Red Hat is ramping up for the next generation data center by supporting Google’s Open Compute project, software-def ined networking advancements such as OpenvSwitch and OpenFlow and making steady advancements in the operating system, virtualization, storage and networking, company executives said at the summit this week.
Red Hat, for example, is optimizing its Linux, storage and virtualization software platforms to hook into Google’s Open Compute project to provide for a more agile and flexible data center, essential for cloud computing. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is ready for certification on Open Compute Hardware.
“Red Hat Linux is the foundation to ensure hardware enablement happens,” said Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens, noting that RHEL-based nodes can become more compute and network savvvy to better participate in elastic storage services. Later this year, Red Hat plans to debut live migration features to its storage platform.
During the weeklong summit, executives detailed how its next generation software will exploit important new virtualization and cloud technologies.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 clusters, for example, will scale up to 200 hosts and expanded virtual PCI bridge support will enable thousands of PCI devices to be connected to each virtual machine, while the VMware limit is 60 per VM.
Additionally, the RHEL 7 NUMA-based balancing solution will offer new AutoNUMA and SchedNUMA features.
KVM, which is integral to the Linux kernel and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers and Desktops, is now used by IBM, ebay, Qualcomm and Dutch Cloud. Red Hat claims the open source hypervisor recently achieved a world record IOPS benchmark and the next generation of Linux KVM will support Microsoft’s Hyper-V, sVirt security, QEMU sandboxing and secure wipe of retired VMs.
Storage is another major area of focus as the cloud and big data eras move forward.
On the storage front, Red Hat this week announced general availability of Red Hat Storage 2.0 based on its acquired Glusters technology designed for unstructured data. Version 2.0 offers a unified file and object store (REST API), geo-replication ailback and high availability or NFS and CIFS and OpenStack SWIFT as well as geo-replication and compatibility with more than 50 dual-socket x86 servers.
Red Hat now has in technical preview a new storage management console and Hadoop Plug-in and plans better support for storage resident applications (MapReduce), storage virtualization and file centric storage.
In the next 2.X Storage release, Red Hat plans to offer multimaster geo-replication and the new management console as well as NFS v 4 and Volume Snapshot. Beyond that, Red Hat is working on storage virtualization enhancements such as extending its virtualization platform and oVirt engine to manage storage pools and file centric storage.
For instance, Red Hat intends to leverage its Linux containers to run applications within storage nodes. This will enable highly scalable storage for unstructured data in physical, virtual and cloud deployments, company execs said.
Red Hat also plans to offer file centric storage support in its storage platform to allow for geo replication multimaster asynchronouous replication, write-once ready many capabilities, and multi-tenancy (with encryption security) capabilities should the storage pool be supporting multiple audiences.
Future generations of Red Hat Storage will also offer next generation of storage will also provide better web administration, a powerful search capability, better history and reports and better supportf or Samba and CIFS and possibly SMB 3.
On the OpenStack front, Red Hat is working on a SWIFT interface for Gluster, Gluster image store and replication support for OpenStack and making its OpenShift PaaS work better on OpenStack. The company is also working on a “Quantum” generalization on oVirt to enable interconnectivity between the storage and networking technologies of Red Hat and OpenStack work seamlessly.
Red Hat has Linux-based storage, cloud and middleware components and the big data movement is dominated by Linux deployments.
Big data is “very open source dominated and that puts Red Hat in a good position,” said Scott McClellan, senior dirctor at Red Hat, who notes that the company is optimizing Hadoop to run on Red Hat Grid.
You may not have noticed at the time but Adobe told us back in February that Flash Player would not not supported on Android 4.1 and users should uninstall Flash Player prior to upgrading to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. Adobe was serious. There will be no Flash for Android 4.1.
Some of you may be thinking that this isn’t a big deal because Flash is supported in Chrome. This, after all, is how Adobe continues to semi-support Flash in Linux. Specifically, Adobe is working with Google on a single application programming interface (API) for hosting plug-ins within the browser. The API, code-named “Pepper“, provides a layer between the plug-in and browser that abstracts away differences between browser and operating system implementations. Pepper is currently an experimental feature in Chrome.
