Stories by Joab Jackson

Human error root cause of November Microsoft Azure outage

Human error was the culprit for a November outage of the Microsoft Azure cloud storage service. The company is hoping that recent updates that automate formerly manual processes will help prevent similar outages in the future.

By Joab Jackson | 18 December, 2014 09:01

Tags: Microsoft, internet, cloud computing, Infrastructure services

IBM detects skin cancer more quickly with visual machine learning

Skin cancer can be detected more quickly and accurately by using cognitive computing-based visual analytics, researchers at IBM Research have found, in collaboration with New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

By Joab Jackson | 18 December, 2014 05:08

Tags: popular science, applications, IBM, health care, software, data mining, industry verticals

Google Cloud offers streamlined Ubuntu for Docker use

Google has adopted for use in its cloud a streamlined version of the Canonical Ubuntu Linux distribution tweaked to run Docker and other containers.

By Joab Jackson | 17 December, 2014 08:32

Tags: virtualization, Google, Server Virtualization, canonical, internet, cloud computing, Infrastructure services

Compuware returns to its mainframe roots

Returning to its roots as a mainframe software provider, Compuware has spun off is application performance management software unit.

By Joab Jackson | 17 December, 2014 06:47

Tags: servers, hardware systems, software, Mainframes, system management, Compuware

This Linux grinch could put a hole in your security stocking

A grinch may be snatching away some year-end holiday time, forcing Linux system administrators to fill a gaping security hole in their systems.

By Joab Jackson | 17 December, 2014 01:05

Tags: Alert Logic, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Startup rethinks databases for the real-time geospatial era

Even though systems such as Hadoop and Spark can grapple with large amounts of data, their tools for analyzing and parsing this information efficiently and in real-time are still limited. A two-year old Seattle startup called SpaceCurve will release on Tuesday a new database system aimed to speed the process of analyzing location-oriented data as it is being generated.

By Joab Jackson | 16 December, 2014 07:35

Tags: databases, applications, SpaceCurve, software, data mining

Google wants you to design the Internet of Things

Have an idea for how the much-anticipated Internet of Things should operate? If the idea is good enough, Google may pay you to see it to fruition.

By Joab Jackson | 13 December, 2014 04:36

Tags: popular science, Google, Internet of Things, internet

API management made easier (and free) with new 3scale service

Businesses curious about exposing system services and data to the outside world can now test the idea with a free offer from 3scale for managing publicly exposed APIs.

By Joab Jackson | 11 December, 2014 08:57

Tags: 3Scale, Managed Services, internet, cloud computing

FoundationDB gears up for the Internet of Things

When the anticipated tsunami of data from the Internet of Things hits the enterprise, FoundationDB's flagship NoSQL database should be ready to handle to deluge.

By Joab Jackson | 11 December, 2014 05:58

Tags: applications, databases, Internet of Things, software, internet, FoundationDB

Microsoft Patch Tuesday addresses Exchange and Explorer flaws

Internet Explorer and Exchange Server top the list of Microsoft programs needing to be patched by IT administrators this month, now that the company has rolled out its latest round of "Patch Tuesday" security fixes.

By Joab Jackson | 10 December, 2014 08:03

Tags: patches, security, Microsoft, Desktop security, patch management, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Security group plans for a future without passwords

Having to remember multiple passwords may soon be a thing of the past.

By Joab Jackson | 10 December, 2014 04:47

Tags: Blackberry, Google, security, biometrics, Identity fraud / theft

Microsoft, Accenture try to ease the path to the hybrid Cloud

To help organizations better organize their cloud assets, Microsoft and integration firm Accenture have released a package designed to make it easy to integrate in-house IT operations with Microsoft Azure cloud services.

By Joab Jackson | 09 December, 2014 05:12

Tags: business issues, Microsoft, accenture

Hadoop successor sparks a data analysis evolution

If 2014 was the year that Apache Hadoop sparked the big data revolution, 2015 may be the year that Apache Spark supplants Hadoop with its superior capabilities for richer and more timely analysis.

By Joab Jackson | 06 December, 2014 08:55

Tags: open source, applications, databases, Databricks, software, Managed Services, internet, cloud computing

IBM climbs on the Docker bandwagon

Docker fever continues to spread across the enterprise IT landscape. Following similar moves by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google, IBM is equipping its enterprise Cloud services to run the Docker virtualization containers.

By Joab Jackson | 05 December, 2014 03:04

Tags: virtualization, Server Virtualization, IBM

Dell: For Windows Server 2003, the end is closer than you'd think

Administrators who spent time this year retiring their last computers running Microsoft Windows XP might have another migration task ahead -- Microsoft is set to retire its Windows Server 2003 operating system next July.

By Joab Jackson | 04 December, 2014 09:20

Tags: Dell, windows server, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

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