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Contrary to reports last week, Google has claimed that it doesn’t have any immediate plans to open up Apple-style retail stores, insisting that it’s perfectly capable of shifting its range of Nexus devices through the Play Store. During a roundtable at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona earlier today, Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin iterated his belief that consumers no longer need to walk into a physical store to get a feel for new devices these days. Instead, he says that people can read up and watch reviews online, or even ask their friends. Furthermore, Rubin claims that Nexus hasn’t even... more »
Innovative storage technologies such as flash-based memory are shaking up the world of deep storage, forcing manufacturers to radically transform their underlying architecture. This work, largely initiated by vendors in 2011 and continued throughout 2012, is expected to accelerate in 2013 and reach to the entire stack of computer storage arrays servers. The appeal of hybrid-based Flash memory, for both businesses and vendors, can be explained by the asymmetry between the evolution of processor performance and memory and the hard drives, which have historically been the key systems storage components. Over the last year, we saw the early stages of the push... more »
Numerous sources have confirmed that Evan Powell, CEO of Santa Clara-based Nexenta will step down today as CEO under undisclosed circumstances. He assumes the position of CSO in the company and had served as its CEO since 2007. Privately held and founded in 2005, the company brings an open philosophy to software-defined storage and uses its community model to become a storage force. Network storage veteran Bridget Warwick also joins the company as its CMO, chief marketing officer. Nexenta has been making waves with major partnerships and touts over 5000 customers, with an emphasis in the finance sector. Their total sales are... more »
It’s been a while in the making, but Adobe has finally managed to squeeze its Photoshop Touch application into the smartphone, rolling out versions for both iPhone and Android phones, plus a new update for the iPad. The new app sports all the features of the older iPad version, putting the most essential editing functions from the full desktop version of Photoshop into the palm of your hand. It allows for images up to 12MP in size to be manipulated with full layer editing, as well as tones, filter and deep color adjustment options. In addition, Adobe also gives users 2GB... more »
Big Data has been a hot topic over the past year and it does not look like the hype surrounding the subject will wither away anytime soon. In fact, it will continue to grow in numbers and popularity. Wikibon recently came out with a report that showed last year's Big Data market had reached $11.4 billion. Next year, Wikibon projects the market will reach $18.1 billion, and by 2017 it will exceed $47 billion. The numbers don't lie. This is definitely a booming industry, but is it growing too fast for the job market to keep up? Gap between big data... more »
Intel is not your typical surveyor of open source. As a proprietary juggernaut, Intel coming into the Hadoop distribution community further validates open source as the marketplace. Boyd Davis, VP Marketing at Intel, sat down with theCube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante last night to discuss Intel's big contribution plans for the Hadoop community, amongst other things. The full video is below. Intel announced at Strata its Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop software (Intel Distribution). The offering, which includes Intel Manager for Apache Hadoop software, is built from the silicon chip up, to deliver industry-leading performance and improved security features. Davis said... more »
This week we saw the implementation of a new “six strikes” Copyright Alert System (CAS) that sees five of the US’s major internet service providers team up with media producers in a bid to curb copyright infringement. The system opens a new front in the battle against online piracy by punishing consumers who download illegal material rather than those who distribute it. Copyright holders have fought for years to try and reduce the amount of pirated media content available online, but these efforts have hampered by the refusal of search engines like Google to block sites hosting suspect material. So the... more »
From self-funded start-up to a multi-million dollar company, DataDirect Networks is firmly supplanted in the Big Data scalable storage space. In an interview with our live news desk at the Strata conference today, theCube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, along with Jeff Denworth VP Marketing, DataDirect Networks, talked about DataDirect's appliances, and what they mean for the Hadoop platform. "Hadoop wasn't really built by storage people. We're making Hadoop nodes faster and easier to deploy." DataDirect isn't the medium in the pricing model either, and Jeff says that is by design. DDN has a suite of storage appliances that serves notice... more »
SAP acquired inventory optimization specialist SmartOps for an undisclosed sum. SmartsOps is a Pittsburg, PA-based firm that has been developing supply chain software since the year 2000. Its solutions include a demand sensing platform that analyzes shopping patterns to predict how long inventory will last, and a supply chain optimization module that is compatible with almost all mainstream ERP systems. These two complementing apps are offered together as the Inventory Optimization Suite, a package can be deployed on-premise solution or consumed as a service. SmartOps first caught SAP’s attention in 2006. Two years later the companies started collaborating on software development, and... more »
WANdisco CEO David Richards and Jagane Sundar, CTO and VP of Engineering of Big Data, have discussed the company's Big Data operations, its Hadoop distribution and their plans for the future at theCube, live at Strata 2013. The company - whose background is in data replication and position itself as provider of high-availability software for global enterprises - uses "selling products that customers are willing to buy" as a strategy for success that it has been using from the start and plans to employ in their play at the Big Data Market, CEO David Richards (pictured below) explained. WANdisco's entry into the Hadoop distribution... more »