SODA Foundation improves Open Data Framework

The open source SODA Foundation is moving forward with its efforts to help unify data management with the release of its latest Open Data Framework milestone.

The SODA Foundation was formed in June as the evolution of the Linux Foundation’s OpenSDS (open software-defined storage) project that started in 2016.

The new SODA framework 1.1 release became generally available on September 30 and is code-named Greenland. The new Open Data Framework adds a series of additional data storage locations, including VMware and NetApp systems. Cloud data also gets a boost with file services support for Google Cloud Platform.

SODA is a recursive acronym that stands for SODA Open Data Autonomy.

Kei Kusunoki, manager of storage at NTT Communications, a network and data center vendor in Tokyo, said the SODA Framework update will be helpful for his organization’s data management and access efforts.

NTT’s private and public cloud infrastructure extensively uses VMware and NetApp storage technologies, and having a pre-built connector in the SODA Framework helps with data management tasks such as creating new users and data volume provisioning, Kusunoki noted.

SODA Foundation moving fast 

While the SODA Foundation is a relatively new organization, it has already adopted a rapid release

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Chandrayaan-2 Completes a Year in Moon Orbit, Has Adequate Fuel for 7 Years More: ISRO

India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 completed one year in orbit around the moon on Thursday and all instruments are currently performing well and there is adequate onboard fuel to keep it operational for about seven more years, space agency ISRO said.

Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22, 2019 and inserted into lunar orbit on August 20, exactly one year ago on Thursday.

“Though the soft-landing attempt (of the lander carrying the rover) was not successful, the orbiter, which was equipped with eight scientific instruments, was successfully placed in the lunar orbit. The orbiter completed more than 4,400 orbits around the Moon and all the instruments are currently performing well,” ISRO said.

The agency in a statement said the spacecraft was healthy and the performance of subsystems normal.

“The orbiter is being maintained in 100 +/- 25km polar orbit with periodic orbit maintenance (OM) manoeuvres. So far, 17 OMs are carried out since achieving 100km lunar orbit on September 24, 2019. There is adequate onboard fuel to remain operational for about seven years,” it added.

Chandrayaan-2 mission was India’s first attempt to make a soft landing of a rover on the uncharted South Pole of the lunar surface. However, the

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Microsoft’s “virtual commute” elicits mixed responses

While many do not miss traffic and crowded commutes, many said the new Microsoft Teams feature would help separate them from work.

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Last month during a Microsoft Ignite IT pro show, Microsoft announced that it was adding a new feature to Microsoft Teams called “virtual commute,” which will allow users to schedule time at the beginning and end of each work day for reflection and goal-setting. 

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft 365 general manager Kamal Janardhan, explained that the company wanted to do more to promote well-being and had “a role, almost a responsibility, to give enterprises the capabilities to create these better daily structures and help people be their best.”

Janardhan went on to say that with virtual commute, people will be able to better manage their work hours and set strict limits on when they should start and stop working, noting that Microsoft has found that of all the chats taking place on Teams, half were occurring between 5 pm and midnight, a nearly 50% increase compared to the months before the coronavirus pandemic fully started. 

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The feature, which is still being worked on, will

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