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Conventional wisdom suggests buying into the convenience and performance of converged infrastructure means buying into the dreaded vendor lock-in problem. As it turns out, however, that doesn’t have to be the case — Dell and Egenera are two players leading the charge for open converged infrastructure. Read more »

Commercial Hadoop startup Karmasphere today released the results of a survey of 102 Hadoop developers regarding adoption, use and future plans. The results provide some interesting insights into how Hadoop grows within organizations and underscore its status as an extremely valuable, but none-too-simple analytics tool. Read more »

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We came back from the holiday weekend to a lot of predictions about the future of infrastructure and cloud opportunities, including a prediction on data warehousing being the next hot trend in storage, the latest version of Gartner’s cloud hype cycle and how Hurd-gate will impact Oracle. Read more »

Heading into the Labor Day weekend our reading list offers up stories on IBM’s prescient storage moves, whether or not the age of platforms as a service is over, yet another NoSQL commercialization startup and an overview of how Citrix sees the cloud. Enjoy. Read more »

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VMworld is still going on but we’re going to let some other news into the roundup today with a few stories about the future of data centers and job opportunities in the cloud. There’s also a post on the difficulties of choosing between scaling out vs. up. Read more »

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “V.” With everyone who’s anyone hanging out in San Francisco for VMworld, we’re taking any of those left behind there virtually with our links. So read on for Project Redwood, a new platform and some case studies. Read more »

In today’s cloud news we’re tackling the Large Hadron Collider and its petabytes of data as well as the importance of knowing where your apps will eventually run with so many diverse client devices out there. HP is also attempting another cloud play. Read more »

Did you know that led by VMWare Cloud Computing stocks are flying high on stock market? Netezza is blowing the doors with its financial performance and Juniper is streamlining the content delivery business. And CSC is serious about enterprise-grade cloud services. Read more »

Still wondering if cloud computing is the real deal, if it will find its way to a data center near you? Whether they’re buying, building or buddying up, vendors are surrounding their core competencies with everything they’ll need to compete in an increasingly integrated IT market. Read more »

What you need to know about NoSQL databases. Dell’s desire to to go for infrastructure gold. What does Hadron collider have to do with CouchDB, and HP is buying Stratavia. Plus with virtualization features, ARM is showing it is serious about servers. Read more »

Apparently, RedHat now has a cloud strategy and it is based around portability. Facebook isn’t using ARM chips in servers and startup 6Fusion got $3 million in new funding + Internet’s growth pushed server sales up by 11 percent in Q2 2010. Read more »

What a day for the Cloud news. Facebook is used ARM-chip based servers, Vyatta is pushing the envelope on virtualization and Microsoft has just come up with a new CPU/GPU chip. Plus scalable key-vaule database, Project Hydracus and Cloupia, which wants to manage many clouds. Read more »

Anticipated new products should advance VMware’s already-aggressive strategy to transition its dominant virtualization market share position into a full-scale takeover of the cloud. But with formidable competition on its heels, whether or not VMware can capitalize on its large footprint remains to be seen. Read more »

The cloud industry is as hot as the month of August. New financings to a bidding war for a storage company, the insiders are busy as beavers. In addition, Hadoop has been gaining more momentum. Plus a thoughtful article about the cost of cloud and co-locations. Read more »

Hadoop, the big data analytics software is so hot right now. Heck anything big data is so hot right now. Today’s links offer insights to Hadoop alternatives, how to use Hadoop and an endorsement of Microsoft’s platform as a service strategy. Read more »

As the days of summer wane, the news is a bit light, but Intel’s beefed up Atom chips for storage and a positive technical review for Northscale are among the blogs we found interesting today. It’s hardly beach reading, but dive on in. Read more »

Some argue that storage vendors are better off focusing their sales and marketing efforts on internal clouds rather than on public clouds. Essentially, the argument goes, vendors are feeding delivery model that ultimately hopes to steal their sales. This concern applies equally to server vendors, and that the long-term solution is investing in a hybrid strategy or getting into the software racket. Read more »

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True or not, stories like Eli Lilly dumping Amazon Web Services will become more common as large enterprises think about moving more workloads to the cloud. What’s not so certain is whether cloud computing providers will budge. Read more »

I’m all for openness, but as I discuss in my weekly column at GigaOM Pro, it’s do not too difficult to play devil’s advocate and make the case that open source cloud platform OpenStack won’t create true rivals for leading cloud providers or cloud software vendors. Read more »

Commercial Hadoop champion Cloudera is building a connector to enable movement of data between Netezza’s data warehousing appliance and Cloudera’s Hadoop clusters. It’s just the latest instance of an analytics vendor integrating Hadoop support, and further evidence that Hadoop has legs as a commercial technology. Read more »

A few months ago, I posited that additional funding for Cloudera and Karmasphere signifies a large market opportunity for solutions that utilize the open-source analytics tool Hadoop. From the news generated this week by Yahoo’s third annual Hadoop Summit, my beliefs of this have only been affirmed. Read more »

Hadoop creator and champion Yahoo is taking advantage of its annual Hadoop Summit today by rolling out some new features for its open-source Hadoop distribution. The new features tackle security and workflow management, which Yahoo hopes will help Hadoop continue its proliferation among mainstream users. Read more »

CloudSwitch today launched the commercial version of its flagship product to help enterprise customers seamlessly move applications into the cloud. The startup claims that using it, applications from stack components to security protocols run in the cloud just as they do within the data center. Read more »

Selling cloud computing to established businesses is no easy feat. They understand the potential benefits, but they’ve just spent years on virtualization efforts, and they have their own specific problems that aren’t easily addressed by one-size-fits-all cloud offerings. As a result, many cloud companies are turning to channel partners to remedy these sales obstacles. Read more »

If you’ve been following the data center hardware space for the past year, you might be under the impression that integrated stacks are the future of IT. But it doesn’t look like customers are buying into the promise of having just one throat to choke. Read more »

I wrote recently that the time may be right for AWS to launch its own PaaS offering, if only to preempt any competitive threat from other providers’ increasingly business-friendly PaaS offerings. The time is indeed right, now that Google has introduced App Engine for Business. Read more »

It’s taken a full year and upward of $700 million in acquisitions, but CA Technologies (yes, it’s a new moniker) finally delivered on its cloud-computing strategy with several major product announcements. With these products, CA has set the bar for how management software must act within cloud-connected organizations. Read more »

The PaaS segment of the cloud computing market is hot. Just look at the ado VMware and Salesforce.com created with their VMforce announcement, or the attention Heroku is attracting with its Ruby-centric service. Could Amazon be the next cloud player to enter this market? Read more »

Organizations going down the private cloud path have some tough decisions to make. Most cloud management solutions are merely works in progress at this point, leaving customers with a Catch-22-like situation. Read more »

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