Welcome Telstra as the Newest Gold Member of LFN

Furthering open network harmonization globally across telcos and standards bodies

Continuing the momentum of open source being adopted by leading telcos globally, we are thrilled to welcome Telstra as the newest LFN member at the Gold level. With Telstra’s participation, the LFN community is extending its global harmonization efforts across technologies and organizations, from the traditional network stack to standards bodies and beyond.

Telstra is a leading telecommunications and information services company, operating the largest mobile and Wi-Fi networks in Australia. Additionally, Telstra provides a host of solutions and services to its customers including managed network services, global connectivity, cloud, voice, colocation, conferencing and satellite solutions.

“We’re proud to have joined the Linux Foundation and LF Networking today. We are looking forward to learning from and contributing to the world’s leading open-source communities. Open source and Open architecture will play a central role in helping Telstra to bring great product experiences to customers faster,” said Christian von Reventlow, group executive, Products & Technology, Telstra.

Telstra is looking to build upon its diverse efforts in open source and open standards communities such as SDN controller, Network-as-a-service, security analytics and open radio access.  Telstra will participate in the LFN community by leading collaboration across standards organizations like TMForum, MEF and others through ONAP and other projects. LF Networking, through ONAP, collaborates with standard APIs to form the basis of project releases, making standards and open source communities stay in sync.

We look forward to Telstra’s continued commitment to the adoption of open source networking technologies and future collaboration with the broader LFN ecosystem!

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AI in the Real World

Hilary Mason, general manager for machine learning at Cloudera, discussed AI in the real world in her keynote the recent Open FinTech Forum.

We are living in the future – it is just unevenly distributed with “an outstanding amount of hype and this anthropomorphization of what [AI] technology can actually provide for us,” observed Hilary Mason, general manager for machine learning at Cloudera, who led a keynote on “AI in the Real World: Today and Tomorrow,” at the recent Open FinTech Forum.

AI has existed as an academic field of research since the mid-1950s, and if the forum had been held 10 years ago, we would have been talking about big data, she said. But, today, we have machine learning and feedback loops that allow systems continue to improve with the introduction of more data.

Machine learning provides a set of techniques that fall under the broad umbrella of data science. AI has returned, from a terminology perspective, Mason said, because of the rise of deep learning, a subset of machine learning techniques based around neural networks that has provided not just more efficient capabilities but the ability to do things we couldn’t do at all five years ago.

Imagine the future

All of this “creates a technical foundation on which we can start to imagine the future,’’ she said. Her favorite machine learning application is Google Maps. Google is getting real-time data from people’s smartphones, then it is integrating that data with public data sets, so the app can make predictions based on historical data, she noted.

Getting this right, however, is really hard. Mason shared an anecdote about how her name is a “machine learning-edge case.” She shares her name with a British actress who passed away around 2005 after a very successful career.

Late in her career, the actress played the role of a ugly witch, and a search engine from 2009 combined photos with text results. At the time, Mason was working as a professor, and her bio was paired with the actress’s picture in that role. “Here she is, the ugly hag… and the implication here is obvious,’’ Mason said. “This named entity disambiguation problem is still a problem for us in machine learning in every domain.”

This example illustrates that “this technology has a tremendous amount of potential to make our lives more efficient, to build new products. But it also has limitations, and when we have conferences like this, we tend to talk about the potential, but not about the limitations, and not about where things tend to go a bit wrong.”

Machine learning in FinTech

Large companies operating complex businesses have a huge amount of human and technical expertise on where the ROI in machine learning would be, she said. That’s because they also have huge amounts of data, generally created as a result of operating those businesses for some time. Mason’s rule of thumb when she works with companies, is to find some clear ROI on a cost savings or process improvement using machine learning.

“Lots of people, in FinTech especially, want to start in security, anti-money laundering, and fraud detection. These are really fruitful areas because a small percentage improvement is very high impact.”

Other areas where machine learning can be useful is in understanding your customers, churn analysis and marketing techniques, all of which are pretty easy to get started in, she said.

“But if you only think about the ROI in the terms of cost reduction, you put a boundary on the amount of potential your use of AI will have. Think also about new revenue opportunities, new growth opportunities that can come out of the same technologies. That’s where the real potential is.”

Getting started

The first thing to do, she said is to “drink coffee, have ideas.” Mason said she visits lots of companies and when she sees their list of projects, they’re always good ideas. “I get very worried, because you are missing out on a huge amount of opportunity that would likely look like bad ideas on the surface.”

It’s important to “validate against robust criteria” and create a broad sweep of ideas. Then, go through and validate capabilities. Some of the questions to ask include: is there research activity relevant to what you’re doing? Is there work in one domain you can transfer to another domain? Has somebody done something in another industry that you can use or in an academic context that you can use?

Organizations also need to figure out whether systems are becoming commoditized in open source; meaning “you have a robust software and infrastructure you can build on without having to own and create it yourself.” Then, the organization must figure out if data is available — either within the company or available to purchase.

