Red Hat May Be Stacking The Deck Against Its OpenStack Rivals

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… OpenStack is an open-source alternative to Amazon Web Services for building and managing public and private clouds. The key is that it’s open—you can compile, manage and customize the OpenStack code yourself, or you can contract with vendors who will do that for you. And you can run it on any computing platform you like.At least that’s what people expect in the open source world. Red Hat, though, may have other ideas.See also: Why OpenStack Needs Red HatThe open-source vendor makes its money primarily by offering service to corporate customers who run their businesses on Red Hat’s version of the Linux operating system. But it stepped into an open-source buzzsaw earlier this week when an internal Red Hat document surfaced that suggested the company is trying to block its Linux customers from using competing (i.e., non-Red Hat) versions of OpenStack.Exactly what Red Hat is up to isn’t fully clear. Its rivals worry that it’s disadvantaging other OpenStack providers by tying support of its Linux systems to use of Red Hat’s OpenStack implementation. But it’s also still possible, if increasingly unlikely, that Red Hat is simply making clear that it won’t support rival OpenStack setups—saying, in effect, that its customers are free to do what they want, but that Red Hat won’t help out if those OpenStack deployments go awry.See also: Why Red Hat Needs OpenStackRed Hat could clear up those concerns with a few simple, unadorned sentences. Unfortunately, everything it’s said to date has mostly just muddied the waters further. Here’s what we know at this point.Painting A Bullseye On MirantisThe first company in Red Hat’s crosshairs appears to be Mirantis, an OpenStack pioneer that Red Hat backed as part of a $10 million funding round almost a year ago. That investment, however, hasn’t kept the companies close. According to an internal and confidential FAQ obtained by ReadWrite, Red Hat has instructed its workforce to take a hard line against Mirantis OpenStack running running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL):Do not work with Mirantis. They are a Red Hat competitor. We should not engage them jointly with any customers or leverage their services for delivery of our products. Be very clear with customers that RHEL is not supported as a guest on Mirantis OpenStack, and that Mirantis OpenStack is not supported running on RHEL.That document, which apparently dates back to last November, effectively asserts that Red Hat won’t support desktop computers and other clients running RHEL if used in conjunction with Mirantis OpenStack. Its author also trash-talked Mirantis OpenStack:Mirantis OpenStack is a compile-and-ship distribution of OpenStack bits that installs on an unoptimized Linux operating system. Mirantis also makes downstream modifications to enhance the performance of their proprietary toolset, at the expense of upstream compatibility. Mirantis contributes to OpenStack only at the margins: Hadoop on OpenStack and hooks into their toolset. They have no credibility in supporting Linux or fixing issues that occur in the Linux part of an OpenStack environment. Mirantis is a services company that is shipping a product to enable its services.The Wall Street Journal cited the internal memo in a recent story and quoted Hewlett-Packard chief technology officer Martin Fink accusing Red Hat of “taking the art of closed open source tactics to a new level.”Red Hat responded to the WSJ story with a muddled blog post by Paul Cormier, president of product and technology at Red Hat. Cormier reaffirmed Red Hat’s open source philosophy and insisted that talk of “closed open source” amount to FUD spread by Red Hat’s rivals. Yet he somehow managed not to clearly state whether Red Hat will support customers who use other flavors of OpenStack.While Cormier wrote this—To be clear, users are free to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux with any OpenStack offering, and there is no requirement to use our OpenStack technologies to get a Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription.—students of logic might notice that his statement stops short of affirming that Red Hat will honor its support agreement if customers opt for rival OpenStack technologies instead. More on this point in a moment.Who’s Next?Members of the OpenStack Foundation, a developer organization that oversees the project, reacted with alarm to the notion that Red Hat might be wielding its clout in the paid Linux market, where it holds a 64% share, as a weapon. Some commenters likened its attack on Mirantis to Microsoft’s crushing of Netscape almost two decades ago, after the software giant tied its Internet Explorer browser to Windows to ensure its ubiquity.Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel told me it’s extremely difficult for Red Hat customers to run non-Red Hat distributions of OpenStack on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. “It requires specific patches, and if you apply these patches, you invalidate your support contract,” Ionel said. “Red Hat wants to leverage their OS dominance, and they’re taking a page from the Microsoft playbook—integrating OpenStack into the OS, so companies get better value when they use RHEL.”Which might be great for Red Hat customers who use just Red Hat software—just not so much for those who want features found in rival OpenStack distributions.Red Hat vs. Red HatHP, which also competes with Red Hat’s OpenStack implementation, also wants Red Hat to clarify exactly what it’s up to, per this blog post by CTO Martin Fink:It’s not clear whether Red Hat is drawing an artful distinction between deployment, subscription and support, or if Red Hat will actually provide support for RHEL to customers who don’t use Red Hat OpenStack technologies with RHEL. Therefore, I would encourage Red Hat to confirm whether it will support RHEL if a customer is running a non-Red Hat version of an OpenStack offering on that copy of RHEL.It turns out that Red Hat may have the freedom to withhold support if it wants. An appendix to Red Hat’s support contract notes the following:Red Hat Enterprise Linux is supported solely when used as the host operating system for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform or when used as the guest operating system on virtual machines created and managed with this Subscription…. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is currently the only supported operating system for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.Similar language appears several times throughout the appendix in sections related to licenses for Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure without guest OS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform for Controller Nodes. It suggests that Red Hat could withhold RHEL support from customers using alternative OpenStack implementations without violating its support agreement. Also, if you recall the loophole in the earlier statement by Red Hat’s Paul Cormier—well, it’s also consistent with that.When I asked Red Hat to explain its stance on RHEL support in plain English, the company send me yet another oblique, jargon-laden statement, this time from Tim Yeaton, Red Hat’s senior VP for infrastructure. I’ve included at the end of the post in its entirety. Feel free to scroll down and read it at your leisure; suffice to say, it’s not terribly enlightening.The Closing Of OpenStack, MaybeOpenStack advocates fear that Red Hat can sow some serious damage if it plays hardball this way. “It makes non-Red Hat OpenStack vendors less competitive against OpenStack alternatives, which they might lose to now unless an alternative to RHEL-level support appears,” Dave Nielsen, a cloud-computing evangelist and consultant, whose former clients include HP and Mirantis, wrote in the OpenStack Foundation forum.Unsurprisingly, Red Hat’s competitors are playing up the controversy for all it’s worth. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu Linux company Canonical, told me that in this week’s OpenStack Summit Survey, five out of six “super user” profiles were building their clouds with Ubuntu. The other was on CentOS.To Shuttleworth, that’s an indication that companies are “comfortable with a move away from RHEL for this new era of Linux,” he told me via email. “RHEL’s lock on mindshare for mission critical Linux is coming to an end.”Of course, Shuttleworth has been saying much the same thing for years. But if Red Hat is starting to play the heavy in open source, you never know—it might finally turn out to be true.Red Hat’s Latest StatementAs promised above, here’s that statement from Red Hat VP Tim Yeaton:RHEL guests are certified to hypervisor platforms, such as KVM, not to OpenStack per se. OpenStack is the control layer that manages multiple hypervisors, and KVM is the default.RHEL guests are certified to run on other supported hypervisors, such as those from VMWare and Microsoft, based on established support relationships.In the case of RHEL OSP, we in turn support other guest OS’ on our embedded KVM, based on the providers’ ability to provide mission critical support in partnership with us. Under this model, we support guests today including Windows and SUSE Linux, since both have large software development and support organizations, as well as support relationships with us.Since we are in the business of building mission-critical cloud infrastructure, delivering on stringent SLAs for enterprise customers based on RHEL, KVM, and OpenStack, we must take responsibility for enterprise-readiness and supportability of our RHEL guests on other vendors’ hypervisors within their OpenStack platforms, and the underlying Linux that is being used within them. Our ability to fully and confidently support customers’ mission-critical environments—top-to-bottom—is paramount, particularly in on-premises private cloud deployments where the underlying technologies are complex. The expertise and experience to do this for OpenStack customers was built via our nearly two decades of experience with RHEL in mission-critical customer environments.Everything clear now?Nielsen, the OpenStack evangelist, said he found Red Hat’s statements confounding. After reading them over and over, he said Red Hat seems to be differentiating between the hypervisor and the OpenStack platform, which “technically is bullshit. They can make that distinction because it sounds different, but technically, it’s not. Then the question comes down to are they going to have support for, or work out an arrangement with any other partners?”I asked Red Hat one more question: Does Red Hat have relationships with any OpenStack vendor similar to the relationships with Microsoft and VMware at the hypervisor level? Red Hat provided a response from Yeaton: “Not at this time.”Lead image of Red Hat executive Paul Cormier by Flickr user Red Hat, CC 2.0Update: An earlier version of this story neglected to mention that Dave Nielsen is a former consultant for HP and Mirantis. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img Tags:#Antitrust#Hewlett-Packard#HP#Microsoft#Mirantis#OpenStack#Red Hat#RHEL jodi mardesich Related Posts last_img read more

