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Cisco is expanding its presence in the telecommunications market with three new offerings: a small cell, a carrier-grade outdoor router, and an analytics platform that enables providers to improve network performance by reacting to consumption trends in real-time. The solutions will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress set to be held in Barcelona next week. A small cell is a radio node that is used by carriers to effectively extend mobile coverage to crowded, bandwidth-intensive hotspots such as restaurants and shopping malls. The Cisco variation is a 3G module that plugs into the company’s Aironet Wi-FI Access Points and supports... more »
Stormpath a startup announces $8.2 million venture round of funding with NEA, Pelion Venture Partners, and Flybridge Capital. Stormpath is popular with developers and just formally exited its beta period with more than 1,000 users onboard and launched general availability of its service. Founded in 2011, Stormpath set out to overcome a key security hurdle for cloud-based companies: authentication and management of a large user base. The company built a product for developers to safely store user data and manage access control to the application. With a simple API integration, developers can reduce development and operations costs, while protecting their users with... more »
Amsterdam-based Big Data startup Elasticsearch, which operates the real-time search and data analytics open-source project of the same name, has just secured a handsome $24 million in series B funding, which it says it plans to use to make its platform more user-friendly. The bulk of these funds were provided by Mike Volpi of Index Futures, with smaller contributions coming from SV Angel and Benchmark Capital. The investment, which means that the startup has secured $34 million funding in total, once again emphasizes the demand from small and medium-sized businesses for free and simple-to-perform Big Data analytics. Elasticsearch is an unusual startup... more »
Once running, the Chromebook boots with miracle swiftness and whisper silence. First, it wants to know how to connect to the nearest Wi-Fi network. The Chromebook doesn’t run very well (initially) without a connection to the Internet. I expected this, it is after all an OS based almost entirely on the cloud that runs mostly web pages--and that part is most palpable when the next wizard wants to know my Google login. Once I have that filled in, it wants to know what icon I want to use for login (it even helpfully connects to Google and finds my Google avatar;... more »
Bungie Inc, the creator of renowned Halo video game series, has just unveiled its new game Destiny, which is all set to become a masterpiece in the Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) gaming world. Earlier this week, Bungie Studios invited the press into its Seattle-area studio to get the first look at Destiny, but scant few details were given by the company. Instead of giving any thorough game preview, it showed off the concept art. Besides, keeping the surprise on, Bungie didn’t reveal the launch date too. “It isn’t a game,” went the oft-heard tagline at a preview event on Wednesday. “It’s... more »
It seems BYOD isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and that's a blessing and a curse for most businesses. While employees are happily toting their iPads to and from the office, IT administrators are working hard to support a growing bevy of devices the company no longer controls. The result has unseated years of operational tactics designed to manage employee devices, and that can be troublesome. As we saw last week, the availability of iOS 6.1 for Apple iPhone users came with quite a shock to IT admin, flush with errors that made it impossible for workers to fulfill the promise of pumped... more »
Microsoft Officially Launches Outlook.com Microsoft has officially launched Outlook.com, ending the preview that started more than six months ago. The announcement is anticlimactic in the sense that it already has gained 60 million users in six months, making it probably the world's fastest growing e-mail service. Microsoft says Outlook.com was designed with a focus on removing barriers and “simply getting people going.” More Vodafone Netherlands Deploys Cisco to Manage Enterprise Broadband Vodafone Netherlands, the second largest telecom service provider in the Netherlands, has deployed Cisco's Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) Services Manager to manage its enterprise broadband services to enterprise customers. The software-based networking... more »
After witnessing a dramatic increase in the number of phishing attacks, Oxford University took the drastic step of temporarily blocking access to Google Docs for a few hours on Monday, blaming Google for failing to act quickly enough to prevent the attacks. The Google Docs ‘outage’ lasted for about two and a half hours, before the university decided that the negative impact it was having on its business was too great. However, the university complained bitterly that Google had done nothing to help it prevent the phishing attacks, and warned that it could take similar action in future. Phishers Hijack Google Docs Robin... more »
Netapp is announcing an all-flash array for software-driven enterprise applications, and its new, purpose-built FlashRay™ product family. According to Netapp this new direction will deliver rich scale-out and storage efficiency features to maximize the benefits of all-flash arrays. The new product introductions is the company's attempt to extend the NetApp flash product in the enterprise. NetApp has two main items in this flash announcement. The first is the EF540 which is built on E-Series and some say it's cheap+deep. It is shipping, but it has limited functionality compared to many of the startups who have been out there. However, the big deal... more »
Cloud Sprawl is fast becoming the new enterprise reality, but it does not need to be something to be feared. Rather than avoiding cloud sprawl, enterprises can learn how to identify cloud sprawl, rein it in and make it work for them by leveraging tool chains now available for managing workloads spread across multiple clouds. To do this successfully, you need to understand the Big Bang Theory of Cloud Sprawl The Big Bang Theory of Cloud Sprawl The rise of cloud sprawl in the IT world is the result of a collision of a forces at work in today’s enterprise, a phenomenon... more »