Leading Storage Provider Works with Facebook and Industry Partners to Help
Define and Implement Efficient Tiered Storage Strategies that Reduce Total
Cost of Ownership for Corporate and Cloud Datacentres
Open Compute Summit (Booth C7), 17 January 2013- HGST (formerly Hitachi
Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC)
today announced that it has joined the Open Compute Project, an initiative
launched by Facebook in 2011, to increase technology efficiencies and reduce
the environmental impacts of datacentres.
With the explosion of data resulting from mobile devices, Internet services,
social media and business applications, corporate, cloud and big data
customers are constantly looking for ways to improve their storage
infrastructure costs and their bottom line. The Open Compute Project applies
open-source software principles to the ha... (more)
Shrinking your Url’s is all the rage nowadays. If you are on Twitter,
then odds are you have used one. Despite CodingHorror’s distaste for them
in his recent blog post on Url Shorteners: Destroying the Web since 2002,
they are a fact of life when we live in a world of 140 character status
So what’s a URL shrinking service anyway? Well, to put it simply, you
supply them with a URL, they then supply you with a shorter URL containing a
lookup “key”. When future requests are made to this shorter URL,
connections are routed to that services website where they convert the short
URL to the original URL and issue a HTTP Redirect back to your browser to
send you off to the original long url website.
So, what’s a guy, or gal, to do if they want to set their status
programmatically on Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, or the other gazillion
social networking sites ... (more)
Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen, now about to turn a demographically
middle-aged 38, has officially turned venture capitalist, a counter-culture
move since the dot.com bust trashed the sport.
Andreessen and fellow Netscape veteran Ben Horowitz have raised a relatively
modest $300 million – which seems to be considered a goodly sum in these
dire times – and have set up Andreessen Horowitz as they’ve been publicly
threatening to do since February.
Andreessen told the Financial Times they could have raised $500 million or
$600 million but felt a twosome couldn’t handle that kind of money. They
reportedly only intended to raise $250 million.
Andreessen and Horowitz have been playing angel investors for about five
years now and have spread their personal wealth around some 40-odd start-up
including Twitter, Digg, Ning, Rightscale and Linkin, some of them famous
Some exciting new Windows Azure Mobile Services features were delivered to
production this week. The highlights include:
iPhone and iPad connectivity support via a new iOS SDK Integrated
Authentication so developers can configure user authentication via Microsoft
Account, Facebook, Twitter, and Google. New server-side Mobile Service script
modules Access to Structured Storage, Windows Azure Blob, Table, Queues, and
ServiceBus Email services through partnership with SendGrid SMS & voice
services through partnership with Twilio Mobile Services hosting expanded to
west coast US The iOS SDK
I’m excited to share that we've announced the release of an
under-development iOS client SDK for Windows Azure Mobile Services. The iOS
SDK joins the Windows 8 SDK launched with Windows Azure Mobile Services as
well as client SDKs released by Xamarin for MonoTouch and MonoDroid.
After spending the holidays with the extended family, a number of tech topics
came up including Windows 8, tablets, and “the cloud”. It’s always
fun to have these discussions with family because I get an idea of what
people across a number of generations (who generally aren’t technical) are
thinking. The general consensus with the cloud is that they just don’t
get it. They have heard about it, but they really have no idea what it
is. Specifically, we’re talking about the consumer oriented cloud
services such as SkyDrive, Dropbox, iCloud, Flickr, etc. I had mixed
success in explaining it, but I did manage to show a couple of demos that got
With any holiday gathering, a lot of pictures were being taken. Some people
were using their phones. Some using digital cameras. People wanted to
share their photos of course. Some people went with Face... (more)
DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real
time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors,
log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of
vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D.
Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541
"Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies,
Industry Verticals & Forecasts"
In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware,
software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further
expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually
accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for
acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between
IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)
In my October 2, 2008 blog entry, I shared the unfortunate news of Web 2.0's
demise. This news is now hitting Silicon Valley and Silicon alleys around the
Soon all Web 2.0 events will either be "cancelled," or their organizers will
make a last-minute attempt to pull together a last show, but throw in the
towel after that, IMHO.
If they buck all business logic, and go ahead with their final scheduled Web
2.0 events, they'll lose millions of dollars and find out after their last
show that Web 2.0 was DOA (as a software business model) anyway. Industry
participation is a key indicator to determine the viability of technology
trends. And what is better an indicator than the success or failure of an
industry event on a particular subject matter.
This week a WSJ blog entry (advertorial) written by Jeremy Liew entitled,
"Will the Rece... (more)
Today marks the 30th day of Ulitzer's public beta. We had an amazing month
and perhaps one of the most widely discussed launches of a "new
media" site. Gartner recently asked, "Will Ulitzer dominate news content on
the Web eventually?" The answer is yes, and I'll explain why.
First, I'd like to share some of the 30-day stats with you. We had more than
140,000 visitors who read 197,000 pages of articles, blogs and news stories.
The syndicated page views (outside the Ulitzer domain) exceeded 1,369,983
page views. The legendary technology reporter Maureen O'Gara was the most
read Ulitzer author with 231,600 rolling page views, and we syndicated more
than 3,000 Ulitzer stories.
My First Blackberry, Circa 1999
I remember receiving my first Blackberry 10 years ago at the JavaOne
conference in San Francisco. It was a small device similar to a ... (more)
Government Cloud on Ulitzer
Have you ever been given the task of building and executing an aggressive
customer outreach program?
Well I received my assignment about a year ago and trust me; the budget was
not commensurate with the assigned goal.
My particular need was to educate prospective Federal government customers on
a new information technology trend.
Known as cloud computing, this new approach blends service oriented
architecture (SOA), virtualization technologies and a "pay-by-the-use" sales
approach into a new IT delivery business model.
Although this new approach promised the delivery of better constituent
service at a reduced cost, risk adverse Federal agency decision makers needed
to know much more before they would even consider cloud computing as an
During a time of economic collapse and fiscal crisis, competing security,
governance and procur... (more)
In today’s online, virtual, and individual age and in the rapidly evolving
world of Internet authentic personal branding and social media have begun
playing a leading role. To stay ahead of the game, you need to have a strong
personal brand and need to know how to use innovative social media to
maximum effect. This master class will guide you to become a
powerful authentic personal brand and introduce you to the many
opportunities offered by social media.
Authentic Personal Branding is about influencing others, by creating a brand
identity that associates certain perceptions and feelings with that identity.
A brand identity that is in harmony with your dreams, life purpose, values,
passion, competencies, uniqueness, genius, specialization, characteristics,
and things that you love doing. Personal Branding is the positioning
strategy behind the world’s most successf... (more)
I'm In Langley, WA this coming Saturday September 19th to speak about the
media play for cloud computing at New Media 2012. I like the agenda and set
up. Each speaker gets five min to make their case. Then comes a panel
discussion. The line-up includes people from the telecom world, gaming,
visual media and journalism. Here's the speaker list:
Tom Kennedy, Former Director, Multimedia, WashingtonPost.com
Brent Friedman, Partner, Electric Farm Entertainment
John du Pre Gauntt, Author, Consultant, Technologist
Joe Pulizzi, Junta 42; Author, Get Content, Get Customer
Alexis Gerard, Founder, Future Image Report
Robert Gilman, Founder, Context Institute
Russell Sparkman, Founder, Fusionspark Media
Marcia Hofmann, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
George Henny, Co-CEO, Whidbey Telecom and Fibercloud
Joseph M. Tringali, Co-Founder, General Manager 5TH Cell Media
There's al... (more)