OpenStack by the numbers: Who’s using open source clouds and for what?

The latest bi-annual survey data of OpenStack users shows a continuing march of the open source cloud software into mainstream of enterprises, but also the project’s continued challenges related to ease of deployment and management. One thing that‘s clear is that interest in OpenStack continues to grow rapidly. The project is made up of 20… Continue reading OpenStack by the numbers: Who’s using open source clouds and for what?

Hot property: How Zillow became the real estate data hub

If you’re buying a home or looking for an apartment, most likely Zillow.com will come to mind first, which is a branding triumph for a website that launched just 10 years ago. Today the Zillow Group is a public company with $645 million in revenue that also operates websites for mortgage and real estate professionals… Continue reading Hot property: How Zillow became the real estate data hub

Hot property: How Zillow became the real estate data hub

If you’re buying a home or looking for an apartment, most likely Zillow.com will come to mind first, which is a branding triumph for a website that launched just 10 years ago. Today the Zillow Group is a public company with $645 million in revenue that also operates websites for mortgage and real estate professionals… Continue reading Hot property: How Zillow became the real estate data hub

Microsoft’s weak phone sales drag down its Surface and cloud wins

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia is proving to be quite the albatross around the company’s neck. The company has stepped away from focusing on phones, and its handset sales revenue fell by almost half in the first quarter. Microsoft sold only 2.3 million Lumia phones during the quarter, 73 percent fewer units compared with the first… Continue reading Microsoft’s weak phone sales drag down its Surface and cloud wins

How do you stop patent trolls? This algorithm just might do the trick

Patent trolls are a big enough problem that they’ve attracted the attention of the White House, but there’s little consensus on how to stop them. A new tool from artist and engineer Alexander Reben looks to algorithms for help. Patent trolls are companies that buy up patents with the primary goal of pursuing infringement claims… Continue reading How do you stop patent trolls? This algorithm just might do the trick

Cloud services brokers sound better than they really are

It’s an attractive story: Public cloud services that can allocate applications and services to users through a cloud broker. These brokerage systems sit between the consumers of cloud services and the services themselves. Brokers can gather data about the cloud service — including cost, efficiency, and functionality — to help you make better decisions about… Continue reading Cloud services brokers sound better than they really are

Look out Spark and Storm here comes Apache Apex

When you think of streaming analytics, very likely Spark comes to mind. Even though Spark is a quasi-streaming offering, the Structured Streaming functionality introduced in Spark 2.0 is a big step up. You might also think about Storm, a true streaming solution that in version 1.0 is trying to buck its reputation for being hard to… Continue reading Look out Spark and Storm here comes Apache Apex