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Apache CloudStack 4.1.0 Is Here!

Apache CloudStack 4.1.0 Is Here!

After graduation from Apache incubator in March this year, CloudStack has come up with its first major release. Apache CloudStack project recently announced CloudStack Version 4.1.0, which is a clear indicator that the cloud orchestration platform is in completely blooming state. If you remember, Citrix submitted the project to the Apache Foundation in 2012. It was released as an ASF approved CloudStack as a TLP (top-level project) this March. With this latest release, it has become an integrated software platform that enables users to build a feature-rich IaaS. The 4.1.0 release includes several new features such as: An API discovery service that... more »
This Week in Storage: Big Brother is Not Only Listening, but Now He's Remembering

This Week in Storage: Big Brother is Not Only Listening, but Now He's Remembering

It was a busy week in the world of storage. From the looming changes in compute storage thanks to the rising popularity of the Internet of Things, to the NSA secretly taking, and storing, your personal data  -- a busy week indeed. The Internet of Things is going to produce yottabytes of new data, changing the way data centers are architected, especially at the storage level.  This consumer-happy movement is proving an enticing opportunity for government and corporate entities.  As a result,  the big players and fresh-faced startups are scrambling to position solutions and services for the cloud-driven storage world... more »
Codero's CEO Says It's Time to Dump Closet Tech

Codero's CEO Says It's Time to Dump Closet Tech

Codero CEO Emil Sayegh says enough with the tech of the 90's, step out of that closet.  For the typical business, it's a provocative statement to think about.  Especially when Sayegh lays a number of the different things that can go wrong, the costs associated with the typical business running their own closet-based infrastructure, and the risks that companies can be crazy enough to take on.  It's something that he sees again and again, so he's out there on the stage sharing the story of how outsourcing hosting services is the answer in case after case.  He builds on those... more »
Ask DevOps: Agile Development--Cure for Frustration?

Ask DevOps: Agile Development--Cure for Frustration?

Two-thirds of all software development projects lead to failures or partial failures. Projects are often more expensive than originally planned, do not meet deadlines, often do not provide the functionality required by the customer or be stopped long before it is delivered. An important part of this problem is directly attributable to the use of traditional, linear software development methodologies. The term refers to a generation of Agile software development methodologies that are characterized by a close collaboration between business and IT, short iterations and the ability to deal with changes in projects. The speed with which the market is moving is... more »
Twitter Pictures Come To Windows & Android Phones Save the Rainforest - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Twitter Pictures Come To Windows & Android Phones Save the Rainforest - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Twitter updated its Windows Phone 8 app today with a number of new features aimed squarely at photographers, including artistic filters, lens app integration, and the ability to play Vine clips in tweets. Though these features are new for Windows, this update isn’t the first addition if its kind. The social network added basic editing and vintage filters to its Android and iOS apps back in December of last year, leaving standard functions strangely absent from the Windows Phone 8 app over the last 6 months. Another feature of the update affects clips uploaded through Vine, which will now appear directly within tweets,... more »
Prism, Verizon and NSA Espionage - Let's Take a Breath Before Everyone Loses Their Minds

Prism, Verizon and NSA Espionage - Let's Take a Breath Before Everyone Loses Their Minds

I keep thinking how in 2008's The Dark Knight, during the frantic city-wide search for the Joker, Lucius Fox says to Bruce Wayne: "You took my sonar concept and applied it to every phone in the city. With half the city feeding you sonar, you can image all of Gotham. This is wrong...This is too much power for one person." I think that ethical question raised in the movie was brilliant and it parallels the case of PRISM and the Verizon news.  These topics are smack dab in the middle of political implications on all sides.  There is no avoiding that.  At... more »
Ready-to-Wear Technology Sets to Drive the Growth of Internet of Things

Ready-to-Wear Technology Sets to Drive the Growth of Internet of Things

Consumers are adopting technology faster than ever. We witnessed the rapid mainstreaming of devices such as Apple's iOS devices, Microsoft Kinect, and Android devices etc. Wearable devices will be next, but right now they are far from the mainstream. Wearable devices or wearable computing have enormous potential for uses in social networking, commerce, health and fitness, navigation, entertainment and media. Right now, the most desired in wearable computing is Google Glasses, a research project in a fairly advanced technology that incorporates augmented reality. But will Google become the undisputed leader in the wave of wearable technology or will it in serious... more »
What to Expect from E3 2013?

What to Expect from E3 2013?

The much-awaited event for the games industry is about to begin in the next few days. Yes, I’m talking about E3--the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013. Hosted by the Entertainment Software Association, E3 Conference will kick off on June 11, 2013 at Los Angeles Convention Center. One of the most exciting things that you can expect to happen at the event is the head-to-head war of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. Microsoft Microsoft has already sent out invites to a press briefing for June 10 in Los Angeles, one day before E3 officially gets underway. Totally dedicated to Xbox one, this press... more »
OpenStack Startup Mirantis Receives $10M Boost from IT Leaders

OpenStack Startup Mirantis Receives $10M Boost from IT Leaders

The rapid adoption of OpenStack in the enterprise has not gone unnoticed by the movers and shakers of the IT industry. The big vendors are elbowing each other for every chance to grow their presence in the open-source community, and there is no shortage of  opportunity. Thursday morning, OpenStack integration specialist Mirantis announced that it has secured $10 million in series A funding from Ericsson, Red Hat, and SAP Ventures. Existing investor WestSummit Capital, which contributed to the $10 million Mirantis raised last December, also participated in this latest round. “OpenStack is key to our technology roadmap. Like Mirantis, we are focused... more »
Design in Micro-Interactions: Perceived Simplicity vs. Functionality

Design in Micro-Interactions: Perceived Simplicity vs. Functionality

During the second day of SiliconAngle’s coverage at O’Reilly Fluent, we came across Dan Saffer, Director of Interactive Design at Smart Designs. He’s also an author and has recently published his fourth book, called Microinteractions. It talks about the  small pieces of functionality around the big features that designers tend to forget, though these said features can really make a huge difference about how customers feel about the product. He furthered that in microinteraction, designers have to identify the functionality that people use all the time, draw out that functionality, and make it available as quickly as possible. Still, if people... more »

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