Cloud Native Computing Foundation Accepts Prometheus as Second Hosted Project

Foundation furthers new computing paradigm with microservices-oriented monitoring system

SAN FRANCISCO — May 9, 2016 – The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, ​a Linux Foundation organization dedicated to advancing the development of cloud native technologies, today announced that Prometheus has been accepted by the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) as an incubated project. An open source monitoring system and alerting toolkit, Prometheus helps companies with metrics and monitoring as they shift toward a cloud native computing world.

More and more companies are moving to cloud computing and cloud native environments, but that process can be complex and distributed. By bringing together technologies like Kubernetes, which CNCF also hosts, and Prometheus, the organization is trying to alleviate scalability and efficiency challenges to allow all companies to run their infrastructure in a consistent cloud-native way.

“The Cloud Native Computing Foundation is excited to host Prometheus as our second open source software project. A modern monitoring and analysis toolkit like Prometheus is a key part of the new cloud native paradigm,” said Alexis Richardson, TOC chair, Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “The TOC is looking forward to working with the project leads to help Prometheus build on its success, with infrastructure, guidance, and marketing support.”

Prometheus was created to monitor microservices-oriented, containerized dynamic environments. It is an open source time series and metrics tool inspired by Google’s internal monitoring tools (Borgmon). Prometheus features a diverse and growing contributor community. From starting at SoundCloud, it has been adopted by many companies such as Digital Ocean, Ericsson, CoreOS, Weaveworks, Red Hat, Google and more.

“Prometheus is community-driven with an active and growing group of developers from many companies contributing to the large project and Prometheus ecosystem. Being part of the CNCF gives users, especially new ones, a vote of confidence that Prometheus plays an an important role in modern infrastructure stacks,” said Julius Volz, developer from the Prometheus project. “The Prometheus community is looking forward to putting the project on a more formal footing with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to foster growth of its ecosystem.”


Figure 1: Prometheus Architecture

Prometheus integrates with CNCF’s first hosted project, Kubernetes, to support service discovery and monitoring of dynamically scheduled services. Kubernetes also supports Prometheus natively.

“Adding Prometheus to our project portfolio is another big milestone for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation,” said Chris Aniszczyk, interim executive director of Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “We are bringing together successful projects to create a blueprint for what an effective cloud native architecture should include to maximize interoperability. As a broad industry-backed foundation, CNCF is in a great position to create and drive the adoption of a new set of common cloud native technologies.”

PrometheusDay, co-located with CloudNativeCon

Hosted by CNCF and co-located with CloudNativeCon, PrometheusDay will feature highly technical talks covering major Prometheus adopters, leading expert contributor insights, and a full range of technologies that support open source monitoring technology in the cloud native ecosystem. Registration for CloudNativeCon, Nov. 8-9 in Seattle, includes complimentary attendance at PrometheusDay. Developers, members and industry experts are invited to submit a speaking proposal for CloudNativeCon and PrometheusDay.

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About Cloud Native Computing Foundation

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the development of cloud native applications and services by creating a new set of common container technologies informed by technical merit and end user value, and inspired by Internet-scale computing. As a shared industry effort, CNCF members represent container and cloud technologies, online services, IT services and end user organizations focused on promoting and advancing the state of cloud native computing for the enterprise. For more information about CNCF, please visit:


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Debian Dropping Support For Older CPUs

An anonymous reader shares DistroWatch’s report that the Debian distribution will soon be dropping support for older, 32-bit processors. The Debian project supports a wide range of hardware architectures, including 32-bit x86 CPUs. Changes are happening in Debian’s development branches which will make older versions of the 32-bit architecture obsolete. Ben Hutchings provides the details: “Last year it was decided to increase the minimum CPU features for the i386 architecture to 686-class in the Stretch release cycle. This means dropping support for 586-class and hybrid 586/686 processors. (Support for 486-class processors was dropped, somewhat accidentally, in Squeeze.) This was implemented in the Linux kernel packages starting with Linux 4.3, which was uploaded to Unstable in December last year. In case you missed that change, GCC for i386 has recently been changed to target 686-class processors and is generating code that will crash on other processors. Any such systems still running Testing or Unstable will need to be switched to run Stable (Jessie).”
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Software security suffers as startups lose access to Google’s virus data

(Reuters) – A number of young technology security companies are losing access to the largest collection of industry analysis of computer viruses, a setback industry experts say will increase exposure to hackers.

