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Electricity Remains a Top Consideration in the Data Center

Electricity Remains a Top Consideration in the Data Center

With all the fuss around emerging technologies such as Big Data and hyperscale computing, it seems as if more mundane priorities such as data center power efficiency have fallen to the sidelines. In fact, the opposite is true. General Motors recently open a multi-million dollar facility near its primary engineering center in Warren, Michigan. The building is home to two massive data halls that can hold up to 24 server clusters each, and the subfloor is lined with thousands of miles of cable. The complex will eventually house over 10,000 servers that will provide the horsepower for GM’s massive Oracle deployment... more »
Firefox 21 Arrives: A Healthier, Faster & More Social Browsing Experience

Firefox 21 Arrives: A Healthier, Faster & More Social Browsing Experience

Mozilla has just come out with a new Firefox 21 open source browser release, just six weeks after its previous update, including at least eight security fixes, three of which were rated as being critical. In addition, the new browser comes with a range of new features including more social media integration and a new tool that ultimately wants to transform Firefox into the first 'self-healing' browser on the web. A Healthier Browser?   The new Health Report feature is by far and away the most interesting new aspect of Firefox. Mozilla first mentioned that it was working on such a tool last... more »
Google AllAccess vs. YouTube Music : Cross-Device Strategy Will Likely Integrate Later | #breakinganalysis

Google AllAccess vs. YouTube Music : Cross-Device Strategy Will Likely Integrate Later | #breakinganalysis

Google has announced its Google Play Music All Access, a subscription service that lets users listen to millions of songs across devices as well as store your own music in it, at the I/O 2013 event.  Users can create a radio station based on a song or artist they like, browse recommendations from Google’s expert music team or explore by genre. The service will cost $9.99 per month and users can store up to 20,000 songs at no additional cost.  Interested music lovers can try it for free for the first month or start your trial by June 30 and pay... more »
Microsoft WebMatrix 3 Releases with Deeper Support for GitHub and Windows Azure Integration

Microsoft WebMatrix 3 Releases with Deeper Support for GitHub and Windows Azure Integration

Microsoft has released version 3 of WebMatrix, a set of free tools to create, publish and maintain web sites. The new version of WebMatrix Web Development Tools 3 contains a number of changes designed to make developers life easier. This is not only for.NET, but also for PHP, Node.js and HTML5. The focus of the new WebMatrix release is on a better integration with the Microsoft Azure cloud service. By pressing a button the user can create new web projects in different programming languages and then start the Azure service. This is possible not only with. NET projects, but also for... more »
Free Chromebook Pixel, Google+ Refresh and Other News at #I/O2013

Free Chromebook Pixel, Google+ Refresh and Other News at #I/O2013

If you’re lucky enough to snag a ticket to Google I/O 2013 then you’re probably jumping for joy or bragging your heart out because you just received your free, $1,300-worth Chromebook Pixel.  Yup, Google just gave away a Chromebook Pixel to each attendee of this year’s I/O event.  Why?  Because they want to, and they can.  And maybe because not many have bought the device since it’s an overpriced web-enabled, ultra powerful netbook, so the best way to get users is to literally give them away. Pixel: useless present, promising future   The Chromebook Pixel was unveiled last February and quickly went on... more »
"Financial Uncertainty" Keeps Gov't Away from Cloud : Sequestration Impacts IT Biz

"Financial Uncertainty" Keeps Gov't Away from Cloud : Sequestration Impacts IT Biz

Cisco and Brocade are blaming their weakened sales on softened government spending. Wikibon senior analyst Stu Miniman discussed the impact of the federal budget sequestration on the big IT whales in a recent interview with SiliconAngle’s Kristin Feledy. Miniman says that financial uncertainty is driving government agencies to delay contracts and even cancel some of their larger projects altogether. Costly platform migrations and large scale rip-and-replace initiatives in the network and other parts of the data center are often being put on permanent hold. The networking industry is after all not the only vertical technology that has taken a hit from... more »
Druva’s New Product Auto Restores Personal Settings and Saves IT Hours

Druva’s New Product Auto Restores Personal Settings and Saves IT Hours

Druva, Sunnyvale-based provider of endpoint data management solutions for enterprise laptops, PCs, smartphones, and tablets, has come out with a new service that eliminates hours that IT spends on backup and restore for all corporate devices, such as laptops, tablets, smartphones. If changing from an old PC or Mac, this new offering automatically backs up and syncs settings: email, passwords, printers, etc. It essentially clones your new device to what the user had before. This upgrade is a part of the new 5.2 release of Druva inSync. This is industry-first backup/restore capability for its inSync endpoint data protection platform that allows... more »
Technology Shouldn't Make You Feel Stupid : ServiceNow Gives CIOs Clearer View of IT Dept. | #servicenow

Technology Shouldn't Make You Feel Stupid : ServiceNow Gives CIOs Clearer View of IT Dept. | #servicenow

Fred Luddy, Founder and CPO at ServiceNow, discussed his long career as a programmer, his vision of services for business process management and technology trends with theCube co-hosts Jeff Frick and Dave Vellante, live at the ServiceNow Knowledge 2013 conference today. SMAC as they are called (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud), are here to stay, Fred Luddy said, but "the next thing that is going to add to that is the Internet of Things." Tens of millions of things are expected to be interconnected on the planet by 2014/2015 - cameras, sensors, and other intertwined devices. "It's going to be staggering when... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 May 15: Bitcoin Hard Fork Today, Mt. Gox Dwolla Account Seized by DHS, BitPay Hires Core-Developer Jeff Garzik

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 May 15: Bitcoin Hard Fork Today, Mt. Gox Dwolla Account Seized by DHS, BitPay Hires Core-Developer Jeff Garzik

It seems like this is the week for odd financial troubles for Mt. Gox, specifically the events pertaining to a lawsuit between Bitcoin’s biggest exchange vs CoinLab and now a warrant seizing the company’s Dwolla account. Fortunately, not all is darkness and rainclouds—the Bitcoin hard fork today is going off without a hitch and barely anybody noticed that it’s even happening. A testament to how effective the highly democratized and peer-to-peer infrastructure that makes up the cryptocurrency’s internal function can work. And finally, BitPay is hiring on Bitcoin core-developer Jeff Garzik so that he can work full-time on keeping Bitcoin innovative. U.S. Department... more »
3 Ways Big Data's Helping to Eradicate Disease

3 Ways Big Data's Helping to Eradicate Disease

After falling victim to an extremely rare kind of vocal chord paralysis that's preventing him from giving the kind of long-winded keynote speeches we're used to hearing from CEOs, Google's Larry Page has announced a plan to gather data from people suffering from similar conditions. His hope is that by crowdsourcing the limited amount of data that exists about this condition, researchers will be able to come up with better ways for treating it, and maybe even a way to prevent it happening in the first place. Page's call to action made headlines precisely because of who he is, but this... more »

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