Features & News


Informal Survey: Azure Use Almost Equals AWS

An informal survey on a virtualization-specific Web site, visited mainly by IT pros and execs who are familiar with cloud platforms, showed that audience is using Microsoft Azure almost as much as perennial cloud frontrunner Amazon Web Services (AWS).

HP To Add Open, 'Brite Box' Switches

HP announced it will be adding Open Network Switches to its portfolio, reflecting an industry migration away from proprietary, locked-in networking solutions and toward software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and associated new technologies.

Oracle Democratizes Big Data in 'New Approach'

Oracle Corp. announced new products to democratize Big Data technologies, making them simpler and easier to use by IT pros who may not have specialized data scientist training.

ONF Launches Resources To Prod Enterprise Adoption of SDN

Expressing some impatience with the enterprise adoption of open source software-defined networking (SDN) technologies, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) industry consortium announced a new related open source software community and accompanying code repository.

AWS Is Top Choice for Enterprises Moving to the Cloud

Skyhigh Networks released a survey showing that Amazon Web Services leads the growing list of services designed to help enterprises move their operations to the cloud.

Datameer Big Data Service Targets Department-Level Users

Claimed to be the first enterprise-grade Big Data analytics platform targeting department-specific deployments, the new product is part of the exploding movement to simplify the traditionally complicated Hadoop ecosystem.

Cisco Financial Numbers Show SDN Is Paying Off

Contradicting analyst warnings, the company reported strong financial results for its latest fiscal quarter, buoyed by strong sales of its own SDN vision, Application Centric Infrastructure.



Facebook Reveals Open Source, Modular Switch for Datacenters

This week Facebook Inc. unveiled the "6 pack" -- a new "open hardware," modular network switch, which the company is calling the first of its kind.

Red Hat Partners with NEC for Network Functions Virtualization Features

Red Hat said it's working with NEC on network functions virtualization features for its OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution with the goal of developing a carrier-grade service for communication service providers.

Cisco Supports Competing Overlay Technology in Hedging SDN Bets

Cisco Systems Inc. has made several fits and starts in positioning itself for the new era of software-defined networking (SDN), joining some initiatives and projects, proposing its own alternatives and now embracing multiple options.

Brocade Announces SDN Enhancements and New Switch

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced a new switch and software-defined networking (SDN) enhancements to its Brocade VCS fabric portfolio.

Skills Shortage Prompts Democratization of Big Data Analytics

Facing a lack of skilled data scientists, developers and others with advanced statistical and analytics capabilities, Lavastorm Analytics is the latest firm trying to "democratize" Big Data analytics.

Tachyon In-Memory Option Comes To BlueData Platform for Big Data Analytics

A technology preview of the Tachyon in-memory distributed storage system has been added as an option for the Big Data cloud offered by BlueData Software Inc.

AWS Offers Enterprise E-mail Challenge

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS)challenged traditional enterprise e-mail providers such as Microsoft and Google by announcing a preview of Amazon WorkMail.

VoltDB Targets Fast NewSQL Big Data Development

NewSQL company VoltDB Inc. updated its namesake in-memory, scale-out database for faster real-time analyics on streaming data.

Pluribus Networks Gaining SDN Prominence

Pluribus Networks is making waves in the nascent software-defined networking (SDN) arena, recently winning another industry accolade just after it announced substantial new funding.

Study Shows Apache Spark Prominence in Big Data Analytics

The growing traction of the Apache Spark project in Big Data analytics was reaffirmed in a recent survey conducted by reactive programming specialist Typesafe.

Internet of Things Analytics Platform Announced by Wipro and Software AG

Wipro Ltd. and Software AG announced an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for real-time processing of streaming data.

Cloudian Offers HyperStore Software To Make Big Data Smarter

Cloudian Inc. released new HyperStore 5.1 hybrid cloud software that supports the Amazon S3 cloud and integrates with Apache Hadoop for Big Data analytics.

Brocade Ships SDN Controller with Free One-Year License

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. shipped its OpenDaylight-based software-defined networking (SDN) controller that it says can help enterprises avoid vendor lock-in while testing the new technology. To encourage that, the company is offering a free one-year license for the new Vyatta Controller.