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Microsoft opens up

Microsoft opens up
By Rachel Roumeliotis
April 17, 2012

Microsoft seems to be embracing open source more and more. What does this tell us about the company's near-term future?

Strata Week: Shop 'til you drop

Strata Week: Shop 'til you drop
By Julie Steele
December 16, 2010

In this edition of Strata Week: Stack Exchange takes their hardware and software in-house; Neflix explains their adoption of AWS and open source; the New York Times maps out survey and census data; and Infochimps acquires Data Marketplace.

Developing intuitions about data

By Jon Udell
October 7, 2010

Some kinds of computer files have different properties than others, and thus serve different purposes. Structured representation of data is one such property. If we are trying to put data onto the web, and if we want others to have the use of that data, and if we hope it will flow reliably through networks to all the places where it's needed, then we ought to consider how the files we choose to publish do, or don't, respect that property.

Mårten Mickos discusses the strategy at Eucalyptus Systems

Mårten Mickos discusses the strategy at Eucalyptus Systems
By Andy Oram
June 22, 2010

Mickos responds to such questions as whether private clouds are needed, whether they are too hard to manage, and whether the Amazon API is the best foundation for Eucalyptus.

Open Cloud Manifesto: about openness, standards, and the vitality of SMTP

Open Cloud Manifesto: about openness, standards, and the vitality of SMTP
By Andy Oram
March 28, 2009

Thanks to George Reese, I learned about the bruhaha over an Open Cloud Manifesto. Let's put the debate in the context of some basic and perennial issues about openness and standards.

Does Java Run Faster On .NET VM and Windows Azure?

By M. David Peterson
December 20, 2008

Looking for ways to tweak the performance of your Java applications? Look no further than the .NET platform and Windows Azure.


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