Then it’s time to “progressively explore the risky capabilities. That means have a phased investment plan,’’ Mason explained. In machine learning, this is done in three phases, starting with validation and exploration: Does the data exist? Can you build a very simple model in a week?

“At each [phase], you have a cost gate to make sure you’re not investing in things that aren’t ready and to make sure that your people are happy, making progress, and not going down little rabbit holes that are technically interesting, but ultimately not tied to the application.”

That said, Mason said predicting the future is of course, very hard, so people write reports on different technologies that are designed to be six months to two years ahead of what they would put in production.

Looking ahead

As progress is made in the development of AI, machine learning and deep learning, there are still things we need to keep in mind, Mason said. “One of the biggest topics in our field right now is how we incorporate ethics, how we comply with expectations of privacy in the practice of data science.”

She gave a plug to a short, free ebook called “Data Driven: Creating a Data Culture,” that she co-authored with DJ Patil, who worked as chief data scientist for President Barack Obama. Their goal, she said, is “to try and get folks who are practicing out in the world of machine learning and data science to think about their tools [and] for them to practice ethics in the context of their work.”

Mason ended her presentation on an optimistic note, observing that “AI will find its way into many fundamental processes of the businesses that we all run. So when I say, ‘Let’s make it boring,’ I actually think that’s what makes it more exciting.’”

You can watch the complete presentation below:

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Uber Demonstrates its Dedication to Open Source With Linux Foundation Gold Membership

SAN FRANCISCO – Uber Open Summit – November 15, 2018The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announces Uber has become the newest Gold member of the foundation. This announcement comes during Uber Open Summit 2018, a one-day summit for developers and community leaders advancing open source collaboration and innovation at scale, where the Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin is giving the opening keynote.

Uber has also joined The Linux Foundation’s TODO Group, an open group of companies that  collaborate on practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective open source projects and programs.

“Uber has been active in open source for years, creating popular projects like Jaeger and Horovod that help businesses build technology at scale,” said Zemlin. “We are very excited to welcome Uber to the Linux Foundation community. Their expertise will be instrumental for our projects as we continue to advance open solutions for cloud native technologies, deep learning, data visualization and other technologies that are critical to businesses today.”

Uber has been an active user of and contributor to open source for many years. In addition to the open source project Jaeger, a distributed tracing system Uber contributed to The Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation in 2017, Uber supports numerous other open source projects for data visualization, backend infrastructure, machine learning, and more.

Uber’s Gold membership of the Linux Foundation will provide the company with access to the Linux Foundation’s experience and best practices for managing involvement with open source, and demonstrates its leadership in and dedication to the open source community. This membership will also help support other open source communities by providing additional resources and Uber’s technical expertise. At Uber Open Summit 2018, the company is highlighting projects like Jaeger, Horovod, and Pyro for machine learning, and the Kepler.gl data visualization framework.

“Open source technology is the backbone of many of Uber’s core services and as we continue to mature, these solutions will become ever more important,” said Thuan Pham, Uber CTO. “The Linux Foundation not only provides homes to many significant open source projects, but also creates an open environment for companies like Uber to work together on developing these technologies. We are honored to join the Linux Foundation to foster greater collaboration with the open source community.”

More than 1,000 organizations are members of the Linux Foundation and the open source projects it hosts. Accenture, Alibaba Cloud, Baidu, Blackrock, Citrix, Dell EMC, Facebook, Juniper Networks, Oath, Panasonic, Renesas, SUSE, Toshiba, and Toyota are also Gold members. To learn more about Linux Foundation membership or to join the organization, visit https://www.linuxfoundation.org/membership/.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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The Linux Foundation and Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announce New Training Course for Prometheus

Course will teach students to use Prometheus for better insight into systems and services and define more precise and meaningful alerts

SAN FRANCISCO, November 15, 2018 — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the availability of a new training course, LFS241 – Monitoring Systems and Services with Prometheus.

Prometheus is an open source monitoring system and time series database that is especially well-suited for monitoring dynamic cloud environments. It contains a powerful query language and data model in addition to integrated alerting and service discovery support. LFS241 is designed for software engineers and systems administrators who want to gain a deeper understanding of using Prometheus as a means to gain better insights into their systems and services.

LFS241 exposes new Prometheus users to many of its major features, best practices and use cases. Students will be able to monitor their systems and services effectively with Prometheus upon completion on this course. This course is approximately 20 to 25 hours and covers the following topics:

  • Prometheus architecture
  • Setting up and using Prometheus
  • Monitoring core system components and services
  • Basic and advanced querying
  • Creating dashboards
  • Instrumenting services and writing third-party integrations
  • Alerting
  • Using Prometheus with Kubernetes
  • Advanced operational aspects

This course contains 55 labs that can be completed locally, on a VM or in the cloud. As LFS241 is a hands on course, participants should have basic experience with Linux/Unix system administration and common shell commands, as well as some development experience in Go and/or Python and working with Kubernetes.

