Users can create file systems that grow or shrink as neededFollowing an extended preview period, Amazon's Elastic File System is now generally available in three geographical regions, with more on the way.Originally announced last year, EFS is a fully managed elastic file storage service for deploying and scaling durable file systems in the Amazon Web Services cloud.It's currently available in the U.S. East northern Virginia , U.S. West Oregon and EU Ireland regions, the company announced Wednesday.Customers can use EFS to create file systems that are accessible to multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Amazon EC2 instances via the Network File System NFS protocol.They can also scale those systems up or down without needing to provision storage or throughput.
Cloud file syncing and sharing service Box today is announcing the launch of Box Shuttle, a new service that combines software and consulting to help businesses more efficiently move their data into Box.It s available now in beta and will become generally available in the fall.Under Box Shuttle, Box will help companies make migration plans, determine what should be moved, and apply retention policies — very useful for large companies that want to rely less on their own infrastructure for file storage.Box already has many Fortune 500 customers, including Coca Cola, Eli Lilly, GE, and Pfizer.But there s still room to grow.Now we re at a stage where the next sort of final barrier is how can customers get all the other data that they have in their on-premises systems and be able to move that to the cloud?Box CEO Aaron Levie told VentureBeat in an interview.The combination of software and hand-holding, through consulting for Shuttle, is Box s way of drawing on the different migration strategies it has used in the past.
Mapping company HERE is driving ahead with its scheme to design the common language for all autonomous vehicles, submitting its Esperanto-for-autos to a vehicle safety standards body.HERE's argument was that, while in-car systems are increasing in power all the time, they can't rival the processing abilities of the cloud for crunching things like potential hazards.Meanwhile, by combining data from all of the vehicles on the road, such a system could also track traffic patterns, make predictions about potential bottlenecks in the route and readjust a self-driving car's path automatically, and even intelligently update mapping data based on the so-called wisdom of the crowd.For that to work successfully, though, the data has to be streaming into the cloud in a common language: after all, any delays introduced by translating what are currently automaker-specific technologies into a single, shared format could delay vital safety information being relayed back to the car."If a car around the next corner hits the brakes because there s an obstruction, that information could be used to signal to the drivers behind to slow down ahead of time, resulting in smoother, more efficient journeys and a lower risk of accidents," Dietmar Rabel, head of autonomous driving product management at HERE said today.HERE was offering up SENSORIS as an open option to all automakers, but has now taken another step to pushing it as the de-facto standard by submitting it to ERTICO - ITS Europe, a private/public partnership for intelligent transportation systems in Europe.
Image caption Notes-in-the-cloud app Evernote is increasing its pricesEvernote has restricted the use of the free version of its note-taking app and raised prices for the paid-for ones.The company said the moves would help it invest in new features.But it faces a backlash from users unhappy at being limited to synching notes across two devices - rather than an unlimited number - unless they pay.Microsoft, Apple and Google all offer competing services that do not place this constraint on members who do not pay a subscription."The economics of Evernote didn't make sense until this point as most users had no real incentive to move to a premium subscription," said Ben Wood, from the tech consultancy CCS Insight.
Photo: ReutersAlibaba Cloud AliCloud , a subsidiary of e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group, is forecast to record revenue of nearly US$9 billion by 2020, closing the gap on global industry leader Amazon Web Services, and becoming a key growth driver for its parent.Philbert Shih, managing director at Canadian firm Structure Research, told the South China Morning Post earlier this month that his firm was projecting substantial growth for AliCloud that would already be right at historical record highs for the cloud industry .Founded in 2009, AliCloud operates the network that powers parent Alibaba s online and mobile e-commerce businesses, and supports the merchants on those platforms.The company, formerly known as Aliyun, has since become mainland China s largest cloud infrastructure services provider, with more than 2.3 million domestic clients as of March 31.These resources are managed inside data centres.Lin said AliCloud had 500,000 paying clients, including half of the top 35 Chinese unicorn internet companies – start-up firms with a US$1 billion valuation as determined by public or private investment.
Company founder Jeff Bezos said that "we're clearing the way for the production of a reusable fleet of orbital vehicles that we will launch and land, again and again."Widely used agricultural herbicide glyphosate, a key ingredient of many commercial and consumer weedkillers, will be allowed to remain on sale within Europe for another 18 months Science .The controversial herbicide was facing a ban following evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that it was a "probable human carcinogen".The Nightdive team includes Chris Avellone of Obsidian Entertainment, original System Shock concept artist Robb Waters and the return of Terri Brosius to voice megalomaniac AI SHODAN.It's just introduced a new feature that shows song lyrics within search results.It's the result of a partnership with Toronto based company LyricFind, a lyrics licensing company founded in 2004.
