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DieselGate: We Were Right, Something Smells Awful

July 13, 2017


Remember back in 2015 when we said something doesn't smell right in the VW diesel scandal? it would be impossible for the whole auto industry to not know what was happening - including execs at these organizations.

Well, fast forward a few years and many arrests later and now Mercedes may have to recall over a million vehicles because well, apparently they did see what VW did and decided it was a great idea to emulate.

Had you been a reader, you would have known this was coming back in 2015 when we said:

If management learned VW engineers were able to achieve the impossible… They found a way to burn diesel in a manner which literally saved billions of dollars for the company, they would naturally want to know how it was done. This was a breakthrough. It is inconceivable that all of management wouldn’t be interested in learning at least something about how the system worked.








StaffAlerter Provides Value in Emergency Notification and IoT

July 8, 2017

With terrorist attacks and other shooting incidents becoming commonplace, the need to quickly notify large groups of people regarding dangerous situations seems to have never been greater. While many of the solutions on the market are targeted at governments or large police departments, the emergency notification system on a budget market has been neglected.

Enter StaffAlerter, the infinitely flexible solution which combines the power of IoT-like sensors with IFTTT real-world flexibility. By this we mean that the system can be easily programmed to sense an emergency button being activated in the freezer and then proceed to unlock the freezer door.

Top 8 IoT Trends for 2017

July 7, 2017

The IoT market is accelerating as growth comes from numerous directions and markets and as it does, one thing is very clear, the internet of things will have a major effect on every market. It will also usher in opportunities in these spaces to start new businesses and grow existing ones.

The number one question we get asked at TMC is what are the hottest trends in IoT? Here is a solid list of what you need to know and where opportunity exists:
  1. Industrial IoT is responsible for ushering in a new industrial revolution. This is a non-trivial change in the way factories and industry operate.



Google Dandelion to Popularize Geothermal?

July 7, 2017

Geothermal energy is pure perfection for heating and cooling homes in climates which are very hot or very cold because the ground stays around 50 degrees Fahrenheit which means, if you can access this area, you can inexpensively heat or cool a home or building. It is better than solar because it isn't god-awful ugly - yes, we know Elon Musk may one day make solar pretty. It's better than wind because it is constant.



The problem with the technology is in the northeast, you can get estimates of $60,000 or more to install such a system.

Its ironic, there is virtually unlimited heating and cooling under our feet but we just can't get to it affordably.

Enter Google-X and the Alphabet spin-off, Dandelion, they are going to start installing geothermal in New York state to start and they say they have found a way to inexpensively and quickly dig the small holes needed to reach about 1,000 feet.

Some of the fastest-growing businesses have been based on arbitrage - many people in the IP communications space saw this for themselves and before that, the international call-back market. Mobile phones helped arbitrage away the need for a camera and flashlight among other devices - and we see how fast that market grew.

We're just spit-balling here but if Google can get the price of an install down to $20,000 and the average homeowner can save $3,000 a year, the payback is under seven years.

Is this a feasible number?













HPE Composable Infrastructure Turns Data Centers into a Mini-Google

June 26, 2017

Fans of search engine history likely know that Google benefited greatly due to the timing of its launch. Whereas Yahoo! launched when dotcom money flowed, allowing it to buy million-dollar SUN servers like they were going out of style (they were), Google had limited resources and made an OS which scaled across off-the-shelf, low-budget equipment, assuming high levels of failure.

This approach, taken by Google still gives it a huge advantage when it acquires companies and ports their IP to its software-OS and it also allows the company to try new ideas quickly and not worry about scale or capacity issues.

The idea is similar to cloud but more complex as it integrates more tightly with applications - into a holistic unit.

Its sort of  a holy grail to replicate this technology and be able to sell it and that is exactly what HPE is attempting to do.



HPE defines Synergy, its composable infrastructure as:
  1. Fluid pools of resources - a singular system where components are abstracted - allowing them to work across physical, virtual and container.
  2. Software intelligence to define the pools - they define the exact footprint needed for applications. Specify permanence and availability requirements for applications and it takes it from there.
  3. A Unified API across compute, network and storage allowing automation tools such as Chef or Puppet to reach into system and create and automatic network infrastructure.



