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Google Compute Engine Shakes Up Public Cloud

Google Compute Engine Shakes Up Public Cloud

Google’s entry into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market with the Google Compute Engine (GCE) is an immediate challenge to Amazon’s dominance. Certainly Amazon sees it that way, as evidenced by the price war that has immediately broken out between the two Internet giants, writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stuart Miniman in his latest Wikibon Alert, “Sizing Up Google Compute Engine, Amazon AWS and the Cloud Field”. While GCE is a late entry into a field that already is crowded with both Internet-based contenders such as Rackspace and major IT vendors including IBM and HP, as well as the OpenStack consortium, all trying to... more »
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The Key to Innovation is Culture

Today leading edge companies are grasping the opportunities provided by technologies like the cloud, mobile computing, and Big Data to create innovative change in their organizations, in some cases to the point of completely reinventing their businesses. CEOs are acknowledging that technology is leading business, not simply supporting it. And Chief Information Officers are being retitled as Chief Innovation Officers. However, writes Wikibon Analyst, Founder and Managing Consultant of The 1610 Group, and former CIO Scott Lowe in his recent Wikibon Alert, “CIOs Must Return Innovation to the Enterprise”, the key to successful innovation is building a corporate culture that embraces... more »
Under the Hood of Xbox One with Microsoft’s Marc Whitten #XboxReveal

Under the Hood of Xbox One with Microsoft’s Marc Whitten #XboxReveal

As part of the presentation today for #XboxReveal in which Microsoft unveiled the next-generation Xbox One console, Marc Whitten took the stage to talk about what makes the gaming console tick. He started by describing how software, hardware, and sensors all work together to produce the experience described earlier by Don Mattrick and Yusuf Mehdi. Primarily he focused on hypetastic descriptions of the electronics and the operating system software that enables the intelligent TV experience and how Kinect is better than ever. The System: The Xbox One provides 5 billion transitions, 8 GB of RAM; USB 3.0; Wi-Fi direct; Blu-ray; native... more »
Flickr Even Brighter with 1TB of Free Photo Storage - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Flickr Even Brighter with 1TB of Free Photo Storage - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

In today’s NewsDesk news roundup: Flickr’s new update and terabyte offering; Microsoft pushes original content with The Music Room; AWS gets FedRAMP accreditation; Dish Chairman offers to purchase LightSquared assets for $2B; Facebook "share dialogue" moves out of beta; Square launches money transmitting service; Dell unveils computer on a stick; LG flexible mobile display panel to debut at Display Week conference; and Intel Foundation awards 18 y.o. for super-capacitor invention. Flickr’s new update and terabyte offering Flickr users now have a full Terabyte of storage for their photos and videos. Flickr also revealed a completely overhauled user interface. The new design displays... more »
QLogic Has Ace Up Its Sleeve After CEO's Surprise Resignation

QLogic Has Ace Up Its Sleeve After CEO's Surprise Resignation

Simon Biddiscombe, the chief executive officer and president of QLogic, left his post to “pursue other opportunities” in an abrupt move that took many by surprise. Chief technology officer Jean Hu has assumed the role of interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers thinks that Biddiescombe, who joined QLogic in 2008, may have been let go due to his performance at an investor conference that the company held earlier this week. He added: "We would note that this follows the fact that QLogic’s fundamentals have continued to deteriorate over the past several quarters with the company... more »
Butterfly Labs' Bitcoin Kerfuffle is "Classic" Startup Mistake

Butterfly Labs' Bitcoin Kerfuffle is "Classic" Startup Mistake

The long awaited Bitcoin miners from Butterfly Labs are finally shipping after 8 months of delay.  The company offers four configurations: Jalapeno, which is a 5 GH/s Bitcoin Miner; “Little Single” a 25 GH/s Bitcoin Miner; “Single” a 50 GH/S Bitcoin Miner; and the Mini Rig which is a 1,500 GH/s Bitcoin Miner. The ASIC Bitcoin mining gear offers the same stuff that people used to get from using Radeon or Nvidia video cards in mining bitcoins, but have been created specifically for that task so it performs better and faster. Butterfly Labs has been plagued with mounting concern from disgruntled customers,... more »
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VMware Announces New Public Cloud Hybrid Service - vCloud #vmwarehybrid

SiliconANGLE is covering live the VMware press event where VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and Bill Fathers, SVP GM vCloud, unveiled VMware big push into the public cloud to counter both Openstack and Amazon AWS with a unique enterprise approach called vCloud Hybrid Service, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud operated by VMware. Bill Fathers SVP  and General Manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit reiterated Pat Gelsinger’s comments that IT is focused on the existing datacenter yet the demand from developers are driving the big push to migrate to the cloud.  The modern era for IT will require high amount of... more »
Behold the Xbox One: Intelligent TV, Personalized, Powerful, Cloud-Centric

Behold the Xbox One: Intelligent TV, Personalized, Powerful, Cloud-Centric

Don Mattrick took the stage before a cheering and excited audience in an auditorium on Microsoft campus. In order to launch, a commercial was run that spoke to the intentions of Xbox as it moves into the future using the cloud, personalization, and further connectivity of community and social--it’s obvious that Kinect, Xbox Live, and connectivity will lead the day across streaming media. “Team Xbox is on a new mission: build a new Xbox that will combine a new media experience for a new generation,” he says. It’s name: the Xbox One. Behold the Xbox One The Xbox for the new generation will become... more »
What Did Yahoo Just Do to Flickr? Here's 3 Altneratives

What Did Yahoo Just Do to Flickr? Here's 3 Altneratives

Yahoo! has been extremely busy with social media announcements of late.  Though it promised to not screw up Tumblr, it would appear that promise didn't extend to Flickr.  Or maybe, because they messed with Flickr so much, what Marissa Mayer actually meant to say is that Yahoo's 'team' is too tired to do anything that might damage Tumblr. So why are people complaining about Flickr so much? Because it sucks. There's the design for one thing.  Though it looks good, setting out to help people with all their spotlight hogging needs, the list of gripes is virtually endless. It seems the vast majority... more »
What to Expect at the Xbox Event

What to Expect at the Xbox Event

Microsoft is set to unveil its next generation gaming console previously dubbed as Durango.  There are many rumors regarding the big reveal, and in just a few hours, everything will be clarified - hopefully, unless Microsoft decides to do a Sony and just reveal a controller and talk about how awesome the non-existent device is. Anyway, let’s look at what people are expecting to see at the Xbox event starting at 1pm Eastern or 10 a.m. Pacific today. What to expect at the event The name will be announced Durango, though it sounds kinda cool and reminds me of a computer animated tale about... more »

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