Trolls have gone far beyond simply being the dolls many of us played with as kids.DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have released the first official trailer for the upcoming film Trolls, and the world of the bright-haired toys has never been so colorful.The Trolls trailer kicks off by introducing us to the main characters.First up is Branch Justin Timberlake , a Troll living in a heavily fortified survival bunker.Poppy Anna Kendrick , our other protagonist.Unlike Branch, she is insanely happy, and that is just more than he can handle apparently.
And if you re a smart marketer, you re going to follow them into that increasingly well-settled frontier to keep your competitive edge with an omnichannel approach supported by cloud communications.But you re not alone.If you don t offer incredibly relevant messages that really mean something to your customer, they re going to dismiss your company as irrelevant, too.But there s a major drawback when marketers take the leap without a strategy — the VentureBeat report also found that 39 percent of marketers feel pressured to use more engagement platforms than they can comfortably manage, and that s when focused, relevant communication starts to break down.It s understanding the power of communication on a granular level, and recognizing that the foundation of your business, from initial sale to eternal loyalty, boils down to basic human interaction.Offer the products and services your customers want, but also know what they need.More importantly, they notice when you don t — and that s the kind of service that sends previously loyal customers fleeing.So that means actively listening and engaging with your customers, prospects, and leads, which directly impacts your bottom line — because according to a report from Walker, by 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator.How do you connect, listen and learn?Here are some of the channels where you need to be hanging on to your customers every word.60 percent of marketers are still using social channels as a marketing tool, rather than a driver of customer experience, and that s why they re leaving money on the table.The numbers don t lie: A study from Bain found that when companies engage and respond to customer service requests over social media, those customers spend 20 percent to 40 percent more with the company — and they re almost three times more likely to recommend a brand, says HBR.And if you aren t responsive on social media, you re going to see your churn rate increase by up to 15 percent.So change your focus from broadcasting to listening, and engage with your customers on the issues and interests that matter to them.
Photo: Matt WeinbergerMy beloved Acer laptop has been nagging me to update to Windows 10 for some time now.One woman has reportedly sued Microsoft for US$10,000, claiming that her computer upgraded to Windows 10 without her permission, leading to all sorts of technical problems that stalled her business.Here's what the new pop-up looks like:Microsoft's push to convert Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to convert to Windows 10 is an attempt to unify their userbase.But, until then, the persistent, albeit softer, notifications will remain."We started our journey with Windows 10 with a clear goal to move people from needing Windows to choosing Windows to loving Windows.See Also:Microsoft is in a public fight over how much battery its web browser usesThe 11 biggest tech mergers in history almost all had terrible endingsMicrosoft leads the pack in cloud computing for the enterprise
After decades of scrutinising Jupiter s swirling cloud tops and glowering red eye from afar, we re finally going to pull back the curtain and learn what lies beneath.When NASA s Juno spacecraft — a 180-kilo box of reinforced titanium strapped to a 20-metre-long solar panel — arrives in orbit around Jupiter on July 4th, humans will be able to peer beneath the monstrous gas giant s upper atmosphere for the first time, down into the layers of poisonous thunder clouds packed below.Over the course of a year, Juno will map the entire surface of Jupiter, all the while using nine scientific instruments to probe the gas giant s interior composition and powerful magnetic field.By the time the spacecraft makes its suicide plunge into Jupiter s atmosphere, we ll have a detailed understanding of the gas giant s inner workings, and a better picture of how our solar system formed.Shouldn t we focus on getting people to Mars, or mining asteroids for scarce metals, or discovering habitable worlds beyond our solar system in case we screw this one up beyond repair?Using microwave sounding, Juno will determine the global abundance of two key elements — nitrogen in the form of ammonia, and oxygen in the form of water — throughout Jupiter s atmosphere.
Amazon today announced that the general availability of Amazon Elastic File System, a service available through the market-leading Amazon Web Services AWS public cloud that customers can use to store and access files for multiple applications that are hosted on AWS.Now it s available for anyone to use in three regions — US East Northern Virginia , US West Oregon , and EU Ireland — with more regions to come, Amazon said in a statement.Also, data uploaded to EFS is stored across multiple availability zones.Amazon thinks EFS will be useful for use cases like big data, media processing, content management, and home directories.The EFS service is one thing that can help AWS stand out further from other public clouds, right up there with further geographical expansions and price cuts.But it s not 100 percent unique.Google offers the open-source Cloud Storage FUSE but doesn t guarantee long-term maintenance of the tool.Even though Amazon has had more than a year to improve the service since announcing it, EFS does have an important shortcoming: It won t work with EC2 instances that run Windows.
