Daily Tech Briefing: Oct. 20, 2014

Several major announcements were made at the recent Strata + Hadoop World 2014 conference. Business intelligence software provider Tableau Software announced expanded support for Hadoop technologies with new partners, including IBM and Amazon Web Services.

Meanwhile, Hortonworks announced version 2.2 of its Hortonworks Data Platform, an enterprise-ready data platform with Hadoop YARN as the architectural center. Furthermore, Cloudera and Red Hat launched an alliance to deliver joint enterprise software solutions including data integration and application development tools, and data platforms.

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services recently announced additions to its cloud-based disaster recovery-as-a-service solution, HP Helion Continuity Services.

The new release provides users with more options with support of Linux physical clusters, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Oracle Real Application Clusters and storage area network-based data stores. The goal of these enhancements is to decrease the downtime, data loss and cost impact of a system outage while expanding availability to additional markets.

Microsoft plans to update developers on its latest tools and platforms at an invitation-only event next month in New York City known as Connect();. The centerpiece of the event, which will begin Nov. 12, will be Visual Studio and the next version of the Microsoft developer toolset. A second day of Microsoft developer outreach will take place on Nov. 13, where engineering team members on the company's Redmond, Wash. campus will interact virtually with developers to provide insight about the newest tools, frameworks and services.

Hewlett-Packard put a notice on its developer Website saying that it will end webOS cloud services support for devices running the operating system and will shutter its app catalog on Jan. 15, 2015. Remaining users of such devices as HP's TouchPad tablet and Palm Pre 3 smartphone have less than three months before they no longer will be able to receive updates, get support or load new apps from HP. HP inherited webOS back in 2010 when it bought Palm for $1.2 billion.

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