5 Technology Observations: 8 June 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news updates, insights, rumors, chatter, gossip and unsubstantiated claims to start your day for Monday, June 8, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves seven items to sip on.

7. Faking It In the Cloud: Like termites invading a juicy wood mansion, bot networks are getting cozy within Amazon's cloud. Indeed, Amazon Web Services hosts 7.7 percent of all the "bad" IP addresses that Fraudlogix tracks. The bot networks are used to commit ad fraud, computer crime and more...

6. Apple Watch Reality Check: Enhanced app development tools for the Apple Watch are expected this week at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. Although Apple Watch initially generated strong sales, the smartwatch now generates about 30,000 orders per day, according to Slice Intelligence. That's about 900,000 units per month -- a big number for smart watches but certainly not the market changer that Wall Street pundits were expecting...

5. DevOps in the Enterprise: When it comes to trends in DevOps -- the coordination of software development with IT operations -- I check DevOps.com pretty regularly. But from time to time, the DevOps trend spills over into the mainstream media -- where even AT&T is talking about its DevOps efforts and software-centric business model...

4. In-memory Databases: As you may know, in-memory databases are popular for running big data applications and real-time analytics. SAP Hana has been the poster child for many in-memory database trends. But it's not the only game in town. Most major database providers now offer in-memory options. As do many startups. In fact, here's a list of 19 in-memory database players. For more on the in-memory trend, check out our recent podcast with MemSQL CEO Erik Frenkiel (Episode 037).

3. From City WiFi to IoT: Turns out WiFi access from city parks and coffee shops was just the start. The city of St. Louis is working with Cisco Systems and Sprint to build Smart City services -- including a Wi-Fi network along the streetcar line to provide services to its customers. Related network infrastructure will support smart lighting, cameras, sensors and more, the city said.

2. Later This Week: I'll be at Hadoop Summit (San Jose, June 9-11) most of this week -- checking out the latest trends in big data, analytics and real-time data crunching. Major companies like AIG and Home Depot, among others, are expected to describe their use of Hadoop for a range of business projects...

1. Tune In: Speaking of Hadoop, I expect to chat with Shaun Connolly, Hortonworks' VP of corporate strategy, during a podcast sometime this week. Keep an eye on our podcast center for the exclusive interview... More details coming soon. The conversation is especially timely amid Hadoop Summit and a range of industry adoption reality checks.

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