When it comes to computing, there’s no such thing as too fast. Now startup A3Cube claims it has built a network interface card that blows by Infiniband, the current standard for fast interconnections between compute nodes and between those nodes and storage. A3Cube, which uses a secret variation of PCI Express technology, said its RONNIEE Express technology links 128 servers with 100-nanosecond latency. More here from ExtremeTech.
Apache Spark, an in-memory data-processing framework, is now a top-level Apache project. That’s an important step for Spark’s stability as it increasingly replaces MapReduce in next-generation big data applications. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show, Sqrrl’s Ely Khan talks about the big data analytics and privacy dilemma faced by three-letter agencies and Fortune 100 companies alike. Read more »
With the pretty and art-intensive Microsoft Garage web post, the company is telling the stories of its in-house geeks and hackers, away from their desks. Read more »
CloudFlare has been outspoken about the implication of government surveillance for the US cloud computer industry. That’s why its first Transparency Report is worth noting. Read more »
After engaging Cloudyn, the VP of Engineering for a leading CRM company was able to clearly visualize a breakdown of cloud cost drivers and ultimately reduce her cloud spend by $500,000 while creating a sustainable framework for ensuring cost-efficient and fully optimized cloud consumption. Read more »
NoSQL startup DataStax announced on Wednesday that it has added an in-memory option to its commercial version of the Cassandra key-value database. Cassandra is seeing an uptick in adoption right now because of its scalability and ability to span data centers, and the ability to serve data from memory instead of disk will make it a lot faster, too. If the approaches of startups like DataStax, MemSQL and others are any indication, it looks like databases of the future will feature broad ranges of capabilities, data formats and storage options.
Sales people spend a lot of time on presentations — collaborating on them, sharing them — ClearSlide now has new dough to keep easing that process. Read more »
The deal should make life easier for some of CloudSigma’s customers, while for the freshly-launched, open-source CompatibleOne it represents early validation. Read more »
Good news: there are tools out there that can make you much safer online and give you more control over your data. Bad news: most of them are really hard to use. A new generation of the open-source movement is trying to fix that, and here’s how. Read more »
New-look BI companies — Domo, Looker, Thoughtspot — are attracting big bucks from VCs who see gold in making big data accessible to mortals. Read more »
Investment by 3D CAD giant should give NuoDB’s NewSQL database a good foothold in design and manufacturing workloads. Read more »
Companies using Cloudyn’s multicloud tools for comparing usage costs and assessing porting feasibility from one vendor to another are now well-equipped to not only take control of their entire cloud deployment but also efficiently move workloads to the cloud best suited for them. Read more »
AT&T is taking the first steps toward transforming its network into a data center. It’s not touching the cellular network — at least not yet — but it will start virtualizing its mobile core and application infrastructure. Read more »
Enrique Salem brings his enterprise security worldview to the table to help Box win more accounts Read more »
With voice, cloud-SMS provider Nexmo is moving in on its larger rival Twilio’s turf. Meanwhile Twilio is growing its messaging business globally and targeting the enterprise. Read more »
The tie-in gives Parallels the ability to offer a fully hypervisor-agnostic package for service providers looking to provide infrastructure-as-a-service, and it gives Flexiant a huge boost to its reach. Read more »
The Seattle startup says it will let users integrate their SaaS services, automating workflow of their business applications. Read more »
Julie Larson-Green, who had led all Microsoft hardware efforts, will now report to Qi Lu as chief experience officer. Read more »
Website performance and security startup CloudFlare has acquired an anti-malware startup called StopTheHacker. The deal makes the popular CloudFlare that much more useful and also gives the company a new business to take advantage of the global infrastructure it’s building out. CEO Matthew Prince recently suggested it would get into the anti-malware space because it often has spare computing capacity that could be put to work scanning networks rather than sitting idle. Although it plans to integrate the two services more tightly, CloudFlare says it will continue operating and investing in the StopTheHacker service.
Fan favorite Dropbox has raised $350 million with the option to go to $450 million if needs dictate, according to a recent SEC filing. Read more »
Comcast’s recent deal with Netflix re-ignited a debate on net neutrality and how best to implement it, with venture investor Marc Andreessen arguing that competition is what will solve the problem, not more regulations Read more »
IBM has acquired cloud-based database startup Cloudant. It’s a smart move in terms of getting a foothold in the cloud database space, but it also seemingly forces IBM to embrace cloud providers and technologies outside its current umbrella. Read more »
BlueKai acquisition brings Oracle a data trove on consumers on- and off-line habits which will become part of Oracle’s Marketing Cloud. Read more »
Intel is seeking to make its processors a key component of mobile networks, and its influence is starting to be felt. At Mobile World Congress, Intel revealed its working with numerous carriers and equipment makers. Read more »
SAP’s participation gives Cloud Foundry more enterprise cred while Rackspace’s entry could ease IaaS-PaaS confusion between OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. Read more »
The week in cloud: Where are you going to go for your OpenStack drivers? Seriously — I’m asking … Read more »
There are clouds and then there are clouds, but Taylor Rhodes would argue that cloud is just one of several deployment models that will be around for a long time. Read more »
A startup called BlueTalon officially launched on Friday with a platform for helping people easily share and collaborate on data stored in commercial databases. Read more »
Even as it continues to feel reverbs from its three-year-old Autonomy purchase, HP may make smaller deals to bolster cloud, big data, and mobility efforts, said CEO Meg Whitman. Read more »
At Mobile World Congress the mobile network will begin its long journey into cloud. It will take some time, but one day the key component of the mobile network could be the data center. Read more »
On Thursday, Facebook announced via a post on its engineering page that it has revamped the Thrift framework it built in 2006 (which has since become an Apache project) and is re-releasing it as open source code via GitHub under the fbthrift moniker. Thrift was created as a tool for helping build distributed applications that need to call different services written in different languages. Although it has been very useful, the post’s author explains, Facebook and other Thrift users ran into performance issues and feature deficiencies that have been resolved with fbthrift.
In his first interview since taking the reins as Microsoft CEO, Nadella talks about the need for the company to foster smaller, new businesses. Read more »
Apache Mesos is the open source cluster-management software that automates operations at companies such as Twitter and Airbnb. Now, a startup called Mesosphere is building a business around taking it mainstream. Read more »
Microsoft’s ambitious Windows Azure cloud platform just turned four. Here’s how it’s doing, according to Gigaom Research analyst Janakiram MSV. Read more »
Manoj Saxena, the former head of IBM’s Watson business unit has joined The Entrepreneur’s Fund, a Silicon Valley venture firm that makes early stage investments. There Saxena will lead investments in cognitive computing apps, especially those built on the Watson data analytics platform. We’ve covered the launch of cognition as a service and machine learning in multiple stories, and can’t wait to see those investments. Saxena will also act as advisor to IBM’s own Watson fund and co-invest with it.
The $19 billion Facebook is paying for WhatsApp makes it seem like a desperate move to retain users, but it is also a sign that Mark Zuckerberg is more than willing to disrupt his own company rather than letting others do so Read more »
This is the age of seed-stage funding and the incubator/accelerator model. But for those trying to invent a new optical interconnect or chip architecture, funding is harder to find than ever. SK Telecom’s new incubator wants to help. Read more »
Big job: Hundreds of millions of PCs still run Microsoft’s venerable (13-year-old) OS, which faces the end of life support on April 8. Cyvera has a deal for them. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show, Taylor Rhodes talks where Rackspace plays in a very crowded cloud market. Read more »