In a pivot, Parelastic morphed into Tesora and will make its current database virtualization middleware a plug-in for OpenStack. Read more »
Wanted: Channel partners with storage and virtualization expertise in mid-sized accounts for DataGravity’s undisclosed product. Read more »
The week in cloud: Rackspace loosens up on open source; Ford’s data guy talks data; and other news in cloud. Read more »
Chiquita Brands is famous for the fresh produce it brings to the table. It’s a mature, established company that’s has a “cloud first” mantra for all new applications, said CIO Kevin Ledford. Read more »
Google’s build out of fiber networks around the world could give its cloud a leg up on #1 player Amazon Web Services, says Randy Bias. Read more »
The Finnish infrastructure-as-a-service provider is moving into the U.S. with a slightly secretive new model that, it claims, will protect customers’ personal data from U.S. authorities. Read more »
Critics charge that the NBC News report that your smartphones and computers get hacked the minute you arrive in Russia is erroneous and misleading. Read more »
The Turkish parliament has passed draconian new amendments to its internet law, which will allow the authorities to block content at the URL level without a court order, something critics of the new law say will effectively kill free speech Read more »
The San Francisco startup hopes to broaden availability of its continuous integration and delivery SaaS service. Read more »
Application performance monitoring company says its revenue (which it doesn’t specify) grew 120 percent growth year over year. Read more »
KnCMiner, a Swedish company that makes hardcore hardware for the Bitcoin mining crowd, is constructing a data center for that very purpose. As reported by Data Center Knowledge, the 10-megawatt facility is being built in Boden, in a former army hangar nearby Facebook’s Lulea data center — northern Sweden is cold with great renewable energy facilities, and is as such an ideal data center location. According to KnCMiner co-founder Sam Cole, it will go live in the coming months as the first of many planned “mega data centers” for Bitcoin mining, a larger one of which may be situated nearby if talks with local authorities pan out.
By taking a stake in Embrane, Cisco gains a better foothold in the upper layers of the networking stack which could boost its competitive position vs. VMware. Read more »
MemSQL, the database startup from two former Facebook engineers, has already raised a lot of money and roped in some big customers. Now it’s looking to broaden its footprint with a flash-optimized columnar store to complement its in-memory row-based one. Read more »
Peering disagreements aren’t fun or consumer-friendly, but they might be the reason consumers’ video streams are suffering. New data purports to show much an effect these fights are having on your broadband. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show we take on (what else?) the new Microsoft CEO, Tableau’s rip-roaring quarter and how Ford uses data to build better cars and sell more of them. Read more »
Say what you will about Satya Nadella, but don’t say he doesn’t understand the value of Microsoft’s technology. In an era where it’s competing against Google and Amazon to become the default digital platform company, that’s more important than ever. Read more »
Todd Bradley and Dave Donatelli, once stalwarts in HP’s executive suite, have been sidelined of late and are now on their way out the door, Reuters reports. Read more »
John Chambers probably really does admire Satya Nadella. But Nadella’s promotion also gave Cisco a chance to slight VMware without even uttering its name. Read more »
Roger Levy says SkySQL will move into a relational database innovation phase now, rather than just trying to provide an alternative to Oracle’s MySQL. Read more »
Scott Guthrie, a familiar face to legions of .Net-oriented developers, will assume the top cloud job at Microsoft on an interim basis. Read more »
OpenDaylight, the open-source SDN framework backed by industry heavyweights, is now available for download. The Hydrogen release, which had been promised for December, is now available in versions for big enterprises, service providers or academia. The goal is to spur adoption of SDN and its benefits — easily reconfigurable networks using cheap hardware. The effort was launched in 2013 by Cisco, Big Switch, Nuage Networks, VMware and others.
For years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been offered by leading American universities, from Harvard to MIT to Stanford. Now they’re having a homecoming in the industry that made them possible: high tech. Read more »
Bill Gates leaves his chairman’s chair to become technology advisor to incoming CEO Satya Nadella. Is the cofounder’s homecoming good or bad for Microsoft? Read more »
The enterprise is adopting disparate services and using them to build federated applications as opposed to deeply integrated and less flexible programs. Orchestrate thinks it has a solution for the database drama that can ensue. Read more »
Satya Nadella is Microsoft’s third CEO in 39 years, replacing Steve Ballmer at the helm. Bill Gates will remain on the board but relinquish his chairmanship to John Thompson. Read more »
Server watcher Datadog gets more money to build out infrastructure so it can watch still more servers. Read more »
For the big games, NBC Sports will use Windows Azure to encode reams of video data that will be viewed on TV or your device of choice. Read more »
Google officially launched its cloud in December after a long preview. But even before it was broadly available, many pegged Google as the number 2 public cloud behind Amazon Web Services. Read more »
Apple, which to date has relied on third-party content delivery networks (CDNs) to deliver rich media and software to consumers, is now building out its own CDN capability, according to Dan Rayburn, a long-time CDN expert and EVP of Streaming Media. Apple has used its own CDN capabilities internally, but if this report is true, at least some iTunes video content and OS X updates will start flowing through Apple’s own infrastructure. That could ding CDN providers like Akamai and Level3.
Troubled flash storage vendor Violin Memory has a new president and CEO, just months after a lackluster IPO and an ensuing scandal that resulted in the termination of its previous CEO and the departure of multiple executives. The company’s new leader, Kevin DeNuccio, has led infrastructure companies before, mostly in the networking space. He was CEO of a privately held London-based company called Metaswitch Networks, and before that was president and CEO of Redback Networks when Ericsson acquired it in 2006.
Cloud backup provider Backblaze has moved into a new data center in Sacramento capable of storing 500 petabytes, or half an exabyte, of data. It’s not full yet (the company was storing 75 petabytes as of November), but the pace is picking up and it probably will be sooner than some might expect. The crazy part is that Backblaze isn’t even that big a company or that widely used a service. Facebook alone is building enough capacity to house 3 exabytes of data in each of its 3 cold storage facilities. Sometimes, I can’t help but think that we’re just digitally hoarding.
PaaS player Heroku launches bigger, faster — but still lightweight — Performance XL Dynos for web-scale applications. Read more »
It looks like the world will see a more diverse set of executives running Microsoft going forward. Hurray to that. Read more »
As computing shifts from a client-server world to a SaaS-based and mobile architecture, enterprises must seek out Pi-like innovations to help them juggle agility and security. Read more »
The loss of enterprise sales and HR jobs thanks to cheaper computing, SaaS and big data analytics is only the beginning. Jobs in R&D and product management will fundamentally change. Read more »
If you throw in SaaS applications and private cloud along with public cloud into one big bucket, IBM has a claim. But in public cloud, it’s still mostly all-AWS-all-the-time. Read more »
The combination of cloud computing, big data analytics and buying enterprise software on demand is changing the workforce. Read more »
Enterprises seeking agility are turning to the cloud while those concerned about security are holding tight to their legacy, on-premise hardware. But what if there’s a middle ground? Read more »
Before he was the front-runner to be the next CEO of Microsoft, I sat down with Satya Nadella in San Francisco. We talked about the cloud, competition and the future of Microsoft. It’s very revealing, the challenges facing whoever is soon-to-be-announced new CEO. Read more »
D-Wave Systems believes it has a real quantum computer and that future generations of its processor will prove what it’s capable of. What’s more, the company plans to deliver all the benefits of quantum computer via API. Read more »