Cloud Companies

Why a DIY Big Data Stack Is a Better Option

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Shion Deysarkar.

Today, many conversations within the big data community are centered around the rise of the standard, big data stack, which includes utilities like HDFS, HBase, and other increasingly-popular applications. While settling on a standard big data stack is deeply important to the big data industry as a whole, I’m nonetheless questioning the operational and competitive consequences for companies who choose to buy into this standard without first considering the value of building their own proprietary solution.

Where We Are Today: Limited Choice

Mint Sets Spending Data Free

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Liz Gannes.

The online personal-finance assistant Mint often mines user data for trends and interesting charts to feature on its popular corporate blog. Now the Intuit-owned company is preparing to release the data it’s collected on behalf of its 3 million users. The new Mint Data product is currently publicly available as a soft launch, and should be announced to the public in the next few weeks. Instead of  simply allowing logged-in members to look at their personal finances, now any visitor can access aggregate spending data for hundreds of U.S. cities.

Salesforce.com's Jigsaw acquisition 'will improve data quality'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  Neil Hill.

Salesforce.com has said data quality improvements will result from its purchase of Jigsaw.

Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM takes crowd-sourced information from Jigsaw and applies it to Salesforce.com applications such as Chatter.

This is intended to keep the data being employed in such systems as up-to-date as possible.

The company believes data quality will be improved for its business applications as there are around 1.4 million people updating Jigsaw's database, as well as about 22 million contacts linked into its services, reports ZDNet.

Motive Systems Goes to the Cloud with M-Files

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

There is a new version of M-Files document management software on the market. It’s a cloud-based version of the popular Motive Systems solution.

Why Intel's Bullish on Virtualization

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: David Needle.

Virtualization has proven to be a key asset to IT departments faced with shrinking technology budgets and demands to do more with less. Enterprises dealing with so-called server sprawl, the ready addition of new server hardware to meet increased demand for IT services, have been turning to virtualization as a way to consolidate those physical machines to save both money and space.

Facebook & the Right to Privacy

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Dell pulls out of battle with HP for 3Par

Grazed from BBC.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Dell has pulled out of bidding for 3Par after rival Hewlett-Packard raised its offer for the data storage company to $33 a share, or $2.1bn (£1.34bn).

"We took a measured approach throughout the process and have decided to end these discussions," said Dave Johnson, a Dell senior vice president.

Dell, whose $32-a-share bid had been agreed by 3Par's board, said it was entitled to a $72m break-fee from 3Par.

HP and Dell have battled for 3Par since Dell bid $18 per share in mid-August.

Although 3Par had backed Dell as preferred bidder, a statement issued on Thursday said HP's most recent offer was superior.

How VMware Plans to Control the Cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Gary Orenstein.

One area where VMware did not disappoint this week is breadth of vision. In just a handful of years, the company has gone from the defacto hypervisor provider to an all-encompassing software infrastructure vendor for virtualization and cloud computing. Even for someone watching the industry, the volume of announcements can be overwhelming.

VMware breaks down the product set into three layers: infrastructure, application platforms and end-user computing. With an eye on understanding specific products, here’s what I saw this week:

What We’re Reading About the Cloud on Sept. 1

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Salesforce Integrates Jigsaw — Refining Contact Data

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ben Kepes.