Amazon’s new data-hungry D2 instances target Hadoop workloads

Maria Deutscher | April 1st

Amazon has added a new kind of instance to its public cloud that is specially optimized to handle the massive amounts of data stored and processed in the distributed analytic clusters powering modern decision-making like Hadoop. The...»

Wikibon urges enterprise CIOs to adopt a hybrid cloud manifesto

Bert Latamore | April 1st

Enterprises are turning to hybrid cloud strategies in response to often-fragmented cloud efforts that have seen one group in the IT organization build private clouds on top of virtualized environments while others move existing applications or write...»

Running a Google Cloud Platform deployment? There’s an app for that

Maria Deutscher | April 1st

Google is opening a new front in the competition over the public cloud with the introduction of a mobile monitoring app to complement its infrastructure-as-a-service platform. Google is playing catch-up in this area with Amazon, however,...»

Alation exits stealth aiming to liberate enterprise data from silos

Maria Deutscher | April 1st

While some propose radical centralization as the answer to the inaccessibility of disparate information sources in the enterprise, Alation Inc. is offering a much simpler – and practical – approach to the challenge. The startup exited stealth...»

Mozilla launches free, online threat modelling tool

Mike Wheatley | April 1st

The Mozilla Foundation, best known for its popular Firefox web browser, has teamed up with a bunch of university graduates to develop a free, online 'threat modelling' tool it says can help system administrators to...» invests $5 million into Bitcoin tech startup PeerNova

Duncan Riley | April 1st, Inc. has invested $5 million into San Jose based Bitcoin technology specialist PeerNova Inc., as part of the second tranche of Series A funding.PeerNova Inc., as part of a second tranche of Series A funding. The...»

Microsoft releases its vastly affordable Surface tablet: is this the best non-pro Surface yet?

James Farrell | April 1st

We reported last week that Microsoft was working on a successor to its failed Surface 2 tablet, an affordable non-pro alternative to the Surface Pro 3 that will not run Windows RT. The rumors have...»

Google Drive for Work gets added security features to protect data

Collen Kriel | April 1st

Nine months after launching Drive for Work, a premium cloud storage offering for business users, Google Inc. has announced that it will roll out a host of new security features to both Drive for...»

Flickr adds Public Domain and CC0 designations, SpaceX first to take the leap

Collen Kriel | April 1st

Flickr, the Yahoo-owned photo-sharing platform, has added Public Domain and Creative Commons 0 (CC0) to its list of available copyright designations. Both options will allow users to share their work freely with the public for reuse in any...»

Facebook new Scrapbook feature lets you easily share kiddy photos

Duncan Riley | April 1st

Facebook Inc. has launched a new feature that allows you to create a scrapbook of tagged photos of your children which is shared with your partner. The new feature is the result of a survey by Facebook of parents using...»