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ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 22, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 22, 2013

Dell Introduces SonicWALL Hosted Email Security 2.0 Cloud Service Dell has announced SonicWALL Hosted Email Security 2.0, a cloud-based service with advanced multi-layered email threat protection backed by 24x7 online and photo support. Hosted e-mail security offers powerful inbound and outbound protection from threats including spam, phishing, zombie, and malware attacks at an affordable, predictable, and flexible monthly or annual subscription price. It minimizes upfront deployment time and costs and ongoing administration expenses. More Dell SecureWorks Signs Reseller Agreement with Reliance Globalcom Dell SecureWorks has signed a reseller agreement with Reliance Globalcom, a subsidiary of global integrated telecommunications services provider Vanco Group. The... more »
Crowdsourcing Screwed Up, But Can We Do It Better Next Time?

Crowdsourcing Screwed Up, But Can We Do It Better Next Time?

Last week's dramatic Boston bombing attacks and the subsequent manhunt for the suspects provoked a deluge of activity on social media sites as the public hunted for information. As we saw, thousands of netizens took to sites like Reddit and 4Chan in a bid to 'crowdsource' evidence and find who might be responsible, sparking the biggest online “whodunit” ever seen. Not surprisingly, these crowdsourcing efforts were mostly disastrous, sowing chaos and confusion across the web as red herrings and misinformation proliferated. Misleading evidence and people jumping to the wrong conclusions led to the finger of suspicion being pointed at numerous innocent... more »
Microsoft Updates Windows Azure With Hadoop and HTML5

Microsoft Updates Windows Azure With Hadoop and HTML5

Adding another development to the Windows Azure, Microsoft has updated the platform with support for HTML5/JS client, Cross Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), PhoneGap, and Windows Phone 7.5. With this enhancement, it is possible for developers to connect both HTML5 web client apps as well as Apache Cordova/PhoneGap apps with their Mobile Services, and use Windows Azure for both data storage and authentication purposes. This latest version of Windows Azure comes with mobile services web client library that supports Internet Explorer 8, and latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. The Cross Origin Resource Sharing support enables mobile service to accept cross-domain Ajax... more »
Facebook Home Hits 500K Downloads, Despite Dismal Android User Reviews

Facebook Home Hits 500K Downloads, Despite Dismal Android User Reviews

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Facebook Home passes 500K downloads; Apple looking to replace Tim Cook; Samsung working on mind-controlled tablet; and 8M defective iPhones returned to Foxconn. Facebook Home passes 500K download Though many were skeptic about the future of Facebook Home, the Android launcher recently introduced by the popular social network has already been downloaded more than 500,000 times.  But are people loving the app? The app has been rated an average of two stars on Google Play and based on the comments of users, not many were impressed.  Most of the people who downloaded and rated the app gave Facebook... more »
Anonymous Calls For Web Blackout, But Is Anyone Listening?

Anonymous Calls For Web Blackout, But Is Anyone Listening?

The hacktivist group Anonymous is hoping for a big response today after launching an appeal for websites to 'black out' their home pages in protest at the US government's proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which was passed by the US House of Representatives last week. As previously reported on SiliconANGLE, the bill was passed by the house in a 288 to 127 vote, in spite of numerous privacy concerns raised by groups like Anonymous and civil libertarians. Following this vote, Anonymous announced its plans to go into dark this Monday. In a stark warning posted to the Anoninsiders.net website... more »
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LIVE: PC Sales Drop 14 Percent, Microsoft's Surface Strategy Saves...or Did It?

We aren't going to know for sure if it was in fact the saving grace, but Surface tablets might have saved Microsoft’s Windows division. Here's the odd part: IDC reported last week that worldwide PC shipments plummeted 14 percent in the first quarter of the year, the steepest decline ever since IDC started watching the PC market in 1994. Contrary to the IDC's report, Microsoft reported that adjusted revenue for the Windows division recorded a 0 percent change, or was flat compared to the same quarter last year. With the two reports we aren't comparing apples to apples though, so... more »
LIVE: IBM Shares Drop 8 Percent: The Rising Tide of Cloud Computing Puts a Hole in IBM's Boat

LIVE: IBM Shares Drop 8 Percent: The Rising Tide of Cloud Computing Puts a Hole in IBM's Boat

You have to go back to early 2005 to find a quarter where IBM didn't at least meet Wall Street's expectations on reported profits. I see your 27-game winning streak Miami Heat, and raise you four. (IBM had met or exceeded profit report expectations of Wall Street for some 31 consecutive quarters). The stock market responded, hitting IBM with it's largest single-day drop in eight years of 8 percent. If newly appointed Chief Executive Virginia "Ginni" Rometty wasn't in the hot seat before, she sure is now. Here is what I speculate as a major contributing factor for the earnings... more »
The Cloud Review: New Services for Consumers and Devs

The Cloud Review: New Services for Consumers and Devs

This past week featured several important updates. A service with the potential to disrupt the cloud locker space emerged on Kickstarter; Microsoft finally launched Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, and Xamarian unveiled its latest offering on the heels of a milestone acquisition.  In addition, Jamcracker updated its cloud brokerage service. The Kickstarter project that got the blogosphere buzzing is Space Monkey, a device that offers one terabyte of storage for a $10 monthly fee.  The box actually ships with two terabytes: half of it is usable memory and the other half is capacity reserved for your fellow subscribers’ data. The system is unique... more »
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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