Cloud Trends

Startups Aim to Chip Away at the Microsoft Office Empire

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ben Kepes.

Startup Makes Probability-Based Chips for Big Data Apps

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

Lyric Semiconductor, a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup that was spun out of MIT in 2006, today announced a revolutionary new approach to processing data called probability processing. It wants to make chips that are fit for a world drowning in information and dealing with data deluge.

The company was started by Dr. Ben Vigoda, a chip industry veteran, and MIT Scientist and chip industry veteran David Reynolds. It’s backed by Analog Devices CEO and lead partner of Stata Ventures, Ray Stata, with more than $20 million in funding from DARPA. It’s coming out of stealth today.

How To Find a Customer in a Divided IT Universe

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Alex Benik.

The Cloud Cozies Up to Healthcare

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ben Kepes.

The Obama administration has plans to release $44 billion in stimulus money aimed at getting doctors to adopt electronic health records (EHR), and the programs are helping fuel innovation in the cloud. I recently posted a story contending that cloud applications can create a statistical goldmine. This goldmine exists not only in commercial settings, but also in areas that could directly benefit all citizens, such as in electronic health records.

RightScale Shows Cloud Adoption Picking Up

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ben Kepes.

RightScale, the cloud computing management vendor looking to create a niche for itself by automating the deployment and management of cloud platforms, today said in a blog post that it has tracked a 1,000 percent increase in its customer cloud infrastructure spend from June 2009 to June 2010. While statistics like this are sometimes little more than PR spin, it’s interesting to dive into the statistics to see what they really mean in terms of cloud adoption in production environments.

Whatever the Numbers, Cloud Growth is Skyrocketing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

UBS research report sparked a lot of discussion this week with its estimate that Amazon Web Services’ total revenue will top $500 million this year and $1.1 billion by 2014. Analyzing the numbers is fine, but, as I discuss in my weekly column at GigaOM Pro, I think it’s most telling to look at the growth curve when assessing the promise of cloud computing.

Six Critical Questions CIOs Should Ask Before Entering the Cloud

Grazed from Logicalis.  Author: Editorial Staff.

System Building and the Cloud: It's Time to Prepare

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Geoffrey Oldmixen.

For system builders who sell custom infrastructure and systems to SMBs, the proliferation of hosted applications and services is likely a troubling trend. After all, the more popular cloud computing gets, the less hardware SMBs will need to buy.

So what can system builders expect in the coming years? How much erosion of sales will there really be as the cloud grows? And are there any opportunities?

Standardisation 'can improve data quality'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  Neil Hill.

The most common way to improve and ensure data quality is through standardisation techniques.

This is the view of a recent report on the issue of product data by The Data Warehousing Institute (TWDI), reports Information Management.

It stated that regardless of the type of data being examined, standardisation can help to support the diverse and complex standards of business information.

The report added that product data quality can be further enhanced with the addition of as much extra information as possible.