Reaching for the stars in altitude and in clean energy tech: Fort Collins – Wed, 12 Mar 2014
Colorado consistently tops lists for being among the most physically active states. Denver, the Mile High City, and surrounding cities are destinations for athletes to train in the high altitude. There are also quite a few breweries in Colorado. Most know that Denver is the home of the Broncos, and …
The Face Plant of RadioShack and Best Buy – Mon, 10 Mar 2014
Everyone loves to watch a celebrity crash and burn. These mega successful people achieve fortune and fame the rest of us can only imagine. To some degree, it makes us feel better when these people screw up their lives, because damn their success, they deserve to be humbled. For example, …
How to program your husband’s car to call you if he parks in front of a Nevada brothel – Fri, 07 Mar 2014
The “Internet of Things” holds great potential for a new wave of innovation and connectivity, and now it extends to your car. Automatic, a classic startup that was launched in a Berkeley dorm room, connects your iPhone to your car’s onboard computer – and now, it also connects to any …
Looking Toward a STEM-Strong Future – Thu, 06 Mar 2014
At the Department of Education, they stress the fast-fact numbers: only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career, with a shortage of qualified teachers to train them. But the employment projections call for 32 percent more systems software developers between …
Two Things Old Video Games Teach Us about IT Best Practices – Fri, 28 Feb 2014
I remember my first experience with data loss. It was one of the most heartbreaking moments I had experienced to date, ranking as high on the disappointment scale as my mom’s household policy that restricted me to a single kitty (later amended). As a child, I had a good reason …
Nonprofits getting the benefit of software-as-a-service – Mon, 24 Feb 2014
When Lomesh Shah occupied his downtime at the height of the Great Recession doing pro bono work for non-profits, he thought he would just be helping them get through the down cycle. What happened though, was a brilliant “a-ha” moment, the start of a new business, and a service that …
Dangers of the Aging Mind – Fri, 21 Feb 2014
Old people have been ruining everything for me lately. Yes, it sounds incredibly biased and discriminatory but nothing could be closer to the truth: IT clients, my local judicial system, even my parents insist on sticking with the outdated because it’s familiar. Age is what they have in common. It’s …
Bad Crowd: when crowdfunding fails – Fri, 21 Feb 2014
No, this is not another story about a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign that’s made it possible to launch your startup dream, save your favorite indie bookstore or deliver the goods to a great nonprofit.
There are many of those, and just as many people traveling in nouveau-entrepreneurial and creative-class circles who …
Twin Cities put beer-thirty to work – Wed, 19 Feb 2014
Just a few hours south of the Nation’s Icebox (ahem—International Falls, we’re looking at you), lie the Twin Cities of Minnesota: Saint Paul and Minneapolis. They’re very friendly, clean cities that sit right next to each other and have something of a friendly rivalry. And yes, they like their hockey. …
Aquaponics Utilizes the Talents of People in the Autism Spectrum – Mon, 17 Feb 2014
Green Bridge Growers, in South Bend, IN, is much more than a cutting-edge aquaponic farming operation… it’s a perfect opportunity for people in the autism spectrum to work and succeed.
There are millions of people with autism, Asperger’s, and related disorders in this country. For the most part they are just …
Sakura Internet Cloud Datacenter Deploys Amplidata Object Store – Wed, 12 Mar 2014
Amplidata has announced that Sakura Internet* has deployed an initial 1.3 petabyte object store using AmpliStor® storage software based on a reference architecture from Intel, Amplidata, and Quanta QCT*.
As the adoption of cloud computing soars in Japan, Osaka-based Internet service provider Sakura Internet is delivering a growing range of cloud services aimed primarily at small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs) and software developers. Sakura’s customers increasingly require cloud storage services that support archiving, and content delivery for large amounts of unstructured data.
ObserveIT Selected as IBM Beacon Award Finalist – Wed, 12 Mar 2014
ObserveIT has been selected as one of two IBM Beacon Award finalists in the “outstanding ready for IBM security intelligence solution” category.
The IBM Beacon Awards recognize IBM Business Partners who have delivered exceptional solutions using IBM products and services. By delivering innovative solutions proven to drive business value, Beacon Award winners help transform the way their clients, their industries and the world do business.
