Monthly Archives: November 2010

Microsoft Gives the Cloud to Scientists

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The software maker has started grafting popular scientific databases and analysis tools onto its Windows Azure cloud computing service. This basically means that researchers in various fields can get access to a fast supercomputer of their very own and pose queries to enormous data sets that Microsoft keeps up to date. For the time being, Microsoft will allow some research groups to perform their work free, while others will have to rent calculation time on Azure via a credit card.

These moves have turned Somsak Phattarasukol, a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, into a big fan of Microsoft.

Mr. Phattarasukol, like many researchers, is accustomed to waiting in line for access to large, public computers and to twiddling his thumbs – sometimes for days – as the machines work on his requests. It’s a frustrating process only made worse as the databases the researchers deal with swell alongside the time it takes to perform the analysis.

Microsoft officially opened access to the scientific bits of Azure this week, but Mr. Phattarasukol got early access to the system. He’s part of a team that’s trying to create a biofuel from bacteria that produce hydrogen gas. The work has required the research team to compare the makeup of various bacterium strains against an extensive protein database, as they try to figure out which bits of genetic code can prompt higher hydrogen gas production.

6 Security ‘Must Haves’ For Cloud Computing

According to Gartner, to achieve effective and safe private cloud computing deployments, security, as it exists in virtualized data centers, needs to evolve and become independent of the physical infrastructure that includes servers, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Media Access Control (MAC) address and a lot more.

However, it must not be bolted on as an afterthought once companies move from enterprise deployments, to virtualized centers, to private/public cloud.

While the basic components of security in information management remain the same — ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, access and audit of information and workloads — a new, integrated approach to security will be required.

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Microsoft Unveils Database Products at PASS Conference

Microsoft released the first community technology preview (CTP) for the next-generation version of SQL Server, codenamed Denali, Nov. 9. But that is just one of several announcements to come out of the PASS Summit 2010 conference in Seattle this week. In addition to unveiling Denali, Microsoft also announced the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse and the new Critical Advantage Program, which offers an end-to-end suite of pretested hardware and software configurations, services and support.

“SQL Server code-named Denali will help empower organizations to be more agile in today’s competitive market,” the SQL Server Team touted on its blog. “Customers will be able to efficiently deliver mission-critical solutions through a highly scalable and available platform. Industry-leading tools will help developers quickly build innovative applications while data integration and management tools help deliver credible data reliably to the right users and new user experiences expand the reach of BI to enable meaningful insights.”

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In Interview – Consider CloudHosting Your Business Intelligence

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More from an interview with Karl Van den Bergh, vice president of product strategy at Jaspersoft.