On Tuesday, VMware spinoff Pivotal announced the availability of Pivotal CF, an enterprise distribution of Cloud Foundry, and Pivotal One, a set of services to run on top of that platform. Microsoft and Facebook are so serious about exterminating bugs that they're sponsoring a bug bounty campaign to find vulnerabilities in critical software supporting the Internet stack. Big data firm Cloudera and IBM’s SoftLayer are getting in on the turnkey data center software action. They just unveiled multi-layer SoftLayer infrastructure solutions running the Cloudera platform. IT pros are taking note of the latest edition of the OpenStack open-source cloud platform, dubbed Havana. Nearly 400 new features have been added to enhance computing, storage, and networking. The good news for Canonical is that it raised nearly $13 million on crowdfunding site Indiegogo to build its new Ubuntu Edge smartphone, which doubles as a desktop computer. The bad news is that it needed $32 million.
Akamai Buys Prolexic, Joins Denial-of-Service Fight The $370 million acquisition of cybersecurity vendor Prolexic by Akamai Technologies will let Akamai hone technologies to lock down data centers and internal business apps against denial-of-service attacks.
Cisco, HP Among Winners in Slowing Server Market Although the PC market is declining, the server industry is still posting gains, albeit slight ones. In the third quarter of 2013 worldwide server shipments grew 1.9 percent year-over-year, according to Gartner.
Here Comes the New USB Plug Time to get ready for a new USB plug. The new connector for USB 3.1 will be reversible, so a user can insert it with either side on the top, and it may be the only connector needed for many devices.
Mobile Technology Spotlight
T-Mobile Taps MetroPCS Spectrum To Speed Up LTE LTE data service has spread across the U.S., and T-Mobile is no exception, although with a reputation for slowness. Using spectrum gained through its acquisition of MetroPCS, T-Mobile aims to fix that.
Choices Abound in High-End Laptops Whether you're looking for something thin and light, or want a tablet that performs like a laptop, there's plenty to choose from if you're willing to spend a bit more for a high-end laptop computer.
Apple Beckons Shoppers Inside Stores with iBeacon GPS will tell you how to get to the nearest Apple store. With iBeacon, Apple hopes to guide you around once you're in, whether to pick up an order, upgrade to a new iPhone or shop for a pair of headphones.