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Happy Belated Birthday, OpenStack!

Open Stack 3rd Birthday Sticker

If you want to know what's hot in the software world these days, you've got to look to the crowd and the cloud.  OpenStack is a hugely successful open source cloud operating system, originally created by Rackspace and the The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), back in 2010.

The goal?

To enable any organization regardless of size to create and offer cloud computing services running on standardized hardware.

The OpenStack Foundation followed in 2012 and the efforts took off. In a mere three years, the worldwide OpenStack community has grown to include more than 10,500 people in over 120 countries. That's stratospheric! We recently printed these awesome custom stickers to commemorate OpenStack's third birthday.

This video from Rackspace provides a great introduction to the platform ...

Ready to immerse yourself in the world of open source cloud computing? Hop over to your favorite travel site and book a flight! The OpenStack Summit will be held from November 5-8 in Hong Kong, at the Asia World-Expo.

OpenShift PaaS by Red Hat Cloud

Open Shift PaaS by Red Hat Cloud embraces computing's New Wave, albeit without the day-glo colors and synthesizer riffs. We're talking about the cloud, people!
OpenShift is a portfolio of free, portable cloud services for deploying and managing applications in the cloud. Currently there are two application deployment services offered as part of OpenShift; Express & Flex. Express is a free, cloud-based application platform for Java, Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby applications delivered in a shared-hosting model. With just a few commands you’ll be able to deploy your application to the cloud. Flex is a cloud-based application platform for Java EE and PHP. Applications can be deployed on middleware components such as JBoss and Tomcat. Flex is an ideal platform for those who require a greater degree of control and choice over their middleware components with valuable features including versioning, monitoring and auto-scaling.

In civilian-speak, that means they offer the next generation in open source software, which means everyone shares the technology for free. And instead of the software living on some developer's computer, it lives in the cloud. Kind of dreamy, isn't it? It is a little fantasy-like. You see, in the wild west of the internets there are white hats and there are black hats. And then there's Red Hat. When they rode into town, everything changed. That's right: yesterday's cowboys are today's code jockeys.

P.S. You're wondering what PaaS means, aren't you? And you can't stop thinking about dyeing Easter eggs? We get you, but you're a little off the mark. It's still cool, but not quite as messy.

Soup Can Chat

Soup Can Chat is a brand-new service on the web that lets you share files and communicate with your peeps. And it's free! Soup Can is the brainchild of the folks at DevMynd. Good work, guys!

Admit it, that photo of the kid with the can-and-string "telephone" has you feeling a little nostalgic for the wide-eyed wonder of childhood. Remember how exciting it was to discover that it really works? Way more fun than the corny game of the same name.

Speaking of telephones, while we love our pocket computer like everyone else, the trade-off of the smart phone's success seems a little steep: the death of the novelty phone. Who didn't want a hamburger phone on their nightstand? But surely the silliest is the banana phone. Just try and get that one out of your head.




When you visit the SendGrid website, they have a nifty counter that tracks how many emails have been sent using their services. Last time we looked, they were almost up to 13 BILLION (gollee, that sure is a lot!).
SendGrid's cloud-based email infrastructure relieves businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email systems. SendGrid provides reliable delivery, scalability and real-time analytics along with flexible API's that make custom integration a breeze.

Don't be scurred of the technical mumbo-jombo: it just means they make it easier to send those E-lectronic letters to your Ma.