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    Technology Editor, 1997 - 2001
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    W. Coast Bureau Chief, 1992 - 1996
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    Technical Editor, 1984 - 1988
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25 years following computing industry, changes in IT.
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Focused professionally on the changing architecture of the data center and large scale computing, including cloud and virtualization. Hobbies: Hiking with Kathy, sailing, playing basketball, reading novels, biographies, and exploring early aviation.
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Author of Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, a McGraw Hill book.
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    Journalism, American History and Lit., Political Science, present
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VMware's launching two projects: Lightwave focuses on container security, and Photon creates a lightweight Linux version for containers.
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There'll be interest in this new Amazon service. Amazon is coming up with services that prompt enterprise IT to consider doing more on the cloud.    http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/amazon-launches-machine-learning-as-a-service/d/d-id/1319868                                                                         
AWS's Andy Jassy announced a Machine Learning service at an Amazon Summit in San Francisco April 9, based on the parent retailer's internal use.
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Instant hybrid cloud. Install Cloud Foundry in your data center, click a button to activate a virtual appliance that creates Cloud Foundry servers for you on Amazon.
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/platform-as-a-service/amazon-cloud-shortcut-offered-via-pivotal-cloud-foundry-/d/d-id/1319607
VMware spinoff Pivotal brings out a supported version of Pivotal Cloud Foundry with an ability to launch servers on Amazon, as well as on-premises.
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Solomon Hykes had to fail before he could find the path to success--one of the fastest growing open source companies in the world.
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/docker-at-2-from-shaky-start-to-open-source-star/d/d-id/1319550?
Co-founder Solomon Hykes reflects on the startup's roots in Paris, its failed first effort to get containers moving, and how Docker then became a fast-growing data center hit.
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Microsoft may have a hand in disrupting networks as we know them. It's hard at work on a switch abstraction interface to go on open source switches. http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/microsoft-leads-open-switch-software-effort--/d/d-id/1319461?
Microsoft is working on a project to produce a programmable interface for Open Compute switches, coming later this year.
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The long journey of Harlan Stenn, open source developer of Network Time Protocol, and a brief history of time, all rolled into one quick read.
http://www.informationweek.com/it-life/ntps-fate-hinges-on-father-time/d/d-id/1319432
The Network Time Protocol provides a foundation to modern computing. So why does NTP's support hinge so much on the shaky finances of one 59-year-old developer?
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Microsoft wants .Net developers to enjoy the same advantages of containers that Linux developers already have. See http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/microsoft-brings-docker-containers-to-azure-net-developers/d/d-id/1319893? 
In an interview, the general manager of Microsoft Windows Servers says two types of containers will run under the next version of Windows Server, with Docker functionality.
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HP has a shot at broadening its Helion cloud appeal by getting more OpenStack established as private cloud inside companies' data centers.
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/platform-as-a-service/hps-helion-rack-aimed-at-private-openstack-builders/d/d-id/1319656?piddl_msgid=288762&piddl_msgposted=yes#msg_288762
HP launches a pre-configured OpenStack rack with the platform-as-a-service, Cloud Foundry, bundled in.
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Another step in the journey through time of Harlan Stenn. The Network Time Foundation unites several time related open source projects and needs support. Will there be ongoing support for it?
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/ntp-needs-money-is-a-foundation-the-answer/d/d-id/1319557?
NTP steward Harlan Stenn founded the Network Time Foundation four years ago as an umbrella group to unite and support time-synching open-source projects. But it hasn't gotten far with support.
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Open source hardware is taking hold in financial services. That's a good sign for Open Compute, started by Facebook.
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/open-compute-more-financial-services-firms-jump-in/d/d-id/1319478?
JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, and B of A are joining Goldman Sachs and Fidelity backing the open-source hardware movement.
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Contributions have started to come in at the Network Time Foundation (www.nwtime.org), a non-profit set up to support the Network Time Protocol and other projects. says Sue Graves, foundation business development manager..NTP is maintained by Harlan Stenn working full time and a few other contributors working part time. It's been strapped financially.  http://www.informationweek.com/it-life/ntps-fate-hinges-on-father-time/d/d-id/1319432 
The Network Time Protocol provides a foundation to modern computing. So why does NTP's support hinge so much on the shaky finances of one 59-year-old developer?
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This is going to stir up some Red Hat OpenShift supporters. They don't view their platform as a service as "struggling."
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/platform-as-a-service/red-hat-openshift-commons-adds-fuel-to-cloud-foundry-competition/d/d-id/1319264?
Red Hat looks to boost its cloud development platform by giving it a Commons where developers may exchange best practices.
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