Our colleague Erik Linask writes

With advanced compute, storage, network fabric, management, orchestration, security, and performance technologies leveraging HPE Synergy and Intel’s (News - Alert) Xeon processors, businesses are able to build new, agile, cloud and virtualized platforms that provide the foundation for an agile, customer-first economy.

Through a partnership, ePlus, Intel, and HPE ensure their collective customers are building their digital futures on the back of vetted and proven technologies and solutions, allowing them to innovate and build faster.
















Warranty Master a Must for MSPs

June 23, 2017

Many of you know I am the CEO of a tristate MSP/IT services company primarily serving NY, NJ and Connecticut and it helps me really understand how the IT market works. Most tech writers just stay in the vendor world where things work perfectly I am in the world of reality where things often don't work as advertised. The perspective is invaluable.

Even the companies with stellar reputations for simplicity and service have some products which make you want to flush them down the toilet from time to time. But you have to either use them or resell them to know this.

See a Top 10 Tech Speaker at IoT Evolution in July

June 22, 2017

The tech space is moving so incredibly quickly that you have to attend conferences, webinars and scour the news to be aware of the latest trends and ideas taking place. There is no other way to be sure what to implement, when.

There are two types of businesses these days, the quick and the dead. No, I am not talking about a movie title here - this is the reality of business thanks to digital transformation and IoT.

No company can afford to miss out on what's happening in the world of tech and business and networking with peers and attending conferences with well-chosen speakers is the best way to ensure you are proving your value to your organization.

To that end, it's worth pointing out Inc. Magazine just ran a piece on the 20 tech speakers that will wow your crowd.





ExtraHop Takes Operations Intelligence to the Next Level

June 19, 2017

"We provide operations intelligence which borders on business intelligence,” said Jesse Rothstein CEO of ExtraHop in an interview we had some time back. Since that time the company's machine-learning anomaly detection solution Addy was introduced to leverage the cloud to help companies get a handle on their data center - slowing down the spread of RansomWare by integrating with SIEM solutions.

"ExtraHop Addy brings our environment into focus," said David Johnson, Enterprise Systems Support Specialist with the State of Washington. "With this service, we're alerted to issues we didn't know we had, and it makes us much more proactive in resolving them before the effects are widespread. We now have the data we need to be smarter about how we operate."

Recently, we sat down with Eric Thomas, Director of Solutions Architecture and Rachel Pepple (pictured to the right and below), Director of Marketing Communications to learn about the company's new 

professional services.



Cloud and Datacenter Migration migration 
experts map the entire IT infrastructure across on-premises, 
hybrid, and cloud environments to discover all assets, map dependencies, separate clients and servers, and categorize shared services like DNS and Active Directory.




Tempered Networks Boosts Trust with Identity-Defined Networks

June 19, 2017

If you missed Paula Bernier’s article (free registration required) in our IoT Evolution Magazine, you may not have known Tempered Networks is the new name for Asguard – which is pronounced the same way as Thor’s home-world but spelled with and added letter u.

The idea behind the company is to build trust between systems to go beyond encryption by using Host Identity Protocol for encryption and IF-MAP. “This is a way to have inherent security in your network because it doesn’t happen at the application layer, it happens at the protocol,” said Jeff Hussey, who established F5 Networks and is now President and CEO of Tempered Networks.

Some months later the company outlined their vision – or the problem they are out to solve in more detail:

President Tim Cook?

June 15, 2017

Last December we analyzed 28 CEOs that could potentially become the next president of the United States. At the time, Mark Zuckerberg was rumored to be considering a run. This past May in fact it was discovered there is a PAC looking to draft him into considering it.

Tim Cook just had an interview with BusinessWeek and as Gizmodo noticed, some of his answers seem more political than you might expect. Not overtly but in the sense that he seems to be positioning himself to appeal to moderates.

Some examples include that he feels responsible for growing U.S.



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