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Pivotal (partly) Open Sources Big Data Suite

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Core components of the Pivotal Big Data Suite-- specifically HAWQ (enterprise SQL on Hadoop), Greenplum Database (massively parallel processing analytics) and GemFire (in-Memory NoSQL database)-- are going open source.

PivotalAs a result the Pivotal Big Data Suite supports public, private and hybrid clouds, as well as bare metal commodity hardware, appliance-based delivery and virtualised instances. In addition Pivotal offers Cloud Foundry Operations Manager for as-a-service Big Data Suite capability inside and with Cloud Foundry applications.

“By sharing Pivotal HD, HAWQ, Greenplum Database and GemFire capabilities with the open source community, we are contributing to the market as a whole the necessary components to build solutions that make up a next generation data infrastructure," the company says. "Releasing these technologies as open source projects will only help accelerate adoption and innovation for our customers.”

Android Goes to Work

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Google launches its long brewing enterprise smartphone program-- Android for Work, a collection of applications, online services and industry services involving use of the mobile operating system on the workplace.

Android for WorkAs Google puts it, Android for Work essentially provides a dedicated work profile on the user's device. Building on the built-in multi-user support and SELinux security in Android 5.0, Android for Work allows IT to deploy work apps alongside personal apps, without employees worrying employers are snooping on personal data.

The technology comes from Divide, a BYOD software startup Google swallowed back in May 2014.

An enterprise-managed version of the Google app store, the imaginatively titled Google Play for Work, handles app distribution. Android for Work also includes a built-in productivity tool suite with email, contacts and calendar complete with Exchange and Notes suite.

Gartner: Enterprise Needs Active Security

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Gartner urges enterprises to shift security away from mere blocking and detection to active detection and response to attacks-- all in order to avoid what it calls "aggressive business disruption attacks."

CybercrimeSuch attacks are defined as "targeted attacks that reach deeply into internal digital business operations with the express purpose of widespread business damage. Servers may be taken down completely, data may be wiped and digital intellectual property may be released on the Internet by attackers… These attacks may expose embarrassing internal data via social media channels-- and could have a longer media cycle than a breach of credit card or personal data."

"Preventive controls, such as firewalls, antivirus and vulnerability management, should not be the only focus of a mature security program," Gartner continues. "Balancing investment in detection and response capabilities acknowledges this new reality."

Dell Intros Web-Scale Converged Appliances

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Dell launches a second wave of XC series web-scale converged appliances-- the XC630 and XC730xd, both built on Dell PowerEdge 31th server technology as combined with Nutanix storage software.

Dell aplianceThe XC630 is the first 1U offering in the XC series portfolio, with support for more virtual desktop users and up to 16TB of storage per rack unit within a smaller form factor.

Meanwhile the XC730xd is an update of the XC720xd. The 2U appliance supports 16TB per rack (for a total of 32TB storage), making it ideal for customers delaying private clouds or big data workloads.

Fujitsu Servers Get Asetek Cooling

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Fujitsu and Asetek announce a global purchase agreement bringing Asetek RackCDU D2C liquid cooling technology to the Fujitsu High Performance Computing (HPC) server product portfolio.

AsetekAcetek claims RackCDU cooling can help datacentres save over 50% of cooling power and around 21% of overall energy use. It also allows a 2.5-5x increase in server density, thus eliminating the need for expensive build outs.

“This agreement is a significant milestone for Asetek and its stakeholders,” Asetek says. “Our collaboration with Fujitsu ushers in a new stage in the adoption of RackCDU. With its global reach and industry position, Fujitsu is poised to drive adoption of Asetek liquid cooling in data centers worldwide.”

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