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5 Must-read cloud computing reports on the Future of the data center

5 Must-read cloud computing reports on the Future of the data center

To stay competitive and agile in today’s shifting digital landscape, data center architectures are evolving to meet the demands and complexities imposed by increasing business requirements.  Gartner, in fact, predicts the importance, role, and function of data centers will change over the next five years, which may leave many organizations wondering how to plan their future data center architectures. To shed light on the evolving data center, we’ve compiled a list of five must-read cloud computing reports that cover everything from new technologies to data center strategy and future data center and operational models.  Take a look through the following report... more »
NetApp consolidates SAN, NAS and storage virtualization into hybrid platform

NetApp consolidates SAN, NAS and storage virtualization into hybrid platform

NetApp on Wednesday introduced a new line of scale-out hybrid arrays designed to address rapidly growing capacity demands in the enterprise without overburdening IT organizations. The FAS8000 series packs several major improvements, including the addition of Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge processors and the ability to support up to three times as much flash memory as previous generation systems. Described by NetApp as its “most powerful and feature-rich” platform to date, the FAS8000 is the first in the industry to ship with a converged network adapter (CNA) that provides both 10-Gbit Ethernet and 16-Gbit Fibre Channel connectivity. On the software side, the... more »
Monitor Bitcoin values and trends via Winkdex

Monitor Bitcoin values and trends via Winkdex

Bitcoin enthusiasts now have a new platform they can use to track down the value of the virtual currency, and it's all thanks to those Bitcoin-lovin' Winklevoss Twins. The Winklevoss Twins, Tyler and Cameron, are famous for their legal battle with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whom they accused of stealing their idea for the world famous social network. The twins have moved on from that case, and are now known as two of the highest-profile proponents of Bitcoin, and are pushing for the mainstream adoption of the virtual currency. Dubbed as Winkdex, obviously the name is taken from their surname, it’s a... more »
WhatsThat? Facebook's $19B question

WhatsThat? Facebook's $19B question

You've probably heard by now that Facebook is acquiring the messaging app WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion. Yep, you read that right, $19 billion, a HUGE amount of money, and so naturally people might be wondering why on earth is the service worth so much? According to reports, the $19 billion price tag is broken down as $4 billion in cash for all of WhatsApp’s outstanding shares, plus 183,865,778 shares of Facebook Class A common stock that's worth $12 billion. When the deal is finalized, Facebook will grant 45,966,444 restricted stock units to WhatsApp employees, worth a total of $3... more »
Google and VMware Desktop-as-a-Service goes into battle against Microsoft

Google and VMware Desktop-as-a-Service goes into battle against Microsoft

Google last week announced a partnership with VMware, the software power house engaged in the development of tools dedicated to virtualization. The goal is to enable all persons who are in possession of a Chromebook to access Windows platforms to manage desktops, applications and data, leveraging Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), Blast/HTML5 and related technology, already available for some time for other operating systems. VMware will offer the DaaS virtual services for Chromebooks from Google. The idea is to run Windows applications on PCs running on Chrome OS. With managed services offering VMware on Chromebooks, businesses can achieve up to $5000 in savings, says... more »
Ask DevOps Guest: 'Mobile First' is no longer enough

Ask DevOps Guest: 'Mobile First' is no longer enough

Many organizations think a “mobile first” strategy for new apps and services is enough to keep their customers engaged. I think they’re missing the boat. The challenge to your business is way bigger than just mobile, and extends into wearables, sensors, consoles, kiosks, Internet of Things, and more - and all the apps that go with (or on) them. As consumerization accelerates this proliferation of endpoints and apps, consumers won’t wait for creaky old development processes. Seizing leadership in this new age of consumer-driven IT requires rapid delivery of a superior experience, regardless of device. Meeting this demand means tapping into... more »
Breaking news: Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion

Breaking news: Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion

An SEC filing discovered on Facebook says that the social network is buying WhatsApp for $19 billion, which includes retention bonuses. Facebook's press release is here. WhatsApp has built a leading and rapidly growing real-time mobile messaging service, with:  . Over 450 million people using the service each month; 70 percent of those people active on a given day; Messaging volume approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume; and Continued strong growth, currently adding more than 1 million new registered users per day.  . This acquisition shows the lengths that Facebook will go to preserve their market share as the platform for the social web. "WhatsApp is on a path to... more »
FCC tries to reimpose net neutrality by rewriting the rules

FCC tries to reimpose net neutrality by rewriting the rules

Rather than try to drag things out in the courts even further, the FCC has decide against appealing the recent net neutrality ruling. Instead, it's going to do something far sneakier altogether – and simply write another, fresh set of rules governing the entire issue. The idea is that the new regulations will still ensure that ISPs can't charge companies additional fees to gain greater bandwidth, and thus reach customers at much faster speeds than they normally would. The FCC's original rules were meant to ensure the same thing – that telecoms companies wouldn't favor web traffic from bigger sites than... more »
The Do's and Dont's for Google Glass Explorers

The Do's and Dont's for Google Glass Explorers

Google Glass has gotten a lot of attention from the moment it was unveiled, starting a quest for millions of curious gadget lovers and a ready ecosystem of features, apps and accessories.  Google Glass has gotten new frames fitted with prescription lenses, it’s own accessory store, and a new wink feature for taking photos. But the etiquette of introducing yet another device into our culture can be a cumbersome process. Some early Glass Explorers have been treated badly just because they were wearing their connected specs.  One Explorer even got booted out of the theater and interrogated by the feds for suspicions... more »
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5 software defined networking myths

As defined by Margaret Rouse, editorial director of WhatIs.com, software-defined networking (SDN) is “an approach to networking in which control is decoupled from hardware and given to a software application called a controller.” This term has gained significant traction among network engineers and administrators of late, but due to its immaturity and a small repository of proven success stories, there remains some confusion regarding its true benefits and purpose. We've put together a list of five software-defined networking myths we’ve seen making their rounds in the IT space, while offering some thoughts on each. SDN is Just a Fad  . The SDN industry is... more »

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