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What Is Cloud ?

What Is Cloud ?

I have heard James Urquhart talk several times in the past, but the talk he gave at the recent CloudScale, hosted by Plug and Play Tech, was by far the best and most interesting. He has obviously given this talk a few times elsewhere. CloudScale had a good assortment of presentations and discussions, although each [...]

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Low Power Implies Lightweight Software on Processors

Low Power Implies Lightweight Software on Processors

This year’s ARM TechCon’s theme was low power. As we reduce the power consumption of computer systems, we can apply them to many areas that we never even considered before. Reducing power involves several elements, including low-power processors and memory. But we tend to overlook software impacts. Software includes both utilities and applications. At the [...]

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Conference Watch: How Do Japanese Operators Run Their Data Centers?

Conference Watch: How Do Japanese Operators Run Their Data Centers?

When I proposed a session on the subject of how Japanese operators run their data centers for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Data Center Energy Efficiency Summit, I did not know how many people might show up for it. We use a lot of products from Japan, but our information about Japan and the people [...]

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FluidOps Provides Better Data from Multiple Sources with Semantic Modeling

FluidOps Provides Better Data from Multiple Sources with Semantic Modeling

The market that NoSQL addresses is quite wide and populous. It includes not only databases but also utilities to accelerate data collection, analytics, and visualization. The whole idea of Big Data is to derive useful intelligence and information from the vast amount of data that were ignored and discarded before. So in a way, it [...]

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GigaSpaces Accelerates NoSQL Databases

GigaSpaces Accelerates NoSQL Databases

I video-interviewed GigaSpaces’ Nati Shalom, its founder and chief technology officer, in March regarding their Cloudify product. Nati Shalom Cloudify is a tool to smoothly launch applications in a cloud environment with a recipe that describes everything necessary, including resources and their configurations. GigaSpaces’ new product (at least, I thought it was new) is eXtreme [...]

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Chatting with Bob Wiederhold of Couchbase, NoSQL Database Company

Chatting with Bob Wiederhold of Couchbase, NoSQL Database Company

When you talk to many people in the same domain, you either get totally confused or begin to see some commonality in their views and thus some light. Every vendor has its claims about its technologies and products. Some try to emphasize their merits and downplay their demerits. That is understandable. I sat down with [...]

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VoltDB, NewSQL Database Company

VoltDB, NewSQL Database Company

At the recent NoSQL conference in San Jose, California, I had a chance to chat with Scott Jarr, cofounder and chief strategy officer of VoltDB. I wrote an overview blog where I touched on VoltDB, and this is a detailed version of my conversation with Scott. Scott Jarr When I was researching the NoSQL segment, [...]

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Cloud conversations: AWS Government Cloud (GovCloud)

Cloud conversations: AWS Government Cloud (GovCloud)

Following earlier cloud conversations posts, cloud computing means many things from products to services, functionality and positioned for different layers of service delivery or capabilities (e.g. SaaS, AaaS, PaaS, IaaS and XaaS). Consequently it is no surprise when I hear from different people their opinion, belief or perception of what is or is not a [...]

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Amazon cloud storage options enhanced with Glacier

Amazon cloud storage options enhanced with Glacier

In case you missed it, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has enhanced their cloud services (Elastic Cloud Compute or EC2) along with storage offerings. These include Relational Database Service (RDS), DynamoDB, Elastic Block Store (EBS), and Simple Storage Service (S3). Enhancements include new functionality along with availability or reliability in the wake of recent events (outages [...]

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Google Compute Engine: Infrastructure as a Service

Google Compute Engine: Infrastructure as a Service

As is well known, there are three types of cloud computing: software as a service (SaaS), such as Salesforce.com; platform as a service (PaaS), such as Google App Engine; and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), such as Amazon’s AWS. Google has been in the PaaS space but recently dived into IaaS. A great thing about [...]

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