HP: We’re not leaving the public cloud

Several days after HP seemed to announce that it was going to stop offering public cloud services, the company is now stating that it will continue to offer its OpenStack-powered Helion public cloud.

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Dell XPS 13 Linux developer edition available

Dell has come through again with its latest laptop that’s just for Linux developers: The fourth generation Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. This model is the latest in Dell’s high-end workstation laptops for programmers.

Unlike earlier models, this latest power laptop starts at a very affordable price: $949. This “starter” computer is powered by a 5th Generation, 2.7Ghz Broadwell Intel Core i5-5200U Processor with Intel HD Graphics 5500. This paints its images on the very well-reviewed 13.3″ (1920 x 1080) “Infinity display.” For storage, the system also has 8 GBs of Dual Channel DDR3L RAM, and 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). It also includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0; two USB 3.0 ports, a mini-DisplayPort, and a SD Card slot.

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Docker comes to Microsoft Azure

As expected, container technology, especially Docker, has become hotter than ever in clouds. What you might not have expected was for Microsoft to adopt Docker for Azure. Well, surprise! They have.

First, a little background. Clouds are built on virtual machine (VM) hypervisors such as Hyper-V, KVM, and Xen. While you can run multiple VMs on a server, since each VM contains an entire operating system, they’re fat in terms of system resources.

Containers, on the other hand, use shared operating systems, That makes them skinnier. In turn, that means containers let you run more apps on a server than a VM will, and that gives you more value from your server hardware investment.

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Securing the web once and for all: The Let’s Encrypt Project

In case you’ve been in a cave, you may not have noticed Web security is a mess. Gmail had fits this weekend with sending mail because the mail server tasked with sending messages had an expired security certificate. Before that, a Secure-Socket Layer (SSL) encryption problem that had been hiding in the code since the 1990s opened the door to the FREAK security hole. It’s clear the industry needs to get its act together when it comes to web site encryption. The Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) with its Let’s Encrypt project wants to give us that fix.

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HP drops out of the public cloud storm

Almost five years ago, HP announced it was going to offer cloud services. On April 7, according to the New York Times, HP announced it’s leaving the public cloud business.

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