The policy change at the information-sharing pioneer VirusTotal takes aim mainly at a new generation of security companies, some with valuations of $1 billion or more, that haven’t been contributing their analysis. Older companies, some with market valuations much smaller than the upstart rivals, had pressed for the shift.

Alphabet’s Google runs the VirusTotal database so security professionals can share new examples of suspected malicious software and opinions on the danger they pose. On Wednesday, the 12-year-old service quietly said it would cut off unlimited ratings access to companies that do not share their own evaluations of submitted samples.

Analysts and executives at several companies said the changes will leave some services more likely to mistakenly classify legitimate software as malicious and less able to protect their customers from real threats, at least in the short term.

“If they no longer have access to VirusTotal, their detection scores will drop,” said Andreas Marx, chief executive of security software evaluation firm AV-TEST. With detection rates down, hackers will find easier entry.

Some security companies rely completely on the database, essentially freeloading, said executives on both sides of the divide, and did not want to share their analysis for fear of being found out.

VirusTotal did not name any companies to be cut off. But several people familiar with the matter told Reuters the move would affect high-profile California firms Cylance, Palo Alto Networks and CrowdStrike, as well as some smaller companies.

Cylance said it gave up access to the ratings two weeks ago after deciding not to share its technology. Chief Research Officer Jon Miller said Cylance had not suffered but that others had.

“Many next-generation products are simply not functioning right now,” he said, declining to say which. He said the loss of VirusTotal could help spur the companies to invest in their own innovation to catch viruses.

Asked whether it had been kicked off the service, Palo Alto said only that it had not been relying on the VirusTotal peer determinations and expected “no impact” on customers.

CrowdStrike said it was negotiating with VirusTotal and had not been cut off by Saturday. “We support the mission of VirusTotal and have reached out to them to explore additional ways we can collaborate for the benefit of the entire security community,” the company wrote in an emailed statement, declining to answer further questions.

VirusTotal gets about 400,000 submissions of potentially dangerous files daily, mostly from old-guard antivirus companies like Symantec, Intel and Trend Micro which sit on the most machines.

“It was never meant to enable new companies to use it as a shortcut by silently relying on, and benefitting from, the service without a corresponding investment,” said Trend Micro Chief Technology Officer Raimund Genes, one of many old-line tech executives who pushed for the shift.

Marx of AV-TEST said that some newer companies secretly relied on data supplied by older companies while marketing themselves as a cut above the older technology. “They are using traditional methods, too,” he said.

Some of the newer companies said they do not share their evaluations for competitive reasons. Blanket copying of virus indicators has been an historic grievance at VirusTotal, with at least one victim resorting to sabotage in retaliation, Reuters reported last year.

Others say the way that they detect bad programs is too intensive to integrate with VirusTotal’s current system.

“We were more than willing to work with them, but they didn’t have a way for us,” said Tomer Weingarten, chief executive of SentinelOne, a firm that acknowledges it was cut off from the feed against its will. “This is a step back.”

Weingarten said SentinelOne had added a new data feed to replace VirusTotal and predicted that VirusTotal will become less relevant as companies are excluded.

Through a Google spokeswoman, VirusTotal said it was trying to act in the best interest of the security community and it hoped to help companies integrate their scanners into the VirusTotal platform.

(By Joseph Menn. Editing by Peter Henderson and Mary Milliken)

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Windows 10-based Wi-Fi analyzers: No frills, low cost

We’ve reviewed Wi-Fi stumbler and surveying apps that run on Android, Windows, and Mac OS X devices. These apps allow you to analyze the wireless access points and channels on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands in your network. Now we’re reviewing apps, published as Universal Windows Platform apps on the Microsoft Store, which can run on Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones.

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