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Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

Google reckons it will soon be slinging ads at us from our cars, thermostats, watches, and more. Goody. This grim hyper-capitalist future is as inevitable as it is depressing, and was disclosed by Google in a letter to the US Securities and Exchange Commission that was published on Tuesday. The SEC had asked the world's most …
Jack Clark, 21 May 2014
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'I run my business from my phone' says Benioff as Salesforce shovels $93m into the furnace

Salesforce is in the fortunate business where it can simply raise its cloud-coated hand in the air and a fraction of the trillions of dollar bills being blown around the global economy will stick to it. At least, that was the message on the enterprise software-as-a-service company's first quarter earnings call for its fiscal …
Jack Clark, 20 May 2014

Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

The Chinese government has banned Windows 8 from a sizeable chunk of public-sector PCs – capping off a long-running dispute with Microsoft over the company's decision to cut support for XP. The ban was announced by the government's IT procurement agency in a notice posted online on Friday. It was addressed to vendors bidding …
Jack Clark, 20 May 2014
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Atten-hut! Linux Foundation welcomes three new recruits

Two companies that represent the profound changes rippling through the tech industry have joined The Linux Foundation. Distributed Linux OS company "CoreOS" and networking software specialist Cumulus Networks announced on Monday that they had joined open source advocacy, collaboration, and support group. These two companies …
Jack Clark, 19 May 2014
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EU phone home! Cloudy transatlantic cable coughs, gags, chokes

Updated A major transatlantic cable linking the EU and the US appears to have been cut, causing major problems for cloud operators. Global frontend security service Cloudflare and huge hoster DigitalOcean both reported significant connectivity problems on Monday as a consequence of a fault in the Telia transatlantic cable. Most large …
Jack Clark, 19 May 2014

Google snaps up Divide to splice biz and personal phones together

Google is preparing to bring unruly employee-owned phones under corporate dominion through the acquisition of a company that makes mobile device management tech. The enterprise smartphone startup Divide wrote on Monday that it had been acquired by the ad-slinger for an undisclosed sum. "We're thrilled to announce that Divide …
Jack Clark, 19 May 2014
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Cloud computing aka 'The future is trying to KILL YOU'

Analysis What do all ailing enterprise IT companies have in common? Trouble in their core businesses due to the rise of cloud computing. The repercussions that the technology is having on the IT business are all around us, and its effects on the industry are as inevitable as gravity on a dropped bowling ball. Cloud computing's rise …
Jack Clark, 17 May 2014
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PostgreSQL 9.4's secret weapon? YES, IT'S A NEW FILE FORMAT!

Judging by the latest beta version of the open source PostgreSQL database, the differences between SQL and NoSQL approaches are fading over time. With the beta release of the open source PostgreSQL 9.4 database on Thursday, administrators have been given more of the features typically associated with NoSQL systems like MongoDB …
Jack Clark, 16 May 2014

OpenStack kingpin Rackspace hires bankers to help it mull 'inbound strategic proposals'

Updated Rackspace has retained Morgan Stanley to help it evaluate "inbound strategic proposals". In other words, a partnership or acquisition is something that may lie in Rackspace's future, according to Bloomberg, which broke the news on Thursday. "Our board decided to hire Morgan Stanley to evaluate the inbound strategic proposals …
Jack Clark, 15 May 2014

Splice Machine revs up Derby for SQL-on-Hadoop system

Startup Splice Machine has revealed its plan to take on database incumbents by letting people run a relational database management system on top of Hadoop's resilient free file system. The company believes that where other SQL-on-Hadoop companies, like DrawnToScale, have failed, it will succeed. With its launch this week of a …
Jack Clark, 14 May 2014

HP: OpenStack's networking nightmare Neutron 'was everyone's fault'

OpenStack Summit HP has admitted that the networking component of OpenStack sucks, and that the community needs to have a serious think about how to develop it in the future. The enterprise IT company's chief operating officer for cloud, Saar Gillai, told El Reg on Tuesday that the reason why OpenStack's "Neutron" system has had so many …
Jack Clark, 13 May 2014
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Red Hat burps out cloudy OpenStack beta distribution

OpenStack Summit Red Hat has released a beta of a new OpenStack distribution that gives customers greater choice over the types of networking systems they pair with the project's troubled Neutron component. The availability of Red Hat's snappily named Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5.0 (RHELOP5, for those who have a fetish for …
Jack Clark, 13 May 2014
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'Behold my creation: Postgres-XL' bellows TransLattice

Database upstart TransLattice has burped out a new free version of the Postgres database, based on tech it acquired from StormDB. It claims the softweare is ideal for supporting modern web-based applications. The company reckons this database, dubbed Postgres-XL, has "extreme online transaction processing scalability and …
Jack Clark, 13 May 2014

