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In the Old West, farmers and ranchers fought range wars over water access. Now, Big Data is the new Water and there is growing tension between Business Intelligence farmers and Data Science ranchers over how the new data lake should be managed and used. SoMoClo (social, mobile, cloud)...
The Hadoop hype machine is in high gear and the distributed batch processing software framework is a great solution to many Big Data problems. But it is also the wrong tool for many other jobs, especially interactive analytics. See what Hadoop is and isn't good for.
A few months back, in a story mostly about Microsoft’s complicated relationship with the Russian government and its seemingly dualistic role in the ongoing suppression of various free speech and human rights organizations, we also surfaced contemporaneous reports in the Russian languag...
KT, né Korea Telecom, has launched a public cloud that beats Amazon Web Service on price and performance. Additional performance testing also shows that the new service, called ucloud Compute Service (ucloud CS) also beat Rackspace, GoGrid, and Terremark on a number of benchmark tests...
Vivek Kundra, the CIO of the United States, is getting down to business on the “Cloud First” initiative that was announced by the OMB a few weeks back. He’s been showing a snappy slide deck around town in DC the past few days that will probably affect different people in very differen...
This week, stalwart packaged applications software vendor Adobe announced the availability of its Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure. It’s a move that should be good for both companies but one that also raises a few questions.
Today Datapipe put out one of those “the way we see it” releases that I typically ignore because they are usually empty self-promotion devoid of news, data, or insight. You know the ones I am talking about - “Acme Technowidgets Predicts Cloud Adoption Will Continue in 2011”. But, thi...
Amazon Web Services has announced the beta availability of new mobile software development kits for the Android and iOS platforms. It was previously possible to write apps for those devices that could work with the Amazon cloud, but it wasn’t easy. Now, though, developers can call AW...
Wyse Technology, the PC maker turned thin-client specialist has produced a surprising app for mobile devices that far exceeds its tepid market introduction. If you need to access your PC or Mac from your iPhone/Pod/Pad or Android smartphone or tablet, look no further than PocketCloud....
In a lightning-fast response to recent and pending actions by the US Government cracking down on several different kinds of Internet activity by seizing perpetrators’ Internet domains, a group calling itself Dot-P2P has formed to develop and promulgate an alternative domain name system...
In a lightning-fast response to recent and pending actions by the US Government cracking down on several different kinds of Internet activity by seizing perpetrators’ Internet domains, a group calling itself Dot-P2P has formed to develop and promulgate an alternative domain name system...
In a lightning-fast response to recent and pending actions by the US Government cracking down on several different kinds of Internet activity by seizing perpetrators’ Internet domains, a group calling itself Dot-P2P has formed to develop and promulgate an alternative domain name system...
When the US Government came for file sharing domains, I remained silent; I was not a file sharer. When they shut down Torrent Finder, I remained silent; I was not a Bit Torrent user. When they pressured Amazon to shut down WikiLeaks, I did not speak out; I was not a leaker....
One sure sign that a new technology market is approaching critical mass is when people start fighting over it. I’m not talking about abstract arguments and dialectical debates about meanings and means. I’m talkin’ fisticuffs, mano a mano, the sweet science! And with cloud computing,...
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. We think that they will be c...
There is an exhaustive new study out that should give enormous pause to organizations considering or already using public cloud services, especially for storing data and documents. The research was conducted by The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London...
The Whitehouse Office of Management and Budget has announced that, from now on, cloud computing would be the “default approach to IT” for US government agencies. The move comes as an element of a sweeping set of government IT reforms begun last summer intended to “close the IT gap” be...
Hostway, the venerable managed services, hosting and private cloud provider, has entered the public cloud business with the release of FlexCloud Servers, an “enterprise-grade” offering with an appealing pricing scheme that should make it stand out from growing Hosting 2.0 crowd.
A few days ago, Microsoft published The Economics of the Cloud, a whitepaper that has so far not gotten nearly as much attention or consideration as it deserves. Perhaps this indifference is due to a collective freshman flashback on the dreaded “Econ 101” or, to skepticism about Micro...
This week, managed services provider Datapipe made an important announcement about something they are doing with Amazon Web Services that reminded me of a Zen kōan. That’s a paradox intended to defy logic and to cultivate intuition, like the question, “What is the sound of one hand cl...
Amazon Web Services has announced that they are now ISO 27001-certified. The standard specifies an explicit, auditable information security management system for risk assessment and threat response and AWS’s compliance sends a strong signal to the market about its readiness to handle ...
