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What gives StoneFly IP SANs an exceptional touch!

StoneFly IP SANs which are based on a patented and award wining StoneFusion Operating System offer all benefits expected from a Storage Area Network. This includes increased storage utilization through resource consolidation, storage provisioning, centralized access control, volume management and advanced storage services which include clustering, mirroring and snapshotting for IP Networks.

StoneFly, Inc. which is a pioneer of iSCSI has centered itself on building a foundation for IP SANs utilizing virtualization for efficiency, simplicity, availability and flexibility. This California based company which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory, utilizes iSCSI technology which leverages existing networks to consolidate storage and servers, while increasing capacity, expandability and performance.

Thus, with the help of a StoneFly IP SAN users can centralize all their multiple server needs through data storage in order to obtain utmost efficiency. This will surely decrease overhead and management expenses to an increased extent and will improve storage utilization to the helm.

Through the technology of virtualizations, users can install n number of virtual servers on these appliances and this helps in reducing under-utilization of servers and cuts down power and footprint needs to a great extent.

For those who are more concerned about disaster recovery and business continuity aspects in their enterprise data storage environments, StoneFly IP SANs are a perfect solution to consider. It offers the ability to streamline migration; restoration and backup through SAN based replication technique. StoneFusion Operating System which drives the IP SANs in an intellectual way offers Asynchronous replication which allows copying data from one location to another in an easy and achievable way.

StoneFly IP SANs with the help of D2D backup feature integrate high availability characteristics and support expansion of storage which allows adding of nodes for supporting primary, secondary and tertiary storage concerns.

In environments requiring hundreds of servers, the costs associated with managing individual servers is very high. Thus, with the help of Blade Servers, enterprises can maximize their data center resources and lessen infrastructure management costs by simplifying cabling, reducing power consumption and can cut down the duties of an IT administrator to a large extent. So, by deploying IP SAN Storage solutions which can be used by blade servers, server and storage resource consolidation can be obtained. With the ability to boot from a SAN, diskless blade servers can be deployed to maintain high availability and reduce operational costs and complexities.

Adding more, StoneFly IP SANs can streamline storage management for email archiving in such a way that it simplifies data access and full recovery in a smart and intelligent way.

For those who are interested in going for a software defined storage, which is a current trend in storage world, StoneFly IP SANs are driven by the company’s own and patented StoneFusion Operating System. This surely drives the appliance in an intelligent way and ensures that the hardware gets well utilized.

For more details, click on StoneFly IP SAN or call 510.265.1616

SSDs now have the ability to destroy themselves after receiving text message

Solid-State Drives are now being tucked with the ability to destroy themselves via a simple text message. Now isn’t it that interesting? All these days we had SSDs which simply encrypted all the data written onto them in order to secure it to next level. But now, companies are coming up with a technique where the data can be destroyed just with a text message just in case, the SSD falls into the wrong hands.

SecureDrive is now the only company which is offering two SSDs optimized for secure data storage. The latest release of their flash chips can be remotely damaged by just sending a text message to the mobile number of the drives.

The SSDs presented by SecureDrives have the ability to encrypt data using 256-AES encryption and require a two factor authentication to gain access to information stored on the disk. Authentication is performed with a token that comes with the drive which makes the security of their SSDs independent of potentially insecure operating systems. These drives can be easily unlocked with a self set pin code of up to 22 characters. When the pin code is inserted wrong for more than 6 times the drive gets automatically locked and becomes useless.

But the security provided for the data doesn’t end over here. In case the drive or the device holding this media gets stolen or becomes non-traceable, then the person who is in-charge of this drive can physically destroy the SSD remotely.

The SSDs connect to a GSM network and contain a mechanism that is able to physically damage the NAND flash memory chips, resulting in an unusable drive. The destruction mechanism is activated by just sending a text message with a specific code to the drive. Moreover, SecureDrive has also enriched its new set of drives with an ability to destroy them when they get disconnected from the GSM network for a set time.

Additionally, these drives can destruct themselves when the SATA connection gets disconnected in a suspicious way or in case the SSD gets opened in an unauthorized way.

Now, for those who are eager to know the model number of these drives, here are some details.

  • Autothysis128s is one of those models which will be available for a cost of £967.00 along with a 1 year limited guarantee.
  • Autothysis128t is the other models which will be available for a price of £1030.00 along with a 1 year limited guarantee.

SecureDrive claims that both these drives will be commercially available in UK from the second week of this month.

Google ORKUT is no more!

