?Kubernetes takes a big step forward with version 1.8

If you want to manage containers in the cloud, Kubernetes is the program for you. Its latest release, Kubernetes 1.8, is better than ever.

Why is this important? Containers are moving quickly into becoming the way to run server-level applications both in data-centers and the cloud. According to a recent report from research house Redmonk, 54 percent of Fortune 100 companies are already running Kubernetes. Some of these are truly massive jobs.

For example, Ancestry.com has 20 billion historical records and 90 million family trees. This makes it the largest consumer genomics DNA network in the world. With Kubernetes, its deployment time for its Shaky Leaf icon service was cut down from 50 minutes to two or five minutes. Paul MacKay, an Ancestry software engineer and architect, wrote, “We’re very close to having everything that should be or could be in a Linux-friendly world in Kubernetes by the end of the year.”

Perhaps the most significant feature in this new release is role based access control (RBAC). This enables cluster administrators to dynamically define roles to enforce access policies through the Kubernetes application programing interface (API).

RBAC also includes beta support for filtering outbound traffic through Kubernetes network policies augments existing support for filtering inbound traffic to a pod. Pods are Kubernetes’ smallest deployable units. They are made up of one or more containers with shared storage, network, and a specification on how to run the containers. Together, RBAC and network policies are two powerful tools for enforcing Kubernetes organizational and regulatory security requirements.

This edition also brings the core Workload APIs to beta. This contains the most recent versions of Deployment, DaemonSet, ReplicaSet, and StatefulSet. The Workloads APIs is now stable. It can be used to migrate existing workloads to Kubernetes and for developing cloud native applications. The Workloads API also helps big data users by enabling native Kubernetes support for Apache Spark.

Another beta feature, Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs), provides a mechanism to extend Kubernetes with user-defined API objects. Why would you use this? One way is to use CRDs to automate complex stateful applications such as key-value stores, databases, and storage engines through the Operator Pattern. CRDs don’t currently have validation, but that’s expected in the next release.

With a nod to old-style computing, CronJobs is now in beta. This will enable administrators to run batch container workloads, such as nightly extract, transform, and (ETL) data warehousing jobs.

Diving deeper, Mike Barrett, Red Hat OpenShift project manager and Joe Brockmeier, Red Hat Linux container evangelist, wrote that their customers are looking forward to batch jobs, we believe that Resource Management Working Group “alpha code will enable the next wave in cloud computing.”

This gives developers access to hardware via Device Manager for access to hardware devices such as NICs, GPUs, FPGA, Infiniband and so on; CPU Manager: so users can request static CPU assignment via the guaranteed Quality of Service (QOS) tier, and HugePages so users can consume huge memory pages of any size supported by the underlying hardware.

A feature CoreOS, a container and Kubernetes power, is particularly excited about is Kubernetes advanced auditing going beta. This, said Eric Chiang, a CoreOS engineer “introduces formatted audit logs, policies to control what’s audited, and a webhook to send events to external services. Audit events can now be configured to include entire request payloads, aggregated in a central location. … The audit event format will only make backward compatible changes. This creates an opportunity for the community to start experimenting with ways of consuming, displaying, and acting on events from the audit log webhook. An early example of this is the audit2rbac tool, which consumes audit events and to automatically create RBAC profiles.”

Put it all together and you have a major step forward in making Kubernetes the do-it-all cloud container orchestration program.


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AWS machine learning VMs go faster, but not forward

Amazon Web Services has unveiled a new generation of GPU-powered cloud computing instances aimed squarely at customers running machine learning applications.

The P2’s a major step up from the previous generation of GPU-powered AWS instances, and it has plenty of memory to burn. But it’s built with an earlier generation of GPU, so it’s less suited for the bleeding-edge machine learning work that needs the most recent advances in GPU technology.

New hotness …

The prior variety of AWS instances with GPUs, the G2, maxed out at four GPUs with 4GB of video RAM and 80GB of system memory per instance. Amazon is currently billing the G2 as suitable for “graphics-intensive applications,” rather than machine learning specifically.

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Star Storage to Take Forward Enterprise Information Archiving Domain with a New Version of SEAL

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SEAL is an Enterprise Information Archiving software that leverages Hitachi Content Platform as an intelligent distributed object storage system to deliver the best functionalities for managing your electronic archive. Top companies across the Globe are using SEAL to store unstructured contend and related metadata in a single, consolidated repository and to unify their valuable documents records from paper, computer-generated outputs or legacy systems.

