Last year, a few months after Juniper Networks moved OpenContrail under the auspices of the Linux Foundation, it renamed the open-source software-defined network (SDN) program Tungsten Fabric. The move was more than just a rebranding — it signaled a shift under way at Juniper, from “being a consumer of open source to a provider of open source,” according to Randy Bias, Juniper Networks’ VP of Technology and Open Source Software.
Bias, well known in the cloud computing world, joined Juniper in 2016, two years after EMC acquired his OpenStack startup Cloudscaling. While he doesn’t consider himself an open-source ideologue, Bias told ZDNet that thanks to his background, “It was clear Juniper needed help understanding what it meant bringing open-source products to market.”
Juniper is embracing open source technologies as its customers look for the product standardization and interoperability they need to scale their operations, Bias said. The networking company contributes to open source projects like OpenStack, Ansible, Salt, PyEZ, wistar and is still the major driver of the code for Tungsten Fabric. It’s also working on a new, open-source-based platform called ATOM.
It’s a process, however, that’s come with some major cultural and organizational shifts.
For one thing, Bias said, companies like Juniper and EMC have to overcome the mentality that contributing to open source projects amounts to “giving away for free” their heavy-duty IP. Embracing a new, pro-open source mindset, he said, requires executive buy-in, recruiting middle managers who understand the strategy and creating the right business models to support it.
At Juniper, getting the “movers and shakers” on board, including CEO Rami Rahim and CTO Bikash Koley, hasn’t been hard, Bias said.
“They’re smart folks, they’re talking to customers and hearing feedback,” he said. “They know the sea change is happening.”
Getting rank-and-file engineers on board is fairly simple as well, he said. They see where the industry is headed. For any large organization, this kind of cultural shift can face the most resistance from the layer of middle managers accustomed to certain business models, pricing and compensation structures.
“You need to bring in fresh blood,” Bias said, noting that Juniper is bringing in more people from Google lately. “Just like you want a diversity of people in your business, you want a diversity of points of view on thing like open source.”
Juniper is also working to change its incentive structure, Bias said, looking to Google’s OKR system for inspiration. The system uses objectives and key results (OKRs) to better align employees’ compensation with the company’s goals.
As it implements these organizational changes, Juniper is also working on a single, unified, open-source software platform for analytics, telemetry, orchestration and management (ATOM). The Kubernetes-based platform will make adopting new software “as easy as pushing a button,” Bias said.
There’s no timeline for the release of the platform, Bias said. Juniper is in the early stages of determining how the platform will interact with its software, and Bias said, they’re still in the process of “drawing a line around which parts need to be open sourced.”
That’s left the company in a sort of “chicken-egg problem,” Bias said — they need a certain amount of code to be written before they can open source it. At the same time, he said, “When you’re doing open source development, you don’t get to do it in a vacuum.”
It’s a process that can be challenging to navigate as Juniper undergoes its broader shift to supporting open source.
“It’s hard to say the ship is turned until it’s actually turned,” Bias said. “I think it’s one of those things that will flip very quickly when it actually happens.”
2024 Genesis GV60 RWD Fixes The EV’s Biggest Problem
The 2024 Genesis GV60 Standard RWD trim has a starting MSRP of $52,000. The GV60 Advanced AWD and GV60 Performance AWD models start at $60,550 and $69,550, respectively. Another issue cited in SlashGear’s review of the 2023 Genesis GV60 was the vehicle’s limited availability in North America, a problem that hasn’t quite been solved. The GV60 Standard RWD and GV60 Advanced AWD are currently available at select retailers in 23 states, while the availability of the GV60 Performance AWD hasn’t yet been announced.
Despite limited availability, the 2024 Genesis GV60 shouldn’t be overlooked when considering a new EV, especially considering its increased range. Other standard features new to the Genesis GV60 include a Wi-Fi hotspot capability, Highway Driving Assist II, and Advanced Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist. Plus, Genesis added more airbags to the 2024 model, as well as a seat belt pretensioner, load limiter, and rear seat belt reminder.
The luxury EV also retains advanced features Genesis had implemented in previous models, including tech that allows drivers to operate their vehicle using fingerprint and/or facial recognition in lieu of a key. Additionally, it uses a glowing crystal ball as its drive shift, which may be the vehicle’s most unique and innovative feature. Anyone interested in purchasing a 2024 Genesis GV60 can visit a local Genesis retailer or the automaker’s website for more details.
The History Of Presidential Aircraft From Roosevelt To Biden
Just as the 20th century dawned, a new age of mankind was dawning. Near the end of 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright accomplished a previously insurmountable task that would alter the course of humanity for the next century and beyond. On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers took flight in their flying machine.
The dream to touch the sky was a dream no longer, and it was only a matter of time until the President of the United States grasped the import of the development. Nearly a decade after the Wright brothers took the first flight in human history, former President Theodore Roosevelt became the first President to ever fly.
At the time, Roosevelt had been out of office for over a year. At a county fair in St. Louis, Missouri in 1910, President Roosevelt was flown over the crowd. Although a rather inconspicuous occasion, this would be the historic first for presidential air travel. The brief trip was made in a Wright Flyer by Archibald Hoxsey, who himself worked for the Wright Brothers. The Wright Flyer is the comparatively primitive airplane the Wright Brothers designed to enable air travel. The first airplane was born of the Wright Brothers’ experimentation with gliders, which ultimately led them to attach a propulsion system.
After President Roosevelt’s flight, presidential aviation didn’t really pick up any momentum for over two decades. Although Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to ever take to the sky, it would be his distant cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who would be in office for the birth of presidential air travel as we know it today.
Nintendo Announces End Of Online Service For 3DS And Wii U Following eShop Shutdown
Nintendo 3DS and Wii U gamers will still be able to play offline games on their devices. Users will also be able to download update data and any software or DLC already purchased from the Nintendo eShop. However, it’s important to note that you cannot simply go and purchase the games you missed out on before the shutdown, as the online store ceased operations in March of this year.
A few services will remain functional after Nintendo completes its general online shutdown. StreetPass, the application that lets users communicate directly between devices, will remain available since it utilizes a local connection.
Additionally, the “Pokemon Bank” and “Poke Transporter” applications will retain their online functionalities. “Pokemon Bank,” made free earlier this year, allows users to store up to 3,000 Pokemon in an online bank. “Poke transporter” is a companion application to “Pokemon Bank” that allows users to transfer Pokemon from Gen 5 games and the Virtual Console versions of Gen 1 and 2 to their online inventory.
Although Nintendo is keeping these applications functional for now, it stated that they “may also end at some point in the future.” Many “Pokemon” fans are urging others to transfer their pocket monsters to the Switch’s “Pokemon Home” before it is too late.
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