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IBM has introduced new solid state drives (SSDs) for its enterprise servers that add something long-missing to SSDs: intelligence. New management software can improve performance up to eight-fold and reduce, IBM said, while reducing the amount of storage needed by 80 percent and power consumption by 90 percent. Up to now, the assumption with SSDs has been simply to put them in place of a hard disk and they will function just like one. That may work in an iPhone or laptop, but in the enterprise, it’s not such a good idea. The notion that SSDs can replace high speed…

America Online’s Platform-A tops the U.S. rankings for ad networks. That puts Platform-A ahead of Web heavyweight’s Yahoo’s Ad Network in second-place and Google’s Ad Network, in third, according to a comScore report out today. The research firm also said online ad networks posted double-digit growth while grabbing market share from the big sites that sell ad space. The ranking of the top 25 ad networks based on their reach among U.S. Internet users for April shows AOL/Platform-A reaching 176.5 million Internet users, or 91.5 percent of the total audience, followed by Yahoo Network, with 167.1 million and Google Ad…

Author: Mark Long (News Factor) Mozilla Labs has launched a new browser project that promises to give developers the ability to explore new ways to help Web-site visitors customize and personalize the surfing experience. Featuring support for status bars, tabs, content scripts, and animations, Jetpack is an application programming interface (API) for enabling Web designers to write browser add-ons using technologies they already know, such as HTML, CSS and Javascript. The goal is to allow “anyone who can build a Web site to participate in making the Web a better place to work, communicate and play,” said members of the…

Author: Andy Patrizio (Internet News) Dell has been a notoriously loyal Intel customer, but today it went way off the beaten path with the introduction of Web servers based on VIA Technologies’ Nano processor. The Nano, usually used in netbooks or embedded systems, turned out to be just the ticket for this specific server need. Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) said it had been approached by large customers in the Web hosting space asking for consumer-facing Web servers that didn’t draw a lot of power and need only a fraction of the processing power typically found in servers. “This is not an…

Source: MarketWire (Marketwire) — 05/19/09 — FastSoft, Inc. introduced at the Interop IT Expo the latest product in its E Series line which supports 10Gbps throughput. The E Series EX accelerates TCP traffic 2 to 5 times, speeding up web applications and data transfers, especially for rich media and dynamic content elements. The E Series EX is built on the FastSoft 2.0 platform — a space- and power-saving 1U form factor — which accelerates rich, dynamic content across the Internet. It offers intelligent performance analysis and reporting to help companies improve end-user experience to create greater loyalty and higher web…

Author: Ian Paul, PC World Kumo, next week at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things D conference. Ballmer is one of the featured speakers at the conference, which runs from May 26-28 in Carlsbad, California. News that Ballmer could unveil Kumo during the conference broke late yesterday on the All Things D blog and in today’s The Wall Street Journal. Microsoft has officially declined to comment on a Kumo debut, but the fact that the conference sponsors are scooping news on their own event suggests this rumor is either a publicity stunt or true. All Things D will release…

Source: Ajay & John (Reuters) (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is likely to show a new version of its Internet search engine publicly for the first time next week, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The software giant has been testing a new version of the service internally under the name of Kumo.com and it may become part of the firm’s attempt to catch up with Internet search leaders Google Inc and Yahoo Inc. Microsoft has hired JWT, a unit of WPP Plc, to develop an advertising campaign for the product, the paper said, citing people…

Author: David Needle (Internet News) Yahoo picked the first anniversary of its launch of SearchMonkey to update the public on its progress on several key fronts, including improvements to mobile and image-related results. SearchMonkey gives site owners a structured way to expose key data to Yahoo’s search engine, so, for example, a restaurant’s menu or location would have a better chance of showing up in a relevant search. A Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) user searching for Chinese food would get the specific name and address of a relevant, local restaurant and ratings among the top results. The idea is to get…

Author: Ian Paul (PC World) Google has apologized for yesterday’s service outage that left 14 percent of its user base without Google’s wide variety of online services for a few hours. Google said in a blog post the outage came down to a simple traffic jam at an Asian data center. The search giant described the situation by using the analogy of a large number of airplanes being rerouted through one airport that was not equipped for a massive influx of traffic. But in Google’s case, it wasn’t airplanes looking for a place to land; it was cloud-based data trying to stay up in the…

Author: Rick Sloboda (Smashing Mag) Branding experts hit the nail on the head when they say that a winning brand conveys why you are your prospects’ only solution. If you can’t achieve that, you should at least convey why you are your prospects’ best solution. Of course, the same logic applies to your clients. So make a compelling claim about your business, product or service, and back it up. Are you the biggest or most popular provider of your type of product? Do you provide the widest selection of services? Do you leverage strategic partnerships? Create patented technology? Offer convenient…

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