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EMC, a major player in IT storage hardware solutions for data backup and recovery chores headquartered in Masschusetts, has reportedly agreed to acquire Cloudscaling Group, a San Francisco-based startup that provides on-premise elastic cloud infrastructure solutions, for less than $50 million. That figure comes from Bloomberg and the "people with knowledge of the situation" that it spoke with. The sources asked not to be identified because the transaction hasn't been completed or made public knowledge yet, though it's also being reported that the deal has been confirmed by EMC spokesperson Dave Farmer. Image Source: Flickr (Bob Mical) "To further extend our breadth of cloud platform support,... Read more...
Microsoft isn't exactly short on cash to throw around, and it is reportedly throwing a bit of it in order to acquire a text analysis startup out of Israel. While the plans have yet to be made official, people familiar with inner talks have made clear that Equivio will soon be a part of Microsoft. The move does make sense on paper; Equivio is grounded in analyzing complex data, and Microsoft certainly needs to be an expert in that field as it aims to stake its claim in the cloud and enterprise segments. There's still an off chance that other bidders may swoop in and snag Equivio from Microsoft's grasps, but it would take a seriously large offer to sway the accounts in Redmond. While largely unknown... Read more...
You could argue that the modern backpack is cloud storage, and if that's the case, you'd be hard pressed to find an offline bag that can compete with Google's "Drive for Education" initiative. Not that you'd want to -- the weight of such a thing would be overbearing, because what Google is offering is unlimited Drive storage. "For many of the 30 million students and educators using Google Apps for Education, Drive has even replaced their bookbags. Why lug around piles of paper or overstuffed binders when every type of document or file can be retrieved from the nearest Chromebook, tablet, smartphone or browser?," Google states in a blog post. "Earlier this year, we introduced Drive for Work—a... Read more...
Last month, we covered a new research project from Microsoft, dubbed Project DeLorean, that seeks to dramatically improve the subjective experience of cloud gaming by cutting perceived latency between the player and the server. Today, in a potentially related announcement, comes news that Microsoft is also working on a system that would allow games to stream at 60 fps directly in-browser. The two projects, which are almost certainly related, would supposedly allow for in-browser play of both Xbox 360 and Xbox One games at up to 60 FPS with the "full" Xbox 360 experience -- meaning that the Xbox 360 dashboard would also run in-browser. According to the Neowin report, the project has Xbox branding... Read more...
There's a bit of an arms race going on in the cloud, with services like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox continually adding new features and options. Last week it was Dropbox that made a major move by consolidating its three paid subscription option into a single plan with more storage, and this week it's Microsoft that's bring about changes to its OneDrive service. One of those changes is happening on the down-low. You may have noticed that you can now upload files larger than 2GB to your OneDrive account. That's because Microsoft has started dropping file size limits this weekend as it looks to do away with an old restriction that really isn't necessary in today's landscape. While there... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Dropbox making some major improvements to its Pro and Business accounts - both with regards to storage and pricing - Amazon has decided to expedite the public debut of its Zocalo cloud storage service. This enterprise-targeted offering was first unveiled last month, and is designed as a scale-up service where storage cost isn't based on the individual users, but rather the aggregate of the entire account. Amazon prices its Zocalo service at $5 per user, with each having access to 200GB worth of cloud storage. Given that pricing, it'd be sensible to believe that 1TB beyond that would be priced at about $25, but that's not the case; instead, it's priced at $30 for the first... Read more...
When Google began offering its Drive customers a huge 1TB worth of cloud storage for just $10 per month back in March, it seemed inevitable that its competitors would soon follow-suit. In June, Microsoft was the first to do so, offering 1TB as a perk to its Office 365 subscribers. Today, Dropbox has finally joined in as well, which is major mostly because this is a company that infamously holds off on adjusting its plans even when competition heats up. Today, the company has effectively merged all of its Pro accounts into one, offering everyone huge 1TB storage for just $10/mo. Those needing business-class features can gain the same storage plus other admin features for $15/mo. Considering the... Read more...
