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The desire for more and increasingly specific analytics continues with IBM’s acquisition of Varicent Software. Banks, insurance companies, and retailers use Varicent software to look at data across finance, sales, human resources and IT departments to determine how to boost sales, according to IBM. Read more »

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Jeff Jonas is now an IBM Fellow, according to a post on The Smarter Planet blog. We obviously think the world of him — Jonas has been a featured speaker at our Structure Data events twice. Read more »

LogMeIn CEO Michael Simon

And the latest entry into the cloud storage sweepstakes is … LogMeIn, the company that built its business with its easy-to-use remote access service. The company hopes to woo both consumers and businesses with a beta of its Cubby service, said LogMeIn CEO Michael Simon. Read more »


Google take notice: Amazon Web Services is now pushing a “fully managed search service” for web or mobile app developers. CloudSearch promises to ease the provisioning headaches of web developers who need to build search into their commerce or other sites. Read more »

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Meteor, a new real-time JavaScript framework targeting web app developers, is causing quite a stir on Twitter and Hacker News. One of the company’s biggest claims is that its open-source technology will enable hot code updates that won’t disturb app users. Read more »


We’ve all heard the saying, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” It’s a simple, but profound message that many of us forget on a daily basis. When it comes to the cloud the same idea prevails, but using multiple clouds can have advantages. Read more »

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Whatever you do, don’t compare IBM’s new PureSystems to Oracle Exadata or Cisco’s Unified Compute System. The company said it’s spent three years and $2 billion to get these systems just right for cloud computing and other workloads. Read more »


Social-media data aggregator Gnip is taking on its biggest data source yet — China’s Sina Weibo microblogging service. The plaform has more than 300 million users, so it only makes sense that Gnip users would want to know what people there are talking about. Read more »

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Hewlett-Packard is putting more of its chips on OpenStack as a key foundation for its upcoming public, private and hybrid cloud implementations. HP says its Converged Cloud will amalgamate existing HP technologies and OpenStack so applications can be managed uniformly across cloud types. Read more »


Updated: Twitter has shared numerous aspects of its infrastructure over the past few years, and its decision to open source its work on MySQL might be the social media platform’s most useful contribution yet. Sure, open source big data tools are valuable, but they’re not MySQL. Used […] Read more »

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In the wake of CloudStack’s announcement, Cloudscaling’s CTO, Randy Bias, takes issue with its claims of “AWS compatibility” and “true Amazon-style architecture.” According to Bias, “no one should be under the illusion that CloudStack is more AWS/Amazon compatible than any other open source cloud software.” Read more »


Social and mobile analytics startup Kontagent has expanded its business to include a data-mining service powered by Hive, the SQL-like interface for querying data stored within Hadoop. It’s a smart move by the company, and one that other cloud-based analytics providers would be wise to replicate. Read more »


The federal government talked a lot about grand scientific visions when it unveiled its big data agenda last week, but the government has consumers on its mind, too. Specifically, it doesn’t want to unduly hinder innovation, and it might even be willing to provide data. Read more »


Two major tech players — IBM and Red Hat — are ready to sign on the dotted line to join OpenStack, sources said. That should go a long way to ease the pain of Citrix’s decision to set up CloudStack as an OpenStack rival. Read more »


From a single app, Fileboard lets users manage documents on a number of cloud services, including Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Dropbox, SharePoint and Salesforce. The newest partner to get added to the list is Box, which has also integrated some key Fileboard capabilities into its own app. Read more »

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