Primary new featues include tighter platform integration, single sign-on support, discoverability and the capability for rolling upgrades.
Hadoop connectors are now available for Google Cloud Storage, BigQuery and Cloud Datastore.
SAP plays catch-up to competitors by moving key products such as its HANA in-memory database to cloud-based subscription services.
Cloud-based services are just one of the many options IT has when crafting their storage architecture.
Networking and hardware giant Cisco Systems Inc. this week announced it was investing $1 billion to expand its cloud business by developing an "intercloud" -- a network of clouds.
Continuuity Inc. recently announced it was open sourcing its Loom software used to manage Big Data clusters in the cloud.
Some major investors this week infused Cloudera with $160 million in funding, much of which the company said will be used to invest in engineering resources to extend its Apache Hadoop community contributions.
To generate interest in its enterprise-class Watson supercomputer platform now being offered as a service, IBM is encouraging mobile app developers to harness its "cognitive computing" power in a developer challenge contest.
These three trends will play a role in deciding which applications are the best candidates for the cloud.
With budgets under scrutiny, cloud computing may offer a strong ROI -- but only if you calculate costs properly.
What IT should do to secure data in the cloud.
IT must rethink and, in some cases, rearchitect its environment to fully embrace what cloud has to offer.
We look at impact of mobile, cloud, big data, and social media on IT in 2012 and how the technologies will be important in 2013.
Data center managers must anticipate the emergent trends of social, mobile, and cloud and facilitate a collaborative work environment.
What should cloud policies address and how do these policies help IT deliver self-service features for users?
Cloud will set innovating trends for the entire tech industry. Here are three special trends to watch this year.
Pay close attention to these five technology elements before moving to the cloud.
Is FTP losing out to file-sharing cloud services?
Cloud computing, mobile applications, and big data coalesced in 2012 and will shape IT in 2013 and beyond.
We examine the three characteristics any cloud infrastructure should have.