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Dell has made a serious about turn with regard to its public cloud strategy, opting to sell its services through a number of partners rather than stay involved with the OpenStack cloud initiative based on VMWare technology. In an announcement yesterday the company unveiled its new Cloud Partner Program with initial partners including US firms ScaleMatrix, ZeroLag and Joyent. The company hasn't definitively said that its going to kill off its OpenStack and VMWare-based cloud services, but today's developments would suggest that will be the case. In its press release, Dell states that, "sales of Dell's current in-house multi-tenant public cloud... more »
The United States' prison camp at Guantanamo Bay has attracted controversy for years, but in the last few months the situation has escalated with reports of hunger-striking inmates being force-fed to keep them alive. The US has received a lot of criticism for the inmate's treatment, and in a show of support the hacktivist collective Anonymous recently threatened to take Guantanamo offline, causing officials to panic and shut down the camp's wireless network. According to Army Lt. Col. Samuel House, the military took the decision to shut down its Wi-Fi network due to Anonymous' public threats to "disrupt activities" at the... more »
A leaked letter from the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) has come to the attention of The Register that shows that citizens of the United States’s northern neighbor may enjoy less regulations on bitcoin trading. In the wake of US authorities seizing the Dwolla account of Mt. Gox using money laundering regulations as the basis for the seizure there has been concerns about how exchanges that trade in the currency may be treated in the future. FINTRAC’s letter went out to numerous Canadian Bitcoin exchanges and explains that they are not considered to be “money services businesses”... more »
Activist investor Carl Icahn and Southwest Asset Management have joined forces to buy Dell in a move that put Silver Lake Partners and founder Michael Dell in the backseat. Silver Lake and Dell are offering $24.4 billion for the company, the equivalent of $13.65 a share. Icahn, Southwest and other investors believe that the firm is worth more, so they submitted an alternative proposal that would allow shareholders to hold on to their stock and take an additional $12 a share in cash or stock. That may sound tempting, but Dell is not buying it. A special committee working on behalf of... more »
Developers who work with accessing APIs are probably already largely familiar with the paradigm that OAuth works under: it’s an identity and authentication API. In his session, Adam Eijdenberg describes how to connect your applications with Google’s services using OAuth from how to produce keys for applications to use the API, how to implement them in code, and what that means for developers. Below is a video of the OAuth session from Google I/O 2013 with Eijdenberg and Ben Wiley Sittler--but here's what most developers might take away from this session. There are two ways that OAuth is normally used by developers:... more »
In today's News Roundup, Google's questioned over taxes in Ireland, Pinterest gets a brand-friendly update, Rapidshare suffers massive layoffs, augmented reality sees the perks of Valve co-founder's intellectual property, smart apps take over Mercedes Benz, the impending Xbox launch raises questions over Microsoft's mobile strategy, the PayPal 14 are one step closer to a deal, Facebook reflects on its one-year IPO anniversary, and Hollywood attacks Google for links to The Pirate Bay. Google's questioned over taxes in Ireland Testimony given by Google to the Commons Public Accounts Committee is being disputed by a former Google employee. Deals that were concluded in Ireland would... more »
Alteryx, an Irvine-based firm whose stated goal is to “humanize” Big Data, just raised $12 million in financing from SAP Ventures and Toba Capital, a recently established VC led by Quest Software founder Vinny Smith. This latest round brings the company’s total funding to $18 million. “SAP Ventures saw the potential in Alteryx in 2011 when we first invested in the company, and we’ve watched this company thrive and bring continued value to its extensive customer base," said Jai Das, managing director with SAP Ventures and an Alteryx board member. “Alteryx is one of the few analytics platform providers which has... more »
Let's size up Google Compute Engine, Amazon AWS and the rest of the Cloud field. While the "who" is important, the "where" they'll be competing in is equally important. Service Level Agreements (SLAs) will be a key development to watch in Google Compute Engine's (GCE) ecosystem to determine its maturity in the public cloud sector. If Google is going to truly cut into any of the AWS pie, it will need to mature and evolve its SLA. An SLA is the governing document between vendor and customer, and good customer service is one heck of a differentiator for a company entering a... more »
Snowed in by the Tumblr news, Lenovo announced today that its LenovoEMC portfolio of Network Attached Storage (NAS) products are now available through Lenovo channel partners and direct from Lenovo in North America. LenovoEMC products are now fully integrated into Lenovo's leading channel partner program. In a joint venture that was finalized earlier this year, the global strategic partnership between Lenovo and EMC Corporations includes an x86 server technology development program and an OEM and reseller realtionship for all of EMC's storage solutions. The long-term partnership that was originally announced back in August of 2012, has been seen from day one... more »
Editor's Note: the following is an excerpt from an interview conducted with Kapow CPO Karl Ederle regarding a recent IDG study commissioned by Kapow Software to better understand the current state of Big Data and whether or not it's solutions are meeting demand. Ederle speaks on the Big Data gap, the impact of consumers on IT, and the changes that need to happen in the datacenter to support Big Data solutions now and in the future. Big Data: hype vs. solutions Over 85 percent of both business and IT respondents agree that Big Data offers substantial value in its ability to foster a... more »