It’s not the big data, it’s the right data

Big data’s fine; the right data’s a game changer. Serial database entrepreneur Andy Palmer — who co-founded Vertica Systems and VoltDB — sees this massive amount of diverse big data as table stakes. The real, compelling value lies in “big analytics,” he says.

New OpenStack member AT&T has developers on the mind

AT&T has decided to build another cloud, this one focusing on developers and, ultimately, incorporating elements of the open-source OpenStack project. It’s an ambitious undertaking as AT&T tries to prove it can hang with the big boys in delivering cloud infrastructure to the masses.

Verizon buys CloudSwitch to give itself a software play

Verizon is buying cloud computing startup CloudSwitch in a move that will give Verizon, as well as its subsidiary Terremark, a software-development edge to complement its service-provider expertise. CloudSwitch will lead software development beyond its core product, which will give Verizon additional cloud intellectual property.

Why CloudSwitch Is Gaining Momentum and Resisting VCs

CloudSwitch today released version 2.0 of CloudSwitch Enterprise, which should help in the company’s quest to become an integral part of customers’ environments. Our conversation focused on the company’s future plans and how it’s bucking the seeming trend toward grabbing as much venture capital as possible.

CloudSwitch Makes Going Cloud as Simple as Can Be

CloudSwitch today launched the commercial version of its flagship product to help enterprise customers seamlessly move applications into the cloud. The startup claims that using it, applications from stack components to security protocols run in the cloud just as they do within the data center.

Vid-Biz: Sony, Cisco, Congdon

Sony Pictures Pulls Content from Joost; studio is putting stuff on Hulu and YouTube, but has not renewed its agreement with the once-hot web TV service. (CNET)
Cisco Partners with Avail Media for IPTV Service; the “soup-to-nuts” service processes TV programming, distributes it to telcos and their IPTV customers. (Multichannel News)
FLO TV Signs Amanda Congdon’s Series; Sometimes Daily moves to the mobile platform. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Ian Brotherston Tapped as New Dailymotion CEO; move to replace former CEO Mark Zeleski had been anticipated; Brotherston previously worked at AT&T and BT. (TVWeek)
House to Discuss Canoe Ventures; Democrats on the House Communications, Technology & Internet Subcommittee expected to bring up the cable consortium’s ad targeting service during a hearing on online privacy and targeted marketing. (Broadcasting & Cable)
AT&T U-Verse Added 284,000 Net Subs in Q1; growth is almost double what it was in Q1 2008. (Business Insider)

Storage Startups Turn Cache Into Cash

Other than the availability of bigger boxes it’s hard to point to big changes in the way we store our stuff. But much like the physical storage industry, which has seen slight innovations in recent years, business-class data storage is quietly making its own incremental improvements — with support from venture capitalists.