But, if you look closely you’ll find that the “Pepper” implementation of Flash Player is only for the Chrome browser on x86/64 platforms. So, even though Chrome is Jelly Bean’s default Web browser, Pepper isn’t available on Android 4.1 and thus neither is Flash.
So, can you just use an older version of Flash on your new Android 4.1 device? Adobe suggests that this wouldn’t be a smart idea. “In many cases users of uncertified devices have been able to download the Flash Player from the Google Play Store, and in most cases it worked. However, with Android 4.1 this is no longer going to be the case, as we have not continued developing and testing Flash Player for this new version of Android and its available browser options. There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1.”
Looking ahead, Adobe will be blocking Flash runtime downloads. “Beginning August 15th we will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed. Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be able to install it from the Google Play Store after August 15th.”
Just because Adobe says it doesn’t work and won’t support it doesn’t mean that the existing Flash Player won’t work on Android 4.1-powered smartphones and tablets. Some users are already successfully running Flash on their Jelly Bean devices. In the future, they expect they’ll just sideload it on their devices. But, as one developer pointed out, “Sooner or later, Adobe Flash Player will break.”
Reading Adobe documentation it’s clear that Adobe is betting its future on Windows and Macs. There’s no Flash for iOS, Flash will gradually die off on Android, and Adobe has no publicly announced plans to bring Flash to either Windows Phone 8 or Windows RT. For better or worse, Adobe has decided that Flash won’t be playing a role on most mobile devices.
Some people wonder whether developers should pre-order the Google Glass for $1,500. My response? Shut up and take my money!
What!? I can only order one if I’m attending Google I/O. ARGH!!!
It’s not that I think Google can do no wrong. Oh boy can they ever. What were they thinking when they came up with the Nexus Q, Google’s answer to the Apple TV??
You see I think that Google Glass may just be the Next Big Thing in computing. And, not just because Google had guys sky-drive to the Moscone Center with a pair. Well, OK, that did help some. It was, after all, the Best Tech Demo ever.
But, let’s set aside all the “Jeez that’s cool,” and look at the facts. There’s actually nothing new about the idea of computer displays embedded in glasses either in science-fiction or reality. I was test-driving a wearable computer with a glasses display in the mid-90s that ran Windows 95.
What’s different though about the Android Linux-powered Google Glass and those earlier systems is that Glass promises so much more than simply a heads-up display (HUD) in your glasses. Google Glass takes HUD and merges it with pervasive computing.
Pervasive computing combines wireless networking, on person computers, and voice recognition and other input/output methods to create a personal computing environment where you are always transparently connected to the online world. We’ve seen this before in science-fiction.
What we don’t see that often though are things like Google Now. While it didn’t get that many headlines, Google Now is also a fascinating move forward for Google. With Google Now you get the information you need just when you need it… without needing to do anything.
For example, you step outside, you get a weather report. You start your drive to work, you get the traffic news. Your favorite team scores, you get the news. But, and here’s the really interesting part, you get all that without asking for it. Without even setting it up. Google Now looks at your environment, your search history, your location, and uses artificial intelligence algorithms to predict what information you need at any given moment.
Now, put Google Now on Google Glass and watch the world change.
It’s not just techies like myself who think that Google is on to something special here. Sarah Rotman Epps, a Forrester analyst, recently wrote, “wearables will move mainstream once they get serious investment from the “big five” platforms — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook — and their developer communities. That day is here. And Epps, even before Google I/O opined, ”Wearables will heighten the platform wars — and Google may actually win”
Sure, there have been things that have done some of this, but just like Apple’s iPod transformed the music player and the iPad turned tablets into a market monster, Google Glass is going to change how we see personal computing.
$1,500 to be there at the start? It’s cheap at the price.