IBM builds up its cloud with Netezza as a service and NoSQL as software

IBM announced a new, promising collection of cloud data services on Monday, adding to an already-impressive collections services on its Bluemix platform. At this point, though, IBM’s biggest challenge isn’t selling enterprise users on the cloud, but convincing them it’s still the best choice.

IBM buys NoSQL cloud database startup Cloudant

IBM has acquired cloud-based database startup Cloudant. It’s a smart move in terms of getting a foothold in the cloud database space, but it also seemingly forces IBM to embrace cloud providers and technologies outside its current umbrella.

Spooky In-Q-Tel takes a stake in Cloudant

In-Q-Tel, a somewhat mysterious company, takes an undisclosed stake in Cloudant, the developer of a NoSQL-based data layer as a service. IQT’s blessing can help companies get their technologies deployed in government agencies, including the CIA and NSA.

Amazon pitches better-than-ever cloud deals

Amazon is offering customers unprecedented deals to stick with its cloud services. Some big companies can get annual “true up” deals while many report incentives to use reserved, rather than on-demand, instances. And Amazon is making an effort to keep startups in the fold.

Boston is a database hub. Here are 5 startups to watch

The metro Boston area has good database DNA dating back to Digital’s Rdb. Those good genes are resurfacing in a fresh crop of database startups clustered in the area. Here are five hot database startups to watch in the Boston-Cambridge-Waltham nexus..