Heroin, Guns, Stolen Credit Cards: Meet Evolution, the New Silk Road

Heroin, Guns, Stolen Credit Cards: Meet Evolution, the New Silk Road

There’s been a power vacuum in the online drug trade since black market Silk Road got busted. It won’t last. The internet abhors a vacuum just as much as nature. The proof is Evolution, a smarter, more morally bankrupt version of the Silk Road that’s on the rise.

Evolution isn’t the biggest online black market; Agora and Silk Road 2 have been around for longer, and have more customers. But it’s growing quickly for one reason: It’s the best online black market. Wired describes Evolution’s quick ascent:

Since it launched early this year, the anonymous black market bazaar Evolution has grown dramatically, nearly tripling its sales listings in just the last five months. It now offers more than 15,000 mostly illegal products ranging from weapons to weed, cocaine, and heroin. That’s thousands more than the Silk Road ever hosted.

Evolution stays online more reliably than its competitors—they all have down time, but Evolution does a better job at staying up. Its pages load faster. And its escrow system is designed to prevent vendors from running off before delivering the promised goods.

Evolution deals go down with bitcoin, and its founders are aware of the risks associated with the cryptocurrency, which is why they require "multi-signature transactions." That means that you can only move money if the buyer, seller, and a site administrator all sign off on a transaction. Considering how someone hacked into Silk Road 2 and stole all the bitcoins, Evolution’s increased security is a huge draw. (Now might be a good time to remind you that even though an online black market is relatively secure, it’s still objectively hella illegal and you should not go and order stuff on it.)

Logging on to Evolution through the Tor network, it looks strikingly benign for a burgeoning black market, with a muted web design and sober announcements about escrow.

The buyer’s guide looks like it’d fit in on Amazon:

Evolution’s goal is to combine the old and the new; using what made our predecessors great, infused with modern functionality and clean looks. It was designed and developed with simplicity in mind, and yet be as secure as possible.

But this isn’t Amazon. If you’re browsing Evolution, you can buy an ebook… but you can also buy an AK47, PCP, and a stolen credit card.

Heroin, Guns, Stolen Credit Cards: Meet Evolution, the New Silk Road

Unlike the Silk Road, which operated under the pretenses of arranging for victimless crimes, Evolution’s anonymous creators don’t appear to give a shit whether the products screw people over or not… which is why a full 10 percent of the products for sale are stolen credit cards and log-in credentials. You can buy counterfeit money, or cash out hacked PayPal accounts. As of now, there are 1411 fraud-related listings. There are also some oddly innocuous items, like knockoff Mont Blanc pens and what is listed as "The best GET LAID guide on earth."

And of course you can buy an assload of drugs.

Heroin, Guns, Stolen Credit Cards: Meet Evolution, the New Silk Road

Evolution isn’t entirely without an ethos: according to its subreddit, the market’s creators believe their philosophy is "congruent with that of TOR’s: free speech and anonymity." Child porn, prostitution, hitmen, and ponzi schemes are banned. There’s also a monthly raffle, which makes me think there’s at least one kindly grandpa on staff, because nobody under 65 organizes raffles.

Evolution’s security is superior to rival marketplaces, with a form of two-factor authentication available. The clever escrow service offers people a way to protect their money while they wait for their orders. Evolution is like the Silk Road with flimsier ideals, which makes it both scarier and more likely to succeed.

Then again, the short history of online black markets is littered with heists, busts and failures, so if you’re keeping an eye on Evolution, be aware that extinction always looms as a distinct possibility. [Wired]

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Everything You Need to Know About NASA’s New Mars-Orbiter

Everything You Need to Know About NASA's New Mars-Orbiter

It took just ten months for NASA’s water-seeking satellite to traverse the 442 million miles between Earth and Mars. And, now that it has successfully entered stable orbit around the red planet, it’s time to get to work figuring out where the heck all that water went.

The MAVEN spacecraft won’t pound the soil with ground penetrating radar in search of Dihydrogen Monoxide but rather observe the planet’s thin upper atmosphere for clues. According to a NASA press release published last Wednesday, remotely inserting a satellite into orbit from more than 400 million miles away was not quite as simple as it sounds:

The orbit-insertion maneuver will begin with the brief firing of six small thruster engines to steady the spacecraft. The engines will ignite and burn for 33 minutes to slow the craft, allowing it to be pulled into an elliptical orbit with a period of 35 hours.