Google has shut down its 10-year old social networking website ORKUT on September 30th, 2014. That means, from the very first hour of October 1st, 2014 Orkut users will not be able to access their account via their username and password. However, users can save their profiles, scraps, testimonials and community posts via Google Takeout service till September 2016 i.e. an additional 2-year period extension.

In June this year, Google announced that it will shut down Orkut on September 30th, 2014, which will mark its 10-year old run as a social networking website. It has to be notified here that Google’s ORKUT was the first of its kind social networking platform which hit on a large scale. It was a major hit in countries like India and Brazil in its initial 5-year old launch.

But when Facebook and Twitter started to show their presence felt with many new features, Orkut was left way behind in popularity segment. It’s esteem started to diminish and after citing this sinking phenomenon, Google eventually launched new social networking initiatives like Buzz and Plus in order to grab the social media market from companies like Facebook and Twitter. But this initiative also failed to attract the social media users. In the year 2012, Google launched its Google+ which is in lines of its Buzz and Plus in clubbed format sense.

But that too hasn’t reached the expectations of Google which is definitely a different story.

Now, coming back to retirement of Orkut, the engineering director of the said platform Orkut Paulo Golger apologized for scraping the services. He added that it’s been great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service. Paulo hoped that Orkut users who are still active on the platform will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.

Hope, they do Mr. Golger!

Why Microsoft offered Windows 10 preview instead of Windows 9 ?

Microsoft shocked the entire world by releasing the preview of Windows 10 on September 30, 2014 instead of Windows 9. If sources are to be believed, the Redmond giant did not miss the consecutive number by chance, but voluntarily choose to name its new OS as Win 10, instead of Windows 9.

The logical name for the OS would be Windows 9, but Microsoft jumped to Windows 10 in order to reflect what it sees as a big break from the past.

From the past few months, many news sources reported that Microsoft is coming up with its next operating system preview in September last week. Since, it is a successor to Windows 8, the name of the operating system will obviously be Windows 9.

But on Tuesday, the entire world was shocked when Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Operating Systems Group declared Windows 10 at the launch event in San Francisco, where he showed some early code. He added that the new OS is not an incremental product and so has been named as Win 10- code name ‘Threshold’.

Tuesday event was aimed at enterprise users, who have been most critical of the jarring UI changes that came with Windows 8. A big theme was that the new OS will be accessible to users who are familiar with older operating systems, but still include aspects of the modern interface in Win 8.

In reality, Windows 10 preview gave many a feeling that they are going to get an OS which will have the best features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. For instance, the desktop OS has a start button at bottom left which opens a split menu, where the left is a windows 7 style menu including the familiar apps and tools and to the right are live tiles that allow users to open more modern metro style apps. Users can drag and drop those live tiles to customize that portion of the start menu.

Terry also promised that the new OS when released next year on a commercial note will have more features included. He added that the Win 10 will be an operating system available for all computing devices like tablets, PCs, smart phones…..

Early next year, Microsoft will say more about what consumers can look forward from the next operating system. The software giant plans to release the operating system on a commercial note by mid 2015.

According to the reports received late yesterday, Microsoft decided to name its new OS as Windows 10 for two reasons. Windows 10 is an OS released to please Windows 7 as well as windows 8 users. In fact, it will not have any major incremental updates on its platform except for a new Internet Explorer. The second reason is that the company wanted to overshadow the demerits of its Windows 8/8.1 as soon as possible and so in a hurry to add a successor released the latest, which is nothing but a bombastic approach.

Some technology freaks even added that Microsoft named its news OS as Windows 10 instead of Windows 8.2 or 8.3. If they would have done as said latter, no Microsoft patron would have shown interest in the new operating system. For this reason, they went with a holistic approach of tagging the new release with a new name.

So, for those who are curious to know that when will Microsoft release its Windows 9? Well, Terry was the man who could have given a perfect answer to this question. But he evaded it by saying that the best is yet to come and to get the best one has to wait patiently.

Google offers 5TB free Cloud Storage for Students!

Google has come up with another innovative thought in order to please students. It is going to offer unlimited cloud storage for students whose school uses Google Apps for Education. The internet juggernaut has officially announced that it is going to offer unlimited Cloud Storage to all those students who utilize its IP Storage platform, provided the data storage limit is within 5TB.

The actual aim of Google with this offering is to replace paper-laden book bags with the cloud.

Google has not yet revealed the exact date of launch of its “Drive for Education”. But said that it will be available by the end of this year and will be free of charge for all non-profit educational institutions. The company is initially planning for a slow rollout and will take few weeks before it reaches all users.

