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New EX10000E System and Enhanced GRID Software Offer Customers Best Price/Performance for a 100TB Full Backup, Plus Retention, In a Single GRID System London — October 13, 2009 — ExaGrid® Systems, Inc. (http://www.exagrid.com), the leader in cost-effective and scalable disk-based backup solutions with data deduplication, today announced its new EX10000E 10TB disk backup server allowing customers to store a 10TB full backup plus long term retention. In addition to the 10TB server, ExaGrid has announced an upgrade to its GRID software which expands the maximum number of servers in a GRID configuration to ten (10). The new 10TB server and enhanced GRID software bring unsurpassed price/performance allowing customers to store a 100TB full backup, plus long term retention, in a single cost-effective GRID-based disk-backup system with data deduplication. ExaGrid is the fi... (more)

April and May 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

April and May 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter By Greg Schulz Server and StorageIO Update newsletter - April and May 2014 Welcome to the April and May 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. The good news is that while spring is running late (as is this newsletter ;) here in the Stillwater MN area as well as other parts of the world, both are finally here. To say that a lot has been going on and things busy would be an understatement, however that is probably also the situation with you as well. So what has been going on during April and May 2014? Industry and Technology Updates Sony and Fujifilm (with their partner IBM) are trading marketing and proof of concept (POC) lab material in the efforts to show tape is still alive for data storage. Sony announced a mo... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 New York Expands Technical Program

Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9, 2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track - to complement the already extensive selection of tracks, including "Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing," "Federal/Government Cloud Computing," "Real-World Virtualization,"Cloud Security & Performance," "The Cloud in Practice: Case Studies," and the always-popular "Hot Topics" track. Because the sheer quantity and quality of submitted sessions has outstripped the ability to assess each one fully and fairly - there have been a staggering 1,300 submissions thus far, for just 150 or so slots - the deadline for submitting speaking proposals to the conference is also being extended too, unt... (more)

Calling the Enterprise Search Web Service from Silverlight 3

I needed to do a quick proof of concept of displaying search results in Silverlight recently and it actually proved easier than I thought it was going to be.  I tried this once before in a beta version of Silverlight 2 and it was much more difficult at the time.  I was able to easily add the reference to the search web service but the proxy was filled with classes that were not supported in the Silverlight .NET Framework.  This time I was relieved to find that it was much simpler.  I’ve written many applications to query using the web service, so the first thing I thought of was how is this thing going to authenticate to SharePoint.  I started doing tons of unnecessary research when I should have just written some code.  When you create a reference to the web service, you do not have a credentials property you can set like you could in a regular .NET application.  ... (more)

Show Report: VMworld 2009 - Day Three

At Day 3 of VMWorld 2009 yesterday the “promised” announcements during the Day Two keynote finally hit the wire. 1000+ Service Providers – including AT&T, Verizon, Savvis, Terremark – are going to offer Cloud Services based on VMWare’s Cloud OS – read the full press release here. About vCloud API, VMWare Studio and AppSpeed Today I had [...] Related posts: Live from VMWorld 2009 – Day 2 – VMWare’s Cloud Operating System Tod Nielsen and Paul Maritz hosted the Keynote today at... Live from VMWorld 2009 – Day 1 The Moscone Center in San Francisco opened the gates for... SharePoint: Monitoring individual List usage and performance We all know that SharePoint list performance can degrade the... ... (more)

Unisys Provides Mobile Support

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) announced Unisys End-User Productivity Services, an innovative suite of services designed to provide organizations with the ability to support an increasingly mobile, technology-smart workforce that values integration of consumer technologies into the workplace. The new Unisys services will enable CIOs to reduce end-user costs by providing support for devices, desktops, applications and mobility through a flexible mixture of traditional, virtualized and secure cloud-based service delivery models. The services are designed to meet the requirements of today’s multi-generational workforce with diverse expectations about where and how they work, the best IT resources to use and the type of IT support they need to maximize productivity in their preferred work environment. “As the saying goes, work is something you do, not a place you go,”... (more)

Quick Overview of Master Pages in SharePoint 2010

SharePoint on Ulitzer SharePoint 2010 brings a few new master pages that you may want to know about.  There are additional master pages to accommodate both the old and new versions of UI.  There are also some simplified pages to take note in. The first master page we will talk about is v4.master.  This is the default team site master page used with version 4 (obviously) of the UI.  This will be the master page you typically use. It provides the ribbon bar and all of the other new visual UI changes such as the site actions menu on the left side. If you did an upgrade to SharePoint 2010 and haven’t transitioned to the new UI yet, the old master page is still in default.master.  This looks just like the master page you use in SharePoint v3 today.  It doesn’t have the ribbon bar and the site actions menu is still on the right side. The search pages by default now use mi... (more)

Book Review: Microsoft Expression Blend Unleashed

I have not taken the time I should have to get to know Microsoft Expression Blend like I should know it. I use it a lot to build user interfaces and to create SketchFlow prototypes, but I knew I was not fully aware of its capabilities. My hopes for this book where that it would get me up to speed. I am happy to report that Microsoft Expression Blend Unleashed has provided me with the insight into the Blend tools I was looking for. The book is in full color so it is a pleasure to read and the author has a great writing style. The book starts off with a history of Expression Blend, the author's opinion on why you should learn it, and insight into the direction Microsoft is taking with Windows 8 and Project Jupiter. The author then covers the Blend interface in detail. Like I said above, I have been using Blend for years, and this section shed a lot of light on the tools... (more)

How to Start Unit Testing .NET Projects

This article was written by Gil Zilberfeld, Product Manager, Typemock. The first tool you need is a testing framework. You have a couple of choices there. If you are using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional or above, you already have the Microsoft unit testing framework installed. The framework comes also with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System. You may also decide to go with one of the open source frameworks: NUnit, MbUnit (now part of theGallio project) or xUnit. There are minor differences between the different frameworks, but the main features are the same. However, the Microsoft one also comes with a built in test runner. It allows you to run tests inside Visual studio.  To achieve the same ease-of-use with the open source frameworks you will need TestDriven.Net by Jamie Cansdale. For using the attributes and API of the different frameworks, you jus... (more)

Why Recent Storms Do Not Mean the Cloud Has Burst

Is the cloud inherently insecure? Should we be yearning for the Good Old Days? Hackers and outages have certainly made sure it has rained on the cloud parade in recent months. Repeated attacks on Sony’s Playstation network have rekindled the debate about the security of the cloud as have cloud failures at Amazon, Google and Microsoft.So, has the padlock come off? Is the cloud inherently insecure? Should we go back to the old days? The answer is no, no and no. The Cloud approach continues to offer a unique opportunity to business. Managing and maintaining complex hosting environments in-house can be time consuming and costly so handing that over to a company that specialises in hosting services not only reduces a big burden on management, it can also be an effective way of reducing costs. The key comes when that handover takes place. Like handing over your new born ... (more)

Rackspace Acquires SharePoint911

Rackspace Hosting, the service leader in cloud computing, on Thursday announced its acquisition of SharePoint911, an industry leader in SharePoint consulting, training, and "JumpStart" services within SharePoint. The unification of both companies provides capabilities to deliver unparalleled SharePoint hosting solutions along with expert services to the enterprise market. John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace, noted that they are "thrilled to have the world-class expertise of SharePoint911 on our team to give us greater application delivery service capabilities. SharePoint911 will add the talent and expertise to our teams to make SharePoint deployments easier for our customers while increasing their scalability and performance through better integration of the workload and infrastructure." Founded in 2004, SharePoint911 is widely recognized in the Sha... (more)