CenturyLink will acquire Level 3 Communications in $34B deal

CenturyLink plans to acquire internet backbone company Level 3 Communications in a $34 billion cash and stock deal that aims to consolidate the networks and customers of the two companies. The combined company, operating in more than 60 countries, will be able to offer CenturyLink’s larger enterprise customers the benefits of a larger global presence,… Continue reading CenturyLink will acquire Level 3 Communications in $34B deal

Cloud is a battle you can’t win

This past week Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet (Google) all reported earnings, and all announced impressive growth (116 percent, 55 percent, and “the highest percentage growth of all its product lines,” respectively) in their public cloud businesses. That, however, isn’t all they announced. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click… Continue reading Cloud is a battle you can’t win

Spark picks up machine learning, GPU acceleration

Databricks, corporate provider of support and development for the Apache Spark in-memory big data project, has spiced up its cloud-based implementation of Apache Spark with two additions that top IT’s current hot list. The new features — GPU acceleration and integration with numerous deep learning libraries — can in theory be implemented in any local Apache Spark… Continue reading Spark picks up machine learning, GPU acceleration

Beware shortcuts in your journey to the cloud

We now know how to migrate applications to the cloud: We have lift and shift, partial refactoring, and complete refactoring. Lift and shift simply pushes the application code and data (or their images) to the cloud. Partial refactoring means rewriting parts of the application to better use cloud features. Complete refactoring means rewriting most of… Continue reading Beware shortcuts in your journey to the cloud

Big data grab: Now they want your car’s telemetry

A year ago the management consulting giant McKinsey & Co. predicted that the internet of things (IoT) could unlock $11 trillion in economic value by 2025. It’s a bold claim, particularly given that IoT currently proves more useful in launching massive DDoS attacks than in recognizing that I need to buy more milk. Now, McKinsey has… Continue reading Big data grab: Now they want your car’s telemetry

Fire up big data processing with Apache Ignite

Apache Ignite is an in-memory computing platform that can be inserted seamlessly between a user’s application layer and data layer. Apache Ignite loads data from the existing disk-based storage layer into RAM, improving performance by as much as six orders of magnitude (1 million-fold). The in-memory data capacity can be easily scaled to handle petabytes… Continue reading Fire up big data processing with Apache Ignite

Forrester: OpenStack, AWS are today’s cloud ‘safe bets’

Forrester Research’s newly issued report, “The State of Cloud Platform Standard, Q4 2016,” regards OpenStack and AWS as the de facto standards for compute and storage in the cloud. That by itself isn’t news. OpenStack has been regarded as a standard by Forrester since 2014, and AWS has been the top measure since it was… Continue reading Forrester: OpenStack, AWS are today’s cloud ‘safe bets’