5 Tech Observations: 14 January 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here five technology news updates, insights, rumors, gossip, chatter and more to start your day for Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves eight items.

8. Google Cloud Monitoring: A major heads up to folks who focus on traditional server and desktop monitoring. Google Cloud Monitoring is definitely worth watching. In addition to using Google's family of tools to monitor Google's cloud services, you'll be able to monitor more and more services running in Amazon Web Services. That's right: Google will provide cross-platform cloud monitoring tools. If Google extends to Microsoft Azure -- a BIG IF, I believe -- then the search giant may have the ultimate triple play for most CIOs and I.T. entrepreneurs moving workloads to the cloud...

7. Who Wants That?: IBM has unveiled the most sophisticated computer ever built. Trouble is, most customers don't want sophisticated computers anymore. Instead, they just want to plug into a cloud data center or application center. But let's give IBM a break here. The company spent more than $1 billion over the past five years developing the z13 mainframe. And yes, mainframe demand continues to hum along after all these years. And Oracle continues to push Engineered Systems up against IBM's mainframe business.

6. Speaking of Oracle: I'm thinking about attending Oracle OpenWorld 2015 in October. Can't say why. I just have a feeling it might be important to me.

5. Far More Interesting: The far more intriguing piece of news out of IBM -- at least for I.T. entrepreneurs and developers -- involves Hadoop. Turns out IBM is the leading provider of Hadoop to software developers, at least according to research from Evans Data Corp. More than 200,000 developers regularly use Big Data University, an online educational site run by Hadoop, big data and DB2 specialists.

4. In Case You Missed It: Mike Elgan and I welcomed a range of expert guests onto Tech News Today -- a daily netcast -- yesterday. Among the topics: Google declining to sign a key student privacy statement backed by President Obama, Microsoft, Apple and others. Check out the conversations here:

3. Sounds Familiar: President Obama is urging the FCC to aid local broadband initiatives to create a more competitive, open landscape for customers. Amy Katz and I covered these issues several years ago while working on MuniWireless -- a nifty public broadband website started by Esme Vos. Here's the teaser from Obama:

2. Skype, Hangouts Rival?: Rounds, a video chat startup, has raised $12 million in new funding. Samsung Ventures and Verizon are involved -- which suggests this is all about mobile video chat (sorry for stating the obvious...). The twist: Rounds users typically multi-task -- playing games or watching YouTube -- while participating in the video chats, Re/code reported.

1. Me Today: The brainstorming continues around here. Amy Katz and I have another "what's our plan" call this morning. Yesterday, we basically charted every stage of our business for the next several years. The timeline stretches from startup to exit. And exit can mean anything from winding down the business, selling to our kids, imploding, pursuing M&A or winding up in court to debate who keeps the kids, er, corporate assets. Now, we just need to put a lot of meat on all the bones. Sorry to mix lots of metaphors. But if I just wrote what I truly mean, well, that would end the mystery -- wouldn't it?

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