The Peculiar Case of Email in the Cloud

Most of the time when I start a project, or spin up a virtual server, it's done in my own basement "server farm". Not too many years ago, if I wanted those services to be public, I'd simply port-forward from my static IP into my personal machines. Or, perhaps I'd set up a name-based virtual host as a reverse proxy if I needed to expose a Web app. more>>

CodeLathe FileCloud Google Chrome Extension

Nearly everyone in today's enterprises is connected throughout the day to a web browser, of which anywhere from 44–71% are Google Chrome. Seeking to make this vast number of users' work more productive is developer CodeLathe, whose new "amazingly easy-to-use" FileCloud extension for Google Chrome enables users to save documents, images and scre more>>

An IT megatrend in progress involves the shift from legacy monolithic apps running on enterprise storage to systems of engagement that interact with users, collect real-time data from many sources and store it in elastic and shared data services. more>>

Better Cloud Storage with ownCloud 9.1

A new version of ownCloud community edition has been released, and it brings a number of important updates, new features and security improvements. The result is a more useful and safe environment for collaboration and cloud storage. more>>


SUSE Manager is a open-source IT management solution with a centralized console for managing multiple Linux distributions, hardware platforms (x86, IBM Power Systems and z Systems), more>>

Understanding Ceph and Its Place in the Market

Last month, the Ceph community released its first set of bug fixes to the 10.2 Jewel release with version 10.2.1. more>>

Linaro's ARM-Based Developer Cloud

As the adoption of ARM-based servers accelerates and IoT applications rapidly evolve, software developers are demanding access to requisite hardware and software-reference platforms. more>>

BitTorrent Inc.'s Sync

The Sync application from BitTorrent Inc. is simple yet powerful, offering the ability to move large amounts of data directly between devices. more>>

New Container Image Standard Promises More Portable Apps

I've written about containers before, and I've waxed lyrical about the multitude of benefits they bring to DevOps and cloud computing. more>>

Kolab Systems AG and Collabora's CloudSuite

The chemistry created by the Kolab Systems-Collabora Productivity partnership enabled CloudSuite, the first 100% open-source, enterprise-grade cloud office suite. more>>


There's just something about the fresh start you get with a new job. Both my previous job and my new one began with the opportunity to build a new infrastructure from scratch. In both cases, as is common with startup infrastructure in its early stages, everything was to be built using Amazon Web Services (AWS), specifically using its Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) infrastructure. more>>

Tighter Security in OwnCloud v9

OwnCloud is a free Web-based app that provides Dropbox-style file hosting. With the release of version 9 on the horizon, it's a good time to take a look at the improved security features. more>>

Cloud Infrastructure Automation Coming of Age

Explosive growth in enterprise adoption of public and private cloud technologies is really pushing requirements for scalable, automated solutions to ensure security, cost and operational compliance across deployments of virtual “cloud” infrastructure.  With the emergence of ever-larger and more dense server farms, and ever larger and more complex cloud configurations, cloud automa more>>

Chromebookify Your Laptop Now!

A few years ago there was a project designed to boot generic laptops so they functioned as Chromebooks. It was a cool project, but unfortunately, the compatibility wasn't great, and it wasn't reliable to use on a daily basis. Although Chromebooks are old news these days, it still would be quite useful to transform aging laptop computers into Chromebooks. more>>

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