When a startup?s $10 million in funding is followed two months later by a further $41 million, it?s safe to say they?re tapping into a trend. In the case of Rubrik, that trend is enterprise data management.
Promising an all-in-one approach to enterprise backup and recovery, Rubrik announced its Converged Data Management platform in late March along with its initial funding. Introduced at the time via an early-access program, Rubrik?s technology aims to ?eliminate backup software? by fusing enterprise data management with Web-scale IT.
On Tuesday, Rubrik announced the $41 million Series B portion of its funding along with the general availability of its r300 Series hybrid cloud appliance. The Rubrik r300, a 2U unit containing up to four x86 nodes, comes pre-configured with the Rubrik Converged Data Management software.
Android, already the most widely used operating system in smartphones, could soon find its way into refrigerators, door locks and all manner of other ?smart? appliances around the home.
The OS will be in the spotlight at Google?s massive I/O conference in San Francisco later this week. As well as pushing into home appliances, it could also be extended to play a deeper role in virtual reality, allowing Android developers to build apps for smartphones or VR headsets.
Google hasn?t confirmed any of those plans yet, but as usual, the rumor mill has been in motion. Extending Android to even more devices could help Google draw more people to its online services, and by putting the software in home appliances, Google could gather further valuable insights into people?s behavior.
Microsoft apps will soon come pre-installed on more Android devices thanks to 20 new partnerships the company has forged with tablet makers around the world. The group of global and regional partners, which includes LG, Sony, Haier and Wortmann, will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on devices in the near future.
Beyond that, it?s mostly unclear when the manufacturers will be launching tablets with Microsoft?s apps pre-installed. Sony is slated to start with its Xperia Z4 in the next 90 days, but Microsoft hasn?t provided a timetable for the other manufacturers. LG, for its part, will include the apps on a new tablet sometime later this year. Going forward, manufacturers will have the freedom to pick which apps (if any) show up on a given tablet.
Virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR has acquired Surreal Vision, a company developing image recognition technology that can recreate scenes from real life inside simulated 3D environments.
The technology could help Oculus to create more varied and realistic virtual environments as the Facebook-owned company prepares to launch its flagship consumer device, the Oculus Rift, early next year.
The technology will enable new forms of presence and telepresence, and let people feel like they?re traveling the globe and interacting with real-world objects, Oculus said in its announcement on Tuesday.
Criminals stole sensitive information about roughly 100,000 taxpayers through the Internal Revenue Service?s ?Get Transcript? application, a major data breach at the U.S.?s national tax agency.
The thieves first stole information including Social Security details, dates of birth and street addresses from an outside, non-IRS source, the government agency said Tuesday. They then used that information to clear a multistep authentication process and access the IRS site, along with all the personal tax details stored there.
The matter is now under review by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the IRS? Criminal Investigation unit. The Get Transcript application has also been temporarily shut down.
Rampant power outages are hitting Africa?s telecom sector hard, and are likely to cause aftershocks in related industries.
Southern African Development Community (SADC) and West African countries including Zambia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Malawi face an increasing number of power shortages, affecting the ability of businesses to run base stations, data centers, computers and other IT equipment.
Fuel shortages in Nigeria Monday, for example, curtailed MTN and Etisalat services. The shortages also disrupted services in the banking and travel industries.
Persistent power shortages have added to the high cost of doing business in Africa, as most mobile phone service providers and business process outsourcing facilities are forced to use generators to power installations. This has led operators including MTN to increase investments in renewable energy technologies in order to avoid reliance on the national grid.
Prosecutors are determined to make an example of Ross Ulbricht---to deter other Dark Web market administrators from following in his footsteps.
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On Tuesday the IRS admitted that it had been the target of a breach that compromised 100,000 taxpayers' files.
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A merged Time Warner and Charter wouldn't top Comcast. But their combined heft could set up a showdown.
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Over the past two decades, few voices have shouted louder from the rooftops about global cybersecurity and digital privacy concerns than Bruce Schneier. He’s the CTO of Resilient Systems, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and has authored 14 books?his latest, Data and Goliath, was published in March. As Facebook and Google have infiltrated our every […]
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Being the devil's plaything leaves little time for levity, so when Vanessa Ives got to have this laugh it was hard not to call it the episode's highlight.
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