Today, US Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General, Sally Quillian Yates, leaned into the German Automaker for turning over half a million American drivers into unwitting accomplices in an unprecedented assault on our country s environment before announcing the settlement was worth $14.7 billion.Airbnb is suing its home city of San Francisco over a law it actually helped create and pass.A couple of years ago, Airbnb worked with the city to draft a law which would help it operate more freely – in fact, the law became known colloquially as the Airbnb law.Airbnb is pushing back, saying it can t be held liable for the content published by its users due to the Communications Decency Act.That being the case, a massive shakedown would cost all involved a lot of money.That s right, if the last time Google s eye in the sky managed to catch you nude sunbathing in your backyard or perhaps bent over while pulling weeds, those scenes will soon be a thing of the past as Google has taken new imagery and stitched the best of it all together to create a completely cloud-free, super sharp map of the earth.
We've heard of service with a smile but this is ridiculousForget master passwords, literally.The cloud-based biz has added a new PhotoLogin option which takes a photo of you and uses it to unlock the services you're trying to access.It works by getting you to take a picture of yourself on one machine – a laptop, for example – and then sends that snap to an already set-up trusted device, such as your mobile phone.That side of things, the use of non-password authentication, is far from new – there is a wide range of password managers on the market and security experts are increasingly advising people to use them – but the real-time use of photos is novel and potentially more secure.Pros and consThere are some password-managing products that use facial recognition to confirm the identity of a user, but LogmeOnce argues they are not accurate enough, producing a high rate of false positives and negatives, ie: letting others into your account, or refusing you access.Since people are persistently better at snapping selfies and having a phone to hand than remembering complex passwords, the photo login could be just the feature that causes a lot of folks to start using a password manager rather than the same two or three weak passwords for everything.
... we enable every business to run with the resilience and agility of the world s largest enterprises at one-tenth the cost.Axcient claims that with Fusion customers get these benefits:Secondary storage consolidation30x reduction in data storage footprint with global data deduplication10x reduction in network and compute requirements30x reduction in data storage footprint with global data deduplication90 per cent reduction in bandwidth consumption with in-line WAN optimizationSnapshots replicated to the cloud in as fast as 90 secondsLess than 60 minutes from catastrophic infrastructure failure to full IT productivityOne-click, on-demand testing and development environments using real-time dataCustomizable retention policies for regulatory complianceTransport and data security with AES-256 key-based encryptionFusion consolidates non-production IT workloads, such as data protection, business continuity and disaster recovery, test and development, archiving and compliance, data warehousing and analytics into a repository in the cloud; think Cohesity.The single-click provision of test and dev environments populated with real data is similar to Actifio functionlity.This is a significant software development effort by Axcient; it mentions more than 287,000 development hours and 23 patents are involved.How soon will it be before incumbent storage suppliers start adding this converged storage use-case functionality to their offerings?With other startups such as Primary Data and Rubrik and also Catalogic pushing this converged storage idea, the concept seems to have legs.
While our reviewer wasn't exactly sold on its marquee feature, the dynamic onboard-to-cloud storage solution, you can't argue that Nextbit's debut isn't an all-around attractive package.100GB is certainly a lot, especially when paired with 32GB of local storage; it's far more than most users are likely to need in fact, but it's also far from unlimited.In fact, the Robin averaged a Geekbench 3 single-core score of 1154 and multi-core score of 3334, both of which dwarf the X Play's 715/2716 results.But, personally, the lack of an app drawer really frustrates me.The Robin also supports Quick Charge 2.0 – and while you'll have to buy a quick charger separately you might want to consider doing so, as the 2,680mAh juice pack in this thing isn't the longest lasting battery I've come across.You do get Android Marshmallow's basic battery saver option to help eke out a little more life if needed; but this comes at the cost of performance and functionality, as it limits location services and background data, so it's not an ideal solution.
As Office 365 use expands, security risks are becoming harder to spot, researchers warnMicrosoft s Office 365 turned five years old on Tuesday, and as the platform is seeing rapid expansion in enterprises computer security researchers have warned that the risks are also becoming more complex, with malicious actions becoming harder to spot, computer security researchers have warned.It is now the most popular cloud service in the workplace, surpassing Salesforce, something that would have been unthinkable two years ago, according to Skyhigh Networks, which provides cloud-based security services.The security challenge posed by such rapid growth lies in the difficulty of spotting malicious actions amidst the vast number of events , such as file uploads, logins and edits, that pose no risk, Skyhigh said.Out of 5.6 million events each month, an average of 256 are anomalous while only 2.7 represent genuine threats, Skyhigh found.This, Microsoft says, will help protect corporate environments – particularly against Shadow IT – and help IT departments maximise their resources by seeing what how Office 365 is being used and which applications are interacting with it.Advanced Security Management allows admins to set up anomaly detection policies that scan user activities and issue alerts if a potential breach of network is spotted.
