​Mirantis launches multi-cloud Kubernetes with AWS Support

Kubernetes is continuing to become the default container orchestration program. The latest proof of this is Mirantis making it easier than ever to manage hybrid clouds across Amazon Web Services (AWS), OpenStack, and bare metal with Kubernetes in the latest version of its Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP). With Kubernetes-enabled MCP, it can manage multi-cloud self-service Kubernetes clusters through its new Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) functionality.

Specifically, MCP CaaS supports Kubernetes on private OpenStack clouds, public AWS clouds, or both. Mirantis, best known as an top-notch OpenStack consulting company, also promises it will soon support additional public cloud options. It is thought that these will be Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

Like all other MCP components, this new CaaS offering uses the DriveTrain lifecycle management (LCM). This is an an open-source, model-based configuration, deployment and lifecycle management toolchain. It’s designed for continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD). In MCP, it enables enterprises to standardize on Kubernetes.

The company has also upgraded DriveTrain with this MCP release. Besides supporting Kubernetes, DriveTrain enables new upgrades to OpenStack Ocata and OpenContrail, software-defined networks (SDN).

This release also includes enhancements to StackLight. This is Mirantis’s open-source consolidated control center for operations automation and distributed logging, monitoring and alerting, its toolchain for Lifecycle Management (LCM).

StackLight now includes a new DevOps portal that provides an overview of the MCP environment. Mirantis claims, this new aggregated toolset significantly reduces the complexity of Day 2 cloud operations through services and dashboards around a high degree of automation, availability statistics, resource utilization, capacity utilization, continuous testing, logs, metrics, and notifications.

The newly released MCP also includes an easy-to-use, web-based interface for managing Kubernetes clusters. This makes it simpler for developers to quickly create and control their own Kubernete-controlled containers.

“With many new open source tools constantly being introduced into the vibrant container ecosystem every month, CaaS platforms are becoming increasingly complex to operate,” said Boris Renski, Mirantis CMO and co-founder. “Building on our experience operating OpenStack for customers like AT&T and VW, we plan to continue introducing new container services to our managed open cloud portfolio as open source projects behind them become more mature.”


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Samsung Gear VR launches before December for $99



We already knew Samsung’s final Gear VR was coming in 2015. Now we have a price and a better sense of the release timing.

The mobile-based virtual reality headset will launch in North America “in time for Black Friday” and worldwide “shortly after,” as Samsung SVP of Technology Strategy Peter Koo revealed when he took the stage at the Oculus Connect keynote on Thursday. It’ll sell for $ 99.

The final build of the Gear VR is 22% lighter than the “Innovator Edition” that first launched in Dec. 2014. It’s also got a revised design that does away with the top head strap and a smarter design for the side-mounted touchpad, with an directional pad-shaped indentation that should make blindly operating the controls more convenient. Read more…

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Google launches its Keep note-taking app for iOS


Google today launched Google Keep for iOS. You can download the new app now directly from Apple’s App Store.

We’re a bit surprised it took Google this long to debut an iOS app for its note-taking service. Google Keep first launched way back in March 2013 for Android and the Web, meaning the iOS version is showing up 30 months later. Google even brought Google Keep to Android Wear, its smartwatch platform, in June 2014.

Nonetheless, Google says the features Google Keep users have come to expect on Android and the Web are now available to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. That means iOS users can search and filter notes by color and type (images, audio, and text), add labels, set time or location-based reminders, and share notes for basic real-time collaboration.


Here is the full feature list, from the iTunes description:

  • Capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes on any device, anywhere.
  • Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep.
  • Organize your notes with labels and colors.
  • Set and forget. Get reminded about a note at the right time or place.
  • Record a voice memo and have it automatically transcribed.
  • Grab the text from an image to help you quickly find that note again through search.

This release isn’t going to convert Evernote or OneNote users, as both have iOS apps with plenty of features. If, however, you’re already using Google Keep on another one of your devices, being able to access your notes on your Apple gadget is a welcome addition. If you’re a Windows Phone user, we wouldn’t hold our breath until Google shows some interest in Windows 10.

While it appears this is a full-featured release, we have asked Google if there is anything missing from the iOS app that is currently available on Android and the Web. We will update you if we learn anything new.

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Facebook launches live-streaming video, but only for VIPs


It looks like Facebook won’t be buying Meerkat after all.

The company has launched Facebook Live, a live-streaming feature reminiscent of Meerkat and Periscope.

Currently, the feature is available only to VIPs, which Facebook describes as “athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers.” In other words, anybody with a verified account.

Touted as a new way for these “public figures” to connect with their fans, it is now available through the Facebook Mentions app. In a press release, the company mentions that Live’s celebrity guinea pigs include Dwayne “Stop Calling Me ‘The Rock’” Johnson, Serena Williams, Martha Stewart, and Michael Bublé (presumably so your mom will have somebody to tune in for).

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The screencap looks pretty much the same as Periscope’s live chat and viewer count.

Celebrity endorsements are a sure-fire, if cheap, way to quickly drive up viewership and, naturally, ad dollars. Facebook has been rapidly pursuing more video consumption, even if it’s not always particularly honest.

Indeed, as their view counts have exploded, content owners have been vocal about persistent piracy and reposting.

So, if you follow them, you can now look forward to Michael Bublé or Triple H in your Facebook timeline.

Just like Periscope, you’ll get a notification when they’re live. Unlike Meerkat, it archives video. Like both, you can watch endless hours of people staring into their phones with double-chins.

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