In its march to support all the relevant cloud platforms, Cloud Munch adds the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service to a list that includes AWS and OpenStack IaaS platforms. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show we talk about Platform as a Service which depending, on who you believe, is a dying breed or a boom town. Read more »
Parts of the Lotus team’s F1 cars are printed using a 3D printer, and each car has more than 300 sensors generating 25 MB of data. Read more »
Rackspace just made auto scaling generally available for its public cloud. Auto scale, as the name implies, ramps cloud capacity up and down as needed. Some might be surprised that this is the first time Rackspace made this important feature generally available — Amazon Web Services has had it for a few years.
Hundreds of Amazon partners came to the desert to bask in the reflected glow of the cloud giant. Publicly, they love AWS; privately they worry that it’ll end up eating their lunch. Read more »
LG’s Smart TVs may be reporting a tad too much information back to the company’s servers, according to a detailed and convincing post by British blogger “DoctorBeet”. Apparently in the name of targeted advertising, it appears some of the sets are monitoring not only what channels are being watched (even when told not to), but also details of files stored on external hard drives hooked up to the TV. And here comes the really dumb bit: they’re sending that data back to LG’s servers sans encryption. I’m awaiting comment from LG.
It looks like Tier 3 and its investors got a pretty rich payday when they sold the company to CenturyLink. A Bloomberg report puts the purchase price at $200 million for the 7-year-old, 60-person company. Tier 3 would not comment on the report. Tier 3 investors include Intel Capital, Madrona Venture Group and Ignition Capital.
Private PaaS pioneer Apprenda will use its new funding to expand into Europe and build strategic partnerships with other vendors. Read more »
Dropbox acquired computer vision startup Anchovi Labs and its Ph.D. founders in September 2012 to very little fanfare. But the skillset they bring could be integral as Dropbox seeks to grow into a platform and competitors like Google and Yahoo beef up their image-recognition capabilities. Read more »
This is a good blog post from Gartner analyst Alessandro Perilli about some of the problems facing vendors selling OpenStack as private-cloud software. You should read it. My two cents: If OpenStack vendors really are at a loss for how to describe their products, perhaps they should look at how the Hadoop market has been able to (seemingly) thrive thanks to a strong community and clear product visions among the vendors involved, beyond the open source code.
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates got a little emotional discussing the contributions of out-going CEO Steve Ballmer at Tuesday’s shareholder meeting. Read more »
You didn’t think all the research Microsoft has done around deep learning was just for show, did you? The company’s deep learning models are now powering voice commands on the Xbox One platform, thanks to a direct connection to Bing. Read more »
Salesforce.com runs on top of Oracle databases and middleware and (maybe) some Oracle hardware. Now it’s bringing Oracle archrival into the tent. Read more »
Since buying Heroku three years ago, Salesforce.com has been balancing it with Force.com. Now it’s betting a Salesforce-focused edition of Heroku will help sort things out. Read more »
As Norway becomes the latest European country to be dragged into the surveillance scandal, it’s worth running through the revelations we’ve seen thus far. Read more »
Many organizations move to the cloud hoping to improve the performance of their applications by scaling faster and cheaper. However, most Platform-as-a-Service vendors offer limited performance-monitoring capabilities, which can make it difficult to assess performance and triage problems when they arise. Read more »
Tier 3 brings enterprise-friendly management, a well-regarded IaaS and a PaaS with it to become the new CenturyLink Cloud. Read more »
HP released a new version of its Vertica database than easily connects with other systems to bring in unstructured data. It’s a big update for a database based on analytic SQL workloads but that needs to find a way to play with today’s data formats. Read more »
Intel is using big data to improve everything from manufacturing efficiency to sales, and is increasingly looking toward technologies such as Hadoop and machine learning to create new opportunities. Read more »
The CRM kingpin’s acquisition binge continues with the buyout of cloudconnect, a startup founded by Adam Gross, a respected former Salesforce.com exec. Read more »
Anyone wondering how Amazon Web Services is able to roll out so many new features to its cloud platform each year might just want to read the new biography on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, whose management style touches everything within the company. Read more »
Postgres and MySQL are both open source databases, but MySQL is owned by Oracle. So why is it cheaper than Postgres on Amazon’s RDS? Read more »
What does a national cloud look like? In France’s case, it looks like two fairly similar ventures — one based on OpenStack and the other soon to follow in its footsteps. Does this approach make sense? Read more »
Companies that rent out data center floor space to companies are seeing their business boom as more services move to the cloud. Yet, not all markets or players are created equal. Read more »
Apple’s two solar farms and one fuel cell farm near its data center in North Carolina are now all live and generating power. The projects are unprecedented in the industry and have helped usher in real change. Read more »
Company plans to use new-found money to boost the sales of its OmniCube multi-purpose data center appliance five-fold in 2014. Read more »
CRM software giant wants more third-party applications to be sold and delivered by its own development and distribution platform. This could get interesting. Read more »
It was pretty much all Amazon all the time last week, although Pivotal, IBM, and Apcera shoehorned some news in as well. Read more »
Derek Collison, who left VMware’s Cloud Foundry effort to start Apcera, has been mum on details on his startup. Until now. The goal is a policy-aware platform that even IT pros can love. Oh, and it will compete with Cloud Foundry. Read more »
Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe dives deep into the economic and innovative benefits of running massive scientific workloads in the cloud. When researchers aren’t constrained by the systems the can afford, they can ask bigger questions and get better results. Read more »
This post from the New York Times‘ Open blog talks about the architecture and algorithms underpinning its content-personalization engine. Its experience speaks to some larger trends around companies moving from batch to stream processing and to cloud services overall. The Times’ recommendation engine used to rely on MapReduce jobs that ran every 15 minutes, but now relies on a homegrown real-time system. It used to run on Cassandra, but now runs on Amazon’s DynamoDB service.
Automattic resets WordPress VIP user passwords that were caught up in the Adobe security breach. Read more »
It looks like privately-held Dell is still backing Project Sputnik, a set of developer-oriented laptops configured with Ubuntu Linux. These laptops are Dell’s attempt to win back open-source oriented web developers that drifted from PCs to Macs but probably hate the whole iOS walled garden. Dell also said it is working with Docker to improve the Project Sputnik offerings.
Amazon Web Services revenues may hit $30 billion within the decade, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Scott Devitt. Read more »
Amazon Web Services desktop virtualization, real-time data streaming, and RDB Postgres support news stole the show, but there was a lot else going on at AWS re:Invent. Here are my highlights. Read more »
Amazon Web Services VP and Distinguished Engineer James Hamilton explained during a session at the AWS re:Invent conference how the cloud provider keeps costs as low as possible and innovation as high as possible. It’s all about being the master of your infrastructure. Read more »
It was a good day for anyone invested in the greater NoSQL market, as Riak creator Basho and Couchcase both announced big customers wins. Basho highlighted The Weather Company, which is running and replicating Riak across multiple global data centers, while travel-industry technology provider Amadeus is working with Couchbase to deploy that database across its customer-facing applications. It’s good news for the NoSQL space because any large companies choosing databases other than MongoDB is validation that they matter and a sign they’ll be around for a while.
Now Rackspace is positioning itself based on performance, not support. Which is a big shift for a company that’s touted fanatical support since it’s birth. Read more »
Amazon Kinesis is a new service for capturing and processing streaming data, and it’s also about the only thing of its ilk available as a cloud service. Will other cloud providers ever catch up with AWS? Read more »
DynamoDB and other NoSQL databases could make very good use of new mega I2 EC2 instances, says Amazon’s Werner Vogels. Read more »