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Infinit Joins Docker

Infinit Joins Docker | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Today, we are thrilled to announce that Infinit and Docker are joining forces.

To anyone following the container space, this may not come as a surprise because persistent storage remains the number one challenge when it comes to container technologies.

Still, for Infinit, this is a huge milestone, closing the loop that has taken the team through quite an incredible journey.

 

Docker has changed the way developers work. By providing an ecosystem of tools based on container technologies, developers and operators have been able to gain in agility and security. At the same time, Docker has succeeded at reconciling operators and developers (through what has been dubbed the DevOps movement) by making them speak the same language.

 

This whole revolution is still in its early stages even though both ends of the spectrum, startups and enterprises, have jumped on the train. Indeed, at this point, containers have been used primarily to deploy stateless applications because these can be stopped and relaunched easily, allowing for easy scalability.

 

Unfortunately, this is no longer enough as developers want more. Namely, they want the ability to scale stateful applications, such as databases, as easily as their stateless counterparts.

With stateful applications being the next natural step in this evolution, Infinit comes into play by providing the Docker community with a storage platform that is scalable, resilient and easy to deploy.

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Congrats to the Infinit team for this amazing home run !

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SanDisk outs the 'world's first' 1TB SD card

SanDisk outs the 'world's first' 1TB SD card | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
If you handle a lot of 4K video, you'll know that most available SD cards will struggle to handle all of your high-quality footage. The two-year old SanDisk 512GB SD card might take the edge off somewhat, but that isn't all that Western Digital, owner of the SanDisk brand, has got to offer. Today, the storage giant unveiled what it calls the "world's first" 1TB SD card. It's only a prototype, but already the company is touting the card's ability to adequately handle 4K, 8K, VR and 360-degree video when it officially becomes available.
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16 years ago SanDisk introduced 64 MB SD Cards. Moving from 128 MB to 128 GB took 9 years. And here we are...
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Box.net delayed IPO in context : The "Great Cloud Crash" as Business Insider describes it

Box.net delayed IPO in context : The "Great Cloud Crash" as Business Insider describes it | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This chart from Bessemer Venture Partners shows how far a basket of "cloud" stocks has fallen from their peak. The cloud index tracks 37 publicly traded companies. 

The cloud companies are still outperforming the broader market since 2012, but the trend doesn't look great.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Fog is clearing yet outlook is shaky

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Graphene Supercapacitors: The End Of Batteries?

Graphene Supercapacitors: The End Of Batteries? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Richard Kaner and his graduate student Maher El-Kady have been trumpeting graphene micro-supercapacitors that would combine the very fast charge and discharging capabilities of supercapacitors – hundreds of times faster than batteries – with the high energy density of batteries.

 

Now the researches say they have demonstrated a scalable fabrication process that could make their supercapacitors cheap to produce while expanding the possibilities for their use.


The UCLA researchers say they’ve been able to produce more than 100 micro-supercapacitors on a single disc in less than 30 minutes, using inexpensive materials. (image via UCLA)

“We are now looking for industry partners to help us mass-produce our graphene micro-supercapacitors,” Kaner said in a statement.

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The process is almost as fascinating as the potential outcome ...

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Larry's comment, April 8, 2013 4:35 AM
¿ Availability? 2 years from now? First devices ?
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Gmail Threatens Dropbox By Allowing Users To Send Files Up To 10GB

Gmail Threatens Dropbox By Allowing Users To Send Files Up To 10GB | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Remember when you couldn't send video or audio files because of attachment size limits? That's history.

If you're a Gmail user, there's good news: You can now send files as large as 10 gigabytes.

If you're a Dropbox investor or employee, though, that's bad news.
The Web-based email service now integrates with Google's Drive storage system, according to ReadWrite's Jon Mitchell.

Users don't have to do anything to take advantage of this new feature. When you attach a file, Gmail will double-check that your recipients have permission to view the files in Google Drive.
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Lexar first with 256GB SDXC Card

Lexar first with 256GB SDXC Card | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Lexar Media says its industry-first 256GB SDXC UHS-I memory card provides the largest capacity for capturing, storing, and transferring high-quality images, as well as extended lengths of 1080p HD and 3D video content.


The UHS-I technology enables 60 megabytes per second minimum guaranteed sustained read transfer speed.

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New Record Low Solar Price in Abu Dhabi – Costs Plunging Faster Than Expected

New Record Low Solar Price in Abu Dhabi – Costs Plunging Faster Than Expected | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The latest record is an incredibly low bid of 2.42 cents / kwh solar electricity in Abu Dhabi. That is an unsubsidized price.

Let me put that in perspective. The cost of electricity from a new natural gas powerplant in the US is now estimated at 5.6 cents / kwh.  (pdf link) That is with historically low natural gas prices in the US, which are far lower than the price of natural gas in the rest of the world.

This new bid in Abu Dhabi is less than half the price of electricity from a new natural gas plant.

What’s more, it’s less than the cost of the fuel burned in a natural gas plant to make electricity – without even considering the cost of building the plant in the first place.

