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TechEd 2013: Microsoft Announces Broad Product Revisions

If you’re not following TechEd 2013, you’re missing some pretty big announcements from Microsoft.  This week, Microsoft announced major updates across many of its product lines.  While the coming updates may not hold the major significance that the Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 product wave enjoyed, it’s obvious that Microsoft is working toward a goal with the product line.  In this Wikibon professional alert, I described what I see as Microsoft’s solidification of its future potential as a major player. Beyond the cloud and virtualization elements that I described in the Wikibon professional alert, Microsoft made a number of other big product... more »
Cloudera Search: A Mature Idea for an Immature Hadoop [VIDEO]

Cloudera Search: A Mature Idea for an Immature Hadoop [VIDEO]

Cloudera, a company that specializes in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, unveiled the public beta of Cloudera Search this week, reportedly the industry's first fully integrated search engine for interactive exploration of data stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and Apache HBase. Cloudera Search aims to simplify and increase Hadoop's usability by more departments of an organization by enabling anyone within an organization to perform interactive, natural language keyword serches and faceted navigation on data stored in Hadoop, without having to go through additional training or having advanced programming knowledge.  Cloudera Search is powered by the leading... more »
People Don't Think of Dell in Networking, but They Should, says Analyst

People Don't Think of Dell in Networking, but They Should, says Analyst

Dell announced a number of products at the Day of Dell Enterprise Forum event in San Jose, CA this week. Some of products include Version 6.4 of Compellent Storage Center, which introduces an ‘intelligent data placement’ engine that distinguishes high-performance flash from lower quality variants and SC280, an ultra-dense rack enclosure that can store up to 336 terabytes in a 5U form factor. Aside from the two major additions to Compellent, Dell announced version 3.0 of its FluidFS file system that supports up to two petabytes of data in a single namespace, and includes policy-based deduplication functionality that enables admins to configure... more »
Horses, Buggies and SSDs - Outlining Storage Market's Transition Period

Horses, Buggies and SSDs - Outlining Storage Market's Transition Period

We have a tendency to explain things in dumbed-down versions of what they really are, to make them far easier to understand. It's a great tactic for comprehending the increasing complexity of today's data center and all its networked components.  The storage sector is particularly complicated, considering its central role in today's data management cycle.  Fortunately for us, the storage industry has a lot in common with the horse and buggy era, a useful way to simplify some of the more complex concepts. We are in a transition period, moving from hard disk drive technology to non-volatile memory technology for storage.... more »
Playtox Raises $3Million, Will Develop Browser-based Mobile MMOS

Playtox Raises $3Million, Will Develop Browser-based Mobile MMOS

Playtox, a leading developer of multi-platform browser-based multiplayer mobile games, has proved that games can be made successful beyond the Google Play market and Apple App store. This gaming company has tasted success through mobile browsers and has now raised $3 Million in funding as well. In its latest series of funding, Playtox raised $3 million from Venture Capital firm Runa Capital, which is the sole investor for this cash infusion. According to the game company, it will use the money to expand its lineup of mobile browser-based massively multiplayer online games. “Runa is investing in fast-growing areas of the tech sector,... more »
HP, Dell Angle for the Top Spot In Converged Storage : It's a Race

HP, Dell Angle for the Top Spot In Converged Storage : It's a Race

There has been a lot of recent movement in the converged storage space. And while its not a new topic, it's definitely a topic that has gotten a lot of buzz in the hype cycle as of late. Converged storage is one of the three components of the emerging vision of converged infrastructure, evolving the data center alongside servers and networks.  And big vendors are taking notice, especially those that are restructuring their entire business model to infrastructure services. Hewlett-Packard is one such company, pouring a great deal into its Services around cloud management and smarter solutions.  Things seem to be... more »
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SAP Picks Up E-Commerce Startup Hybris

Business intelligence behemoth SAP just acquired Hybris, a provider of cross-platform e-commerce and financial data management solutions. The Zug, Switzerland-based firm says that its software is used by over 500 enterprises, including General Electric, Thomson Reuters, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), and Ericsson. Hybris raked in $85 million over the last 12 months. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the company’s earnings (plus the $30 million funding round it closed earlier this year) indicate that SAP had to shell out a hefty sum to get a hold of its intellectual property. SAP plans to integrate Hybris’ software with HANA, its... more »
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Softlayer Platform is a "Real Growth Engine" for IBM Cloud Services, says Analyst

IBM has confirmed its intent to acquire SoftLayer, a cloud computing infrastructure provider, for approximately $2 billion.  The acquisition looks to aid IBM in its public cloud offerings, as well as compete with other public cloud service providers like Amazon. This acquisition would bolster IBM’s cloud computing efforts by creating a new cloud services division within its Global Services unit, where SoftLayer will continue to operate independently.  The acquisition will also help the company “beef up its ability to integrate public and private clouds for its clients, enabling significant performance and security benefits for SMBs.” Many are questioning IBM’s intention in acquiring... more »
Amazon Shows Love for Indie Game Developers with the Indie Game Store

Amazon Shows Love for Indie Game Developers with the Indie Game Store

Amazon announced today that they would be entering the indie video game scene with a new store on their website focused entirely on this particular niche of video game development. Indie developers for a long time have become the art-filled mayhem of the gaming market versus the glitz-and-glam of the triple-A game makers, and while some of them go on to fame and glory (see: Minecraft) often many indie games get pushed out of the limelight. Citing the plight of indie developers who don’t have the beaux coup bucks to market themselves, Amazon has revealed the Indie Games store category and... more »
What Will It Take to Bury All the Cell Phones in America? Better Data Plans

What Will It Take to Bury All the Cell Phones in America? Better Data Plans

According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project there are now more smartphone owners in the US, with 56 percent of adults in the US owning one of these beloved gadgets.  This is a significant finding, as it means that for the first time in American history, more people are seeing the value of owning a smartphone compared to traditional cellphones. The research stated that 91 percent of the adult population owns a mobile phone of some kind, with 56 percent owning smartphones, 35 percent some kind of cell phone, and the 9 percent do not own any form... more »

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