• What GE's cloud computing foray means for big data

    As if GE doesn't already have enough on its plate, the company entered the cloud computing marketing this week, announcing plans to provide cloud-based analytics services for its industrial customers.

  • CERN modernizes IT infrastructure with OpenStack and Puppet

    CERN is making the infrastructure that handles the data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) more flexible by upgrading it with OpenStack for virtualization and Puppet for configuration management.

  • Making peril permanent: Google's Gmail app redesign

    Google's recent update of its Gmail app made archive the default setting, encouraging its users to save their email, literally, forever.

  • GE thinks it's time to put industrial data in the Cloud

    Internet tools are just starting to be applied to industrial tasks such as maintaining equipment and optimizing operations, but the wealth of data being produced by industrial systems could make this a major focus of development in the coming years.

  • Microsoft Dynamics ERP software now available on the Azure cloud

    Microsoft is upping the stakes in the growing market for cloud-based ERP, with its Dynamics GP 2013 and NAV 2013 products now available for deployment on its Azure service.

  • Forrester: PaaS makes developers happy

    Although the platform as a service (PaaS) market is smaller than both IaaS and SaaS segments of the Cloud computing industry, research firm Forrester says this technology could be one of the most important cloud-based services for businesses moving forward.

  • Venture firm Accel makes another huge Big Data bet

    Accel Partners Tuesday announced a $100 million fund to back software companies exploiting the technology foundation built by the first wave of Big Data start-ups.

  • Walmart taking the Chromebook mainstream

    Walmart has begun selling the Chromebook in 2,800 of its approximately 4,600 U.S. stores, expanding the reach of this still-on-the-margins platform. Staples too.

  • Oklahoma data centers are ready for tornadoes

    The threat of tornadoes in Oklahoma is real, but the data centers in that state are ready. Insider (registration required)

  • European and US cloud providers go head-to-head after NSA revelations

    European cloud providers think the U.S. spy scandal will result in more enterprises choosing local alternatives over the likes of Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, which, on the other hand, are adamant that they aren't taking part in programs such as Prism.

  • Ten best practices for the cloud

    According to the IT industry trade association CompTIA, "over 80% of companies now claim to use some form of cloud solution, whether that be virtual machines that can be spun up on demand or applications that can be easily procured and put into use."

  • Spy-proof enterprise encryption is possible, but daunting

    Data encryption could help enterprises protect their sensitive information against mass surveillance by governments, as well as guard against unauthorized access by ill-intended third parties, but the correct implementation and use of data encryption technologies is not an easy task, according to security experts.

  • ACMA calls for cloud code of conduct

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has come out in favour of a cloud computing code of conduct, arguing that it will improve consumer confidence in service providers.

  • Microsoft protects Cloud with directory-integrated two-factor authentication

    Microsoft is upping the security on Azure with Active Authentication, a new service now in preview which allows enterprises to secure access to hosted applications such as Office 365 with two-factor authentication.

  • IT isn't going away, says Fox CIO

    The next summer blockbuster out of 20th Century Fox might be called "The Incredible Shrinking Data Center."

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