IDG Contributor Network: Platformization is the scaffold that helps startups build their business faster

Today’s startups are all about bringing to market a great idea, as quickly as possible, and scaling their business to gain adoption and market share before their idea gets replicated. And today, there is less margin for error than ever. In an increasingly open and fluid world, it is increasingly difficult to keep a secret.… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Platformization is the scaffold that helps startups build their business faster

IBM brings blockchain framework to IBM Cloud

Enterprises in financial services, education, and health care see the tremendous potential behind the blockchain technology — the one powering Bitcoin and other digital currencies — but have been held back because of regulatory and data security concerns. IBM took the first step toward making blockchain ready for business with a new framework and service… Continue reading IBM brings blockchain framework to IBM Cloud

Massive growth shows why Amazon is the public cloud leader

Amazon showed off its dominance in the public cloud market on Thursday as the capstone to a better-than-expected quarterly earnings report. Revenue from Amazon Web Services during the first quarter of 2016 was up 64 percent year-over-year, showing the big money that’s still out there as companies invest more and more in the public cloud. … Continue reading Massive growth shows why Amazon is the public cloud leader

3 options for applications that don’t fit the cloud

Not every application and data set is right for private or public cloud computing. Indeed, as much as 50 percent of today’s workloads are not a good fit for the cloud. However, all is not lost. You have alternatives that can drive as much value as cloud computing from legacy workloads. As we continue to… Continue reading 3 options for applications that don’t fit the cloud

Microsoft is making big data really small using DNA

Microsoft has partnered with a San Francisco-based company to encode information on synthetic DNA to test its potential as a new medium for data storage.  Twist Bioscience will provide Microsoft with 10 million DNA strands for the purpose of encoding digital data. In other words, Microsoft is trying to figure out how the same molecules that… Continue reading Microsoft is making big data really small using DNA

In rare unanimous move, House passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy

The U.S. House of Representatives, in a rare unanimous vote, has approved a bill to strengthen privacy protections for email and other data stored in the cloud. The Email Privacy Act would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to search email and other data stored with third parties for longer than six months. The… Continue reading In rare unanimous move, House passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy

Apache Spark powers live SQL analytics in SnappyData

The team behind Pivotal’s GemFire in-memory transactional data store recently unveiled a new database solution powered by GemFire and Apache Spark, called SnappyData. SnappyData is another example of the way Spark has recently been employed as a component in a larger database solution, with or without other components from Apache Hadoop. [ Unleash the power… Continue reading Apache Spark powers live SQL analytics in SnappyData