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As we are approaching the year end in 2013, we have seen significant growth of big data this year in the rear mirror. Looking forward, what will be the forecast for the upcoming new year? Where are technologies headed in 2014? There are many interesting movements and activities in the technology frontier. It is exciting that more open source innovations are steadily changing the paradigm. The following items are predicted to be the Top 5 hot areas next year: Connection, Hybrid, Analytics, SDX, and Mobile (CHASM). Connection: The Internet of everything enables people, devices and everybody objects to be connected on Internet, which has been changing our life styles. Lightweight technologies such as MQTT will facilitate the use of wearable/embedded devices and sensors in constrained networks. Hybrid: Cloud computing continues to expand, particularly in the field of the... (more)

Three Things Software and Hardware in the Data Path Must Have

The software-everywhere drumbeat continues to resound across the entire industry. Experts assure us that software can perform as well as hardware thanks to Moore's law and other advances in chip technology. Let's assume that's true. Performance of software components is acceptable. Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about some of the just-as-critical-but-less-mentioned capabilities that software must have if it's going to be running in the data path. First, let's define what "in the data path" means, cause some folks may not be familiar with that term. You can think of "t... (more)

Couchbase Partners with ElasticBox, Cloudsoft and CumuLogic

Couchbase on Tuesday announced the expansion of its partner ecosystem. Newly announced partnerships with Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and ElasticBox will give customers the option to deploy Couchbase Server to public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. With these new partners, customers can now automate the process of provisioning Couchbase Server to Amazon Web Services, HP Cloud, IBM SoftLayer, VMware, OpenStack, and more. “We are thrilled to announce the addition of Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and ElasticBox as new partners,” said Rod Hamlin, VP of Business Development, Couchbase. “Ad... (more)

Ensim Selected by Hitachi Data Systems to Enable Complete Enterprise and Service Provider Cloud Solutions

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/25/14 -- Ensim Corporation, a leading provider of automation and orchestration solutions to service providers and enterprises, today announced that Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has selected the Ensim Automation Suite to support Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for VMware vSphere converged infrastructure. Ensim will also provide built in support for VMware vCenter and vCloud Director with Hitachi storage and application offerings for enterprise and service provider cloud deployments. HDS is a provider of advanced information technologies,... (more)

Do Customers Really Care About Cloud APIs?

Interesting post by Ellen Rubin of CloudSwitch asking if Amazon is the Official Cloud Standard? Her post was inspired by a claim that Amazon’s API should be the basis for an industry standard. Something I've long been against for the simple reason that choice / innovation is good for business. Although I agree with Ellen that AWS has made huge contributions to advance cloud computing. And also agree that "their API is highly proven and widely used, their cloud is highly scalable, and they have by far the biggest traction of any cloud". But the question I ask is do cloud customers... (more)

SAP Reports 16% Growth in Software and Software-Related Service Revenues

SAP AG on Tuesday announced its preliminary financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS - Second Quarter 2010 ------------------------------------------ Second Quarter 2010(1) ---------------------- IFRS ---- % EUR million, unless Q2 2010 Q2 2009 change otherwise stated ------- ------- ------- ---------------- Software revenue 637 543 17% ---------------- --- --- --- Software and software-related service revenue 2,258 1,953 16% ----------------- ----- ----- --- Total revenue 2,894 2,576 12% ------------- ----- ----- --- Total operating expenses -2,120 ... (more)