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This week brought several examples of existing software and on-premise cloud solutions becoming a little easier to use or more widely available. While none were individually significant enough to spark dramatic transformation of the industry, these new tools, when put together, signify a maturing market. Read more »


Like most social games, Tribal Crossing applications have a very high database write rate –- changes to the game state must be stored so the user doesn’t lose her game score, “loot” or location. Tribal Crossing migrated from MySQL to Membase to support a higher write rate. Read more »

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Netflix offers rent-by-mail and streaming movies. The shift from mail-order to streaming video had fairly significant implications for Netflix’s application infrastructure. Netflix realized it would need multiple geographically dispersed data centers and far more processing capacity so it turned to Amazon’s Web Services. Read more »

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After two massive server crashes in November wrecked online ticket-sale launches and infuriated hopeful badgeholders, Comic-Con International has moved its ticketing engine to Amazon Web Serviced-based startup TicketLeap in anticipation of its third attempt — tomorrow morning — to sell badges for this summer’s event. Read more »

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With more huge files and data sets making their way across the Internet every day, Aspera’s work of speeding the transfer of that data is never done. And although the company still focuses primarily on the enterprise, consumer content might be on the horizon. Read more »


Few would argue that Hadoop doesn’t have a bright future as a foundational element of big data stacks, but Piccolo, a new project out of New York University, is moving data in-memory in an attempt to improve parallel-processing performance beyond what Hadoop and/or MapReduce can do. Read more »


With enterprise data volumes growing, business and IT leaders face significant opportunities and challenges from big data. The space, of course, is not without its obstacles — including plenty of privacy concerns — but in 2011, there are numerous sales-growth opportunities and new business models finally surfacing. Read more »

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Verizon Wireless: We've Got An Open IP Smart Grid Network, Too

For months, Verizon has seemed to be trailing rival AT&T on smart grid initiatives. Not anymore, if news from the smart grid conference Distributech in San Diego this week is any indicator, including an announcement to offer a cloud-based smart meter management service with eMeter. Read more »


If the tale of Schooner Information Technology is any indication, the answer to the titular question is “no.” Today, Schooner, which just under two years ago launched its its high-powered, flash-based database appliance made a hard left turn to selling software only. Read more »

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Much of the world’s most valuable information is trapped in digital sand, siloed in servers scattered around the globe. Our ability to harness big data, which will mature in the coming decade, is driven by advances in three areas: sensor networks, cloud computing, and machine learning. Read more »


Openwave’s next generation platform must support geographic redundancy, massive scalability and high availability. It has to distribute databases redundantly across multiple data centers and handle large customer datasets – varying from hundreds of terabytes to petabytes, and supporting thousands of transactions per second from each customer. Read more »


2010 has been dubbed the “Year of the Cloud” — and from an adoption perspective, this assertion holds true. But when it comes to realizing the benefits of cloud computing and truly running “IT as a business,” things are just beginning to heat up. Read more »


Shutterfly is a popular Internet-based photo sharing and personal publishing company that manages a persistent store of more than 6 billion images with a transaction rate of up to 10,000 operations per second. Here’s why it made the journey from Oracle to MongoDB. Read more »


Michael Dell is talking this week talking about having acquisition plans in “software, data centers, cloud computing, storage and virtualization,” which raises questions about who it might be eying up. There are five vendors, in particular, that could give high value for a relatively low price. Read more »


Trend Micro maintains web reputation databases that allow intelligent detection of spam, phishing, or suspicious web sites. It processes data accumulating at the rate of about four petabytes per year. Here’s why Trend Micro settled on Apache Hbase as the core database of new elastic infrastructure. Read more »


BI vendor Jaspersoft has expanded its software’s support to include pretty much the entire gamut of big data tools available. There might not be much business demand for all these connectors right now, but it’s wise for Jaspersoft to establish its presence in this area early. Read more »


It’s a cloud grab bag, with everything from Amazon Web Services’ new Simple Email Service to debate over cloud APIs to VMware warning that profit margins will stay about the same through 2011. The unifying theme is the steady maturation of cloud technologies and pricing models. Read more »


Mobile-app-analytics startup Flurry is upgrading its data center network with Arista Networks 10 GigE switches, a move designed to improve network performance as Flurry continues to add both terabytes and nodes to its big data system. Is the network the hardware superstar in big data environments? Read more »


Two trends dominate today’s links – Java and stock prices. Some big names in trading have data center operators and set for falling share prices, and in the world of Java it’s a neat inforgraphic and more claims of Google lifting code for Android. Read more »


Myspace’s gradual decline and a recent blog post have me wondering what the flip side is of rapid scaling. I wonder what social-media sites do with their expansive infrastructures once they no longer need them to meet high demand. They can’t just scale them back, right? Read more »


It’s an interesting collection of links today, most of which are focused on money — specifically, Google’s sky-high Q4 infrastructure spending and AMD’s continually dismal performance. There’s also a great analysis of the PaaS market post-Elastic Beanstalk and a look at Heroku’s recent security hole. Read more »


If today’s links are any indication, we could see some serious changes to once-lauded IT practices and trends. There’s a call for PaaS evolution, talk that Cisco really does fear Xsigo and even stats showing Rackspace nipping at Amazon’s heels in web hosting. Read more »


The growing Java PaaS market will soon need to make room for CumuLogic, an startup led by a team of Sun Microsystems veterans. The Sun connection is notable because Sun was the Java owner and development leader before its acquisition by Oracle early last year. Read more »

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