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  • Oculus VR—the company that started as a crowdfunding idea but which Facebook acquired for $2 billion, even though its premier product is still under development—has scheduled a media briefing in June. At that event, Oculus said it will ask attendees to "step into" its product, the Oculus Rift head-mounted virtual-reality display. Details are unknown, but it appears likely the company will provide an update on its development efforts, it progress in getting Oculus Rift ready for release, and perhaps some details on what games and other apps will be available when the headset ships. The company announced early in May that it plans to release the VR headset to consumers by next year's first quarter. Consumers see the Rift as a gaming device, and Oculus has said that the platform will be an ideal option for video games. However, enterprises are taking an interest in wearable VR devices for commercial apps, such as training or for visualizing cramped and remote places where it might be difficult or dangerous for a person to go. This slide show examines the Oculus Rift features generating interest among consumers and enterprise buyers and the potential effect it could have on the IT world.

  • OpenStack's catalog provides apps in multiple formats, including Murano packages, Glance images and Heat templates. Now firms can find apps in one place.

  • The new Dell Appliance for Wyse-Citrix is designed for small and midsize businesses that have not used thin clients before because of cost and other concerns.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Once again there was plenty of talk about Software-Defined Networking at Interop 2015. But this year, vendors were actually showing off products that support SDN.

  • Apcera, Google, Red Hat and VMware are supporting CoreOS' application container specification effort, which extends the reach of containers beyond Docker.

  • At the RSA Conference, VMware Senior VP Tom Corn offered his take on the future of security in an evolving world and the role virtualization will play.

  • Cloud-native apps can handle redundancies that may have depended on the infrastructure to do before, and they are autonomic in nature.

  • Docker's CEO explains why the open-source Docker container technology is taking off, and why he's raising more money.

  • After teaming with Docker to bring containers to Windows Server, Microsoft unveils its own Hyper-V container technology and container-friendly Nano Server operating system.

  • The open-source Docker container application virtualization project turned two-years old on March 20, marking a robust period of market hype, interest and adoption. Docker was originally just the Docker-engine project started by Solomon Hykes at platform-as-a-service vendor dotCloud. The original dotCloud business has been sold, and Docker Inc. is its own business and has raised $66 million in multiple funding rounds. The project has grown to include Hykes as chief architect, Steve Francia as the chief operator and Michael Crosby as chief maintainer. In the last two years, many vendors—including Red Hat, IBM, Microsoft, VMware and Amazon—have embraced Docker technology. Other companies are creating technologies and products that extend, complement and support it. Docker needs a host OS on which to run, which has led to Red Hat's creating Project Atomic. CoreOS and RancherOS have also emerged as purpose-built optimized operating systems for container deployment. eWEEK examines the wide world of Docker container virtualization.

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