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Microsoft has announced the first release candidate (RC) of its Azure DevOps Server 2019. Azure DevOps Server 2019 is the on-premise version of Azure DevOps, and is optimized for customers who choose to self-host. Microsoft had introduced Azure DevOps in September this year for software development teams, allowing them to ship software faster and with higher quality. It comes with a number of services including Azure Pipelines, Azure Boards, Azure Artifacts, Azure Repos, and Azure Test Plans. These services are open and extensible which works well with all the applications regardless of framework, platform or cloud. However, some customers need to run Azure DevOps on-premises, for isolated instance of Azure DevOps or because they want to run in regions where a hosted version of Azure DevOps is not available. Microsoft said that the Azure DevOps Server 2019 will provide the codebase of Azure DevOps, and will come with fast and clean Azure DevOps user interface. Features of Azure DevOps…
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SAN FRANCISCO – Docker announced the Windows Server Application Migration Program, the best and only way to containerize and secure legacy Windows Server applications in advance of the end-of-support deadline for Microsoft Windows Server 2008. With industry-leading Docker Enterprise 2.1 and best-in-class tools and services specifically designed for Windows Server application migration, customers can quickly and easily migrate and modernize legacy Windows applications while driving continuous innovation across any application, anywhere.

With a large percentage of Windows Server applications still running on Windows Server 2003 or 2008, companies that postpone migrating legacy applications and systems are vulnerable to security risks and a higher cost of maintenance. Traditional methods such as upgrading the underlying operating system or migrating applications on to new systems or the cloud, require significant resources and only serves to add to the existing technical debt. Docker’s new program helps organizations seamlessly migrate legacy applications with the only container platform capable of containerizing Windows Server applications. Additionally, enterprise customers can take advantage of services and tools that leverage Docker’s experience in application migrations to quickly discover, containerize and migrate Windows Server applications with immediate cost savings.


“The majority of our legacy product portfolio at Mitchell runs on Windows Server. We sought a solution that would allow us to containerize all of our applications so we could reap the benefits of DevOps, increase portability and align operational modalities across the board,” said Marius Domean, Director R&D, Mitchell International. “Only Docker Enterprise was able to provide us with a robust, enterprise-grade solution that enables us to transform our legacy application stacks while reducing operational costs, minimizing our footprint of thousands of virtual machines and allowing us to adopt a hybrid cloud hosting architecture.”

Docker Enterprise 2.1: The Only Platform for Containerizing Windows Server Applications

Docker Enterprise is the leading enterprise-ready container platform that provides companies the choice, agility and security needed to efficiently build and manage their entire application portfolio, while reducing overall costs by more than 50 percent. The latest release, Docker Enterprise 2.1, enables organizations to easily migrate and modernize legacy Windows Server applications while driving continuous innovation across any application, anywhere. New features of Docker Enterprise 2.1 include:

Improved performance and compatibility for Windows Server Applications: updated support for Windows Server 2016, 1709, 1803 and 20191 in addition to smaller image sizes, improved compatibility and expanded networking options.
Greater insights and availability with out-of-the-box dashboards: new dashboards and management console including health status visibility and deeper service and platform benefits.
Enhanced security and compliance: support for industry standard security and authentication including SAML 2.0 authentication and the cryptographic modules in Docker Engine – Enterprise have been validated against FIPS 140-2 standards for both Windows and Linux.

“Because we have been working with customers on Windows Server containers from the beginning, Docker has a proven model for migrating and modernizing legacy Windows Server applications quickly and cost-effectively to any infrastructure, on-premises or in the cloud,” said Scott Johnston, Chief Product Officer for Docker. “Windows Server customers come to us for help designing a container strategy for their legacy applications that will help mitigate end of support issues. Through this program many customers experience a 50 percent reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO) of applications using Docker Enterprise, freeing up budget for strategic IT initiatives such as cloud migration or edge computing.”

Industry-proven Services and Purpose-built Tooling Automates and Accelerates Application Conversion

The Docker program includes a new service offering based on the experience of proven methodologies from Docker’s Modernize Traditional Application (MTA) program and from working with enterprises like Mitchell International on migrating applications using Docker Enterprise. As part of the services engagement, customers will be able to accelerate discovery and conversion using Docker Application Converter, a tool that automatically scans systems for target applications and speeds up the conversion process by automatically creating Docker artifacts.

Additionally, customers will have access to Docker Certified Infrastructure which automates implementation and configuration best practices for integrating containers into enterprise IT infrastructure like VMware vSphere, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. When combined with Docker’s expertise, organizations will have a “blueprint” for future migration projects and new application development.

Foundation for Continuous Innovation
Once implemented, the Docker Enterprise container platform and methodologies enable organizations to both modernize existing applications and adopt new technologies based on business requirements and customer needs. With Docker Enterprise, companies can standardize the software platform and adopt new technology stacks and architectures without changing how the organization operates – whether applications are cloud native applications, AI or edge computing workloads. Traditional application migration techniques lock companies into a specific infrastructure or operating system. With Docker Enterprise, organizations have a secure repeatable model that doesn’t lock into a specific infrastructure or cloud, enabling companies to modernize applications and adopt new technologies as business requirements evolve.

About Docker
Docker, the leader in the container platform market, enables developers and IT operations to build, secure and manage applications without technology or infrastructure lock in. By bringing together traditional applications and microservices built on Windows, Linux and mainframe under one operating model, Docker’s container platform enables the world’s largest companies to accelerate key digital initiatives including cloud migration, application modernization and edge computing. For more information, please visit: https://www.docker.com.

