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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)

Open Source Mobile Cloud Sync and Push Email

Funambol, the leading provider of open source mobile cloud sync and push email for billions of phones, today announced that its new version 8 software is generally available. Funambol v8 makes it easy to keep the data and content on billions of mobile phones in sync with social networks, email systems and personal computers via the Internet cloud. Funambol v8 has a completely redesigned AJAX web portal. The portal's striking interface makes it simple for users to access mobile data and rich media in the cloud, using any modern browser "With the exploding popularity of smartphones, people are carrying more of their lives on their phones than ever before," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "People increasingly expect to access their data and content in the cloud and other systems. The new Funambol Portal makes it super easy to access mobile data and content, any... (more)

Amazon Makes Waves to Swamp iPad’s Boat

In a highly anticipated event in Los Angeles Thursday that pushed its stock to a record high while it was happening, Amazon unveiled three next-generation Kindle Fire tablets and priced the mid-range 8.9-inch model with a 1,920 x 1,200 HD screen at $299, undercutting the 9.75-inch Apple iPad by $200. A seven-inch 1,280 x 800 Kindle Fire HD will run $199, a buck less than Google's seven-inch Nexus 7 and probably less than the iPad mini Apple is believed to be getting ready to put on the market. The first will be available on November 20. The smaller one goes out the door on September 14. Both come standard with 16GB of memory. The pièce de résistance is the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE with 32GB of memory and a built-in wireless modem that'll go for $499 competing against an Apple model that sells for $630. It also ships November 20 with a data plan that costs all of $50 a... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 13, 2013

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly According to Buzz Marketing Group, the days of Apple dominating the hands of the teen crowd have come to an end. Other newer models such as the Samsung Galaxy or Microsoft Surface are gradually winning over younger generations tired of the repetitive Apple formula, Forbes reports.  Read Original Content Apple and Google have long dominated the smartphone market, but Tizen is rising to ... (more)

Cloud Expo Platinum Plus Sponsor HGST and Gold Sponsor Verizon Team Up

As 13th Cloud Expo / Cloud Expo Silicon Valley draws near, two of its major sponsors are working together in a high-profile way. Platinum Plus Sponsor Hitachi GST (HGST), a Western Digital company, and Gold Sponsor Verizon Enterprise Solutions today announced that HGST is providing solid-state storage solutions for Verizon's recently introduced Verizon Cloud. HGST's s800 Series Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) enterprise-class solid-state drives (SSDs) are being deployed in Verizon's cloud servers, providing large enterprises, mid-size companies and small businesses with high-performing, highly reliable solid-state storage on a scalable platform. "In building Verizon Cloud, we set out to vastly improve public cloud performance and deliver control and flexibility to the user," said John Considine, chief technology officer of Verizon Terremark.  "HGST's reputation for high-... (more)

Federal Cloud Computing Heating Up !

As fellow blogger Reuven Cohen mentions in his post, Federal cloud computing is indeed heating up: Vivek Kundra held a US Federal Government Cloud Computing Summit yesterday The Federal CIO Council is officially studying effective uses of cloud computing According to Network World, an INPUT study places Federal spend on cloud services at $277M in 2008 growing to $793M by 2013 Patrick Stingley has been named as the CTO, Federal Cloud for GSA NIST has reveled their draft definition of cloud computing (see below) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Draft NIST Working Definition of Cloud Computing 4-24-09 Peter Mell and Tim Grance - National Institute of Standards and Technology, Information Technology Laboratory Note 1: Cloud computing is still an evolving paradigm. Its definitions, use cases, underlying technologies... (more)

Android - To Be or Not to Be?

Wireless Technology Magazine That Android has got a lot of publicity and public endorsement in the US is clear to all of us but the potential impact that Android can have is probably far beyond what you have thought. I am therefore posting some of my 'insights' in the subject. When Andy Rubin left Sidekick and started Android (and acquired by Google), he and his team did a few things amazingly correct.  The first thing they want to do was to embedded Google services as much as possible; secondly, providing a standardized easy to develop developer experience that is standardized across devices; and thirdly, provide a nice and easy UI. What they did not do was to provide a native SDK, nor any tools to easily modify and change the UI, nor any backwards compatibility between 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 - as for developers, it did not matter - they had the Dalvik SDK (which i... (more)

100 Things to Watch in 2010

New Media on Ulitzer JWT, the world's best-known marketing communications brand, today released its list of 100 Things to Watch in 2010. "Many of the items on our list reflect broader shifts we've been following, from growing awareness and action around health and wellness and the environment to warp-speed developments in technology," says Ann Mack, director of trendspotting at JWT. "Our list also shows how accelerating demographic, political and economic power shifts are manifesting in our everyday lives. And it points to the way industries are redefining or reinventing themselves to survive or to fully leverage these power shifts." This year, many of JWT's Things to Watch reflect repercussions of the Great Recession, from "energy dieting" to "luxury goes East" to "trip bundling." The people on the list -- from pop culture, sports, politics and other sectors -- h... (more)

Google Voice On The New Google Phone

LBS on Ulitzer Location Based Services on Ulitzer - I am up late January 5th and have been awaiting the first news stories from the big Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) about the new Google phone, the Nexus One. I just Googled up the first piece (from 33 minutes ago) from, of all sources, the Montreal Gazette. In the final few sentences they capture the essence of the real disruptive innovation threat this bold Google Phone poses to business as usual for US Carriers and, I would imagine, people are applauding! Here is the quote, “Google Voice automatically links certain cellphones with home and business lines, bypassing existing cellular networks. Users must be within range of a wireless Internet connection for it to work. In cities such as Boston and Toronto, where Wi-Fi Internet networks will soon blanket the urban area, the software will allow consumers to s... (more)

Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) and the Next-Generation Internet

We are all watching with interest the engineering of very high speed chips with multiple cores, and very high speed comms connectivity directly to those chips through optical connectors directly to end devices (like Light Peak). We are also watching increased broadband, including Fiber, directly to houses (like Fios, of course). But what about the backbone of the Internet?  If the very near future sees computers which can send and receive 10Gig each, and multiple computers like that in every household, then what will that mean to the fabric of the net? And add to that the ever increasing speeds of handheld devices (using 3G, LTE or Wifi) and the continuous connection to data networks and the Internet and it just underscores the need for continual enhancement of the net. We have a need for speed.  Not theoretical speed from labs, but real speed available for purchase... (more)

Cisco Bets on the Future of Video with Contest

Cisco is doing its research in coming up with a contest designed to engage constituents interested in video platforms, and produce a smart video that portrays how video content could integrate with your TV in the future. Titled, “If your TV could do anything, what would you want it to do?” the contest throws down the gauntlet in asking for the best idea of what the future of TV should look like. Research Where did the idea come from? While researching the dynamics in the future demand for mobile content, Cisco pulled together statistics in indicating the potential growth in video over a wide array of platforms in the not too distant future. Referencing Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2009-2014, Cisco confirms the prediction in exponential growth in the way video is accessed in the future and maybe how your TV screen will ... (more)