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Consumerization vs. Vendor Lock-In

The term, "vendor lock-in" strikes terror throughout the IT community. And yet in reality, many companies are pursuing strategies destined to increase their dependence on a limited number of vendors mostly driven by the ineffectiveness of IT to provide simple connectivity capabilities between various corporate applications. By shrinking the number of vendors, IT is actually creating vendor lock-in. Instead, IT should be aligned with its business users as they seek to increase information access, both internally and externally, by promoting increased vendor participation - more expansion, inclusion and diversity of information sources. Restricting information flow is a flawed control tactic doomed to fail. Guest author John Yapaola is CEO of Kapow Software. He has a successful track record of managing and growing high-tech startups. With Kapow Software, he has created the industry's leading provider of cloud, mobile, social and Big Data application integration solutions that drive enterprise innovation and transformation for companies like Audi, NetApp, Intel and Commerzbank, and dozens of federal agencies. At a recent IT forum, attending CIOs were asked, "How many cloud offerings do you currently have in your organization?" The responses varied, but many had more than a dozen presently and growing. One of the CIO panelists noted, "We are now beginning to restrict the expansion of cloud offerings in the company. We slap their hands if they add any more." That was a disheartening response. Policing their customers (the business users) is not a viable solution. How about being less CIOfficer and more CIOptimizer? The Crowd-Sourced Browser Standard and controls are two words not often...

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Cassandra 1.1 Brings Cache Tuning, Mixed Storage Support

Apache has dished out another serving of Cassandra, the open source NoSQL database popular for handling big data. The improvements speak to a maturing NoSQL database that's well-suited for big data deployments. This time around, Cassandra has improvements to its query language, and tuning improvements that will help companies trying to boost performance with a mixture of magnetic media and solid state drives (SSD). Its continued development helps maintain open-source dominance in the big data/NoSQL market. Cassandra 1.1 hits just a bit more than six months after Apache released Cassandra 1.0, in October 2011. The major features in 1.1 point to Cassandra's focus on very large data sets. Notable Features Jonathan Ellis, vice president of the project and CTO of DataStax, pointed to several features that make 1.1 more than just a minor update. One of the most interesting is Cassandra's support for intelligently mixing magnetic and SSD media. Ellis says that a Cassandra deployment may have some tables that are updated more frequently than others, so it makes sense to put some tables on magnetic media (which is much slower) and other tables on SSD. Prior to the 1.1 release, Cassandra had no way of distinguishing between the two. This meant that if you mixed media, you could have very uneven results. The alternative, going all SSD or all spinning disks, was either very expensive (SSD) or much slower (magnetic media). Cassandra deployments can hit hundreds of terabytes of data. The largest (known) production cluster, according to Apache, exceeds 300TB of data spread...

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VMware CEO Sees OpenStack as Lacking Maturity

Earlier this week, we covered a post from VMware that seemed to brush off all three of the emerging open source cloud computing platforms that are gaining such strong momentum, namely OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus.

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VMware Blog Post Targets Open Source Cloud Platforms

Last year, Citrix Systems announced that it had completed the acquisition of had many notable customers who favored its cloud stack infrastructure, including GoDaddy and Zynga. That acquisition has helped fuel Citrix's recent big move forward with CloudStack, its contribution of the Cloudstack platform as open source to Apache, and its choice to abandon the open source OpenStack cloud platform.

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Rackspace to Deliver Production-Scale, Supported OpenStack Cloud Platform

With the OpenStack spring conference taking place in San Francisco this week, there is already a wave of OpenStack-related news arriving. The open source cloud computing platform, of course, is shaping up for fierce competition with Citrix's CloudStack and other platforms.

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