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Microsoft has released the latest version of Orleans, with several significant improvements related to performance, support, and more. Orleans is a framework used to build distributed and high-scale applications in .NET, without having to learn and apply difficult scaling patterns and concurrency. Orleans 2.1, the latest release, features a new code generator, scheduler, support for distributed transaction, functionality to co-host scenarios, and minute bug fixes and improvements. New scheduler is said to be the most significant improvements in the Orleans 2.1. Using work stealing queues with local queue affinity, the new scheduler will decrease the contention and enhance throughput and latency. Microsoft claimed that it experienced up to 30% higher throughput during testing. It will also benefit co-hosting scenarios, and enhance CPU profiling experience by exhibiting lower CPU usage during low-load periods. When Orleans 2.0 was released, it featured support for distributed…
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HOUSTON, TX – cPanel & WHM® Version 74 is the third release of 2018 and includes improvements in many of cPanel & WHM’s most popular features.

Git Version Control allows users to easily create and manage Git repositories on their cPanel hosting account. Version 74 now includes the ability to automatically deploy sites and applications from a repository, making it even easier to host applications on cPanel servers.


The development team has been hard at work over the last year to improve the speed and quality of cPanel’s Automated Backups. cPanel users benefit from up to 60 percent faster backups and restores. The File and Directory Restore interface for server administrators and hosting users, along with new and improved remote destinations, make cPanel’s backup system one of the most robust on the market.

AutoSSL and SSLs ordered through the cPanel Market Place will see a much higher success rate with this version. cPanel has improved its Domain Control Validation (DCV). DNS-Based validation and Ancestor-based (or primary-domain) validation reduce the work required of a user to get an SSL.

“cPanel & WHM Version 74 shows what can happen when you stay focused on what your customers need,” said Ken Power, Vice President of Product Development. “Across-the-board performance improvement, features focused on the evolving hosting market and tools that make server management a breeze. These changes and more make cPanel & WHM Version 74 our best release to date.”

As server administrators move to adopt cPanel & WHM Version 74, cPanel will see nearly 80 percent adoption across all cPanel & WHM servers. Take a look at the feature highlights on the cPanel & WHM Version 74 Release Site and read the full Version 74 release notes in the cPanel & WHM Documentation.

About cPanel
Since 1997, cPanel has been delivering the web hosting industry’s most reliable and intuitive web hosting automation software. This robust automation software helps businesses thrive and allows them to focus on more important things. Customers and partners receive first-class support and a rich feature set, making cPanel & WHM the Hosting Platform of Choice. For more information about cPanel, visit https://cpanel.com.

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Jenkins is shifting gears on its platform to address a number of problems like service instability, brittle configuration, and more for Jenkins developers. As an open source automation server, the Jenkins offers hundreds of plugins to support developers build, deploy and automate the projects. Released in 2011, the platform is currently having thousands of contributors and millions of users. However, the Jenkins developers face several challenges in the development cycle of a software project. Enterprises nowadays are running bigger workloads, loading up more plugins, while expecting higher availability at the same time. A lot of projects require developers to frequently restart them because of issues with resources and plugin upgrades. However, the restarts imply degraded service for the software delivery teams. In such cases, they need to wait longer for their builds to start or complete. Service stability has become a mission critical service for enterprises, and the enterprises…
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LAS VEGAS, NV – Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ : SMCI ), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, today introduced its latest fully configured, ready to deploy software-defined storage (SDS) solution at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas, booth 2137, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center.

“Our new All-Flash NVMe BigTwin™ solution, which is fully ready to deploy and has undergone stringent validation testing and certification by Intel, VMware and Supermicro, is the preferred platform for many of today’s leading hyperconvergence players,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “This All-Flash vSAN hyper-converged solution accelerates software-defined storage, optimizes data center infrastructure, and ultimately fast-tracks the process of selecting and deploying hardware and software.”

This BigTwin SDS solution has higher core counts designed to support more virtual machines (VM) per node and system. With up to 3TB memory per node, All-Flash NVMe BigTwin technology is ideal for in-memory database applications. Each node supports six hot-swap NVMe drives to fully maximize performance.

Featuring Supermicro’s flexible, cost-optimized SIOM networking module, the All-Flash NVMe BigTwin supports a variety of 10G, 25G, 50G and 100G network interface options. The solution’s multi-node architecture maximizes power efficiency through resource sharing for greener computing and saves customers on both CAPEX and OPEX to deliver the best TCO.

Using Intel® Optane™ DC SSDs with NVMe support for caching helps this high-performance SDS solution accelerate storage performance up to 3X with endurance up to 30 drive writes per day (DWPD). These Supermicro VMWare solutions based on the BigTwin offer vSAN data protection for mission-critical applications. To learn more about this hyper-converged solution, refer to the following whitepaper: https://www.supermicro.com/white_paper/white_paper_BigTwin.pdf.

To address the rapidly growing demand for digital storage, many enterprise customers are looking at lower latency solutions with higher capacities. With 36 NF1 and 32 Ruler form factor NVMe SSDs, Supermicro’s Petascale 1U JBOFs and storage servers support large capacities of high-performance, all-flash NVMe storage in just 1U of rack space, which rivals much more expensive traditional storage at a fraction of the footprint and infrastructure cost.

In addition, Supermicro’s All-Flash 1U Ultra system (SYS-1029U-TN10RT) with proven low latency and high efficiency, when loaded with an NVIDIA Tesla V100 accelerator card, provides a very well balanced solution in terms of density, performance and efficiency for many AI, HPC and graphics applications.

To learn more about Supermicro All-Flash NVMe systems optimized for VMware vSAN, please see this whitepaper https://www.supermicro.com/white_paper/white_paper_Vitual_SAN.pdf.

About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (NASDAQ : SMCI ), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced Server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

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