Report: Microsoft’s decision to beef up security around data transmission is more evidence that NSA revelations are hurting U.S. tech companies’ ability to compete. Read more »
Pure Storage now charges that EMC purloined one of its flash arrays to extract trade secrets; EMC responds with a patent infringment suit. And so it goes. Read more »
HP which has bought its way into many markets in the past, will forge its own, independent path in 3D printing, said CEO Meg Whitman. Read more »
New Synergy Research numbers show AWS still leads the combined field in IaaS/PaaS sectors in the third quarter despite increased action by rivals. Read more »
MIT Media Lab researchers have come up with a camera that they say can make better medical images and help us avoid car crashes. The $500 “nanocamera” builds on “Time of Flight” technology that calculates object location by how long it takes a light signal to reflect off a surface and return. What the MIT researchers brought to the table is a way to prevent rain or fog from affecting camera performance, said MIT grad student Achuta Kadambi. And that could really help in the aforementioned collision-avoidance scenario.
In the wake of CenturyLink’s buyout of Tier 3 and IBM’s SoftLayer buy — inquiring minds want to know what the future holds for Joyent. Read more »
If you liked Docker before you may love it now that it supports more Linux variants — no futzing necessary! Read more »
By using simple APIs and a single IP address to serve traffic, Google Compute Engine claims it can now handle 1 million requests per second. Read more »
According to a New York Times report the decision to go with MarkLogic rather than a traditional relational database was a factor in the website’s rocky debut. Read more »
Editas Medicine, a startup that wants to enable “molecular surgery” to cut out bad genes before they can manifest themselves, has $43 million in Series A funding from Polaris Partners, Flagship Ventures and Third Rock Ventures. Co-founder Dr. J.Keith Joung, who is also director of molcular pathology at Mass General Hospital, told The Boston Globe that the idea is to “make changes to DNA … if there’s a defect, you can fix it; if there’s a missing piece you can put the missing piece in.”
The week in cloud: Salesforce.com rejiggers its platform-as-a-service strategy; CenturyLink snaps up Tier 3 and Apprenda snags $16 million. Read more »
You ever wonder what sorts of workloads Stack Overflow sees and what sort of infrastructure it uses to handle them? Nick Craver has some answers for you. Read more »
Why is it that IBM, Paypal and other tech powers turn to a video streaming company for help with technology? There’s a very good reason. Read more »
MakerBot opened up its second retail location on Newbury Street in Boston on Thursday. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company specializes in and helped popularize 3D printers and scanners that don’t break the bank. It opened its first store in Manhattan last year. Co-founder and CEO Bre Pettis told The Boston Globe that the area is one of the hottest markets for MakerBot gear which is used to build or “print” prototypes and parts of everything from toys to automotive components.
Acquisition of Bob Swift Software will give Appfire a good chunk of the Atlassian add-on business and help it grab market share. Read more »
Windows Azure storage suffered a disruption across regions which affected some Xbox Live and other services Thursday afternoon. Read more »
As Yahoo and HP restrict employees ability to work from home, Dell moves in the opposite direction Read more »
Cloud Foundry wants its platform-as-a-service to run on all the clouds. It’s on AWS and Openstack now, Next up: Google Cloud. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates got a little emotional discussing the contributions of out-going CEO Steve Ballmer at Tuesday’s shareholder meeting. 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 »
Tier 3 brings enterprise-friendly management, a well-regarded IaaS and a PaaS with it to become the new CenturyLink Cloud. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »