This week’s top enterprise, IT, and Microsoft news stories include an evaluation of the recently released Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview, enterprise-level hybrid cloud research, and Windows Azure updates.
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview, hands on: Much more than a service pack. Available to businesses with Windows Software Assurance, Windows 8.1 Enterprise offers a selection of enterprise tools on top of the consumer platform. The current preview allows customers to test drive the update before installing it across their networks (from ZDNet).
Rackspace study suggests hybrid cloud is gaining momentum. The cloud firm reports that enterprises want a mix of public and private cloud services, with 60% of those surveyed preferring the hybrid cloud model (from TechWorld).
Windows 8.1 Launches Digitally October 17, Hits Store Shelves October 18 Although Microsoft is finalizing its Windows 8.1 update now, it won’t be available to existing customers until October 17 and will hit store shelves the following day (from TechCruch).
Tech Titans Talk: The IDG Enterprise Interview Series. This article provides a collection of links to IDG interviews with CIOs and CEOs talking about IT industry trends, obstacles, and upcoming product releases (from CIO.com).
Microsoft to open source a big data framework called REEF. The Retainable Evaluator Execution Framework (REEF) runs on YARN, the next-generation resource manager for Hadoop, allowing users to build machine learning jobs that maintain state (from GigaOM).
NSA Revelations a Mixed Bag for Private Clouds. Public cloud providers could take an immediate hit if foreign clients decide US providers aren’t secure, and could push more business to choose private cloud providers instead (from CSOonline).
Microsoft beefs up Windows Azure with push and disaster-recovery updates. New features for Azure will improve SQL server availability via SQL Server AlwaysOn Groups (from ZDNet).
Why IT and Marketing Should Go Out for Coffee (or Something Stronger). Marketing and technology now go hand-in-hand, and one of the best things CIOs can do is to understand the client’s marketing strategy (from Network World).