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Hadoop-as-a-Service Provider Qubole Now Runs on Google Compute Engine

by Michael Hausenblas on  Dec 28, 2013

Qubole, a managed Hadoop-as-a-Service offering is now available on Google Compute Engine (GCE). Qubole was so far only available on Amazon's AWS and this announcement follows only a few days after Google releasing GCE into general availability.

Hadoop Jobs on GPU with ParallelX

by Charles Menguy on  Dec 26, 2013 1

The MapReduce paradigm is not always ideal when dealing with large computationally intensive algorithms. A small team of entrepreneurs is building a product called ParallelX to solve that bottleneck by harnessing the power of GPUs to give Hadoop jobs a significant boost.

Xen Project Releases 1.0 of Mirage OS

by Chris Swan on  Dec 23, 2013

Mirage OS is a ‘cloud operating system’ that seeks to avoid security vulnerabilities and bloat by facilitating the creation of single purpose virtual appliances. Applications are developed in the OCaml functional programming language and compiled into standalone ‘unikernels’ that run directly on the Xen hypervisor.

Automate All Things! Support for DevOps Tool Puppet Added to Windows Azure

by Richard Seroter on  Dec 19, 2013

Want to do DevOps automation in a Microsoft world? Typically that meant using Microsoft-provided tools like PowerShell and System Center instead of the popular open source tools that have been slow to support the full Microsoft product stack. That’s beginning to change as developers and system administrators can now use tools like Puppet to provision and manage resources in Windows Azure.

Elastic Mesos service automates Mesos cluster deployment in EC2

by Charles Menguy on  Dec 17, 2013

EC2 users can now automate the deployment of Apache Mesos, an open-source tool to share cluster resources between multiple data processing frameworks, at scale through a new web service called Elastic Mesos provided by Big Data startup Mesosphere.

A Survey and Interview on How Hadoop Is Used Today

by Boris Lublinsky on  Dec 12, 2013

This post presents the results of a Hortonworks survey of over 500 Hadoop Summit 2013 attendees on how they use Hadoop, and an interview with David McJannet on Hadoop trends today.

Big Data at Netflix Drives Business Decisions

by Alex Giamas on  Dec 12, 2013

Jeff Magnusson from Netflix team gave a presentation at QCon SF 2013 Conference about their Data Platform as a Service. Following up to this presentation, we will look at the technology stack and how it helps Netflix to tackle important business decisions.

General availability of Google Compute Engine

by Chris Swan on  Dec 04, 2013

The Google Compute Engine (GCE) infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is now in general availability. The launch also brings price cuts, a new storage model, expanded operating system support and live migration capabilities for transparent maintenance.

Amazon re:invent roundup

by Chris Swan on  Dec 02, 2013

Amazon announced a number of new services at the recent re:invent conference in Las Vegas: Amazon WorkSpaces - Desktop Computing in the Cloud, Identity and Access Management using SAML, Amazon AppStream - Delivering Streaming Applications from the Cloud, Amazon Kinesis - Streaming Big Data, CloudTrail - Capturing AWS API Activity, Postgres support in RDS and new EC2 instance types

Streaming Big Data With Amazon Kinesis

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Nov 25, 2013

Amazon recently announced Kinesis, a service that allows developers to stream large amounts of data from different sources and process it. The service is currently in limited preview.

Amazon Web Services announces three new instance types

by Chris Swan on  Nov 22, 2013

Amazon Web Services have announced three new instance types for its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure as a service. I2 instances use solid state disk (SSD) to deliver high input/output performance, C3 instances tie each virtual CPU to a hardware hyper-thread for compute intensive workloads, and G2 instances offer Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs) for 3D applications.

Smart Clients, Dumb Servers? AWS Releases SDK for JavaScript in the Browser

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 07, 2013

For years now, developers have been asking their client-side code to do more work while still relying on server-side code to do some heavy lifting. AWS is shaking up that model by releasing a JavaScript SDK that securely accesses AWS services from the browser, thus eliminating in some cases the need for any server-side code.

AnyPresence Soups up Enterprise MBaaS Platform- Part 1 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Oct 30, 2013

Mobile Backend as a Service provider AnyPresence continues to hone their chops. Launching the fifth update to their self-titled platform geared for the enterprise. Co-founder Rich Mendis provides some insights for InfoQ readers…

Introducing Docker, Inc: dotCloud Goes All-In On Container Technology

by Richard Seroter on  Oct 29, 2013

PaaS provider dotCloud has changed its company name in order to align with the red-hot open source technology it sponsors. Docker, Inc will continue to offer a standalone PaaS product, but is shifting its primary focus to growing and commercializing its namesake software. To get additional insight into the explosive growth of Docker and where the product is going, InfoQ spoke to CEO Ben Golub.

CodeCube Offers Shareable, Runnable Code Samples

by Brian Rinaldi on  Oct 25, 2013

CodeCube is a new service and open source project that aims to improve collaboration by allowing developers to both share and run code samples in a secure manner via the browser.

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