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Amazon is looking more like an enterprise tech vendor all the time. On Thursday, it announced spruced-up support offerings for customers deploying work on the AWS cloud. As it woos companies to put mission-critical loads into Amazon’s cloud, expect more support services to come. Read more »


To deal with the BYOD wave, Gartner recommends that companies roll out mobile data protection, mobile device management and fund special mobility strategy teams within IT to handle the issue. IT folks would likely welcome that, but won’t hold their breath. Read more »

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Can data centers play a role in helping utilities maintain grid stability? It might sound weird, but data centers are built with about 20 percent extra capacity and on top of that can have utilization rates as low as 10 percent. Read more »


Wipro’s latest IT foray — a global infrastructure as a service for enterprises — shows how the giant Indian outsourcers are striving to become strategic cloud partners for their business clients and compete for cloud implementation money with IBM, CSC, as well as their in-country rivals. Read more »


Cisco’s plans to capitalize and perhaps marginalize the emerging software defined networking sector are now in full view, and for those wondering how the world’s largest networking gear maker plans to deal with the commodification of networking gear the answer is in the northbound traffic. Read more »


Amazon Web Services already has a winner with its Elastic MapReduce Hadoop service, and now it’s turning up the heat by adding MapR’s Hadoop distribution as an option. Users can take advantage of MapR’s performance features while also having integration with AWS’s suite of cloud services. Read more »

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In a recent blog post, NASA’s CIO Linda Cureton gives both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services a shout-out for helping NASA save money while serving its constituencies. But she made no mention of OpenStack, the cloud platform NASA helped bring to life. Read more »


One year after launching into the Hadoop market with much anticipation, Yahoo spinoff Hortonworks finally has a product available. The company announced version 1.0 of its flagship Hortonworks Data Platform on Tuesday, as well as a High Availability version designed with new partner VMware. Read more »

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IT professionals besieged by demands to support all manner of non-corporate tablets and smartphones in the workplace really want users to know that there’s a reason for their reluctance: BYOD, they say, isn’t easy in an era of cut-rate IT budgets. Read more »


Cloud isn’t just an IT decision, it’s a state of operations. And in this second post from Mark Thiele on why executives need to help choose a cloud management platform, he explains how and why the decision to go cloud should involve the entire business. Read more »

What can coal teach us about the cloud?

Today, conventional wisdom suggests that cloud computing will bring increased efficiency to computing markets, which will then decrease costs. Cloud computing will allow organizations to cut IT spending and help relieve pressure on IT budgets. But that’s not going to happen. Read more »


The most striking thing about the Meet Azure launch event was how far Microsoft went to paint Windows Azure as, well not very Windows like. Open source oriented technologies — MySQL, WordPress, Ubuntu, CentOS were all highlighted. That’s not very Windows like. Read more »


Enterprises unnerved by the bring-your-own-device movement that many had promoted are now trying to lock down employees’ own devices for security purposes. The unintended consequence is that many of those employees, frustrated by these restrictions, just use unsanctioned devices instead. Read more »


Desktop virtualization and cloud computing vendor Citrix Systems is expanding into the mobile infrastructure market, announcing on Thursday it plans to acquire mobile traffic optimization company Bytemobile. The companies didn’t disclose the terms of the deal, but they expect it to close in the third quarter. Read more »


Privatecore, a startup launched by two VMware veterans, aims to build a secure hypervisor to protect virtualized cloud computing workloads from physical threat. It will use $2.25 million in seed funding from Foundation Capital to staff up for that effort. Read more »

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In a move to expand its utility beyond simply finding better answers to known statistical problems, hot data-science startup Kaggle is now letting its stable of expert data scientists compete to tell companies how they can improve their businesses using machine learning. Read more »

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