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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" Key Findings: 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)

A Nice Clean Way to Model Your Application's Data Layer

Over the last few months I've written a series of blog posts that covered some of the new language features that are coming with the Visual Studio and .NET Framework Orcas release. Here are pointers to those posts: Automatic Properties, Object Initializer and Collection Initializers Extension Methods Lambda Expressions Query Syntax Anonymous Types The language features above help make querying data a first-class programming concept. We call this overall querying programming model LINQ, which stands for .NET Language Integrated Query. Developers can use LINQ with any data source. They can express efficient query behavior in their programming language of choice, optionally transform/shape data query results into whatever format they want, and then easily manipulate the results. LINQ-enabled languages can provide full type-safety and compile-time checking of query expre... (more)

Application Performance Management Done Right

What is Application Performance Management (APM)? Like a lot of good questions, it depends on your business needs.  What is the goal of an ideal APM?  Does it mean 99.999% availability?  Perhaps it is a favorable overall end user experience when using the application but, as compared to what? My point is that Application Performance Management / Monitoring means different things to different businesses and it can even depend on the application involved. What is the Goal of APM “Begin with the goal in mind.” I wish I could take credit for that quote.  What is the goal of the APM? Have you listed out the objectives you hope to obtain from your APM strategy?  This approach will help your team ensure satisfaction with the final solution chosen.  Here are some examples. Minimum of 99.999% availability with lower Mean Time To Know (MTTK) and Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) Less ... (more)

Microsoft’s last stand?

Microsoft is desperately trying to avoid the fate they inflicted on the Mac in the 1990s with Windows 9X: Office for iPad, launched at the same time as Windows 8/RT, would most likely have killed the market for Windows 8 and RT devices. As it was, that market was already severely diminished and below expectations. But with a viable alternative tablet, it could have been game over. And the ramifications of that decision would have impacted far more than just Windows 8/RT: The PC market could have literally collapsed, much as the video game market did in 1983. The fallout would have included PC makers going out of business/being sold, a serious and potentially permanent hit to Microsoft’s bottom line and the ouster of Steve Ballmer. I’m talking tech Armageddon here. via A Theory about the Office on iPad Schedule | Office 2013 content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for... (more)

Building an Automated Tiered Storage Lab with Windows Server 2012 R2

I’ve been speaking with lots of IT Pros over the past several weeks about the new storage improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2, and one feature in particular has gained a ton of attention: automated Storage Tiers as part of the new Storage Spaces feature set. However, not all of us have multiple SSD and HDD disks in our demo or lab gear, so it’s sometimes challenging to evaluate and demo this new feature.  In this article, I’ll step through the process of leveraging Virtual Hard Disks ( VHDs ) to simulate SSD and HDD tiers for the purpose of evaluating and demonstrating the functionality of Storage Tiers in a Windows Server 2012 R2 lab environment. What are “Storage Tiers”? Storage Tiers combine the best performance attributes of solid-state disks (SSDs) with the best cost:capacity attributes of hard disk drives (HDDs) together by providing the ability to create ... (more)

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – December 5, 2013

Thinking of picking up a brand new video game console this holiday season? You might want to hold off on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While the latest and greatest consoles from Microsoft and Sony will soon be the new kings of the video game world, high prices and a lack of games make them less appealing than their predecessors – the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – as well as the Wii U. The 360, PS3 and Wii U have all seen price cuts recently, and were all featured in a slew of bundles during Black Friday week. These low prices and bundles will continue through the holiday season, letting you pick up a brand new console and a bevy of games for less than the price of one brand new Xbox One or PlayStation 4. Which would you rather have? A PlayStation 3 and ten of its best games … or a PlayStation 4 and nothing? Personally, I’d prefer a PlayStation 4. Shop smart this h... (more)

Panasonic Launches World’s First Intel Core i5 Powered Fanless, 7.0”, Windows 8.1 Pro Fully-Rugged Tablet

Light, pocketable tablet ideal for mobile workforces and replacing ageing business PDA's BRACKNELL, UK, 7TH JANUARY 2014 Panasonic today launched the world's first fanless, 7", Windows 8.1 Pro fully-rugged tablet powered by 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor. With 7.0 inch tablets one of the fastest growing market sectors, Panasonic has combined the mobility and flexibility of this pocketable form factor with its rugged and business-focused design to create the thinnest* and lightest* rugged 7" tablet on the market, the Toughpad FZ-M1. Designed for mobile workers of all kinds, the Toughpad FZ-M1 is also particular suited as a more flexible and capable replacement for ageing rugged PDA devices in logistics, transportation, retail, manufacture, government and emergency services. First Intel® Core™ i5 powered Fully-rugged fanless 7" tablet The Toughpad FZ-M... (more)

University of Warwick Implements IT Service Management Best Practices and Optimises ServiceNow with TeamAssist from TeamUltra

