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Atlantis Computing’s Software Defined Storage, Hyperconverged Infrastructure, and Data Center Design

January 19, 2016 Comments off

Atlantis ComputingAtlantis Computing‘s Hyperscale appliance sports an all-flash array for storage, plus adds compute and virtualization to your remote office/branch office (ROBO) sites without the need for on-site IT staff. Its Hyperscale solutions offer your company:

  • Data reduction
  • I/O acceleration
  • Data management
  • Data mobility
  • Data protection
  • Unified storage

Its “turnkey” appliances offer simplified setup with enterprise-class all-flash storage that anyone in your ROBO can setup in minutes at a lower cost than competitive hyperconverged solutions. Starting with a two-node, 4 TB appliance, your Atlantis Computing-based solution can grow with you. You can read my article on ZDNet about Atlantis Computing’s latest announcements and listen to the podcast.

To find out more about how Atlantis Computing’s Hyperscale solutions can help your business, check out an in-depth article complete with supporting statistics and data: From the Field: Software Defined Storage and Hyperconverged Infrastructure in 2016.

Atlantis Computing is also offering you a free ebook so that you can have a look into the building of a modern data center.

Learn how agile IT principles and emerging data center services, such as software-defined storage and a hyperconverged infrastructure, will play an important role in meeting increasing business demands.

Sign up to reserve your copy.

Other free resources from Atlantis Computing:

DeepStorage Report on Atlantis

Atlantis Computing also helps companies setup and manage virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementations. If you want your VDI to work like you’ve dreamed it would without spending your company’s retirement fund to do it, check out Atlantis’ solutions for VDI.

Atlantis Computing

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Violin Memory Expands Partner Support with New Global Partner Program and Portal

March 11, 2015 Comments off

Violin MemorySANTA CLARA, Calif.– Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE:VMEM), a global pioneer of award-winning flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, today announced the launch of its Global Partner Program and a new easy-to-use online portal. Following the launch of the Violin Flash Storage Platform, the expanded Violin Global Partner Program establishes new incentives and business models that will enable partners to achieve success through simplified partner programs, more predictable performance rewards, and innovative tools to deliver consistency in partner engagement.

“The Violin mantra is ‘partner first,’” said Jeff Nollette, global vice president, Channel Sales. “We treat our channel partners as a natural extension of our salesforce, providing the same level of support and enablement. Repeatable and sustainable business will drive our partners and their customers to new levels in IT agility and performance while delivering the fastest ROI and lowest TCO, and we’re excited to work with our partners to expand mutual business and success.”

The Violin Effect 

  • The program is founded on the implementation of a simplified and consistent compensation model for improved revenue growth and predictability
  • Significant increases in margin on deal registration as well as incentives on new accounts are designed to drive profitability
  • Increased marketing development funds (MDF) provide flexibility around marketing activities, enabling and empowering partners with options to drive awareness and lead-generation campaigns
  • Partner Levels – Platinum, Gold, Silver – offer appropriate incentives associated with the right investment level for each partner

A multi-tiered partner model allows accredited partners to start small without compromising platform performance or features delivered to customers.  As partner footprints expand, the Violin effect will expand and scale to support increased revenue and opportunity by sweetening incentive offerings, providing increased technical visibility and tools to ensure every experience with Violin or a partner of Violin is professional and consultative.

“The Violin objective is to deliver a simplified and rewarding experience that will make it easier for partners to buy, sell and grow profitably with Violin Memory products and services,” said Fahima Zahir, director of World Wide Channel Programs. “We are building the industry’s broadest partner ecosystem and will continue to make significant investments to deliver the greatest business value for our partners.”

The Global Partner Program and online portal are now live and accessible for Violin partners worldwide. For more information on the Violin Partner Network, or to apply to join the authorized community of resellers and distributors, visit:

About Violin Memory

Business in a Flash. Violin Memory transforms the speed of business with high performance, always available, low cost management of critical business information and applications. Violin’s All Flash optimized solutions accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings for building the next generation data center. Violin’s Flash Fabric Architecture™ (FFA) speeds data delivery with chip-to-chassis performance optimization that achieves lower consistent latency and cost per transaction for Cloud, Enterprise and Virtualized mission-critical applications. Violin’s All Flash Arrays and Appliances, and enterprise data management software solutions enhance agility and mobility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter at

All Violin Memory news releases (financial, acquisitions, manufacturing, products, technology, etc.) are issued exclusively by Business Wire and are immediately thereafter posted on the company’s external website, Violin, Violin Memory, and the Violin Memory logo, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Violin in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Violin’s trademarks can be found at Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the words “partner” or “partnership” do not imply a partnership relationship between Violin and any other company.

Violin Memory Forward-looking Statement

This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements with respect to the following:  the possible results and economic benefits that partners,  customers and others may realize by using Violin Memory’s products,  including  improvements in information technology agility and performance, return on investment, total cost of ownership, revenue growth and predictability, increases in margin and profitability, improvements in marketing development, platform performance and features, increased revenue and revenue opportunity, and Violin’s ability to continue to make investments in its partner program, and Violin Memory’s business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory’s business performance and financial results, including those set forth under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” in Violin Memory’s quarterly  report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory’s investor relations website at and on the SEC’s website at All forward-looking statements in this public announcement are based on information available to Violin Memory as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.


