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NetApp’s Up and Down Wednesday

NetApp’s Up and Down Wednesday

Even before NetApp Inc. released their first-quarter earnings report this week, analysts were anticipating the company would substantially best their earnings from the same period last year. And, in fact, NetApp did just that. The company credits their 28 percent increase in profit on better-than-expected sales of their company-branded products along with the release of the next-gen OnTap OS. Dan Caplinger, writing for The Motley Fool, posited a seemingly prescient question only the day before the earnings report was released: With such high expectations from investors, can NetApp earnings grow fast enough to satisfy shareholders and keep the stock rising? Caplinger’s... more »
Android Crypto PRNG Flaw Aided Bitcoin Thieves, Google Releases Patch

Android Crypto PRNG Flaw Aided Bitcoin Thieves, Google Releases Patch

Bitcoin, the virtual currency attracts more and more users in the world and can be used in different devices, including Android smartphones. Every device that uses Bitcoin requires a wallet or digital wallet, which stores digital currency to receive and perform digital transfer of money--but a flaw in the Android secure random system has put the cryptography used to protect those wallets at risk. Earlier this week, expert programmers found that the “digital wallets” used in the Android app are likely to be stolen by a bug in the operating system. Programmers detected a vulnerability in operating system that recently hijacked... more »
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Weekly Big Data Review: Visualization and National Security

The Big Data space saw a lot of action this week. Tableau held its first earnings call, CloudPhysics raised funding for its data-driven IT operations tool, and Nimbus pulled the curtains back on two new powerful flash systems. In other news, DARPA started studying the risk associated with the democratization of Big Data. In its first quarter as a public cloud, Tableau reported sales of $49 million, up 71 percent from the same period last year. The company credited this massive increase to the more than 1,500 new customers it made in the past three months, a growth rate that is... more »
The Trouble with Troubleshooting : Part 2

The Trouble with Troubleshooting : Part 2

This is a 2-part series focusing on the use case and possible solution for supporting support engineers (read part 1 here). The series explores one key aspect of this month's theme of Virtualization - troubleshooting in tech-support.  As more tasks become automated and support teams deal with an increasing variety of software and customers, the act of virtualizing these efforts can lead to a few troubles of their own.   Written by Puneet Pandit, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glassbeam Advanced Troubleshooting and Automation   In the previous blog, we looked at possible systems/processes that can help L1/L2 support teams be more optimized. In this... more »
Court Throws Out Mark Hurd Lawsuit

Court Throws Out Mark Hurd Lawsuit

A U.S. District Judge has dismissed a shareholder lawsuit over the lewd conduct of former HP CEO and chairman Mark Hurd, who resigned in 2010 after a marketing consultant named Jodie Fisher accused him of sexual harassment. The accusations turned into a full blown scandal when an internal probe found that Hurd submitted inaccurate expense reports in an attempt to conceal his relationship with the contractor. This revelation caught the attention of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which launched an investigation to see if Hurd leaked confidential information about the acquisition of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) for $13.9 billion. In the... more »
SmartWorld Weekly: Fancy Solar Panels, IBM's Renewable Energy System + More

SmartWorld Weekly: Fancy Solar Panels, IBM's Renewable Energy System + More

If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world. This week’s SmartWorld Series featured primped-up solar panels, an egg-shaped gadget to help you find your inner peace, a panoramic smart glass for luxury cars, and IBM’s new take on renewable energy sources. Solar-Power Gets a Makeover + Smart Beds Prevent Pressure Pains   Solar panels can be an ugly addition to your beautiful home.  Thanks to Toronto artist Sarah Hall, solar panels have been given a new look as they are turned into art pieces that won’t stick out sorely in... more »
This Week in Storage: Hybrid Storage, Flash Memory Array + The United States Navy and Virtualized Desktops

This Week in Storage: Hybrid Storage, Flash Memory Array + The United States Navy and Virtualized Desktops

In this week's storage recap we cover the gambit of storage possibilities. From the Internet of Things driving demand to the United States Navy taking a lead role, storage is becoming a hot button topic in todays IT narrative. The Nimbus fourth-generation all-flash array might be my personal favorite storage news this week. Make sure you watch David Floyer’s Breaking Analysis video from earlier this week on Nimbus and its new flash array offerings. Hybrid Storage is Disrupting the IT Landscape   The Internet of Things is driving demand for cost-effective storage solutions that deliver both capacity and performance. In an interview with Tegile... more »
WANdisco Earns Dell’s Seal of Approval

WANdisco Earns Dell’s Seal of Approval

WANdisco, a rising star in the increasingly crowded Big Data space, announced that its newly released Non-Stop NameNode software has been certified for integration and interoperability with Dell PowerEdge servers. Non-Stop NameNode WAN Edition is a networking solution that does away with the single point of failure inherent in Hadoop. It achieves this by turning every NameNode into a synchronized mirror of all the other NameNodes in a cluster, a technique that minimizes downtime, nullifies the chance of split brain scenarios, and eliminates the need for costly load-balancers and NAS devices. “As enterprise organizations migrate Apache Hadoop from pilot projects to business... more »
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What the World Really Wants from iPhone : Biometrics (or an iWatch)

With word of Apple's upcoming press event on September 10th, the world awaits what could very well be the next generation iPhone.  Many are also hopeful of a fresh iPad design, or an entirely new Apple product all together.  While pundits have conjectured for well over a year as to what the new iPhone could bring to the table, it's the rumor of biometric-enhanced security that attracted the most attention this week.  It's not surprising, given the growing consumer concern over data privacy and protection, and incorporating biometrics into a smartphone could be one way Apple develops the edge it... more »
NSA Audit Shows Government Illegally Spies On US Citizens

NSA Audit Shows Government Illegally Spies On US Citizens

There's no end in sight to the leak on US government surveillance programs by Edward Snowden, even as the whistleblower has sought asylum in Russia after promising that he wouldn't continue to harm US interests. Despite that promise, The Washington Post yesterday published an internal audit and various other classified documents that show how the National Security Agency (NSA) has repeatedly broken privacy laws and overstepped legal boundaries on thousands of ocassions since it was granted extensive powers back in 2008. In many of the cases, the NSA was carrying out unauthorized surveillance on American citizens, despite the practice being restricted by... more »

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