Bill Roth, Ulitzer Editor-at-Large

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We are pleased to announce a new website, BookOfTheMoment.com, based on its recently released technology, Sophia Recommends™. BookOfTheMoment.com makes book recommendations from the entire Amazon.com catalog based on the top trending news stories from around the wor...
The method of marketing and selling books has changed dramatically since eBookshave taken the publishing industry by storm. EBooks are retailed online, requiring thefront-of-store book displays to be emulated digitally. Sophia for Publishing acts asthe digital in-store marketer, placin...
We're doing more stress testing on the book recommendation bookmarklet and servers, and to do so, we're running a promotion. Be the 1st  buyer of a product today via the bookmarklet, and I'll pay for the book(shipping included). This offer is good for today only, Ju...
We're proud to announce that Sophia Recommends(tm) has been release in conjunction with our presence at BookExpo America 2013. Sophia Recommends is a browser add-on and a powerful cloud service that can recommend books to web users based on the content they are reading at that moment. ...
Some people really love using big words. I am not sure what drives this passion, whether it is genuinely the way their mind operates or if they are just trying to impress. I always suspect it is the latter. For me I prefer simple language that everyone can understand. That said, explai...
As many of you know, we launched Sophia For Advertising at Ad:tech SF 2013. ad:tech San Francisco 2013 may be over, but the conference session videos are now available online! Revisit your favorite sessions or view the sessions you weren't able to attend. All of the sessions are a...
Here is a new video on Sophia, its investment, and our friends at the Northern Ireland Science Park in lovely Belfast, Northern Ireland, featuring David Patterson and Stephen Houston. I'll let the video speak for itself.
JOIN US for the Sophia for Advertising Webinar on May 8th. Register Today. This webinar will introduce you to Sophia and its latest product, Sophia For Advertising. Sophia’s advertising technology provides a new approach to building target audiences, by understanding the content t...
Who is WorldIrish? WorldIrish is an online social network for anyone that has an affinity to Ireland or Irishness. It is a digital platform that allows its users to discover and engage, create and share with each other.  Founded by Riverdance’s John McColgan, WorldIrish attracts ...
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(ed. note: this is the first in a series of posts describing our technology.) Text Analytics Textual analytics is the process of software determining the content of a document so that human “consumers” can more readily find and/or work with that content. Textual analytics software take...
Tired of being annoyed by online ads targeted at you that just make no sense? Have you evolved to unconsciously ignore those ad windows that often revoke a response best described as “huh?”? Any of these feelings sound familiar? I looked for airline tickets/hotel reservation two days ...
We've announced our Series A financing from the folks at Atlantic Bridge: San Jose, Calif. – March 04, 2013 Sophia Corp, the innovation leader in semantic content analysis, Chaired by industry veteran Chris Horn, today announced that it has closed a $3.7 million Series A funding round....
If I ran an advertising network, I would be really worried. There have been two developments recently which would kill my business. Luckily, there is hope. The first major development is the EU Cookie legislation, described on the UK information commissioner’s office here. As we have a...
  (Time to get the blog churning again. Today's post is from our friend Rennie Walker at Earley and Associates.) By Rennie Walker It’s a Big Market … …  online advertising.  There are 10,000 stories and data points about it.  Here are two to give some context to th...
Now that 2012 is over, I guess it’s time to start looking at what’s coming down the track in 2013. Here are my top five predictions for the year ahead: ZFS will be recognized as the most broadly deployed storage file system in the world. Okay, so I cheated on that one. It already is. W...
Key Points Nexenta’s Solution delivers the Best Performance Density on a B230 M2 UCS Blade Nexenta’s Solution delivers the Most Number of VDI Users per B230 M2 UCS Blade Nexenta’s Solution costs under $500/seat, 40% less expensive than recent certifications Nexenta’s Solution w...
Greg Schulz wrote a great piece on "Valueware", and I wanted to syndicate it here. He frames it in terms of "TrueValue Hardware", a place where I spend a decent amount of money. He rightly urges vendors to consider the Value of what they are providing. So, Here it is: I am surprised&nb...
In 1881, John Pierpont Morgan’s home on Madison Avenue in New York City became the first private home in the world to be lit entirely by electricity.  Morgan invited the crème de la crème of New York society to witness this amazing technological display where he boldly declared, “...
One of our competitors, NetApp, got me thinking. One of my favorite sketches on Saturday Night Live is "Really!?! With Seth And Amy" (now with only Seth). In it, head SNL writer Seth Meyers calls some public figure to tasks for outlandish statements. Consider this small episode related...
New Nexenta EcoSystem Alliance Partner Program Extends Opportunities for Technology Partners San Jose, Calif. — November 14, 2012 — Nexenta® Systems, the leader in Software-defined Storage solutions for the enterprise, today launched its Nexenta EcoSystem Alliance (NESA™) program to fa...
