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Big Data Means Big Sales: IBM to Buy Netezza for $1.7B

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

The era of Big Data arrived in full earnest this week when IBM decided to acquire Marlborough, Mass.,-based Netezza Corporation, a maker of data warehousing analytics for a whopping $1.7 billion in cash. IBM’s decision came hours after Oracle announced a cloud-based Exadata Elastic Service at Oracle World in San Francisco.

Oracle announces ExaLogic private cloud platform

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Chris Kanaracus.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison unveiled his company's entry into the private cloud computing system battles on Sunday, upping the stakes between Oracle and rivals like IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

HP, EMC Partner With Oracle On Private Cloud Computing

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Robert Mullins.

HP and Oracle have announced their combined effort to deliver hardware that runs Oracle business software in a private cloud environment. It's one of a number of announcements by tech companies working with Oracle at the annual Oracle Open World convention in San Francisco. Storage vendor EMC is also announcing a number of new consulting services intended to help customers move their Oracle applications and EMC storage into a private cloud.

Now Online: Yahoo’s Chicken Coop-Inspired Data Center

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Katie Fehrenbacher.

Cloud computing spells the end for traditional IT outsourcing

Grazed from CIO.  Author:  Stephanie Overby.

The traditional IT outsourcing industry will be dead in five years, AT Kearney's Arjun Sethi predicted in a recent interview with our sister site The culprit? Cloud computing services. Sethi's vision of the future of the IT services industry is quite clear, but he's unsure of the specific implications this industry transformation poses to traditional IT outsourcing customers.

VMware ponders Novell purchase, claims report

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Joab Jackson.

VMware is among a number of companies in talks to purchase Novell, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal.

Novell is reportedly looking to split up the company and sell it in separate pieces. It is now in "advanced talks" with at least two buyers, including VMware, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 Continues Company Cloud Strategy

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Nicholas Kolakowski.

Cloud helps us manage supply chain, says Microsoft

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Anh Nguyen.

Microsoft is moving its IT into the public and private cloud to help make its supply chain agile and adaptable.

Brian Tobey, corporate vice-president of manufacturing, supply chain, information and services at Microsoft, told Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference in London that the company was moving its IT structure into the cloud to eliminate the traditional approach of dealing with partners in a supply chain via “one-to-one telephone connections”.

Pi record smashed as team finds two-quadrillionth digit

Grazed from BBC.  Author:  Jason Palmer.

A researcher has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of the mathematical constant pi - and a few digits either side of it.

Nicholas Sze, of tech firm Yahoo, said that when pi is expressed in binary, the two quadrillionth "bit" is 0.

Mr Sze used Yahoo's Hadoop cloud computing technology to more than double the previous record.

It took 23 days on 1,000 of Yahoo's computers - on a standard PC, the calculation would have taken 500 years.

Google Builds MegaData Center in Finland

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.