Daily Tech Briefing: Oct. 1, 2014.

Microsoft announced that it will skip over Windows 9 and jumping straight to Windows 10. Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the company's Operating Systems group, called this upcoming version of Microsoft's flagship OS the most enterprise-friendly yet.

Windows 10 will feature the long-awaited unified Start Menu and other PC-centric features, first teased during the Microsoft Build conference in April. A technical preview will be available for download on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Advanced Micro Devices officials recently demonstrated Hadoop running on a server powered by an ARM-based chip at the JavaOne 2014 conference.

The server was powered by the vendor's Opteron A1100-Series "Seattle" chip running Apache Hadoop, the Java-based open-source platform for big data analysis.

This was an important step in demonstrating the readiness of ARM's 64-bit architecture for data center workloads, according to Margaret Lewis, director of server software planning at AMD.

Cisco Systems is planning to invest another $1 billion to accelerate the growth of its Intercloud initiative.

The company will also roll out new products and services for the Intercloud, including its Application Centric Infrastructure, which encompasses such trends as software-defined networking—and OpenStack as foundational technologies.

The latest $1 billion will be spent by Cisco Capital to provide the financial help customers and partners need to acquire the necessary Cisco technologies to participate in the Intercloud.

Intel, IBM, Cisco Systems, AT&T, China Mobile and others are creating a consortium aimed at developing an open-source reference platform to fuel the adoption of network-functions virtualization.

Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin explained that the Open Platform for NFV Project will leverage what's been done in other open-source projects—from OpenDaylight to OpenStack—and add its own components to create the reference platform.

The OPNFV's reference platform will drive consistency and interoperability among various open-source components, and will build upon what other groups have done to this point with SDN and NFV.

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