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Facebook Building World's "Most Advanced" Data Center in Iowa

Facebook Building World's "Most Advanced" Data Center in Iowa

One of the longest-running mysteries in the data center world appears to have been sold after it was revealed that Facebook is secretly funding a new, $1.5 billion facility in Altoona, Iowa. The facility, which has been referred to by officials as “Project Catapult” is touted as “the most technologically advanced in the world”, and covers some 1.4 million sq. ft., and will ultimately house three separate 466,000 sq. ft. data centers, to be built in two separate phases. Facebook is yet to make any public comments about its new data center project, but the Des Moines Register cites legislative sources... more »
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Converge Cloud is All About Having One Common Architecture, Says HP VP Saar Gillai

The following is an excerpt from Saar Gillai's recent appearance on theCube during last week's OpenStack Summit in Portland, Oregon.  Gillai is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP Converge Cloud. Converged cloud is all about having one common architecture that provides customers with consistency and choice, across all deployment models, whether it's private, public, or managed. If you think about cloud work, cloud is about having that flexible, seamless deployment across models and so forth. The way we put that together is we take all different products of HP, we ensure that they are designed with common architecture, and... more »
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How To Build Smarter Flash Arrays? OpenStack APIs Help You Capture the Flag

SiliconAngle and Wikibon set up shop at this week’s OpenStack Summit in Portland to bring you the latest on the project, including news and insights from the executives who attended the event. David Cahill, the director of strategy alliances for SolidFire, stopped by theCube and provided us with his insider’s take on the company’s recent announcements and its involvement with OpenStack. SolidFire sells all-flash arrays to organizations with large, multi-tenant cloud environments, namely service providers and large enterprises.  The firm attended this week’s Summit to get the word out about two major updates:  its partnership with Rackspace and Nebula, and the... more »
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Dell White Paper Explores Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Admin Should Know

In addition to bringing you analysis and news updates here at SiliconAngle and at Wikibon, I write white papers and other collateral for a number of industry players.  Most recently, I wrote a white paper for Dell Software.  This new white paper explores the critical networking concepts every virtualization administrator should understand to ensure their virtual environment operates at peak efficiency and lowest cost.  The paper, Top Seven Networking Concepts Every Virtualization Administrator Should Understand, explores the differences between networking in a virtual environment and in the physical world. There is generally a lot of attention paid to other resource areas... more »
The Future of Software-Led Infrastructure

The Future of Software-Led Infrastructure

The OpenStack Summit has finally concluded and it leaves us with one important question: "What is the future of software-led Infrastructure?" But first, what is Software-led Infrastructure?  Though the future will be made up of commodity hardware such Intel chips, ARM chips, Dell servers, HP servers, or Seagate drives, what will tie these all together are the software, APIs, and the software infrastructure that will allow hyperscale and cloud services to be provided. There are a lot of categories in the software-led infrastructure bucket, such as open source platforms like OpenStack backed by Red Hat, HP and Rackspace; CloudStack which is led... more »
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CISPA Amendment Does Not Resolve Privacy Concerns

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act also known as CISPA, has been passed by the US House of Representatives with a 288 to 127. During the House debate, supporters and detractors paint a colorful picture as to why the act should or should not be passed.  This milestone comes just after the House Intelligence Committee passed CISPA last week. What’s interesting, though there are many that do not support CISPA, including President Barack Obama who reaffirming his stance against it just this week, the act seems to be well on its way to becoming a law, despite having asked legislators to build... more »
Why is Flash the Future of IT? Krishna Nathan, VP of Storage Development for IBM, Explains

Why is Flash the Future of IT? Krishna Nathan, VP of Storage Development for IBM, Explains

Systems and storage are finally coming together, and IBM is at the forefront of this potentially revolutionary transition. Krishna Nathan, the head of development for Big Blue’s storage business, explained how flash is unifying the data center in a recent interview with Wikibon co-founder and chief analyst Dave Vellante. Nathan says that storage has historically been isolated from the rest of the data center because the overwhelming majority of enterprise capacity was based on disk, a technology that is mechanical at its core. This fact of life required an intermediation layer between storage and other sub-systems. The disk bottleneck still persists today, but... more »
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BBC America Joins #TV Lineup and the DPLA Finally Goes Online

In today’s SiliconANGLE News Roundup: BBC-Twitter video partnership; Hacker sentenced to one year imprisonment; YouTube trumps Viacom in copyright case; Facebook now offers VoIP for Android; Sprint 4G LTE now in 21 new markets; Google plans for Android Game Center; Photos of cheap iPhone surface the web; and The birth of the National Digital Public Library. BBC-Twitter video partnership BBC America will be joining Twitter's fast-growing lineup of TV networks. The partnership would also make them what they are calling "the first in tweet-branded video synced to entertainment TV series." Though nobody is exactly clear on what the BBC meant, it is... more »
The Ouya Game Platform Reaches Milestone of 10,000 Developers

The Ouya Game Platform Reaches Milestone of 10,000 Developers

In March, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman stated that there were already 8,000 developers working on games for its gamebox.  And in less than a month, Ouya hit a milestone as there are already 10,000 game developers working on titles for the Ouya gamebox which will be released commercially in June 4, 2013. "It's really awesome, especially at this early stage of the console still being in the preview period. The last month I've been so excited to just interact with the Ouya developers who are really people who signed on to the mission statement of Ouya early on and are the... more »
Of Smart Homes and Smart Undies

Of Smart Homes and Smart Undies

According to GBI Research’s report Smart Cities Market to 2017, smart cities will double by 2017.  Smart cities are those that have digitalized their systems to be able to “respond intelligently to the needs of their jurisdictions.” The boom in smart cities will be fueled by a number of factors, one of which will be the emergence of more smart homes, or homes that “uses various tools to make its inhabitants’ lives easier, more comfortable and more efficient, with a minimal impact on the environment.” With that said, we bring you this week’s smart home roundup. Zonoff raises $3.8M Series A funding The growing consumer... more »

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