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Holographics Technology: The End of Tape-Based Storage?

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Akonia Holographics claims a world record in data storage density-- 1.35 terabits per square-inch with the use of a state-of-the-art holographic drive architecture and a photopolymer media.

Holographic storage According to the company holographic storage is more robust than tape storage, while featuring the benefits of random access storage. It ships as removable optical media, meaning it is as easy and familiar to use as DVDs, with a small footprint, low costs and low energy consumption.

Holographic storage involves the transfer of millions of bits in parallel to enable 10X faster transfer rates and vast storage density-- one holographic disc stores more data than 54 Blu-ray discs, Akonia says.

Additionally production costs are fairly low, since discs are plastic and do not feature multiple layers.

Lenovo Intros PCs for SMBs

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Lenovo expands its ThinkCentre business desktop PC line with three "affordable" additions aimed for SMB customers, namely the ThinkCentre E63z, the "Tiny" M53 and the "high value" M79.

Lenovo SMB PCThe E63z is slim all-in-one PC. It features  a 19.5-inch WLED display, integrated VoIP-optimised camera, "high quality" stereo speakers, HDMI-out port, card reader and Rapid Charge USB port. Powering all is Intel Core i3 processors.

Meanwhile the M53 lower-specced version of the "Tiny" M73 and M93p PCs. It includes a remote power up option with a supported keyboard and flexible mounting solutions, as well as the PC Cloud Manger 3.0 system management tool and Intelligent Cooling Engine (ICE) 3.0.

The final ThinkCentre PC is the M79, one featuring the "latest" AMD A-Series APUs for enhanced graphic performance. It comes in small factor and mini tower options able to support up to 3 independent displays via optional 2nd DisplayPort connector.

VMware Announces vCloud Air Network

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VMware expands its VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) with the VMware vCloud Air Network, a network of VMware-based cloud services with over 3800 partners based in around 100 countries.

Vmware Through the vCloud Air Network customers get a partner badging system to identify and select from vCloud Air of vCloud Air Network Service Providers. Service providers will have different designations, with "IaaS Powered" providers being those with vSphere-based clouds and "Hybrid Cloud Powered" partners being those using vCloud Director.

"Horizon DaaS Powered" partners are those with clouds handling desktop-as-a-service deployments. VMware will also offer further badge validations based on future vCloud Air services.

Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft

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"I bleed Microsoft-— have for 34 years and I always will," Steve Ballmer writes in the letter announcing his retirement from the Microsoft board, all of 6 months after the appointment of Satya Nadella as company CEO.

Ballmer Clippers"Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off," the former CEO continues. What commitments has Ballmer taken on, you might ask? These include teaching and civic engagements, but mainly he will be busy with his latest purchase, the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.

The National Basketball Association approved the $2 billion acquisition earlier this month, news announced in the shape of a boisterous on-stage address to the press and fans, Ballmer-style.

IDC: 2018 SDN Market to Reach $8 Billion

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According to IDC the global software-defined networking (SDN) market for the enterprise and cloud service provider segments will grow from $960 million in 2014 to over $8 billion in 2018 with a CAGR of 89.4%.

SDNThe SDN ecosystem the forecast covers includes in-use physical network infrastructure, controller and network-virtualisation software, SN network and security services, and SDN-related professional services.

SDN use cases include web scaling for hosting/public cloud providers, private/hybrid cloud deployments, network programmability and customisation, and security applications.

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