Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison teases database-as-a-service

It's a fitting new moniker for the title that Larry Ellison has held for practically all of his life, and probably for several of his next ones. And his next surprise is no longer a surprise.

Spotlight: Define 'service'

The managed services industry is facing an epiphany. As services move online, it becomes easier for digital tools to register customer satisfaction levels and customer expectation levels.

Red Hat's FeedHenry buy puts a JBoss hat on different mobile platform

Choosing a mobile application development platform is an "either/or" deal, for various architectural reasons, and FeedHenry had been an attractive "or" against Red Hat's "either."

In the NFV era, Cisco bolsters its physical firewall to stay competitive

There have been software firewalls for years, and a growing number of software-based firewall appliances for NFV.  The latter threatens Cisco, and this week the network giant has responded.

Cisco aims to differentiate OpenStack with its Metacloud buy

Metacloud makes a distinguished distribution of OpenStack: one with a hosting model and a service policy attached. If Cisco runs it, it won't be a little side project any more.

Oldest malicious macros still exploit flaws in our digital society

All of a sudden, old VBA macros being circulated through old systems are causing more damage than they did last year. How come older systems are losing their security?

New intelligence tool from Dyn projects 'shape' of the net in real-time

There may not be a direct method for gauging quality of service through the Internet. But another company seeking the next best thing has created a convincing graphical weather report.

Brocade acquires alternative to deep packet inspection for MNOs

Up until now, Brocade's NFV components had been marketed as a means for accomplishing DPI with x86 servers. Now the NFV pioneer has acquired a technology that could succeed DPI.

The one-click battle for the net

We're the Internet, and they're the cable companies, says the latest advocacy group. Click one button to send a meaningless statement about net neutrality and make you feel better about yourself.

Spotlight: The apps ecosystem is profitable for whom?

The big asterisk in front of many of the reports you've read in recent days about the economy's recovery, especially in the personal revenue department, has to do with the persons in...

HP acquisition of Eucalyptus looks like attrition by consumption

Just one month after a sudden change of heart from the leader of OpenStack's chief competitor, his company finds itself swallowed by OpenStack's newest would-be champion.

Microsoft adds API management API to Azure

A new service launched on the Azure cloud platform Wednesday enables developers building business models around the sharing of data in granular bits or tabular chunks to instantly generate API portals.

EU Commissioner pushes Estonia as model for e-identity

Not only may Estonia's digital identification system be used as a roadmap for a pan-European initiative, but the way it was developed has been worked into new regulations that span the continent.

Spotlight: Getting into malicious users' heads

The best security and governance policies developed in the past decade have been those that focus on recovery and resilience as a standard practice rather than a response.

Nokia, the cloud service provider, now offers OSS-as-a-service

The former Nokia Siemens Networks now joins the ranks of Alcatel-Lucent in offering network management systems to customers whose networks may not all be on-premise.

The coming public data pollution problem

If Twitter starts rearranging your feed based on what it thinks is relevant, then will all those tools that examine your Twitter feed for things you find relevant, be right or wrong?

Red Hat is replacing its existing cloud management scheme

The newest version of Red Hat's cloud platform management software, Satellite 6, will replace its existing single scheme with a scheme of popular open source alternatives.

SDN vendors: Carriers can't upgrade their hardware all at once

A recent webinar hosted by one of the software-defined networking industry's premier analyst firms reached the conclusion that too much disruption may not be a good thing. Sorry, Intel.

Nancy Pelosi to FCC: Take a hint from Supremes, make broadband Title II

The House Minority Leader makes official the Democratic leadership's support of a very controversial move to regulate the Internet with the same language used to regulate long distance service.

Less need for broadband regulation with more competitors, says FCC's Wheeler

"It was the absence of competition that historically forced the imposition of strict government regulation in telecommunications," said a man whose industry is responsible for some monopolies.