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Enterprise Big Data Platform Cloudera Opens EMEA HQ In East London’s Tech City (Original)

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+1 more for East London’s Tech City cluster: big data company Cloudera has announced the opening of its EMEA HQ on Rivington Street, Shoreditch. In late 2010, the U.K. coalition government created the Tech City label to slap on an existing, organic startup hub — promising equity finance for businesses with high growth potential and money for tech & innovation centres. It also encouraged big name tech companies to open offices and workspaces in the area, including Facebook and Google.

Today there are apparently more than 1,300 high tech companies based in ‘Silicon Roundabout’, and Cloudera said the pool of available tech talent influenced its decision to base its European HQ in Tech City.

“Headquartering Cloudera’s EMEA operations in London, at the heart of its technology cluster, will enable us to develop closer ties with key customer and partner organizations, and gives us access to a diverse and highly skilled pool of database architects and data scientists,” said Ross Hinchcliffe, vice president of EMEA at Cloudera in a statement.

Cloudera’s newly appointed VP of EMEA Ross Hinchcliffe — previously European operations lead for Tealeaf, an IBM acquisition target last year — will lead the new division. Cloudera said the Tech City offices will support its expansion into “key European markets” by providing “on-the-ground resources to deliver technical support, training and solution development for its enterprise customers and partners in the EMEA region”.…

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Space Monkey rethinks the datacenter, makes personal cloud storage affordable (Original)

After just one day on Kickstarter, Space Monkey has already met its funding goal of $100,000 and is on its way to making distributed cloud storage a reality - where each user is a part of its network.…

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Rackspace building ‘cloud of clouds’ (Original)

To provide turnkey cloud systems for service providers

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Windows Azure Announces General Availability And Promises To Match Any AWS Price Drop (Original)

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Microsoft has announced general availability for Windows Azure Infrastructure Services with a promise to match any price drop from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Microsoft marked the occasion with a decrease in pricing for cloud services and virtual instances, ranging from 21 to 33 percent. Windows Azure’s infrastructure services have been in preview since last June.

Specifically, Azure will match price drops from AWS on commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth. Virtual machine instance prices will drop 21% and PaaS will go down by 33 percent.

The move is meant to quiet the perception that Azure is more expensive than AWS, said Bill Hilf, general manager of Windows Azure product marketing in an interview yesterday.

Hilf that they will also offer new high memory instances of up to 28 and 56 gigabytes to accommodate applications such as Microsoft Sharepoint that just need more memory.

Hilf noted that Azure originated as a PaaS cloud, targeting .Net and new apps. Adding IaaS capability allows developers to come to Azure in an easier way, marked by the release last week of Active Directory, which allows for IT to manage identity across Azure and Microsoft environments.

Microsoft has consistently added new capabilities over the past several months to its Azure platform.…

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Dropbox Overhauls Chooser As Platform Adds “Tens of Thousands” Of Developers Each Week (Original)

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Dropbox, which is courting developers to make it easier for consumers to add and use files wherever they want, just overhauled its “Chooser” feature.

Introduced in November of last year, it was designed to make it easy for developers to build in an “attach from Dropbox feature” instead of having to create one from scratch. Adding Dropbox’s Chooser to an app involves a small JavaScript snippet and helps developers avoid an implementation of OAuth, or managing uploads and storage.

With that and Dropbox’s growing reach, the company says it’s adding “tens of thousands” of developers every week and that “hundreds of thousands” of files are being shared using Chooser every week. There are “thousands” of applications in development, said Daniel Levine, who works platform at the YC-backed company.

Today Dropbox is touching up Chooser by adding the ability to select multiple files at once and upload files directly from their computer through Chooser. So if you want to grab 10 photos at a time and upload them directly, this would be the way to do it.

“No file in Dropbox has been created by Dropbox,” Levine said. “We want a way for users to get files everywhere they want to use them.”

Files uploaded through Chooser will get automatically saved in a user’s Dropbox and will automatically be available in third-party web apps.…

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Investment Firm Expects AWS Will Hit $20 Billion In Revenues By 2020 (Original)

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Bernstein Research has issued a research report saying it expects AWS will have an estimated $20 billion in revenues by the end of the decade. In a separate report, RW Baird & Co. projects $10 billion in revenue for AWS by 2016 and up to $40 billion in losses from the traditional IT market. The estimates reflect Wall Street’s growing confidence in cloud services and the need that analysts see in letting their customers know that a shift is underway that will lead to continued flat revenues or even losses for enterprise companies and systems integrators. In times of disruption, something like AWS may actually exceed investment analyst projections. Conversely, AWS success is not a certainty. Technologies may advance that will flatten AWS advantages or Amazon can’t scale the group’s services fast enough to keep its edge. These are the factors that investment research houses consider when making corporate financial projections. Overall, Baird and Bernstein cite a number of reasons that account for why AWS will do so well. The reasoning is sound but not without weaknesses, such as why AWS success will be harder to come by with large enterprises.

A Turning Point

The public cloud reached a turning point last year.…

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Dropbox adds six languages to its repertoire, throws in photo improvements for Android app (Original)

Dropbox adds six languages to its repertoire, adds photo improvements to Android app

Dropbox's gone a little bit more global, adding Russian, Polish, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese language support to its file sharing service. The translated versions are available across Mac, PC, Linux and Dropbox's web interface, with an iOS version apparently in the works and "coming soon." Alongside those language credits, the Android app has also improved how it shows off the entirety of your photo collection, which should make the most of all those instant uploads.

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Dropbox Can Find Your Stolen Computer (Original)

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Lost or stolen tech produces a sickening feeling. In the moment you realize your laptop is gone for good, you feel helpless.

But should you find yourself the victim of computer theft, Hack College has your back

There are a number of ways to track down your property, such as apps that take webcam pics and screenshots when a device is stolen. But did you know Dropbox can help your quest for justice, too?

Got any other cool tricks for reclaiming lost or stolen tech? Let us know in the comments

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Building on the Cloud: Gehry and Box Overhaul Architecture With New Paperless Service (Original)

Gehry Technologies has spent the last several decades developing a digital system for sharing and working on architectural plans and diagrams and other types of building information modeling, and now he's trying to share it across the industry, with the help of a new collaboration with cloud-based storage service Box.

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Rackspace Rolls Out Its Mobile Plan As Vendors Get Giddy About Backend Data Pipes And Spigots (Original)

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Suddenly all this backend stuff is hot. Who would have ever thought that data pipes and the spigots would get so much attention? Salesforce is getting into the game and now so is Rackspace with the launch of its mobile push. Rackspace does not call its new offering backend as a service (BaaS). Instead they call it a “mobile-ready” stack that pre-packages the backend for developer so they do not have to reinvent the wheel every time they start a mobile project.

Rackspace CTO John Engates wrote in an email that the company is packaging its expertise and experience to cut deployment time from days to minutes. The goal is to let developers focus on building the frontend of the apps, like user experience, while Rackspace deploys and runs the backend for them. Engates said Rackspace has also built in its own reference architectures that developers can use to optimize the development process. Engates said the first stack is for a LAMP PHP based deployment with MySQL, Varnish acceleration service, memcache and other components that optimize for a mobile backend deployment.

All of this brings me back to a conversation online about the meaning of BaaS and the connections to platform as a service (PaaS).…

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