Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

Thor Olavsrud covers IT security, big data, open source technology, Microsoft tools and servers for CIO.com. He resides in New York.

Microsoft extends Azure Site Recovery

NHL seeks to grab fans with data analytics

NHL seeks to grab fans with data analytics

The NHL wants to bring in hardcore fans and casual fans alike with a multi-phase plan to offer 'enhanced statistics' along with advanced visualizations on 100 years of historical data and its real-time scoring data.

Internet of Things connections to quadruple by 2020

Internet of Things connections to quadruple by 2020

A new report by Verizon predicts that the Internet of Things is poised to transform virtually every major market sector, growing to more than 5.4 billion connections by 2020.

OpenPOWER Foundation shows off data center innovations

OpenPOWER Foundation shows off data center innovations

The foundation, which says it seeks to create an open ecosystem for data centers as an alternative to the proprietary x86 architecture, announced more than 10 new solutions at its second annual summit.

Facebook releases open source ORC reader for Presto

Facebook releases open source ORC reader for Presto

Aiming to optimize performance of open source distributed SQL query engine Presto, Facebook has designed a new Optimized Row Columnar (ORC) file format reader that supports columnar reads, predicate pushdown and lazy reads.

9 biggest information security threats for the next two years

9 biggest information security threats for the next two years

Each year, the Information Security Forum, a nonprofit association that researches and analyzes security and risk management issues, releases its 'Threat Horizon' report to provide a forward-looking view of the biggest security...

Adobe says new cloud service will end 'document disconnect'

Adobe says new cloud service will end 'document disconnect'

Adobe has announced Adobe Document Cloud, promising a seamless and unified document experience across desktop, mobile and the Web.

Why businesses should focus on wide data, not big data

Why businesses should focus on wide data, not big data

Data doesn't have to be big to provide your organization with important insights. True insight lies at the intersection of different data sets.

How the Elite Eight of IT Will Lead You to Victory

How the Elite Eight of IT Will Lead You to Victory

With March Madness around the corner, we pick the Elite Eight bracket of IT elements that will help you lead your IT organization to victory. We also narrow the list down the Final Four and pick an IT champion.

CIOs Share Lessons Learned From the Journey to the Cloud

CIOs Share Lessons Learned From the Journey to the Cloud

Shifting your organization's services and infrastructure to the cloud can bring unexpected perils. These are lessons learned from CIOs who have successfully navigated the journey.

7 Dwarfs of Desktop Virtualization – Whistle While You Migrate

7 Dwarfs of Desktop Virtualization – Whistle While You Migrate

In February 1938, Walt Disney Productions revolutionized animated film with the world's first full-length cel-animated feature film, carried by seven dwarfs and a princess. Seventy-seven years later, seven virtual dwarfs are...

Corvil Redefines Model for Network Data Analytics

Corvil Redefines Model for Network Data Analytics

To reduce costs and provide customers with investment protection, the network data analytics specialist announced today that it will sell the hardware part of its appliances at cost and make licenses transferable to other hardware and...

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