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Netflix to Give $100,000 in Prizes to Developers Who Best Improve the Cloud

Netflix is handing out prizes again. The web's top video rental service will award a total of $100,000 in prize money to the developers who do the best job of improving cloud-computing features as part of a contest the company is calling the Netflix Cloud Prize, Netflix said today in...

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VMware Takes the Cover Off Its Public Cloud

Forrester's James Staten offers insight into VMware's newly announced public cloud offering and what it means for the channel, infrastructure and operations pros, and the corporate data center.

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MIT Researchers' Open Source Tool Can Optimize Databases in the Cloud

In a steady fashion, almost all users of digital technology and devices are using open source, simply because so many open source software components help drive proprietary applications and platforms. The proliferation of open source components is starting to have a very positive effect on the cloud computing scene. As just one example, Netflix--which has a very robust cloud-based proprietary platform--has released Chaos Monkey and a number of other meaningful open source components that can make cloud deployments stronger. Now, news comes from MIT that researchers are open sourcing software components for cloud-based database-driven applications that could reduce hardware requirements by 95 percent while  improving performance.  

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Did Amazon Just Nuke Enterprise Private Clouds?

AWS is now saying that you can do private cloud by default in EC2. The upshot: It may be bit harder for rivals to pitch servers, storage and networking gear with AWS lurking in the background.

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AWS Plugs Node.js Into Elastic Beanstalk

Amazon has plugged Node.js into its free platform-as-a-service, Elastic Beanstalk.…...

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