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Ballmer's Indifference Leaves Microsoft in Disarray

Ballmer's Indifference Leaves Microsoft in Disarray

Microsoft dropped a bombshell last Friday by announcing that chief executive Steve Ballmer will quit his post within the next 12 months. Bill Gates, Chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski and other top directors have been appointed to a special committee tasked with finding internal and external CEO candidates. News of Ballmer’s early retirement raised many eyebrows in the tech industry. The 33-year Microsoft veteran’s failure to capitalize on cloud computing, mobile and search, coupled with his recent One Microsoft reorganization initiative, has led analysts to believe that he was ousted by the board after making one last stand. “He got bounced... more »
How Do We Make Star Trek a Reality? Converged Infrastructure | #VMworld

How Do We Make Star Trek a Reality? Converged Infrastructure | #VMworld

Stephen DeWitt, SVP & GM, Global Marketing for the Enterprise Group at HP, discussed the future of the company and the major shifts in IT with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at VMWorld 2013. "HP has been around for a long time," DeWitt said, and "technology was necessary to solve a problem that puts the world forward." HP is an engineering company at its roots and the culture of the company if focused on identifying the problems that need to solve and organizing to solve them. "We believe convergence of infrastructure is necessary for the Star Trekian future... more »
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PernixData Unveils SMB Edition of Flash Hypervisor

PernixData, a rising star in the increasingly turbulent virtualization market, is going after small and medium businesses with a new version of its flagship offering, a flash-aware hypervisor that made its debut earlier this month. “Many small and mid-sized companies today sacrifice storage performance for cost when they invest in entry-level storage arrays,” said Jeff Aaron, the vice president of marketing at PernixData. “While these products deliver cost-effective capacity, they provide limited IOPS and cannot scale with demand. PernixData FVP eliminates this trade-off. For the first time ever, SMBs can now afford the scale-out storage performance they need by using server... more »
 Converged Infrastructure + Data Protection in Virtualization | #VMworld

Converged Infrastructure + Data Protection in Virtualization | #VMworld

For the second time at VMworld, Rodney Perkins, IT Director Farmers Insurance Group FCU, was interviewed by John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, about the virtualization that took the world by storm. Looking back to the time when Perkins started with Farmers, only three years ago, the virtualization was just taking hold and there were talks about consolidating servers. Now everything revolves around the cloud, business continuity strategies, delivering better disaster-recovery services, and trying to keep the end users by providing them better services and support. With 50,000 members on board, Farmers Insurance Group needs to be cautious about embarking into... more »
theCUBE VMworld : Day 1 Wrap Up | #VMworld

theCUBE VMworld : Day 1 Wrap Up | #VMworld

At the end of day one of the VMworld conference in San Francisco, Wikibon’s John Furrier, Stu Miniman and Dave Vellante discussed several of the topics discussed in presentations and in interviews conducted on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE. Vellante started off by highlighting the keynote presentation offered this morning by Pat Gellsinger, stating it was very meaty with a lot of product detail being discussed. As Vellante noted, “We are seeing VMware going from novelty to conventional.” To achieve market conventionality, they are focusing solely on implementation within the cloud. As he stated, VMware is currently head and shoulders above their competitors. While big... more »
This Is One of the Biggest Technology Disruptions You'll Ever See | #VMworld

This Is One of the Biggest Technology Disruptions You'll Ever See | #VMworld

From Moscone Center in San Francisco, Stu Miniman and John Furrier kicked off VMWorld 2013 with Kelly Herrell, VP and GM, Software Networking Business Unit, Vyatta, a Brocade company. Kelly was the CEO of Vyatta prior to its acquisition by Brocade, providing software defined solutions before software-defined was a mainstream term. His current responsibilities with Brocade include building and driving the software networking strategy. John Furrier commented that the software defined data center has become sort of a destination in the modern era, and network has been an area that's been extremely innovative lately. Herrell agrees: "It's easy to follow the pattern.... more »
Technology Shouldn't Impair Physicians' Activity | #VMworld

Technology Shouldn't Impair Physicians' Activity | #VMworld

Ed Ricks, VP Information Services & CIO at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, discussed his experience switching to a virtual server environment within the hospital with theCUBE co-hosts, David Floyer and Dave Vellante, live at VMworld 2013. Ricks described the 200-bed Beaufort Memorial Hospital as the perfect community hospital, free of any business alliance with any other health system. The area is a popular retirement place, which shapes up specific, different requirements for customers regarding the type of service they expect. Ricks said the virtualization process started five years before, upon his arrival at the hospital. "We were among the early adopters. We had to push... more »
Easing The Transition From Traditional To Virtual  #VMworld

Easing The Transition From Traditional To Virtual #VMworld

Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and David Floyer sat down with Aman Singh, the senior enterprise storage and backup architect for Jive Software on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE to discuss backup as a service and its future as the industry moves toward broader virtualization. Singh started off by stating Jive Software sees a future that will eventually make e-mail a relic, going so far as to say that in just a few years, the younger generation will think of e-mail as current generations view the old vinyl record. This will be achieved, he claims, as the transition from e-mail collaboration to cloud collaboration is more... more »
Where Are We With This Backup as a Service?  #VMworld

Where Are We With This Backup as a Service? #VMworld

David Floyer, resident CTO and Co-Founder of Wikibon, sat down with Dave Vellante on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE to discuss an important way forward in virtualization. As virtualization has seen relatively rapid adoption across many industries, one area that has not been brought along at the same speed is the idea of backup as a service. Traditional backup models were quickly found to be lacking as the old paradigms for system protection were unable to practicably backup the multiple VMs on a network. This led both Floyer and Vellante to agree that what is really required is a backup as a service/data protection... more »
Bitcoin on Promotional Tour with the U.S. Law Makers  Amid Growing Focus on Digital Currency

Bitcoin on Promotional Tour with the U.S. Law Makers Amid Growing Focus on Digital Currency

Bitcoin is currently the most widespread virtual cryptocurrency; but the currency continually comes under fire in recent times as suspicions of its use for criminal activities such as money laundering and drug trafficking. As well as increased attention from regulatory agencies in the US and abroad and it's recent recognition as actual money has led to a great deal of more scrutiny. Now to get some support from the US law makers, members of the Bitcoin Foundation met on Monday with representatives of at least seven U.S. regulators amid growing attention to the world’s most popular virtual currency by law enforcement... more »

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