“Adoption of the Prometheus monitoring system is growing rapidly, leading to demand for more talent qualified to work with this technology, which is why we decided now is the time to develop this course,” said Clyde Seepersad, General Manager, Training & Certification, The Linux Foundation. “With content developed by CNCF, which hosts Prometheus, and Julius Volz, one of the founders of the project, there is no better option than LFS241 for learning the ins and outs of this solution.”

Since its release in 2012, Prometheus has been adopted by a multitude of companies and is now a self-contained, independently-maintained open source project. In 2016, Prometheus joined Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and is the de facto standard for monitoring container-based infrastructure.

The course was authored by Julius Volz, who co-founded the Prometheus monitoring system and lead the project to success at SoundCloud and beyond. He now focuses on growing the Prometheus community, freelances around Prometheus, and started PromCon, the first conference around Prometheus. Before SoundCloud, Julius was a Site Reliability Engineer at Google.

LFS241 joins other training courses from The Linux Foundation and CNCF including LFS258 – Kubernetes Fundamentals and LFD259 – Kubernetes for Developers, and the Certified Kubernetes Administration and Certified Kubernetes Developer certification exams.

This new course is available to start immediately. The $199 course fee provides unlimited access to the course for one year including all content and labs. Interested individuals may enroll here.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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LF Deep Learning Delivers First Acumos AI Release Making it Easier to Deploy and Share Artificial Intelligence Models

Acumos

First Acumos AI release enables deployment of AI applications in private/public cloud environments, and enhances the platform user interface experience

SHANGHAI (KUBECON + CLOUDNATIVECON CHINA) – November 14, 2018 – The LF Deep Learning Foundation, a project of The Linux Foundation that supports open source innovation in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL), today announced the availability of its first software release of the Acumos AI Project – Athena.

Acumos AI is a platform and open source framework that makes it easy to build, share and deploy AI applications. Acumos AI standardizes the infrastructure stack and components required to run an out-of-the-box general AI environment. This frees data scientists and model trainers to focus on their core competencies and accelerate innovation.

“The Acumos Athena release represents a significant step forward in making AI models more accessible for builders of AI applications and models along with users and trainers of those models and applications,” said Scott Nicholas, senior director of strategic planning at The Linux Foundation. “This furthers the goal of LF Deep Learning and the Acumos project of accelerating overall AI innovation.”

Major highlights of the Athena release include:

  • One-click deployment of the platform utilizing Docker or Kubernetes;
  • The ability to deploy models into a public or private cloud infrastructure or in a Kubernetes environment on users’ own hardware including servers and virtual machines;
  • A design studio, which is a graphical interface for chaining together multiple models, data translation tools, filters and output adapters into a full end-to-end solution;
  • Use of a security token to allow simple onboarding of models from an external toolkit directly to an Acumos AI repository;
  • Decoupling of microservices generation from the model onboarding process to easily repurpose models for different environments and hardware; and
  • An advanced user portal with the ability to personalize marketplace view by theme, data on model authorship as well as to share models privately or publicly and user experience upgrades.

All of these features are designed to make it quick and easy to get started deploying and sharing Acumos AI applications.

Full release notes can be accessed at https://wiki.acumos.org/display/REL/Athena+Release.

“LF Deep Learning members, including Amdocs, AT&T, Orange, Tech Mahindra and others, are contributing to the evolution of the platform to ease the onboarding and the deployment of AI models,” said LF Deep Learning Outreach Committee Chair Jamil Chawki. “The Acumos AI Marketplace, a catalog of community-contributed AI models with common APIs that can be shared securely across multiple systems, remains open and accessible to anyone who wishes to download or contribute models and applications.”

“The LF Deep Learning Foundation is focused on building an ecosystem of AI, deep learning and machine learning projects, and today’s announcement represents a significant milestone toward achieving this vision,” said LF Deep Learning Technical Advisory Council Chair Ofer Hermoni of Amdocs.

“We’re already inspired and energized by the progress of the Acumos AI Project since its initial launch earlier this year,” said Mazin Gilbert, Vice President of Advanced Technology and Systems at AT&T and Governing Board Chair of LF Deep Learning. “Athena is the next step in harmonizing the AI community, furthering adoption and accelerating innovation.”

What’s Next for Acumos AI

The developer community for Acumos AI is already working on the next release, which will be available in mid-2019, introducing convenient model training as well as data extraction pipelines to make models more flexible. Additionally, the next release will include updates to assist closed-source model developers, including secure and reliable licensing components to provide execution control and performance feedback across the community.

Organizations interested in contributing projects and more information about LF Deep Learning Foundation, can go to www.deeplearningfoundation.org.

