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Amazon Introduces New Solid State Drive Based Cloud Service

Amazon is the undisputed leader of the public cloud market. Its scale and pricing, make it an attractive option for organizations of all sizes. In addition, Amazon continues to regularly enhance its portfolio of cloud offerings with new features and services. It seems the company’s recent, very public outages, have not slowed its release cycle. Amazon has released a new type of EC2 compute instance it is calling “High I/O Quadruple Extra Large” (hi1.4xlarge). The new  instances use solid state drive (SSD) technology to provide fast performance to I/O intensive processes like a web-based with real-time data analysis. This isn’t the... more »
Maplesoft Faces Security Breach, Zeus Trojan is the Culprit

Maplesoft Faces Security Breach, Zeus Trojan is the Culprit

Maplesoft, a leading provider of high-performance software tools has reported a security breach of its administrative database. As reported on the company website, the hackers gained access to e-mail subscription data and company and institution names of customers, but the financial data remained secure. The security breach was conducted using a Trojan attack with the Zeus Trojan, where the perpetrators used the customer data to spread malware and asked customers to install a malicious "security patch" on behalf of the company. Those who fell in the trap got their systems infected with the Zeus Trojan. The IT staff at Maplesoft discovered... more »
What Early Tablet Designs Were Conquered by the iPad?

What Early Tablet Designs Were Conquered by the iPad?

Earlier this morning, I mentioned in our mobile news roundup how Nokia regrets not releasing their smartphone and tablet - if they had, there’s a possibility that Nokia would still be leading the tech race instead of losing out to Apple.  But if any of you can remember back that far, several tablets emerged in the years leading up to the iPad, they just proved little market value without the mobile ecosystem smartphones have since ushered in. Turns out Nokia did release a tablet: the Nokia 770 in 2005 and the Nokia N800 in 2007.  Long before Apple released the iPad.... more »
IBM Revenue, Services Business Sluggish in Q2

IBM Revenue, Services Business Sluggish in Q2

IT equipment and services provider IBM reported results for the second quarter yesterday, beating analysts’ estimates with high profit and operating margin. The company reported a 6 percent increase in net income to $3.9 billion, with operating earnings per share up 14 percent to $3.51. That’s a lot more than the 10 percent rise to $3.42 that the market was expecting, although not all that surprising considering that Big Blue managed to outperform Wall Street’s consensus estimate for the past 8 consecutive years. IBM is doing well internally, but its income reflects an industry-wide slowdown that, among other things, also impacts the... more »
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People Treat Brands Like...Other People, with Different Relationship Types

Brand management is becoming a discipline through which companies create, manage and foster relationships with customers. Brands need ambassadors to those who not only like the brand, but want its products with all their heart.  For those people who feel a deep connection to their brand, they become advocates, recommending and above all, get involved with that brand.  But can brand loyalty be compared to person-to-person relationships?  If so, how can this be leveraged in online environments where social graphs are becoming beacons of multifaceted connectivity? A new study, “When consumers care about being treated fairly: The interaction of relationship norms and... more »
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Pentaho Appoints Red Hat Executive Board

Open source analytics platform, Pentaho, announced that Brian Stevens  CTO and vice president, worldwide engineering, Red Hat, has been elected to their board of directors. Stevens currently leads global engineering, and has been a member of Red Hat’s senior management team for over a decade. Stevens’ experience with cloud computing and software is sure to be a welcome addition to Pentaho’s team. If Stevens’ provides a few tips on how to grow an open source model to a $1 billion per year business, I’m sure Pentaho will be all ears. Pentaho has of traditionally focused on business intelligence and analytics, but... more »
Verizon's Stellar Q2: LTE On the Rise, FiOS Declines

Verizon's Stellar Q2: LTE On the Rise, FiOS Declines

Verizon Wireless released their impressively strong second quarter financial results. The company reported a 7.3% increase, at %15.8 billion, in year-over-year service revenues compared to the same quarter of the previous year; 8.6% increase, at $15.2 billion, in retail service revenue; 18.5% increase in data revenues; 30.8% in operating income margin; and 49% increase in segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP), both record highs.  Their operating revenues are up 3.7% at $28.6 billion on a consolidated basis. “Verizon delivered another strong quarter of earnings growth and cash generation, and we remain on track to meet our financial objectives and produce solid... more »
There’s No Excuse for Not Leveraging Big Data

There’s No Excuse for Not Leveraging Big Data

In a recent survey by Oracle of 300 executives, nearly a third – 29% - of respondents graded their current Big Data management and analytic capabilities as D or F. Nearly all respondents – 93% - agreed with the statement that their organization was leaving revenue on the table by not doing a better job of leveraging Big Data. The industries least prepared to take advantage of Big Data and analytics, the survey found, are the public sector, healthcare and utilities. These happen to also be three industries that desperately need to reinvent themselves if they hope to turn back dramatically... more »
HP Cloud Object Storage and Cloud CDN Go Live Aug 1

HP Cloud Object Storage and Cloud CDN Go Live Aug 1

HP announced that two of its cloud services will exit the beta testing stage and enter general availability (GA) on August 1, 2012. HP Cloud Object Storage and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN) have received a sufficient amount of positive customer feedback and system testing to warrant an end to their public beta phase. HP is also backing its GA services with a service level agreement (SLA) of 99.95% monthly uptime. HP Cloud Object Storage is a scalable cloud-based data storage and retrieval system where every object the user uploads is stored in three geographically separate availability zones to ensure... more »
Peruvian Government Uses Teradata Solution for Efficient Big Data Analysis

Peruvian Government Uses Teradata Solution for Efficient Big Data Analysis

SUNAT a major agency operating under Peru's Economy and Finance Branch, has selected and deployed the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance to integrate and centralize its data. The success of SUNAT's adoption suggests Teradata is making strides in its goal of reaching its full potential in big data analysis. Teradata's  Teradata staff says the data technology will help SUNAT “meet the challenge of managing and analyzing large data volumes to comply with customs requirements and tax collection processes for Peru's evolving economy.” Seeking to develop integrated systems and tighten control over compliance and modernizing processes, SUNAT required updating technology infrastructure for better... more »

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