Understanding the SAP cloud strategy — or lack thereof

SAP has been the darling of enterprise software for many years, and dependence on it continues to this day. However, since the emergence of the SaaS space more than 10 years ago, and with the current rise of IaaS public cloud computing providers, SAP is getting some tough questions from its user base around its cloud-computing strategy.

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.

Why start up in Boston?

It may not be Silicon Valley but the Boston-Cambridge metro area has a lot going for it — infrastructure expertise, a deep talent pool, and VC funding. Facebook famously went elsewhere, but here’s why other local companies started here (and will stay put.)

Supercomputer vet Cray wants to turn big data into fast data

Looks like Oracle has some competition when it comes to selling big iron for big data. On Wednesday, Cray, the Seattle-based company best known for building some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, announced it’s getting into the big data game.

Google, Cisco top the list of the greenest IT companies

How do the heavy weights of the Internet and telecom stack up in terms of how green their technology, energy footprint and political advocacy are? On Tuesday night Greenpeace released its latest Cool IT leaderboard report, which ranks the world’s largest IT giants.

Which companies will EMC’s Project Lightning strike?

With its Project Lightning server-side flash cache, aka VFcache, EMC hopes to show itself as a forward-looking storage provider. But until it loses its big box, scale-up mentality, it won’t be much of a factor in webscale data centers that go for scale-out everything.

Next up from EMC: Project Thunder flash appliance

EMC’s promised Project Lightning server-based flash storage product is now available under the VFCache brand. But EMC’s not done — it plans a bigger, more powerful flash appliance dubbed Project Thunder, due later this year. Both products take direct aim at the Fusion-IO threat.

Oracle-HP: How things got this bad

Oracle and HP used to coexist quite well — People forget that the first Oracle Exadata ran on HP hardware. Then Oracle bought Sun and things went downhill fast. Public spats played out in CEO letters to The New York Times, and now court documents.

SaaS valuations come back to earth — sorta

It looks like some of the bloom is off the SaaS rose. New numbers show the booming growth in valuations of SaaS companies is slowing after a long run-up as pure-play SaaS companies face more competition from legacy players.