New Kubernetes Release Enables Container Management on Windows Server

Today's topics include Kubernetes’ release of its open-source container orchestration system for Microsoft Windows Server, the appointment of David Ulevitch as the leader of Cisco's Security Business Group, Peter Leav's selection as BMC’s new CEO and Microsoft’s decision to hold its Build 2017 Developer’s Conference in Seattle.

The open-source Kubernetes container management system is moving forward with the release of Kubernetes 1.5 on Dec. 15, bringing the platform to Microsoft Windows Server for the first time.

The Kubernetes 1.5 milestone is the last major release of Kubernetes in 2016 and follows the 1.4 version that debuted on Sept. 26. The Kubernetes project is part of the Linux Foundation's Cloud Native Computing Foundation and is supported by multiple vendors that contribute code.

While Cisco is well-known as a leader in the networking industry, the fact that the company has a very large security business unit is perhaps sometimes overlooked.

Cisco's security business is one that David Ulevitch has been hired to build as he becomes the Security Business Group Leader at Cisco. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins congratulated Ulevitch on his new role in a Twitter message on Dec. 8. Ulevitch joined Cisco in August 2015 after OpenDNS, a company he founded in 2005, was acquired by Cisco in a $635 million deal.

"It has been a fun 16 months," Ulevitch told eWEEK about his experience at Cisco thus far. Part of that fun, according to Ulevitch, comes from working a talented group of people in the Cisco security business unit and another part is the simple fact that business is going well.

BMC, an IT industry survivor that sees itself as a bridge from the mainframe era of the 1980s to the on-demand/big data era of 2016, announced a long-planned change at the top Dec. 12.

Peter Leav, a former CEO of Polycom, joins the company as president and chief executive officer and succeeds Bob Beauchamp, who will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors.

Beauchamp served in the job for 16 years, leading BMC to new markets and record sales levels, despite the ebb and flow of the IT business in general. He took the company private in September 2013.

After a few years in San Francisco, Microsoft's annual Build developers conference is moving closer to its Redmond, Wash. headquarters.

Chris Capossela, executive vice president and Microsoft's chief marketing officer, announced this week that Build 2017 will take place in Seattle, Wash. next spring."

Once again, developers can hear from Microsoft engineering leaders and learn about the latest tools and technologies to boost creativity and productivity," Capossela stated in a Dec. 7 blog post. The conference is scheduled to take place over three days (May 10–12, 2017) in a downtown Seattle venue.

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