I have Windows Vista on my desktop computer and I’m stuck on what to do about backing up my more than 500GB of videos and music. I’ve read that external is the way to go, but I’m a little iffy because of expense and the fact that the backup drive can crash. DVDs are not a bad idea, but it takes forever to back up that much data. I use these files every day and want easy access to them. The most reliable method, plus easiest to access, would be an online site, but that costs a lot of money. Please help me make a decision so I can install Windows 7 worry-free.
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It was an innocuous question, part of a grander lunchtime chat about life, the Internet, and The Future Way of Things. My coworker was curious about the benefits of open-source--specifically those advantages with a dollar sign preceding them--and naturally thought that the upstart Google operating system could someday attract a huge portion of Microsoft Windows's market share.
Why wouldn't enterprise businesses love the Google solution? The amount of money they would be able to save from the reduced desktop licensing requirements would be large enough to transform a CFO's eyes into saucers, Roger Rabbit-style. Similarly, entities that rely on a variety of customized programs and applications to conduct business could weave these elements into the open-source architecture of Chrome OS.
So let's roll out the red carpet and prep the TV hosts for the big unveiling of Chrome OS in big busin... or not. There's one reason, and one reason only, why an open-source desktop isn't going to succeed in the consumer or enterprise markets: Microsoft was there first.
Has anyone ever asked you where you see yourself in five years? If we were to pose that question to Trend Micro, the security firm would say it sees itself ahead of Symantec.
According to company founder and chairman Steve Chang, Trend Micro, currently the world's second largest security software and services firm, has set a goal to jump ahead of Symantec in five years through its development for cloud computing.
Trend Micro has already spent $300 million in R&D over the past four years building a cloud computing infrastructure, and going forward, Chang believes this will be key in taking the No. 1 spot. Chang says there's a ton of market potential in the security of server virtualization, mobile Internet connectivity, and handheld devices, all of which his company is in position to provide for.
But will it be enough to overtake Symantec? We'll have the answer for you in five years.
Networking specialist Cisco on Tuesday announced what it claims is a "major advancement in Internet networking" in its CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS).
"With more than 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system, the Cisco CRS-3 is designed to transform the broadband communication and entertainment industry by accelerating the delivery of compelling new experiences for consumers, new revenue opportunities for service providers, and new ways to collaborate in the workplace," Cisco said.
Sound pretty ambitious, and Cisco has the numbers to match. The CRS-3 delivers up to 322Tbps (that's Terabits per second), which Cisco says is enough to enable the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over one second. It's also more than triple the capacity of the 92Tbps CRS-1, and 12 times the capacity of any other core router in the industry.
"The next generation Internet is upon us and we are confident that the Cisco CRS-3 will play a crucial role as service providers like AT&T deliver an exciting, new array of video, mobile, data center, and cloud services," said Pankaj Patel, senior VP and GM, Service Provider Business, Cisco.
Up to this point, Microsoft's bread and butter has been on desktop applications, like Windows and Office. But going forward, the software giant has its head in the cloud, according to Steve Ballmer, who said Microsoft is "betting our company" on cloud computing.
To prove it, some 70 percent of Microsoft employees are hammering away on cloud-related projects as you read this. That's already well over half, but within a year, Ballmer says that number will climb to 90 percent.
Ballmer's remarks came during an address at the University of Washington, in which he also gave credit to Apple's app store for doing a "very nice job" with it.
This goes in line with what Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, recently said when he indicated that much of the company's planned $9.5 billion budget for research and development will go towards the cloud, noting that Microsoft wants to reinvent itself.
Data storage isn't as simple as it once used to be, and a result, we're seeing companies custom tailor their storage products for specific sectors, most notably healthcare. And that's exactly what Iron Mountain has done, which on Monday announced an enhanced version of its Digital Record Center for Medical Images, a cloud storage service for performing backups and archiving digital medical info.
"Today, healthcare organizations face the challenges of managing explosive data growth while ensuring access and control over information that originates in different silos but is needed across their organizations," Iron Mountain said. "Tighter federal and industry regulations, along with shrinking IT budgets, have led healthcare organizations to re-evaluate how they store, access and protect their critical patient data, while preparing for the transition to electronic health record systems."
Iron Mountain went on to say that its Digital Record Center for Medical Images addresses those needs by providing a single cloud storage service for backups and archives. Features include a pay-as-you-go model, as well as a hybrid onsite and offsite storage model.
EMC earlier this week announced a few improvements to its Atmos cloud infrastructure solution, which is an on-premisies cloud storage platform aimed at helping customers automatically manage the distribution of rich, unstructured information across different geographic locations.
Included in the upgrades is the introduction of GeoProtect software, which EMC says offers better flexibiilty, resiliency, and content protection levels than previous versions.
EMC also beefed up the hardware side of things by upgrading to Intel's new Xeon 5500 processor series and adding higher density, 2GB disk drives. The end result, says EMC, is 50 percent better performance and a doubling of capacity.
Atmos version 1.3 and associated hardware updates sill start shipping this quarter, EMC added.
Chrome OS is a curious thing. It does away with many of the paradigms we’ve become accustomed to over the years of computing. It will have users storing data in the cloud, and will offer a user interface based solely around the web browser. Google has also said they intend to have a reference platform for manufacturers to base their own hardware on. This is said to include very small SSDs for chache and operating system files only. This makes some recent comments from Samsung all the more interesting.
Samsung’s Australian head of IT Phil Newton, said that the company would be launching a Chrome OS netbook. Some specs were discussed as well. The machine would apparently have a 10.1 inch screen, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, and a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon CPU. We’re baffled why a Chrome OS netbook would need 64GB of hard drive space. This just doesn’t seem to jive with what Google has said. Could it be that Samsung intends to make modifications to Chrome OS?
Security firm Trend Micro last week announced a new wholy owned cloud computing subsidiary, TCloud Computing, which the company says will provide technological expertise, system integration, consulting, and training for clients to establish their own cloud computing architectures.
Trend Micro has raised about $3.8 million in initial capital and 60 staff members for its new venture, and plans to add some 200 more to its TCloud Computing workforce in 2010, targeting mostly those with an engineering background. But that investment's a drop in the bucket compared to the $300 million Trend Micro has spent over the past four years to conduct R&D to build an infrastructure for cloud computing.
Setting its sights mostly on telecom carriers and enterprises in Taiwan and other countries in Asia, Trend Micro says its TCloud Computing business should generate about $3.74 million over the next two years.
Enterprise data protection company PGP Corporation on Tuesday announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held TC TrustCenter, along with its U.S. parent company, ChosenSecurity.
TC TrustCenter and ChosenSecurity provide on-demand platforms for managing trusted identities used for encryption, authentication, and secure collaboration.
"Trusted identities are a crucial component for data protection solutions that secure sensitive data," said Phillip Dunkelberger, president and CEO of PGP Corporation. "With this acquisition, PGP Corporation is gaining an extensible platform that will dramatically accelerate its vision of delivering integrated data protection across vendors, technologies, and devices."
PCP said that once the acquisition is complete, ChosenSecurity and TC TrustCenter will continue to sell and support their own existing product lines, as well as work on new products that integrate with PGP's offerings.