Public Records Demonstrate Urgent Need to Reduce Costs of Expensive Legacy Storage Platforms by Embracing Next-Generation Software-defined Storage Solutions Santa Clara, Calif., November 5, 2012 – Nexenta® Systems, the world leader in Software-defined Storage, today announced the resul...
London, UK — 1 November 2012 — Nexenta Systems, the leader in Software-defined Storage solutions for the enterprise, today announced that Kent based secondary academy, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, has implemented two NexentaStor SAN solutions to support its entire VMware virtual ...
Nexenta Systems ha recentemente aperto un ufficio in Italia. Il nostro country manager è  Giuseppe Ferrari. Ecco alcune delle nostre news recente: 25-Oct Bitmat Nexenta Systems sbarca in Italia <http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.bitmat.it/articolo/0000094282...
Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 24 October 2012 – Nexenta Systems, the leader in Software-defined Storage solutions for the enterprise, today announced that LeaseWeb, a leading global hosting provider, has chosen its flagship solution NexentaStor to underpin its new cloud platform. LeaseW...
Storage Costs Overview Many IT organizations engage in financial fiction with management when analyzing their costs for IT. They call it TCO — Total Cost of Ownership. But most of the time, what they deal with is My Cost of Ownership or even My Cost of Acquisition. Rarely do they attem...
Forty percent of all vendors in the VMware Rapid Desktop Appliance program are based on NexentaVSA for View deployments. Santa Clara – October 23, 2012 – Nexenta Systems, a world leader in Software-defined Storage solutions, today announced it has optimized storage infrastructure for...
LONDON, UK - October 18, 2012—Nexenta® Systems, the world leader in Software-defined Storage solutions, today announced that it has grown 212 percent quarter-on-quarter in Europe for the first three quarters of 2012, with Q3 being the best in its history. Fueled by an unmatched pace of...
NexentaStor Honored for Innovation Santa Clara, Calif., October 16, 2012 — Nexenta® Systems, the world leader in Software-defined Storage for the enterprise, announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named NexentaStor as a 2012 Cloud Computing Excellence Award w...
One of the many things I enjoy about the technology industry is that it is forever changing with a purpose. In the enterprise IT market, many if not most of the big changes ultimately enable companies to either deliver greater value to their customers, reduce their costs, do both, and ...
Santa Clara, Calif., October 16, 2012 – Nexenta® Systems, the world leader in Software-defined Storage, announced today Rick Martig has been appointed to serve as the company’s chief financial officer, effective immediately. Most recently, Martig served as the vice president of File &a...
Whether we are in the 20th century (mindset) or the 21st, there is always a CLIENT and a SERVICE provided to the CLIENT. These two abstracted macro-tiers have always been there in some shape and form, and will remain in the foreseeable future. They are changing though, and fast, in fro...
Santa Clara, Calif. – October 9, 2012 – Nexenta® Systems, the world leader in Software-defined Storage solutions, today announced the successful completion of the VMware Rapid Desktop Appliance certification through a combination of Nexenta software and the Cisco UCS platform. At prese...
Much is said and written recently about software-defined networking (SDN) and software-defined storage. Both heavily depend on the new virtualization capabilities and can together be conceptualized as follows: Hardware virtualization goes way back to the early 1970s and may be even...
Recently, people have started to apply the term “software-defined storage” (SDS) to our NexentaStor and to OpenStorage approaches more generally. That prompted us to look at what we really mean when we use that term. Already I’m seeing a rush towards the “Software-defined” label. Consi...
Munich,  3rd October 2012 – Nexenta Systems, the world’s leading provider of OpenStorage solutions for the enterprise, today announced that the Institute of Aircraft Cabin Systems at Hamburg University of Technology has chosen Nexenta as its OpenStorage solution to support its ent...
OpenStorage Solution NexentaStor Yields Moving Company 148 Terabytes of Storage, a 300 Percent Improvement in I/O Ratio, and Disaster Recovery Solution Santa Clara – October 2, 2012 – Nexenta Systems, a world leader in OpenStorage solutions, today announced it is powering executive mo...
Orange Adds OpenStorage to Its Network of Business Services and Offers Broad Support for NexentaStor Products Santa Clara, CA—October 1, 2012—Nexenta® Systems, the world leader in OpenStorage solutions, today announced that Orange IT&L@bs Canada (subsidiary of Orange Business Serv...
By Bill Roth, Vice President, Nexenta Systems On Wednesday, September 12th, Nexenta hosted a reception for the Chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, and Connect2Compete (C2C), a non-profit organization that seeks to empower citizens with affordable access to technology. More specifi...
  We've been working on a story at Nexenta on how we believe we can save governments money. We asked serveral goverments in the Netherlands about their use of storage technologies. The results have been posted in the European tech press. They stories have been posted on Nexenta.co...