ObserveIT’s behavior monitoring software solution is already in use in more than 800 corporations in 70 countries, where it is used for auditing, tracking and recording third–party and internal privileged user behavior with real-time, context-aware video monitoring within any server environment. ObserveIT augments the traditional access management and logging systems by adding video playback of user activities, helping IT management clearly and easily understand who did what and when.
Compuware Deepens Investment in APM for SAP Solutions – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
Compuware Corporation on Tuesday announced that effective February 1, 2014, it has opened a new Center of Excellence for SAP solutions in the Partner Port, located near SAP headquarters, where more than 100 SAP partners and other companies with close relationships with SAP have office space in Walldorf, Germany. Compuware has also increased its investment in R&D and expertise to support the fast-growing base of companies using SAP® solutions.
Compuware APM for SAP Solutions is a non-invasive solution that comes out-of-the-box, with zero configuration. The solution discovers processes and user transactions performed with SAP software and captures important performance parameters of non-SAP components in heterogeneous ERP landscapes. All transactions are monitored 24/7, without placing additional load on the servers or network. Additionally, this solution can be extended to monitor cloud, big data, Citrix and mobile environments as well.
Managing Consumer Identities in the Cloud – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
Cloud environments have created situations that allow users, customers, consumers, and employees to access Public, Intranet, and Extranet applications from different locations, devices, and as different personas. The focus of all the Internet and enterprise front-end applications today is to enhance the user experience. In addition, with advances in mobility and BYOD, the line between public and private becomes a deep shade of gray.
At the same time, organizations are leveraging SaaS applications, such as Google Apps and DropBox, for their internal business communication and collaboration. This opens up challenges in providing a universal identity for the user, while at the same time retaining the flexibility to segregate access depending on the scenario. While cloud computing environments may offer different levels of abstraction to its users, federated identity management does not leverage these abstractions; each user must set up her identity management solution. This situation is further aggravated by the fact that no identity federation solution is able to integrate all abstraction layers (i.e., IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS). The overwhelming challenge is to manage the user’s identity effectively and in a compliant manner while retaining the richness of the user experience.
Cloud Pulse: Wherever You Go, There You Are – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
There are people who take life slowly, accept it on its terms, meditate, read about meditation, and internalize books like “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” a bestseller by a guy with a hyphenated name. I’m more of a Malcolm Gladwell fan — Outliers or his newest book “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.”
Maybe I’m just naturally the type that will spend 10,000 hours practicing, sharpening, mastering, thinking about the advantages a startup has over leaders in the market, getting back in the game. I’ve been in enterprise software for 30 years and the cloud since its formation. A long time ago, I faced the fact that I don’t have the basketball gene (although I do coach several boys’ sports teams) and I’m pretty sure meditating will not increase my productivity as a start-up CEO. I could be wrong on the meditating part.
Net Neutrality: Are We on a Collision Course? | Part 2 – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
In my last blog, I discussed how today’s Internet is vastly different than the Internet envisioned at the start of the net neutrality debate. As promised, I’d now like to get into some fictional examples that paint the picture of why this is such a polarizing topic for so many.
Example 1: Perhaps one day I will find that while I can make a Skype call from the office, it doesn’t work from home. Then I find that I’ve lost access to all my Skype contacts who live in an area served by a certain phone company. When I go to Facebook it’s the other way around – I can access my Facebook account from home, but not when I’m visiting a friend who lives in a different area with a different carrier.
Data Center Transformation Advice – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
HP experts explain how enterprise IT operators and planners can keep their data centers from spinning out of control despite new requirements, leverage the best of converged systems, and improve efficiency.
As software-driven data centers have matured and advanced to support unpredictable workloads like hybrid cloud, big data, and mobile applications, the ability to manage and operate that infrastructure efficiently has grown increasingly difficult.
At the same time, as enterprises seek to rationalize their applications and data, centralization and consolidation of data centers has made their management even more critical — at ever larger scale and density.