Organizations using SEAL achieve immediate bennefits from increased flexibility and permanent and secured access to electronic archived information. Using and advanced system to enforce compliance rules and regulations companies can reduce exposure to outside environments and mitigate risks. All of these benefits come at a fraction of what enterprise content management platforms cost.

“With a scalable architecture based on a state-of-the-art storage platform, HCP (Hitachi Content Platform), SEAL is a business value solution matching DMS (Document Management System) based document archiving needs like storing and retrieving, classification, flexible metadata, navigation and security and the requirements of a ERMS (Electronic Records Management System) such as retention management, file plan, controlled disposal/updates and advanced audit,” said Catalin Paunescu, CEO, Star Storage. “With SEAL you can archive anything, anytime without losing governance control over the content”.

Star Storage specialists are continuously take into consideration and act on customer feedback, permanently adding new features that enable companies to build and manage their electronic archives. Among the features included in this release there are:

Improved user experience

    The new version of the product comes with a new graphical interface, with a flat design that aims to improve the user experience, offering a simpler, clearer and more effective interface.
    The interface design allows easy application of different themes so that the product can quickly adapt to any corporate identity.
    SEAL now includes a number of predefined data model templates, focused on various business areas and activities, so no additional configurations are needed once the electronic archive was defined.
    This release was also focused on the help section, so any user who wish to learn more about certain SEAL features can access a user guide and a series of video tutorials that will initiate the knowledge worker in the use of electronic archive, directly from the product interface.

Advanced sharing features

    SEAL includes important new features that allows information sharing within an organization, even easier than its previous versions. Users can now group documents related to a particular issue in a document collection that you can be shared with other members of the organization.
    Sharing can be accomplished for a limited period or permanently and it can always be cancelled.
    Accessing shared information is done in a new dedicated section, so that the content can be viewed in a quick and efficient manner.
    All sharing operations are governed by security permissions and continuously monitored using audit reports.


    New possibility to configure individual permission levels for archived document creators. This mechanism offers organizations greater flexibility in terms of access rights configuration.


    An improved version of the REST API interface is included within this release, allowing other software applications to communicate with SEAL, besides the CMIS (Content Management Interoperability System) interface which is the standard based alternative in terms of integration with other systems.

With SEAL, every company can now access a complete solution for enterprise information archiving. Below a quick overview of SEAL unique functionalities and usage scenarios.

SEAL unique functionalities:

    Revolutionary flexibility: archive anything, anytime without losing governance control over the content.
    Hybrid record management, by exposing consolidated information related to digital content and its physical support, within the same interface.
    Retention rules, holds, file plan management and controlled disposition for advanced compliance.
    Quick deployment: start to archive documents immediately after deploying the cloud service or in 1 day for an on-premises solution.
    Flexible security definition, using a rules engine and confidentiality levels.
    Built-in Web viewer for PDF, PDF/A, images and other common files (e.g.: Microsoft® Word).
    Integration with systems such as BPM/ERP/CRM/Portal using CMIS open standard.
    Ingest emails from PST files and make them available securely for audit, research or other business activities.

SEAL usage scenarios:

    Scanning and archiving documents. Using the included StarCapture application, users can create an archive directly from paper documents. Scan and index either in a single location or in a distributed work environment, while providing secured access to authorized personnel.
    Archiving electronic documents. Archive documents generated in electronic format (by systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management or mail messages) in order to maintain a clear evidence of records and support future retrievals.
    Mergers and acquisitions integration. Easily adopt and use data and documents from recently acquired companies.
    Decommissioning old systems. Move passive content from old Document Management Systems / Enterprise Content Management systems or from unused databases and transform it into usable content, eliminating the legacy maintenance costs.

More information and other interesting news are available on the SEAL product website: http://www.seal-online.com

About Star Storage

Star Storage is an IT company focused on information protection and management and serving its customers in the private and public sectors with its complete portfolio of ready-made, innovative software products, solutions and services. The company plays a key role in the transformation process of organizations’ IT infrastructure into cloud-based architectures with improved control over the content. With more than 14 years of experience, the Company has expanded its global presence through strategic alliances with reputable international players and relationships with enterprise customers worldwide. For more information, contact us by email at products(at)star-storage(dot)ro or visit our web page at http://www.star-storage.eu.

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