Joab JacksonIDG News Service

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

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.

MicroStrategy revamps software for bigger data sets, faster visuals

Keeping up with the ever-changing nature of business intelligence, MicroStrategy has revamped and expanded its line of BI software to incorporate big-data analytics and desktop visualization.

Beyond caching: Google engineers reveal secrets to faster websites

At a conference in New York this week, Google engineers presented some of their favorite tips and research for expediting delivery of web pages and applications.

Oracle Data Integrator 12c ready for real-time analysis

Oracle says its updated data-integration software portfolio can more rapidly deliver data to data warehouses and analysis applications.

IBM's results hampered by slowing hardware sales

Managing its way nimbly through times of economic sluggishness, IBM reported a 6 percent increase in profit for the third quarter even as its revenue declined.

HP's big data platform tends to digital marketing

HP has assembled a number of its data-mining programs into a service for digital marketing.

Puppet users to get visual cues for troubleshooting systems

Puppet has added some visual pizzazz to its namesake open source IT automation software, providing a graphic event inspector for administrators to see at a glance where trouble spots in their systems reside.

Percona challenges Oracle with alternate MySQL release

Percona continues to nip at Oracle's heels, releasing a free version of the open-source MySQL 5.6 database with advanced features similar to ones in Oracle's paid enterprise edition.

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Canonical's Saucy Salamander gives Ubuntu some speed

The newest version of the Linux distribution, which will be ready for downloading October 17, comes with a faster installer as well as an updated lightweight container technology that can clone new environments more quickly.

Facebook open-source cache squeezes more from flash disks

Facebook continues to push the boundaries of storage and server technology in order to more quickly serve its billion users, and the results are being offered as open-source technology that can also benefit other companies.