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Dell Privatization Won’t Hamper Innovation

With Dell returning to the private sector, some rivals quickly put forth the idea that Dell won't be able to afford the necessary R&D and M&A to remain competitive or innovative during this industry shift away from consumer PCs.  But Dell is a cash-heavy firm, despite the debt racked up from its pending stock buyout, and with no shareholders to pay every quarter, Dell could very well retain the capital needed for proper resource allocation in research, mergers and acquisitions.  Wikibon senior analyst Stu Miniman appeared on the SiliconAngle NewsDesk this week to discuss how Michael Dell’s decision to take his company... more »
Intel Gets Inside SDN With Big Switch Networks

Intel Gets Inside SDN With Big Switch Networks

Big Switch Networks, an early player in software-defined networking (SDN) that came out of stealth last year, has just received a $20 million cash infusion from Intel Capital in its latest venture capital funding round. This means that the world’s biggest chip maker joins the likes of Goldman Sachs, Khosla Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Index Ventures in backing the startup, bringing the amount of cash in its war chest up to $45 million to date. Big Switch is one of the most interesting new players in the SDN world – a space that is rapidly evolving and illustrating how the humble data... more »
Top Security Tech Trends Reach the SMB Market

Top Security Tech Trends Reach the SMB Market

Today's Small Businesses have a number of technical challenges ahead of them.  They are faced with emerging enabling technologies that are able to rapidly serve a number of business needs in an efficient manner.  At the same time, those same technologies can offer so many choices that it can get quite complicated.  Everything from SaaS, Cloud Services, IaaS, BYOD, Cloud Backups - and on and on.  A true primer on guiding SMBs through the whole of these technologies is beyond the scope of one article.  There is however a world of emerging trends in security that bear reviewing, that is... more »
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EMC, Capgemini to Bring Joint Cloud Business Services to Brazil

EMC and Capgemini have announced a Hyper-Growth Initiative to introduce a set of Cloud business services developed mainly in the European market to Brazil, where they see a large pent-up demand for these services. Both companies have separate decades-long presences in the Brazilian market, and EMC has invested US $200M in a manufacturing plant and research facility in the country starting in 2008, so they know the market. The joint services have grown out of a decades-long partnership between the companies that in recent years has blossomed into a major Cloud business service presence in Europe. This started with a focus... more »
DataXu Raises $27M for Programmatic Marketing

DataXu Raises $27M for Programmatic Marketing

DataXu just raised $27 million in a third round of funding led by Thomvest Ventures, the private VC of Thomson Reuters partner Peter Thomson. Current backers Atlas Venture, Flybridge Capital Partners and Menlo Ventures chipped in as well. DataXu is a Boston-based firm that specializes in “programmatic marketing,” a way of reacting to consumer behavior fluctuations in real-time.  The MIT astronautics engineers coined the phrase founded the company, got their idea patented, and implemented the technology in a platform that is now used by more than 700 international brands.  Marketers are leveraging the DataXu’s DX3 platform to optimize and automate ad... more »
Big Challenge for BlackBerry 10 in the Enterprise

Big Challenge for BlackBerry 10 in the Enterprise

The BlackBerry 10 announcement came in at about a week ago.  We all know the challenges they face, the execution that is going to be required, and the pressure they must be under - one of the most underplayed aspects of BlackBerry's fortunes is the enterprise, which was once one of their most reliable key business markets.  There have been reactions praising the new platform as well as others that see the efforts as being too late. The enterprise will be keeping an eye on the choices and strategy surrounding BlackBerry 10 for some time to come, and there may... more »
EMC + Capgemini Launch Joint Cloud Ops: Curbing Amazon's Efforts in Enterprise?

EMC + Capgemini Launch Joint Cloud Ops: Curbing Amazon's Efforts in Enterprise?

This morning EMC and Capgemini released a joint announcement, revealing details on their extended partnership with a new cloud initiative in Brazil.  The consultancy is opening up a dedicated business that will collaborate with EMC to deliver as-a-service solutions “designed for specific vertical market segments” to local businesses. The portfolio will include storage-, archive- and backup-as-a-service, as well as three “transformational” services: SAPaaS, testing platform-as-a-service, and a hosted enterprise CMS solution. There are two reasons EMC chose a European firm to help penetrate the South American cloud services market, with the first and most important reason being Capgemini's size.  It is currently... more »
China vs. Anonymous: Different Motives behind Latest Government Breaches

China vs. Anonymous: Different Motives behind Latest Government Breaches

Two major government agencies were hacked in recent weeks, for two very different reasons. The first victim was the Department of Energy, which revealed on Monday that its network was compromised by foreign hackers in mid-January. The perpetrators managed to steal personal information from several hundred employees and contractors, but no classified data was compromised. "As individual affected employees are identified, they will be notified and offered assistance on steps they can take to protect themselves from potential identity theft," the department told employees in an email forwarded by a department spokesperson to The Huffington Post. The Department of Energy is reportedly “known to... more »
DARPA Backs Python Big Data Projects With $3M Cash

DARPA Backs Python Big Data Projects With $3M Cash

Texas-based startup Continuum Analytics has just received a $3 million cash injection courtesy of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to help it further its progress with using the Python programming language as a means of crunching Big Data. The cash will be used to develop two specific open source tools – Blaze, which is a scientific computing library, and Bokeh, which provides data visualizations. DARPA says that the money comes from its XDATA fund, which is a $100 million rewards program set up last year to assist third parties in the development of software and techniques for analyzing Big Data. It’s... more »
4 Ways European Data Protection Laws Will Affect US Businesses

4 Ways European Data Protection Laws Will Affect US Businesses

Have you recently visited a website and received a cookie notice? Did it frighten you? The actual notice should have been information you already know, that most websites use some form of tracking to remember users, provide personalized services, or even to collect marketing data. Even if you do already know this, the European Union wants to give users the opportunity to opt out of it. The European Union (EU) is very concerned about user data privacy in an information age when even your specific geographic location can be pinpointed simply because you accessed a website on your mobile phone. For... more »

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