The University will also benefit from its IT department underpinning its adoption of ITIL best practices with a world-leading IT Service Management platform Berkshire, ENGLAND, 28th February 2014: TeamUltra (www.teamultra.net), the UK's leading ServiceNow partner, today announced that University of Warwick, one of the UK's leading universities, has implemented IT Service Management best practices and optimised its use of ServiceNow using TeamAssist from TeamUltra. Warwick's IT Services department implemented ServiceNow in 2010 and uses it to deliver an efficient IT service to staff, students and researchers. The functional scope has grown from Incident and Problem Management to encompass Service Catalogue, Request, CMDB, Change Management and increased use of self service. However, with limited internal IT resources available, over time a number of maintenance and... (more)

SplendidCRM Announces Launch of SplendidCRM v1.4 Incorporating Key .NET 2.0 Technologies

RALEIGH, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/07/07 -- SplendidCRM Software, Inc., a pioneering provider of Microsoft-centric Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions for open-source use, today announced the launch of Version 1.4 of its flagship platform SplendidCRM. The new version, incorporating key .NET 2.0 technologies, allows system integrators to add user-customizable features to applications. The features include .Net 2.0's Master Pages, Themes, Web Parts and AJAX. "We're the ideal platform for developing a back-end system," said Paul Rony, president of SplendidCRM. "We're using the best tools and the best technologies to create the fastest system… and of course our free runtime and free hosting license makes us the most cost-effective platform for the system integrator." Mr. Rony went on to say, "The big advantage to incorporating these key .NET 2.0 technologi... (more)

Unilife Announces Preliminary Final Results for Year Ended 30 June 2009

LEWISBERRY, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/08/09 -- Unilife Medical Solutions Limited (ASX: UNI) (PINKSHEETS: UNIFF) has released its preliminary final results for the year ended 30 June, 2009. Unilife Medical Solutions ("Unilife") will continue to announce its results in Australian (A$) currency until the completion of a proposed redomiciliation of the Company to the U.S., and a proposed listing on NASDAQ. At present, U.S.$1.00 equals approximately A$1.17. The Full Preliminary Final Results for the Company (Appendix 4E) are available on the Financial Reports section of the Unilife website (www.unilife.com). Earnings Result Group Revenue for Unilife increased by 869% from A$4,170,166 (2008) to A$40,413,706 (2009). The increase in revenue was primarily due to payments received from the pharmaceutical partner. The Net Profit after tax for the year ended 30 June 2009 was A$... (more)

The GenSight Group Announces Version 8.0 of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Software

LONDON and DOYLESTOWN, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/05/09 -- The GenSight Group, a leader in Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software, has announced the release of GenSight version 8.0. GenSight v8.0 is a scalable, web-based Enterprise Portfolio Management application that enables medium and large organisations to analyse, prioritise and manage portfolios of projects. The new release builds on the high configurability and flexibility of GenSight's previous release, v7.2, with features to further facilitate enterprise-wide portfolio management, including project management processes, enterprise-wide analytics and reporting. With support of the OpenXML data format, GenSight v8.0 allows users to synchronise data with Microsoft Office applications. This enables GenSight users to work offline, and to share data with non-GenSight users who can participate in the project ... (more)

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While a hybrid cloud can ease that transition, designing and deploy that hybrid cloud still offers challenges for organizations concerned about lack of available cloud skillsets within their organization. Managed service providers offer a unique opportunity to fill those gaps and get organizations of all sizes on a hybrid cloud that meets their comfort level, while delivering enhanced benefits for cost, efficiency, agility, mobility, and elasticity.
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It's clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. That means serverless is also changing the way we leverage public clouds. Truth-be-told, many enterprise IT shops were so happy to get out of the management of physical servers within a data center that many limitations of the existing public IaaS clouds were forgiven. However, now that we've lived a few years with public IaaS clouds, developers and CloudOps pros are giving a huge thumbs down to the...
"Calligo is a cloud service provider with data privacy at the heart of what we do. We are a typical Infrastructure as a Service cloud provider but it's been designed around data privacy," explained Julian Box, CEO and co-founder of Calligo, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Cloud is the motor for innovation and digital transformation. CIOs will run 25% of total application workloads in the cloud by the end of 2018, based on recent Morgan Stanley report. Having the right enterprise cloud strategy in place, often in a multi cloud environment, also helps companies become a more intelligent business. Companies that master this path have something in common: they create a culture of continuous innovation. In his presentation, Dilipkumar Khandelwal outlined the latest research and steps companies can take to make innovation a daily work habit by using enterprise cloud computing. He shared examples from companies that have benefited from enterprise cloud computing and took a look into the future of how the cloud helps companies become a more intelligent business.
Never mind that we might not know what the future holds for cryptocurrencies and how much values will fluctuate or even how the process of mining a coin could cost as much as the value of the coin itself - cryptocurrency mining is a hot industry and shows no signs of slowing down. However, energy consumption to mine cryptocurrency is one of the biggest issues facing this industry. Burning huge amounts of electricity isn't incidental to cryptocurrency, it's basically embedded in the core of "mining." In this winner-takes-all game, burning the most electricity increases the chances of winning. The Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index states that the global energy usage of all bitcoin mining already is equivalent to the power uptake of the country of the Czech Republic. Mining equipment for a larger operation can exceed 100 megawatts (MWs) - similar to what a 1 million-square-foot Google ...