Halo 4 Team Uses Agile, Cloud-Based Big Data Solution

The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. To date, more than 50 million copies of Halo video games have been sold worldwide. As developers prepared to launch Halo 4, they were tasked with analyzing data to gain insights into player preferences and support an online…

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System Center 2012 SP1 Beta - tons of new features now available for testing

The Beta of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (“SP1”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. The Beta is for evaluation purposes only and not to be used in production as described in the EULAs associated with the product. No license keys are required…

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Micron and Crucial Start Selling mSATA SSD

For those of you that need a 256GB mSATA drive, you can add Crucial to the list of suppliers.  Micron announced production in a press release back in April and they are finally shipping.  In fact, I bought one directly from Crucial at http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT256M4SSD3.  The CT256M4SSD3 is a SATA III mSATA drive that already getting…

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Warning: Upgrading your Samsung Series 9 notebook SSD could void your warranty

I was doing a little weekend reading and stumbled across a thread about the Samsung Series 9 notebook computer.  In that thread, one of the forum posters had contacted Samsung about a drive upgrade for their Samsung Series 9 notebook.  Apparently the customer service representative for Samsung pointed them to the following link: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/SupportOwnersFAQPopup.do?faq_id=FAQ00032140&fm_seq=32308.  The…

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High Capacity mSATA SSD devices sneak into the channel

There is some excitement taking place in the storage market. New high capacity small form factor flash storage devices known as mSATA are entering the retail channel.  Last year it was nearly impossible to find anything above an 80GB mSATA drive from Intel.  This year the ballgame is very different with the proliferation of the…

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Micron Announces 256GB mSATA drives are in production.

BOISE, Idaho, April 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced a new solid-state drive (SSD) that broadens Micron’s client product portfolio to serve the rapidly emerging Ultrabook™ category. The newly announced drive is based on the proven architecture of Micron’s popular…

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Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 - download available

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 provides storage (disks) over a TCP/IP network. It turns a computer running Windows Server into a storage device which provides shared block storage. You can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following: Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high…

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Don't Do This At Home

See the full article and video at http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/11/iosafe-gives-shocking-demo-of-thunderbolt-rugged-portable-protot/.  If they really want to test that drive, mount it on top of a relatively tall pole during the Texas spring thunderstorms. Grin.

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Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 released and now available for download

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 provides storage (disks) over a TCP/IP network. It turns a computer running Windows Server into a storage device which provides shared block storage. You can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following: Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high…

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The Magic eSATAp Cable

At the MVP Summit a couple of months ago I sat behind Aryeh Goretsky.  He’s a nice fellow with a background in security, Windows, and a number of other passions including Lenovo laptops.  We were showing off our various gadgets and he happened to have a cable similar to the one above. We talked about…

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