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Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

Amazon bashes private clouds, launches virtual desktops

The head of Amazon Web Services slammed IBM and launched a VDI service at this year's AWS Reinvent conference.

Microsoft preps Visual Studio for post-production duties

Microsoft has added an array of services around its Visual Studio IDE to help developers update and manage their software after it goes into production.

Google Cloud Endpoints

Google extends App Engine for mobile-app back end

Google releases Google Cloud Endpoints -- a new collection of hosted tools and libraries for ramping up and running supporting infrastructure for Android and iOS mobile apps -- that uses the tools in Google App Engine.

USENIX: Red Hat prepares for 64-bit ARM servers

Enterprise open-source software vendor Red Hat is keeping an eye on the development of 64-bit ARM processors for servers, building up expertise in case the nascent platform takes hold in the data center.

Flame Graph

Flame graph shows computer system performance in a new light

A visualization technique called a flame graph can be effective for charting how system resources such as CPUs and memory are used.

"We have to make surveillance expensive again" says Bruce Schneier

The ongoing revelations of governmental electronic spying point to a problem larger than NSA malfeasance.

Facebook goes open source with query engine for big data

Facebook wants other data-driven organizations to use, and it hopes, refine Presto, its SQL query engine.

IBM applies predictive analysis to IT operations

Turning its considerable expertise in analytics to the study of IT operations, IBM has assembled a software package to help system administrators better pinpoint potential problems and performance issues, using many of IBM's tools for business intelligence, machine learning and data mining.

Hadoop brings far-flung people together across time and space

With its powerful data mining capabilities, Hadoop is bringing together people across different places and even across different generations.

NSA's Accumulo data store has strict limits on who can see the data

One of the former National Security Agency developers behind the software explained how Accumulo works and how it could be used in fields other than intelligence gathering,

Eucalyptus eases way to bring Amazon cloud deployments in-house

Eucalyptus has updated its namesake software to make it easier for organizations to set up their own, in-house versions of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud, letting users run Amazon workloads in private cloud deployments.

Jaspersoft wants to attract new users with kinder, gentler BI features

Jaspersoft has provided new types of charts and a templating tool for its business intelligence suite.

Microsoft goes big data with new Hadoop Azure service

In much the same way that Microsoft brought spreadsheet crunching to the business world through its now-ubiquitous Excel, the company is hoping to make a similar impact with big data analysis with its new Windows Azure HDInsight service.

New Relic to mine performance data for business insights

Software provider New Relic is extending its system administrator tools for monitoring the performance of applications to help business managers as well.

Pivotal bulks up big data software portfolio

Pivotal is releasing an in-memory data store for real-time analysis that works with the Hadoop data processing platform, and the other is a data discovery tool for business analysts.