Cloudflare has made a name for itself as a content delivery platform and security company, offering services to help keep websites up and running (sometimes running into a little controversy in the process). Now, as the company marks its 7th birthday — it actually launched on September 27, 2010 — it’s moving into another new area, literally and figuratively. Cloudflare is… Read More
Eden, the office management and tech support platform, has today closed $10 million in Series A funding led by Spectrum 28, with participation from Fifth Wall Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Y Combinator Continuity Fund, Canvas Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Eniac Ventures and other existing investors. Eden started out as a tech support service for both businesses and consumers. The… Read More
Microsoft today announced that it has joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as a Premium Sponsor. The OSI, which launched in 1998, takes a relatively pragmatic approach to open source and advocates for open source in business and government. The OSI also reviews open source licenses, which are often vendor specific, to ensure that they conform to “community norms and… Read More
Malicious hackers and security breaches that have exposed personal information of millions of people have pushed the issue of online security into the spotlight, not just for individuals but for organizations that do business with them. Now a company called Onfido, which has built a way to help websites verify people’s identities using a photo-based identity document, a selfie and… Read More
Manufacturers of hard disks are in trouble and they know it. They have been since the development of SSDs, and as these newer disks grow in capacity and continue to see their prices fall, the outlook is increasingly bleaker for conventional hard disk manufacturers.
To help stem the tide and counter the threat, they’ve been upping the ante where storage capacity is concerned. It’s now possible to get a 12-14 TB hard drive, where just a few years ago, 3-6TB was considered enormous.
They have accomplished this feat by cramming more and more disk platters inside the drive case and finding ways of reducing friction. At some point, though, there’s an upper limit to how much can be done on that front, and disk manufacturers seem to have hit that wall.
A Japanese firm called Hoya Corp may have found a way around the limitation, all thanks to simple glass.
A spokesman for the company said he believes that in months and years to come, aluminum substrates will fall into disuse in preference for glass, which is more rigid, smoother and flatter than aluminum, all of which makes it possible to stack more platters in the drive enclosure.
To be clear, Hoya Corp is doing more than just talking about it. They’ve already developed a prototype of the glass substrate that would be needed. It measures just 0.381mm in thickness, which would allow literally dozens of substrates to be stacked together.
To give you a sense of scale, the largest, highest capacity HDDs on the market today have seven substrate, so we’re talking about a leap in capacity of an order of magnitude or more.
Will that be sufficient to counter the threat posed by SSDs? Only time will tell, but it’s certainly an intriguing development and it’ll be fascinating to watch events continue to unfold.
Lively co-founder Shobin Uralil likes to describe the health savings account as the “401(k) for healthcare” — but that it’s woefully underused as an investment vehicle like a 401(k). So instead of just relying on it as a way to pay for healthcare, Uralil and his co-founder Alex Cyriac set out to build a way to not only help people start up health savings accounts, but… Read More
ProsperWorks, a service that offers a set of Google-centric CRM tools, today announced that it has raised a $53 million Series C round led by Norwest Venture Partners, with participation from GV (the fund you probably still remember as Google Ventures). This new round brings the company’s total funding to $87 million, which, in ProsperWorks’ own words, makes t the “#1 funded… Read More
Splunk has always been data central for IT operations info, but as the logs fill up with ever-increasing amounts of data, it has become impossible for humans to keep up. Recognizing this, Splunk started building in machine learning and artificial intelligence last year, and this week they are enhancing those capabilities to make it easier to surface the data that’s most critical. The… Read More
Managed by Q, the platform that helps office managers handle day-to-day operations, has made its first acquisition, picking up Y Combinator graduates Hivy for an undisclosed amount.
Managed By Q lets office managers book cleanings, handy work, IT help, and order office supplies thanks to a partnership with Staples. MBQ has raised upwards of $72 million and now serves New York, Chicago, San… Read More
Microsoft Excel users rejoice — your favorite spreadsheet is about to get a lot smarter. Thanks to the help of machine learning and a better connection to the outside world, Excel will soon be able to understand more about your inputs and then pull additional information from the internet as necessary. Read More
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