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Announced earlier this year, the first semi-annual release of Windows Server has finally arrived. At the heart of the Windows Server 1709 release is a major update of the Server Core variant of Windows Server, with new versions of both Enterprise and Data Center editions.
Pepperdata has launched a project aiming to enable the Apache Spark in-memory computing framework for big data analytics applications. Pepperdata CTO Sean Suchtuer says the Hadoop File System (HDFS) on Kubernetes open-source project hosted on GitHub seeks to take advantage of a unique opportunity to unify the underlying infrastructure employed to support both big data and traditional applications.
As the number of stateful applications being developed using Docker containers increases, a battle has broken out among storage vendors anxious to grab a share of an emerging class of workloads. The latest vendor to extend the reach of its storage software by adding support for both containers and Kubernetes is IBM.
As part of an effort to eliminate a Kubernetes management tax, Microsoft previewed a managed instance of Kubernetes clusters running on Azure that it will manage on behalf of customers for free. In addition, the company promised to extend Azure Container Registry to add support for geo-replication capabilities that makes it simpler to manage multiple instances of a private container registry.
Google and Cisco Systems today announced a strategic alliance in which the two companies will work closely to extend the reach of Google cloud services based on Kubernetes and other container technologies to on-premises environments based on Cisco infrastructure. Fabio Gori, senior director of cloud solutions marketing for Cisco, says the first fruits of that alliance will show up in the early part of 2018 with general availability of solutions starting to appear in the second half of 2018.
More evidence emerged today that Kubernetes is rapidly evolving into a platform on which some of the largest enterprise applications will be deployed. SAP announced that Vora 2.0, a big data analytics platform based on a distribution of the Apache Spark in-memory computing framework, has been redesigned to run on Kubernetes.
Docker Inc. plans to give customers the option to deploy one of several open-source serverless computing frameworks on top of the Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) container-as-a-service (CaaS) environment. Rather than attempting to lock customers into a specific serverless computing framework, IT organizations should be free to choose from multiple frameworks that can be deployed on-premises or in one of several public clouds, says Docker Inc. founder and CT Salomon Hykes.
A newly rebranded Kong Inc., formerly known as Mashape, this week announced the availability of Kong Enterprise Edition, a version of the companys open-source application programming interface (API) management platform that has been designed from the ground up to support microservices based on containers. Kong Inc. CEO Augusto Marietti says the enterprise edition of Kong differs from the open-source edition in that it scales to support more API calls.
The Cloud Foundry Foundation (CFF), at a Cloud Foundry Summit Europe conference, announced it will make the Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR) the default runtime for deploying applications on Kubernetes clusters, using the BOSH lifecycle management tools it developed to manage the components that make up the foundations open-source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment. Abby Kearns, executive director of the CFF, says DevOps teams now can choose between CFCR, formerly known as Kubo, to deploy applications on Kubernetes or continue to use Application Runtime, previously Elastic Runtime, which CFF also provides for deploying applications.