Cassandra, the NoSQL software is being blamed for scaling problems being faced by Digg, which led to the yet-unconfirmed departure of Digg VP of Engineering John Quinn, a champion of Cassandra. Still, we hear the social news site isn’t giving up on the software – yet!
Six months ago, Facebook open-sourced ?a set of technologies called HipHop for PHP. It was a way to turbocharge PHP. Facebook says it has helped them get faster, it has helped improve php using open-source software that like WordPress, MediaWiki, phpBB and Drupal.
The just released the annual 2010 Open Source Management Survey found that open source is seen to be easier to deploy than previously, IT professionals are articulating a preference for open source., and no longer focusing on whether it’s open source or proprietary
UCell, a wireless service provider in Uzbekistan, has deployed an LTE network, making the central Asia nation the first to offer two different LTE networks. The new high-speed network offers theoretical peak speeds of 100 Mbps and is powered by software and equipment from ZTE.
Flash has stood out as an exception in the web development world otherwise dominated by open source, but Flash’s banishment by Apple suggests that this exceptional position may not last much longer. The reason is explained by an economic theory called the “hold up” problem.
Municipal fiber may the fastest way for smaller communities and those in areas without competition to bring better broadband to their community. But these networks generally aren’t popular with incumbent communications providers, which have a history of suing to stop them. But their tactics have changed.
Facebook said it is adding 160,000 square feet to the 147,000 square-foot data center it’s currently building in Prineville, Ore. The company cited a need for more servers to accommodate its 500 million users, up from 350 million when the data center was first announced.
Hadoop, thanks to the growing importance of Big Data Analytics is gaining traction inside the enterprise. What’s been missing for Big Data Analytics has been a LAMP-like stack. Fortunately, a stack for Big Data aggregation, processing and analytics is on its way.
I’m all for openness, but as I discuss in my weekly column at GigaOM Pro, it’s do not too difficult to play devil’s advocate and make the case that open source cloud platform OpenStack won’t create true rivals for leading cloud providers or cloud software vendors.
Microsoft has decided on its vision for the cloud: Treat cloud computing like it treated the PC business. Microsoft is once again looking to server makers to sell its software, but now it has added service providers to the mix.