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Big Blue's big blunder: IBM accidentally hands over root access to its data science servers

IBM left private keys to the Docker host environment in its Data Science Experience service inside freely available containers. This potentially granted the cloud service's users root access to the underlying container-hosting machines – and potentially to other machines in Big Blue's Spark computing cluster. Effectively, Big …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Feb 2017
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GitLab invokes the startup defence to explain data loss woes

When GitLab suffered its database deletion, outage and related failure of five backup tools, the company quickly offered The Register an interview. Which sounded like a good opportunity to learn just how a startup aiming for serious developers, and with US$25m of serious investors' cash in its keeping, could have failed to …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2017
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With nearly 1m users on its books, DigitalOcean touts load balancers

DigitalOcean on Tuesday plans to begin offering load balancers to help its customers distribute online traffic across their infrastructure, at a cost of $20 per month. Load balancers ensure that DigitalOcean servers can handle surges of online traffic and represent an essential safety mechanism for online businesses. They …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Feb 2017

Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

Software engineers should ditch their coveted Silicon Valley jobs and look for opportunities in Austin, San Diego or Seattle. That's according to recruitment company Hired, which looked at the salaries for 260,000 jobs in cities across the US and the world and accounted for the cost of living in those cities. So while people …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Feb 2017
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Docker polices secrets, in Iron Man suit no less

Secrets management can present problems for those working in containerized environments. Storing secrets – API keys, SSH keys, TLS certificates and other sensitive data used for authentication and authorization – within a container image may be the path of least resistance but doing so is insecure. Anyone with access to the …
Thomas Claburn, 09 Feb 2017
Dyantrace's UFO DevOps lamp

To do DevOps right, beam down a UFO says Dynatrace

Application performance monitoring outfit Dynatrace is getting into the flying saucer business. The company today unveiled a UFO – actually a UFO-shaped lamp – that dangles from your ceiling. The idea is that it will help software development teams to “visualize pipeline health” by flashing its 36 LEDs in different colours and …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2017
Microsoft's Custom Speech Service

Eee by gum! Aye up, Microsoft, what's tha y' got? Cloud for accents?

Microsoft has build a cloud service for applications so that software can attempt to understand specialist vocabularies and cope with dialects and accents. Speech recognition works better if the algorithms can pick from a limited range of possible words and phrases, rather than attempting to recognise everything. Microsoft's …
Tim Anderson, 08 Feb 2017

MapR seeks DevOps love: Stateful storage WLTM Docker containers

MapR says it is has immediate availability for the industry's first persistent storage for containers that offers complete state access to files, database tables, and message streams from any location. The MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker includes the MapR Persistent Client Container (PACC). MapR trots out the cliché …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017
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GitHubbers invited to hack Davis, the microservices chat bot

Dynatrace has launched a virtual digital assistant named Davis which you can talk to using Amazon's Alexa or via text on Slack through a proprietary engine - and has invited devs to take a pop at it. The idea is you quiz Davis on the status of your systems, as opposed to logging in and typing. Behind Davis lies a Node.js …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2017
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RethinkDB is dead? Rethink that thought: NoSQL database is back

RethinkDB has bounced back from the passing of its corporate parent last year to land under the protection of The Linux Foundation and a more business-friendly software license. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation on Monday said it had purchased the source code for the RethinkDB database and relicensed it under the Apache …
Thomas Claburn, 07 Feb 2017

Microsoft foists fake file system for fat Git repos

To lighten the burden of massive Git source code repositories, Microsoft has created a virtualized file system that allows developers to interact with large codebases without sending excessive amounts of data across the network. Git (when not applied to people or animals) refers to a distributed version control system for …
Thomas Claburn, 03 Feb 2017

For $deity's sake, smile! It's Friday! Sad coders write bad code – official

Miserable software developers produce miserable software, to the further detriment of organizational productivity and personal health. Researchers from the University of Stuttgart, University of Helsinki, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have completed a study [PDF] of …
Thomas Claburn, 03 Feb 2017
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Fused box: Look who's containerizing storage, security and apps

Comment Containerized apps will gravitate to using containerized system services such as storage and security. In the DevOps world, containerized apps run inside hosts, and system services such as security and storage are containerized as well. Outside that ideal world, these services are often linked to containers by some interface …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2017
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VMware reveals a semi-secret cut of NSX aimed at DevOps types

VMware has revealed a new cut of its NSX network virtualization product, called “NSX-T”. The Register's virtualization desk understands the “T” stands for “transformers”, to denote the fact that this cut of the product signals VMware plans to brings NSX's powers to containers and microservices, the ideas fuelling …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2017
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Survey: Teamwork promises faster delivery of database change

