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Is there a new networking solutions provider du jour for cloud architects? | #CUBEconversations

Is there a new networking solutions provider du jour for cloud architects? | #CUBEconversations

How does a young company compete against a behemoth competitor with an 80 percent enterprise marketshare? "We look for the agents of change," said Plexxi, Inc.'s CEO Rich Napolitano, referring to the company's strategy for attracting customers looking for novel IT Solutions. Despite speculation that Cisco Systems, Inc. will eventually acquire Plexxi, Napolitano seems quite confident steering the company on its own path to success. He told Dave Vellante and Paul Gillin, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, that there is a new kind of developer who thinks very differently about infrastructure -- the cloud architect. According to Napolitano, cloud... more »
How the software-defined storage explosion is giving data legs | #CUBEconversations

How the software-defined storage explosion is giving data legs | #CUBEconversations

The explosion of software-defined storage has been crucial to the converging or leaning of IT in the past few years. What these new storage methods make possible for businesses and organizations is an area of increasing interest. "The role of hardware has changed," said Chris Farey, cofounder and CTO for StorMagic, a software-defined storage provider. The need for expensive external boxes and loads of disks no longer prohibits companies that desire high-performance data storage, Farey told Stu Miniman, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team. Now, he said, "You can put together some pretty impressive high-performance systems with maybe just a small amount of... more »
Blizzard's game design philosophy is "easy to learn, hard to master," says CEO Mike Morhaime

Blizzard's game design philosophy is "easy to learn, hard to master," says CEO Mike Morhaime

Warcraft and StarCraft creator Blizzard Entertainment Inc turned 25 years old this week, and in a recent interview with GamesBeat, co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime looked back on how the studio got to where it is today, as well as the design philosophies it has always tried to follow. When asked whether Blizzard intentionally set out to make accessible games in traditionally hardcore genres, Morhaim explained that the studio wants its games to be easy to pick up yet also full of complexity. "We do always approach our games from a standpoint of—We’re trying to make these games for everyone, even if they’re not already familiar with... more »
To build or to buy? The clouding of IT | #CUBEconversations

To build or to buy? The clouding of IT | #CUBEconversations

As cheap, efficient, public cloud offerings continue to whet people's appetites for plug and play IT, companies are rushing to meet the demand. "It's going to be on like Donkey Kong" for ready-to-use infrastructure this year, said VCE Co., LLC President Chad Sakac. Owned by EMC, VCE provides converged infrastructure and solutions. Sakac told Stu Miniman, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, that the company is striving to offer the best in both departments. He said that buildable infrastructure blocks, racks, and appliances are extremely important to VCE's business model, but that buyable, turnkey infrastructure is an area of intense interest... more »
Will software-defined revolutionize data protection? | #CUBEconversations

Will software-defined revolutionize data protection? | #CUBEconversations

Add data protection to the list of IT areas where software-defined is reducing bulk and boosting usability. Loss of large data sets can be disastrous for organizations. The latest software technology offers new ways to ensure against it without taking up physical space or hiring more staff. Joseph King, chief technology officer and VP of technology services at CAS Severn, Inc., spoke about the strides his company is making in software-defined data protection. He told Dave Vellante, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, the shift away from purpose-built hardware to hardware has allowed the company to refine and target a streamlined... more »
Daybreak Games will soon make you buy H1Z1 twice

Daybreak Games will soon make you buy H1Z1 twice

In a move that seems appropriate for the studio that ruined Star Wars Galaxies (yes, I'm still bitter), Daybreak Game Company, formerly Sony Online Entertainment, has announced that its zombie survival game H1Z1 will be split into two separate games, neither of which will be free-to-play. Daybreak announced the split on the official H1Z1 blog: "H1Z1 has been on an incredible journey since its inception, and the time spent in Early Access has been invaluable to the development direction of the game. Our community has been a huge part of the game’s roadmap and success. Last year, we started to notice new player trends emerging – both... more »
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth rejected from App Store for showing violence against children

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth rejected from App Store for showing violence against children

Apple Inc has a bit of a reputation for being heavy handed when it comes to rejecting apps from the App Store for a variety of reasons, and now it looks like Nicalis Inc's popular indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is the latest title to get hit with the ban hammer. What is particularly strange in this case is Apple's reason for rejecting the game. According to an image shared by Nicalis founder Tyrone Rodriguez on Twitter, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth was rejected from the App Store because the game "contains content or features that depict violence towards, or abuse of, children." Rodriguez's comment on... more »
A performance review tool that doesn't hate employees? | #theCUBE

A performance review tool that doesn't hate employees? | #theCUBE

The space for work productivity tools has filled up with a lot of platforms geared toward helping HR comply with rules and keep records. But there's not many for helping mold better employees, according to Srinivas Krishnamurti, cofounder and CEO of Zugata, In., a four-month-old startup offering performance review technology. Rather than giving bosses more means to police and penalize slacking employees, Zugata seeks to help employees maximize their potential and grow into valued assets for their employers. Krishnamurti told John Furrier, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, that Zugata could nip problems in the bud before they result in termination. "For the... more »
Hired lands $40M to help companies find developers more easily

Hired lands $40M to help companies find developers more easily

Much like every other part of business operations in the enterprise, recruitment is too undergoing significant changes as a result of the growing reliance on analytics for decision-making. The trend is spearheaded by a startup called Hired Inc. that secured $40 million in funding this morning to promote its data-driven spin on traditional headhunting. The three-year-old outfit has created an online directory for job-seekers in fields such as software development, sales and marketing that can be centrally searched based on the demands of a position. For instance, if a fast-growing technology firm requires a seasoned channel executive to lead its... more »
The Pirate Bay launches broadside at copyright cartels with in-browser streaming

The Pirate Bay launches broadside at copyright cartels with in-browser streaming

Notorious torrent search website, The Pirate Bay, has put a shot across the bow of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and other copyright groups with the addition of Torrents-Time, a browser plug-in that allows video streaming directly from the site. When searching video torrents a “Stream It! (BETA)” link now appears that launches the plug-in and streams the video without ever leaving the site. The debut of this capability came last week, as reported by TorrentFreak, and makes use of the Torrents-Time browser plug-in for Windows and Mac. The plug-in has been in development for some time now and... more »

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