Hide a Face in Premiere Pro: New Feature

first_imgThe next update of Premiere Pro that Adobe has some major new time saving features, with one of the biggest additions being the ability to quickly track effects.Check out the Premiere Pro Blog and Adobe TV for an overview of all the new Premiere Pro CC features.The ability to track effects is a common request, as you often need to be able to blur or otherwise obscure someones face/product because of permission/copyrights. You can also use this on a color correction effect to relight part of the frame. This is huge in that you can now do more of your work in Premiere Pro without switching to After Effects.Lets jump in and look at how you set this up…1. Apply an effect in Premiere Pro. You can apply a mask to any effect in Premiere Pro CC. This will also work on third party effects that are installed. At the end of this post I have an example where I used Red Giant Colorista to brighten the talents face.In my example I used fast blur. You can adjust the settings in the effect controls panel.2. Click the Create Ellipse Mask icon. You will see options for Mask Path, Mask Feather, Mask Opacity, and Mask Expansion. These options are the same that you have in After Effects when working with masks. 3. Click on Mask in the Effect Controls. Mine is called Mask 1 (if you have multiple masks a number will added to each one).This allows you to move the mask in the Program Monitor so it is covering the person’s face. You can adjust the mask shape by clicking on the squares on the mask and dragging them so they fit your subject.Adjust the feather to soften the edge of the mask, and increase the mask expansion so you don’t see the person’s face. You can also rotate the mask by moving your cursor outside of the mask and dragging.Check the “Repeat Edge Pixels” box so you don’t a fringe/halo on the edges of the frame.4. Make sure you are on the first or last frame, then click either “track selected mask forwards or backwards” button.The default track type is Position, Rotation, and Scale. This is accessed from the wrench icon. You can also pick position or position and rotation.You can adjust and keyframe the feather/expansion, amount of blur and the blur dimensions after you apply the track…handy if your mask needs some adjusting.Let’s take a look at a few examples using different effects in Premiere:Tracked blur in Premiere Pro:Tracked mosaic in Premiere Pro:Tracked Colorista in Premiere Pro:last_img read more

Sharad Yadav, Babulal Marandi meet Lalu in Ranchi jail

first_imgRebel Janata Dal (United) leader and former party president Sharad Yadav met Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in Ranchi jail on Monday morning.The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) leaders Babulal Marandi and Pradeep Yadav too met Mr. Prasad in Birsa Munda Central jail in Ranchi.Mr. Prasad is currently lodged in jail in connection with two fodder scam cases.Later, appearing in special CBI court, Mr. Prasad told local media persons that they “ discussed about country’s politics…enquired about each others well-being”.Ever since Mr. Prasad was jailed, several leaders from the Opposition parties have met him.According to sources, Mr. Sharad Yadav and others are making an “effort to come at a common platform to oppose the BJP-led NDA government in upcoming 2019 general elections.”last_img read more

Luxe central

first_imgFrancois Pinault, the French billionaire, knows how to nudge things up a notch. After entrusting the renovation of the 17th century edifice, the Punta della Dogana, to Japanese starchitect Tadao Ando, the new centre for contemporary art in Venice will house a selection of outstanding, genre-defying works from the Francois Pinault Foundation. The new exhibition titled In Praise of Doubt will bring together historical pieces and new works which question the idea of uncertainty in terms of identity, and revisit the relationship between intimate and personal dimension. Drawing on emblematic works from the 1960s-and right up to the most contemporary creations-the exhibition pays homage to doubt in its most dynamic manifestations; through its strength in challenging prejudices, conventions and certainties. Twenty artists including luminaries like Adel Abdessemed, Marcel Broodthaers, Maurizio Cattelan, Subodh Gupta, David Hammons, Roni Horn, Thomas Houseago, Donald Judd, Edward Kienholz, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, Julie Mehretu, Bruce Nauman, Sigmar Polke, Thomas Shutte, Elaine Sturtevant, Tatiana Trouvu and Chen Zhen will showcase their works. The exhibition will present newly commissioned works by Julie Mehretu and Tatiana Trouve, specially created for the site. Dizzy yet? We are.The exhibition will be on display from April 10 till December 31, 2012.FashionSale