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Data Dynamics, Inc., a provider of solutions for the discovery, reporting, migration, and management of file-based storage, today announced that StorageX 7.0 was named a finalist in the 2013 Storage, Virtualization & Cloud (SVC) Awards. Judges recognized StorageX 7.0 for new migration project management capabilities that streamline tech refresh and file storage optimization projects as well as enhanced phased migration, archival migration, and DFS management capabilities. The Storage, Virtualization, Cloud (SVC) Awards reward the products, projects and services as well as honor companies and teams operating in the cloud, virtualization and storage sectors. Nominated products are first selected as finalists by a panel of IT publication editors and analysts, which are then submitted to an open vote of IT end users. The awards recognize the achievements of end-users, ... (more)

FTC May Sue Google

The Federal Trade Commission has wrapped up its year-or-more long antitrust investigation into Google's search practices and it may sue. Reuters said last Friday that four out of the five FTC commissioners believe Google illegally abused its power in search at the expense of competitors. The commissioners will reportedly make a final decision by the end of the year. Google is alleged to have favored its own products. It recently paid the FTC $22.5 million for misrepresenting how it collected user data from Apple's Safari browser. ... (more)

Actifio’s Virtualization Solution Featured During VMware User Group

Actifio, a provider of Data Management Virtualization (DMV), on Tuesday announced that it is a featured presenter at the VMware User Group Rhode Island (VMUG) event on March 3, 2011 at the Newport Marriott in Newport, R.I. During the event, Actifio will present "Introduction to Data Management Virtualization - Data Management for Any IT" at 1:40 p.m., 2:40 p.m. and 3:40 p.m., where it will showcase the industry's first DMV solution and how it drives down the overall costs by up to 90% for data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity in virtual or physical IT environments. Data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity are business critical initiatives, traditionally addressed by a complex, expensive and inflexible infrastructure made up of multiple point tools independently copying, storing, moving and restoring copies of duplicated, redunda... (more)

Industry Forms Asia Cloud Co-op to Address Obstacles

Eleven, mostly Western, companies, including Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, NetApp, Nokia Siemens Networks, PLDT/Smart, Rackspace, REACH, Telenor and Verizon, have set up the Asia Cloud Computing Association (Asia Cloud). IDC figures the Asian cloud market outside Japan should be worth $1.3 billion this year and grow at 40% a year until 2014. Japan's is supposed to grow to $29.2 billion in 2015 according to the country's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. However, security concerns, data storage regulations, low penetration of bandwidth in some countries, and government policies oriented to traditional computing models are supposedly inhibiting market growth. Asia Cloud chairman and REACH CIO Sundi Balu said, "The regulatory landscape and varying market maturity levels have fragmented the adoption of cloud computing in the region. Organizations... (more)

Life After WikiLeaks – Exposure Is Still a Threat

If nothing else, Julian Assange was an Internet pioneer for exposing things that otherwise would not have seen the light of day on such a large scale. There have been whistle-blowers and various documents made available to the press and courts in years past, but nothing on the scale and public availability of what WikiLeaks provided. Like opening a can of worms, the potential for copycat sites and rogue insiders trying to make money from stealing internal documents is now unfortunately a lurking reality. A leak of memos and internal reports on such a widespread public forum could be a crippling risk to any corporation if they were the next big leak. Many of these leaks, like the one announced yesterday involving US Navy intelligence specialist Brian Minkyu Martin, are inside jobs and potentially the hardest to stop. For these, a combination of a “bullet-proof” secu... (more)

P2P Web Promises Many Freedoms - Part 3/3

Author's Note:  In Part 1 we examined the events leading up to the creation of Dot-P2P, the planned alternative peer-to-peer Domain Name System. In Part 2 we looked at the existing Internet DNS and how Dot-P2P aims to compete with it.  In this, the third and final part of this article, we look at where Dot-P2P may reside and why. The decentralized authority enabled by the web of trust model works well for BitTorrent-based file sharing, but, in the opinion of the Dot-P2P organizers, would add complexity and diminish security in a domain name system, and so they are proposing a central authority instead to govern the otherwise highly distributed system. The lack of a central authority in the existing BitTorrent network is one of the things that make it resilient against interdiction. If The Man shuts down any elements of the network - peers, trackers or sites, there a... (more)

