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  • The Linux Foundation's Open Container Project is getting a new name and is moving forward on developing the runc baseline component for containers.

  • SIOS iQ applies advanced machine-learning analytics to a range of data sets, including application and infrastructure data from third-party tools.

  • Delphix's DaaS platform enables enterprises to find and use data trapped in heavyweight legacy infrastructure and databases.

  • Containers, virtual machines, virtual disks, virtual volumes—virtual storage in all forms can be complicated to parse as to which is most effective in a particular IT system. We won't try and cover all of them here, but we will examine vSphere Virtual Volume (VVOL) and try and dispel some myths. VVOLs are composed of an out-of-band communication protocol between VMware vSphere and storage. They allow VMware to associate VMs and vDisks with storage entities. They also enable vSphere to offload some storage management functions, such as snapshots and clones, to storage. This offloading allows virtualization administrators to get the same performance and scalability through the VMware tools as they expect to get through their storage. The VVOL API defines the interface between vSphere and storage, but it does not change the underlying storage architecture. The scale and performance of a storage system is still determined by the storage implementation itself. In this eWEEK slide show, with virtual storage provider Tintri as a key resource, we examine some of the myths that are circulating about VVOLs.

  • If the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo said anything about the future of gaming, it's that virtual reality will increasingly play an important role in that experience. From Facebook's Oculus to Microsoft's HoloLens, a host of wearables were on display at the event, all showcasing what they can do and their potential impact on virtual reality and gaming. But lost amid those conversations has been Google Cardboard, the low-cost, bare-bones virtual-reality device that allows users to plug in a smartphone to get full VR experience. The idea is novel, and at a starting price as low as $20, it's easy to start exploring VR technology with Cardboard. But to truly see the value of Cardboard, users need apps that are compatible with the device. In the past few months, many more developers have been delivering apps that can accommodate a full VR experience with Cardboard. This slide show will highlight some of those Android apps and suggest why they may be worth downloading for anyone who already has Cardboard or is thinking about getting one.

  • Virtual-reality product development is kicking into high gear as yet another device is entering the market. Dubbed StarVR, the device from developer Starbreeze comes with two 5.5-inch quad-HD displays that the company said, will deliver a top gaming experience when customers get a chance. But the trouble for StarVR is that it's joining a market that is rapidly filling up with new devices, all claiming to have the best features. Gamers, meanwhile, are left to guess which product they should consider buying. The number of virtual-reality headsets, combined with the varying specs in each, makes picking a product much harder than one might think. Trying to navigate the choices can be perilous, if not confusing. eWEEK will try to simplify the virtual-reality headset market and share some of the key details about the latest devices in the upcoming slides. More importantly, this slide show is aimed at helping prospective virtual-reality buyers make more informed decisions before they plunk down cash on one of the following headsets.

  • CloudBees is leading the Docker integration effort with plug-ins that enable the use of containers as part of a Jenkins continuous integration workflow.

  • Identity Manager is designed to be "consumer simple, enterprise secure," enabling secure enterprise identity management with consumer-grade expectations.

  • The Docker Ecosystem Technology Partner (ETP) program kicks off with the vendor's tool for monitoring. Six vendors have integrated with Docker for monitoring.

  • Offering expanded storage and compute options on EVO:RAIL will provide higher-capacity platforms so customers can run greater numbers of virtual machines.

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