How Are You Architecting for the Cloud – Science, Art or by Accident? – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
When was the last time you had a technology conversation that did not include the word ‘cloud’ in it? Gartner predicts that by 2016 the bulk of IT spend will be for the cloud. Gartner also believes that ‘nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.’ Cloud technology continues to evolve at breakneck speeds and business wants to move to the cloud equally as fast. This presents significant challenges for technologists who need ensure the business doesn’t go crashing into a brick wall while moving at these speeds.
What Are the Top Security Concerns When Moving to the Cloud? – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
Cloud computing brings a myriad of benefits for any enterprise, but it is also a cause for concern in a world where, according to InformationWeek, cyber criminals are now targeting “any company where they can find data to resell, disrupt or exploit.”
Moving your company’s sensitive data into the hands of third-party cloud providers expands and complicates the risk landscape in which you operate every day.
In order to understand what concerns should be given emphasis in your cloud security strategy, you need to understand what you can’t afford to lose and what can protect you.
Bloated Web Pages Can Make or Break the Day – Mon, 10 Mar 2014
In a previous post, we discussed why GoDaddy could sustain the peak load after its Super Bowl Ad campaign aired and why others like Kia wasted a lot of marketing money because its site availability dropped under the load. In this post, we will look at the technical details behind the impact of oversized pages, and how that may have been averted by kia.com.
Previously, I noted availability issues occurred for Kia during game time. The Kia team broke an important performance rule – large number of bytes transferred.
First, let’s look at the anatomy of an American football fumble– play in motion, ball fumbled, pile-up ensues until possession is determined, then play is recovered or turned over.
Titanfall Is a Big Test of Microsoft’s Cloud Vision – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
The highly anticipated Xbox One game will put the company’s Windows Azure cloud platform through its paces.
Google to Pay $15 for Google Apps Referrals to Grow Customer Base – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
Google is offering $15 per referral, for up to 100 referrals per person, to existing Apps users who bring in new paying users for the service.
Google Taking Cloud Platform Developer Events on the Road – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
To help give developers more details about using and building Google Cloud Platform apps, Google will conduct live events in 26 cities starting April 8.
Why Google Is Working on Home Mesh Networking – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
NEWS ANALYSIS: Google’s Sundar Pichai, in an on-stage interview at the SXSW show, drops broad hints that his company is working on home mesh networking for multiple applications.
Google Fiber Expanding Its Kansas City Services – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
Google Fiber service debuted in several Kansas City neighborhoods in the fall of 2012. Building on that success, the service is now being expanded to a wider area in the region.
IBM Master the Mainframe Contest Commemorates 50 Years of Big Iron – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
IBM’s Master the Mainframe World Championship competition assembles university students from around the globe with superior technical skills.
Microsoft Patches 23 Security Vulnerabilities in March Update – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
A critical Internet Explorer zero-day flaw first disclosed nearly a month ago is among the patches.
VMware Launches Horizon Virtual Desktop Service – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
The company is getting to market faster than Amazon, which announced a service last year but has yet to make it generally available.
Google Preps Android SDK for Wearable Devices – Mon, 10 Mar 2014
Due out in two weeks, the new Android SDK will give developers the needed tools to create cool new applications for wearable devices.
Mozilla Gives Up on Persona Single Sign-On, for Now – Mon, 10 Mar 2014
Mozilla fails to execute on its own vision for enabling more secure user authentication to online services.
Two tricks to automate the export of live VMs in Windows Server – Wed, 12 Mar 2014
I bet you didn’t know that Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V lets you export your virtual machines — wait for it — while they are running.
Red Hat fast-tracks Docker apps for Enterprise Linux – Tue, 11 Mar 2014
Red Hat’s application certification program is nominally about ensuring that third-party applications and app platforms run reliably on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
VMware one-ups Amazon for Windows desktops as a service – Mon, 10 Mar 2014
If VMware teaming up with Google to deliver Windows desktops to Chromebooks via VMware Horizon View didn’t hammer the fina
Mirantis looks to open up OpenStack vendor certifications – Mon, 03 Mar 2014
Mirantis, a services and systems integration company that has evolved into an OpenStack distribution provider, may be small in size but the company has proven time and again that it isn’t afraid to mix things up with the big boys in the cloud playground in which it plays. And now it’s going up against Red Hat in an effort to push an open-source certification initiative for products within OpenStack cloud environments.
