You might recall that we took our first major step into open source back at EMC World, rolling out the CoprHD project – derived directly from EMC’s ViPR Controller product. At the time, I said that this was just the beginning of what you would see from EMC on this front.Today, I’m delighted to announce that we’ve now got our second major open source project out there. What is it? RackHD.What problem does RackHD solve? Well, have you ever experienced the pain of updating firmware and BIOS or installing a low-level OS on a bunch of hosts? In a 2nd platform world, this problem is frustratingly manual, but manageable. But when you consider the scale of the 3rd platform, along with the increased variety of the commodity hardware that underpins it, the problem becomes much worse – and at hyper-scale, it becomes impossible.Today’s hyper-scale players have solved this through highly constrained hardware specs or by implementing “bare metal as a service” standards – but these options don’t really work for the rest of us. And I do say “us” because we face this problem ourselves. We want to get ahead of the problem. So we’ve created the RackHD open source project.What’s RackHD do? It’s a physical hardware Management & Orchestration (M&O) layer that automates discovery, description, provisioning and programming on a broad range of hardware – servers, switches and storage. What’s that mean? It means it becomes very easy to update firmware and BIOS and install software components like vSphere, KVM, ScaleIO, and CoreOS – for a data center of any size… most critically those at hyper-scale. It’s secure, platform agnostic, and programmable via APIs. Does this step on the toes of higher-level infrastructure M&O or software like Puppet, Chef, and Ansible? Nope. But it can certainly integrate or even be incorporated by them.For EMC, RackHD is already playing a key role in things like VxRack, which of course runs on industry standard servers, enclosures and switches at massive scale. Virtustream and Pivotal are making use of it too. But we don’t expect this just to be an EMC thing. It’s an industry-wide challenge. We know our partners feel this pain, as do many of our large customers and service provider partners. Our open sourcing of the project and their participation will deliver more features, faster, without lock-in.So where can you find it? In the RackHD community on GitHub. There you’ll find the bits, the docs, and the experts. Don’t hesitate: click on over, collaborate, contribute and yes, criticize, so together we can make RackHD better.For more on RackHD, check out the official press release and a Pulse blog post by John Roese, EMC Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer.
London (AFP) – Premier League clubs on Friday reconfirmed their commitment to finish the 2019/20 season subject to coronavirus restrictions being lifted in Britain despite fears expressed by players.The English top flight faces an eye-watering estimated loss of around £1 billion ($1.25 billion) if no more football is played due to the global pandemic.Playing the 92 remaining games behind closed doors would mitigate that loss, avoiding the need to repay hundreds of millions to broadcasters.But the Premier League faces huge logistical difficulties in its attempts to return to action, with Britain one of the countries worst-hit by COVID-19.The league and clubs discussed possible steps towards resuming the season at a meeting on Friday.“The league and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers,” the Premier League said in a statement.“The clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019/20 season, maintaining integrity of the competition and welcomed the government’s support.”The British government is due to review a nationwide lockdown on May 7 and Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised on Thursday to provide a “roadmap” towards easing restrictions.– LEGAL CHALLENGES –Liverpool are on the brink of their first league title for 30 years with a 25-point lead at the top of the table.However the Premier League is keen to avoid potential legal challenges over the awarding of much more tightly contested European places, relegation and promotion if the season cannot be completed.Paris Saint-Germain were declared Ligue 1 champions on Thursday after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced sport could not resume before September.The decision to end the season based on average points per game has angered some clubs, most notably Lyon, who have threatened legal action after missing out on a European place.Key to any restarting of matches in the Premier League is government support. Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, struck a positive tone after a meeting with leaders of a number of sports on Friday.“We just kicked off first of many detailed meetings to plan for a safe return of elite sport behind closed doors when, and only when, it is safe to do so on the basis of expert medical advice,” Dowden tweeted.However, players are questioning whether they are being rushed back into action to save the clubs money.“Obviously, the majority of players are scared but above all because they have children, babies and family, they might live with their parents,” Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero told Spanish show El Chiringuito TV.“If we return I am sure everyone will be tense because the minute one person starts to feel ill, it will be ‘what’s going on there?’.”Players would potentially face weeks away from their families, quarantined in hotels.“I am hoping that it doesn’t come to that scenario,” said Brighton striker Glenn Murray. “That is far-fetched, to spend eight weeks away from your family is quite a big ask.”A large supply of privately sourced tests would be needed for players, coaches and backroom staff.Testing has been a thorny political issue during the pandemic in Britain, with many frontline workers unable to access tests until recently.“If football was to resume then testing will be key and an extra layer of training will be required,” former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro told the BBC.“It only takes one case for all of this to blow up.”