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Automate Management of Your Cloud for Efficiency, Agility

Automate Management of Your Cloud for Efficiency, Agility

Businesses of all sizes with private or hybrid clouds, and particularly smaller organizations, should automate provisioning and management of their cloud resources to increase flexibility and efficiency, writes Consultant Amy Bishop in "Maximize the Private Cloud with Automation Strategies". Although she does not identify any by name, she writes that several good tool sets are available that allow companies to preset parameters for dynamic resource allocation as businesses grow or contract. These tools are particularly good for smaller businesses without the human resources to manage a cloud o a daily basis but that want to maintain control over their IT... more »
Apple opened the door to Bitcoin, only to close it a month later

Apple opened the door to Bitcoin, only to close it a month later

Widely known in some circles, Apple continues to demonstrate its hostile attitude towards Bitcoin. In this case: through the removal of wallets and other applications from its App Store. The latest victim in the series is Coinbase, launched less than a month ago. Yesterday it was deleted without notice and App Store link is no longer available. Last year, Apple removed other Bitcoin apps from its store including BitPak and Blockchain.info. Coinbase, a start-up that focuses on Bitcoin payments, offers Bitcoin-payment platform for the U.S. market. The US citizen with a bank account can purchase and sales Bitcoin, which can be... more »
Battle is joined in flash storage |  #TheCIOAngle

Battle is joined in flash storage | #TheCIOAngle

A war is waging in the storage industry and the skirmish is shaping up between large established players as well as upstarts. The new battleground is flash storage. Industry giant IBM made an acquisition to enter the business (Texas Memory Systems) while HP chose to develop internally on top of 3PAR.  EMC took the acquisition path after an attempt to enter the business organically, purchasing Israeli startup XtremIO. Another front of this war opened Thursday when EMC announced general availability of its XtremIO all-flash array. This should have been a fairly routine announcement. Flash arrays are not new. The first... more »
Ouya takes on PS4, Xbox One : Console wars battle over storage this holiday

Ouya takes on PS4, Xbox One : Console wars battle over storage this holiday

An ongoing goal here at SiliconANGLE is to update you bi-weekly on the stories and trends from the consumer storage world. What better way to start your week than to get caught up on the stories that directly affect you, the consumer? Hot in the news right now is the release of Sony's PlayStation 4 now on sale in stores, and Microsoft's Xbox One hitting shelves this week. Throwing its hat into the crowded gaming console ring for the holidays is Ouya's new limited edition all-white case for its Android-powered console. Ouya doubled the system's internal storage to 16GB, housing more games and media.... more »
Sophisticated problems require tech + creativity in DevOps  | #reinvent

Sophisticated problems require tech + creativity in DevOps | #reinvent

For the third day of AWS re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, sat down with Geoff Cubitt, co-CEO with Roundarch Isobar, to talk about the hot topics of the moment: mobile, analytics and the service-oriented architectures. "For the modern day developer," noted Furrier, "it's not just about enhancing the graphics; web apps are now full scale and it's a deeper conversation," powered by analytics, APIs and services. "Roundarch Isobar is a global digital agency. We have 37 markets globally and over 3000 people. We design and build web apps and mobile apps, and it's about user... more »
PS4 launch in the US leaves PSN partially paralyzed, Sony promises improvement

PS4 launch in the US leaves PSN partially paralyzed, Sony promises improvement

PlayStation 4 arrives in the US and instantly becomes the desire of thousands of players. Sony announced that that it has sold over 1 million consoles in just 24 hours. If this momentum keeps up after launch, Sony will meet its year-end goal of three million units sold worldwide. The first buyers already have the machine at home and are experiencing some problems with network connectivity to PlayStation Network. PS4 users have taken to PlayStation’s Facebook page, the official PS4 and PSN forums, Twitter and more, to share their PSN issues. Sony has noted a “very high volume” of traffic on the PlayStation Network, as owners of the... more »
Why developers love Amazon : Speedy, cheap maximises engineering efficiency | #reinvent

Why developers love Amazon : Speedy, cheap maximises engineering efficiency | #reinvent

During day three of AWS re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas, John Furrier, the Founder of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE host, welcomed Jonathan Chu (CEO) and Jordan Potter (COO) from Koality, an early stage start-up which launched at a recent TechCrunch event. "Koality is a cloud automation testing solution that help the companies run the automation test extraordinarily quickly, and the goal is to maximize engineering efficiency because, especially in the Valley, engineers are very expensive and they are the core of the company; they get the work done very quickly," explained Chu. "The faster they can get out code, the better." Using... more »
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IBM, Nvidia Announce Partnership Around Power Servers

IBM and high-end GPU processor manufacturer Nvidia have announced a partnership to accelerate the floating point processing of IBM's high-end Power Systems servers with Nvidia Tesla GPU chips. This will be the first time that the Nvidia GPUs, popular in high-performance computing (HPC) and used on about 50 of the top 500 supercomputers in operation today, will be used as a regular part of the architecture of a commercial server line, said Brad McCredie, VP and IBM Fellow. As part of the agreement, IBM Labs is reviewing its extensive line of business software and middleware and will develop versions of appropriate... more »
Better decisions, faster: The true power + exciting future of flash

Better decisions, faster: The true power + exciting future of flash

Editor's Note: the following is a guest contribution from Mark Welke, NetApp senior director of platform marketing. Powerful, rugged, portable, and reliable: there is no arguing that flash memory is a seismically disruptive game changer that has radically redefined what is not only possible, but also now even common, in storage. But as veritable information avalanches are still consistently devoted to flash’s power—the race fan raving about higher IOPS and lower latency, as well as its smaller physical footprint—there has been less discussion about what flash will empower. What will flash empower?   That flash has changed and will continue to change everything is true. But... more »
Smart homes get sassy : Innovation, verbal cues + more

Smart homes get sassy : Innovation, verbal cues + more

This week’s SmartHome roundup features a partnership to bolster smart home innovations, a cloud-connected home, and a house that talks back. GE & Quirky’s collaboration   We can expect more innovative smart home appliances from both GE and Quirky, as the two companies have expanded their partnership.  The companies will be co-developing and launching 30 new products on their connected home device line over the next five years. As part of the expanded partnership, GE will take a minority equity stake in Quirky with a strategic investment of $30 million, plus in-kind services, to drive faster innovation and scale in what's expected be a... more »

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