Supporting Quotes

“Amdocs is proud to be an active member of The Linux Foundation, and in particular, a Founding Member of the Acumos AI project. The Acumos AI Athena release is a big milestone for open source AI and its role in driving intelligence, automation and machine learning in the communication and media industries.  Acumos AI is positioned to become the de-facto marketplace for machine learning models, both for open source as well as peer to peer (company to company) models, delivering faster time to innovation.” – Anthony Goonetilleke, Group President of Amdocs Technology

“As one of the founding members of LF Deep Learning Foundation, Huawei is excited to see this growing AI developer ecosystem continue to help the Acumos AI platform mature, and reach the first major technical milestone – the Acumos Athena release! The Acumos project offers significant value to Huawei SoftCOM AI strategy – building autonomous networks with the goal of automation, self-optimization, and self-healing to help operators significantly improve network utilization and maintenance efficiency. Huawei is proud to be part of this project and will continue to work with the Acumos developer community to further enhance the Acumos AI platform and unleash the power that AI can bring to our operators.” – Xiaoli Jiang, GM, Cloud Open Source Development Team, Huawei

“Orange has been actively involved in Acumos since April 2018 through a Project Team Leader for the model onboarding module to manage and drive evolutions in the onboarding capabilities. This involvement shows the willingness of Orange to take part and promote the AI ecosystem in the telecom domain. Orange also considered the coherency of integrating Acumos in the continuity of all the works performed in the network automation LFN/ONAP project. Acumos is seen as a common platform that can bridge existing AI technologies and new ones through its openness. It can also favor cross business AI-based developments through its federative approach and thanks to its marketplace.” – François Jezequel, Head of ITsation, Procurement and Operators, Orange

“As a key contributor to the Acumos Athena release we are excited to foster a collaborative ecosystem through the Acumos AI Marketplace. It is also a testimony to our COPA framework (Co-Create using Open Source to create Platforms and bring in Automation and AI). With companies and customers increasingly adopting Acumos, industrialization of AI through a common standard and marketplace like Acumos is bound to gain more traction.” – Dr. Satish Pai Sr. Vice President, Americas Communications, Media and Entertainment, Tech Mahindra

About LF Deep Learning

The LF Deep Learning Foundation, a Linux Foundation project, accelerates and sustains the growth of artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning open source projects. Backed by many of the world’s largest technology leaders, LF Deep Learning is a neutral space for harmonization and ecosystem engagement to advance AI, DL and ML innovation. To get involved with the LF Deep Learning Foundation, please visit https://www.deeplearningfoundation.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Tungsten Fabric Launches Open Lab to Drive Edge-cloud Ecosystem Growth

Shanghai (KubeCon + CloudNativeCon China) — Nov. 13, 2018 –The LF Networking Fund (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across networking projects, today announced the new Tungsten Fabric Open Lab. Launched jointly by Intel, Juniper Networks, Lenovo and SDNLAB, the Open Lab aims to forge an open source test and verification environment for Tungsten Fabric and other Software Defined Networks (SDN) projects.

Tungsten Fabric is an open source, scalable, multi-cloud, multistack networking platform. It provides a single point of control, observability and analytics for networking and security. Tungsten Fabric is integrated with private cloud stacks including Kubernetes, VMware and OpenStack. It also supports hybrid deployments with public clouds including AWS and GCE.

“Continuous integration and automated testing are critical pieces for any environment supporting edge use cases, especially in highly distributed production environments,” said Randy Bias, vice president, Technology – Open Source Software at Juniper Networks. “When you consider the diversity of vendors and use cases in edge, the testing and integration problem is even more acute. Tungsten Fabric Open Lab will provide the infrastructure and tooling that both vendors and users need to deliver reliable and performant applications and network services, from the core to the edge.”

The goal of the Tungsten Fabric Open Lab is to build a Continuous Integration (CI) and automatic test environment for Tungsten Fabric functional and performance indicators, including key usage scenarios such as edge computing, multiple cloud and switch integration. By working collaboratively with software and hardware partners across the ecosystem to define the key service scheme, the goal is to help accelerate commercial deployments.

Hosted by LFN Associate member SDNLAB, the lab is based in in Nanjing, China, and will be integrated as Tungsten Fabric Lab infrastructure. This joins other Linux Foundation open labs in the region,  including OPNFV Pharos Labs in Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing (hosted by China Mobile, Huawei, and ZTE). Linux Foundation’s Data Dlane Development Kit (DPDK), Lenovo Intel Select Solution for Network Function Virtualization will be seamlessly integrated into Tungsten Fabric’s CI to support Tungsten Fabric’s bare-metal, SmartNIC performance testing.

SDNLAB is a leading independent digital service platform in China providing the daily news, technology analysis, industry insights, lab and education content service for networking and Information technology.  SDNLAB is part of FNII (Future Network Innovation Institute), a joint research institute granted with state fund, deep collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and leading universities such as Tsinghua University and BUPT, CETC.