Over the course of the past month, Apple and China have shared headlines for two different reasons. First, we learned that the country's media deemed the iPhone to be a threat to national security, and mere weeks later, rumors surfaced that the country would begin banning Apple's products. Really, this is all very silly, but so far, Apple seems to be largely undeterred. It is an interesting coincidence, though, that Apple's just begun storing iCloud data for Chinese users inside of China itself. While Apple would prefer to keep all user data in countries where the lack of freedom of speech and privacy are not major issues, this could be a step in smoothing out what the country thinks of the company.... Read more...
Microsoft recently rolled-out an upgrade to free OneDrive accounts, but is only now sending out emails to its users to notify them of it. Previously, the company gave any new sign-up 7GB of storage for free; that's now been bumped to 15GB, to match Google with its Drive service. Both are a vast improvement over Dropbox, which offers a mere 2GB of free storage to its users, requiring referrals to increase it to a maximum of 18GB. Because of Google's move to offer 15GB for free, I think this action was pretty-much required by Microsoft if it wanted to properly lure new users in. However, even 15GB is rather paltry compared to the 25GB free that the service originally gave. Maybe we'll get there... Read more...
A company called littleBits has taken the hobby DIY kit to a whole new level with its Internet of Things-friendly cloudBit and Cloud Starter Bundle that allow you to add connected intelligence to any number of otherwise “dumb” items. The $59 cloudBit is designed to work without any need for wires or soldering, and it’s technically its own tiny computer board running Linux and packed with a FreeScale i.MX23 ARM926EJ-S processor, 64MB of RAM, a 4GB SD card, and an 802.11b/g USB adapter. There are also ADC and DAC I/O pins, as well as GPIO. littleBits mentioned a number of applications the cloudBit can be used for, including a DIY Nest alarm, a doorbell alert system that sends... Read more...
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has his work cut out for him. Although Microsoft is still one of the most important tech companies in the world, the company’s dominance is slipping as technology evolves rapidly. The company’s old product paradigms simply don’t work anymore, and Microsoft has appeared out of touch and confused at times when it comes to key areas such as mobile and the not-quite-right and relatively unpopular Windows 8 operating system. Nadella sent a lengthy (really, really lengthy) memo to all Microsoft employees espousing his values for the company moving forward, and he has a grand vision. For starters, he’s throwing out any affection for tradition and... Read more...
In a lot of ways, the public is resigned to the fact that almost nothing is truly "private." We're given identification numbers from birth, nearly everything about us is volunteered online, and even our mobile devices have GPS modules in them. In a lot of ways, those things are worth the hassle, and worth giving up some level of privacy. But secret, unlawful data collection could turn into a larger deal in the future, at least according to Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith. Per Smith, we could be looking at a "bleak" future if the privacy of citizens isn't elevated in importance. To quote: "I want law enforcement to do its job in an effective way pursuant to the rule of law. If we can’t... Read more...
The cloud storage market is hotly competitive, and amid the dustup between various providers, consumers are winning. The latest win for us is that Microsoft announced that it’s slashing the cost for its OneDrive cloud storage service by a whopping 70% and offering better freebies, too. Every OneDrive user gets 15GB of cloud storage for free--up from 7GB--and the cost for Microsoft’s paid plans are suddenly quite low. You can get 100GB of storage for $1.99 or 200GB for $3.99. For comparison, the old prices were $7.49 and $11.49 per month, respectively. Finally, Office 365 subscriptions are getting backed by substantial storage options. Office 365 Home costs $9.99 per month, which gets... Read more...
The Internet is as wide and wonderful as it is dark and dangerous. So many individuals and groups use it as a powerful platform for advocacy, raising awareness, disseminating “dangerous” (to tyrants) ideas, and more, but all too often those entities face threats from actors looking to censor them, knocking them offline using DDoS attacks. Cloud provider CloudFlare has unveiled something called Project Galileo that seeks to protect against those threats. “CloudFlare is partnering with NGOs and civil society groups to identify outlets for free-expression online,” reads the website. “Once identified, CloudFlare will extend our Enterprise-class DDoS protection to ensure... Read more...
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