Wiki War Breaks Out

Even before WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange got hauled off to Wandsworth Prison in southwest London Tuesday, vigilantes acting in support of his rogue site started unleashing a torrent of punishing denial of service attacks on the financial institutions that turned the spigot off on the donations WikiLeaks needs to survive and pay Assange's legal bills. That includes PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and the Swiss Post bank. Amazon.com, which booted WikiLeaks off its cloud last week, was threatened again Thursday but reportedly the new avenging angel lacked the "forces" given Amazon's EC2-style elasticity. The ruffians pushed on to PayPal. Twitter is also a possible target for not allowing WikiLeaks discussions to "trend" to the top of the heap. The attacks, which WikiLeaks refused neither to "condemn nor applaud" and which the US government is now investigating, brought ... (more)

Oracle Pays $46m to Settle Kickback Claims

Oracle is going to pay $46 million to settle a 2010 Justice Department suit charging its Sun acquisition with paying kickbacks to get Accenture to recommend it for software contracts with certain federal agencies worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The contracts ran from 1998 to 2006. The settlement covers claims that Sun provided incomplete and inaccurate information to government contracting officers during negotiations over contracts with the US Postal Service and two Sun resellers. ... (more)

Samsung Wasn’t Blindsided Like It Claimed

Turns out Samsung wasn't exactly straight when it claimed it was completely blindsided by the preliminary injunction Apple got last Tuesday barring the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being distributed anywhere in the European Union except Holland. Seems Samsung filed a "protect pleading" (Schutzschrift) with the Düsseldorf district court (Landesgericht) almost a week before the preliminary injunction was issued trying to head off the decision. And although, according to German custom, the order was issued without a hearing or Samsung presenting any evidence, the court said in a press release that it took Samsung's protective pleading into account before it made its ruling. Florian Mueller, who's following the case on his FOSS blog, says that the court's press release - which is in German - says Samsung's Schutzschrift argued that no urgency existed to justify a preliminary ... (more)

Queplix Offers Best Practices for Data Integration

by Michael Zuckerman, CMO, Queplix The explosion in information technologytools and capability has accelerated. Our information technology environment is moving at absolute light-speed. Yet, the back of data integration is broken. 90% of customers are using 20-year old ETL technology designed to move batch files into the data warehouse at 1:00 am. It is a manual process. Worst of all, is that some vendors have even put this 20-year old technology in their newly minted 1-year old cloud. Who wants 20-year old technology in a 1-year old cloud? To add insult to injury, data quality is … “another product.” I humbly submit that without resolving data quality issues and providing for their ongoing maintenance, you cannot integrate even two applications, load your data warehouse, consider a future Virtual MDM deployment. The cause of this is simple. Look at the revenue mix f... (more)

Yahoo’s New CEO Is Preggers

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's newly hired CEO, is pregnant with her first child and due to have the baby, a boy, in three months. The due date is October 7. Ms Mayer credits the Yahoo board with "evolved thinking" for not eliminating her when it was told of her condition. We would just point out to Ms Mayer that historically women from European aristocrats to Chinese peasants are familiar with this kind of "evolved thinking." Presumably Yahoo's new superwoman is figuring on having a full-time nurse. Her husband is Zachary Bogue, a lawyer who stopped practicing recently to invest in Big Data start-ups. According to Fortune, who claimed an exclusive on the story before she tweeted it, one concession Yahoo is making to the timing of her confinement is to move the September board meeting scheduled for New York back to Sunnyvale, California. She's only expecting to take a few ... (more)