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Even when relational databases are used to build large-scale services, they are unrecognizable as relational. Instead, they look almost exactly like a NoSQL database. This perspective is rare outside of the companies forced to embrace it, but we can use Twitter as an example. Read more »


Heroku, the San Francisco-based Platform-as-a-Service provider is all set to hit the magical 100,000 app mark, sometime next week. The PAAS platform had 40,000 apps a year ago. Heroku’s platform is gaining momentum and as companies finds increased adoption amongst corporate users and mobile developers. Read more »

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It’s a mixed bag today, ranging from the latest cloud statistics to Teradata’s growing revenues. In between, we have a questionable federal cloud-security roadmap, an interview with Hadoop creator Doug Cutting and, believe it or not, a rumor that VMware is working on Hyper-V support. Read more »

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Facebook has been called out by Greenpeace for not doing enough to promote renewable energy, so what is the company going to do with this public relations dilemma? Launching its own Facebook page and joining groups to demonstrate its green cred, of course. Read more »

How fast does your site really load in various countries? Using real browsers to measure website speed. Your own content may be optimized locally, but are all of your other components optimal too? And, how does this work out for international visitors you wish to reach? Read more »


What’s new in the cloud computing world today? How about Oracle working for API interoperability, the White House pushing cloud-specific security guidelines, Dell potentially getting into the cloud-provider business, and a discussion of why cloud-based products can up-end the traditional sales model. Read more »

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Yahoo has open-sourced its S4 project for developing real-time MapReduce applications. As we’ve seen with Google’s new Caffeine infrastructure for its Instant Search features, there is a growing trend of unchaining large-scale data analysis from its batch-processing roots. Read more »

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It’s not always good news with cloud computing, and we saw that today with someone calling out Enomaly’s new SpotCloud, someone else detailing the difficulties of developing a mobile app in Windows Azure, and the Cloudscaling boss calling out the traditional definition of cloud computing. Read more »


Los Angeles-based startup Morphlabs is rolling out two new features designed to bolster sales of its mCloud line of cloud computing offerings in a crowded field of management platforms. In doing so, however, it might actually be helping show the future model for internal-cloud software pricing. Read more »

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Dell made a left turn in its cloud computing acquisition strategy today by acquiring SaaS integration startup Boomi. Most of Dell’s cloud purchases and partnerships have been on the infrastructure front – Scalent, DynamicOps, Joyent, Egenera, 3PAR (attempted) – but Boomi is a straight-up application play. Read more »

tough selection

The choice between cloud computing offering keeps getting more difficult as providers continue to up the ante. Today, we have a debate between Microsoft, Google and AWS, IBM targeting governments with its cloud, and a discussion on how network gear could affect cloud data centers. Read more »

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Tomorrow is a big day. The individuals we vote into office will have a tremendous effect on the connected issues of pulling out of this years-old economic funk and advancing IT policy. Certain proof points suggest a stark contrast in how parties approach this nexus. Read more »


Enomaly, a provider of software to create compute clouds, today announced SpotCloud, a brokerage service that allows Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers a way to sell their excess compute capacity, and buyers a way to find smaller regional cloud providers for batch jobs. Read more »


More and more, open-source search looks to be an alternative for organizing unstructured data in the enterprise. The open source community believes it has advantages in scalability, flexibility and speed over its proprietary counterparts, and is better adapted to the ever-changing needs of today’s enterprise. Read more »


Around the world, organizations and individuals are coming together to tackle technological hurdles in cloud computing. Various consortia are working on cloud standards and best practices, but it’s people, not technology, that could potentially represent the biggest obstacle when it comes to selling cloud computing. Read more »


It was a big year for NoSQL and big data, but now those vendors need to buckle down on their revenue models and make a head-on charge to the enterprise. Because, let’s face it; while the web leads the innovation, the enterprise leads the economy. Read more »


There’s a lot of talk about speed today: SSDs will speed consumer devices, China’s new supercomputer is the fastest ever, Microsoft AppFabric for Windows Azure will get upgrades faster than on-premise users, and SAP wants to speed up the resolution of its lawsuit with Oracle. Read more »


In the last decade, the web has brought us countless technologies which enable consumers to get things done simply and without fuss.  So why, at a typical large company, are the applications so bloated and complex? Bring on simplified software and deployment: the consumerization of IT. Read more »


