The NSA is not only accessing Google and Yahoo records with the companies’ permission, but has an overseas program to break into the fiber optic links connecting the companies’ data centers. Read more »
There are tons of MySQL database aficianados out there who prefer to use standard tools in their cloud work. Google is obliging with new support for native connectors and drivers. Read more »
For the last few years Intel has had a small line of business manufacturing other companies’ chips — mostly expensive custom chips for companies like Altera and Tabula. This foundry business is getting a publicity boost today as Altera said Intel will let it embed ARM-based cores in chips made on Intel’s hallowed x86 production lines. This is a big deal, not because ARM is Kryptonite to Intel, but because it could signal that Intel under its new CEO is ready to open its fab operations and make that a bigger part of its business. That’s the huge shift for Intel, not that it might make a few ARM-based chips.
Source code from Photoshop as well as Cold Fusion and Acrobat was also taken. And Adobe has found that data for 38 million active users was accessed. Read more »
IBM has conceded its long-running legal battle to build the CIA’s no-longer-so-secret cloud, according to Federal Computer Week. Read more »
It was another busy news day in the big data world. Here are some of the more-interesting items you might have missed if you blinked. Read more »
Bowing to the inevitable, dotCloud, the company that created Docker.io container technology for Linux apps, will now be known as Docker Inc. Read more »
Cloudera is now positioning itself less as a company selling Hadoop and more as a company selling what it calls an “enterprise data hub.” It’s not about the technologies, the company argues, but what they can do for users. Read more »
This year, digital health records and practice management startup CareCloud has raised $29 million and announced a partnership with cloud startup Box. This is its latest effort in expanding its platform in healthcare. Read more »
As the internet of things gathers steam, Cisco creates a new business unit to tackle the opportunity. It plans to do so in traditional Cisco style. Read more »
Cloudera has partnered with a startup called Databricks to integrate and support the Apache Spark data-processing platform within Cloudera’s Hadoop software. Spark, which is designed for speed and usability, is one of several technologies pushing Hadoop beyond MapReduce. Read more »
RBC Capital Markets wants to help. Its new research compares the positioning and price/performance of many cloud options. Some of the findings confirm what we know, others are a tad surprising. Read more »
Rackspace is now doing Hadoop, Cloudera just announced a handful of partners — Hadoop is everywhere in the cloud these days. Here’s a quick breakdown of what cloud providers are offering which distributions of Hadoop as managed services. Read more »
Boston is where Lewis Latimer helped Alexander Graham Bell design the first phone. So you’d think the city would have better connectivity now. You’d be wrong. Read more »
A new startup called Paxata wants to make business analysts’ lives easier by automating the process of going from raw data to something that an analytics product like Tableau can actually understand. Read more »
Rackspace has opened its Hortonworks-powered Hadoop service for early access customers, about a year after announcing it would be building the offering. It’s neither the first nor the last managed Hadoop service we’ll see this week. Read more »
A failure at a Verizon Terremark data center Sunday is the latest snafu to afflict Healthcare.gov, the web site underlying the Obamacare insurance initiative. Sunday’s failure caused a loss of network connectivity, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Verizon said it is working with HHS and other tech vendors to fix the issue as soon as possible.
Last week, the administration pledged to get Healthcare.gov working smoothly by the end of November.
Software isn’t just eating the world, it’s highly profitable compared with most other industries. Software and tobacco are bringing in high margins, and other businesses want in. Read more »
Knowledge about the common pitfalls of AWS and how to avoid them can help your company make the world’s most popular cloud service work in your favor. Read more »
Amazon Web Services continues to sell like hotcakes although it may or may not be the most price-efficient option; and this week’s Structure Show. Read more »
The co-founder and former CTO of Joyent will direct digital strategy at the mobile broadband networking giant. Read more »
Software defined networking may not be mainstream, but when it does get deployed, how will we manage the new networks and ensure performance? Read more »
Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman came on the Structure this week to talk about everything from building open source storage pods to dealing with the CIA to how hard it easy it can be to waste $1 million marketing to the wrong people. Read more »
Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly says his company doesn’t really think of its peers Hortonworks and MapR as competitors, deciding instead to focus its efforts on winning bigger and broader deals. Read more »
Maybe so. A locked-down mystery structure on San Francisco’s Treasure Island may be the beginning of a new Google data center that could make use of water-based cooling and wave-generated power, as outlined in a Google patent for a water-based data center.” More on that patent here. Google did not comment.
Server virtualization king hopes that service providers that now offer vCloud Director plus non-VMware options will consolidate with VCHS in the future. Service providers themselves say: “Good luck with that.” Read more »
Technology buyers in some sectors drool over the promise of things like cloud computing and big data, but those words don’t mean a whole lot in places like warehouses or manufacturing plants, where how something works is far less important than that it works. Read more »
Microsoft’s sales did nothing but grow during Steve Ballmer’s 13-year tenure as CEO , as depicted in this Bloomberg infographic, although that trend was not reflected in the company’s sluggish stock price. As an example, total sales grew 294 percent to almost $78 billion in that time while stock price fell 37 percent to $33.76 per share. On Thursday, after Microsoft announced better-than-expected first quarter earnings, Microsoft shares surged more than 6 percent in after-hours trading.
Facebook’s decision to include status updates and wall posts in Graph Search could be called great or creepy depending on the user, but it wasn’t an inconsequential decision technologically. In fact, it put a significant strain on the feature’s database infrastructure. Read more »
Amazon keeps selling tons and tons of compute, storage and networking services and touted traction in government and education accounts. Read more »
It’s product-announcement season in the big data and Hadoop world, and this week was full of them. Here are some of the more interesting items you might have missed if you blinked. Read more »
As VP of finance at MakerBot, Larry White helped build a market leader. Now he hopes to replicate that success at DigitalOcean. Read more »
On this week’s podcast Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman who talks about when the CIA came calling, his most painful lessons, and how to underprice AWS and still make money. Read more »
Flash storage pioneer Fusion.io posted a third quarter loss Wednesday night with revenue dropping 27 percent year over year and said its CFO and EVP Dennis Wolf will be leaving the company. The company reported a loss of $27.9 million (28 cents pershare) compared to a profit of $3.9 million (4 cents a share) for the year-ago period. Wolf is leaving to join Datastax.
a privately-held company, according to Fusion.io.
The stock was off more than 25 percent Thursday, to $9.62 per share.
This post was updated at 9:17 a.m. PDT to reflect Wolf’s new job.
A new product code-named Rubicon aims to answer developers’ rapid-fire queries about all aspects of their applications’ performance in real time, said New Relic CEO Lew Cirne. Read more »
Upgrading your network in a high-pressure environment isn’t easy. But finding the fastest way to deploy ethernet fabrics just got easier. Brocade® VCS® fabrics can be deployed five times faster than any other network on the market. See how. Read more »
The Irish data protection chief turned down a request to investigate Facebook’s alleged complicity in the NSA’s PRISM scheme, but campaigners Europe v Facebook have won the right to a judicial review of the decision. Read more »
Airbnb open sourced a new tool called SmartStack that automates the management of the company’s various services. If they’re healthy, SmartStack facilitates communications. If they’re not, it knows and it takes them down. Read more »
The new VC round, led by Meritech Capital Partners, will help Bromium boost the sales push for Microvisor worldwide. Read more »
Enterprise software companies, eager to soak up more of their customers’ IT budget are building out sales and marketing suites to do just that. Read more »