Apple Begins Selling Nova – The First Wireless, Bluetooth iPhone Flash

November 10, 2014 Comments off

Sneaky Squid LLC –

  • Nova is the first wireless, Bluetooth iPhone flash and will be sold in the Apple Store
  • Funded on Kickstarter in 2 days, Nova raised 3-times its funding goal by backers in more than 60 countries
  • Created by former Senior Google Engineer (Mobile and Photos)

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  • Nova is the first wireless, Bluetooth flash for iPhone. Apple starting selling Nova online at in November 2014, and it will be available at select Apple stores in the United States and Canada later this month.
  • Nova is a portable, sleek iPhone accessory that fits in a wallet and can go everywhere your iPhone does. Unlike other iPhone flash accessories, Nova has a Bluetooth connection to avoid dealing with clunky connecting cables and packs 10-times the number of LEDs as alternative options to give users greater control over their photos (to create consistently great photos).
  • Nova is the photographer’s friend, providing beautiful natural light. It gives users the creative freedom to position and angle the light where they need it. Nova also offers a custom option to select from cool to warm and soft to bright light using 40 LEDs set behind a built in diffuser.


  • Joe Walnes (Former Senior Engineer at Google, Mobile and Photo products)
  • Alex Lukashevich (Software Services Manager, DRW Trading Group)


Nova is the first wireless, Bluetooth flash for iPhone users to capture consistently great photos. With a beautiful natural light, Nova captures photos that are rich with color and depth, smoothing out lines and wrinkles, with soft shadows, that makes everyone look their best. It is an off-camera and wireless accessory designed to provide the right light in the right place for amazingly lit photos. Anyone can point and shoot or unleash the artist within using different positions and tilting the light.

The Nova features and details include:

  • 40 cool and warm LEDs behind a soft diffuser, controlled by the app
  • 4 presets: gentle for close ups, warm for portraits, neutral for daylight and bright for groups or strong background light
  • Custom option to select exact cool to warm and soft to bright light
  • Slim design to fit in a wallet
  • Requirements: iPhone 4s and above, running iOS 7 or later
  • Price: $59 – for hi-res photos

Making it Move with MotionComposer for Windows (Review)

May 9, 2013 Comments off

screen-mc-windowsMotionComposer 1.0.14
$149 US
MotionComposer for Windows
Also available in Mac format.

MotionComposer is a desktop application that allows you to create Flash or HTML5 animations for your website or animated ebooks for iPad and iPhone. MotionComposer is a relatively complex program that has just about every bell and whistle imaginable for creating dynamic content. I like the application. It’s too bad that I’m either not smart enough to create really good content or I haven’t spent enough time with it to do so.

I’m too embarrassed to post my creation for you to see but I can see how easy it is for someone who can spend time with the application to learn its ways and means.

It’s a very powerful program that I would compare to Adobe Photoshop in flexibility, power, capability, support, and complexity. Don’t mistake the application’s complexity for complexity of use. The program is complex but its operation is simple.

The user interface is clean and enjoyable to use. It is responsive and does exactly what you tell it to do. MotionComposer is one of those programs that you could use to create an interactive training device, a dynamic website, an animated ebook, magazines, newspapers or just about any animated digital content that you can imagine. I’d love to have expert knowledge of it but I may never gain that kind of competence with the application on my own.

MotionComposer’s website makes the following claims:

MotionComposer makes your life easy

  • No coding required.
  • A clear user interface lets you create beautiful animations effortlessly.
  • Publish in Flash® and HTML5 in a single step.
  • Publish content to any computer, smartphone, and tablet, including iPhone and iPad.
  • Optimized HTML5 code ensures the best performance of your content on iPhone and iPad.

I’d have to agree. Even my very poorly conceived animation worked very well. If you’re a graphic artist, designer, web administrator, ebook creator, or creative person in general, you’ll love it. And for $149, it’s easy on the wallet too. Seriously, these types of applications, if you’ve priced them, are far more expensive or you have to purchase add-ons or modules to do what this one does as is.

Creating content with MotionComposer reminds me a bit of creating a stop motion movie. You begin with a timeline and slides. From there, you add graphics or text and edit the transitions and movements of your objects. It’s great fun actually and not anywhere near as tedious as creating a stop motion movie.

The app features multiple transitions for elements, such as text fly-in, transitions between slides, audio capability, zoom and more. If you really want to see it in action, watch the demo video.

I have some good advice for you after working with this application for a few hours. First, if you’re a beginner with this kind of app, read the docs, watch the demo video and learn its capabilities before you experiment. It’s easy but it’s not child’s play. This is a professional application that requires mastery. If you’re a pro who’s coming at this from another similar application or from some other method, you’ll love it.

In all, I think the price plus performance rate this application at a solid 8.5 out of 10 for me. A company representative told me that there is a newer version coming soon that will knock your socks off. Frankly, I never liked socks anyway. I can’t wait. I hope they allow me to upgrade. This is one app that I’d love to master and use.

Rating: 8.5/10

Recommendation: Buy and Learn.

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