One cannot say that the 10th annual Google I/O developer conference was a snoozefest—although the beautiful, blue-sky weather certainly was conducive to taking nap in the sunshine. The world's largest and most successful Web search and mobile operating system provider stuck a major stake in the ground for all users and developers of IT—especially in the mobile app genre. There were significant new consumer apps and services, enterprise apps, developer tools and services, and guidance on what the company is working on for future product announcements—such as virtual reality and automated transportation. But perhaps the most important corporate announcement was that Google is deep into integrating its desktop Chrome, Chromecast media and Android mobile operating systems into one all-encompassing system that can run any application on any device one can name—even those on competing platforms. Google I/O 2016 was basically a big data workload for reporters, analysts and developers to process, and it was an event that still will be processed for weeks and months into the future. This eWEEK slide show provides some closure on one of the most important tech conferences of the year.
While anonymous sources claim Facebook suppressed conservative views, its general counsel says its analytics show only a heavy hand on moderate topics.
With its World Community Grid, research efforts and cognitive computing technology, IBM has committed to helping to fight the Zika virus.
You're in the market for a cloud service provider, but the sales pitches are all starting to sound the same. The provider you choose will have a major impact—for good or ill—on your IT and your business, so it's not a decision to be made lightly. How do you distinguish one from the other and make sure you've found the best fit? There are many questions to ask a potential provider, some of which will be unique to your business. But certain questions yield more telling answers that can help distinguish one provider from another and make the decision more clear-cut. After speaking with Sungard AS, eWEEK came up with a list of questions to ask about every cloud service provider you're considering. Start with a sense of the answers you'd want from your ideal partner, and use these questions to gauge where each potential provider falls in relation to that ideal. The answers will point you toward the best partner for your business, one that will be there when you need them, keep your data secure and available, and meet your every compliance and compatibility requirement.
The tech giant continues to take advantage of Nvidia's GPUs to speed up the processing of complex workloads on its IBM Cloud environment.
Cloud applications and services today are integral parts of IT systems, as more enterprises accept them as a simply another part of their infrastructure. Whether it's a simple Salesforce usage model or a more complicated big data analytics deployment, the cloud has taught IT managers and administrators to trust it over the course of several years. But it has been a long road for cloud adoption. Trust wasn't there; in 2006, at the start of the cloud services era, security concerns were the No. 1 barrier for enterprises examining the cloud for such deployments. Today, security remains the top worry when it comes to signing on to a cloud service, albeit to a much lesser extent. HexaTier, a security and compliance software provider for cloud-hosted databases formerly known as GreenSQL, conducted a survey recently with about 600 IT leaders to identify the top security concerns still preventing enterprise organizations from moving their sensitive information to databases in the cloud. This eWEEK slide show reveals the top 10 results of its "Database as a Service (DBaaS) Security Research 2015" report.