Over the next six weeks, the MAVEN will finalize its orbit, unfurl its instruments, and boot up its analyzers ahead of a year-long mission to study the composition and structure of our sister planet’s atmosphere. [NASA]

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How to Stalk the Gizmodo Staff on Twitter

How to Stalk the Gizmodo Staff on Twitter

Recently, we here at Gizmodo have had the pleasure of welcoming a ton of new staff members on board. And even though you may have already liked us on Facebook or followed us on Twitter (hint hint), now’s as good a time as any to reacquaint yourself with all of our beaming, blog-addled faces.

So whether you want to shower us with praises or just need a more direct outlet to harass us mercilessly at your leisure, click on each staffer’s name below to follow the latest stories, gadget news, hilarious jokes, and brilliant insights into everything from tech to tweens. Seriously. Do it. Now.


Brian Barrett, Editor-in-Chief

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Unofficially our Birmingham, Alabama, Bureau Chief, Brian makes sure we aren’t just posting about puppies, booze, and poop jokes all day. He has a gentle touch, but I have it on good authority that he once killed a man over an absent Oxford comma.

Gizmodo’s been RT’d by Martha Stewart and a Jonas brother this week so everything’s going according to plan.

— Brian Barrett (@brbarrett) August 1, 2014


Meg Neal

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Hailing from the sea-faring side of New Hampshire, Meg gave up her dreams in musical theater to become a 21st-century journalist in the most impressive of ways. After spending time at the Huffington Post during its startup days, she ran the day-to-day at VICE’s Motherboard, where she developed a keen interest in the future of e-cigs. When Meg’s not blogging or editing, she’s either sailing or wishing she owned a Vespa.

Text from mom at 7am: "Meg, I want to invest 1K in Dogecoins. How do I do it?"

— Meg (@meghanneal) March 21, 2014


Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Design Editor

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Kelsey’s from Canada. And Colorado and Pittsburgh and Texas—that’s a lot of places! So there’s a very good chance Kelsey is in the CIA, in which case we’ve already said too much and will likely be taken out soon. What we do know for sure, though, is that her taste in design and architecture is second to none, and she can play a mean game of Wizard Sticks, to boot. Trust us.

I like the idea of an iBolo tie but I don’t think anyone’s really figured it out from a UX perspective yet

— Kelsey (@kelseydollaghan) September 9, 2014


Sean Hollister, Reviews Editor

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Sean comes to us from The Verge (among a few other places), where he honed a passion for all things Oculus, laptop jackets (trust us—it’s cooler than it sounds), and tripod desks. In other words, weird ways to hold computers. He’s also a Review whiz, and probably has more gadget back-knowledge than the whole staff combined. When he’s not playing video games, he’s probably with his adorable puppy. Or learning Japanese. Or maybe all three.

Protip: if you’re in a giant crowd, disable LTE. Legacy 3G often works better.

— Sean Hollister (@StarFire2258) July 19, 2014


Eric Limer, Associate Editor

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Eric used to man our weekend shift but now spends the weekdays banging away at Giz headquarters about smartwatches, why-aren’t-people-into-smartwatches, and seriously-have-you-heard-about smartwatches. But that’s not really important—what is important is the fact that he sings like an angel, as you can see here. (Editor’s note: Ashley threatened me with "worse" if I remove that link and I trust her.) That’s him. In the front. The one in the front singing like an angel. He makes us so proud.

movie about mobsters who start a kickstarter for a bubsy 3d sequel as a money laundering scheme but become inspired by backers and make it

— eric limer (@ericlimer) March 5, 2014


Leslie Horn, Associate Editor

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Leslie is our resident media savant, thanks in no small part to her almost uncomfortably keen eye for spotting tech references in rap. On a different note entirely, her family all buys matching pajamas to sleep in on Christmas Eve. And she used one of her posts to reveal Big Boi as Gizmodo’s Number 1 fan. Plus, fortunately for us, Leslie is highly gif-able. But if I post any of them here she will probably try to fire me again, so just take my word for it.

