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 »
Many companies have tried to come up with a single service that allows teams to work effectively without email, but former Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield believes he has done it with Slack, which integrates with dozens of different data sources including Twitter Read more »
What if a programmer could write privacy policies into an application that would be enforced throughout the lifetime and workflow of that application? That’s what Jeeves aims to do. Read more »
Global debates about internet governance are set to heat up in the coming years, so the European Union has set out its standpoint, with true globalization and human rights being non-negotiable principles. Read more »
Netflix is the latest company to acknowledge that it’s researching new approaches to artificial intelligence that could help improve its products. Although it hasn’t said where it might apply deep learning models, the company has plenty of image and text data to learn from. Read more »
AeroFS, Accellion, Egnyte queue up IT friendly alternatives to Dropbox, while Boxcryptor, nCrypted Cloud camp seeks to make it more it more secure and palatable to the C-suite. Read more »
The addition of Singapore facility brings Digital Ocean’s data center total to six worldwide. Read more »
Proliant customers who are not covered by warranty or support contracts will have to start coughing up cash to pay for firmware updates later this month. Read more »
In the age of data snooping, customers need to know that no one — not their cloud provider or cloud management company — holds the key to their data, says TwinStrata CEO Nicos Vekiarides. Read more »
Rackspace shares took a beating in Monday after-hours trading on the news that Lanham Napier is retiring as CEO, but the company isn’t rushing to name a replacement. Read more »
Lanham Napier will retire from role he’s held since 2006, Rackspace announced just before its earnings call. Read more »
Brave man: Bill Gates showed up on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything Monday morning. Here are some takeaways. Read more »
Red Hat and Hortonworks are integrating a number of technologies to give joint customers a more seamless experience running their Hadoop workloads on private cloud or virtualized infrastructure. In an upstart market worth billions, it helps to have friends like Red Hat. Read more »
Splice Machine, a startup promising a SQL-on-Hadoop database that can handle both transactional and analytic workloads, has closed a $15 million series B round of venture capital from InterWest Partners, along with Mohr Davidow Ventures. Supporting transactional workloads would put Splice Machine in a good position among the glut of companies and projects letting users perform SQL operations on Hadoop, because most are strictly for analytics. The big question for Splice Machine, though, might be whether companies actually want to run transactions on that data or whether they’re willing to stick to a tried-and-true database for that.