VMware’s Virtual SAN to address software-defined storage – Mon, 24 Feb 2014
VMware has been talking for the last couple of years about the ongoing evolution and transformation of the enterprise infrastructure into a software-defined data center (SDDC). As part of that discussion, the company said it is focusing on three key strategies in 2014: end-user computing, software-defined data center, and hybrid cloud, which VMware called a seamless extension of the SDDC into the public cloud.
HP makes play for network virtualization with OpenNFV program – Mon, 24 Feb 2014
Hewlett-Packard is plunging into the rapidly emerging field of network functions virtualization (NFV), announcing Monday an OpenNV program comprised of applications and services designed to virtualize core networks and network functions and allow telecommunications companies to more efficiently compete in the rapidly growing world of rich media.
Dell, Red Hat team up on network virtualization – Fri, 21 Feb 2014
Dell is teaming up with Red Hat to drive its effort to be a force in the burgeoning area of network function virtualization (NFV) technology, aimed at helping carriers reduce costs and quickly roll out new services.
Co-engineered Dell-Red Hat OpenStack-based NFV and SDN (software defined networking) applications are expected to be available in 2014, Dell said.
Alcatel-Lucent works with Red Hat to virtualize mobile networks – Wed, 19 Feb 2014
Alcatel-Lucent is betting big on operators wanting to virtualize their mobile networks using NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) technology, in order to become more nimble and less reliant on proprietary hardware.
Virtualization has already changed how enterprises build and manage their IT infrastructure, and now mobile operators are looking at doing the same thing, and vendors are re-architecting their products. Purported advantages include lower costs and faster deployment of new services.
VMware releases vSphere Mobile Watchlist for Android and iOS smartphones – Tue, 18 Feb 2014
According to a recent research report from analyst firm IDC, the worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone in 2013, having shipped 1 billion smartphones in a single year for the first time. To put that number into perspective, it represents a new smartphone device in the hands of every seventh inhabitant on the planet.
Google and VMware advance plans for the death of the desktop – Wed, 12 Feb 2014
No question about it, the PC is taking a backseat to mobile tech in both the consumer and business worlds. But some companies can’t part completely with Windows because of issues like legacy apps or existing workflows.
Kodak names tech industry vet Clarke CEO, aims to be B2B player – March 12, 2014 -
Jeff Clarke, who has been a C-level exec at CA, HP, and Compaq, will aim to make Kodak a global B2B technology player.
Is Google’s latest acquisition thanks to the set-top TV box race? – March 12, 2014 -
Google has confirmed it has purchased the assets of Green Throttle, lending speculation that the tech giant is planning to launch its own set-top box.
Bankrupt Mt. Gox endures assets freeze – March 12, 2014 -
After being granted bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S., a judge has ordered the Bitcoin exchange’s assets frozen.
Samsung S5 UK launch dates revealed – March 12, 2014 -
Samsung’s latest flagship phone will be available to order in the United Kingdom this month.
Starbucks adds digital tipping, shake to pay to iPhone mobile payment app – March 12, 2014 -
With 11 percent of transactions coming from its app, Starbucks is looking to boost engagement and add features like digital tipping in 50 cent, $1 and $2 increments.
Lenovo on IBM factory strike: Not our problem – March 11, 2014 -
Over 1,000 workers at the Chinese factory launched a strike earlier this month in protest over IBM’s compensation and severance package policies. Lenovo will soon own said factory.
Jive Software might be putting itself on the market – March 11, 2014 -
Aside from the companies noted by Re/Code as potential buyers, ZDNet has learned Cisco has been rumored to be interested too.
Google Drive launching third-party add-ons program for Docs, Sheets – March 11, 2014 -
This isn’t the first time that the Google Drive team has put the spotlight on its third-party ecosystem, increasingly becoming an advertising point for cloud services providers.
SAP Ventures taps former Grok CEO for top market development post – March 11, 2014 -
Rami Branitzky will endeavor to provide startups with access to strategic revenue channels through the company’s vast partner and customer networks.
Apple’s iPhone 6: Will a larger screen really lead to a replacement boom? – March 11, 2014 -
Analysts are betting that an iPhone 6 with a larger screen can solve Apple’s Samsung issue and grab more customers and earnings power.
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