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Apache Spark is Hadoop's speedy Swiss Army knife

Hadoop, the data processing framework that's become a platform unto itself, is only as good as the components that plug into it. But the conventional MapReduce component for Hadoop has a reputation for being too slow for real-time data analysis.

Enter Apache Spark, a Hadoop data processing engine designed for both batch and streaming workloads, now in its 1.0 incarnation and outfitted with features that exemplify what kinds of work Hadoop is being pushed to encompass.

SAP going full steam ahead on HANA, the cloud, and 'simple' software

A couple of things became clear during SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner's keynote at the Sapphire conference today: SAP remains committed to the HANA in-memory computing platform, as well as its push into SaaS (software as a service).

Neither of those conclusions came as a great surprise, but the event gave Plattner an occasion to reassert SAP's direction at its biggest annual conference, shortly after a management shakeup and the anointment of sole CEO Bill McDermott.

Oracle focuses on prepping databases as a service

As it preps Oracle Enterprise Manager to run private clouds, Oracle has released an update to the management software that offers the ability for organizations to offer production-ready databases as a service.

Microsoft to link Office, Windows, and Azure with Salesforce.com's CRM

Microsoft and Salesforce.com have become corporate buddies, pledging to integrate their flagship products in what they're calling a "global, strategic partnership." The agreement calls for Salesforce.com's CRM software to be integrated with Microsoft's Windows OS, Azure cloud computing platform, and Office suite, the companies said today.

Cisco launches all-in-one desktop comms devices to declutter desks

US networking giant Cisco today announced it is launching two new Android-based desktop communication devices in a bid to declutter employee desks.

The 23-inch DX80 and 14-inch DX70 touchscreen devices are designed to free up space on a worker’s desk by removing the need for employees to have telephones, webcams and other communications technology in front of them.  

France: Strato renouvelle son approche de création de sites Web pour TPE/PME.

A partir du système CM4all Sites 2.0, l’Allemand Strato a remis à plat son offre de création de sites Web (fonctions et tarifs). L’offre est déclinée sur le marché français. Strato, fournisseur de services Internet (hébergement, noms de domaines, pack c-commerce…) et filiale de Deutsche Telekom, renouvelle son approche de création de sites Web. L’offre est revue avec la renaissance de ses activités en France.

IBM extends e-commerce into cloud with ExperienceOne suite

IBM has broadened its e-commerce offerings with a new range of digital marketing and customer analytics that can be provided through on premises software or via a cloud service that customers appear increasingly open to adopting.

SFR Business Team: communication-collaboration, services cloud (M2M, IoT).

Offres convergentes (communications unifiées et collaboration), cloud privé et objets connectés (M2M/IoT), services à valeur ajoutée : SFR Business Team a cerné ses relais de croissance pour les prochaines années.

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre pour SFR Business Team.

Bunkr, alternative à PowerPoint.

Bunkr, qui propose une alternative d’outil de présentation, lève un million d’euros auprès de Xavier Niel, de Daniel Marhely et du fonds Idinvest Partners.

Microsoft reveals new Office features available only in the cloud

Microsoft showed off new Office features at TechEd 2014, but some of them will never be available to customers who don't embrace the cloud version of the software suite, Office 365, and the company will take its time bringing others to market for Office Server users.

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