Promo By working closely together, development and operations teams are improving the speed and quality of application development. But what about the database? How many DevOps teams have extended a DevOps approach to their database development? Redgate surveyed more than 1,000 SQL Server database professionals across a range of …
Nicole Segre, 02 Feb 2017

GitLab.com luckily found lost data on a staging server

GitLab.com, the wannabe GitHub alternative that yesterday went down hard and reported data loss, has confirmed that some data is gone but that its services are now operational again. The incident did not result in Git repos disappearing. Which may be why the company's PR reps characterised the lost data as “peripheral metadata …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2017

Cisco rounds out Tetration analytics with security enforcement

Cisco's Tetration telemetry analytics has had six months since launch to bed down so Switchzilla has decided it's time for a refresh. As part of that process, the company is trying to build a third-party developer ecosystem around the product. However, more importantly for users, it has taken the original discovery and …

GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

Source-code hub GitLab.com is in meltdown after experiencing data loss as a result of what it has suddenly discovered are ineffectual backups. On Tuesday evening, Pacific Time, the startup issued a sobering series of tweets we've listed below. Behind the scenes, a tired sysadmin, working late at night in the Netherlands, had …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2017
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'Treat your developers like creative workers – or watch them leave'

Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson believes companies should let their software developers off leash. "Writing code is a creative endeavor, and not a lot of companies fully understand that," said Lawson in an interview with The Register. "A lot of people think of developers as math nerds who want sit in a corner, eat Doritos, and be told …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Jan 2017
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Is Kubernetes a little too terrifying? Platform9 has a safe space for you

Those daunted by the complexity of using Kubernetes to manage containerized applications can now outsource the work to Platform9. The Sunnyvale, California-based company, known for its OpenStack-as-a-service offering, has launched Managed Kubernetes, an infrastructure-agnostic alternative to the Kubernetes service Google …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Jan 2017
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Continuous Lifecycle London: Save over 25% with early bird tickets

We're bringing some of the finest brains from the worlds of DevOps, Containers, Agile and Continuous Delivery to London in May, and if you're quick you can join us AND save over a quarter off the full-fat ticket price. If you move now, you can secure your place for just £665 plus VAT, a big saving on the full price of £900. …
Team Register, 24 Jan 2017
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SporeStack: Disposable, anonymous servers, via Bitcoin and Python

Hardware infrastructure, once the foundation of computing giants like IBM, has become an abstract commodity thanks to cloud computing, virtualization, and containerization. Through large service providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, or smaller ones like DigitalOcean, Linode, and Vultr …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jan 2017
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Oracle slurps enterprise cloud API wrangler Apiary

Oracle’s first financial splash of 2017 has seen it snap up Apiary, an enterprise API specialist. Founded in 2011, Apiary provides hosted tools to build, test and monitor APIs working with REST. It attracted three funding rounds in its short life, totaling £8.55m. The firm marries devops with workflow for enterprise services …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jan 2017
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I'll have Fabric, Crashlytics... Google crams Twitter mobile dev tools in trolley

Google is set to acquire Twitter's mobile app development platform, Fabric, and assimilate its team within its own development platform, Firebase. The terms of the acquisition have not been revealed, but the Fabric team will join Google's Developer Products Group, working with Google's Firebase team which also offers a mobile …
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Seduced by the Docker side: Microsoft's support could be first shot fired in the Container Wars

Docker was arguably a dumb thing for you to do with your time last year. Developers loved it but enterprises weren’t so sure. That was then, but now Microsoft – mighty in enterprise tech and filled with deep and abiding love for open source – is perhaps Docker's best friend. Not only is Microsoft getting behind Docker-style …
Matt Asay, 19 Jan 2017
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Red Hat's OpenShift Container Platform openly shifts storage into the hands of devs

Enterprise Linux biz Red Hat has revised its OpenShift Container Platform to include support for dynamic storage provisioning in local and remote applications. The software is an on-premises platform-as-a-service product that allows organizations to run applications using Kubernetes orchestration and Docker containers. The …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Jan 2017
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Admins rejoice. Microsoft brings Azure Automation to the UK

Microsoft's slow rollout of the full suite of Azure tools in the UK has taken another step forwards today, with Automation arriving in both of its UK regions. Redmond says Azure Automation offers users a way to, well, automate the more tedious manual tasks that need to be repeated when managing a cloud and enterprise …
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Docker adds continuous integration to DataKit

Here's a handy tool from Docker's GitHub repository: a continuous integration library to help manage DataKit projects. DataKit went open source in May last year. At the time, Anil Madhavapeddy explained it was part of the strategy to let users run Docker natively on Windows and Mac machines. DataKit provides the software …
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D-Wave goes public with open-source quantum-classical hybrid software

Want to fool around with some quantum-ish computing? D-Wave has open sourced a software tool that prepares optimisation problems to run on its hardware. You can think of the software, qbsolv, as a D-Wave-specific compiler: in the white paper it's posted along with the tool at GitHub, the company's Michael Booth, Steven …

