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EMC Proven Professional Community Roundup – Week ending July 9, 2010

by on Jul.09, 2010, under Storage

EMC Proven Professional Community Roundup – Week ending July 9, 2010

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This post is cross-posted from the EMC Proven Professional Community on the EMC Community Network.

Here are some of the highlights from the past week in the Proven  Professional Community:

Knowledge Sharing Articles

The July articles were released last week. In case you missed it, topics ranged from DLP (data loss prevention) to email archiving and retention to deduplication to DR (disaster recovery). Check out this year’s publication schedule for more info.

There were also some good comments on one of this year’s winning articles: SAN Performance – Getting the Most ‘Bang’ for your Buck. If you have read the article, what do you think about John’s methodology for documenting, analyazing, remediating, and reviewing all elements of your SAN? (I thought it was a really good article – could have used something like this 5 years ago when I was working as a sys admin).

New Proven Professional Certifications announced

Blogs of interest to Proven Professionals

As usual, Proven Professionals are blogging about the cutting edge topics in the information and storage management industry:

Did I miss a good post? Let me know in the comments.


Please remember to mark your questions answered once they’ve been answered, and assign points to the people who helped you out. You never know when we’ll decide to do something with those points!

Why did you get Proven? Last call to participate in the poll.

What were you up to this week?

We’ve completed the first week of Q3. Who has been goaled to get a new Proven Professional certification this quarter? We’re here if you have questions on how to get started, ask away in the Proven Advisor: Ask Us section of the community.

That’s all I have for this week. Keep safe, and we’ll do it again next week!

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The Architecture of CE Innovation Keynote Eric Kim

by on Sep.24, 2009, under Storage

The Architecture of CE Innovation Keynote Eric Kim

The future of televisionKIts not that far away.

The Eric Kim keynote kicked off with a demonstration of a variety of engaging, future-forward applications, for television in particular. Of course, the Star Trek analogies emerged. The special surprise was a guest appearance by LeVar Burton, who pumped up the crowd, calling for innovation and creativity, and reminding us that flip phones started life as fictional tricorders.

What all that led up to was that we need innovationsXspecifically in user experienceXand business models to move this technology into living rooms.

Breakthrough technology, a good user experience (content service, purpose), and a solid business model. All three must converge. Radio, telephone, televisionXinnovative technologies that took years (and sometimes full generations) to realize successful business models.

Fortunately, there are plenty of innovations in user experience right now. Here are some of my takeaways from recent sessions.

CE3100 launched last year Q3, enabling unique capabilities for rich interactive TV. Suri Medapati came out to do a demonstration, and talked about emerging codecs. I hadnt heard of White Wine before, but it enables high-def video experiences. It allows implementation of new technologies as customers demand them.

Then theres CE4100Xthe 45nm generation single chip-SOC. Blu-ray, digital TV, and other devices. Backward compatible with CE3100.

Ciscos Malachy Moynihan stepped in to talk about how they are focused on delivering premium video, and how they have made company acquisitions (most recently Pure Digital, the makers of Flip cameras) to drive that. They are preparing for the expected upcoming transitionXthat 60% of video will be consumed by consumers, and that 60% of that consumption will be via IP technologies.

Screen choice by consumers is becoming hard to predict. They may watch video on their TVs, on their computer monitors, or on their mobile devices.

The Beijing Olympics were the first IP Olympics. Video shot in Beijing was sent to New York, where it was edited and then published online. So it didnt matter what major networks were showing which sport, if any. Users could get their sport of choice any time.

Cisco calls this type of network for rich media a medianet. Soon service providers will become experience providers.

Dont make my TV work like a PC. Its what Intel has been told by consumers over and over. But we do need to create rich experiences. How can we give them the richness of the Internet, while keeping it simple?

Widget was launched last year to bring one-click access to television.

Internet application development framework for television is needed. Flash has the largest developer community behind it. It blends interactivity, video, and animation. David Wadhwani from Adobe spoke about Open Screen Project, which will open up Flash, data, and media protocols and eliminate license fees. He also demoed Flash Player 10. Immersive TV experiences, built with Flash 10, will reshape the way consumers interact with their televisions.

This is about evolving the user experience, and also generating revenue.

Internet video advertising is going up from 3.2 million to 1.6 billion per year.

Analog advertising dollars become digital advertising dimes. How do networks attract an audience in the first place? There are infinite choices for the consumer. What can networks do to leverage capabilities?

George SchweitzerXCBS marketing

The CBS widget is about to go live. The call is for us (the audience) to create great experiences that not only meet, but exceed consumer expectations.

Direct gaming experienceXFlash games are likely to be ported and designed for TV. Intel is interested in running PC games on Linux boxes to bridge the gap for consumers who love the old games that are not compatible.

We also heard from Vikas Gupta, CEO of Transgaming. Transgaming created an engine to allow software designed for the PC to be easily portable to Linux-based machines, including Mac. Now, they are working on the C platform to very quickly port games to Flash for immersive TV experience.

Transgamings is their on-demand gaming service built to integrate with in-home architecture. They are developing an SDK and a content delivery network where developers can upload their converted or unique games. Users will be able to subscribe through ad-supported gaming experiences. Custom peripheral devices are expected to drive the experience. Consumers dont want keyboards or mice in their living room. Transgaming expects an early 2010 service launch.

The bottom line is that we have the power to create amazing experiences. The C reference platform and development kit is available now. Go. Hurry. Get it. And grab one for me.

The future of entertainment is in Moores law now.

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Virtustream Raises $25 Million Equity Financing

by on Sep.02, 2009, under Storage

Virtustream Raises $25 Million Equity Financing



Virtustream a privately held infrastructure services firm, today announced the completion of new equity financing with total commitments of $25 million led by Virginia based Columbia Capital and Miami based Blue Lagoon Capital.

Virtustream is an infrastructure services firm committed to helping clients actualize the enterprise cloud by providing strategy, integration and managed services leveraging deep virtualization experience, and its own proprietary platform. The infusion of funding is part of Virtustreams growth strategy and will be used to continue accelerating its platform development, build international presence and expand domain expertise.

Virtustream also recently completed the acquisition of VirtualizeIT, the premier European consultancy practice dedicated to the advancement and adoption of virtualization technologies, and Brigh Technologies (Brigh), the leading North American provider for the design and deployment of custom solutions in the virtualization space. The union brings together pioneers in enterprise computing including being one of the first VMware professional services partners in North America and the 2008 VMware EMEA Partner of the Year. The stockholders of both acquired companies will have an equity interest in Virtustream, and all employees will continue their employment with Virtustream.


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