China is a hot bed of cloud activity. The latest entrant — China Unicom just launched a full-service OpenStack cloud. Read more »
The former NSA hand, who dominated the headlines with his disclosures on data collection starting in June, continued to hold focus with several interviews on Christmas. Read more »
Under a little known law, Queen Elizabeth II has pardoned Alan Turing, the computer and math whiz who helped break German code. It’s a posthumous move — Turing died nearly 61 years ago. Read more »
Further evidence that hard disk drive storage lives on — Seagate is buying Xyratex, a maker of HDD testing gear, to solidify its supply chain. Read more »
The education cloud is now a hot destination for tech companies: Taiwanese ODM Wistron plans to get its piece of the action, starting with a project in Malaysia next year. Read more »
A top-secret interrogation manual — some call it a torture guide — that the ACLU has been fighting to bring to light, was actually already made public — presumably by mistake – by the FBI agent who helped create it. The agent apparently decided it would be a good idea to copyright the 70-page how-to document. That process requires providing a copy of the document to the copyright office which is where it was discovered by a Mother Jones reporter.
So much for a pre-holiday slump, this week in cloud witnessed a couple huge acquisitions and a major move by U.S. cloud purveyors Amazon and IBM into the potentially huge China market. Read more »
The NSA paid RSA Security $10 million to distribute NSA-designed encryption — crackable by the security agency — with RSA’s BSafe security software, according to Reuters. It had already been reported that RSA, now part of EMC, had distributed the NSA formula as the default setting with BSafe, what’s new is information about the $10 million payment.
Startup Spotscale claims its service — which uses drones, software, 3D printers — will generate photo-realistic models of buildings or landscapes. Read more »
OpenStack’s promise of an open-source cloud infrastructure free of vendor lock-in is big. But difficulties upgrading from one release to the next are a major kink that needs to be worked out before widespread adoption can begin. Read more »
Responsys, a specialist in orchestrating cross-channel marketing, will become part of Oracle’s growing marketing automation effort. The deal is slated to close in the first half of next year. Read more »
New high-IOPS I2 instances suit use with NoSQL databases and other I/O-sensitive applications. AWS announced plans for these instances in November and is delivering them now. Read more »
Brian Jorgenson and Sean Stokke face both civil and criminal charges related to alleged insider trading. Read more »
A growing cadre of Ansible users now have a central site to post and share roles, ask questions, and read reviews. Read more »
IBM is working with the Gwinnett County public schools to test out a system that puts big data and deep learning to work personalizing education for fifth- and sixth-grade math students Read more »
A White House-appointed panel’s recommendation this week that the NSA stop collecting so much phone data will likely not have an impact on the massive data center in Bluffdale, Utah, built to house NSA data. Even if President Obama accepts those findings, which included a recommendation to unplug a database rumored to hold more than 1 trillion phone records, much additional data would still come in, James Bamford, an NSA expert told the Salt Lake Tribune.
This week we dish on the latest in the OpenStack soap opera and further convergence in mobile development platforms. If software is eating the world, is mobile eating software? Read more »
Oracle had another tough quarter in the hardware world but, hey, it could have been worse. Read more »
U.S.-based cloud providers weigh potentially huge market opportunity over risks in moving more cloud services into China. Read more »
For a variety of reasons — political, cultural, and economic — it’s a huge deal that Amazon Web Services is setting up a China-specific region in Beijing. Read more »
MbaaS player Stackmob is taking its mobile talents to Paypal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read more »
The slo-mo executive search for the third CEO in Microsoft’s 30-year history will take some more time, says director John Thompson. Read more »
The Obama administration will name Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene as its point person to fix what ails Healthcare.gov, according to Politico. DelBene, who is president of Microsoft’s Office division. would replace Jeff Zientz, who will move on to be the director of the National Economic Council next year. DelBene has government connections: His wife is freshman Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.).
The CRM leader isn’t saying boo, but if it does adopt OpenStack it could help the open-source cloud gain enterprise credibility, which it still sorely needs. Read more »
Or at least will attempt to know all they can about your needs, wishes, and behavior, according to IBM’s annual (and slightly creepy) 5 in 5 list of technologies it thinks will hit mainstream in 5 years. Read more »
Ok, he might be a bit biased, but Bryce Hoffman, author of American Icon, a book about Alan Mulally’s tenure at Ford, thinks Mulally would be a good pick to lead Microsoft. Here’s why. Read more »
Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a top engineer at Microsoft, is moving on to rival Google, The New York Times reported Sunday. Agüera y Arcas helped develop Bing Maps and the latest version of Photosynth, and worked in augmented reality and wearable technology. Microsoft and Agüera y Arcas confirmed the move to the Times without much comment. Microsoft never likes to lose top talent but has proven particularly touchy when that talent heads to Google.
The week in cloud: Dell, Microsoft, HP trot out a bewildering array of alliances hoping to entrench their respective cloud technologies worldwide. Already entrenched, AWS scrambles to meet demand for new C3 instances. Read more »
Nimble Storage shares closed Friday at just under $34 a share, up nearly 62 percent from the opening day price of $21. On the whole, a pretty good day. Read more »
The Israeli Defense Ministry will use vCloud Enterprise Suite aboard to virtualize IDF data centers in a deal worth “multiple tens of millions of dollars.” Read more »
Qualcomm is promoting its new CEO from within, handing the reins to 20-year executive Steve Mollenkopf, who has headed up Qualcomm’s core semiconductor group and most recently served as COO. Read more »
Gmail users now will actually get and see the images in their messages without all that tiresome clicking. But third-party marketers may not be so cheery. Read more »
A combo of Insightera and Marketo promises more customized e-commerce sites and, hopefully, more paying customers. Read more »
Dell touts new cloud alliances with Microsoft, CenturyLink, Google, Red Hat, Dropbox; hell, pretty much everyone, at DellWorld 2013. Read more »
No kidding. ERP and enterprise applications are very complicated. Even new implementations have to tie into all that old stuff. Here’s one more reminder. Read more »
There’s still a place for relational databases, it’s just that it’s is getting much smaller over time, and that’s a big problem for Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft. So is SAP’s HANA. Tune in this week’s Structure Show. Read more »
Cloud OS network includes OVH.com, T-Systems, and other cloud providers, hosting companies and telcos that can help companies run hybrid Microsoft-based clouds. Read more »
Two shiny new Google data centers are now chugging away in Singapore and Taiwan — but not, as reported, in Hong Kong. Google touted the Taiwan site, located three hours from Taipei in Changhua County, as a model of energy efficiency, using a nighttime cooling and thermal energy storage system.
Even a super-easy-to-use file sync-and-share product needs some help sometimes, so the new Box Consulting Group is born. Read more »
Enterprise file-share vendor will use the cash to bolster sales and marketing in regions outside Northern California and to triple R&D staff in Eastern Europe. Read more »