Any interested parties are cordially invited to participate in the Tungsten Fabric Open Lab to help enhance a broad ecosystem. More details on how to participate are available at https://wiki.tungsten.io/display/TUN/Open+Lab

The Tungsten Fabric community will host community events onsite at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon China, November 13, and  KubeCon + CloudNative Con North America, December 10. Join us to learn about the project and how the community is preparing for some exciting edge computing use cases.  

Supporting Quotes:

The head of SDNLAB, Dr. Wei Liang said, “SDNLAB is a leading research institute focused on innovative future network technology. We are delighted to contribute to the Linux Foundation’s open source efforts as this will extend our academy’s research strategy to connect directly with leading industry leading projects; the synergy will lead to turning  more innovative ideas into reality, via open source.”

Rajesh Gadiyar, vice president and CTO of Intel’s Network Platforms Group (NPG) said, “The launch of the Open Lab will help drive faster innovation and adoption of Tungsten Fabric for the variety of applications commencing with the advent of 5G and edge computing.  By optimizing data throughput with the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), Tungsten Fabric’s vRouter provides a high performance, production ready virtualized solution that connects a customer’s application implemented with containers, virtual machines, and bare-metal based applications.”

Randy Bias, vice president, Technology, Open Source Software at Juniper Networks, said, “Enterprises are realizing that ‘easy-to-deploy’ can lead to ‘uh-oh’ moments when the time comes to scale out multi-cloud networking technology. The Tungsten Fabric community has made a commitment to delivering the tooling and services that make deploying this technology more straightforward and less time consuming. Launching the Tungsten Fabric Open Lab is an important step in achieving that goal.”

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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A Free Guide for Setting Your Open Source Strategy

Learn how to align your goals for managing and creating open source software with your organization’s business objectives using the tips and proven practices from the TODO Group.

The majority of companies using open source understand its business value, but they may lack the tools to strategically implement an open source program and reap the full rewards. According to a recent survey from The New Stack, “the top three benefits of open source programs are 1) increased awareness of open source, 2) more speed and agility in the development cycle, and 3) better license compliance.”

Running an open source program office involves creating a strategy to help you define and implement your approach as well as measure your progress. The Open Source Guides to the Enterprise, developed by The Linux Foundation in partnership with the TODO Group, offer open source expertise based on years of experience and practice.

The most recent guide, Setting an Open Source Strategy, details the essential steps in creating a strategy and setting you on the path to success. According to the guide, “your open source strategy connects the plans for managing, participating in, and creating open source software with the business objectives that the plans serve. This can open up many opportunities and catalyze innovation.” The guide covers the following topics:

  1. Why create a strategy?
  2. Your strategy document
  3. Approaches to strategy
  4. Key considerations
  5. Other components
  6. Determine ROI
  7. Where to invest

The critical first step here is creating and documenting your open source strategy, which will “help you maximize the benefits your organization gets from open source.” At the same time, your detailed strategy can help you avoid difficulties that may arise from mistakes such as choosing the wrong license or improperly maintaining code. According to the guide, this document can also:

  • Get leaders excited and involved
  • Help obtain buy-in within the company
  • Facilitate decision-making in diffuse, multi-departmental organizations
  • Help build a healthy community
  • Explain your company’s approach to open source and support of its use
  • Clarify where your company invests in community-driven, external R&D and where your company will focus on its value added differentiation

“At Salesforce, we have internal documents that we circulate to our engineering team, providing strategic guidance and encouragement around open source. These encourage the creation and use of open source, letting them know in no uncertain terms that the strategic leaders at the company are fully behind it. Additionally, if there are certain kinds of licenses we don’t want engineers using, or other open source guidelines for them, our internal documents need to be explicit,” said Ian Varley, Software Architect at Salesforce and contributor to the guide.

Open source programs help promote an enterprise culture that can make companies more productive, and, according to the guide, a strong strategy document can “help your team understand the business objectives behind your open source program, ensure better decision-making, and minimize risks.”  

Learn how to align your goals for managing and creating open source software with your organization’s business objectives using the tips and proven practices in the new guide to Setting an Open Source Strategy. And, check out all 12 Open Source Guides for the Enterprise for more information on achieving success with open source.

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The Linux Foundation Launches Ceph Foundation To Advance Open Source Storage

More than 30 members join new Ceph Foundation to manage the massive growth in data and information generated from cloud, container and AI applications 

CEPH DAY BERLIN – Nov. 12, 2018 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announces over 30 global technology leaders are forming a new foundation to support the Ceph open source project community. The Ceph project develops a unified distributed storage system providing applications with object, block, and file system interfaces.

Founding Premier members of Ceph Foundation include Amihan, Canonical, China Mobile, DigitalOcean, Intel, OVH, ProphetStor Data Services, Red Hat, SoftIron, SUSE, Western Digital, XSKY Data Technology, and ZTE. The Ceph Foundation will organize and distribute financial contributions in a coordinated, vendor-neutral fashion for immediate community benefit. This will help galvanize rapid adoption, training and in-person collaboration across the Ceph ecosystem.