CloudLock s technology protects content based on remote services such as Office365, Google Drive and SalesforceCisco on Tuesday said it would acquire CloudLock, a cloud-based security provider, for $293 million £219m in cash and stock, as companies look for ways to protect documents and other content that is increasingly hosted in remote facilities.The Massachussetts-based startup, launched in 2007 by three co-founders who met while serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, provides cloud access security broker CASB technology that allows organisations to monitor the security of cloud-based content and enforce access policies regardless of the device used to access the data.Cloud controlscloud data protectionIt allows administrators to put in place specific controls based on location, according to the company.The technology addresses concerns raised not only by the cloud, but also by the trend that sees employees increasingly using their own devices to carry out work tasks in locations that may range from their homes to public Wi-Fi networks.CloudLock, which Cisco said has about 700 customers, competes with companies including Skyhigh Networks, CipherCloud, Netskope and Microsoft, which recently purchased CloudLock competitor Adallom.CloudLock brings a unique cloud-native, platform and API-based approach to cloud security which allows them to build powerful security solutions that are easy to deploy and simple to manage, said Rob Salvagno, vice president of Cisco s corporate development unit, in a statement.
Cisco announced another acquisition Tuesday with Israeli roots, for $$293 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention-based incentives for CloudLock employees who join Cisco, it says.The company has about 145 employees, it says.CloudLock was founded in 2007 by three Israelis Gil Zimmermann, Ron Zalkind and Tsahy Shapsa, and had raised  about $35 million from backers like Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce's venture funds and Boston-based Ascent Venture Partners.CloudLock makes technology that allows companies to watch the security of their apps in the cloud, ensure employees aren't sharing sensitive data even with cloud apps that are not built or managed by IT.For instance, it can watch files shared via Box, Dropbox, Office 365, Slack and Amazon Web Services.It claims 700 customers including HBO, Motorola, the US Army, and NASA.CloudLock fits into Cisco's portfolio in a couple of ways.The company is also moving more heavily into software and trying to get itself into the cloud software subscription world, where its customers pay it for software on monthly and annual subscriptions.The CloudLock team is joining Cisco's Networking and Security Business Group reporting to general manager David Goeckeler.This is Cisco's fifth acquisition of 2016.NOW WATCH: This explosive elixir played a huge role in the 'Game of Thrones' finaleLoading video...
Martin Fink is retiring as HPE's chief technology officer and head of Hewlett Packard Labs after more than 30 years with the company.HPE CEO Meg Whitman wrote on a corporate blog, "Martin has had a remarkable career, driving some of our most important initiatives, including our cloud, open source and Linux strategies and leading the Business Critical Systems division."With Fink's departure, HPE is moving Hewlett Packard Labs into the Enterprise Group under Antonio Neri.To centralise and simplify the organisation in order to drive better sales execution, HPE said it will align its sales teams into a single global sales organisation within the Enterprise Group.Whitman also announced the departure of John Hinshaw, who earlier ran technology and operations at the company, but more recently took the title chief customer officer.Whitman said: I'm excited about the future of HPE, and I'm confident that these changes will help us accelerate our strategy and continue to win in the marketplace."
Talend, a startup with data integration software that simplifies the process of aggregating multiple data sets for later analysis, today filed to raise $86 million in an initial public offering IPO .Lead underwriters include Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Barclays, and Citigroup.In an interview with VentureBeat in February 2014, Talend chief executive Mike Tuchen said that the company could go public sometime in the next couple of years.The company intends to trade on the Nasdaq under the symbol TLND.In the first quarter of this year Talend produced a $5.2 million loss on $22.7 million in revenue, up 25 percent year over year.For that quarter, 84 percent of the revenue derived from subscriptions; the rest resulted from professional services.The news of Talend s IPO plans comes just days after cloud communications provider Twilio made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange.Investors include Bpifrance, Iris Capital, Silver Lake Sumeru, Balderton Capital and Idinvest Partners.The company offers cloud and on-premises versions of its software, which supports the Hadoop open-source big data software and is based on the open-source Apache Camel.