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By Bill Roth, Vice President, Nexenta Systems On Wednesday, September 12th, Nexenta hosted a reception for the Chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, and Connect2Compete (C2C), a non-profit organization that seeks to empower citizens with affordable access to technology. More specifically, it is focusing on providing education content, job training and low-cost, high-quality laptops and broadband connectivity to low-income Americans.  The event was organized by Javelin Venture Partners (one of our investors), and staff from Nexenta assisted in the logistics. Chairman of the FCC Julius Genachowski Chairman Genachowski was sworn in as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in June 2009. Since then, he has focused the agency on unleashing the opportunities of wired and wireless broadband. He has successfully pursued policies to promote investment and job cre... (more)

It is Time to Get Serious about Architecting ICT

Just finished another ICT-related technical assistance visit with a developing country government. Even in mid-2014, I spend a large amount of time teaching basic principles of enterprise architecture, and the need for adding form and structure to ICT strategies. Service-oriented architectures (SOA) have been around for quite a long time, with some references going back to the 1980s. ITIL, COBIT, TOGAF, and other ICT standards or recommendations have been around for quite a long time as well, with training and certifications part of nearly every professional development program. So why is the idea of architecting ICT infrastructure still an abstract to so many in government and even private industry? It cannot be the lack of training opportunities, or publicly available reference materials. It cannot be the lack of technology, or the lack of consultants readily will... (more)

Mexikanischer Tourismusverband und mexikanische Botschaft präsentieren Flight of the Butterflies in 3D-Weltpremiere

WASHINGTON, 25. Sept. 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Die Regierung von Mexiko präsentierte gestern Abend in Zusammenarbeit mit dem mexikanischen Tourismusverband und der mexikanischen Botschaft die Weltpremiere von „Flight of the Butterflies" im Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Mehr als 400 Gäste, darunter auch der mexikanische Präsident Felipe Calderon, waren bei der IMAX® 3D-Filmvorführung anwesend, die die Geschichte des Monarchfalters, eines der großen Naturgeheimnisse der Welt, erzählt. „Flight of the Butterflies" wurde von SK Films, einer kanadischen Produktionsfirma produziert, wird von der National Science Foundation unterstützt und erzählt die wahre Geschichte eines unerschrockenen Wissenschaftlers, der 40 Jahre lang das geheime Versteck des Monarchfalters während dessen Überwinterung in Mexiko sucht. Das preisgekrönte Produktion... (more)

'Drug Discovery Services Market will Reach $16.6 Billion in 2015' Predicts New Visiongain

LONDON, December 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report by visiongain predicts that the world market for drug discovery outsourcing will reach $16.6bn in 2015. That revenue forecast and others appear in Drug Discovery Outsourcing: World Market 2013-2023, published in November 2012. Visiongain is a business information provider based in London, UK. Visiongain forecasts that the drug discovery outsourcing market will experience high revenue growth from 2013 to 2023. Expansion of the market will be stimulated by the rising costs of pharma research and development (R&D), advancing technologies and development of biologics (biological drugs). The complexity and technological advances in drug discovery will make it more challenging for many companies to conduct drug discovery in-house. Visiongain predicts that more companies will use contract service providers to gain ac... (more)

IXcellerate: Capacity Magazine puts Moscow in Top Three Emerging DataCentre Hubs

In a special report on data centres the global telecoms publication Capacity has announced that Russia is one of the top 3 emerging data centre hubs. Looking away from traditional global hotspots of activity Capacity identified three key areas for future expansion. These are Russia South Africa and Turkey. IXcellerate was one of the first modern carrier-neutral datacenter operators to start up in the Russian market with its 15,000m2 campus in central Moscow."Moscow will become a big part of telecoms data networking and acts as a bridge between Europe and South-East Asia" Guy Willner, CEO of IXcellerate was quoted as saying in the article. For more information see http://www.capacitymagazine.com/Article/3210598/Features/DATA-CENTRE-SPECIAL-Top-three-emerging-hubs.html About IXcellerate IXcellerate is a data centre operator founded by Guy Willner (Founder and former C... (more)

