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How Technology is Making It Easier to Sell Homes

Technology has transformed the real estate experience. Nowadays, it is difficult to sell a home if you fail to market it online first. Instead of relying on agents to talk to other agents, property hunters can now search for their dream house on any internet-enabled device. Find out how technology is making it easier to sell a home at the right price.

High-Quality Photography

Every real estate listing depends on high-quality photographs to make a sale. It is ideal for those who are considering buying a new property, as they can gain an insight into a home without having to step through the door. For this reason, many homeowners are hiring professional photographers, as they will use the best angles and lighting to showcase a home's best features. What's more, there are editing services that will allow homeowners to digitally alter an image to make it more appealing to a potential buyer. Unfortunately, if a listing fails to offer an impressive visual, many home hunters will simply look elsewhere.

SoftNAS Breaks Through Cloud Storage Price/Performance Barriers

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SoftNAS, the #1 best-selling software-defined cloud NAS, today announced the newest release of SoftNAS Cloud® NAS with up to 400 percent faster cloud object storage performance. Now customers can replace expensive, aging hardware-based storage and on-premises NAS, SAN and file servers with limitless, highly durable and highly available cloud object storage. Common use cases now possible in the cloud with the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) include:
 
  • Migration of business applications without re-engineering
    • Applications and workloads can continue to use existing data access protocols when moved to the cloud, eliminating the need to modify applications for cloud native storage, reducing costs by up to 10x and saving time.
  • Cloud backup repository with fast retrieval
    • Leverage low-cost, cloud object storage with ObjectBackerTM storage acceleration for cloud backup, including Veeam® backup copies and replicas.
  • Move Disaster Recovery datacenters into the cloud cost effectively
    • Easily and cost-effectively move disaster recovery datacenters to the cloud, instead of existing DR datacenters where data tends to sit idle for months or years, occupying expensive real estate and incurring high costs for hardware, software, power and cooling.
  • Global file server consolidation, replacing traditional on-premises storage hardware
    • Centralize on-premises NAS, SAN or file servers in the public cloud, while simplifying management, increasing flexibility, and reducing costs for file storage.

Nutanix CEO smacks down VMware exec over claim it's a new Enron

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Simon Sharwood

The ongoing spat between VMware and Nutanix has flared again, with the latter company's CEO Dheeeraj Pandey hitting Twitter to smack down Lee Caswell, Virtzilla's veep for Products, Storage and Availability.

This round of the spat between the two appears to have started with a since-deleted Caswell Tweet pointing to this Marketwatch.com story titled “Nutanix is a ‘once-in-a-decade’ opportunity, says Goldman Sachs”.

SolarWinds and SovLabs Empower IT Professionals to Fully Automate IP Address Management in Virtual and Cloud Environments

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the latest edition of SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM), which now includes API support to provide two-way integration with third-party software. In conjunction with this news, SovLabs, a leading provider of integration software for cloud management platforms, announced its SovLabs vRA Integration Pack for SolarWinds, consisting of IPAM and DNS integration modules for VMware vRealize Automation based on the new API.

SolarWinds IP Address Manager is a leading tool for helping to eliminate IP conflicts and save IT professionals time when managing IP addresses and DHCP and DNS services. It now features create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) functionality to enable two-way integration with third-party software, including automation, orchestration, inventory management, and help desk systems. The API also provides functionality to find, reserve, and release available IP addresses, as well as create, update, and remove DNS entries. Additionally, IT professionals can now create and manage new subnets through the API. These features enable the automation of IP address management with third-party systems and enables IT professionals to manage and monitor their current infrastructure from a centralised web-based console. 

Trump presidency could 'cost the US cloud computing industry $10BN'

Grazed from IA. Author: Editorial Staff.

The US cloud computing industry stands to lose more than $10 billion by 2020 as a result of President Trump’s increasingly shaky reputation on data privacy, according to Meier.Despite only being in power since the start of 2017, Donald Trump has had a significant impact on the way America is viewed around the world.

In fact, the latest study from the the Pew Research Center highlights that just 22% of people have confidence in President Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs, compared to 64% who felt they could trust Barack Obama.This coincides with a rapid increase in people expressing unfavourable opinions about the US more generally...

The Future of Work: Freelancers Are the New Cloud Computing

Grazed from Entrepreneur. Author: Phill Strazzulla.

One of the greatest innovations for tech entrepreneurs over the last few decades has been cloud computing. The ability to move capital expenditures to operating expenditures is huge. It’s also incredibly empowering to scale your computing power as your business changes. You’ve also got the added advantage of a built-in platform with various tools to handle analytics, error logging, etc. Needless to say, cloud computing has changed the game.

We now seem to be entering a new phase of the future of work where traditional employees can be replaced more and more by freelancers who live and work remotely. This new paradigm reminds me of the rise of cloud computing a lot in terms of the utility, and its potentially disruptive nature...

Scale Computing Announces Two New Hyperconverged Appliances Maximizing Speed and Capacity

Scale Computing today announced the availability of two new hyperconverged appliances, HC1150DF and HC5150D. The new appliances are designed for storage hungry data centers and for organizations of all sizes looking to maximize storage speed and capacity. By combining storage, virtualization and servers capabilities, the two new hyperconverged appliances offer the performance and capacity needed by large enterprise environments for a simple and agile IT infrastructure allowing them to focus on the business. 

The HC1150DF provides all-flash storage, while the HC5150D provides raw hybrid flash storage per cluster that retains the simplicity and ease of use that are now synonymous with the HC3 family.

Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Forecast to Reach $266 Billion in 2021, According to IDC

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Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $266 billion in 2021, according to the latest update to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide. Although spending growth will slow somewhat over the 2016-2021 forecast period, the market is expected to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.0%. Public cloud services spending will reach $128 billion in 2017, an increase of 25.4% over 2016.

The United States will be the largest market for public cloud services accounting for more than 60% of worldwide revenues throughout the forecast and total spending of $163 billion in 2021. Western Europe and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) will be the second and third largest regions with 2021 spending levels of $52 billion and $25 billion, respectively. APeJ and Latin America will experience the fastest spending growth over the forecast period with CAGRs of 26.7% and 26.2%, respectively. However, six of the eight regions are forecast to experience CAGRs greater than 20% over the next five years.

Black Duck Teams Up with Pivotal to Secure and Manage Open Source Cloud-Native Applications for the Enterprise

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Black Duck
, the global leader in automating the security and management of open source software, today announced a new technology collaboration with Pivotal and the launch of its Black Duck Hub product as an integrated service for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, one of the world's most powerful cloud-native platforms. This is the first open source-focused security management integration with Pivotal Cloud Foundry, enabling enterprise customers to embrace open source in their applications with automated visibility, intelligence, and control.  

Black Duck and Pivotal have collaborated to integrate Black Duck Hub and Pivotal Cloud Foundry to deliver a Secure DevOps process and user experience for building and deploying applications to Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

Spotinst Raises $15M A Round Led by Intel Capital and Vertex Ventures

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Spotinst, a leading cloud workload management company, announced today a $15M Series A financing round, led by Intel Capital and Vertex Ventures with participation from Springtide Ventures.

Spotinst makes it easy to tap unused cloud computing capacity and power. Since launching 18 months ago, the company has proven the concept by selling millions of spot Instances per week. Over the last year, Spotinst grew 30% month over month, and now manages hundreds of millions of computing hours for its customers.