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Secure24’s Sean Donaldson Discusses The Service Provider #VMworld

Secure24’s Sean Donaldson Discusses The Service Provider #VMworld

Secure24 is a Michigan-based cloud provider that offers regulatory compliant hosting for mission critical applications. Sean Donaldson, the company’s chief architect, discussed his company and the cloud ecosystem in an interview on theCube at VMworld 2013. The term cloud computing means different things for different people. For Secure24’s customers, it means a secure environment that combines the transparency of on-premise infrastructure with the cost benefits of outsourcing. According to Donaldson, his company tailors SLAs to individual clients and measures downtime in impact on day to day operations rather than system availability. As a result, customers have a much bigger safety net than... more »
AlienVault Raises $26.5M - Expanding its Crowd-Source Cyber Threat Platform

AlienVault Raises $26.5M - Expanding its Crowd-Source Cyber Threat Platform

AlienVault is a San Mateo-based security startup that made a major announcement today on their $26.5 million Series D funding led by GGV Capital.  Total funding is now about $61 million, and this announcement includes strong participation from new and existing investors. AlienVault is a powerful crowd-source threat intelligence and threat management platform called Unified Security Management (USM).  The offering is focused on cutting edge security visibility through flexible integration into the enterprise environment.  Additionally, AlienVault’s products are designed for customers that operate with a limited staff both in numbers and skill, as it is an ongoing enterprise challenge to find... more »
Google Glass App Store Sets to Strengthen Wearable Computing, Debuts in 2014

Google Glass App Store Sets to Strengthen Wearable Computing, Debuts in 2014

The specifications for Google Glass have been known for quite some time now. First developer copies have already been spotted in the wild and various approaches to popular design software whiz through the ether. For the official launch of Google Glass, only thing missing is an appropriate app store. The New York Times has learned that the Google Glass App Store is coming next year and Google has confirmed the thing with Marketing Land, without bothering to pour in more detail on the subject. As already Clive Thompson of the New York Times mentioned that Google Glass is expected to launch... more »
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Microsoft Nokia Buy Could Be Brilliant Gamble

Microsoft's purchase of Nokia is a gamble with a good chance of a big payday, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe. The purchase did not come as a surprise in the industry, where the question was why Microsoft didn't buy Nokia rather than just partnering with it over Windows Phone in the first place. The purchase gives Microsoft a level of vertical integration from the hardware through software, applications, and retail stores similar to Apple and Samsung, its two main rivals in the smartphone market. The purchase may scare other phone manufacturers away from Windows, but since Nokia was by far the largest... more »
NetApp Global Alliances Head on the Value of Software Partnerships #VMworld

NetApp Global Alliances Head on the Value of Software Partnerships #VMworld

NetApp and VMware are glued at the hip, according to Maria Olson, the vice president of global alliances for the storage vendor. The executive stopped by theCube during the recently concluded VMworld 2013 conference to share her take on the rapidly changing IT landscape. Olson tells theCube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante that cloud computing, mobility, Big Data and converged infrastructure are among the core pillars of NetApp’s channel strategy. She says that partners are aligning themselves with her company because its storage solutions offer “huge differentiation” through integration with third party offerings. Asked to elaborate on the role of partner... more »
Rackspace Offering Developers Discount Program to Boost OpenStack Adoption

Rackspace Offering Developers Discount Program to Boost OpenStack Adoption

Facing fierce competition in the market for cloud services, hosting provider Rackspace has pledged to help its developers by offering a new $300 over six months Developer Discount program in the US and UK. Upon signup, new developers will find their developer account credited with $50 a month for six months. With $50 a month, developers will get 10GB of SSD-backed storage for $7 a month, 100GB of outgoing bandwidth for $12, and two 20GB Linux server with 512MB of RAM, 1 vCPU, 20GB of disk storage, and a relatively slow public network connection of 20Mbps and 40Mbps for $32.12 a... more »
OpenStack Bigwigs On VMware and Vendor Lock-In #VMworld

OpenStack Bigwigs On VMware and Vendor Lock-In #VMworld

Piston Cloud founding CTO Josh McKenty and Joe Arnold, the CEO of Swiftstack, hopped into theCube at VMworld 2013 to share their insights into the OpenStack ecosystem. McKenty says that VMware and Microsoft are competing over client-server workloads, which he perceives as the virtualized equivalents of legacy mainframes. Amazon and OpenStack on the other hand are in a two-horse race for next generation cloud applications, and VMware has no choice but to side with the latter. Arnold mentions that enterprises are increasingly transitioning from general-purpose tools to point solutions as their IT environments become bigger and more complex. CIOs are also pursuing... more »
Bitcoin is Gaining Credibility in EU Alongside Progress with German Recognition

Bitcoin is Gaining Credibility in EU Alongside Progress with German Recognition

Bitcoin’s momentum continues to grow as governments agencies have started to recognize that virtual currencies can co-exist alongside flat currencies. As well, Bitcoin thought leaders have continued to negotiate with law makers to overcome the present problems. Many Bitcoin traders have been wondering how governments and other major organizations will react to virtual currency. So far, most governments including US have remained largely silent. The German government was first to labeled Bitcoin as a currency unit and private money. Recognition from one of the EU leading powerhouse marks next major step forward for the currency. Bitcoin to become regulated in the UK? In... more »
Galaxy Note III vs. All The Other Phablets

Galaxy Note III vs. All The Other Phablets

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Gear, its first entry in the wearable tech market, the 2014 version of the Galaxy Note 10.1, and the Galaxy Note III. So what’s new with the Note III?  Is it as impressive as the Note II or could it be even better? Check out how Samsung's latest and greatest phablet compares to the other popular phablets that were recently unveiled. Design:   Samsung Galaxy Note III:  It’s bigger but slimmer with a new back cover.  Contrary to most Galaxy devices, the Noe III features a matte leather removable back cover, but the sides of the device is still... more »
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) Touches Down

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) Touches Down

In earlier posts, we mentioned that Samsung not only unveiled a smartwatch and a new phablet, but it also unveiled a new version of the Galaxy Note 10.1. We had a close look at what two devices have to offer, as well as how they compare with similar devices in their respective categories, so now it’s time to see how the Note 10.1 stands up against the competition: “The new GALAXY Note 10.1 is the most progressive 10-inch tablet, delivering the best viewing and multitasking experiences. It is the most recent demonstration of Samsung Mobile's focus on constant product innovation to stay... more »

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