“Ceph has a long track record of success when it comes to helping organizations with effectively managing high growth and expanding data storage demands,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation. “Under the Linux Foundation, the Ceph Foundation will be able to harness investments from a much broader group to help support the infrastructure needed to continue the success and stability of the Ceph ecosystem.”

Ceph is used by cloud providers and enterprises around the world, including financial institutions (Bloomberg, Fidelity), cloud service providers (Rackspace, Linode), academic and government institutions (Massachusetts Open Cloud), telecommunications infrastructure providers (Deutsche Telekom), auto manufacturers (BMW), software solution providers (SAP, Salesforce), and many more.

Ceph is also used by Rook, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation project that brings seamless provisioning of file, block and object storage services into the Kubernetes environment, running the Ceph storage infrastructure in containers alongside applications that are consuming that storage.

Efficient, agile, and massively scalable, Ceph significantly lowers the cost of storing enterprise information in the private cloud and provides high availability to any object, file, and block data. Unstructured data makes up 80% and more of enterprise data, is growing at the rate of 55% to 65% per year, and is common with rich-media, predictive analytics, sensors, social networks, and satellite imagery.[1] Block and file storage are critical to any IT infrastructure organization and are important components of infrastructure platforms like OpenStack and Kubernetes. According to recent user surveys, roughly two-thirds of OpenStack clouds use Ceph block storage.

The growth of new cloud, container and artificial intelligence/machine learning applications are driving increased use of Ceph. For example, Ceph combined with analytics and machine learning enables enterprises to comb through mass amounts of unstructured data to quickly spot patterns with customer behavior, online customer conversations and potential noncompliance scenarios.

The Ceph Foundation is the successor framework to the Ceph Advisory Board, which was formed in 2015. Get involved in the Ceph community at https://ceph.com/get-involved/ or learn more about membership at https://ceph.com/foundation.

Project Creator and Leadership Quotes

“A guiding vision for Ceph is to be the state of the art for reliable, scale-out storage, and to do so with 100% open source,” said Sage Weil, Ceph co-creator, project leader, and chief architect at Red Hat for Ceph. “While early public cloud providers popularized self-service storage infrastructure, Ceph brings the same set of capabilities to service providers, enterprises, and individuals alike, with the power of a robust development and user community to drive future innovation in the storage space. Today’s launch of the Ceph Foundation is a testament to the strength of a diverse open source community coming together to address the explosive growth in data storage and services.”

“Ceph was designed and built for scalability, initially with supercomputers and later with cloud infrastructure in mind. A key design premise was that the storage system needs to provide a highly reliable and available service in a dynamic and increasingly heterogeneous hardware environment where everything can potentially fail,” said Carlos Maltzahn of University of California, Santa Cruz, a co-founder of the research project that first created Ceph over a decade ago.

Cephalocon and KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2019

The Ceph Foundation plans to host the second Cephalocon conference in Barcelona, Spain from May 19 – 20, 2019, co-located with KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2019, May 20-23. The first Cephalocon took place in March 2018 in Beijing, China, bringing together 1000 attendees consisting of Ceph vendors, users, and developers from all over the world.

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Founding Members

Founding members of the Ceph Foundation at the Premier level include Amihan, Canonical, China Mobile, DigitalOcean, Intel, OVH, ProphetStor Data Services, Red Hat, SoftIron, SUSE, Western Digital, XSKY Data Technology, and ZTE.

Ceph Foundation General members include Ambedded Technology, Arm, Catalyst Cloud, Croit GmbH, EasyStack, Intelligent Systems Services, Pingan Technology, QCT, Sinorail, and Xiaoju Science Technology.

Associate members include Boston University Information Services and Technology, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), FAS Research Computing – Harvard, Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET), Monash University, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and University of California Santa Cruz’s Center for Research in Open Source Software (CROSS).

Supporting Quotes

“As a founding member of the Ceph Foundation, Amihan is committed to contributing its knowledge and expertise in cloud-native infrastructure to the advancement of the Ceph project. Building on Ceph has allowed us to provide our enterprise clients with the most reliable foundation for digital transformation.”

  • Winston Damarillo, executive chairman, Amihan

“Ceph delivers enterprise-grade storage with best-in-class economics. Given the exponential growth we are witnessing in our customers’ data requirements, we recognize it to be a fundamental part of the open source private cloud stack. Our participation in the launch of the Ceph Foundation underlines our commitment to accelerating its adoption, technology base and developer community.”

  • Christian Reis, VP, Data Centre Field Engineering at Canonical

“China Mobile always embraces Open Source and gives back to Open Source. Ceph is the best implementation of Open Source Software Define Storage, and it has been widely used in China Mobile’s data center. We are very happy to join Ceph Foundation and make Ceph more closer to enterprise storage level.”

  • Junwei Liu, vice general manager of cloud computing department, China Mobile (Suzhou) software technology Co., Ltd.

