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Data centers don’t have to be powered by a solar farm to be smart about their energy consumption — often times it’s the far less glamorous choices that can lead to energy savings. Those are the choices that Belgian startup Cluttr is helping data center operators make. Read more »

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For companies looking for easier solutions for managing big data, Cirro offers an interesting set of products that allow non-technical analysts to manage large sets of data and access them through basic desktop applications like Microsoft Excel. Their mission is to “bring big data to the desktop.” Read more »

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Google's Hangouts recognize people, even if they are just a photo.

Google is teaching computers to recognize human faces without telling the algorithms which faces are human. It’s a machine-learning problem made for this era of unstructured data and access to large compute clusters. It’s also the next big opportunity in tech — enabling computers to “see.” Read more »

Aaron Levie Box Structure 2012
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Cloud storage player Box is launching its mobile app framework OneCloud for Android on Monday, just in time for the Google I/O Conference. Included in the apps selection is Docusign Ink, Breezy, iAnnotate and Fetchnotes, said Chris Yeh, VP of platforms for Box. Read more »

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Running a business that stores data in the cloud is becoming popular, but many of the security aspects of a large user base are things that companies still want to do on their own. Stormpath, which won the “people’s choice” award during the Launchpad competition at GigaOM’s Structure conference, was founded to solve that problem. Read more »

Typesafe continues to push the Scala programming language and associated Akka middleware as top-tier software development tools for the webscale age, and now claims Juniper Networks as a convert. The networking hardware giant will use Scala and Akka in upcoming — and undisclosed — products. Read more »

Scale breaks everything. When you move from thinking 10,000 servers is a lot to buying hundreds of thousands a year your perspectives change. And that shift in perspective has changed the information technology industry. We cover some of the biggest takeaways from our Structure 2012 conference. Read more »

Keen Launchpad winner Structure 2012
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The thinking behind is pretty simple: No one should have to build their own analytics infrastructure, especially not mobile developers. So Keen built an analytics infrastructure for them — well enough to win over the judges at GigaOM’s Structure Launchpad competition on Wednesday. Read more »


Real-time data is coming to video, courtesy of Ooyala: The video platform vendor is launching a real-time analytics dashboard for big video publishers this summer, allowing them to adjust live video streams as needed. The offering is powered by technology open sourced by Twitter. Read more »

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When Mozilla released Firefox 4 in early 2011, it displayed a real-time download counter on its website. How could the site process that much data that quickly? SQLstream CEO Damian Black explained at GigaOM’s Structure conference Thursday that the secret was dataflow. Read more »

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Netflix stores the master copy of its data in the cloud, and the company’s director of architecture Adrian Cockcroft thinks that startups should do the same thing. Cockcroft shared some of Netflix’s experiences with AWS as part of a guru panel at GigaOM’s Structure conference. Read more »

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Data center operators are looking to differentiate themselves on efficiency and geography, says Kevin Timmons, the CTO of co-location data center operator CyrusOne, at GigaOM’s Structure event on Thursday. Read more »

Vivek Kunda Structure 2012
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When Vivek Kundra walked into the White House as the first Chief Information Officer for the federal government, his new staff handed him a stack of PDF documents representing more than $27 billion in IT spending projects that were over budget. Kundra, who recently joined […] Read more »

Satya Nadella Microsoft Structure 2012
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Microsoft plans to bring big data to the little guy, said Satya Nadella, the executive directing the company’s gigantic Windows Azure cloud effort. It’s backend work with Hadoop is a big piece, but the linkage to Excel will bring big data to the masses. Read more »

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Facebook is boosting its edge network with its own servers to speed the delivery of its photos according to Frank Frankovsky, a VP at the social networking company. Frankovsky outed his plans onstage at the structure 2012 event and explained how he hopes to scale. Read more »

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