Calling it a “nuclear-powered bulldozer”, yesterday, Amazon announced and blogged about its newest cloud infrastructure service, the “Cluster GPU Instance”, which delivers supercomputer calculation power for as little as $2.10 per hour. The new instance type employs the same NVIDIA Te...
Two new cloud computing associations launched this month and they are a study in contrasts. The Intel-driven, customer-dominated Open Data Center Alliance aims to pool $50b in IT buying power to drive “vendor-agnostic” requirements for the data center and cloud of the future. They fa...
Through the AWS Blog, Amazon has announced that its CloudFront content delivery service is now in full production with numerous new features, lower prices and a new service level agreement. CloudFront works in conjunction with other Amazon Web Service to enable high speed, low latency...
Mobile location technology provider, Location Labs has announced the availability of its Sparkle Mobile Location and Controls Platform for app developers, carriers, and smartphone manufacturers. The platform combines services for location and movement, data capture, voice and text mon...
This week saw a lot of confused and confusing news about how Symbian has supposedly gotten a badly needed infusion of $31M in cash from the EU and a European R&D combine. Although Symbian still enjoys a large smartphone market share, it is dwindling fast and many of its handset OEMs a...
Until now, e-signature leader DocuSign has been a category leader with remarkable marketing acumen. But, file its latest announcement of the "world's first electronic signature marketplace", under "What Were They Thinking?" Since Apple and Android, the term "app markets" represents a...
The newly-formed Open Data Center Alliance doesn't seem entirely wholesome. Wielding its collective $50B/year IT spending power as an offensive weapon, it aims to dictate the details of the data center of tomorrow to the tech industry, turning IT managers into technology designers and...
6fusion has released V3 of its UC6 platform, a sophisticated set of cloud management tools that allow private and public cloud managers and service providers to meter, manage, and monetize the resources, services and applications on multi-tenant private and public cloud infrastructure....
Hitachi Data Systems has announced a pair of new offerings to simplify and accelerate cloud adoption by distributed IT organizations and IT service providers. The Hitachi Content Platform v4 for "content-focused" storage can hold up to 40 petabytes and brings simplified and automated ...
Recent research has shown how the growth of SaaS applications in the cloud is starting to take its toll on packaged and licensed software applications. In addition to that, though, if we factor in the effects of piracy, shelfware and open source, and their interplay with the global so...
Microsoft's Office 365 announcement yesterday made it unclear how big a role service providers might play in the Microsoft cloud ecosystem. One executive said provider partners, like telcos and hosting services, are essential to the reliability and functional richness they can add to ...
Nexaweb is a company with a unique combination of software, skills, methodology, and moxie that claims they can convert just about any legacy client/server application into a rich cloud app and they can do it for a fixed price on a fixed schedule. They have racked up some impressive n...
IBM is poised to become a change agent in public cloud services by enabling telecom companies to rapidly and easily roll out new "as a service" offerings to companies of all sizes, especially big ones. This week, the company announced the availability of the IBM Cloud Service Provider...
The private cloud enables elastic computing but the public cloud enables the elastic enterprise, a new business model where IT is resource that is shared with partners and customers. It can create new business processes that have greater richness, flexibility, and efficiency than thos...
There are lots of different cloud-based document management services already out there, and virtually all of them force customers to store documents in the cloud and tightly couple storage with management and access functions into web-based applications. This approach is fine for some...
Novell paid Harris Interact to survey enterprise IT decision makers about cloud computing so as to make a case for its new private cloud management products. Not surprisingly, the public cloud comes out smelling a bit musty and the survey design a bit off for it. Nevertheless, even w...
India-based telecom giant Tata Communications, a world-wide provider of network connectivity and data center services, has set its sights on the cloud. Yesterday, the company announced the launch of InstaCompute, an IaaS offering running on Dell equipment for on-demand computing and s...
Once again, Larry Ellison is being misconstrued, even though he couldn't be any clearer. It happens all the time. He said he was buying Sun in part for the Sparc microprocessor, but lots of folks just didn't believe it. Now, he said that Oracle would be buying some chip companies, a...
In his keynote address at the NetEvents Press Summit in Istanbul, Brocade CMO John McHugh pulled a major "Debbie Downer," decrying the immediacy of cloud computing and calling it "overhyped". He further predicted that true utility computing is "probably 10 or more years away" and coun...