“Open source has been a key part of our business from the start. Ceph is a core component of our fast-growing storage infrastructure and one of the many open source projects we use at DigitalOcean to accelerate innovation and deliver great products for our customers. We are proud to be a founding member of the Ceph Foundation. As a leading cloud provider we believe it is our responsibility to give back to the open source community and support the projects that help developers build amazing apps.”

  • Shiven Ramji, VP of Product, DigitalOcean

“OVH is thrilled to join the newly created Ceph Foundation as a Premier member. Its Open Source values fit in very well with our own DNA, which is marked by openness, innovation and freedom of choice. With Ceph being the de-facto standard Software Defined Storage solution for OpenStack, it was only logical for us to adopt Ceph as part of our Public Cloud block storage. We have been using Ceph for many years and have since contributed numerous patches that went upstream in Ceph, co-hosted the Ceph Day in Warsaw and shared our experience with Ceph at various events. As one of the founding sponsors of the Ceph Foundation, we are now excited to make an even stronger contribution to the Ceph community and help take it to the next level.”

  • Alain Fiocco, EVP Chief Technology Officer, OVH

“The incredible growth of data generated by connected devices, services, and modern software requires an advanced, adaptable storage platform to help gain the greatest value from all this information. Ceph’s open innovation is key for the industry to address these demands. Intel is proud to join the Ceph Foundation and support the redefinition of data storage.”

  • Imad Sousou, Corporate vice president and general manager Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation

“Ceph is the future of storage. We at ProphetStor are proud to have contributed our machine learning technology to its community to help bring it to the forefront of the storage industry.”

  • Jeremy Wei, VP of Corporate Business Development, ProphetStor

“Red Hat is honored to be deeply involved as a leader in open source communities as modern enterprises pivot toward an open hybrid cloud model. The creation of the Ceph Foundation brings to bear collaboration across the industry to enable rapid adoption of advanced data services and cloud-native technologies.”

  • Sarangan Rangachari, Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat Storage

“Ceph is quickly becoming the de facto standard for storage at scale. We are proud to be a part of that success and support the new Ceph Foundation. Ceph is a shining example of how open source software can squeeze out inefficiencies in very large markets.”

  • Tim Massey, CEO, SoftIron

“The formation of the Ceph Foundation under the Linux Foundation umbrella reflects the professional growth of the Open Source community and increasing industry participation. The new framework will lead to more community collaboration, outreach, inclusion and market awareness. SUSE is pleased and committed to be a top tier contributor to both the technical community and the foundation to help facilitate innovation in software-defined storage and represent the interests of our customers and partners.”

  • Lars Marowsky-Brée, Distinguished Engineer, SUSE

“As a technology leader enabling cutting-edge technologies with data infrastructure, we understand and believe in open standards, open software, and open ecosystems. The establishment of the Ceph Foundation is an important milestone that we are proud to support.”

  • Allen Samuels, Engineering Fellow at Western Digital, Inc

“With the establishment of Ceph Foundation, Ceph is opening a new era in global development. Together with other members, XSKY will spare no effort to push forward the construction of a broader Ceph ecosystem and explore commercial models for open-source software. We aim to achieve a landing storage approach of high-availability and high-reliability for users in mass data era.”

  • Haomai Wang, CTO, XSKY

“It has been my pleasure to see the growth in popularity of Ceph in China over the last several years, and the power of Ceph of transforming numerous organizations’ IT infrastructure. Open source is a huge opportunity for organizations to work cooperatively to improve software and to benefit from each others’ hard work, and the establishment of Ceph Foundation will definitely accelerate its development and bring us a real future of storage.”

  • Xinyu Chen, General Manager of Telecom Cloud & CoreNet Product, ZTE Corporation

About the Ceph Foundation
Ceph is a unified distributed storage system providing applications object, block, and file system interfaces in a single unified storage cluster—making Ceph flexible, reliable and easy for you to manage. Ceph is built on the Reliable Autonomic Distributed Object Store (RADOS), which provides a highly available and scalable fabric that can either be consumed directly or via higher-level object, block and file services that are built on top. The Ceph Foundation is a directed fund under The Linux Foundation. It provides a neutral home for the Ceph community to collaborate and grow, and is supported by members across multiple industries.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Automotive Grade Linux Selected for CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree

The AGL Unified Code Base has been selected in the Software and Mobile Apps category

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 9, 2018 – Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, today announced that it has been named a CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for its Unified Code Base (UCB) platform. As an open source project hosted at The Linux Foundation, AGL is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for all technology in the vehicle.

“We are very excited to be recognized as a CES 2019 Innovation Award Honoree, and it’s a testament to the power of open source software and industry collaboration,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at The Linux Foundation. “The credit really goes to all of the members who support AGL, and the developers who have invested the time and effort to build a robust platform that has quickly become the de facto industry standard.”

