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DataDirect Networks unveils WOS-Bridge cloud tiering platform

DataDirect Networks has made adapted its object storage system so it can use both cloud and on-premise storage arrays as object storage vaults. Its revamped Web Object Scaler Bridge platform, abbreviated as WOS-Bridge, can now support both GPFS and DDN Lustre environments. Back-ends to the object serving as 'head' can be the company's EXAScaler and GRIDScaler arrays, located in one or multiple data centres and sharing a single namespace, and now extended out to the cloud with a federated tiering arrangement. DDN says WOS-Bridge's integration with DDN's parallel file systems can help users manage, distribute and retain data from the cloud to... more »
Google launches Cloud Dataflow pipeline for batch and stream processing

Google launches Cloud Dataflow pipeline for batch and stream processing

There was plenty of excitement at Google I/O yesterday, and not just because of the brief interruption by a protester calling on Google to “develop a conscience”. While much of the spotlight fell on Android, Google announced a number of new services on its cloud front, including something called Cloud Dataflow that makes it easier to create data-processing pipelines combining both stream and batch-processing capabilities. Dataflow is based on several earlier Google projects, including its FlumeJava data-pipeline tool and MillWheel stream-processing technology. Its been designed to enable analysis of live data, allowing users to view trends and receive alerts of events... more »
GoodData scales cloud analytics platform with HP Vertica

GoodData scales cloud analytics platform with HP Vertica

Cloud analytics rising star GoodData has signed up as a customer of HP Vertica to better address the performance and scalability requirements of enterprise customers amid increasing demand for its service. The deal represents a notable development in HP's partner ecosystem, garnering support during a turbulent time of reorganization. Vertica is a high-performance columnar database built to handle large amounts of data that Hewlett-Packard obtained in the acquisition of Vertica Systems in 2011. The platform is a cornerstone of the vendor’s long-term software strategy and is among the handful of businesses where it is seeing tangible revenue growth, albeit from a... more »
Cisco and NetApp say FlexPod sales now top $2B per year

Cisco and NetApp say FlexPod sales now top $2B per year

FlexPod, a joint integrated infrastructure product from Cisco and NetApp, has generated $3 billion in joint sales since its 2010 launch, the two companies announced today. Unit shipments have grown 81 percent year-over-year to annualized run rate of $2 billion. The companies also said FlexPod units have been deployed to over 4,100 customers in more than 100 countries. Integrated infrastructure systems are all-in-one computing platforms that combine processors,  storage networking and systems software. They are intended for applications that require high availability and scalability. FlexPod includes Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers, NetApp unified storage systems and Cisco Nexus networking fabric. Wikibon says  converged... more »
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7 steps for moving apps from the data center to the cloud

It’s widely understood that cloud-based environments can bring significant benefits to enterprises including improved cost savings and business agility. In fact, 82 percent of US businesses reportedly saved money by moving workloads to the cloud last year. In its 2014 State of the Cloud report, RightScale reveals that enterprises are adopting cloud computing in record numbers: Nearly all organizations (94 percent) surveyed are running applications or experimenting with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), while as many as 87 percent of organizations are using public cloud. However, before businesses make the transition to a cloud-based environment, the challenges associated with the actual... more »
Dell takes another shot at convergence market with Nutanix alliance

Dell takes another shot at convergence market with Nutanix alliance

Hot on the heels of arch-rival Hewlett-Packard's unveiling of a slew of new enterprise and supercomputing systems at its annual Discover conference earlier this month, Dell has upped the ante with its own fresh batch of data center products. The most significant of the updates unleashed this morning was the introduction of a new converged appliance family dubbed the XC Series that will ship with a third party management stack from Nutanix. The venture-backed startup sells pre-configured infrastructure modules that combine compute, storage and networking in a single chassis with an assortment of systems management tools built in. That functionality is delivered through Nutanix... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2014 June 25: Swarm redefines crypto-crowdfunding, Just-Dice suspends betting, one year of BitcoinAverage

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 June 25: Swarm redefines crypto-crowdfunding, Just-Dice suspends betting, one year of BitcoinAverage

This week's Bitcoin Weekly has something for everyone. First, a new crypto-crowdfunding platform arrived earlier this month seeking to redefine how people raise funds with cryptocurrencies. Canada's new Bitcoin-as-money regulations have already caused some casualties with Just-Dice and Doge-Dice suspending service to bring themselves in line with the upcoming law. BitcoinAverage is fast coming up on one year of service (this August.) And, Chinese Bitcoin-exchange OKCoin is adding algorithmic trading tools that favor high-volume traders. Swarm seeks to redefine crowdfunding Launched publicly in early June, Swarm hopes to redefine crowdfunding by using the Bitcoin second gen protocol CounterParty and crowdsourcing engagement. Crowdfunding started June... more »
Meet Max and Bob, robots to keep buildings safe and secure

Meet Max and Bob, robots to keep buildings safe and secure

This week’s Smart City roundup features robots that take care of your building environment, and a smart telepresence that puts you in the right place at the right time. AtSite’s Max robot   At the IBCon/RealComm Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, AtSite, a company that specializes in smart building solutions, introduced Max, a robot that collects environmental data such as temperature, humidity, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), CO2, pressure, light and sound.  According to the company, Max is a cost-effective way to monitor various locations and gather data compared to installing numerous amounts of sensors throughout a building. Max is navigated by people and works... more »
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Users don't need to pay for public clouds anymore

Several years ago, I wrote a piece entitled "How Dropbox Will Die" that turned out to be quite popular at Forbes.com. My pitch was that Microsoft, Google and Apple would eventually make so much storage available so cheaply that whatever need I had for Dropbox would disappear, along with any incentive to pay anyone else for cloud storage. I predicted the three companies would make their clouds an integrated part of their products, perhaps locking Dropbox, Box and all the others out of their ecosystems. Now, I've been a loyal -- if free -- Dropbox user for years, but my affection... more »
The philosophy behind Nimble adaptive flash

The philosophy behind Nimble adaptive flash

At the recent Nimble Adaptive Flash Launch, Nimble announced an evolution of its adaptive flash array, giving companies more options when using a cloud solution for data storage. Not only do adaptive arrays make it easier and faster to access data, they can also be customized so that users only pay for the storage capacity they use. Varun Mehta, co-founder and VP of Engineering at Nimble, joined Stu Miniman and David Floyer of theCUBE to talk about his company’s philosophy surrounding flash storage. The path of least resistance   When asked how a company, such as Nimble, can build a feature and sustain it... more »

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