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Opera: State of the Mobile Web, Year-End 2010. Opera Software has released its State of the Mobile Web report for November 2010 today, but has also taken the opportunity to look back at the preceding months to summarize trends and statistics related to global mobile Web usage for 2010.

Opera: State of the Mobile Web, Year-End 2010

The findings? Mobile Web surfing is way, way up. Opera served 340 billion pages during the first 11 months of the year compared with only 129 billion pages during the same period in 2009. There are now 80 million users on the mobile Web using Opera's Mini browser - a 91.8% increase from last year. And Facebook and Google are still top Web destinations, but the two have swapped the number 1 and 2 slots as 2010 draws to a close.

Opera releases its "State of the Mobile Web" reports after each month ends, so this will be the last report released in this calendar year. Growth from Nov. 2009 to Nov. 2010 According to Opera, 80 million of its users surfed over 44.6 billion pages in November. OpenStack Plans Next Two Cloud Platform Releases at First Public Design Summit. More than 250+ participants, from over 90 companies in 14 countries participated in OpenStack Design Summit SAN ANTONIO – November 17, 2010 – OpenStack™, an open source cloud project with broad developer and commercial support, completed its first public Design Summit last week, which attracted more than 250 people from 90 companies and 14 countries to plan the next two releases, code-named ‘Bexar’ and ‘Cactus.’

Taking place at the Weston Centre in San Antonio, Texas, the four-day event was hosted by Rackspace® Hosting, a founding member of the open source project. The OpenStack Design Summit featured two separate tracks, one consisting of developer-led sessions to plan the next two code releases, and one for interested users and the partner ecosystem to discuss deployment and commercial opportunities. OpenStack Image Registry and Delivery Service (Glance) in Launchpad. NASA’s Nebula: The Cloud in a Container « Data Center Knowledge. The Verari data center container housing the NASA Nebula cloud computing application arrives at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.

NASA’s Nebula: The Cloud in a Container « Data Center Knowledge

What do you get when you combine cloud computing and data center containers? You get NASA’s Nebula, the space agency’s new data powerhouse, which provides on-demand computing power for NASA researchers. Nebula was recently cited by federal CIO Vivek Kundra as an example of the government’s ability to “leverage the most innovative technologies.” The Nebula application lives in a 40-foot container at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. The “data center in a box” was built inside a FOREST container from Verari Systems, which is filled with Cisco Systems’ Unified Computing System and servers from Silicon Mechanics. Science Compute Power on Demand Nebula is a self-service platform built from open source software that provides high capacity computing, storage, and network connectivity for NASA research.

OpenStack « RightScale Blog. Canonical CEO on ARM and OpenStack for Ubuntu Servers: Cloud « For some time now, the folks at Canonical have been trying to establish Ubuntu as the operating system for cloud computing.

Canonical CEO on ARM and OpenStack for Ubuntu Servers: Cloud «

Mark Shuttleworth, till recently, Canonical CEO, underscored this mission during his keynote at the recent Ubuntu Developer Summit, in which he noted full support for ARM-based servers, as well as for the OpenStack cloud platform (hat tip to for finding this clip): Our coverage around startups like Smooth-stone always notes that although the technology is groundbreaking, it’s nothing without users willing to make the switch to ARM servers. Well, OS support is crucial even before customers, so it’s notable that Smooth-stone will have at least Ubuntu in its corner. For the class of applications that can benefit from low-power processors running at a high level of scale, ARM servers should be a compelling choice when they’re available. Nurturing Innovation with Nebula. I’ve been with NASA for over 25 years and Nebula is by far the most dynamic project I’ve worked on to date.

Truly inspired, Nebula has many lessons to share with others on how a small group can drive innovation within a larger, highly structured organization. I’m glad to be a part of Team Nebula so that can I experience daily the energy that pumps through this project team. Innovation doesn’t always come easily… especially in a large federal government agency. True, rules and regulations are needed to manage behemoth organizations and protect taxpayers, but this always has to be balanced so that creativity and innovation are nurtured, not stifled. The senior NASA managers responsible for the oversight of Nebula understand this key point. How does Nebula do it? Fortunately, Nebula has become a magnet for IT talent. The use of leading edge communications brings us together as a team. Why NASA uses Open Source - InternetNews:The Blog - Sean Michael Kerner. From the 'Best Tech Isn't Necessarily in Area 51' files: With Billions of dollars and massive technology needs that are literally out-of-this-world, NASA has a lot of unique computing requirements.

