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Four Billion Hours of YouTube Viewed Each Month

We all know that YouTube is pretty popular these days, but do you have any idea just how popular it is? That’s hard to quantify of course, but let’s just say that if the latest estimation of over four billion hours of YouTube videos being watched each and every month is at all accurate, it gets a whole LOT of air time. For those too lazy to do the math, that equates to something like 456,000 years of YouTube vids and user-uploaded content being watched every 30 days. Or, it’s the same as one person sitting there and watching the original... more »
RIM 4G LTE PlayBook Out on August 9, Will Open Source BB10

RIM 4G LTE PlayBook Out on August 9, Will Open Source BB10

There were rumors going around last week that Research in Motion will soon be unveiling a 4G LTE PlayBook.  IT was reported that they were getting ready to unveil the 4G tablet as early as July 31 but the Canadian company didn’t announce anything until today. According to RIM, the 4G LTE PlayBook will be available in Canada, first, on August 9.  The 4G PlayBook features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.  The new PlayBook will launch on Rogers, Bell and Telus — Canada’s three largest carriers. Aside from the 4G LTE PlayBook announcement, RIM, during an interview with the Telegraph, CEO Thorsten Heins... more »
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Striking Into New Territory: Google and Others Have Deep Pockets and Big Plans

Want access to that exclusive club, with the long line and thousands of hopefuls?  You could just flash a few (hundred) dollars at the bouncer, buying your way in.  It won't guarantee you'll be the belle of the ball or even the most popular VIP in the club, but at least you've gotten in the door.  What you do from there is up to you. It's not entirely different for enterprises, who buy their way into new industries with an acquisition here or there.  And when it comes to social enterprise, networking and storage, we've seen quite a few acquisitions and... more »
AT&T to Acquire Nextwave, Expand 4G

AT&T to Acquire Nextwave, Expand 4G

AT&T Inc., one of the top dogs in the telecommunications industry, agreed to acquire Nextwave Wireless Inc. which holds licenses in the Wireless Communication Services (WCS) and Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) bands.  The acquisition will amount to up to $50 million plus the repurchase of debt from bondholders. As part of the debt redemption and a separate agreement with Nextwave, AT&T will purchase a series of notes for an estimated amount of $600 million.  The series of notes represents about $1.1 billion of Nextwave’s debts. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.  The deal includes a $25... more »
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DDN Unveils Management Software for Analytics Environments

DataDirect Networks is offering a new consolidated management platform for customers of its SFA, 10K and 12K series systems. DirectMon can run in GridScaler and IBM GBFS environments, and is a part of a broader long term “analytics infrastructure direction” that will eventually cover a bigger portion of DDN’s storage portfolio according to a release. “DDN's DirectMon takes the complexity out of managing even the world's largest Big Data environments, and enables our customers to deploy simple infrastructure capable of scaling up for deep storage capacity and scaling out for added storage capacity and performance," said Jean Luc Chatelain, Executive Vice President... more »
New Digg Doesn't Have a Clue

New Digg Doesn't Have a Clue

Anyone checked out Digg.com lately? If you have, you may have noticed that the social news bookmarking website has had its guts ripped out as part of a total revamp following its takeover by New York-based Betaworks. Digg’s new owners can be commended for a couple of things. Having decided to revert to start-up mode again, the entire website has been built on fresh code, rewritten using Agile development methods, and re-launched in record-breaking time – just six weeks to the day that Betaworks snapped up its name and URL for $500,000. There’s also no disputing that the new Digg looks... more »
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Amazon Offering More Competitive Options to Enterprises

Research firm Gartner lists the public cloud as one of the fastest growing verticals in enterprise IT, and Amazon has apparently been taking notes. Some of Amazon Web Service's (AWS) larger customers report that the cloud services provider is offering increasingly attractive deals with much more competitive pricing. What's the catch? Vendor lock-in. The new deals have much less flexible terms than AWS' traditional plans. In one model, Amazon is offering deals that allow enterprises to exchange the pay-as-you-go model for a fixed monthly rate based on anticipated use. Customers don’t  pay more if they exceed the fixed amount, but they... more »
Apple Demands Sanctions Against Samsung for Latest Media Play

Apple Demands Sanctions Against Samsung for Latest Media Play

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple's request for emergency sanction; iPhone 5 screen to ship this month; Android ICS now on more devices; and Google Wallet’s support for all major credit/debit cards. Apple requests emergency Samsung ban The Apple-Samsung trial is as controversial as the two giant electronics company.  Samsung leaked court inadmissible evidences to the media which greatly irritated overseeing Judge Lucy Koh.  In an attempt to prove that Samsung did not copy Apple’s design, they tried to submit data regarding their F700 smartphone design, which existed long before Apple’s iPhone, but it was barred by Judge Koh from being used... more »
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Now a Member of Cisco's Board

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Now a Member of Cisco's Board

Cisco Systems, the company that designs, manufactures and sells networking equipments such as routers, just appointed Salesforce.com’s CEO Marc Benioff and Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, CEO of Enduring Hydro, LLC and former Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, as new members of their board of directors. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Marc and Kristina to Cisco’s board of directors,” said John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO. “Marc has changed the face of technology through his bold ideas around cloud computing and the social enterprise. Kristina brings us an unmatched expertise in science and technology, which will... more »
Full Recap: Court Sides With HP in Oracle/Itanium Case

Full Recap: Court Sides With HP in Oracle/Itanium Case

Judge James Kleinberg of the San Jose District Court sided with Hewlett-Packard in their case against Oracle.  The court ruled that Oracle is to continue making software that supports HP’s Itanium chip. The judge stated that Oracle is bound by their agreement to HP when they contracted to continue supporting the Itanium chip in return for getting Mark Hurd as Oracle’s co-president.  Hurd was HP’s CEO at the time. “The settlement and release agreement entered into by HP, Oracle and Hurd on Sept. 20, 2010, requires Oracle to continue to offer its product suite on HP’s Itanium-based server platforms and does not... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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