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Microsoft Points Retired, Much to the Delight of Xbox Users

The Xbox Live Arcade’s virtual currency system has finally been retired, Microsoft confirmed this week. The company is currently rolling out an update that will convert Microsoft Points in the Xbox Marketplace into local currency across all supported regions. "Today we started rolling out the official release of the 2013 Xbox Live Update,” a Microsoft spokesperson told gaming site Polygon. "To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across members and regions. Don't panic if you don’t see an immediate update, just keep checking back in.” After completing the five minute update process, customers can start using the same... more »
Reverse-Engineering Renders Dropbox Vulnerable

Reverse-Engineering Renders Dropbox Vulnerable

Dropbox might be the most widely used cloud storage and sharing service in the world, with over 25 million users and adding about 200 million files daily, but its security is constantly being questioned, and not just because of the NSA. Security researchers have stumbled upon a viable attack vector and inconsistencies in Dropbox’s privacy policy that may have users questioning why they should use the service - and what's more, Dropbox doesn't seem to care all that much about it. The latest concerns came after two security researchers managed to reverse engineer the Dropbox client which enabled them to bypass it’s... more »
How FedEX Perfects the Hard Work of Effortlessness | #VMworld

How FedEX Perfects the Hard Work of Effortlessness | #VMworld

In their ongoing coverage of VMworld 2013, Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman speak with Chris Greer, Chief Engineer of Architecture for FedEx. The three discuss the IT savvy and innovation it takes to make the effortlessness of international, same-day and guaranteed deliveries feel so effortless for corporations and SMBs. Speaking of one of their major clients, Greer quips, “Regardless of what Amazon says, there’s no such thing as ‘free shipping’.” There are indeed several costs and trade-offs involved in working with various online retailers, trucking companies and personnel to provide customers “one seamless experience” explains Greer. In a business in which, cost,... more »
What Makes VCE So Special? "We have credibility now," says CEO | #VMworld

What Makes VCE So Special? "We have credibility now," says CEO | #VMworld

Praveen Akkiraju, CEO of VCE, discussed converged infrastructure trends and the evolution of VCE with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at VMWorld 2013. Asked about the VMWorld experience, Akkiraju said VCE has partnered with VMware extensively. As far as converged infrastructure is concerned, the customers now understand the fundamental concepts and the benefits, and are trying to determine how it can be used to achieve results. "We have customers at the booth who are sharing their story to truly explain what the value proposition is really all about," said Akkiraju. "We've got credibility now," he said, as VCE has reached over... more »
Post-server Era of Computing + Competitive Innovation | #VMworld

Post-server Era of Computing + Competitive Innovation | #VMworld

Broadcasting live from Mosconne Center in San Francisco for the second day of VMworld 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCube co-hosts, spoke with Jerry Chen about startup, innovation, new beginnings and pursuing the right trends. After ten years with VMware, Jerry is now a Greylock Partner, seeking to invests in new enterprise applications and in all aspects of cloud and application infrastructure. In today's tech world, "there's two important factors," said Chen: "team and technology trends." He adds, "First and foremost you have to find great entrepreneurs and great engineers. Secondly, you have to find some great trends, and the... more »
Software-Defined Datacenter Requires More Intelligent Infrastructure | #VMworld

Software-Defined Datacenter Requires More Intelligent Infrastructure | #VMworld

Hu Yoshida, VP and CTO, Hitachi Data Systems, discussed his company's relationship with VMware and software-defined data center trends with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at VMWorld 2013. "23,000 people, it's quite amazing, it shows the impact of virtualizaiton," Yoshida said, commenting on this year's edition of VMWorld. Virtualization is where the industry has to go. "We can make changes to the technology without disrupting the applications. "We've had an over ten-year relationship with VMware," Hitachi being one of the early adopters. "We are also an early design partner with them, we're not just looking for things to integrate... more »
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3 Must-See Moments : #VMworld 2013 Day Two Exclusives

VMworld 2013 Day two saw VMware pushing into the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). Equally apparent, is what the guys were able to unpack about VMware's goal with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and the next evolution of networking. SiliconANGLE's exclusive coverage of #VMWorld 2013, both with our editorial and theCUBE, caught all of the action too. We packed in another twenty great theCUBE interviews of top executives at VMworld 2013. Here are three of the top interviews from our Day Two coverage of #VMworld 2013: 3 must-see moments from #VMworld 2013   Scaling Horizontally At Will Is Truly Cloud-style The first interview of day... more »
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Nimble Releases vSphere Reference Architecture

Nimble Storage, a high profile hybrid array vendor, unveiled a converged infrastructure reference architecture at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference. Dubbed SmartStack for Business Critical Applications, the specification combines vSphere 5.1, Nimble’s CS-Series systems and Cisco UCS blade servers to “allow IT organizations to scale as needed to respond faster to changing business needs, while lowering project risks and capital expenses.” The company argues that the architecture simplifies the configuration and management of business critical applications. SmartStack is validated to support 500-seat deployments of Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server, and enables users to scale compute and storage without investing in costly... more »
Delivering All the Attributes of Virtualization Platforms at Individual Server Level | #VMworld

Delivering All the Attributes of Virtualization Platforms at Individual Server Level | #VMworld

John Furrier and Dave Vellante managed to track down the who's who in the business while attending the VM World 2013 event in San Francisco. During Day two of live interviews for theCube, they interviewed George Slessman, the CEO and Product Architect of IO, "one of the hottest companies right now in the space of data center". Slessman was proud to announce "bringing the same software-enabled optimization flexibility into the physical data center assets." "Traditionally, data centers have been managed in a facility-based approach. If you want full benefit of the cloud, you have to have a data center that can... more »
VMware Moves Up the Virtualization Stack #VMworld

VMware Moves Up the Virtualization Stack #VMworld

If the question at the start of VMware 2013 Monday morning was where VMware was headed in the coming year, company CEO Pat Gelsinger has answered it: VMware is moving up the virtualization stack with tools and APIs to facilitate integration between virtualized data center environments and cloud services in a hybrid cloud architecture. While this is not really a surprise move -- hybrid cloud is a recognized major trend in enterprise computing today -- it does reinforce that trend, and it provides a direction to keep VMware ahead of its rivals technically and so maintains its premium status in... more »

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