I have an announcement: I’m going to fall down in public tonight

— leslie (@LesHorn) September 12, 2014


Alissa Walker, Urbanism Editor

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If you only know two things about Alissa, know that she’s an avid gelato enthusiast and loves to walk—a lot. She even has a whole blog about it, in case you needed to feel like more of a human-shaped pile of garbage than you already do. Also, we lied; there’s something else you should know—as you can see, she’s a dead ringer for David Bowie a la Labyrinth.

What’s the seriously bright beam of light in the sky, LA? It’s like a halogen-blue klieg that doesn’t move?

— Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA) September 15, 2014


Matt Novak, Paleofuture

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Matt comes to us from the absolutely awesome retro-futurism blog Paleofuture, which has become its very own Giz Entity™. In fact, Matt actually started Paleofuture back in 2007 for a writing class in college. Though it started off as a side project, he was ultimately able to quit his day job and spend his time basking in the world of tomorrow from yesterday. The moral of the story? Stay in school, kids—because maybe your dream will get dropped in your lap without you ever realizing it. Also, don’t eat glue.

if climate change is real then how come i’m currently engulfed in a ball of flames from which i will never escape

— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) September 17, 2014


Andrew Liszewski, Contributing Editor

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Although seldom drunk, Andrew is actually Canadian. And although he writes his north-of-the-border tweets in Canadian, they’re still easy for Americans to understand and surprisingly light on hockey and maple syrup references. He also tweets a lot of sweet YouTube videos. The photo you see on the left is also the only picture of him on the entire internet. Seriously. It’s weird. The photo on the right is an an artist’s interpretation.

why no seasonal pumpkin-flavored cough syrup? too early?

— andrew liszewski (@aliszewski) August 25, 2014


Jamie Condliffe, Contributing Editor

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Jamie is a very smart person who is also British. Try reading all his tweets in the voice of Margaret Thatcher. Or in the voice of Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher, because who remembers Thatcher? Jamie does, he’s old!

Best start to a comment EVER: "No time to read the article so it may contradict what I have to say, BUT…"

— Jamie Condliffe (@jme_c) March 14, 2012


Adam Clark Estes, Senior Writer

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Coming to us from an illustrious stint at both
The Atlantic Wire and Vice’s Motherboard,Adam’s a seasoned tech vet with an eye for the political- and science-minded. Follow him for tweets about the latest advancements and all things interesting. And to stay updated on the blogger taskforce beat, apparently.

Just learned that AT&T has someone devoted to "Blogger Relations." His name is Seth.

— Adam Clark Estes (@adamclarkestes) September 5, 2014


Andrew Tarantola, Staff Writer

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Andy’s kind of like a ninja lurking in the shadows most days. He doesn’t talk much, but when he does, it’s almost always quotable. Taste-wise, if something isn’t animated and Japanese, he has no use for it. He’s also read more manga than the totality of some American states.

Just broke a review unit within 7 minutes of unboxing—that’s a new personal record.

— Andrew Tarantola (@Terrortola) August 16, 2014


Mario Aguilar, Staff Writer

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Mario’s is the only opinion on e-cigs you will ever need. Ok, and he’s pretty good with cameras and audio equipment, too. And he loves sriracha. If you ever make him mad, just make him a sriracha-flavored bluetooth e-cig speaker camera. You’ll be back in his good graces in no time. And also filthy rich.

FYI SwiftKey for iOS 8 still autocorrects "fucking" to "ducking" and "fuck" to "duck" all is lost

— mario aguilar (@mariojoze) September 17, 2014


Jordan Kushins, Staff Writer

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Jordan has ventured over to us from Co.Design and Dwell before that, as well as working some freelance gigs. But Jordan’s path has covered far more than just writing about design, she once worked at a bar in London called Crazy Homies and played on her high school water polo team. The two may or may not have been related.

i am v popular on the internet http://ift.tt/XNeOVm

— jordan kushins (@kushkush) April 25, 2014


Sarah Zhang, Staff Writer

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When science and nature collide into something weird, wild, disturbing, or wonderful, Sarah is on it. Whether it’s secret Swiss cheese bacteria, injecting the blood of young healthy folks into old Alzheimer’s patients , or giant mystery holes in Siberia—she can tell what’s happening and why the hell it matters. She’ll definitely split an order of fries if you’re having a beer. Oh, also, she can fly like a bird. P cool chick.

