was credited as one of the inspirations for what became known as the Japanese post-war economic miracle of 1950 to 1960. Ironically, Japanese...
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Back to Basics: Sort and Uniq

Learn the fundamentals of sorting and de-duplicating text on the command line. If you've been using the command line for a long time, it's easy to take the commands you use every day for granted. But, if you're new to the Linux command line, there are several commands that make your life easier...
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Faucet: An Open Source SDN Controller for High-Speed Production Networks

Open standards such as OpenFlow and P4 promised to improve the landscape by opening access to these devices via a programmable API, but they still require someone to write a controller to re-implement normal switch functionality, such as forwarding and routing, in a multi-vendor, standards-...
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Ansible vs. Puppet: Declarative DevOps Tools Square Off

DevOps aims to drive collaboration between development and operations teams, but software quality drives DevOps adoption more than any other factor. As this comparison of Ansible vs. Puppet shows, software quality dramatically influences DevOps tools. Software quality tends to be an organizational...
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