Article: Equinix boosts Packet’s Tinkerbell open source bare metal provisioning system

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Equinix boosts Packet’s Tinkerbell open source bare metal provisioning system

Equinix has announced improvements to the Tinkerbell provisioning system it uses for its Equinix Metal bare-metal infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

Equinix Metal, launched in October 2020, uses technology from Packet, which Equinix bought in January 2020. The enterprise colocation giant says that Tinkerbell already provisions thousands of servers per day for Equinix. It now has additional features, some of them with Peter-Pan-inspired names, and has joined the Sandbox program at the Cloud Neutral Computing Foundation (CNCF), the home of Kubernetes and other open source projects for containers and cloud infrastructure.

“Today we announced that Tinkerbell has added a bunch of new features and gained momentum since joining the CNCF sandbox program,” said Zac Smith. managing director of Equinix Metal.

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Article: Open-source, cloud-native projects: 5 key questions to assess risk

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Open-source, cloud-native projects: 5 key questions to assess risk

Every time your organization uses any technology, open source or otherwise, you take some risks. Thinking about the risks that open source presents reminds me of an xkcd comic showing how all modern infrastructure is precariously built on a project maintained by a random person in Nebraska. This scenario is actually more common than you might think.

There are ways to look at and address these risks across several categories. By evaluating those risks, you can help make the right business decisions about using and contributing to cloud-native, open-source projects.

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Article: Comcast makes waves in open source

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Comcast makes waves in open source

Comcast’s amplified focus on open source projects reached a milestone with word that two projects – Kuberhealthy and Trickster – recently were accepted as “Sandbox” projects by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Kuberhealthy, a project created by Comcast’s Eric Greer, was developed to help the operator perform real-time monitoring of the health of its Kubernetes clusters at scale, and to stream that data into a Prometheus dashboard that tracks cloud native applications. Meanwhile, Trickster, created by Comcast’s James Ranson, speeds up how dashboards are rendered to Comcast from Prometheus.

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Article: Equinix’s Tinkerbell is a bare metal provisioning pixie

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing

Equinix’s Tinkerbell is a bare metal provisioning pixie

Article: Equinix Expanding Capabilities of Its Open Source Bare Metal Automation Platform Tinkerbell

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Equinix Expanding Capabilities of Its Open Source Bare Metal Automation Platform Tinkerbell

More enterprises are said to be taking interest in the platform now that it’s been open sourced as a Cloud Native Computing Foundation project. Here’s a company name you didn’t use to hear in conjunction with open source software release cycles but now increasingly will: Equinix.

When the colocation giant acquired Packet, a bare metal cloud provider, last year, the crown jewel was Packet’s infrastructure automation technology, which made the experience of provisioning bare metal servers similar to that of provisioning VMs in a public cloud.

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Article: 4 reasons the future of cloud-native software is open source

Open Software, Open Source

4 reasons the future of cloud-native software is open source

Over the last several years, cloud-native development has transformed the way we think about software development. To speed up release cycles, build more powerful applications, and deliver superior user experiences at scale, more and more dev teams are embracing this modern approach to software development and building applications entirely in the cloud.

According to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), there are at least 6.5 million cloud-native developers on the planet today, quite the increase from 4.7 million cloud-native developers that existed in Q2 2019. It’s all but certain that this number will continue to increase as we move further into the future.

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Article: Curiefense, an Open Source, Envoy-Based Cloud Native Security Platform

Free, Open Software, Open Source

Curiefense, an Open Source, Envoy-Based Cloud Native Security Platform

Reblaze, an Israeli cloud native, managed application security solution provider, has released a commercial version of Curiefense, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) sandbox security project.

Its job is to protect cloud native applications and APIs from such threats as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), application-layer Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), and API abuse.

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Article: Open Source Advocates Want Share of Wealth

Code, Open Governance, Open Software, Open Source, Standards

Open Source Advocates Want Share of Wealth

survey of 4,440 developers who actively participated in open source projects in 2020 finds more than half (54%) of respondents said they feel that individuals should be paid for their contributions to open source projects. The report, conducted by DigitalOcean, a cloud service provider, finds only 14% of respondents are currently paid for their contributions.

Developer opinions vary, depending on age group, about whether individuals should be paid for their contributions to open source, with those between the ages of 18-25 being more likely to be in favor (60%), while only 34% of those aged 55 or above agreed.

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