An Oral History of All the Tabs I Have Open

— Sarah Zhang (@sarahzhang) March 11, 2014


Ashley Feinberg, Staff Writer

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Due to obvious conflict of interest, Eric Limer has graciously provided the following.

Second only to Nick Stango, Ashley makes the funniest Twitter of anyone on the team. Most of the time. One time she had a tweet blow up and she almost crumbled under the pressure. Her life-long struggle—aside from Candy Crush addiction—is hearing "Ashley" when people say "Actually." I’d show you her favorite GIF but I don’t want anyone to get fired. It involves Justin Bieber and something vaguely cylindrical in shape.

I just accidentally texted my landlord and asked him what he did last night how’s your Sunday going

— Ashley Feinberg (@ashfein) September 14, 2014


Bob Sorokanich, Staff Writer

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Meet Dr. Bob. Bob’s not really a doctor, but he did go through a whole year of medical school, which is more than we can say for ourselves. In addition to answering all of our inane, paranoia-fueled medical inquiries, Bob also enjoys cars. And talking about cars. And writing about cars. Bob likes cars.

"Yeah it’s really divey, you’ll love it" -girl on phone, outside a bar that opened in 2013.

— Robert Sorokanich (@RSorokanich) August 27, 2014


Kate Knibbs, Staff Writer

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Kate’s another new face on the team, this time coming to us from The Daily Dot, where she covered all things social media and she put together an
astoundingly thorough history of the ‘Mmm Watcha Say’ meme. She also tells a hell of a good douchebag story.

i got my bigass phone and my lil kooky watch and my infinity scarf and im ready to get my tap on

— Kate Knibbs (@KateKnibbs) September 9, 2014


Darren Orf, Staff Writer

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Darren made his way over to Giz after a stint at Pop Mech, where he’d been running most of their online consumer gadget coverage (think laptop and smartphone reviews, Google I/O coverage, and other supa fun nerd stuff). Darren’s our lead smartphone eye over here in NYC, and he knows how to spot a news story like nobody’s business.

I would like to sue myself for negligence.

— Darren Orf (@darrenthewalrus) July 18, 2014


Jesus Diaz, Editor (Sploid)

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There’s no bigger NASA fanboy in all the land than Jesus Diaz. The knowledge and talent that he brings to the table are staggering. He’ll drop an idea for a story on us and two minutes later turn up with a breathtaking photoshop or illustration. It seems like everything he touches turns to gold, and no one but no one hates Nazis the way he does.

Generally speaking, people are imbeciles.

— Jesus Diaz (@jesusdiaz) July 24, 2014


Casey Chan, Staff Writer (Sploid)

How to Stalk the Gizmodo Staff on Twitter

Casey Chan is one of our intrepid young Sploid-men and has also refused to accept my Facebook friend request for two years and counting. Over the past three days, Casey has entered our group chats using the following as greetings: "haylav," "washawasha," and "shawap." At least we think they’re greetings—they could just be a prolonged series of tiny strokes! It’s hard to know since Casey lives in LA. Only time will tell.

how do androiders look at emojis that look like rancid yellow piss slug poop without vomiting

— caseychan (@caseychan) March 12, 2014


Michael Hession, Senior Video/Photo Editor

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Michael—or "Hesh" as we call him—is the one behind the camera bringing you awesome footage of lifeless hover boards, malicious furbies, and every gadget under the sun. Hesh also has the best opinions—on everything. Don’t try to fight it, he’ll win. Just let the Heshpinion be.

breaking: every abandoned thing in the world has been photographed. you can stop now.

— Michael Hession (@michaelhesh) August 25, 2014


Nicholas Stango, Assistant Video/Photo Editor

How to Stalk the Gizmodo Staff on Twitter

Nick is our resident Windows fanboy and
isn’t afraid to show it. He’s also a fantastic photographer and nearly impossible to catch without a camera strapped to his neck… or dropping Emma Watson GIFs in our group chat. But he stood in line at 6am one day to buy cronuts for the team, so we love him anyway.

SUM 41S MAGIC WORKED AGAIN

— Nicholas Stango (@nstango) July 11, 2014


Brent Rose, Contributor

How to Stalk the Gizmodo Staff on Twitter

Brent has a multiple personality disorder. Not kidding. He’s also our resident Yam enthusiast.Plus, he’s done some awesome reporting from places like NASA, San Quentin, and the World Penis Pump Acceptance Institute.