The solar bid in Abu Dhabi is not just the cheapest solar power contract ever signed – it’s the cheapest contract for electricity ever signed, anywhere on planet earth, using any technology.

 

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Looks like solar energy is really following an exponential path similar to tech's Moore's Law. The shift in once oil addicted Middle East is indeed impressive.

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Facebook’s cold storage system : the full-stack approach to efficiency

Facebook’s cold storage system : the full-stack approach to efficiency | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Two billion photos are shared daily on Facebook services. Many of these photos are important memories for the people on Facebook and it's our challenge to ensure we can preserve those memories as long as people want us to in a way that's as sustainable and efficient as possible. As the number of photos continued to grow each month, we saw an opportunity to achieve significant efficiencies in how we store and serve this content and decided to run with it. The goal was to make sure your #tbt photos from years past were just as accessible as the latest popular cat meme but took up less storage space and used less power. The older, and thus less popular, photos could be stored with a lower replication factor but only if we were able to keep an additional, highly durable copy somewhere else.

 

Instead of trying to utilize an existing solution — like massive tape libraries — to fit our use case, we challenged ourselves to revisit the entire stack top to bottom. We're lucky at Facebook — we're empowered to rethink existing systems and create new solutions to technological problems. With the freedom to build an end-to-end system entirely optimized for us, we decided to reimagine the conventional data center building itself, as well as the hardware and software within it. The result was a new storage-based data center built literally from the ground up, with servers that power on as needed, managed by intelligent software that constantly verifies and rebalances data to optimize durability. Two of these cold storage facilities have opened within the past year, as part of our data centers in Prineville, Oregon, and Forest City, North Carolina.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Facebook adds 2 Bn pics every day : their full-stack approach on cold storage operating at 25% the power of conventional storage servers  is both fun and fascinating to read.

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CloudGOO’s New App Turns All Your Cloud Storage Accounts Into One Big, Combined Drive | TechCrunch

CloudGOO’s New App Turns All Your Cloud Storage Accounts Into One Big, Combined Drive | TechCrunch | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

CloudGOO, a newly launched Android application with something of a silly name, offers a way for you to smush together all your cloud-based file storage accounts to form one big cloud drive in the sky. That is, the app aggregates your cloud drive accounts into one mobile interface, then uses that space as if it were one drive for things like automatic uploads of photos, videos, music, and documents.

 

The new service was launched just days ago by Berlin-based developer Jared Preston, who previously spent a few years in Seattle working for Microsoft on the Windows Live platform, followed by some time at Deutsche Telekom.

 

He explains that unlike other platforms, such as Jolicloud for example, which attempted to aggregate a user’s web services under one roof, the idea with CloudGOO is not to have you navigate between your drives or media spaces using the app. Instead, he says, “you simply access and use your stuff, no matter where it is stored.”

“Theoretically, you could just hook up as many Google Drives, Dropbox, etc., as you wanted, to create a total space available for you to use. CloudGOO can then be set to ‘automatic upload’ and would just utilize the space available,” says Preston. “You would not have to worry about managing the space, just using it.”

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

I have played with Jolicloud without understanding how to use it and despite enjoying its design and simplicity ; I haven't played with CloudGOO yet but perfectly see the value of such an operational cloud storage abstraction layer. Congrats Jared !

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"Other" content slowly eating up a significant chunk of iDevices available storage on iTunes

"Other" content slowly eating up a significant chunk of iDevices available storage on iTunes | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Several iDevices users have reported a steady yet significant inflation of device storage memory taken by "Other" content than Music, Photos, Videos, Apps, Books...

 

Nobody seems to have a clue of what this "other" space is used for, nor how to bring it down to zero. Documented tricks like shutting down the iPhone, or performing a Save / Restore from iTunes won't let it go, at least on some iDevices including my iPhone and iPad.

 

More intriguing, such space seems to be growing at each iTunes sync. On the above image you'll see a situation where "Other" now eats almost 1/3 rd of my total available space.

 

What about you ?

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Please check your iTunes config and let me know how much "other" space is taken on your iDevices

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The imminent role of ARM as a storage platform?

The imminent role of ARM as a storage platform? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It seems not too long ago that the storage industry was fragmented in terms of the "compute" layer in their storage systems. PowerPC, MIPS, Sparc and other platforms dominated the "pie chart" with x86 occupying a small share. Then something happened - all suppliers moved to x86 as a premise for commoditization of the storage platform. With vendors like Dell now testing low-powered ARM based servers and ARM releasing a 64-bit architecture, the question is how long before ARM becomes the platform of choice for storage vendors?

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Petites réflexions sur le Big Data

Petites réflexions sur le Big Data | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Face à une profusion d'informations de plus en plus hétérogènes et de moins en moins structurées, un des enjeux majeurs pour l'ensemble des acteurs économiques dans les dix ans à venir sera leur capacité à exploiter, analyser et transformer en valeur ces avalanches de données produites, et ce, si possible, en temps réel.

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