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Hitachi Data Systems has sharpened its focus on "Big Data Clouds" with today's announcement of the latest version of its Hitachi Content Platform and a new product called the Hitachi Data Ingestor.  Together, they can be used by cloud service providers and distributed IT organizations to make easier, cheaper and safer to but large amounts of data, especially unstructured content, into the cloud. The Hitachi Content Platform is one big honkin' object store that can hold as much as 40 petabytes (1024 terabytes) of both structured and unstructured data per physical cluster, presented to both users and applications with a single, unified object view.   The HCP employs what the company calls "intelligent object" that can, "manage themselves given certain conditions" and eliminate the need for a "master control program" It includes a number of features for cloud service p... (more)

Google Cloud Client Almost Here

The rumors are approaching consensus that a pair of new netbooks running the Google Chrome OS may/will be available early in the New Year.  The details of the specs and marketing plans are still a bit vague, but we do know that they will run the Chrome OS, which is best imagined as the Chrome web browser and the Linux operating system grafted together. We think that they will be called "Smartbooks".  We have a persistent, unconfirmed notion that they will be Google-branded.  And, we suppose that Google may sell them directly, possibly supplemented by other channels.  After the G... (more)

Shots Across the Data Lake

Range Wars The settling of the American West brought many battles between ranchers and farmers over access to water. The farmers claimed land near the water and fenced it to protect their crops. But the farmers' fences blocked the ranchers' cattle from reaching the water. Fences were cut; shots were fired; it got ugly. About a century later, with the first tech land rush of the late1980s and early '90s - before the Web - came battles between those who wanted software and data to be centrally controlled on corporate servers and those who wanted it to be distributed to workers' de... (more)

Why Adobe AIR Is Not Google Gears, Prism, JavaFX or Silverlight

Adobe’s release last week of its AIR 1.0 (Adobe Integrated Runtime) cross-platform platform got plenty of ink. Much of it missed the point. And that’s understandable, given that we are tumbling into the next generation of everything all at once right now – SaaS and SOA, Web 2.0, Blu-ray, cellular streaming, and on and on – like a tornado crossing a junkyard. It’s one of those times when it’s hard to keep things straight. So Adobe’s AIR announcement roiled the swamp and raised the themes of rich Internet applications, offline Internet applications, and cross-platform runtimes in a... (more)

Nexaweb Wants To Put Your Legacy Apps In The Cloud

Remember the days of "client/server" computing?  Back when you did your job in your office at your desk, using a big, clunky desktop computer that was connected to a room full of big, clunky server computers somewhere in the building or the office park.  If you even had a cell phone, it was also big and clunky and only did voice calls.  The internet was for email and the web was little more than an electronic magazine.  Back then, "SaaS" was spelled differently and it was something you didn't want your kids to do, "clouds" were a game day worry, and there was no such thing as an ... (more)