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NetApp Global Alliances Head on the Value of Software Partnerships #VMworld

NetApp Global Alliances Head on the Value of Software Partnerships #VMworld

NetApp and VMware are glued at the hip, according to Maria Olson, the vice president of global alliances for the storage vendor. The executive stopped by theCube during the recently concluded VMworld 2013 conference to share her take on the rapidly changing IT landscape. Olson tells theCube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante that cloud computing, mobility, Big Data and converged infrastructure are among the core pillars of NetApp’s channel strategy. She says that partners are aligning themselves with her company because its storage solutions offer “huge differentiation” through integration with third party offerings. Asked to elaborate on the role of partner... more »
Rackspace Offering Developers Discount Program to Boost OpenStack Adoption

Rackspace Offering Developers Discount Program to Boost OpenStack Adoption

Facing fierce competition in the market for cloud services, hosting provider Rackspace has pledged to help its developers by offering a new $300 over six months Developer Discount program in the US and UK. Upon signup, new developers will find their developer account credited with $50 a month for six months. With $50 a month, developers will get 10GB of SSD-backed storage for $7 a month, 100GB of outgoing bandwidth for $12, and two 20GB Linux server with 512MB of RAM, 1 vCPU, 20GB of disk storage, and a relatively slow public network connection of 20Mbps and 40Mbps for $32.12 a... more »
OpenStack Bigwigs On VMware and Vendor Lock-In #VMworld

OpenStack Bigwigs On VMware and Vendor Lock-In #VMworld

Piston Cloud founding CTO Josh McKenty and Joe Arnold, the CEO of Swiftstack, hopped into theCube at VMworld 2013 to share their insights into the OpenStack ecosystem. McKenty says that VMware and Microsoft are competing over client-server workloads, which he perceives as the virtualized equivalents of legacy mainframes. Amazon and OpenStack on the other hand are in a two-horse race for next generation cloud applications, and VMware has no choice but to side with the latter. Arnold mentions that enterprises are increasingly transitioning from general-purpose tools to point solutions as their IT environments become bigger and more complex. CIOs are also pursuing... more »
Bitcoin is Gaining Credibility in EU Alongside Progress with German Recognition

Bitcoin is Gaining Credibility in EU Alongside Progress with German Recognition

Bitcoin’s momentum continues to grow as governments agencies have started to recognize that virtual currencies can co-exist alongside flat currencies. As well, Bitcoin thought leaders have continued to negotiate with law makers to overcome the present problems. Many Bitcoin traders have been wondering how governments and other major organizations will react to virtual currency. So far, most governments including US have remained largely silent. The German government was first to labeled Bitcoin as a currency unit and private money. Recognition from one of the EU leading powerhouse marks next major step forward for the currency. Bitcoin to become regulated in the UK? In... more »
Galaxy Note III vs. All The Other Phablets

Galaxy Note III vs. All The Other Phablets

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Gear, its first entry in the wearable tech market, the 2014 version of the Galaxy Note 10.1, and the Galaxy Note III. So what’s new with the Note III?  Is it as impressive as the Note II or could it be even better? Check out how Samsung's latest and greatest phablet compares to the other popular phablets that were recently unveiled. Design:   Samsung Galaxy Note III:  It’s bigger but slimmer with a new back cover.  Contrary to most Galaxy devices, the Noe III features a matte leather removable back cover, but the sides of the device is still... more »
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) Touches Down

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) Touches Down

In earlier posts, we mentioned that Samsung not only unveiled a smartwatch and a new phablet, but it also unveiled a new version of the Galaxy Note 10.1. We had a close look at what two devices have to offer, as well as how they compare with similar devices in their respective categories, so now it’s time to see how the Note 10.1 stands up against the competition: “The new GALAXY Note 10.1 is the most progressive 10-inch tablet, delivering the best viewing and multitasking experiences. It is the most recent demonstration of Samsung Mobile's focus on constant product innovation to stay... more »
FTC Clamps Down On "Internet Of Things" Security Lapse

FTC Clamps Down On "Internet Of Things" Security Lapse

One of the most obvious benefits of the Internet of Things is that we're able to keep a better eye on stuff – for example we can set up wireless cameras to monitor our homes or business premises while we're away, or we can use these cameras to keep an eye on the kids when they get home from school, or to keep watch over newborns sleeping in the bedroom. But just imagine for a moment if the feed that you're watching over the internet is totally unsecured, and that anyone can access your private feed? This is exactly what happened to... more »
Yahoo!'s New Whimsical Logo Fails To Impress

Yahoo!'s New Whimsical Logo Fails To Impress

Yahoo! has just unveiled a new logo which CEO Marissa Mayer described as “whimsical, yet sophisticated.  Modern and fresh, with a nod to our history.  Having a human touch, personal.  Proud.” In all honesty, there’s nothing really special about the logo, other than it's just a bit slimmer and has a 3-dimensional effect.  Though it looks like a bunch of straight lines, Mayer stated in her Tumblr post that it’s not.  So what else was considered in creating the new logo? Mayer enumerated that the team did not want straight lines in logo as “Straight lines don’t exist in the human form... more »
Smartwatch Wars: Galaxy Gear vs Toq vs SW2 vs Pebble

Smartwatch Wars: Galaxy Gear vs Toq vs SW2 vs Pebble

As promised, Samsung unveiled a trio of new devices ahead of IFA 2013.  The South Korean giant unveiled the Galaxy Note III, the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1, and perhaps its most exciting device of the year so far - the long-awaited Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Note III is bigger than the Note II, with its AMOLED display measuring 5.7”, 3GB of RAM, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 13MP and other new features that we’ll be going into more detail in a future piece. As for the Galaxy Gear, first off, it’s not actually a standalone smartwatch like Apple's rumoured iWatch... more »
BlackBerry Looks For a Quick Sale, But Are There Any Takers?

BlackBerry Looks For a Quick Sale, But Are There Any Takers?

If troubled BlackBerry ever manages to find itself a buyer – and that's by no means guaranteed – it could well be sooner than anyone thought. Not even thirty days after the struggling smartphone maker announced that it was officially putting itself up for sale, the Canadian firm says there are a number of potential buyers who could wrap up a deal before the end of November. BlackBerry only announced that it was looking for a buyer last month, when it stated that it was seeking "strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase sale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment".... more »

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