Dec. 14: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

There was lots of cloud and Big Data news today, including from Clustrix, Karmasphere, CloudBees and EMC, but the biggest has to be the Sixth Circuit’s holding protecting email under the Fourth Amendment. Data privacy is one the biggest issues facing cloud computing, and today’s holding is a good first step — although it’s just that.

Appeals Court: Email Communication Is Protected Under the Fourth Amendment (From ZDNet) I can’t overstate how big a deal this is, especially if courts in others circuits follow suit. However, extending the holding to cloud data isn’t a guarantee based on the court’s language.

Karmasphere Analyst First to Bring Hive to the Desktop (From Karmasphere) As with most things Hadoop, Hive is useful, but not necessarily designed for ease of use. Making SQL queries against Hadoop from the desktop is a big deal if it brings in business users.

A Profile of Apache Hadoop MapReduce Computing Efficiency (From the Cloudera blog) It’s a valid question: Hadoop is great, but will it result in huge power bills? I’m looking forward to the second part of this post, in which the results are revealed.

Instant Storage Cloud: Just Add Atmos (From The Register) Very smart move by EMC, which I assume is seeing more competition selling to cloud providers than it ever expected. If it can ease the process of offering cloud storage, service providers should line up.

Rackspace Brings Service Levels to the Cloud (From Rackspace) Rackspace and OpSource both announced offerings today that combine managed services with cloud resources. Maybe they see value in what Datapipe is doing with AWS.

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