In Chicago. Not even a slight breeze. I’m tired of all the lies.

— Brent Rose (@brentrose) September 4, 2014


Wes Siler, Indefinitely Wild

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Follow him to see photos and videos of some of the most incredible places in the world without ever have to leave the comfort of the c a s c a d e.

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Interview: Red Hat’s acquisition of eNovance: What it means for the OpenStack community

Interview: Red Hat's acquisition of eNovance: What it means for the OpenStack community

In June of 2014, Red Hat acquired OpenStack pioneer eNovance to help bolster its global OpenStack portfolio. TechRadar Pro sat down with Raphaël Ferreira, CEO and co-founder of eNovance, to discuss what that means for both companies and the OpenStack community at large.

TechRadar Pro: eNovance has recently become part of the Red Hat family. While many of our readers who follow the cloud and OpenStack space are familiar with you, others may not have a full grasp of eNovance’s history and contributions to the OpenStack movement. Can you give us a quick overview and background on the company?

Raphaël Ferreira: eNovance helps enterprises, ISPs, and telecommunications providers deploy cloud infrastructures quickly and cost-effectively, along with managing a large variety of web applications on public clouds.

Over the past four years, we’ve become known as a customer-driven company and our commitment to the OpenStack platform has enabled us to customise cloud architectures specifically adapted to meet our customer’s needs – whether private or public.

TRP: Why did you choose OpenStack as your core cloud building technology?

RF: We started to build the company around open source technology, and the more we got involved with the project, the more evident it became to us that it was a great solution for most IT challenges. It was at this point that we became fully committed as a company in driving the adoption of OpenStack as a cloud computing platform. With OpenStack we are able to provide continuous deployment, integration and management support.

TRP: What are some of the milestones reached by eNovance?

RF: We have helped cloud service providers to launch profitable cloud offerings. Our customer base has grown to more than 150 companies globally, all of whom are powering their businesses with cutting-edge cloud deployments.

In the fall of 2013, we began our partnership with Red Hat delivering OpenStack integration services to joint customers, and in June of 2014, we were acquired by Red Hat driving stronger "carrier-grade" features into OpenStack.

TRP: How does eNovance and Red Hat fit together? What are some of the synergies that made this a good fit on both sides?

RF: As enterprise interest in OpenStack continues to grow, so does the need for specialised cloud services. eNovance has traditionally been known as a leader in OpenStack services for the enterprise, and will immediately add a very deep expertise in OpenStack technologies to a growing core of OpenStack capabilities within Red Hat. Our success in Europe also represents a rapid and immediate global expansion of Red Hat’s OpenStack services capabilities.

TRP: With the growth of OpenStack products on the market, how does eNovance’s offering stand out?

RF: One of eNovance’s key differentiators has always been the way we deliver OpenStack. Our viewpoint is that Openstack is not a finished product, and should be delivered in real-time based on individual use cases. For those customers wishing to port their workloads onto OpenStack, it is important that they work with a vendor that allows their workloads to scale both when and wherever they’re needed.

With eNovance now under the Red Hat umbrella, we will be able to offer our customers not only a world-class OpenStack product offering, but also the integrated core advisory and implementation services that allows them to take full advantage of OpenStack the way it was originally meant to be delivered and optimised.

TRP: Could you give us some background on OpenStack and the platform’s momentum?

RF: Considering that OpenStack has just celebrated its fourth anniversary, it is amazing to see the progress that this technology has made, and the maturity of the solution as it stands today. In their latest market research report from August 2014, analysts at 451 Research project that revenue for OpenStack business models will exceed $1.7 billion (around £1.05 billion, AU$1.9 billion) by 2016.

There’s also been an explosion of vendors, and it’s a "high-tide raises all boats" scenario. The sheer mass of contributors will help the technology continue to grow and expand in ways that no one person or company could ever envision. And the quality of both the contributors, and their contributions, has likewise been remarkable. In May there were more than 4,500 OpenStack developers in Atlanta for the OpenStack Summit, and the Paris event in November is expected to be even larger.