priceHe may have become the creative director of Paco Rabbane, but Indian designer Manish Arora hasn’t forgotten to keep fans of his eponymous label happy.Arora has launched an online store where fans of his kitschy, whimsical and fun-tastic designs can swipe off some couture with their credit cards. Of course, given his growing global clout, expect an international price range.FashionDream roleBritish designer Kim Jones has been named the new style director of Louis Vuitton. Having been named ‘Menswear Designer of the Year’ by the British Fashion Council in 2006, Jones has served as creative director for Alfred Dunhill menswear and accessories and has also designed apparel and footwear for sportswear label Umbro.In his new role at Vuitton, Jones will work closely with Marc Jacobs, who currently serves as the artistic director for the luxury label.WatchGet steamyRomaine Jerome’s Steampunk is a follow-up timepiece to the limited edition Titanic-DNA Tourbillon Steampunk A la Grande watch from a few years ago.The Steampunk is large, at 50 mm wide, and the bezel is made of oxidised metal (going by the Titanic DNA theme). The ‘X’ motif of the bezel claws are continued with screws that go deep into the dial. These screws are also meant to resemble steam engine pistons. It is pretty neat and still feels wild.Art Photo shopFormer Dior designer, Hedi Slimane, has a new book of photographs Anthology of a Decade that will showcase a selection of 175 photographs that traverse the music scene, the New York art scene, street fashion and haute couture.The volume records Slimane’s early years in the fashion industry, before, during and after his tenures at Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior and lays bare Slimane’s inspirations for the androgynous, rock look that he invented.Piece de resistanceTrunk callParisian trunk makers TT Trunks, create one-of-a-kind pieces that meet today’s lifestyle. This TT Malle Mini Bar Trunk comes with a 40 litre refrigerator and coffee maker. Coffee and champagne kits can be stored in the door frame. A large drawer divided into compartments presents a service tray case. Each drawer’s column may be replaced by a portable cigar humidor made in solid Okoume wood. Of course at a price.This mini bar trunk is priced at Rs 1.85 lakh.Jewellery Sweet mixThe new jewellery collection by H. Stern is inspired by the famous sketches of the Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Subtle curves combine with empty space in a homage so successful that it has the approval of the grandfather of Brazilian modernism himself.In what is the 102-yearold architect’s first foray into the world of jewellery, Niemeyer has approved- though not actually designed-a collection inspired by his sketches. For instance a sketch of a voluptuous woman becomes a pair of elegantly long earrings, the subtle lines of Sao Paulos’ Copan building become a voluminous bracelet, and the sinuous form of the San Francisco de Assis church in Pampulha becomes a wavy ring.TalkTop women artists seem to rake it inDifferent strokesEvery fortnight Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Few weeks ago the focus was on women artists, and rightfully so. Often treated as muses or simply ignored, women artists only really managed to penetrate art history during the 20th century. Today, they form an integral part of major exhibitions and important public sales. So exactly who are the top female artists within the auction sphere? With three seven-figure auction results in 2010, Cindy Sherman has returned to the forefront. In fact, at the Carte Blanche for Phillippe Segalot sale organised by Phillips de Pury in November 2010, her diptych Untitled #420 sold for $1.2m (Rs 5.41 crore) and her Untitled #153 fetched $2.4m (Rs 1.08 crore, her new record). The year was fruitful for the Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu who generated three new personal records including one for The Seven Acts of Mercy that fetched $2m (Rs 9.02 Crore) at Sotheby’s, New York. In 2010, Bharti Kher posted a new record with The Skin speaks a Language not its own at $1.2m(Rs 5.41 Crore) at Sotheby’s London. The British artist Cecily Brown’s Suddenly Last Summer fetched $900,000 (Rs 4.06 Crore) at Sotheby’s New York. The Swedish artist Cecilia Edefalk’s oil on canvas entitled Baby fetched $853,730 (Rs 3.85 Crore) at Bukowskis in Stockholm. Much appreciated in her country of origin where all her sales are generated, Edefalk is the highest-valued female Swedish artist on the market.Speed RacerBentley has created its most potent and radically styled convertible ever-the 202 mph (325 km/h) Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ convertible. This new model, limited to just 100 cars worldwide, is a celebration of the company’s world ice speed record by Finland’s four-time world rally champion, Juha Kankkunen, in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible. The 6-litre, twin turbo-charged W12 engine, produces 640 PS (631 bhp / 471 kW)-the most powerful Bentley ever-and 800Nm (590lb ft) of torque. Paired with a Quickshift six-speed automatic transmission, it launches the convertible ‘Ice Speed Record’ model from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.0s) and reaches 100 mph from a standing start in only 9.5 seconds (0-160 km/h in 9.4s). Va va vroom.Watch outThe Watch