Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Why EMC just spent $1.2B to buy cloud vendor Virtustream

Google launches free, 'unlimited' photo, video storage service | Microsoft casts wide net with Windows 10 system requirements

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Why EMC just spent $1.2B to buy cloud vendor Virtustream
EMC is getting more cloudy with the $1.2 billion acquisition of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud vendor Virtustream, a company that is recognized across the cloud industry as having the technical chops for helping big companies with complex cloud deployments.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Testing of VMware View VDI on Kaminario K2 storage
This technical report covers detailed performance and efficiency tests for the Kaminario K2 array supporting VMware Horizon View virtual desktops that quantify its ability to support a range of critical VDI workloads. Learn More


Infographic: IBM Storwize Family for Cloud
IBM Storwize family is cloud ready. IBM Storwize family is where IBM is integrating together the best of our technologies to speed time to market and improve efficiency. Learn More

Google launches free, 'unlimited' photo, video storage service
Google is offering a major bump in photo and video storage with a new service that lets users store an unlimited number of images and clips for free.The new service, called Google Photos, is supposed to simplify how people manage the massive amount of media they’re generating from their smartphones, according to Anil Sabharwal, a Google lead project manager, who announced the service at the company’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco on Thursday.Starting Thursday, users can upload images up to 16 megapixels in size, and 1080p high-definition video from Android and iOS devices, and via desktop web browsers.It works with a new Photos app that organizes users’ images by date and lets them pinch to move between viewing their photos by the day, month or year they were shot. They’re also organized intelligently based on who’s in the photo, or where they were shot.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Microsoft casts wide net with Windows 10 system requirements
Alongside its announcement that Windows 10 would be coming on July 29, Microsoft also revealed the system requirements for its new OS, and they appear built for widespread adoption of the new operating system upgrade.In order to take advantage of the free upgrade, users will need to be running the latest version of either Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1. Beyond that, users will need at least a 1 GHz processor or System-on-a-Chip, a display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, and a graphics card that supports DirectX 9 or later with a Windows Display Driver Model 1.0 driver. Users of 32-bit Windows 10 will need 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of free hard drive space, while 64-bit users will need 2 GB of RAM and 20 GB of available storage space.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Top tips for securing big data environments
Organizations don't have to feel overwhelmed when it comes to securing big data environments. The same security fundamentals for securing databases, data warehouses and file share systems can be applied to securing Hadoop implementations. Learn More

Pure says users can upgrade the same all-flash array for a decade
Enterprise storage is a long-term bet. Pure Storage, a growing maker of all-flash arrays, is reshuffling the deck on that gamble in a way that might save IT departments time and money.Pure’s plan is to let customers keep the same system for a decade, upgrading various components as improved versions come out but never having to migrate the data from an older array to a new one. For some organizations, this could eliminate an expensive and time-consuming effort every few years.The elements of the new approach have been coming together for a while. But the company formally introduced the strategy and gave it a name—Evergreen Storage—as it unveiled its fourth-generation product on Monday. Evergreen Storage applies to all generations of Pure hardware already shipped as well as versions yet to come.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

SanDisk's new 128GB flash drive is the size of a penny
For now, SanDisk is claiming the crown for the smallest USB 3.0 drive with 128GB of storage. The Ultra Fit USB 3.0 is shorter than a dime and narrower than a penny, and now supports capacities up to 128GB. While tiny flash drives like this aren’t new, they tend to top out at 64GB of storage. SanDisk has managed to double the capacity, while offering USB 3.0 transfer speeds of up to 130 megabytes per second. If you need more storage, SanDisk’s Ultra USB 3.0 drive now stores up to 256GB, though it comes in a more standard thumb size. This capacity is a first for SanDisk, though other storage makers such as PNY have beaten SanDisk to the punch. The new drive touts transfer speeds of up to 100 megabytes per second.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Infographic: Growing Your Business with Cloud
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Intel works to end 'lost' data center devices
Many data centers today inventory physical assets the same way grocery stores track food, with barcodes and scanners. It's not efficient and a certain percentage of assets will become "lost" because asset databases haven't been updated.But Intel is considering adding active RFID tags to its chipsets, replacing barcode scanning with automated, wireless tracking of devices such as servers, networking computing modules, storage and other data center devices.There are third-party vendors that already provide asset tracking with active RFID. But if Intel includes this functionality in its chipset, this could make RFID a near universal feature in data centers in the years to come.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Sony keeps optical discs alive with storage startup acquisition
Sony’s push to get enterprise users to store data on optical discs has received added momentum with its acquisition of a Facebook-linked startup focused on optical storage.Led by former Facebook executive Frank Frankovsky, Optical Archive in California will develop new optical disc library systems for corporate clients’ “cold storage,” which hold data that aren’t accessed often but are preserved for a long time. Examples of such data are photos on social media sites and regulatory or legal documents.The move marks the entry of Sony, which developed the Blu-ray disc over a decade ago, into data center storage, a market it has shied away from partly due to the limited capacity of its optical discs amid the explosion of cloud-based storage.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google kicks Google+ off its homepage
Nothing says you’ve fallen out of favor quite like being banished from the most exclusive and uncluttered piece of real estate on the Internet: the Google search homepage.It’s been known for some time that Google is at the very least deemphasizing Google+, but perhaps nothing the company has said to date more emphatically confirms this than the recent disappearance of a direct link from Google’s homepage to its long-struggling social media platform, a platform Google originally touted as central to its future. Here’s what I see on Google’s homepage this morning: There had been a link to Google+ where I’ve placed the circle below:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Windows 10: Which classic Microsoft default apps should be killed?

Based on what we've seen in Microsoft's Windows 10 preview editions, here's our take on which classic apps should be kept and which should be killed when the final version of Windows 10 ships.


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