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Pull Up to My Bumper: EMC Backs Up its Services Strategy

Pull Up to My Bumper: EMC Backs Up its Services Strategy

The magic of software is its ability to become smarter over time, achieving new efficiencies and overall making our lives easier.  Software services is the glue that can bring together the disparate components of the datacenter, humming along harmoniously.  Yes, the services-model seems to solve a lot of problems for IT -- except for a few sour notes, one being the lack of attention paid to backup.  According to analyst firm Wikibon, backup remains a "weak link in the goal to transform IT services." There's been several attempts to shift the backup paradigm, most notably from Jim McNiel, chief at FalconStor, who has... more »
SwiftStack Steps Up to the Software-Defined Storage Party with Series A Funding

SwiftStack Steps Up to the Software-Defined Storage Party with Series A Funding

San Francisco-based SwiftStack has announced they have raised a total of $6.1 Million dollars in Series A funding. The round was led by Mayfield fund with participation from Storm Ventures and UMC Capital. The company had previously kicked things off with $1.5 million in seed funding. With the investments the company will be supporting growth of its sales team, expansion of operations and advanced development of its next generation software-defined storage solution. “SwiftStack is a great addition to our portfolio, which has included highly successful storage companies such as 3PAR and StorSimple. The company is uniquely positioned to be a frontrunner... more »
Gartner: Big Data Finally Going Mainstream

Gartner: Big Data Finally Going Mainstream

Big Data has become such a big buzzword in tech these days that anyone who's anyone is desperate to get in on the action. And there's good reason for that too, for the sheer amount of data that's being collected by companies around the world is truly astonishing. What with websites and devices gathering petabytes of data on a daily basis, many large corporations today are sitting on a veritable gold mine of information that's just waiting to be analyzed for insights. Up until recently though, few companies besides the very biggest have been able to succesfully mine those resources, but... more »
Are SimCity’s Online Server Woes Clearing Up?

Are SimCity’s Online Server Woes Clearing Up?

SimCity Online, the much awaited city building and urban planning simulation video game, recently launched and also faced several issues. Most users, while trying to play the game, received a message saying, “SimCity Servers are down. Attempting to reconnect.” at the top-left corner of their screens. While the parent company EA is promising a resolution, it has given no time or date for the fix. "We are aggressively undergoing maintenance on the servers and adding capacity to meet demand," read a statement posted to the game's official Facebook page. "Performance will fluctuate during this process. Our fans are important to us, and... more »
France Wants Skype To Pay Tax: Microsoft Says "Screw You"

France Wants Skype To Pay Tax: Microsoft Says "Screw You"

The French really aren't a happy bunch at the minute, or at least they're not when it comes to American tech firms. Having spent the best part of a year chasing Google for its alleged anticompetitive behavior and its Google News service, it's now turned its attention Microsoft. This time round it's the turn of ARCEP, a French regulator, whose bone of contention with the Redmond-based software giant has to do with Skype. According to officials, Microsoft has repeatedly ignored demands to register its VoIP service as a telecommunications operator in order to comply with French law. Given what this move... more »
Xi3′s Piston to Debut Holiday 2013 With a Price Tag Starting $1,000 (Not the Steam Box)

Xi3′s Piston to Debut Holiday 2013 With a Price Tag Starting $1,000 (Not the Steam Box)

Xi3 Corporation, a subsidiary of ISYS Technologies and owner of Xi3® patented architecture, has announced its latest Piston that will debut this Holiday season. With a base price of $1,000, XI3 Piston will feature a 3.2 GHz AMD quad-core processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD—but no dedicated graphics card. “Clearly, the computer/video gaming market is huge, both in the personal computer and traditional console markets,” Xi3 chief executive officer Jason Sullivan said in a statement. “That being said, we believe there is a crying need for a machine that captures the best of both worlds, with the upgradeability of computer... more »
Iran Revokes VPN Access, Blocks Other Sites Too (Again)

Iran Revokes VPN Access, Blocks Other Sites Too (Again)

Suspected to be a pre-emptive measure aimed at preventing Web-based protests ahead of June’s elections, Iranian government has blocked the use of most Virtual Private Networks, a tool used by several Iranians use to get around an extensive government Internet filter. This has created an internet filter that prevents Iranians from accessing many sites on the official grounds they are offensive or criminal. "Within the last few days illegal VPN ports in the country have been blocked," said Ramezanali Sobhani-Fard, the head of parliament's information and communications technology committee, according to Mehr. "Only legal and registered VPNs can from now on... more »
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Quancast's Gift to Open Source: Room to Grow Big Data

Quantcast, by its own admission, has been dealing in Big Data since 2006 -- before it was cool. Jim Kelly, VP Research and Development at Quantcast stopped by theCube during Strata last month to give some background on the Quantcast File System (QFS). As an alternative to HTFS and free to the open source community, Quantcast hopes to deliver better cost efficiencies at large scale to anyone who adopts it. QFS started 5-6 years ago when Quantcast began innovating a lot of technologies internally to handle the volume they were getting.  Released in September 2012, it is a direct alternative to HTFS.... more »
Big Data Still Complex, Just Like SXSW Party Plans

Big Data Still Complex, Just Like SXSW Party Plans

The irony of Big Data at SXSW is the lack of overlap.  The common denominator amongst Big Data theories is the adaptability of Big Data itself.  SXSW has become a catch-all for geeks.  The result is an eclectic mix of startups, press, developers, musicians, advertisers, filmakers and gamers.  Big Data has its own story in any of these industries.  Why, then, is Big Data a relatively absent topic at our treasured SXSW? Perhaps it's because Big Data has already become an ubiquitous topic for the SXSW crowd.  Big Data is applicable to every community represented at SXSW, and the conference has become so... more »
China: The New Hub of Fake 3D Printing?

China: The New Hub of Fake 3D Printing?

Anyone with even the remotest bit of 'geekiness' about them will have heard of the 3D printer by now. In case you haven't, here's a quick look at the technology and what it's capable of - in short, 3D printers are like one of those futuristic replicator machines straight out of Star Trek. They take 3D graphic designs and transform them into all kinds of weird and wonderful, real-world objects, including pieces of art, buildings, meat (!) and potentially even bases on the moon. The potential of this technology is truly awesome - so awesome in fact, that by the time... more »

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