Bar in Mumbai promises some good times ahead. Watch connoisseurs can head to this sleek boutique and enjoy a selection of exquisite watches from brands that include Backes and Strauss, Bvlgari, Cartier, Franck Muller, Girard Perregaux, Graham, Hublot, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Parmigiani and TAG Heuer. Stop by. After all, it is the experience that counts.Store HouseStudio Voltaire is a leading independent contemporary arts organisation in London that supports artistic practices and creates a space for thinking, experimentation and reflection; its main activities are the provision of affordable studios, a renowned programme of exhibitions, performances and commissions, and a pioneering education programme.If you can’t make it in person, a selection of special works and editions are available to buy online and can be delivered internationally.Chef TrailTo mark the 10th anniversary of his three-Michelin-star restaurant at the Plaza Athenee hotel in Paris, chef Alain Ducasse decided it was time for a change. He implemented his new Essentiel concept, which eschews flamboyance and fussiness in favour of purity, quality, and authenticity. Ingredients are carefully sourced from Ducasse’s handpicked suppliers and served at the peak of seasonal freshness. Dig in.Operatic FeatThe 70,000 sqm Guangzhou Opera House, designed by top architect, Zaha Hadid, is a unique exploration of contextual urban relationships. The design, taking over seven years to complete, has evolved from the concept of natural landscape and the fascinating interplay between architecture and nature; engaging with the principles of erosion, geology and topography.The Opera House has 1,800 seat theatre plus a 400-seat multi functional hall.THE SPICE CELLARThe sweetest thingBy Magandeep SinghThe most common stereotype (or misconception) that exists about wines is that if you drink a sweet one, you are not sophisticated. That is ridiculous. It’s like saying that if one goes out with blondes, one doesn’t value intelligence in women.The Moscato is in between a sweet and dry wine, especially when done in the Italian style which is low on alcohol and slightly fizzy.A dessert wine can be the sweetest form of expression, no pun intended. But sometimes people find that too syrupy. And dry wines can be too offputting for someone who has never tried wine. The Moscato is a great in-between then, especially when done in the Italian style. This style is usually low on alcohol and slightly fizzy. The grape is very aromatic and to find the aromas of lychees and roses is normal. But always bear in mind that wine is still made from nothing but grapes so all these resulting aromas are nothing but the mystic joys of nature’s many ploys. Even the sugar in a sweet (or semi-sweet) wine is natural, coming from the grapes. No cane sugar is added to sweeten a wine. In short, if you can drink orange juice, you can drink this, without fearing diabetes.It can go very well with light desserts fruits and cream too perhaps. The greatest thing however, to do with this wine is to have it chilled, as an aperitif. The lightness of this wine with the aromas and the sweetness make it quite un-put-down-able.The Moscato, which will be launched in the market, comes from the house of Kimaya. Yes, the brand known for its fashion forays is now stepping into a new realm of aspirations and luxury- bottled wine. Kimaya has quite a few variants from Australia, among which is this prickly off-dry white wine. For now it has launched Kimaya Chardonnay 2010 and Kimaya Shiraz 2010. The label will be available across most major metros and not just in hotels. However, it will not be available at Kimaya stores.The philosophy behind the wines chosen by the brand is rather simple: easy-to-drink with a decent varietal character and a consistent quality that is great for the price.A neat little trick I have learned with off-dry wines is to serve them as an aperitif. Not too much, just a thimbleful. A little sweet start to an evening or a meal. I chill it and serve it in shot glasses. Another trick is to use it in a spritzer with some soda to top, served in a high-ball glass. As a dessert wine, the pairings are best limited to: fruits and cream, white desserts or anything that doesn’t involve cocoa, coffee or dark berry fruits.However, this wine doesn’t store very well; nothing wrong with the wine- it’s a style thing. For a wine that is resplendent in floral aromas and fruity flavours, it is normal that ageing would strip it of this charm. Hence, it’s best to buy these wines fresh and consume. When uncorked, finish.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement CalendarDates that mean something.London’s vibrant art scene comes alive at Chelsea art show. On display will be a selection of work from 45 galleries, representing over 500 individual artists. Prices for original art range from as little a Rs 3,632 to Rs 14.5 lakh. April 1-3.Head to the city of love, Paris, for the Banlieue Blues Jazz Festival. The northern suburbs of Paris are enlivened with exciting jazz and blues performances. April 8Sports fans can head to the World Ski and Snowboard Championship held in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. For 10 ten days, t his northern ski resort sparkles with a joyous celebration of sport, music and art. April 15- 24.last_img read more