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Infrastructure 2.0 Journal For months the infrastructure 2.0 blog has talked about the automation of IT from a network perspective, including the automation of the network itself. While few may question the need for network automation most businesses today still run their networks like they ran their “supply chains” decades ago, before the network. This great irony is about to change. Here’s why: As virtualization entered the data center it became an accidental standard bearer for network automation. The power of virtualization helped to drive a cultural (including x as a service) shift in expectations, just as Nicholas Carr was declaring war on traditional “old world” IT with the help of Google, Amazon and a host of other cloud (and not so cloud) players. IT directors watched operations pros create VMs in seconds while network teams could take hours (or days) to si... (more)

ScholarPoint.com Offers Innovative Online Paperless Option for Student Loan Consolidation

LA JOLLA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/24/05 -- Interest rates on student loans will increase by 1.93% on July 1 -- the largest single-year increase in the 40-year history of the federal student loan program. According to Chris Studer, Founder and CEO of ScholarPoint Financial, current and former students can beat the July 1 increase and save thousands of dollars in interest by rolling outstanding student loan debt into a fixed-rate federal consolidation loan. ScholarPoint is an online education lender that offers a unique, cutting-edge method that has made consolidating student loans quick and easy. Unlike many other traditional student loan websites -- which are online lead generation sites for commissioned telephone sales teams -- applying for a Consolidation loan with ScholarPoint can be done entirely online. There are no credit checks, fees, or income verificatio... (more)

ISUG and eLearnIT Announce First e-Course Offering for Sybase ASE DBAs

The International Sybase User Group, a trade association representing more than six thousand members in more than sixty countries around the globe, has announced the immediate availability of its latest course offering in conjunction with online training specialist eLearnIT LLC. The new course is entitled "ASE Performance & Tuning with MDA Tables" and has been strategically planned to offer a pragmatic combination of both practical and theory-based skills for Sybase DBAs. With today's data center management demands becoming increasing time critical as well as mission critical, this course compehensively provides DBAs with the invaluable skills they will need to perform effectively when troubleshooting problem queries and bottlenecks within Sybase ASE. "Our new e-Course marks our first foray beyond PowerBuilder into the broader range of Sybase product offerings. Spec... (more)

Need for Reliable Backup and Archiving of Data Technologies

YES, IT IS ABOUT THE BUSINESS… Over the years data archiving and backup technology have waxed and waned, growing closer and further away from each other as the needs of the enterprise, new technologies, and the external economic and regulatory environment have changed. There have been clear indications that the need for reliable backup and archiving of data was a growing regulatory requirement, yet it did nothing for the business, and that meant it was a hard-to-sell expense. BUT LET’S NOT GENERALIZE TOO MUCH. Out in the TwitterSphere there are some thinkers starting to expound that we need more business analysts and less techs, and even a few saying that we should stop being technologists all together in IT. One has even suggested that we stop calling it IT and call it something more aligned with business. That way lies danger for all things infrastructure or IT foc... (more)

Some Alternative and Fun Cloud API Meanings

Hearing different discussions about APIs in general and cloud in particular got me thinking, besides the usual Application Programming Interface meaning, what other options exists including those to have some fun with. How about some of these among others to have some fun and take a quick break from the otherwise serious side of clouds, virtualization data and storage networking, backup, archive, VDI, data protection and management topics. Cloud API = A Payment Invoice Cloud API = A Paid Infrastructure Cloud API = A Pain Inthea$$ Cloud API = A Pathto Income Cloud API = A Pathto IOP Cloud API = A Payment Infrastructure Cloud API = A Planned Inconvenience Cloud API = A Processor Interconnect Cloud API = A Program Incubator Cloud API = A Propriety Interface Cloud API = A Protected Income Cloud API = A Protected Investment Cloud API = A Public Infrastructure Cloud API = Aaas Paas I... (more)

