Microsoft’s revenue falls, but cloud remains a bright spot

Microsoft is betting on reinventing itself as a cloud company, and the financial results it released Thursday show that its push is paying off despite an overall decline in revenue.  Azure revenue rose 127 percent from a year earlier, and sales of Azure Premium Services like Machine Learning were three times higher during the last… Continue reading Microsoft’s revenue falls, but cloud remains a bright spot

Not up for a data lake? Analyze in place

On the surface, data lakes seem like a smooth idea. Instead of planning and building complex integrations and carefully constructed data models for analytics, you simply copy everything by default to commodity storage running HDFS (or Gluster or the likes) — and worry about schemas and so on when you decide what job you want… Continue reading Not up for a data lake? Analyze in place

Confused yet? Clouds crib from enterprise licenses

Two recent stories at InfoWorld got me thinking about how much enterprise pricing approaches are being infused into the cloud — approaches that are much like the familiar enterprise software pricing of the 1990s. These pricing models are clearly aimed at the enterprise, not at the small-business market that made cloud what it is today.… Continue reading Confused yet? Clouds crib from enterprise licenses

13 frameworks for mastering machine learning

13 frameworks for mastering machine learning Image by W.Rebel via Wikimedia Over the past year, machine learning has gone mainstream in an unprecedented way. The trend isn’t fueled by cheap cloud environments and ever more powerful GPU hardware alone; it’s also the explosion of frameworks now available for machine learning. All are open source, but… Continue reading 13 frameworks for mastering machine learning

VMware cuts 800 jobs as it transitions from older ‘blockbuster’ compute products

VMware is cutting about 800 jobs as it transitions from its traditional products to newer, emerging technologies. The company expects 2016 will be a key transition year as “we expect the effect of our new products to outweigh the decline in our compute products,” CEO Pat Gelsinger said in an earnings conference call Tuesday. [… Continue reading VMware cuts 800 jobs as it transitions from older ‘blockbuster’ compute products