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Rackspace Helps CERN Unlock the Mysteries of the Universe

Rackspace Helps CERN Unlock the Mysteries of the Universe

Rackspace has teamed up with the European Organization for Nuclear Research to develop a federation service that connects its platform-as-a-service solution with OpenStack and the Rackspace Private Cloud architecture. According to the company, its developers will collaborate with CERN’s openlab unit and a “full-time member of the CERN personnel team” to create a reference architecture and a complementary operational model that delivers this integration. The research organization, which recently marked the 20th anniversary of its decision to put the World Wide Web software in public domain, agreed to make the finished product available to the outside world. Both parties have a lot... more »
Nokia Acquires 50% of Siemens' Stakes in Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Acquires 50% of Siemens' Stakes in Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia has just announced that it will be fully acquiring Siemens’ stakes in the Nokia Siemens Networks - a data networking and telecommunications equipment company and a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens. Nokia will be acquiring Siemens’ 50 percent stake in the company. Reports state that the deal has been approved by Nokia’s Board of Directors as well as Siemens’ Managing and Supervisory Boards, but it’s still subject to the customary regulatory approval process. The acquisition is priced at €1.7 billion ($2.2 billion).  The majority of this sum, €1.2 billion, will be paid in cash at the end of the transaction,... more »
Snowden's Latest PRISM Leak No Big Surprise

Snowden's Latest PRISM Leak No Big Surprise

Ed Snowden was up to his old tricks last weekend with yet another bunch of documents being leaked to The Guardian and the Washington Post. There were two themes to this weekend's leaks, centering on how the US intelligence community is actively spying on some of its closest European “allies”, bugging various embassies in the US, as well as some offices in Europe. Meanwhile, a second set of documents sheds greater light on how PRISM data is collected, and in the process raises serious questions over the likes of Google and Microsoft's earlier denials that they knew anything about the... more »
Look at BoB When Choosing Software Asset Management Tools

Look at BoB When Choosing Software Asset Management Tools

As organizations grow, they reach a point where they need a strong software asset management (SAM) solution both to ensure that they are in compliance with software licensing and to identify applications that have little or no use and are costing the company money, writes Express Metrix CEO and Co-Founder Kris Barker in his latest Wikibon Professional Alert. The situation is complicated because license provisions vary from vendor-to-vendor, application-to-application, and even between different versions of the same application. When that time comes, the natural first tendency is to see what is available for free. The free products, Barker warns, are not... more »
IT Faces Revolutionary Change, Who Will Survive?

IT Faces Revolutionary Change, Who Will Survive?

An unprecedented group of technological and market forces are forcing a radical restructuring of the IT industry at a blinding pace never seen before in the history of IT, and indeed not in human history since the end of WW II. The closest thing to it in recent history was the PC revolution of the 1980s. In 1980 Digital Equipment Corp., Data General, Wang, and Prime Computer were among the fastest growing companies in the industry. By 1990 only DEC was left, and it finally disappeared in 1998, when what was left of it was bought by Compaq, which itself was... more »
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IBM to Make New York’s Lake George the “Smartest Lake” in the World

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Fund for Lake George commissioned IBM to build a sophisticated monitoring system that will help scientists gain new insights into the lake’s ecosystem. Big Blue said that it will provide the hardware, software and know-how needed to assemble a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster at Rensselaer’s Margaret A. and David M. Darrin `40 Fresh Water Institute. Upon completion, the multi-million dollar platform will provide scientists with the means to transform historical records, real-time sensory data and weather patterns into 3-D models and simulations. These visualizations will help the University’s researchers investigate issues pertaining to the overall health... more »
Hadoop Summit Recap: Who Will Come Out Ahead in the Race to Zero?

Hadoop Summit Recap: Who Will Come Out Ahead in the Race to Zero?

TheCube stopped by Hadoop Summit in San Jose to bring you the latest news and analysis from the Big Data ecosystem. Near the end of Day 1, SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly assembled for a special discussion about the industry and the intense price competition in the Hadoop marketplace. Dave highlights that the industry has changed a lot in the past couple of years: practitioners who once regarded Hadoop as a mere point of interest are now building use cases atop the framework. He mentions that Merv Adrian, an analyst for Gartner, said that... more »
Microsoft Drops Patch Fees for Xbox 360 Developers

Microsoft Drops Patch Fees for Xbox 360 Developers

Microsoft traditionally has provided Xbox 360 game developers with a single free patch after which the company would charge hefty fees--but now has withdrawn this requirement. Indie game developers have strongly supported the Xbox Live Arcade of the Xbox 360 service so far--but for every update, patch or release, developers had to suffer a re-certification process with the company and this used to be a very expensive procedure that can sometimes go up to several tens of thousands of dollars.  These requirements caused  amidst developers, mainly the “small and middle class” who had to spend such large sums for a patch. Now,... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for 28 June 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for 28 June 2013

HP Wins Place in U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network Contract HP Enterprise Services and its NGEN Alliance partners, AT&T Government Solutions Inc., IBM Global Services Federal, Lockheed Martin Services Inc., and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., have been awarded the U.S. Department of the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract. Valued at $3.45 billion over five years if all options are exercised, the contract covers a broad range of IT services and support for more than 800,000 sailors, Marines, and civilians in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Japan. More   Jefferson Project to Manage Pollution, Invasive Species Threatening Lake George Rensselaer Polytechnic... more »
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Could the Cloud Become America's Greatest Defense in Cyber War?

The US Department of Defense announced that it will be investing $23 billion to upgrade its cyber defense in the next four years, which will include a "secure 4G wireless network that will get iPads, iPhones and Android devices online by mid-2014." The announcement was made by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey after stating that the cyber attacks on the US’ critical infrastructure has increased 17-fold since his appointment in 2011.   Dempsey also stated that the Department would be "consolidating" all 15,000 of its networks into a cloud-based enterprise platform.  This could be related to the recent announcement made... more »

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