Why NASA uses Open Source - InternetNews:The Blog - Sean Michael Kerner

As it turns out, some of those requirements can be fulfilled by technology that isn't all that different from what regular enterprises need too. In order to save the data from distant spacecraft, satellites and other scientific endeavors, NASA is leveraging open source tech (including Ubuntu Linux) and regular enterprise networking components to meet their mission. I had the privilege of speaking with NASA's CTO for IT Chris Kemp this week around the OpenStack project in which NASA is participating.

Kemp told me that NASA's Nebula cloud IT environment was built for science and research and has been optimized for low cost and massive scalability. NASA Nebula - Cloud Computing. OpenStack Wants to Be Android of The Cloud. Say hello to OpenStack, an open-source cloud platform, which hopes to compete with several proprietary cloud platforms including those being developed by Microsoft and VMware.

OpenStack Wants to Be Android of The Cloud

RackSpace is spearheading the project and is donating the code that powers its Cloud Files and Cloud Servers to the OpenStack project. The project is also going to incorporate technology from the Nebula Cloud Platform developed by NASA. Here are the key components of the platform: * a fully distributed object store based on Rackspace Cloud Files. Why OpenStack Matters: Cloud Insiders Weigh In. Last evening, I reported on the emergence of OpenStack, an open-source cloud project backed by Rackspace and supported by NASA and two dozen other companies.

Why OpenStack Matters: Cloud Insiders Weigh In

Since the initial news was released, a lot of folks have been sharing their sentiments about the offering and why they think it is important. Simon Crosby, CTO of Citrix, the company behind the open source Xen hypervisor: VMware has been playing the “we invented the cloud” drum-roll for a couple of years now, but has yet to deliver its first enterprise-ready cloud product — vCloud — which is being developed in a project codenamed Redwood. Thorsten von Eicken, CTO of Rightscale, a cloud management startup: The bottom line is that we believe this to be a potentially game changing event. Misha Govshteyn Co-Founder & CTO of Alert Logic: Until now, IaaS providers competed on the strength of their ability to rapidly advance their software capabilities.

OpenStack Open Source Cloud Computing Software. NASA gives OpenStack instant credibility. Rackspace, looking for credibility in the open source cloud stack arena, found it by drawing in NASA as an active collaborator.

NASA gives OpenStack instant credibility

The new OpenStack project will power NASA's own Nebula cloud and puts new pressure on Eucalyptus, as well as Amazon's EC2 and the whole Hadoop ecosystem. The system is being released under an Apache 2 license. Some differentiation between the two stacks is already apparent. NASA's desire is for a compute-intensive stack, so rivals could market against it by calling themselves commercially-oriented. But writing at ZDNet, James Staten of Forrester calls OpenStack pretty solid. In addition to NASA the deal also brings Chris Kemp, a well-respected leader within the government IT community. OpenStack takes on Amazon with open source cloud computing.

By tim, on July 19th, 2010 Follow tim on Twitter Today’s big open source announcement is OpenStack, an open source cloud platform that aims to be an non-proprietary alternative to Amazon’s Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Service (S3).

OpenStack takes on Amazon with open source cloud computing

Marten Mickos Talks Red Hat, OpenStack and M&A: Cloud « Private-cloud pioneer Eucalyptus is furthering its partner-centric growth strategy by teaming up with Red Hat. It’s a mutually beneficial alliance, as Eucalyptus gets access to companies running Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and the Deltacloud API, and Red Hat gets an IaaS capability to strengthen its case against rival VMware and its vCloud tools. Possibly more important than the actual announcement, though, is the timing: Eucalyptus is no longer the only software on the market that can be used to build internal clouds, and CEO Marten Mickos knows his company must act to fend off the these encroachments onto its turf.

As cloud computing industry watchers know, Eucalyptus was the first house on the block now populated by the likes of, Nimbula, Abiquo, OpenStack, VMware and others. VMware might have the biggest home, but it was Eucalyptus’s house where everyone hung out – at least until OpenStack moved in. Mickos thinks reports of this split were overblown.