Docker swings door shut on privilege escalation bug

Docker has patched what it calls a “minor” container escape. CVE-2016-9962 was a bug in runc – an insecure file descriptor opening that cleared the way to local privilege escalation. In other words, the contents of one container could be exposed to another, running under the same Docker instance. From its Full Disclosure post …
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Trello, hello, hello: Todo list biz gobbled by Atlassian for $425m

Freemium digital post-it business board Trello is to be acquired by productivity software floggers Atlassian. The deal is worth $425m, according to TechCrunch, with the productivity software business to pay $360m in cash and $65m in restricted shares and options for Trello. The deal is expected to close by the end of March …

Hacker publishes GitHub secret key hunter

A researcher has published a tool to help administrators delve into GitHub commits to find high-entropy secret keys. The tool, dubbed TruffleHog, is able to locate high-entropy keys with Github potentially saving admins from exposing their networks and sensitive data. TruffleHog developer Dylan Ayrey, who warned of the …
Team Register, 09 Jan 2017

Splunk: Why we dumped Perforce for Atlassian's Bitbucket of Gits

Analysis Kurt Chase, director of engineering services at Splunk, is effusive about Atlassian's Git-based Bitbucket but doesn't have a lot of nice things to say about jilted source control system Perforce. As it turns out, Perforce has a rather jaundiced view of Git as a way to manage software. But more on that later. Two years ago, …
Thomas Claburn, 06 Jan 2017
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CloudByte chews on Elastistor, sinks teeth into OpenEBS

Analysis Startup CloudByte is having a substantial exec and strategy makeover as it embraces an open source approach to containerised storage. We came across CloudByte just over a year ago when it popped up with its ElastiStor software running on OEM’d SanDisk (now WD) InfiniFlash hardware, the box with a bunch of flash inside it. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017

Google's Grumpy code makes Python Go

Google on Wednesday introduced an open-source project called Grumpy to translate Python code into Go programs. The company's front-end server for YouTube and its YouTube API are mainly written in Python, and run on CPython 2.7, as opposed to other implementations (Jython, PyPy, or IronPython). The issue for Google is …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Jan 2017
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Routine jobs vanishing and it's all technology's fault? Hold it there, sport

Routine jobs are disappearing, pushing less educated workers toward either lower-paying non-routine jobs, unemployment, or non-participation in the labor market. The automation of routine work by technology is partially responsible, though its role is relatively small, according to a paper [paywalled] published last month …
Thomas Claburn, 04 Jan 2017
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ClusterHQ? More like Clusterfscked: Cluster bombs, says it came to market too early

Preempting cheap shots at his company's failure, CEO Mark Davis on Thursday announced that ClusterHQ is shutting down with a single, unassailably apt headline: "ClusterF***ed." We couldn't have said it better ourselves at The Register. Our job is done, or nearly. Given how rare it is that a technology company commits the …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Dec 2016
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Windows 10 nags, Dirty Cow, Microsoft's Linux man love: The Reg's big ones for 2016

Systems got bigger and more removed from ordinary mortals during 2016 as West Coast tech firms centralised more and more computing on server farms. Google, Facebook and Microsoft wanted us to slap on virtual reality goggles and ask artificial intelligences to serve our voice-activated commands. Cars, lorries and taxis minus …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Dec 2016

Technology as a catalyst for cultural change

IT departments can do a lot to improve performance by optimising the infrastructure and the way they work internally, but the level of success ultimately depends on the prevailing business culture. Recognising this is important to achieving the best results. It is also key to understanding how the smart and creative use of …
Dale Vile, 20 Dec 2016
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Check your privilege: CoreOS's container tech rkt gets priv-escalation defense on Intel chips

CoreOS's Linux container manager rkt – pronounced "rock-it" for those willing to pay for a few vowels – can now defend against privilege escalation attacks on virtual machines hosting Intel Clear Containers. Clear Containers, launched last year, represents Intel's effort to combine the isolation provided by virtual machines …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Dec 2016
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Docker opens up crucial container plumbing code cunningly disguised as 'boring infrastructure'

Docker on Wednesday plans offer the open source community a "boring infrastructure" component that nonetheless should excite those focused on software-based containers and benefit the blissfully unaware masses. The container software maker intends to release the source code of containerd, a core container runtime, so that it …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Dec 2016

Crate.io unboxes clustered SQL CrateDB, decamps to California

After more than a million downloads since its introduction two years ago, CrateDB, an open-source distributed SQL database suited for real-time analysis of machine data, has reached to its 1.0 release. And while the door remains open to technical talent from abroad, Crate.io, which began with offices in Berlin, Germany, and …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Dec 2016

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