It took Linux nearly a decade to achieve this level of mainstream adoption. The development cycle for OpenStack is incredibly fast – consider that the ninth software release, Icehouse, came out in April to great reviews. And already the design summit for the next release, Juno (OpenStack releases are named alphabetically, like hurricanes), was held in Atlanta in May, with a release scheduled for October!

TRP: How has eNovance and the OpenStack landscape in Europe changed over the past few years?

RF: eNovance has been at the forefront of the OpenStack movement – acting as one of the top ten contributors to the initiative – and is a European Gold Member company of the OpenStack Foundation. Choosing the OpenStack platform was initially a way for us to distinguish ourselves from traditional hosting companies, and the rapid growth and adoption of the technology has proven that was the correct decision.

Choosing OpenStack has enabled a smaller company like us to provide tier-one managed services on open source clouds that rival the largest providers, all the while providing customised solutions and the best customer service possible.

With regards to OpenStack in Europe, the market was lagging until just recently when the gap between adoption of OpenStack and cloud services in general has begun to close on a yearly, monthly and even daily basis in some cases. The main reason for this is the shift in the way customers are consuming and CIOs are delivering IT to their organisations.

We’ve seen a large number of European companies including big telcos and major service providers reshape their application strategies and embrace the development philosophy favoured by the OpenStack community, moving away from the more traditional waterfall approach to a more agile methodology.

With shadow IT and data privacy becoming a much bigger problem, and as more and more customers redesign their mission critical applications to better leverage resources in the cloud, we expect demand for on-premise, off-premise and hybrid clouds to continue to grow at a rapid pace across all of Europe over the next six to twelve months.

TRP: Put on your prognosticator’s hat for a minute. What do you see as the future of OpenStack?

RF: Implementations and installations in both the US and EU have continued to expand. Krishnan Subramaniam (director, OpenShift strategy, Red Hat) has compared OpenStack today to Amazon in 2008. OpenStack is now enterprise-ready with stable, reliable versions, and that, combined with the support and certified solutions available from the OpenStack ecosystem, will lead to further adoption of OpenStack in the enterprise.

Red Hat has been at the forefront of OpenStack, both in the community and in the enterprise. We just announced Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5 with expanded lifecycle support, and our OpenStack ecosystem – the industry’s largest, focused on commercial deployments – continues to grow. Dozens of proof-of-concept deployments are underway for Red Hat’s OpenStack offerings, with customers around the world now moving to enterprise deployments. It’s an exciting time as OpenStack moves into the enterprise.

Today, we are seeing the "hybrid-first" cloud strategy as a necessary step in enterprise adoption and its ultimate success. Our enterprise customers need to be able to leverage their investments in their private cloud and complement it with the flexibility and variable cost structure of public clouds.

Another area we see growth is within the public sector, financial or other highly regulated arenas where security is paramount. Efficiency will drive them to the cloud, but privacy and compliance needs will push the public sector and financial industries to OpenStack to keep their most confidential data secure.

About Raphaël Ferreira

Raphaël founded eNovance in 2008. He is a member of the OpenCloudware project, and was named 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by EY.com and L’Express, for building and leading a successful and dynamic business.



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Businesses urged to snap up £3,000 government grants to boost broadband

Businesses urged to snap up £3,000 government grants to boost broadband

The UK government is urging businesses to apply for grants worth up to £3,000 to improve broadband speeds and connectivity as part of its "Connection Vouchers" scheme.

They are being supplied in the form of a voucher to help firms cover the costs of installing and running fibre-optic connections.

The scheme is available to businesses in 22 cities around the UK, which have until March 2015 to apply.

In a statement, Whitehall said that the grants are being issued to help cities create and attract new jobs and investment, and that almost 3,000 UK businesses have received grants to date.

The funding comes as part of the £150 million set aside by the Government as part of its ‘SuperConnected Cities’ programme, which is being managed by BDUK, a division within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The programme is running side-by-side with the Government’s roll out of fibre-optic broadband to rural parts of the country, which has reached more than 1 million homes to date and aims to cover 95% of UK areas by 2017.

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said: "We want to make sure that small businesses have the help and support they need to grow and prosper in our digital age. That is why we are providing these grants to help small businesses meet their challenges.

"I urge all eligible small businesses to apply straight away and help boost their businesses with faster broadband."


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