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10gen, the creator and commercial entity behind the popular MongoDB database has raised another $42 million and wants to take the technology to an application near you. The money will help 10gen double down on research and development to make MongoDB live up to its hype. Read more »

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NoSQL databases like MongoDB, Cassandra or CouchDB are a key foundation for web startups. But those companies might be better served using an old-fashioned relational database when it comes to their bread-and-butter transactions, according to Thrillist CTO Mark O’Neill. Read more »


Dell may buy Quest Software in a bid to bolster its overall software management play, according to a Bloomberg report. Quest makes management software and tools that could help Dell to become an enterprise services provider — a long-time goal for the PC maker. Read more »

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NASA, one of the two original backers of the OpenStack project, plans to stop actively developing software for that open-source cloud computing platform. NASA executive Karen Petraskas signaled the move at the Uptime Symposium this week, according to a published report. Read more »


According to some researchers, web companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook are doing the research world a disservice because they won’t make their datasets available for peer review. These researchers have a point, but privacy concerns might always trump openness where openness matters at all. Read more »


Consumers are feeling pretty perky about things going into Memorial Day, according to new IBM sentiment analysis. That means stores and hotels might have reason to smile over the holiday weekend, as people seem to want to travel — and shop — over the long weekend. Read more »

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Box's Aaron Levie at GigaOM Net:Work 2011

Cloud storage provider Box adds a more advanced administrative console, enterprise-wide search, enterprise license agreements and support for multiple email domains to its service. Enterprise features like these are a battle ground for cloud service providers trying to convince IT to make the cloud move. Read more »

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The big news out of Hewlett-Packard’s second quarter earnings call is that the company will lose 9,000 employees in FY 2012, with former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch among the departed. Enterprise software chief Bill Veghte will take over stewardship of Autonomy. Read more »

TCS House, headquarters of Tata Consulting Services

Dr. Gautam Shroff, VP of Tata Consultancy Services and the head of the TCS Innovation Lab in Delhi, recently shared his thoughts on the hottest trends in IT. From his vantagepoint he sees the cloud computing discussion as yesterday’s news.

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Cloud storage provider Box experienced a snafu early today, as some users reported via Twitter that they could not access their stored documents. The company acknowledged that some customers experienced difficulty getting to their Box-stored files for about two hours early Tuesday. Read more »

Yotta CEO Coach Wei.

Yottaa, the startup which aims to accelerate website performance, netted $9 million in Series B funding from existing investors General Catalyst Partners, Stata Venture Partners and Cambridge West Ventures as well as some new-but-unnamed backers. That company will use the new funding to bankroll customer recruitment.. Read more »


The bring-your-own-device trend may cause as many problems as it solves, according to IBM CIO Jeanette Horan. BYOD, in which companies let (even encourage) employees to use personal smartphones or tablets to access company applications, boosts productivity. It also causes big IT headaches. Read more »

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The ability to predict energy use and do something about it will become more important as businesses look for ways to reduce costs and use energy more efficiently. A startup called GridNavigator has launched a cloud-based service that performs energy consumption forecasts throughout the day. Read more »


Urban Airship is investing big in its infrastructure, scaling its push messaging platform to deliver 100,000 messages a second. As Airship begins to refine push marketing to take into account location, time and context, it’s becoming critical it deliver notifications in volume and in real time. Read more »

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