Fliqz and LearnHub Announce First Open Source Video Solution for Ruby on Rails

EMERYVILLE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/25/08 -- Fliqz, a provider of white-label plug-and-play video solutions, and LearnHub, an educational technology company, today announced the release of Fliqz4R, an open-source Ruby on Rails wrapper for the Fliqz video platform. Fliqz4R enables developers to easily and rapidly deploy full-featured video services for any site built on Ruby on Rails. "Ruby on Rails has become a very popular development environment and we're seeing tremendous customer demand for Ruby on Rails integration," said Benjamin Wayne, CEO of Fliqz. "The Fliqz4R suite, developed by LearnHub, provides for easy integration and will help Ruby on Rails developers take advantage of the Fliqz platform." In addition to Fliqz4R, LearnHub has created an educational community, Fliqz.learnhub.com, that provides instruction, resources, and code examples for Fliqz Rub... (more)

Capella University Makes Comprehensive Online Academic Writing Center Available to the Public

A comprehensive online academic writing center developed by Capella University (www.capella.edu) primarily for graduate level students is now available to the public at www.capellawritingcenter.org. Capella, which is an accredited,* online university that focuses on master’s and PhD degrees, created the Online Writing Center to provide its 23,000-plus students with instruction, resources, and strategies to help them navigate the writing process and develop clear and effective academic writing. “We decided to make this writing resource available to the general public because, first, it’s the nature of writing centers to share resources, and second, we have some unique resources to share that are a result of the collaboration among faculty, staff, and our incredible web and instructional designers,” said Leslie Olsen, coordinator of Capella&rs... (more)

ODYSSEYWARE Announces Release of Text-to-Speech Curriculum Feature

CHANDLER, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 06/09/09 -- ODYSSEYWARE®, Inc., a leading provider of online-based curriculum and e-learning solutions to schools nationwide, is pleased to announce the release of our new text-to-speech online curriculum feature for the 2009-2010 school year. ODYSSEYWARE curriculum is an Internet-based program delivering interactive, multimedia-enriched content to students in grades 3-12. Developed for 21st century learners, ODYSSEYWARE's technology-based curriculum offers the core subjects of social studies and history, math, language arts, and science, along with a variety of electives. Meeting the needs of various learning styles, ODYSSEYWARE's text-to-speech feature allows students to choose different voices to have either a portion of text or an entire lesson from the curriculum read aloud. The ODYSSEYWARE text-to-speech tool helps students wit... (more)

eLearners.com Finds That Four in Ten Americans Say the Cost of College Is Their Biggest Barrier to Higher Education

HOBOKEN, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 10/12/09 -- A new study commissioned by eLearners.com, (http://www.elearners.com), a web resource of EducationDynamics, which connects prospective students with online classes, shows that Americans mulling over whether to return to school want to make sure they're not wasting their money. Among the 95 percent of those not currently in school, the potential cost (40%) would be the biggest barrier to a return to higher education. Another 10 percent would fret about the value of this extra education. "Despite increases in Pell Grants by the federal government, it appears that most people still believe that attending college is cost prohibitive," said Terrence Thomas, Executive Vice President of Marketing for eLearners.com. However, the College Board shows that there is more than $143 billion in financial aid available and that only nine ... (more)

MicroStrategy Offers Free Reporting Software Package for Departmental Business Intelligence Applications

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced its free reporting software package for departmental BI applications. MicroStrategy Reporting Suite enables companies to use MicroStrategy's integrated BI platform to develop and deploy premium, Web-based reporting applications, at no cost. With this compelling reporting package, MicroStrategy has eliminated cost and time impediments for departments and workgroups to initiate new reporting applications. Business users can simply visit the MicroStrategy Reporting Suite Web site, http://www.microstrategy.com/freereportingsoftware, download the free software, and begin building their reporting applications, all in the same day. MicroStrategy's easy-to-use reporting software enables busine... (more)

Noah Education to Announce First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Unaudited Financial Results on Monday, November 23, 2009

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Noah Education Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NED) ("Noah" or "the Company"), a leading provider of interactive educational content and education services in China, today announced that it will release unaudited financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 before the US market opens on Monday, November 23, 2009. The earnings release will be available on the investor relations page of its website at http://ir.noahedu.com.cn . Following the earnings announcement, Noah's senior management will host a conference call at 9:00 am (Eastern) / 6:00 am (Pacific) / 10:00 pm (China) on Monday, November 23rd to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2010 financial results and recent business activities. The conference call may be accessed by calling: Toll Free Toll United States 1-800-510-0178 1-617-614-3450 China - South... (more)