We’ve been following solar, wind and even the idea of offshore wind-powered data centers … but trash-powered data centers? That’s the aim of a Colorado Springs, Colo. developer who wants to build a data center campus with servers powered by waste and wood. Read more »


It wasn’t a heavy news day aside from Microsoft’s big announcement, but the great discussion around the future of new technologies continues, including the bittersweet NoSQL proposition, avoiding cloud lock-in and building systems for real-time BI. Read more »


One of the obstacles to cloud adoption is that most organizations have infrastructure in place, meaning they can’t just build best-of-breed cloud environments. This was reinforced via an on-point post from James Urquhart, a survey of satisfied cloud users and a round of funding for Riptano. Read more »

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It’s amazing how fast conceptions of technology evolve. Today, for example, we see how the idea of government clouds keeps changing, how ideas about server processors are shifting and how NoSQL doesn’t have to mean an abandonment of all previous tools after all. Read more »

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Hadoop startup Cloudera has raised another $25 million, bringing its total funding to $36 million. The new funding bolsters Cloudera’s position as the hub of the commercial Hadoop world, and the belief that Hadoop will become the centerpiece of many Big Data efforts. Read more »


Cloud computing is about more than technology — it’s also about establishing and delivering upon an entirely new business model. This was reinforced today, with Ray Ozzie contemplating Microsoft’s role in the cloud, questions about HP’s cloud strategy, and further discussion of why AWS gets cloud pricing. Read more »

Hadoop bronze

IBM’s Information On Demand and Teradata’s Partners Conference kicked off today, and both companies announced slews of upgrades and new products that directly target the push to do more with more data. Among them is the transition of IBM’s BigInsights Hadoop solution from project to product. Read more »


Weeks like this past one remind us just how big Amazon Web Services is in the world of cloud computing. Customer wins, financial results and new features rolled out could matter a great deal when it comes to improving Amazon’s bottom line and AWS’s market share. Read more »

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People who have cutting-edge performance and scalability requirements today have already moved on from the Hadoop model. Some back to SQL, but more to a raft of radically new post-Hadoop architectures. Welcome to the “NoHadoop” era, as companies realize big data requires “Not Only Hadoop”. Read more »


Any way you slice it, cloud providers and vendors are doing alright. Microsoft won its big NYC deal, rPath got $7 million, IBM is selling customers on mainframe clouds, pharma firms are snatching up cloud resources and Citrix’s cloud business is growing by the quarter. Read more »


In what could be considered a very big deal, Microsoft has joined the OpenStack community. According to the official announcement, Microsoft will provide technical guidance and assistance to startup to add Hyper-V support to its CloudStack offering. will develop the code for OpenStack integration. Read more »


Amazon released its Q3 earnings today, and if you’re wondering why the “Other” category keeps growing, look no further than AWS. We saw why that is today, with details emerging about NASDAQ’s S3-based data-as-a-service offering, and AWS’s inclusion among IaaS providers for the government’s site. Read more »

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The OpenStack project has released the full version of its open source cloud-computing platform, marking the debut of OpenStack Compute – the Rackspace-Cloud-Servers-meets-NASA-Nebula compute engine. This release is ready for testing and development, but the group expects a production-ready version by January. Read more »


As more enterprises consider cloud-based infrastructure, a key question for them is if the cloud can scale to support core operations and services. Those interested in better understanding the market are invited to join GigaOM Pro and Limelight Networks for a free, one-hour webinar next month. Read more »

If the third quarter represented anything, it was that M&A is alive and well, particularly in the Big Data space. If a company can store or analyze large amounts of data with any degree of innovation, a larger vendor is likely eyeing them for an acquisition. Read more »

After so much Big Data lately, it’s good to have a day where cloud computing takes center stage. We have NYC making a huge investment in Microsoft, a question about the role of PaaS, Gartner praising the cloud and AWS expanding on its Hadoop product. Read more »

Although we’ve seen online office suites added to the portfolio of web worker productivity tools, database tools have been curiously absent from the mix. Even suites like Google Apps lack a dedicated application for managing and sharing specialized data, leaving users creating crude spreadsheet-based approximations. Read more »

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