Dec. 2: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

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Chalk another one (two, actually) up for Hadoop. Among the big news today is Apple stepping up its Hadoop development efforts, and Datameer targeting social-gaming companies for its Hadoop-powered spreadsheet application. Elsewhere, data center spending is still high, and IBM is looking to revolutionize high-end processors.

Apple Quietly Joins Ranks of Hadoop Users (From InfoWorld) I can’t really say this comes as a surprise. Any company serving content — especially ads — over the web (or mobile) should be using Hadoop. Insights mean money, and Hadoop is a big help.

Datameer Brings Hadoop’s Processing Power to Social Gaming Analytics (From Inside Social Games) This is a pretty ideal use case for Hadoop, although I wonder how many social gaming companies would rather pay a couple hundred grand a year rather than build their own Hadoop applications.

Six Months After “What is Data Science?” (From O’Reilly Radar) This is a recap of O’Reilly’s Big Data and analytics coverage over the past several months. It’s some insightful analysis on a topic that GigaOM readers know is just getting bigger.

$3.5 Billion in Data Center Deals Since 2008 (From Data Center Knowledge) I’m telling you, any talk of a data center bubble is seriously off the mark. Some of that demand might concentrate into a smaller number of data centers, but the demand is there.

IBM Chips the Laser Light Fantastic (From InsideHPC) IBM always has something up its sleeve, although this seems a long way off in terms of production. Still, it will be a big differentiator when it happens.

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