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Microsoft Adds Data Management Features to Windows 2012, But Are They Useful?

Microsoft's new Windows 2012 features a list of advanced data storage management tools, and Microsoft has done its best to make those tools as uncomplicated as possible to use. But despite that, writes Wikibon Analyst, Consultant, and former CIO Scott Lowe in his latest Professional Alert, “Microsoft Attacks Storage with Windows 2012”,  they are still complicated enough to deter many SMBs, that lack large IT staffs with the requisite skill sets, while larger companies already have third-party tools implemented to accomplish the same things in their infrastructure. The major new data management tools in Windows 2012 are: Storage Spaces, which Lowe describes as... more »
Xbox Live Arcade Breaks Sales Record-Courtesy Minecraft

Xbox Live Arcade Breaks Sales Record-Courtesy Minecraft

When breaking down some of the stats for the performance of the Xbox 360 throughout 2012, one thing that became the centerpiece of attention was the success of Xbox Live Arcade. One of the things that actually made Xbox Live such a success in 2012 was actually the indie-title game Minecraft. Research and data marketing firm Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) released some numbers for the Xbox Live platform, following the poor numbers of the Xbox 360’s performance in 2012. The Xbox Live division racked up an impressive $290 million in revenue throughout 2012 but $97.4 million of that was... more »
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Run Your Enterprise Like a Startup (Or Die Not Trying)

C-level executives hear the whispers: “Innovate…or die.” Um, or…not. The company’s profitable! Full steam ahead! Stifling the voices in one’s head is easier than change! For most enterprises, the “killjoy” mandates of governance, compliance, risk management, and the like can stifle ingenuity. Creativity threatens the comfortable, “steady-as-she-goes” mentality found in even the strongest companies. Some C-levelers understandably fear change—opening the floodgate of new ideas can be a daunting, unwieldy, even threatening proposition. Here’s the thing: Complacency kills. The indolent enterprise invariably loses out to the gazelle startup. The most successful big companies, including Amazon, Dell, Google and Microsoft, all embrace their inner entrepreneurialism... more »
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Samsung Strategically Invests in Cloud Services as Mobile Wars Heat Up

Cloudant announced that it has received a strategic investment from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, the VC arm of the Korean handset manufacturer. The Massachusetts-based firm said it will spend the money on research and development, but did not disclose the size of the contribution. Cloudant, the brainchild of MIT particle physicists, provides a globally distributed Database-as-a-Service solution for web and mobile applications that tap into user information. The platform automates administration and scaling so that developers can focus on creating features, rather than spending so much time working on the plumbing. “Samsung Ventures believes a globally distributed data layer and management of... more »
True Hybrid Flash Storage Can Save Costs Overall for High-Performance Databases

True Hybrid Flash Storage Can Save Costs Overall for High-Performance Databases

Hybrid flash/disk storage systems, in which data is written first to a flash cache in the server and then later peculated to a traditional storage array, can provide significant direct savings in environments supporting more than 700 IOPs per Tbyte. And hybrid arrays can benefit SMBs as well as large enterprises. Those are the primary conclusions of an in-depth Wikibon research project into performance differences between true hybrid storage and traditional arrays with read-only cache, presented in David Floyer's latest report, “Hybrid Storage Poised to Disrupt Traditional Arrays.” The savings comes partly from the order-of-magnitude read-write speeds of flash-first hybrid storage,... more »
Gameloft and EA Throw in with B10 but is it Enough for BlackBerry Gaming?

Gameloft and EA Throw in with B10 but is it Enough for BlackBerry Gaming?

When Research In Motion now known as BlackBerry are brought into a conversation the first thing that comes to mind is not gaming. The so-dubbed “crackberry” got its name from how extensively social networking can take over a mobile device but not about how fun they were to play games on. BlackBerry’s new launch model appears to depend heavily on good software for their new interface and apps to drive sales of their mobiles, in many spheres that doesn’t just mean social and enterprise apps, it means mobile gaming. So when the new devices came out from BlackBerry sporting shiny new... more »
Chinese Hackers vs. America: How To Defend & Maintain Regulation-Free Internet? [Breaking Analysis]

Chinese Hackers vs. America: How To Defend & Maintain Regulation-Free Internet? [Breaking Analysis]

Attacks by Chinese hackers continue to target various American media outlets, including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Last week it was reported that the New York Times fell prey to a four month long hacking campaign from China after publishing an investigative report on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's family finances in October 2012. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto believes the source of the China-based attacks is a solitary group. "In China, there's very little delineation between the government and some of these companies," he said, "They're pretty much one and the same." In terms of the cyber-capabilities... more »
Will Twitter's Investment in Social TV Create an Open API Ecosystem or a Profit Gallery?

Will Twitter's Investment in Social TV Create an Open API Ecosystem or a Profit Gallery?

2013 is going to be the year of big data implementation. More companies will be making personalized applications for Consumer Services, and so therefore we are exploring the very relevant topic of APIs in a Consumer Service-driven market. On one side, as smart apps grow in popularity and ride the wave of the future for both the consumer and enterprise cloud, the market will need more open APIs. The counter-argument to this is that APIs could become more profit-driven in such an economy. For example, let's say Twitter begins to sell its API access to companies that want metrics and advertising... more »
Internet + Mobile Use Actually Dropped During Super Bowl, Despite Twitter Spikes

Internet + Mobile Use Actually Dropped During Super Bowl, Despite Twitter Spikes

Thousands of people travelled to New Orleans to watch Super Bowl XLVII, and while many were pleased with Beyoncé’s halftime performance but bummed by the power outage.  As for the outcome of the game, the happiness score depends on who you ask.  The Baltimore Ravens won 34-31, so if you ask a San Francisco 49ers fan, I’m pretty sure they're not too happy about that. New Orleans was packed with travelers from Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago, Baltimore/DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Baton Rouge, San Francisco and Dallas.  According to JiWire, twice as many fans came from Baltimore than San Francisco, but... more »
Druva Boosts its Endpoint Protection Platform with inSync Private Cloud Option

Druva Boosts its Endpoint Protection Platform with inSync Private Cloud Option

Sunnyvale-based Druva has launched a new private cloud product that is aimed at risks associated with BYOD and mobile devices while introducing a number of new features. The private cloud product option is designed to protect and control data on the exploding number of mobile devices coming into the enterprise from one central management point, and addresses a number of mobile enterprise concerns. The product is known as InSync, and it provides automatic backup of customer laptops, smartphones, and tablets. It also provides policy-enforced secure file-sharing, data encryption, device geo-tracking, remote data delete, and it is complete with full reporting... more »

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