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 »
The San Francisco startup will use fresh funding from General Catalyst and KPCB to add more regional coverage and more features. Read more »
Expect Labs has unveiled the MindMeld API, a set of artificial intelligence capabilities delivered as a service. Developers can use it to create smart applications that know what types of content and search results to recommend, and when. Read more »
Legal issues forced Microsoft to rename SkyDrive, which it’s now officially pushing worldwide as OneDrive with some new features and, yes, free stuff. Read more »
The company, which sells Google Apps-rivalling software to telcos and hosting outfits (and offers it all free to the open source crowd), has unveiled OX Drive and a new communications app based on WebRTC technology. Read more »
When a cloud customer even casually mentions the possibility of moving some loads on-site, all hell can break loose, as we saw on Tuesday. Read more »
A security startup called Elastica came out of stealth mode on Tuesday, and brought with it $6.3 million in venture capital from the Mayfield Fund. Elastica tries to protect corporate data scattered across the dozens of cloud services companies might be using and, like so many other security startups, is touting its use of data science techniques to accomplish its goal. Elastica does have an impressive pedigree, though, both with the Ph.Ds. on its founding team and with advisers including Rayid Ghani (Obama for America, Edgeflip), Tom Reilly (ArcSight, Cloudera), M.C. Srivas (MapR) and Ion Stoica (UC Berkeley, Conviva, Databricks).
Intel has launched its latest top-of-the-line chips for servers. These are the bruisers that make up the silicon in high performance computing and super fast financial transactions. The Xeon E7v2 class of chips features up to 15 cores, a massive amount of in-memory data capacity to make processing large amounts of data on chip possible, and performance that’s twice the average of the previous generation of chips. These processors hold a few surprises, as the Register details in its in-depth exploration of the silicon and the business case.
Graham Younger joins Box after previous stints at SAP’s SuccessFactors unit, IBM and Tibco — all big-time enterprise software vendors. Read more »
Mirantis says it has support from many IT players — but not Red Hat — for its plan to open-source driver certifications for OpenStack. Read more »
Metacloud takes its managed OpenStack service to Internap’s data centers to provide customers with a hybrid cloud. Read more »
Houston startup began life offering a cloud cost assessment tool but is now broadening out to handle multi-cloud management and migration capabilities all in one suite. Read more »
The week in cloud: IT spending on cloud infrastructure and services will grow a healthy 20 percent to 172.4 billion next year, according to IHS Technology. Read more »
The co-founders of Opower tell us about the top 5 trends they’re watching when it comes to utilities. Read more »
It didn’t take long for the Hadoop market to become a juggernaut, and it won’t take long for it to undergo some significant technological changes. Cloudera co-founder and chief strategy officer Mike Olson came on the Structure Show podcast to break it down. Read more »
Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci argues that we aren’t living in either Orwell’s 1984 or Bentham’s Panopticon, and that the same tools that allow governments and companies to surveil us — often with our permission — also give ordinary citizens substantial power Read more »
In developing markets, businesses and NGOs often can’t communicate with their customers and clients through email, the web or social networking. But they can communicate with SMS. Read more »
Collecting student data digitally isn’t solely something for massive open online courses. Even university professors and their students can benefit from transforming the lecture experience into one designed to go anywhere and collect data all along the way. Read more »
Wi-Fi may seem like an established market, but there are still companies trying to improve on the decade -old technology. Aerohive is trying to propel itself further into enterprise Wi-Fi by going public. Read more »
Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps says that a decade of mega-merger deals approved by the communications regulator helped destroy independent journalism and local media, and he is sorry for the role he played in making that happen Read more »
On its last earnings call, IBM laid the groundwork for more layoffs, and now they’re here. As Big Blue tries to reinvent itself, heads are rolling. Read more »
Comcast has offered to merge with Time Warner in a $45-billion deal that would combine two of the country’s largest cable providers. Here’s what you need to know about the potential impact of such a merger and whether it is likely to be approved or not Read more »
IBM’s Fiberlink unit surveyed more than 250,000 Android enterprise devices it manages and found that Samsung leads the pack in adoption. Read more »
The company behind the VMstore storage appliance says more applications will require the speed of flash going forward.Tin Read more »
Dropbox is fighting hard to win the enterprise cloud storage market, and Dennis Woodside may have the experience it needs to head up that effort. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show, Mike Olson talks about why Cloudera keeps a sharp eye on new consumer internet technology and we wonder about Rackspace’s CEO planning now that Microsoft has finally settled down Read more »
Cisco reported financial results Wednesday and while the company saw a drop in both revenue and profits, the company is investing in the internet of things. Cisco said it has allocated $100 million to invest in early stage companies to help it move the connected world forward. The company has already said it expects the internet of everything to drive growth in its services revenue from 20 percent of total sales to 30 percent, and has announced, but not delivered an entirely new architecture for a world of connected devices speaking to the cloud.
There has been a lot of data industry news this week coming out of the Strata conference, and elsewhere. Here are some of the highlights. Read more »
According to venture legend John Doerr, Google is designing its own silicon for its data centers. But he stopped short of confirming rumors that the search giant was designing ARM-based chips as was reported in December. Doerr, speaking at a chip conference, also said that Facebook would be next. He’s right. Computing is the primary cost for Google, Amazon Web Services and Facebook and designing their own silicon could lower that cost. And thanks to more modular designs and advances in the ARM architecture, the cost of designing custom chips has fallen into a range where the benefits outweigh design costs.
In a not-very-surprising move, PayPal is shutting down the mobile development platform it bought in December and will focus those resources on — what else? — electronic payments. Read more »
If there’s customer demand and if Google and VMware deliver a credible service, there’s synergy all over the place here. And both companies could make headway vs. both Amazon and Microsoft. Read more »