Huffington Post Articles (2011-2016)

Click here for a complete listing of Arnal Dayaratna’s Huffington Post articles.

A Philanthropy Of Books: What I Learned Through Donating K-12 Books To Schools In Sri Lanka
Posted January 31, 2016 | 10:38 PM

When I decided to donate some books to schools and libraries in Sri Lanka, the country where I was born, as part of a trip from December 2015 to January 2016, I figured I would donate books from my own personal collection and carry them in my suitcase.

OpenStack Icehouse Supports Rolling Upgrades and Tighter Overall Integration

Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

On April 17, the OpenStack Foundation announced the availability of the ninth release of OpenStack, the open source, Infrastructure as a Service collaboration. Codenamed Icehouse, the release boasts 350 new features, 2,902 bug fixes and contributions from over 1200 contributors. Icehouse focuses on maturity and stability…

IBM’s Acquisition of Cloudant and the Walmart Effect In Tech
Posted March 4, 2014| 11:01 PM

Last week, IBM announced an agreement to acquire NoSQL database as a service vendor Cloudant for an undisclosed sum. An active contributor to the Apache CouchDB project, Cloudant delivers a JSON document databa

Windows Azure IaaS Takes Aim At Amazon Web Services Via Price, Functionality And Service
Posted April 22, 2013 | 3:41 PM
This was the week where Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service. More than a simple declaration of production-grade availability, Microsoft’s announcement about its IaaS platform delivered the strongest possible elaboration of its intent to compete head to head with Amazon Web Services…

OpenStack Foundation Sets Sail With IBM and Red Hat on Board
Posted April 16, 2012 | 10:20 AM
After months of planning, the OpenStack Foundation is starting to take shape. This week, OpenStack announced 19 companies that will serve as Gold and Platinum members in its Foundation. Platinum members will provide OpenStack with financial support on the order of $500,000/year, for three years. Gold…

Citrix Turns CloudStack Away From OpenStack to Apache Software Foundation
Posted April 9, 2012 | 9:24 PM
Citrix has revealed plans to open source its CloudStack IaaS solution to the Apache Software Foundation under an Apache 2.0 license.
Previously, Citrix had intended to integrate OpenStack with CloudStack in the form of an offering known as Project Olympus, which was unveiled last year…

Dell Acquires Wyse, Leader in Cloud Client Computing
Posted April 3, 2012 | 4:29 PM
Today, Dell announced the finalization of an agreement to acquire Wyse Technologies, the leader in cloud client computing. As a result of the acquisition, Dell strengthens its positioning in the desktop virtualization space by obtaining access to Wyse’s portfolio of thin and zero clients as well…

OpenStack Decides to Remove Hyper-V From Essex Release
Posted February 7, 2012 | 2/7/12
OpenStack, the largest collaboration on open source cloud computing in the world, decided to remove the code that supports Hyper-V despite a statement from Microsoft that pledged a “commitment” to working with OpenStack to resolve the issues with the unmaintained and broken code. The code would… Targets Enterprise With Box Innovation Network
Posted November 17, 2011 | 10:24 PM (EST) announced plans to invest $2 million in a developer network designed to promote the production of enterprise friendly applications today. Named the Box Innovation Network, or /bin, the network is intended to foster the creation of an ecosystem whereby developers enhance the functionality of by creating…

Amazon Web Services Announces Cloud Supercomputer Ranked 42 On Top500 List
Posted November 16, 2011 | 12:12 AM (EST)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the Beta launch of Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large (CC2), a supercomputer on its EC2 cloud infrastructure that ranks 42 on the list of the world’s top 500 supercomputers, on Monday. Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large can be used…

Cloudera Raises $40 Million in Series D Funding; Partners With NetApp for Hadoop Distribution
Posted November 9, 2011 | 03:25 PM (EST)
Cloudera continued its aggressive efforts to expand its distribution channels by announcing a partnership with NetApp, the storage and data management vendor, on Monday. The partnership revealed the release of the NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop, a preconfigured Hadoop cluster that combines Cloudera’s Apache Hadoop (CDH)…

IBM Releases Big Data Software On SmartCloud; Cognos for iPad
Posted October 26, 2011 | 01:06 AM (EST)
On Monday, IBM announced the release of the Infosphere BigInsights application for analyzing massive volumes of structured and unstructured data on its SmartCloud environment. The SmartCloud release of IBM’s BigInsights application means that IBM beat competitors Oracle and Microsoft in the race to deploy an enterprise…

Red Hat Acquires Gluster For $136 Million In Cash
Posted October 4, 2011 | 11:22 PM (EST)
Red Hat, provider of open source enterprise software solutions, announced Tuesday that it had reached a deal to acquire the online storage company Gluster for $136 million. Gluster was founded in 2005 with the objective of leveraging open source software and commodity hardware to provide enterprise customers with…

Piston Cloud Computing Launches pentOS, Enterprise Grade OpenStack Based Cloud Offering
Posted September 28, 2011 | 05:53 PM (EST)
Open source cloud computing took another giant leap forward with Piston Cloud Computing’s September 27 announcement of the launch of pentOS™. pentOS marks one of the first enterprise grade versions of OpenStack, the open source cloud computing infrastructure that has gained the backing of 110 companies…

Michael Arrington Writes First Major Post on New Tech Blog “Uncrunched”
Posted September 27, 2011 | 12:38 PM (EST)
Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, posted his first substantial article on his new WordPress blog Uncrunched on Sunday evening. Titled “What Exactly Am I Doing Here At Uncrunched?” the blog post clarified Arrington’s personal investment in his new blog, after moving on from AOL…

Canonical Founder Endorses Amazon Web Services APIs As Standard Cloud API
Posted September 14, 2011 | 12:13 PM (EST)
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth’s ringing endorsement of Amazon Web Services APIs last week gave Amazon Web Services yet another boost as it consolidates its position in the enterprise space. Having launched its Amazon Direct Connect service in yet another region last week, Amazon Web Services continues…

Red Hat’s OpenShift Becomes First PaaS to Support Java EE 6

Posted August 15, 2011 | 05:16 PM (EST)
Red Hat announced that its OpenShift Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering now supports Java Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6) by means of its JBoss Application Server 7 on Wednesday. OpenShift’s support of Java EE 6 makes it the first PaaS development environment…

Amazon Web Services Releases AWS Direct Connect and Enhanced Virtual Private Cloud Features
Posted August 8, 2011 | 10:23 AM (EST)
Late last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the release of three features especially designed for enterprise customers. Enterprise customers now have access to greater security and identity management functionality in addition to an array of features that enhance the AWS Virtual Private Cloud offering.

OpenStack’s First Birthday: A Year in Review
Posted July 20, 2011 | 02:03 PM (EST)
OpenStack, the open source cloud computing project initiated by NASA and Rackspace, celebrated its first birthday on July 19. OpenStack’s open source code enables customers to create public or private cloud environments that deliver functionality analogous to that provided by private Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) vendors such as Amazon…

Zynga Pursues Mobile Growth Strategy with Acquisition of Five Mobile
Posted July 11, 2011 | 05:39 PM (EST)
Head upon the heels of its July 1 IPO announcement, Zynga announced the acquisition of Canadian mobile application development firm, Five Mobile on July 8. Five Mobile specializes in developing mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other mobile platforms.

Ten Things You Should Know About Zynga and Its IPO

1 Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 10:35 AM (EST)
Zynga, the social gaming company founded by Mark Pincus in 2007, hopes to raise $1 billion in an IPO that follows upon the heels of the LinkedIn and Groupon IPOs of the last few months. Zynga’s IPO is expected to offer 10 percent of its shares…


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