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Veeam Boosts Freemium Approach with Free Backup

Veeam doesn’t have any objections to creating a community of free users in exchange for a lengthy list of paying customers. Today the backup software rolled out new features to the commercial edition of its solution, and at the same time introduced the Veeam Backup Free Edition. The latter is the successor of the free Veeam FastSCPTM tool, which has been around for quite some time and has become quite popular. The main addition to the paid Veeam Backup & Replication 6.1 solution is something that’s also included in the free version: something called Veeam ZIP, a compression mechanism that automatically... more »
The Future for IBM Storage is All About Leveraging Flash

The Future for IBM Storage is All About Leveraging Flash

With its debut this week, the IBM Edge conference in Orlando, FL is Big Blue’s opportunity to trumpet its storage offerings in an increasingly competitive market.  With EMC’s acquisition of Xtreme-IO rounding out the storage giant’s own flagship event last week at EMC World, IBM is finding itself in the necessary position to better market its storage solutions.  Here to discuss IBM’s goals around increased messaging for its new and existing products is Ed Walsh, who runs Storage Portfolio Strategy for the company.  Walsh stopped by theCube today with SiliconAngle founding editor John Furrier and Wikibon founder Dave Vellante to... more »
PayAnywhere Adds Two Android SDKs

PayAnywhere Adds Two Android SDKs

PayAnywhere makes software that enables mobile commerce, and stretches the definition to cash drawers and printers as well.  Previously the company only provided software development kits for iOS, but that’s no longer the case now that it introduced two SDKs for Android. The latest additions to the PayAnyWhere library extend the service’s feature to Google’s rivaling OS – the ability to accept and process Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express transactions. The Basic kit offers this core functionality, and is relatively easy to implement, according to PayAnywhere. The Advanced kit in turn offers a few extra features, including more customization.  A developer... more »
Google Relies on Social + Local Search in Latest Ad Push

Google Relies on Social + Local Search in Latest Ad Push

There are two sectors search and advertising have yet to dominate: social and local.  But recent rumors indicate that Google's hoping to kill two birds with one stone, beating Facebook to the punch by leveraging its widespread products and building on its long-standing dominance in the search advertising space. Google in the past has tried to capture the local business ad market with several attempts, but most of them suffered from one misstep or another. The search engine giant is at it again, planning as early as July the launch of its small business services, Business Builder, to crack the local... more »
Can IBM Get Back their Storage Mojo? Truskowski Tells All [Video]

Can IBM Get Back their Storage Mojo? Truskowski Tells All [Video]

IBM takes a unified approach to storage, servers, software, and service, IBM General Manager for Storage and Networking Brian Truskowski said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube at IBM's first formal storage conference, IBM Edge (see full video below). “We're focused on innovation and integration at the same time.... Our ability to integrate our broad software portfolio, our broad services portfolio, is a unique value-add we can bring to our clients and … our business partners. That's where the real value is delivered to our clients.” The recent IBM PureSystems, announcement, IBM's Expert Integrated Systems reference design, is designed to... more »
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Facebook to Settle Yahoo Patent Dispute, Give Access to Kids, and Let Users Vote on Privacy Policy

Facebook has been in the headlines since their IPO and Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding.  Some were quite disappointed with their initial public offering, stating that that ship sailed in 2009 and the 2012 IPO was way too late.  Still, it’s quite early to say if Facebook’s IPO was amiss. Aside from the IPO and Zuck’s wedding, Facebook continues to stir the cauldron making people question the social networking giant’s future. Facebook and Yahoo! to settle patent dispute According to a report from AllThingsD, Facebook and Yahoo execs have been hammering their brains in order to end their ongoing patent dispute. Yahoo filed a lawsuit against... more »
Vodafone Xone Hackathon Brings Expertmaker AI Insights to Mobile

Vodafone Xone Hackathon Brings Expertmaker AI Insights to Mobile

The information ecology is a wild one, a jungle mired with millions of information sources bombarding people from every direction, each one vying for their attention. Storage and networking are no longer the bottlenecks to getting the information now we’ve even got a term for it: “information overload.” News sites, blogs, social media—Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr—all of them contain a vast continuum of newsworthy and interesting information and now filtering that molten miasma of informatics at the personal level is becoming a problem. Enter the Vodafone AI Hackathon happening the weekend of June 8to 10 in Redwood City, CA to bring... more »
Nintendo to Bring Something Unique to E3 With the Wii U

Nintendo to Bring Something Unique to E3 With the Wii U

Ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3, Nintendo already unveiled details about their upcoming gaming console Wii U.  The company needs to make a huge comeback after disappointing sales for the DS3 and the 2006 Wii console.  They need to prove that they’re still in the game. In a video released on their YouTube channel, Nintendo president Saturo Iwata discusses how their company is bringing something unique for gamers at E3 on Tuesday. We can’t deny the fact that today’s technology is driving us away from each other as it keeps us together.  Confusing right?  Well, it’s not really.  If there’s... more »
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SAP Expands Its Amazon Web Services Play With All-in-One

SAP knows that pound-for-pound, it can't compete with Oracle and IBM in the cloud on its own, and so it's been using a partnership with Amazon Web Services to great effect rather than build something itself. That strategy expands into the SMB today with the announcement that SAP Business All-in-One is available for Linux and Windows, according to a blog entry by AWS evangelist Jeff Barr. That's not all the news SAP is announcing: the German database giant is now offering expanded certification programs for SAP Rapid Deployment and SAP Business Objects on Microsoft Server 2008 R2. But going back to Business... more »
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Zillow Makes a $40M Move into Rentals as Trulia Rivalry Heats Up

Real estate search engine Zillow has identified a big opportunity in the rental market, and was willing to pay $40 million in RentJuice to kick start its plans. Historically Zillow focused more on mortgages and homes for sale, but as rentals started taking up a bigger and bigger chunk of the pie, the company decided to adapt.  RentJuice, founded in 2009, currently lists one million units essentially that mark its parent company’s first big entry into this space. “Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff argues that he sees “a huge market opportunity in rentals. More than seventy percent of movers each year are renters and... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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