Adding more to its services, Google is also planning to bring free access to Google Apps Vault, where businesses could store archived emails and chats.

Coming backup to Google Apps for Education users, till date, the world renowned web services provider only offered 30GB free space to student accounts. But from this year end, the storage capacity will be increased to 5TB and this will stay intact till the student completes their high school education.

More details are awaited!


Facebook to restart work on Jet sized Drones in 2015

Facebook has openly confessed at a summit in New York that it is going to restart its work on jet sized drones from 2015. All these days the work on these drones was put on hold due to privacy concerns. But now, Facebook plans to start testing its internet-carrying solar powered drones in 2015 with an aim of getting two-thirds of the global population online. Ultimately, Facebook is in plans to expand its business in lines of Google.

Mark Zuckerberg is in plans to offer online services to the whole world in future. In order to turn this into a reality, first of all every part of the world should have internet access. So, facebook wants to bring every part of the world online, by first offering internet services to every corner of earth which also includes remote regions. If the populace gets connected to internet, then they will automatically seek web services. This is where Facebook wants to grow its service offerings in order to lock the customers to its platform.

For this reason, Facebook is in plans to re-start the testing of solar powered jet sized drones which will offer internet services by flying at 65,000 feet. If these drones succeed in connecting every part of the world, then Facebook will then take just 3-4 years to expand its business objective to other streams.

According to a report published by Daily Mail, Facebook’s engineering director has announced at the New York Summit that the vehicles will be closer in size to jumbo jets and will hover above 19,800 metres. These solar powered drones will then serve as internet access points to millions who live in remote areas and struggle to find a reliable internet accessing source.

These internet beaming planes/drones will be roughly in size of a Boeing 747 and will weigh around 600,000lbs or 272,155 kgs. Initially, these drones will only fly on those areas where internet connectivity is a problem. That means, they will fly in those areas where they are no structural cables or infrastructure to carry internet or telephone signals.

Facebook connectivity lab in collaboration with project is funding this whole research and at the start of this year, companies like Qualcomm, Samsung, Microsoft’s Nokia, Cisco have joined it.

In this year, Facebook Connectivity Lab will specifically work on policies, advising technology and developing teams and will work on regulations that are in place. After lining these out, they will restart the building and testing of drones.

Early this year, Facebook revealed that its solar powered drones used for offering internet access will be operated by servers working in USA. However, the company hasn’t revealed whether it is going to allot dedicated data centers for this project, or will use its current data center infrastructure spread worldwide. The service will be offered as per the guidelines and policies outlined by US NSA.

If all goes accordingly, then Facebook’s drone based internet connectivity will surely bring a revolution to the world of Communication and Information Technology. The other fact to be notified over here is that Google has taken up a similar project and is in plans to unveil it by early 2016.

IDC estimates that they are 715 million copies of Windows installed in businesses worldwide

Microsoft is getting ready to release the preview of its latest version of operating system named ‘Threshold” i.e. Windows 10 ( Yeah not Windows 9) in a few hours from now. After the stupendous success of Windows 7 and wholesome debacle of Windows 8/8.1 OS versions, Microsoft patrons are having a lot of expectations from the upcoming version.

International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that at the end of 2013, there were almost 715 million copies of Windows installed in businesses worldwide, and more than half i.e. 361.2 million from them were Windows 7.

Another research firm Forrester also estimates that they are about 224 million copies of Windows XP still running on various PCs all over the world. And this number is said to lessen only after the release of Windows 9. It has to be notified that despite the ban of Win XP in April 2014, the number of those using the said OS is dwindling at a very slow pace.

Further going by IDC estimate, almost 40 million users are still using Windows Vista and little over 16 million are using Windows 8.

It is estimated by the research firm that Windows 8 fared better in the consumer market with 117.2 million copies at the end of 2013, although it still trailed Windows 7 which had 322 million, according to IDC.

Most of the technologists, IT Managers and CIOs opinion that Windows 10 has a chance to beat and overtake all these numbers, if in case, it wins the hearts of its patrons with an intuitive user interface. They share their viewpoint that unless something incredible is offered to OS users, chances of Windows 10 hitting the sales peak by the end of next year are very less.

A preview of Windows 10 will be released by Microsoft in a few hours from now and the commercial version is said to hit the OS market in mid 2015.

So, what exactly happened to Windows 9…? Did the new CEO miss the number or is something sweet is yet to come?


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