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LynuxWorks' LynxOS

The term “Internet of Things” is increasingly used to describe our present-day network of tens of billions of connected devices. In response to the increasing embedded nature of this network and the growing number and sophistication of threats to it, embedded software developer LynuxWorks presents LynxOS 7.0, the next generation of its popular RTOS. The core focus of version 7.0 of LynxOS is to give developers the tools to guard against threats at the operating system level, embedding military-grade security directly into its devices via features like access control lists, audit, quotas, local trusted path, account management, trusted menu manager and OpenPAM. This release also features networking support for common protocols utilized in both long- and short-haul networks. In order to satisfy demanding real-time QoS requirements of certain market segments, LynuxWorks has partnered with key middleware providers, such as Real-Time Innovations, Inc. (RTI), to port their offerings to the LynxOS platform.


Real Time Logic's Mako Server

Real Time Logic boasts that its Mako Server Web application back end for Linux, Mac and Windows platforms can respond with 45,000 dynamic page requests in the same time that Apache outputs 25,000 less-compute-intensive static pages. Utilizing the easy-to-learn Lua scripting language, Mako Server offers fast, efficient development of Web applications, ranging from database-driven business applications to customized applications managing microcontroller-based devices, says Real Time Logic. In contrast to the typical approach requiring integration and configuration of components, such as Apache, PHP and SQL database, Mako Server brings all of these components together, bundling them into one unit so that the developer can immediately focus on application development for the desired platform or device. With the server, developers can bundle their applications into a single zip file, so users can download and run the application just as they would a Windows-based application.



Small businesses with big challenges, especially those with branch offices and a need to scale out their application-intensive environments, are the target market for the WHIPTAIL WT-1100 solid-state storage array. This low-profile, high-performance 1U solid-state storage array features an installation wizard that speeds deployments, making it ideal for turnkey implementations focused on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), e-mail and databases. The WT-1100, which can support up to 4TB of SanDisk SSD capacity, performs at 100,000 IOPS, with less than 0.1ms latency and runs WHIPTAIL's RACERUNNER operating system, which optimizes the write performance of NAND Flash.


BeyondTrust's PowerBroker Servers for Linux and UNIX

The meat of the matter with the upgraded BeyondTrust's PowerBroker Server 7.5 for Linux and UNIX is that organizations can make better-informed decisions around root delegation on their most critical servers. This ability is possible due to added tight integration with the BeyondTrust's vulnerability management platform, Retina CS, providing clear perspective on how root delegation affects overall risk to an organization. System administrators enjoy the ability to delegate privileges and authorization without disclosing the root password on UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X platforms. Furthermore, a highly flexible policy language enables creation of unifying security across multiple platforms and allows users to perform tasks across multiple targets simultaneously. Deployment requires no changes to the kernel nor system reboots, thus eliminating their impact on resource availability. The net impact of the PowerBroker Server solution, says BeyondTrust, is transparent provision of the boundaries essential to a secure and compliant environment with a concurrent breaking down of familiar walls that hinder productivity.


Eewei Chen's 101 Design Ingredients to Solve Big Tech Problems (Pragmatic Bookshelf)

You might be a white-belt geek who is venturing into your first big technology project. Or, you could be a black-belt master geek who's been tackling big problems for years and needs a fresh approach to problem solving. Whatever your mastery level, the wisdom found on the pages of Eewei Chen's new book 101 Design Ingredients to Solve Big Tech Problems may help you solve the daunting problems that vex you. Humorously illustrated, 101 Design Ingredients is designed to help a technology team identify problems, share responsibilities and work better together. Part I features case studies that demonstrate how companies like Facebook and Dropbox blended ingredients from this book to solve specific business requirements for investment, innovation, leadership and more. Part II consists of the 101 problem-solving ingredients, grouped into project stages, to help one apply the right ingredient at the right time. The ingredients cover the spectrum a business needs to be successful.


Alex Blewitt's Eclipse Plugin Development by Example (Packt Publishing)

A nice feature about Alex Blewitt's new book Eclipse Plugin Development by Example: Beginner's Guide is that one need not have prior experience in Eclipse plugin development or OSGi. With this book as a guide, Java developers who already are familiar with Eclipse as an IDE will embark on a full journey through plugin development, starting with an introduction to Eclipse plugins, continuing through packaging and culminating in automated testing and deployment. The included example code provides simple snippets that can be developed and extended to get users up and running quickly. A specific chapter on the differences between Eclipse 3.x and Eclipse 4.x presents a detailed view of the changes needed by applications and plugins when upgrading to the new model.


Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.2

Sources at Red Hat call the new Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.2 “a significant step forward for open-source virtualization”. A core element of Red Hat's open hybrid cloud offerings, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a mission-critical end-to-end, open-source virtualization infrastructure designed for enterprise users and global organizations. The platform is designed to meet an increasing industry need for open virtualization solutions without compromising performance, scalability, security or features. Version 3.2 adds support for Storage Live Migration; support for the latest industry-standard processors from Intel and AMD, including the Intel Haswell series and AMD Opteron G5 processors; and enhancements in storage management, networking management, fencing and power management, Spice console, logging and monitoring, and more. A new third-party plugin framework enables third parties to integrate new features and actions directly into the user interface; solutions from NetApp, Symantec and HP already are in development.


Epiq Solutions' Matchstiq Z1

The most spot-on mantra for our current era is “do more with less”, and such is the accomplishment of Epiq Solutions' Matchstiq Z1, a small form-factor software-defined radio (SDR) solution. Measuring only 2.2" x 4.6" x 0.9", the Matchstiq Z1 combines a Xilinx Zynq Z-7020 SOC running Linux with a flexible RF transceiver capable of tuning between 300MHz and 3.8GHz in a complete SDR solution. Epiq Solutions says that the Matchstiq Z1 provides a more capable signal processing system while maintaining the same footprint as the existing Matchstiq platform. The company further notes that users can combine a library of signal processing applications from Epiq Solutions or other signal processing frameworks, such as GNU Radio or REDHAWK, to enable countless capabilities to the Matchstiq Z1, including using it as an agile point-to-point data modem, LTE survey tool or portable spectrum analyzer. Development kits also are available for end users who want to create their own custom applications.


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