Developed through a joint effort by dozens of member companies, the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) is an open source software platform for infotainment, telematics and instrument cluster applications. Sharing a single software platform across the industry reduces fragmentation and accelerates time-to-market by encouraging the growth of a global ecosystem of developers and application providers that can build a product once and have it work for multiple automakers.

Many AGL members have already started integrating the UCB into their production plans. Mercedes-Benz Vans is using AGL as a foundation for a new onboard operating system for its commercial vehicles, and Toyota’s AGL-based infotainment system is now in Toyota and Lexus vehicles globally.

The AGL UCB platform will be on display at CES 2019, January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas, in the Automotive Grade Linux booth in the Westgate Hotel Pavilion, booth 1614. To schedule a demo or meeting to learn more about joining AGL, please contact pr@automotivelinux.org.

About Automotive Grade Linux (AGL)

Automotive Grade Linux is a collaborative open source project that is bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies to accelerate the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for the connected car. With Linux at its core, AGL is developing an open platform from the ground up that can serve as the de facto industry standard to enable rapid development of new features and technologies. Although initially focused on In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI), AGL is the only organization planning to address all software in the vehicle, including instrument cluster, heads up display, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. The AGL platform is available to all, and anyone can participate in its development. Learn more: https://www.automotivelinux.org/

Automotive Grade Linux is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org

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Blockchain as a Catalyst for Good

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Blockchain has benefits all the way along the supply chain, said Sally Eaves, of Forbes Technology Council, speaking at Open FinTech Forum.

Blockchain and its ability to “embed trust” can help elevate trust, which right now, is low, according to Sally Eaves, a chief technology officer and strategic advisor to the Forbes Technology Council, speaking at The Linux Foundation’s Open FinTech Forum in New York City.

People’s trust in business, media, government and non-government organizations (NGOs) is at a 17-year low, and businesses are suffering as a result, Eaves said.

Additionally, Eaves said, 87 percent of millennials believe business success should be measured in more than just financial performance. People want jobs with real meaning and purpose, she added.

To provide further context, Eaves noted the following urgent global challenges:

  • 1.5 billion people cannot prove their identity (which has massive implications in not just banking but education as well)
  • 2 billion people worldwide do not have a bank account or access to a financial institution
  • Identity fraud is estimated to cost the UK millions of euros annually.

Blockchain for good

Blockchain has benefits all the way along the supply chain, she said. “Supply chains that are non-transparent, ethical or sustainable are prevalent, especially in developing nations, alongside high levels of illegal trade with no traceability or accountability.” Eaves is focusing on the transparency of blockchains and their integration with other technologies.

More needs to be done in the areas of AI development, blockchain, and cybersecurity with teams that are truly diverse and inclusive, she stressed. People also need to look at interoperability and changing the current approach of “siloed thinking.”  Eaves said she doesn’t believe just in using advanced technologies but in repurposing older technology as well. “I’m all about sustainable, environmental, and economic impact.”

Mining costs, scalability, and performance are other considerations for blockchain, and some of the newer “flavors” of blockchain that Eaves is working on are “dealing with that head on,” she noted.

A particular project she mentioned is the Sustainable Asset Exchange, which addresses ethical mineral supply, ethical diamonds, food, and bamboo as a replacement for plastic, and how that can be traded fairly. Blockchain technology can be used as well as RFID and other technologies at every stage of the supply chain, she said.

All of this is geared at what Eaves called “a triple bottom line,’’ focused on sustainable development in economic, social, and environmental benefits and in bringing them together. “It doesn’t have to be an either or,” she said. “Sometimes, if we talk about one thing or another, we never look enough at how we can integrate them. And that’s what I passionately believe in.”

Headway is being made. Eaves cited research from Stanford University Business School that shows two-thirds of 193 early blockchain projects are expected to start demonstrating impact and tangible benefits in the next six months.

A three-way opportunity for change

Eaves went on to discuss opportunities from technological convergence. Another project she mentioned she is working on is in precision medicine, using blockchain security alongside machine learning to delve into pattern recognition to improve population disease management.

She predicted a rise in blockchain as a service; opportunities from science and technology pairings, such as genomics and blockchain; and opportunities to apply blockchain for social impact and to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Blockchain and evolving sustainable business models

The last segment of Eave’s talk focused on using bamboo as a sustainable replacement for plastic in manufacturing bicycles, as well as in 3D printing and building modular homes.

“We need to make the application of advanced technology accessible to all and make it feel like this is something that is valuable and relevant to our everyday lives – not just something for the few,’’ she said. Her goal, she said, is to use blockchain to create sustainable business models that combine profit and purpose and are real-world and relevant to everyone.

We need to have a “cross-fertilization of ideas” from different aspects of the economy and addressing non-advanced technology issues, Eaves said. “You can’t have the best ideas in the world and most advanced forms of technology if we haven’t got the basic infrastructure right,’’ Eaves said. Otherwise, “we won’t get to that point of acceleration.”

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