July 10, 2012
Etsy isn’t just about coffee koozies and repurposed doilies. The ecommerce site may host online storefronts for handmade, vintage and repurposed items, but it also fosters a future for many an aspiring entrepreneur — a pursuit far more priceless than the items it sells.
In fact, Etsy’s user friendly interface and robust marketing tools have rendered it comparable to eBay, especially in terms of the companies’ sales trajectories. Between 2010 and 2011, Etsy’s sales increased by 71% — its 875,000 shop owners now sell an average of 2.9 million items per month
For all you aspiring product developers this is a great site:
July 10, 2012
A data loss event is the stuff of nightmares for businesses. Something goes wrong – a natural disaster, a server crash, tapes are misplaced – and crucial information is lost and business continuity is threatened. Preventing this scenario is one of the main reasons businesses have backup and recovery procedures in place.
Backing up and storing data can have a significant impact on the operation of your IT department – performing backups over the network takes up bandwidth and the backup data can take up significant storage space. That’s why it’s important to use a backup and recovery solution that provides deduplication, one that supports both local and client-side duplication at the LAN level as well on a global level across all protected sites. The solution should identify duplicate data by looking for the same data queued up for backup more than once and compare the data based on content, so it doesn’t matter if the files have different names or are stored on different servers. After an initial, full backup, the solution should only transmit new or changed data so it doesn’t negatively affect bandwidth.
By eliminating redundant data, data deduplication optimizes the backup environments, reduces costs and makes recovery faster and easier.
However, data deduplication is just one necessary aspect of your cloud backup and recovery solution. Imagine going through the trauma of a data loss event only to find the data you recovered is useless because it is corrupted. Just when you thought you were out of the frying pan, you find yourself in the fire.
To keep that worst case scenario from happening, your backup and recovery solution needs to perform Autonomic Healing. Autonomic Healing acts as an immune system for your network by constantly scanning all backup data for corrupted files. This can include corrupted files as well as ones with logical inconsistencies caused by third-party technologies, such as faulty file systems or network packet loss. Before the file can cause any harm, Autonomic Healing sends notifications so a fix can be applied during the backup process. Autonomic Healing ensures that backup data is constantly in a valid state, so when it comes time to restore, you have confidence in the data.
The only cloud backup and recovery solution that provides you with both deduplication and Autonomic Healing is Asigra Cloud Backup™. To find out more information on how Asigra Cloud Backup can ensure you can recover and restore your data to resume business operations quickly, visit www.c24.co.uk
July 10, 2012
Apple made quite a splash at its annual developers conference. Although iOS 6 looked like just a bugfix to iOS 5, OS X Mountain Lion and the new MacBook Pro with Retina display grabbed all the eyeballs. Let’s look at the Retina MacBook first. Apple has once again been at the forefront of innovation by making a display which has more pixels than an HDTV. This sets new standards for the competition – they have to catch up, the web – websites are now forced to be forced to be optimised for higher resolution displays, softwares – developers now have to make better use of all those pixels. This is a good thing as it will lead to more innovations and ultimately, the consumer enjoys the fruits.
Then, there was OS X Mountain Lion which is the first step in a fusion between OS X and iOS. Apple looks to have done a better job than Microsoft has done with Windows 8 by maintaining familiar interfaces and gradually changing it instead of pulling off a blinder (no doubt Windows 8 is an excellent OS – read our review of the Consumer Preview here). One thing is certain. Mobile is the future. How touchy it will be is the question.
Embedded below is the complete video of the WWDC 2012 Keynote from YouTube.