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 »
Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe dives deep into the economic and innovative benefits of running massive scientific workloads in the cloud. When researchers aren’t constrained by the systems the can afford, they can ask bigger questions and get better results. Read more »
This post from the New York Times‘ Open blog talks about the architecture and algorithms underpinning its content-personalization engine. Its experience speaks to some larger trends around companies moving from batch to stream processing and to cloud services overall. The Times’ recommendation engine used to rely on MapReduce jobs that ran every 15 minutes, but now relies on a homegrown real-time system. It used to run on Cassandra, but now runs on Amazon’s DynamoDB service.
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 »
Amazon Web Services VP and Distinguished Engineer James Hamilton explained during a session at the AWS re:Invent conference how the cloud provider keeps costs as low as possible and innovation as high as possible. It’s all about being the master of your infrastructure. Read more »
It was a good day for anyone invested in the greater NoSQL market, as Riak creator Basho and Couchcase both announced big customers wins. Basho highlighted The Weather Company, which is running and replicating Riak across multiple global data centers, while travel-industry technology provider Amadeus is working with Couchbase to deploy that database across its customer-facing applications. It’s good news for the NoSQL space because any large companies choosing databases other than MongoDB is validation that they matter and a sign they’ll be around for a while.
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 »
Amazon Kinesis is a new service for capturing and processing streaming data, and it’s also about the only thing of its ilk available as a cloud service. Will other cloud providers ever catch up with AWS? Read more »
DynamoDB and other NoSQL databases could make very good use of new mega I2 EC2 instances, says Amazon’s Werner Vogels. Read more »
The Authors Guild has argued that Google’s book-scanning project is copyright infringement on a massive scale, but the benefits of having millions of books digitized and searchable clearly outweighs the dangers of that infringement Read more »
Udacity and Cloudera have a new partnership to bring online Data Science training to the masses Read more »
AWS is building a special cloud for the CIA’s sole use. That sounds pretty private to most of the world. But Amazon the public cloud builder doesn’t see it that way Read more »
It’s not the only factor, but Cisco says the backlash over U.S. surveillance has definitely hit orders in China. Orders in other developing countries have also plummeted, and again the NSA is being cited as a possible factor. Read more »
IBM has upped the ante in the API game by making its Watson question-answering system available as a service. That’s right, Watson could soon power your smartphone app. Read more »
In this week’s Structure Show, we talk through all the AWS Re:Invent news; the looming era of open-source switches, and how Cycle Computing helps a scientist build the solar panels of the future. Read more »
Rivals love to point out that EMC is late to all-flash storage. But now that it’s shipping its new XtremeIO arrays, that may not matter since EMC is, after all, EMC. Read more »
Run Book Automation has been around for years, but it has become irrelevant in many organizations. This report profiles a new solution combining RBA and application performance management (APM) that represents a promising step on the way to automating IT’s incident-resolution processes. Read more »
Amazon Web Services announced a new service called Amazon WorkSpaces during its re:invent conference on Wednesday. If it can deliver VDI and gain traction where others have not, it could be a big boon for the company. Read more »
So just who is making all those API calls to your Amazon Web Services and what are those calls doing? Amazon’s new CloudTrail aims to corral that for you. Read more »
Dropbox today announced a new version that allows seamless switching and co-existence between work and personal dropbox accounts. The new version of the software puts lot of control in the hands of administrators who can keep a tight control on file sharing related activities. Read more »
Machine learning startup Ayasdi has teamed up with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as well as the Texas Medical Center, to help advance data analysis in a variety of complex fields. Read more »
“The forces of unification are stronger” than those trying to fragment the internet, the former Microsoft chief said in Berlin on Wednesday. Read more »
Postgres will take its position alongside MySQL, SQL Server and Oracle as a top tier database in AWS’ Relational Database Service, sources said. Read more »
A raft of AWS partners used day one of the AWS re:Invent show to blast out new products and services. Read more »
And they said it couldn’t happen: Microsoft is nixing the stack ranking system by which it has promoted and fired employees for years. Read more »
In a bid to bridge the NoSQL-SQL gap, FoundationDB bought Akiban earlier this year. Now it’s got fresh funding to backstop its current users and seek new customers. Read more »
IBM’s Steve Mills has been with the company for decades, and during that time has seen lots of technologies and trends come and go. Here are his thoughts on how the company approaches selling software in a changing IT world. Read more »
“MegaRun” cluster shatters the record for high-performance computing on Amazon Web Services, said Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe. Read more »
OnApp CEO Ditlev Bredahl claims OnApp version 3.1, which provides on-demand access to pretty much everything in the data center, is the platform he wishes he’d had when he was running hosting businesses. Read more »
The Pivotal CF PaaS, to be commercially available this week, aims to make PaaS a go-to option for companies wanting to run workloads in-house and across cloud infrastructures. Read more »
Backblaze has shared the designs of its 180-terabyte storage pods, and now it’s sharing some details about how long the drives inside those boxes last. According to the company, nearly three-fourths of all the drives it has deployed are still running. Read more »
Rackspace revenue continued to rise during the third quarter, but growth was slow and profits were down year over year. The company chalks up the latter to increased forward-looking investments, but the elephant in the room is Amazon. Read more »
Facebook is watching the Adobe Systems data breach situation carefully and flagging its own users who may be affected. The social networking giant is warning its users who used the same email and password combos for its site and various Adobe products to change their password and answer more security questions, according to KrebsOnSecurity. Adobe disclosed the breach last month and notified users to change their passwords.
New Heroku Postgres database service features should free up DBAs to do more meaningful work, said product lead Craig Kerstiens. Read more »
The Facebook-led Open Compute Project is set to vote on four new specifications that would make open source networking switches and OS software a reality in the near future. Read more »
A Dallas-based startup called Servergy, which makes low-power servers about half the size of traditional servers, has raised a $20 million series C round of venture capital. The company’s servers run on 8-core 1.5 GHz Freescale Power Architecture processors and, although 1U high, are only 14 inches deep and 8.25 inches wide. Servergy appears to have raised just under $30 million so far, according to SEC filings, although its has not named its investors.
Correction: This post was corrected at 3:15 p.m. to correct the manufacturer of Servery’s processors, which is Freescale and not IBM.