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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"טבלה רגילה"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} I will start my post by quoting Garner Group's Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects 2Q07 first Caution on Sun Microsystems: "Sun's sales force was ill-prepared for the SeeBeyond acquisition, which significantly hurt SeeBeyond's momentum. The sales force has been trained, but Sun must rebuild momentum in a market where ... (more)

Apple’s iMovie: Poor User Experience

Yesterday I had to record a 2-hour long webinar. The resulting .mov file was about 1Gb in size. Then I needed to cut out a 40-minute fragment from this movie and save it as a separate file. Doesn’t look like an overly complicated task, does it? Started iMac on my MacBook Pro, which is not a super powerful but decent machine: a quad-code Intel i7 CPU, 8Gb RAM, 100GB of free space on my HD, Snow Leopard MAC OS. Take 1. Started iMovie, then menu File, New Project, Import. The process immediately grabbed all my system resources and After spending 30 minutes iMove’s little panel with a progress bar displayed a message stating that now it’s importing the next long movie I worked with in the past (a.k.a. event). This gave me goose bumps. Where is the close or cancel button? That little panel with the progress bar had none. The iMovie’s menu became unresponsive, but even i... (more)

Big Data: New Ways to Hadoop with R

Today, there are two main ways to use Hadoop with R and big data: 1. Use the open-source rmr package to write map-reduce tasks in R (running within the Hadoop cluster - great for data distillation!) 2. Import data from Hadoop to a server running Revolution R Enterprise, via Hbase, ODBC (for high-performance Hadoop/SQL interfaces), or streaming data direct from HDFS to ScaleR's big-data predictive algorithms. And now, there are even more Hadoop platforms supported for use with Revolution R Enterprise. You can use: Cloudera CDH3 or CDH4 IBM BigInsights 2 New! Hortonworks Data Platform 1.2 New! Intel's Distribution for Hadoop (announced today) And by the end of the year, there will be a third way to use Hadoop with R: 3. Leave the data in Hadoop, and use ScaleR's "in-Hadoop predictive analytics" We announced today that we are jointly developing in-Hadoop predictive analy... (more)

Intel and Adobe Putting Flash on TV

Adobe and Intel plan to collaborate on porting Adobe’s Flash widgetry to Intel’s Media Processor CE 3100, a way to put Flash-enhanced web content and rich Flash applications on television. The chip is bound for cable set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc players, digital TVs and retail-connected AV devices. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Intel part is the first of a new family of purpose-built System on Chips (SoCs) for CE devices. The collaboration embraces both the Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Flash Lite. Intel said it plans to ship the first CE3100 that supports Flash Lite before mid-2009. The companies said they want rich video and Internet content "across the full breadth of consumer devices." Intel and Adobe are founding members of the Open Screen Project, designed to enable a consistent runtime environment across screens and dedicated to ena... (more)

Private Cloud Management

Platform Computing has announced a new software product for managing private cloud environments. Platform ISF is an end-to-end cloud management product for enterprises to build and run their private clouds. It is the centerpiece of Platform's cloud strategy and will be made available for beta in June with general availability planned for the Fall. As the longtime leader in grid and HPC management software, Platform Computing is expanding its product offerings to support the needs of mainstream business applications, leveraging its strong technology and experience in deploying large-scale shared compute environments. Platform ISF is computing infrastructure sharing software for private cloud management. Private clouds generally refer to resources pooled together in a shared IT infrastructure to run applications for business users. Platform ISF creates private clouds... (more)

More on Cisco UCS, HP Matrix and ITaaS

I just finished reading Project California: a Data Center Virtualization Server - UCS (Unified Computing System) from Cisco. It gave an excellent take on Cisco’s view of how UCS benefits a datacenter. It also explains how new technologies from Intel, QLogic and Emulex all complement the Cisco gear. As a matter of fact, the first [...] ... (more)

Does IBM Power7 Processor Announcement Signal Storage Upgrades?

Latest IBM News, Views & Articles on Ulitzer IBM recently announced the Power7 as the latest generation of processors that the company uses in some of its mid range and high end compute servers including the iSeries and pSeries. What is the Power7 processor? The Power7 is the latest generation of IBM processors (chips) that are used as the CPUs in IBM mid range and high end open systems (pSeries) for Unix (AIX) and Linux as well as for the iSeries (aka AS400 successor). Building on previous Power series processors, the Power7 increases the performance per core (CPU) along with the number of cores per socket (chip) footprint. For example, each Power7 chip that plugs into a socket on a processor card in a server can have up to 8 cores or CPUs. Note that sometimes cores are also known as micro CPUs as well as virtual CPUs not to be confused with their presented via Hype... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

Intel Moves to 10 Cores

Intel has trotted out its latest 32nm Westmere-EX or E7 Xeons, which support up to 10 cores connected by a ring bus and are supposed to deliver up to 40% better performance than the eight-core Nehalem-EX chips they replace. Amusingly the things are considered so powerful they're pitted against competitive RISC chips like IBM's Power chip and Oracle's Sparc chip and by default Intel's own Itanium, which Intel just had to defend when Oracle said it was going to stop supporting the largely HP-used part because Intel is going to discontinue it, an allegation roundly denied. Intel said of the new Xeons, "The days of IT organizations being forced to deploy expensive, closed RISC architecture for mission-critical applications are nearing an end." "There is no workload in the world Xeon can't handle." The only reason to pick Itanium, it said, is to run proprietary Unix soft... (more)

Intel distributes open source LibreOffice

The Document Foundation (TDF) has issued an official statement confirming that LibreOffice for Windows from SUSE is now available on the Intel AppUpSM Center. Formed to "fork" the OpenOffice productivity applications suite away from its originators now that the project sits under Oracle, LibreOffice is a free to download open source "Office" suite of apps largely compatible with Micrsoft technologies. A new online repository containing the LibreOffice download has been set up with specific compatibility for Intel processor-drive devices, particularly the company's Ultrabook high-end sub notebooks. Backed by Google, Red Hat, Novell, Canonical and others, version 3.5 of LibreOffice was made available last week -- Windows, Apple OS X and Linux versions are available here at this version option page. Available in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian as of now, T... (more)

RHEV 3.0 Sets Stage for VMware Challenge

Originally posted on eweek: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Virtualization/RHEV-30-Sets-Stage-for-VMware-Challenge-885501/ by: Cameron Sturdevant Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers significantly updates management capabilities and supports giant virtual machines. The release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 signals that 2012 will be the year that IT managers at organizations of all sizes have real choices to make when it comes to virtualizing workloads in the data center. RHEV 3.0 and the Microsoft Windows Server 8 release candidate both offer a challenge to the currently unrivaled data center virtualization lead position held by VMware vSphere 5. Until now, IT virtualization managers could use VMware vSphere without much question to run workloads of all types. RHEV 3.0 successfully challenged this operating assumption in tests at eWEEK Labs. The revamped ... (more)