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DDN : Optimizing object storage efficiency with OCP | #OCPSummit

DDN : Optimizing object storage efficiency with OCP | #OCPSummit

Tom Leyden, Director of Product Marketing with DataDirectNetworks, began his presentation for the Open Compute Summit with an arresting statement: "I am here to explain to you how a proprietary software vendor can help the Open Compute community be more efficient in building scale-out object storage, and how we leverage OCP to make our scale-out storage better, more efficient and easier to use for our customers." Leyden started with a couple of details regarding DataDirectNetworks. "DDN has been around for about 15 years. We are a California-based company, but we are active worldwide. Our history is mostly HPC. Eight out of ten... more »
BMC ups ante on self-service IT with portfolio refresh

BMC ups ante on self-service IT with portfolio refresh

BMC Software, a longtime maker of IT automation solutions that went private last year after more than two decades on the stock market, has kept busy since leaving the public eye. The company this week announced the next generation of its help desk and service management solutions, which have been infused with social functionality and enhanced to better support mobile workers. “Top organizations have known for a long time that mobile social technologies represent the future of IT. But the solutions they’ve had to work with in order to make that leap were not designed for that task,” noted Kia Behnia,... more »
Zettaset wins patent for “split brain resistant failover” in Hadoop

Zettaset wins patent for “split brain resistant failover” in Hadoop

Zettaset, a fast-growing developer of management software for Hadoop, has been awarded a patent for the high-availability (HA) component that ships with its flagship Orchestrator solution. Issued on November 26, 2013 and announced last week, U.S. Patent #8,595,546 covers a technique for “split brain resistant fail-over in high availability Hadoop clusters.” The technology is fully compatible with distributions from the top three vendors, namely Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR, and automatically fires up a backup node when a service goes down. That includes NameNode metadata servers and JobTracker instances as well as Hive, Oozie, the Kerberos authentication protocol and other critical security... more »
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Mobile market saturated with Internet-connected cars

There are millions of devices currently connected to the Internet, ranging from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, to laptops. But a report from the GSMA industry association reveals that this trend will soon be replaced by more devices that have the capability to connect to the Internet such as home automation devices, wearable tech, and of course, vehicles. The report stated that about 40 percent of mobile operators from around the world offer machine-to-machine services, and its growing 38 percent every year since 2010.  As such, it can be expected that the growth will open up new opportunities for... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2014 February 19: MtGox continues to blame Bitcoin, BitPay releases Bitcore, BTC ATMs arrive in the US

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 February 19: MtGox continues to blame Bitcoin, BitPay releases Bitcore, BTC ATMs arrive in the US

Last week’s upset with transaction malleability and a Bitcoin network-wide DDoS attempt and ultimately the total shutdown of MtGox (triggering ongoing protests) has pushed the market value of BTC down to the mid $600s but it’s remained mostly there ever since. MtGox had a rocky start in explaining why BTC withdrawals had been frozen and the poor PR is just continuing. Seeing a need to spark further innovation in mobile and web app development, BitPay has released an open source JavaScript library for developers called Bitcore. And Bitcoin ATMs are appearing in the US and all over the world. This and... more »
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QLogic doubles down on growth areas + reasserts Fibre Channel dominance with Broadcom patent deal

QLogic, which earlier this month marked the tenth consecutive year as the largest vendor of Fibre Channel (FC) adapters by market share, is investing heavily to sustain its edge over the competition. Defying the weakening demand for the technology, the Aliso Viejo, California-based manufacturer recently acquired Brocade’s converged adapter business as part of a broad alliance that also encompasses joint development of SAN solutions based on the newly released Gen 6 FC standard. The agreement was signed off by interim chief exec Jean Hu, who just handed over the reins to former EMC engineering head Prasad Rampalli, a favorite guest on... more »
MyFitnessPal acquires Sessions : reflects smart gadget market trends

MyFitnessPal acquires Sessions : reflects smart gadget market trends

MyFitnessPal has seen a hefty increase in users and engagement since January of this year (2014 resolutions, anyone?).  And with more fitness tackers working well with MyFitnessPal, it's building up an integrated ecosystem for those seeking healthy lifestyles through metrics and pattern recognition. MyFitnessPal doesn’t want its journey to end with giving people a service or an app that helps them get started, they want to provide a means for people to be able to stick with their goals. They’re hoping to do just that with the acquisition of Sessions, a company that specializes in pairing people with coaches to help... more »
Intel invests in Chinese tech firms as part of cloud + Big Data push

Intel invests in Chinese tech firms as part of cloud + Big Data push

Intel is kicking off the Year of the Horse with a series of strategic investments in Chinese tech firms that are helping to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing and analytics among local companies, which are coming under increased pressure to differentiate as the number of consumers and mobile devices continue to grow at breakneck speed. China is a favored investment destination for the chip maker, which has poured over $670 million into more than 110 technology vendors since entering the market in 1998. Among the latest additions to the list is BlueWhale, a Tianjin-based maker of network storage solutions and... more »
Yandex fires up its own flavor of Android so everyone can ditch Google

Yandex fires up its own flavor of Android so everyone can ditch Google

Thanks to its open-source nature pretty much anyone can build a basic Android phone, and they don't need Google's permission to do so. But of course, not asking Google also means forsaking all of the apps and services that've become such a vital part of the Android OS – things such as Gmail, Maps and the Google Play store, and that's why very few have bothered to do so. But this might soon change thanks to the endeavors of Russian web giant Yandex, which has just rolled out a bunch of alternative apps and services for device manufacturers intent on building... more »
Monstrous mobile SEO implications, thanks to Big Data

Monstrous mobile SEO implications, thanks to Big Data

I'm going to tell you something, and it isn't going to be anything you haven't already heard. Mobile is getting so big it's likely going to increase the 'Internet' by more than double in the next few years. I'm only 30 and I can walk into a high school and see everyone with a laptop, smartphone out, snapchatting their Instagram of them tweeting about a Vine they saw of a boy getting slapped in the cafeteria because of a foursquare check-in that landed him in hot water... "crap, these kids got me feeling old." #oldguytweet. Big Data is a word that... more »

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