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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)

Citrix & Dell Partner on Server Virtualization

Citrix announced the availability of Citrix XenServer software factory integrated on Dell PowerEdge servers. Citrix and Dell have partnered to make integrated server virtualization technology a reality for customers of all sizes. The initial products now available to Dell customers worldwide include the Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition and Citrix XenServer Dell Enterprise Edition as part of factory-integrated solutions designed to make it even easier for customers to begin implementing their virtualization strategies. The Citrix XenServer Dell products are virtualization solutions that feature integrated Dell management agent technology. As a result, customers can use the same familiar Dell OpenManage System Management software on their existing Dell servers to help increase server and storage utilization. By coupling Citrix XenServer with Dell’s PowerEdge serv... (more)

Dell Claims To Make Hay with Sun’s Fate Unclear

Michael Dell claimed Tuesday that simply the talk of a Sun-IBM tie-up is an "enormous opportunity" for Dell servers since it creates an air of uncertainty around the future of Sun's Solaris-based boxes and accelerates the move to x86 Linux machines. According to reports Dell's CEO said in Tokyo that "Just the rumor of IBM potentially purchasing Sun creates an enormous opportunity because all of the Sun accounts are very concerned about what will happen to the Solaris platform and Sparc microprocessor." Dell of course is in a pickle because both IBM and HP are ahead of Dell in servers with Cisco now bringing up the rear. He also overstates the case on migration since x86 platforms, as powerful as they've become, can't always replace a high-end Sun machine and Dell's focus has been on low- and mid-range x86 servers where it's second to HP. Of course it's equally true tha... (more)

3PAR Sued for Patent Infringement

Within hours of 3PAR maybe finding out who its daddy's gonna be, it got sued by a little Austin, Texas outfit with a litigation trail behind it by the name of Crossroads Systems. The publicly traded Texas company accused 3PAR along with six other storage houses of infringing on its router and data storage patents in the Western District of Texas court in Austin Wednesday, according to the Austin Business Journal. Whether Crossroads wins or not - and it has succeeded in wresting settlements before - it's just jacked up 3PAR's price for either HP or Dell by whatever the legal bills run. Dell was supposed to decide Wednesday whether it was going to match or better HP's pie-in-the-sky $30-a-share bid for 3PAR last Friday worth $2 billion altogether. The stock market assumed it would in running up 3PAR's stock to 32 bucks a share. Ironically, Crossroads, which claims t... (more)

Five Virtualization Best Practices

As our reliance on effective data centers continues to grow, we run into more and more issues that must be addressed to ensure security and availability. We've been turning to virtualization solutions for some time now, and many organizations have come to believe that it is the cure-all that will save them money and reduce the level of complexity. However, virtualization isn't a plug-n-play kind of thing. You can't just set it and forget it, because if it isn't done exactly right, you will only shift the costs and complexities rather than eliminate them. In order to get the most value out of the data center, it is important to understand the challenges and implement the associated best practices. As the number of business applications and volume of data continues to increase, data centers need solutions like virtualization to remain profitable - but simply installi... (more)

Steering Safely into the Open Enterprise

I recently wrote an article for Wired, which discussed the importance of thinking about security at every stage of your application lifecycle.  This is especially important as we enter the new era of open enterprise IT. The explosive growth of mobile computing has shifted the enterprise perimeter and traditional access control mechanisms are no longer sufficient. This is even more relevant when thinking about the Internet of Things (IoT) and its rapidly evolving ecosystem. George Reese of Dell recently published an article that discusses the Tesla Model S REST API.  This API enables some remote control features on the car and is primarily used by Tesla’s available smartphone apps. Great stuff, showing how mobile meets IOT meets API. The problem is that the focus of the article is all on its potential security vulnerabilities. Where the Tesla developers should be la... (more)

Unleashed Technologies Included in Inc. Magazine's Annual Inc. 500|5000 List for Second Year

COLUMBIA, Md., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Inc. magazine today ranked Unleashed Technologies NO. 2327 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino's Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000. (Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138373) "Being recognized for our explosive growth for two years running is a tremendous achievement for our team," commented Unleashed Technologies CEO, Michael Spinosa. "Our dedication to building superior web and hosting solutions, and a relentless pursuit of client satisfaction has been a major contrib... (more)

Katrina: "Americans Are Known for Their Strength, Fortitude, and Generosity" Says Michael Dell

"We encourage people in the U.S. and everywhere to give with their hearts, reach out to these victims, and donate what they can to the relief efforts," said Michael and Susan Dell, co-founders of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, as they yesterday announced a $5M million pledge to the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina. The pledge, which will be paid out through the couple's family foundation, MSDF, serves to support the victims of the devastation and encourage others to give to the relief efforts. In all, 90,000 square miles have been declared a federal disaster area in the Gulf States, which were hit by Hurricane Katrina earlier this week. The hurricane that ravaged the land has also devastated families who have lost their homes, schools, and places of work and worship. "Our support goes out to the families affected by Hurricane Katrina," said Susan Dell, co-... (more)

Open Source Firewalls - Untangle and pfSense comparison

So this week I had the opportunity of setting up a little lab to test both of these firewalls. Before this week I had no idea these firewalls even existed, and the only open source routing/firewall software I even knew of at the time was Vyatta; which is really only for routing purposes. Starting off, you really need to pay attention to the system requirements, especially Untangles. I attempted to install both of these using Ubuntu with VirtualBox and was in for a nasty surprise. Originally skimming the requirements brought me to this issue, to where I used an old Dell Dimension 3000 box to use this on. Which as you may know, is very obsolete and moth-eaten. Lets just say the 1 GB of RAM and 40 GB hard drive didn't satisfy my general virtual needs; especially Untangles thirst for resources. So I decided to use ESX 3.5 on a beastly server that happened to be laying ar... (more)

Dell Offers Ubuntu-Powered Cloud Servers

Canonical has released Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC), which will run on Dell PowerEdge C2100 and C6100 servers in an integrated solution enabling Dell's U.S.-based customers to easily deploy Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This standard edition will allow software developers and IT organizations to run cloud proof-of-concept programs by providing an optimized, pre-configured testing and development environment. Workloads can easily be shared with external providers for capacity growth due to Ubuntu's open-source implementation of the de facto cloud-computing standard provided by Amazon Web Services. The availability marks the completion of a cooperative engineering effort to give businesses an easy way to build and deploy world-class private cloud infrastructures that work with the most popular public cloud providers. PowerEdge C Servers and Ubuntu software wil... (more)

Dell Joins the IaaS Craze

Dell has made its first serious cloud move and gone into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) business using VMware's multi-tenant virtualized vCloud Datacenter Services environment hosted in a Dell data center. It'll provide vCPUs, memory, storage networks, IP addresses, firewalls and catalog capabilities. The widgetry, called simply Dell Cloud, is still in closed beta with a half-dozen customers ahead of expected rollout in the fourth quarter in the US and next year in EMEA and Asia Pacific-Japan. There should be a public beta in September. It's just a first IaaS move. Dell means to add Azure and OpenStack next year. (Remember earlier this year when Dell said it would put a billion dollars into new data centers?) Tying up with VMware makes sense for Dell because it reportedly has one of the largest installed bases of VMware and, besides having its own public ... (more)