Posts Tagged ‘cloud computing’

Load-Control: Semantria Takes On The Social Media Surge Infrastructure Challenge

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Semantria is tackling some of the challenges that come with being a cloud-based social media services provider startup. The company offers a text and sentiment analysis service (which you can read about here) to clients and partners. That includes companies like Sprinklr, which manages the social customer experience for other brands with the help of Semantria’s API for analyzing social signals about those clients.

The good news is that with growing social data volumes, there’s a growing need for semantically-oriented services like Semantria’s that help businesses make sense of that information for themselves or their clients. The downside is that a huge surge in volume of social mentions around a company, its product, or anything else can hit such services hard in the pocketbook when it comes to acquiring the cloud infrastructure to handle the tidal wave.

“Everybody suffers from this kind of thing,” says Semantria founder and CEO Oleg Rogynskyy. “We experience it daily.”

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IBM Prepares to Launch the Watson Ecosystem

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Dave Smith of International Business Times reports, “Watson, the name for the IBM supercomputer best known for crushing Jeopardy! contestants, is prepping its ‘cognitive computing’ technology to be utilized by third-party developers for the first time via a Watson cloud service called the Watson Ecosystem. The Watson cloud service will release with a development tool kit, access to the application programming interface (API) of Watson, an application marketplace, and educational material about IBM’s supercomputer. Read more

3RoundStones Execs Discuss SemTech Start-Up Winner Callimachus Enterprise — And The Drive To A Semantic Web Ecosystem



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As the Semantic Web Blog recently noted, 3RoundStones’ Callimachus Enterprise emerged as the winner of the Top Semantic Technology Start-up competition that was held at the Semantic Tech & Business Conference (#SemTechBiz) in San Francisco a few weeks ago. The commercially supported Linked Data Management system, now being piloted by eight companies, will this summer be released to the general public as Version 1.0.

Callimachus Enterprise is distinguished not only by its technology, but by CTO David Wood’s presentation that spoke to the real business needs of the enterprise today – including rapidly demonstrating value, in its case around exposing, connecting and visualizing disparate enterprise content – and also in that it provides a way for organizations to deal with their enterprise information in an entirely cloud-based solution. It leverages the Amazon cloud.

“A lot of companies are using cloud-based solutions for travel and expense tracking,” says CEO Bernadette Hyland. “But this is the beginning of a new wave.”

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Monster Ups Its Game with SeeMore

A short while ago, we reported that Monster.com brought semantics to its platform. Now Monster has gone a step further: “Monster.com is getting into the cloud-computing mix with a new ‘semantic search and analytics platform’ service called SeeMore, which it launched on Thursday morning. Merging two hot capabilities —
cloud-based delivery and analytics — makes a lot of sense for Monster, which no doubt supplies many companies with a lot of data in the form of resumes. Giving them a relatively pain-free way to make the most of that information only makes Monster that much more valuable.” Read more

Call for a ‘Curated Cloud’

Steve Rosenbaum recently wrote an article about the messy state of the internet and the need for a “curated cloud.” Rosenbaum writes, “There’s good news in Apple’s iCloud announcement at WWDC, but it may not be from Apple. Let me explain. For the past five years we’ve been roaring headlong toward a digital disaster. A conflict that puts form factors, data creation, and consumer behavior in a trajectory that could only be catastrophic.” Read more

From the Internet to the Intercloud

A recent article looks at the growing importance of cloud computing: “One of the problems with ‘cloud computing’ is that it can work a bit like the Hotel California: you can check your data in OK, but will you ever get it out? Google is very well aware of the problem and with its Data Liberation commitment, wants to make sure people can retrieve their data. Ideally, of course, users should be able to move stuff from one cloud to another — from Google to Amazon or Microsoft or any similar service — but that’s not possible at the moment.” Read more

Spivack’s Bottleno.se Built To Match Scale of Exploding Message Stream

The Twitter stream, says Nova Spivack, will be a victim of its own success unless we come up with new ways to filter and make sense of it. So that’s what he’s doing with his latest venture, Bottleno.se (which you’ve probably heard about in that very stream over the last few days).

Bottleno.se is diving in where Twitter Annotations ultimately didn’t tread. Named for our smart mammalian cousin with its extraordinary sonar system, Bottleno.se is setting out to help the more-power Twitter users (other social networks, like Facebook, will be wrangled too) navigate the exploding stream in real time.

“There are 150 million messages a day now,” says Spivack, whose other ventures include Klout, LiveMatrix and of course, Twine. And he’s confident that the growth experienced so far, some three times as many Twitter messages as last year, is going to be exponential, not linear. “Next year there will be more than 3 times – four times or four, five, or six times as many messages,” he predicts, with not just people but apps automatically tweeting too.

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GeneCloud Wins the Trusted Cloud Competition

From a total of 116 proposals, twelve winners were selected for the Trusted Cloud research program at the 2011 CeBIT in Hannover, Germany. GeneCloud, a project aimed at the development of cloud computing services for the life sciences, was among the winners.

GeneCloud is a proposal developed by Transinsight, TU Dresden, Anitbodies Online, RESprotect, and Qualitype. According to the release, “In order to better understand and treat diseases such as cancer, data analysis and computing plays an increasing role. Small companies should be enabled to use today’s computing power available in the cloud. However, the key problem is data security. Up to now there is a great barrier to release relevant data into the cloud. This problem is addressed in GeneCloud.” Read more