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New strategies now needed to simplify data backup and protection in complex enterprise IT environments

Gardner: Why has something seemingly as straightforward as backup become so fragmented and disorganized? Maxwell: Dana, I think it’s a perfect storm, to use an overused cliché. If you look back 20 years ago, we had heterogeneous environments, but they were much simpler. There were NetWare and UNIX, and there was this new thing called Windows. Virtualization didn’t even really… Read more →

Amazon CEO Bezos: AWS is lean manufacturing, Kindle Fire for IT

LAS VEGAS — Just minutes ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos likened Amazon Web Services to everything from Toyota’s lean manufacturing methods to something slightly closer to home: the Kindle Fire business model. Bezos took to the stage with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels here at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference, acknowledging that retail is… Read more →

The Twitter dogcast

Podcast not working? Click here to download the file. Download Embed Does Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s claim that his broadband policy would cost AU$15 billion without the contracts make any sense? What will the Australian government do to crack down on overseas online retailers from discriminating against Australian customers? And how does Twitter’s… Read more →

Amazon Redshift: ParAccel in, costly appliances out

Back in July, Data Warehouse vendor ParAccel announced it had a new investor: Amazon.  Then yesterday, Amazon announced its new cloud Data Warehouse as a service offering: Redshift.  And, none too surprisingly, it turns out that Redshift is based on ParAccel’s technology.  I spoke to Rich Ghiossi and John Santaferraro, ParAccel’s VPs of Marketing and… Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: Tech Behemoths and 40,000 Answers

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. See more here. Syrian Internet Is Off the AirRenesys.com |  At war and in the dark. – Somini Sengupta Battle of  Internet Giants: Survival of the BiggestEconomist.com |  Can there ever be a winner take all on… Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: Tech Behemoths and 40,000 Answers

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. See more here. Syrian Internet Is Off the AirRenesys.com |  At war and in the dark. – Somini Sengupta Battle of  Internet Giants: Survival of the BiggestEconomist.com |  Can there ever be a winner take all on… Read more →

Research Firm Says Windows 8 Had a Rocky Start

Elaine Thompson/Associated Press Representatives from personal computer companies whose devices run Microsoft 8. For much of the week, Microsoft has been trumpeting the strong start of Windows 8. On Tuesday, Tami Reller, chief financial officer and chief marketing officer for Windows, told investors that Microsoft had sold 40 million licenses to the operating system during its first month on the… Read more →

Hybrid ‘quadrotor’ seamlessly travels by land or sea

The folks over at the Illinois Institute of Technology Robotics Lab have developed a quadcopter, the HyTAQ (Hybrid Terrestrial and Aerial Quadrotor), that can seamlessly travel by land or sea, smoothly transitioning from one to the other. Designed by Arash Kalantari and Matthew Spenko, the HyTAQ is surrounded in a cage that not only makes the… Read more →

The Lede: Internet Shutdown Reported Across Syria

Last Updated, 1:35 p.m. Internet access disappeared across Syria on Thursday, and commercial air traffic was halted, prompting antigovernment activists to warn that the authorities might be planning to escalate their crackdown against the country’s raging uprising. Only residents with their own satellite connections to the Internet could access the Web, activists said. Disruptions to phone service were also reported…. Read more →

Amazon Web Services launches Data Pipeline, EC2 instances for analytics

Amazon Web Services is rolling out new EC2 instance types designed for in-memory applications and heavy analytics workloads. The company also launched Data Pipeline, which moves information through various systems. The new tools were unveiled by Amazon CTO Werner Vogels at that Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. AWS Data Pipeline is… Read more →