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.

Why CIOs Need to Embrace New Norms of the Hybrid Cloud

Glassbeam Integrates Its IoT Analytics Platform With Spark

Machine data analytics specialist Glassbeam is updating its Internet of Things analytics platform with advanced machine learning and real-time analytics capabilities via integration with the Apache Spark in-memory cluster computing...

Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud

Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud

More than half of large enterprises are either already using public cloud resources for their big data analytic needs or plan to do so, according to a report by Gigaom Research.

10 IBM Watson-Powered Apps That Are Changing Our World

IBM is investing $1 billion in its IBM Watson Group with the aim of creating an ecosystem of startups and businesses building cognitive computing applications with Watson. Here are 10 examples that are making an impact.

Microsoft Adds IoT, Big Data Orchestration Services to Azure

Microsoft Adds IoT, Big Data Orchestration Services to Azure

Looking to expand on the big data capabilities of its cloud platform, Microsoft has introduced Internet of Things streaming analytics, data production and workflow services for Azure.

Intel Turns to Wearables, Big Data to Fight Parkinson's

Intel Turns to Wearables, Big Data to Fight Parkinson's

Medical researchers today have only a rudimentary understanding of how Parkinson's disease progresses in patients. In collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Intel is helping researchers use wearable devices, the Internet of...

Microsoft Outlines Vision for Azure With New Services

Microsoft Outlines Vision for Azure With New Services

Microsoft puts the pressure on cloud competitors Amazon and Google with a slate of new Azure offerings, including a 'cloud-in-a-box' hardware appliance geared for on-premises hybrid deployments.

Booz Allen Takes Data Science Training Online

Booz Allen Takes Data Science Training Online

Aiming to make data science training more accessible, Booz Allen Hamilton introduces a hands-on online training course complete with gamification elements.

Hadoop Platform, Apps Represent $1 Trillion Opportunity

Hadoop Platform, Apps Represent $1 Trillion Opportunity

Hadoop will evolve into an invisible foundational data infrastructure technology this year, says Cloudera Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Mike Olson. Now's the time to focus on building applications on top of the platform, he says....

Hortonworks Boosts Support for Enterprise Needs in HDP 2.2

Hortonworks Boosts Support for Enterprise Needs in HDP 2.2

The latest version of the Hortonworks Data Platform distribution of Hadoop adds numerous features with a special focus on enterprise requirements around governance, security and operations.

MapR Makes Its NoSQL Database Freely Available in Community Edition

MapR Makes Its NoSQL Database Freely Available in Community Edition

The in-Hadoop NoSQL database is now available for unlimited production use as part of the free MapR Community Edition of Hadoop.

GE Says Industrial Internet Is Here

GE Says Industrial Internet Is Here

GE will open up its Predix operating system for the industrial Internet in an effort to help companies of any size and in any industry create applications for the industrial Internet.

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