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Strata Conference 2012: The End of Big Data Hype?

Last year, I was slated to attend the first O'Reilly Strata Conference, but the 2011 Snowpocalypse intervened and said "no flights for you, St. Louis." Not only did I miss the inaugural Strata Conference, but it seems like I missed out on all the hype and irrational exuberance for big data as well.

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Front Ends and Connectors for Working with Hadoop are Arriving

At one point, the Big Data trend--sorting and sifting large data sets with new tools in pursuit of surfacing meaningful angles on stored information--was an enterprise-only story, but now businesses of all sizes are looking into tools that can help them glean meaningful insights from the data they store.

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Apache HTTP Server 2.4.1 Released

Version 2.4.1 of the Apache HTTP server - the first release in the 2.4 series - is now available. There are plenty of new features, including runtime-loadable processing modules, better asynchronous I/O support, more logging configuration options, a new general-purpose expression parser, a dozen or so new modules, and more.

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Is Your Cloud Over-Provisioned?

In the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the three bears, the heroine was trying to find the solution that was "just right." But when it comes to server provisioning in the cloud, do you often make the wrong choice, picking an instance that ends up being too costly for your needs? Mike Raab at CopperEgg wrote about this situation last fall and it is worth considering. Sponsor Take a look at the current Linux pricing chart from AWS as an example. It shows numerous choices for your EC2 instance, ranging from a few pennies an hour...

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Citrix's Open Source CloudStack 3.0 Platform to Challenge Amazon, VMware

Last year, stepping up what is already fierce competition in the race to provide cloud computing platform infrastructure, Citrix Systems announced that it had completed the acquisition of Cloud.com. Cloud.com had many notable customers who favored its cloud stack infrastructure, which is centered on OpenStack, including GoDaddy and Zynga.

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