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Virtualization Lowers the Cost of Computer Access in Schools

Virtualization Lowers the Cost of Computer Access in Schools

Technology isn’t just providing a distraction for students; it’s also lowering the cost of educating them. We reported earlier in the month about the $60 million dollar joint effort, edX, by MIT and Harvard to offer free, online, college courses. In this case, universities are using technology to expand global access to education. However, technology isn’t just changing how instruction is delivered. It can also make traditional approaches less costly. The Woodland Joint Unified School District in Northern California just outside of Sacramento serves over 10,000 students. The district replaced 300 aging PCs in five K-12 computer labs with Pano Logic’s... more »
Amazon Web Services Announces November Conference

Amazon Web Services Announces November Conference

Cloud services monolith Amazon Web Services is inviting developers, CIOs and start-ups to save November 27-29th on their calendar for AWS re: Invent, a conference to be held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. It's the first AWS partner conference, and Amazon's Jeff Barr gives every indication it'll be the biggest event in the company's history. For developers, AWS is promising sessions for novices as well as those better-versed in its cloud platform, with topics including "architecture, monitoring, configuration management, and performance optimization," according to Barr's blog entry. Barr promises that start-ups can get a crash course in how adopting... more »
2 SAP HANA FAQs

2 SAP HANA FAQs

John Appleby leads business analytics and technology at Bluefin Solutions, a consulting firm that helps clients optimize SAP technology. Seeing that SAP SapphireNow is next week in Orlando (theCube will broadcast live from the show), I thought it would help to point out two FAQs Appleby developed for SAP HANA. The first is a FAQ about HANA itself. The< a href="http://www.bluefinsolutions.com/insights/blog/the_sap_bw_on_hana_faq/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">second and most recent, is a FAQ for SAP Netweaver Business Warehouse on HANA (SAP BW). SAP HANA FAQ Appleby's SAP HANA FAQ provides a good overview of the in-memory database technology. He runs through the product names, some basics about the SAP... more »
View 5.1 Gets a Boost with ILIO, VMware to Improve Cloud Suite

View 5.1 Gets a Boost with ILIO, VMware to Improve Cloud Suite

The latest version of View came out just last week, and already one partner has updated its own offering to support v5.1, and provided some additional supplemental features. Atlantis Computing makes software that takes disk-based storage out of the virtual desktop equation.  Its ILIO Diskless VDI tool works alongside the VMware View Storage Accelerator to offload I/O from traffic to another system:  user data is transferred to a file share, network-based storage or even a blade or rack server depending on the deployment, and images are reduced in size to roughly 500 megabytes each. This size cut helps streamline the overall process, and is... more »
Amazon's Kindle In Jeopardy as Tablet Takeover Continues

Amazon's Kindle In Jeopardy as Tablet Takeover Continues

Most of us own tablets or e-readers, but these days one must wonder--has everyone shifted to tablets? Amazon recently reported a stunning Q1 financial report, but this sparked some questions as to how the company pulled it off.  Seeking Alpha notes that Amazon is the least transparent company in the industry, so much so that even their own investors have no clue as to how many products the company sold.  But Amazon always told them that their e-ink readers and Kindle Fires were selling well.  Now there’s proof that their e-reader line is in jeopardy. Amazon is the top customer of E... more »
Update on the BigCouch/CouchDB Merger

Update on the BigCouch/CouchDB Merger

Last January I reported that Cloudant is shifting its priorities from developing BigCouch, its fork of Apache CouchDB, towards contributing to the main CouchDB project. At the time, Cloudant CTO Adam Kocoloski said that the CouchDB team was keen on integrating Cloudant's contributions. At the CouchDBSummit last month, CouchDB contributors and other stakeholders gathered to discuss CouchDB's future, including the merger between BigCouch and CouchDB. "We felt very strongly that it would be beneficial to the CouchDB team to get all the committers and community members in the room together so they could focus on determining both he short term... more »
Citrix Synergy 2012 Data Center & Cloud Highlights

Citrix Synergy 2012 Data Center & Cloud Highlights

Today Citrix ynergy 2012 is kicking off, a gathering that will focus on the virtualization, mobile and other areas where host Citrix has a major foothold. This year’s event is expected to attract about 4,000 IT professionals. Right of the bat a few of the companies that reserved a booth at Synergy announced their product updates – data center software and the cloud are two of the earliest topics. A developer called Virsto unveiled at the conference that it’s unique ‘storage hypervisor’ supports Citrix XenDesktop on VMware vSphere. The company’s solution installs on a physical server and parses I/O into a log... more »
HP Doesn't Have To Innovate To Win With Public Cloud

HP Doesn't Have To Innovate To Win With Public Cloud

Tomorrow, May 10th, HP's OpenStack-based, hybrid-friendly, public-ready HP Converged Cloud infrastructure service opens up to the public after an extended beta period. There's been plenty of skepticism around whether or not HP has missed the boat entirely when it comes to the cloud - but thanks to HP's sizable consulting and services business, innovation may not matter as much as ability to deliver. Every day, my e-mail inbox and RSS readers are filled with new cloud startups and initiatives that are doing new, interesting things with the cloud infrastructure stack - OpenStack, CloudStack, the Open Virtualization alliance, and their brethren all started that... more »
Symantec Mobile Leads the Pack in the Bring-Your-Own-Device Trend Security

Symantec Mobile Leads the Pack in the Bring-Your-Own-Device Trend Security

As the enterprise sector begins to look deeper into the trend of allowing their workers to bring their own device to the workplace—as opposed to a proprietary model designed for the enterprise itself—a number of security risks begin to crop up. Uncontrolled hardware and software means that a bad guy or malware could gain access to sensitive information via that device. In a bid of their own, antivirus and security company Symantec appears to be looking for a turnkey solution for businesses to let their workers go with the flow without opening themselves to potential breaches. A blog post about this... more »
Uplifting Optimism and Excitement in the Venture Community — A “Perfect Storm” of Opportunity

Uplifting Optimism and Excitement in the Venture Community — A “Perfect Storm” of Opportunity

The new optimism among technology venture capitalists of all sorts has never been seen before, as witnessed in my chairing of the venture panel at Digital Hollywood to a standing room only crowd last Wednesday.  In many ways, this explosion of capital and opportunity is built on the past 30 years of infrastructure build, technology standardization, and sophistication in investing, as I wrote a few days before this panel. It is distinctly different from the excitement of the dot com boom of the late 1990s, in that the investors (following the investor shake out of the dot com bust) are more experienced and rational. Many... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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