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Reports have surfaced that Tandberg Data is bankrupt, which are not really true. Tandberg Data ASA and Tandberg Storage ASA has filed for bankruptcy, but its subsidiaries around the world will continue day-to-day operations, including Tandberg Data Corporation in the US. The company will continue to manufacture product, and in fact, has a product launch […]

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I admit to being really torn on this issue. I despise theft and copyright infringement but I also hate big brother, strong arm tactics that restrict me from doing stuff that is useful and legal. I use VMWare on my Mac to run other operating systems apart from the native OS X. I run a licensed copy […]

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Milford, MA –- April 22, 2009 – Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a market-leading information technology research, analysis, and strategy firm, today announced the addition of Steve O’Donnell as Managing Director for ESG’s European operations. Steve will lead the growth of ESG in Europe as well as the global IT operations practice for the company. O’Donnell […]

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Yesterday, Oracle announced its intent to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4B.  While it is very clear Oracle wants to roll up and control the database software market, Oracle executives also stated their intent to invest in the server (Solaris) and storage businesses with the latter be an “expanding market for us over the years to […]

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I was delighted to hear today that my friends, David Wright (CEO) and David Driggers (CTO) at Verari Systems have been recognized for their great work on driving Data Center energy efficiency. For some time it has been apparent that the modular, containerized data center holds huge promise: Ability to deploy new capacity extremely rapidly Ability […]

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According to Reuters, France’s parliament rejected a bill on Thursday that proposed disconnecting Internet users if they download music or films illegally, with the ruling UMP party failing to turn out in force to approve the law. Backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government, the legislation was meant to quell the flow of free songs and […]

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According to Reuters; the founders of Web telephone service Skype, currently owned by eBay Inc, are interested in bidding for the company they sold some four years ago, according to a media report.   Co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis have contacted several private equity firms in order to make a bid for the company, […]

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The Times of India reports that mail services offered to Indian nationals are to be subject to new legislation. Indian investigating agencies dealing with cyber crime have much to cheer following recent amendments to the IT Act. The amendments passed by Parliament require internet behemoths like Google, Rediff and Microsoft — which provide free email services — […]

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. concerns about the potential for cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure extended to the American electrical power grid on Wednesday and experts pointed the finger anew at Chinese hackers, among others. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters the power grid is vulnerable to potentially disabling computer attacks, while declining to comment […]

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Fusion-io announced today at SNW that it closed $47.5 million in Series B funding from a group of investors led by global venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners. The company also announced that David Bradford, a Novell Inc industry veteran, has been named CEO of Fusion-io, in Bradford’s last three years at Novell, he reported directly […]

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The BBC reports today that state supported and practical steps are being taken to train the young solar and wind power engineers of the future. The guys who install and maintain wind turbines and solar panels. In Tehachapi, California, it can feel like four seasons in one day. In this remote corner between the Sierra Nevada […]

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Laurie O’Donnell (@laurieod) leaves LTS Scotland where he has worked as Director of Learning and Technology for eight years building the internationally recognized GLOW Schools Intranet. The Scotsman Newspaper reported that film maker George Lucas said to the US House of Representatives:  ‘In what must rank as one of the most heady compliments ever given to an […]

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Twittering earlier with Mike Pinkerton (@mikepinkerton) at Google – he tells me that there is no date yet for releasing Google Chrome for Mac OS X. Mike explains some of the stuff going on inside Google Labs in his blog Sucking less, on a budget. What’s up Google, don’t you like (care about) the Mac community?

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I have been in Milford MA with my friend and colleague Steve Duplessie of the Enterprise Strategy Group this week working with Steve and his team around a number of key announcements from Cisco on their entry into the Data Center Server market. There is a lot of information to take in but here is […]

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  Looks like the answer is in about 5 years……..

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I picked up a very interesting article on the Harvard Business Publishing site by John Sviokla. When you share information on a social site: Who owns the content? Who controls it?  This question at is the core of Facebook’s current turmoil around its terms of service. Last week they tried to keep more rights on content […]

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The Hot Aisle is delighted to announce version 1.0 of it’s new Apple iPhone and iPod application.  Don’t expect a highly sophisticated experience as I set up this first version to be a basic newsfeed but would be delighted if you could submit comments and suggestions about what should be in version two. If you […]

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Framingham, Mass., – (January 26, 2009) – GlassHouse Technologies, a global provider of independent IT infrastructure consulting services, today announced it has acquired Chicago-based security services consulting company CSSG. The acquisition extends GlassHouse’s offerings into data security services, including assessments, optimization and policy framework development. As a result, GlassHouse customers will benefit from deeper infrastructure management […]

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RBS WorldPay (formerly RBS Lynk), the U.S. payment processing arm of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, announced on the 23rd December 2008 that its computer system had been improperly accessed by hackers with criminal intent. Approximately 1.5M accounts have been affected with potential exposure of 1.1M US Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable data.

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Interxion, a European operator of carrier-neutral data centres, announced today that the first 1,200 m2 of its new 7,000 m2 Amsterdam data centre—its fifth Amsterdam-area centre—is now operational. 70% of the first phase has been pre-sold to online retail, finance, and ICT customers. Growing customer demand has accelerated the construction of an additional 1,100 m2 […]

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Next Generation Data, data centre specialists and designers and creators of NGD 1, one of Europe’s largest and most technically advanced data centres, has today announced the appointment of Dr Simon Orebi Gann as a Non-Executive Director.  Dr Orebi Gann will work closely with Next Generation Data’s management team to aid growth and ensure technological […]

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The New York Times reports that a number of retailers and manufacturers have a gift for Christmas shoppers: product packaging that will not result hospitalization due to lacerations and stab wounds. The companies, including Amazon, SONY Corporation, and Microsoft Corp, have begun to create alternatives to the infuriating plastic “clamshell” packages and cruelly complex twist ties that make products like […]

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Joining a rapidly growing list of technology companies reeling from the financial turmoil, Sun Microsystems has started a restructuring in which up to 6,000 employees could lose their jobs. Before the stock market opened Friday, Sun disclosed that it would lay off between 5,000 and 6,000 employees, or up to 18 percent of its work force. The […]

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Pillar Data Systems, a San Jose storage company backed by billionaire Larry Ellison, terminated 150 employees today, about 30% of it’s global workforce. Pillar is making these personnel cutbacks “to weather the storm,” company spokesman Chris Drago said. Ellison did not “mandate” the layoffs but supported the decision, Drago said: “Larry’s fully committed to Pillar […]

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