TMX Atrium Expands Moscow Connectivity to IXcellerate

Building on the continued success of TMX Atrium’s market-leading ultra-low latency connectivity network, this latest Moscow footprint expansion boosts trading opportunities yet further for TMX Atrium’s clients. The new connection offers some of the lowest latency access between Moscow and key European financial centres, including London, Frankfurt and Stockholm. TMX Atrium has been working in Russia since 2011 and now offers a complete solution, both for international clients looking to access and trade the Russian markets and for Russian clients looking to access other trading venues across Europe. Guy Willner, CEO of IXcellerate says “We are very pleased to see that such a major player in financial markets infrastructure connectivity recognizes IXcellerate as a key component in the expansion of Moscow as a major financial centre”. About IXcellerate IXcellerate i... (more)

World Housing Launches World's First One-for-One Real Estate Gifting Model

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/18/14 -- World Housing, CCC Inc. announced today the launch of the world's first one-for-one real estate gifting model. The program, inspired by the global success of TOMS(TM) shoes, requires qualified partner developers to contribute a fixed amount on every condo sold in the first world, to building and gifting a new home for qualified, deserving families that live in and around large third world garbage dump communities. "We cannot possibly overstate the incredible social change that is created by gifting homes to the most deserving people on earth," said Peter Dupuis, co-founder of World Housing. "The conditions of landfill communities are the worst in the world; these people are literally surviving off of the garbage of others, spending hours a day trying to find clean water and food for their family. Receiving... (more)

The 8th Edition of Tata Interactive Learning Forum saw International Speakers and Industry Experts discuss Learning and Performance in a Flat World

MUMBAI, India, October 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The exclusive, annual Tata Interactive Learning Forum (TLF)-US held at Chateau Elan, Greater Atlanta, Georgia saw acclaimed international speakers and industry experts discussing and sharing experiences in Remodeling the L&D Space in a Flat World. TLF 2011, by Tata Interactive Systems (the world's leading developer of learning solutions), was held in Sept at Chateau Elan, Greater Atlanta, Georgia. The TLF is a global symposium where leaders and decision makers from the learning and training space come together to share their ideas, innovations, and insights. This unique platform provides learning leaders the opportunity to share their experiences in corporate learning, network with like-minded peers and examine case studies of key learning initiatives at other organizations. The 8th Edition of TLF concluded in US ea... (more)

HTML5: Will It Ever Live Up to the Hype?

HTML5 is the latest iteration of the standard used by web programmers and developers. When completed in 2014, it will enable developers to write-once-run-anywhere (WORA) for consistent, cross-platform experiences across all operating systems and browsers. For example, a developer could create a single application with identical performance across Facebook, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and all other mobile platforms. Developers like the cross-platform compatibility and users appreciate real-time access to applications via their browser, without a download. By 2015, IDC predicts rapid adoption: 1 billion HTML5-capable browsers in use throughout the world Two million HTML web developers writing HTML5 applications 80 percent of all mobile apps will be based on HTML5 to some extent HTML5 Unfortunately, HTML5 will first have to surmount some daunting technical and commerc... (more)

Citizen Journalism Studied Around the World

Citizen Journalism Studied Around the World Citizen journalism, once the butt of jokes by professional journalists, is now studied by over 51 major universities around the world. The website www.academia.edu (who’s researching what?) recently posted a list of major universities where citizen journalism is being taught, studied or researched on some level. Here’s the link to their list: http://www.academia.edu/People/Citizen_Journalism. As Catalyst-in-Chief of the National Association of Citizen Journalists, I’m pleased to see that some J-schools now recognize the role that John and Jane Doe journalists have in the future of the media. In our attempt to expand the professionalism of citizen journalists, my partner, Susan Carson Cormier, and I have recently published “Handbook for Citizen Journalists.” Aspiring and active citizen journalists will find a wealth of infor... (more)

Wiring Indonesia with WARNETs, Wifi Hotspots, and Mobile

Jakarta is a city of cafes, coffee shops, and mobile phones. With a mobile penetration hitting nearly 62% of the population, the world’s 4th most populace nation represents a huge market, and tremendous infrastructure challenges. With more than 50% of the country making less than $50/month, the percentage of people with access to mobile phones and the Internet is astonishing. This is very apparent when driving through villages that are well under the poverty line, such as you will drive through on the way from Balikpapan to Samarinda (in Eastern Borneo, East Kalimantan Province). A large percentage of the “homes” you pass would not have a prayer to hold water out of the “house” during a heavy rainstorm, but you will see many, if not most, of the residents carrying a mobile phone. Most of the mobile phones are pre-paid, meaning of course the user pays up front for ... (more)