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Folks at MapR Technologies have made MapR M7, their Big Data platform for NoSQL and Apache Hadoop applications, available at Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR). M7 is supposed to offer ease of use, dependability and greater performance for NoSQL and Hadoop. Amazon EMR is said to make it easier and more cost-effective to deploy and operate elastic Hadoop clusters on AWS. In a few mouse clicks or a single line of code, customers can launch a dynamically scalable M7 cluster on Amazon EMR to store or process vast amounts of data. M7 is fully supported on multiple AWS instance types, including the latest high-performance SSD-backed High I/O instances. It can scale horizontally to thousands of nodes per cluster. MapR says Standard YCSB benchmark tests on AWS High Storage instances show M7 delivering a consistent performance of over 100,000 operations a second per node, de... (more)

SCO Sues DaimlerChrysler & AutoZone

After weeks of threats and repeated delays, the SCO Group has finally sued two Fortune 500 end-user companies, DaimlerChrysler and AutoZone. SCO is suing the carmaker, which is already one of its Unix licensees, for not certifying, as SCO says it's required to do under its agreement, that it is not running Linux binaries anywhere in its establishment or, if it is, that it has built a Chinese wall between its Unix and Linux developers, or any of the six other similarly minded oaths SCO is now demanding its users take. It's not that DaimlerChrysler refused SCO terms, it just ignore... (more)

SCO Sues DaimlerChrysler & AutoZone

After weeks of threats and repeated delays, the SCO Group has finally sued two Fortune 500 end-user companies, DaimlerChrysler and AutoZone. SCO is suing the carmaker, which is already one of its Unix licensees, for not certifying, as SCO says it's required to do under its agreement, that it is not running Linux binaries anywhere in its establishment or, if it is, that it has built a Chinese wall between its Unix and Linux developers, or any of the six other similarly-minded oaths SCO is now demanding its users take. It's not that DaimlerChrysler refused SCO terms, it just ignored... (more)

VMware Crashes and Burns on Wall Street, Down 26% After Hours

VMware failed to hit Wall Street's consensus estimates when it reported its Q4 numbers Monday evening and the stock, already hammered down from its highs, lost $22 - more than 26% of its stock price - in after-hours trading. The virtualization leader, now a $1.3BN-a-year venture under heavy fire from Microsoft, earned 19 cents a share (26 cents non-GAAP), better than double last year, on revenues up 80% year-over-year to $412M. As good as the showing was, it was not enough to meet the Street's average - and evidently unrealistic - outlook of 24 cents on revenues of $417.4M. Credi... (more)

OpenStack Start-up Raises $4.5 Million

Piston Cloud Computing Inc, a San Francisco software company developing a commercial version of the OpenStack open source software for business, has raised $4.5 million in funding. The money is coming from Hummer Winblad and True Ventures, with Divergent Ventures and some unidentified others participating. Piston's co-founders came from the technical teams at OpenStack parents NASA and Rackspace, and helped to create the OpenStack project last year. Piston CEO Joshua McKenty was the cloud architect of NASA's Nebula Cloud infrastructure, the precursor of OpenStack's cloud computin... (more)