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Opscode has brought it cloud-configuration-management technology, Chef, to Microsoft Windows environments. Chef lets users create “recipes” for configuring and managing infrastructure in an automated and scalable manner, which has made it popular for a variety of complex use cases such as cloud computing and scale-out clusters. Read more »


Oracle’s planned acquisition of RightNow Technologies gives the enterprise apps giant a bigger presence in SMB accounts and helps populate its planned public cloud with applications more quickly. Oracle is paying $43 a share, or roughly $1.5 billion for the SaaS company. Read more »

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Equinix says its new online marketplace will help its data center customers partner with other companies using the same facilities. That could help companies expand more easily both in terms of geography and in the types of services they offer. Read more »


Scott Noteboom, the man who has been in charge of Yahoo’s data center operations since 2005, has joined Apple as the iconic consumer electronics maker expands into the cloud. This follows Apple’s hiring of Microsoft data center guru Kevin Timmons a few months back. Read more »

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Comcast has been boosting the number of VOD titles it has available. But behind the scenes, the technology enabling the VOD service is a new, IP-based distribution and delivery network. That means not just more content, but the potential for new services as well. Read more »

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Cambridge, Mass.-based startup Hadapt closed a Series A funding round of $9.5 million for its Hadoop-based software that handles structured and unstructured data in a single system. Norwest Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, which comes about seven months after Hadapt’s launch. Read more »

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EMC, having spent billions on acquisitions over the last few years, ain’t done yet. At the top of the shopping list is more security, more management and more data analytics know-how, EMC’s Pat Gelsinger told reporters today at an event at Gillette Stadium. Read more »


The mobile industry is in trouble. Its networks are expensive to run. Retail customers want cheap pipes. At a conference Wednesday, a Verizon executive detailed the problem and explained how he wants to use OpenFlow and software-defined networking to lower his costs. Read more »


EMC CEO Joe Tucci gave a lecture at the University of Washington last night in which he said EMC spent $10.5 billion on research and development and $14 billion on acquisitions between 2003 and 2010, numbers that should only rise over the next eight years. Read more »

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said his company was winning the battle for productivity applications in the cloud, and when it’s winning, it’s taking customers away from Google. And in doing so, he invoked a little bit of Charlie Sheen in showing his enthusiasm about network-based applications. Read more »

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Amazon has become the cloud king, with its AWS offerings providing cloud-based storage and processing that takes a lot of the cost out of deploying new products and applications. Netflix, DropBox and Yelp are all AWS clients, but the most important user might be Amazon itself. Read more »


Google’s deal to supply the city of Los Angeles and police force with Google Apps and email has soured. A letter from Los Angeles CTO Randi Levin to Google prime contractor CSC shows that the two-year-old deal is even more troubled than previously thought. Read more »

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Oracle has acquired Endeca, a Cambridge, Mass.-based big data vendor specializing in analyzing and providing business intelligence for unstructured data. For Oracle, Endeca, which has been around since 2001, represents an expansion of the big data focus it unveiled at its OpenWorld conference earlier this month. Read more »


Tidemark, once known as Proferi, emerged from stealth mode today and launched its promised cloud-based enterprise performance management offering with help from Terremark, Cloudera, SnapLogic, and VMware. In addition, Peter Currie joined David Duffield and Ben Horowitz on the Tidemark board. Read more »


SGI and Cloudera have entered into a reseller agreement, but the most interesting part of the deal is that it’s yet another example of a vendor pushing Hadoop products at mainstream customers while keeping the custom stuff targeted at HPC. Read more »

Jason Hoffman (Joyent), Guido Appenzeller (Big Switch Networks), Martin Casado (Nicira Networks), Dante Malagrino (Embrane) - Structure 2011

Nicira, the not-so-stealthy startup working in the network virtualization space was “outed” Monday by the New York Times as a secret startup pursuing the next hot trend in computing. But the article overstated Nicira’s secretiveness and perhaps its role as network virtualization hits the mainstream. Read more »


The cloud is a killer. Other than the microprocessor, OutSystems’ Mike Jones believes we would be hard-pressed to find another technological innovation that has so effectively killed off its predecessors. Though SaaS had once been the savior of businesses, XaaSes are rapidly stealing the spotlight. Read more »

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Over the past couple years, Facebok has released details on a number of its internal efforts to automate and simplify the management of its massive infrastructure. As reliance on web applications and cloud services become more common, Facebook’s tools and technologies could be a cash cow. Read more »


DataDirect says its new WOS 2.0 (web object scaler) release adds charge-back mechanisms, multitenancy and support for Amazon and CDMI cloud storage interfaces that better suit it for use by big, third-party service providers. Read more »

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Cloud-based DNA-sequencing specialist DNAnexus has closed a $15 million second round led by Google Ventures and TPG Biotech. Elsewhere, we learned Wednesday that agribusiness giant Monsanto has deployed Cloudant’s NoSQL database as the underpinning of the company’s genomics system. Read more »


IBM on Tuesday acquired Platform Computing, a company that made a name for itself in high-performance computing but recently made a splash in the cloud computing and big data spaces. It’s likely these areas that had IBM in a buying mood. Read more »

Box CEO Aaron Levie just closed additional Series D funding, netting new money from SAP Ventures–the VC arm of enterprise software giant SAP AG, as well as, Bessemer Venture Partners and NEA. This brings the total from the overall Series D round of funding to $81 million. Read more »


Travel-booking service Orbitz chose Kognitio’s Data Warehouse as a Service offering. The decision to move such a critical piece of the analytics stack to Kognitio’s cloud service highlights Orbitz’s commitment big data and is further proof that the cloud is an ideal place for it. Read more »

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