Hadoop: From Open Source Project to Big Data Ecosystem

The Hadoop hoopla is generating increasing numbers of announcements from more and more vendors. From startups to large established players, new products and partnerships are emerging which confirm the emergence of a vibrant Apache Hadoop. Hall explains the three emerging layers in the “Hadoop stack.”

Take That Google! MN Opts for Microsoft Office Online

The State of Minnesota’s Office of Enterprise Technology today said it will work with Microsoft and use its Business Productivity Online Suite. Minnesota is the first U.S. state to move to a large collaboration and communication suite in a private cloud environment.

Is Cloudera Allying Its Way to an Acquisition?

Big Data has been at the forefront of many vendors’ agendas lately. Perhaps no one has been leading the charge as vocally as Cloudera, but the question now is when Cloudera’s stewardship and alliances will result in it getting snatched up by a large vendor.

Cloudera: All Your Big Data Are Belong to Us

As Big Data gathers steam within the consumer web, Cloudera is making it possible for mainstream IT to tap into this trend through its distribution of Hadoop, suggested by the company’s customer growth. Lower costs and improved ease-of-use are making Hadoop a reality for enterprise.

Salesforce Integrates Jigsaw — Refining Contact Data

Salesforce.com today announced Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM, a crowd-sourced business data service exclusive to Salesforce CRM customers. Initially Jigsaw was a standalone product that leveraged crowdsourcing via its member community to create a highly accurate contact list of business throughout the world.

VMware Goes Beyond Data Centers to Control the Cloud

Today VMware unveiled new products, new partnerships, and two acqusitions to help it become not just the operating system for the data center, but the means of assuring the flow of enterprise bits between data centers — or what many actually define as the cloud.

Apptio Raises a Cool $16.5M for Enterprise IT

Apptio, a Bellevue, Wash.-based enterprise software company, today said it’s raised a $16.5 million Series C round of funding led by Shasta Ventures, which includes participation from current investors Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners and Madrona Venture Group just a year after the last round.

M-Files: Traditional Applications Meet Cloud Storage

Motive Systems, is today releasing a cloud storage offering, M-Files Cloud Vault, that enables companies to organize and manage company documents and information on cloud servers. The market for this sort of product is massive and there is an opportunity for many vendors to be successful in their particular niche.

Box.net Joins the Move to Social

Cloud content management application Box.net is today unveiling an updated UI that aims to encourage adoption of a social news stream for enterprise users. As more and more cloud based applications provide social news streams, the issues around filtering the noise will become ever more pressing.

Cloud for Point-of-Sale

If cloud software is really going to provide the revolution that some predict, we need to see tools adopted by the mass market. A new startup aims to help by providing a retail point-of-sale solution that brings cloud benefits to a shopfloor application.