Yee-haw! Rackspace shares soar on – gasp – healthy results

When Rackspace's chief executive Lanham Napier shocked analysts with his resignation last quarter, things looked bad for the company. But its latest financial results indicate that the company has weathered the transition. Napier's outgoing comments that the company's numbers looked "pretty darn formidable" have been borne out …
Jack Clark, 12 May 2014
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Rackspace: OpenStack is the 'Rebel Alliance' in fight for future of cloud

OpenStack Summit 2014 In Atlanta, where the drinks are syrupy and the air hangs over you like a wet, warm blanket, four and a half thousand people have assembled to work on a crazy idea. The idea? That a band of companies with different allegiances and areas of focus can come together to build some freely available tools that will let you, me, and …
Jack Clark, 12 May 2014
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OpenStack Foundation thunks down cloud buyers guide

The OpenStack Foundation has launched a catalogue of products, services and even companies based around the cloud management tech. The "Openstack Marketplace" is meant to solve the confusion that buyers deal with when inspecting the fragmented OpenStack ecosystem, and makes it simple for prospective users of the open source …
Jack Clark, 12 May 2014
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Microsoft gins up admin-soothing Azure file vault

Microsoft has made it easier for Windows admins to migrate applications up into the cloud via a sysadmin-friendly file-sharing service. The Microsoft Azure Files tech was announced at TechEd on Monday and gives admins a way to create a pool of storage and attach it to multiple virtual machines within the same data center. This …
Jack Clark, 12 May 2014
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Cassandra can FINALLY predict the future

The company behind the Cassandra database has partnered with a big-brained computer science company to add real-time analytics to its technology. Datastax announced on Thursday that it had partnered with Apache Spark's steward Databricks to bring the service to Cassandra, giving users of the system a way to rapidly generate …
Jack Clark, 08 May 2014
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Pivotal fluffs up *sigh* Cloud Foundry *sigh* cloud for battle in the *sigh* cloud

What is old is new again, as yet another company makes a bet that platform-as-a-services clouds are the future and Amazon Web Services's infrastructure-as-a-service tech is the past. This time its VMware-spinoff Pivotal, which has launched a "Pivotal Web Services" cloud based on its own Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service to …
Jack Clark, 08 May 2014

EMC: New products 'more ViPR than vapor'

Analysis Most big companies eventually get taken apart by an unforeseen competitor applying a technology in a novel way. EMC thinks it's seen the threat facing its business early enough that it can avoid the kind of slow, sad, decline that typified once-great titans like DEC and Sun Microsystems. At EMC World in Las Vegas this week …
Jack Clark, 07 May 2014

App.net: 'Good news, we've made money; bad news, we're all fired'

Ad-free social network App.net has clawed enough cash from subscription revenues to let it be "profitable and self-sustaining," – albeit without any employees. The surprising news was disclosed by App.net chief Dalton Caldwell in a blog post on Tuesday. Though the post indicates App.net is in rude health, it is not quite strong …
Jack Clark, 06 May 2014
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VMware brings Cloud Foundry up on vCHS as EMC spins-up CF-based software

VMware has finally launched Cloud Foundry on its vCloud Hybrid Service cloud alongside a broader partnership with big daddy EMC. The virtualization company's chief executive Pat Gelsinger said on Tuesday at EMC World in Las Vegas that Cloud Foundry will soon be available on top of the company's vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) cloud …
Jack Clark, 06 May 2014
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SAP cloaks HANA in terabyte dress for VMware's dance hall

Updated VMware and SAP have partnered to let a virtualized breed of the in-memory data muncher HANA run on customer-owned hardware as well as in the public cloud. The deal was announced by the two companies on Monday, and means that companies running vSphere 5.5 have another way to access SAP's in-memory data fiddler. When running on …
Jack Clark, 06 May 2014

Inktank's founder blabs to El Reg about Ceph's ERASURE TIERS

Red Hat may have just agreed to buy Ceph-backer Inktank, but that hasn't slowed down the open source project. Late Monday or early Tuesday morning, Ceph's main developer Inktank will release "Firefly", the 0.80 release of the open source Ceph object store and filesystem. Firefly comes with two features that, like beer and pie [ …
Jack Clark, 06 May 2014
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EMC gobbles up top-secret flash startup DSSD

EMC World 2014 Data storage giant EMC has acquired a stealthy startup named DSSD led by some of the top brains behind the ZFS filesystem. EMC announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the "rack-scale flash storage" company DSSD during a press conference at its EMC World conference in Las Vegas on Monday. DSSD is a stealth- …
Jack Clark, 05 May 2014