David Spark

David Spark is a veteran tech journalist and founder of Spark Media Solutions, a brand journalism firm. For more, read Spark's blog at Spark Minute and follow on Twitter @dspark and Google +.

Startup ÜberConference Hiring to Build Conferencing App

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In Silicon Valley, there are tons of engineers, developers and designers chomping at the bit to find and work on the next big thing. If the Facebook ship has passed you by, you might want to consider ÜberConference, a visual interface-based audio conference calling application that won TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition earlier this year. Thanks to their recognized success, visible with the giant cup temporarily displayed in their booth, ÜberConference was able to close a Series B round with Andreessen… continue…

Unisys Stealth Enables Virtual Networks

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Security is an obsession for everyone who talks about the cloud and virtualization. Hoping to add another layer of comfort to your security concerns, Unisys has introduced its Stealth Solutions Suite, an NSA-certified technology that stealth-enables network endpoints, making them seem invisible on your network. “You can’t hack what you can’t see,” notes Jill M. Walsh, stealth portfolio manager, Technology, Consulting and Integration Solutions at the company. The stealth technology executes low in the protocol stack. On top of the… continue…

Silicon Valley Fellowships for Black and Latino Engineering Students

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Resumes only take you so far in the hiring process. To be really effective, you have to show what you can do, and meet the right people. To help lure talented minority students into the Silicon Valley culture, the non-profit code2040 launched a summer fellowship program to bring Black and Latino engineering students into the Valley for a summer. Laura Weldman Powers, code2040′s executive director, encourages people who are in these categories or know someone who fits the bill to… continue…

How IT Can Leverage Consumerization

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“Most traditional approaches to IT security we saw last year were fundamentally breaking down,” said Brian Madden of brianmadden.com during an interview at VMworld 2012. Last year at VMworld in Las Vegas, Madden and I spoke about the consumerization of IT. To summarize, Madden pointed out that the world of IT had changed because users are no longer beholden to IT to get services. The endless variety of available Web services means they can circumvent IT security policies and more… continue…

Want to Be a Part of the Next Big Thing? Start It.

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One of the greatest desires of developers is to be with a startup from the beginning so they can get in on the next cool thing. But with hundreds, if not thousands, of startups out there, finding the one is close to impossible. What to do? Start one yourself, suggests Rafe Needleman, formerly a reporter and columnist for CNET and now a Platform Advocate for Evernote. I spoke with Needleman at the TechCrunch Disrupt. “The money, at least for now,… continue…

Peek Inside VMware’s Hands-On Labs

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One of the most sought-after experiences at VMworld 2012 was to spend time in the user labs and get some hands on experience with VMware’s latest and greatest. We got a rundown of the entire environment with Adam Zimman, Senior Director of Integration Engineering at VMware R&D. The promise of the labs is to let users get access in a full-blown encapsulated environment. More than just seeing the new technology, they get to try out different business scenarios. For example,… continue…

One Woman’s Views on Algorithms as Foreplay

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How successful has online dating been for you? Jen Friel, who blogs at Blogger of Talk Nerdy to Me Lover, says her experiment has been a combination of success and ultimate failure. I spoke with her at the TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Friel’s dating experiment outgrew from another where she bartered social media to live for a year. She took $10 and traveled to 12 states from May 2010 to May 2011. During that time she wanted a social… continue…

HP’s Cloud Services Wants OpenStack Lovers

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HP Cloud Services wants to talk to people who are passionate about the public cloud and OpenStack. The HP unit is building its offering on top of OpenStack, and is looking for all types of technical talent like Ruby on Rails developers, architects, QA leads and DevOps specialists. In total it has 125 job openings, mostly in Seattle, Austin and Silicon Valley, plus some positions in Colorado, Atlanta and the UK, says Jim Ashe, a Senior Sales Executive for HP… continue…

Avaya’s Approach to UC in a Virtual Environment

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Avaya displayed its new Collaborative Pod at VMworld 2012. The approach allows for the delivery of Unified Communications and Contact Center applications in a virtual environment. Interested? Here are some more points of interest: Everything runs on virtual machines over vCenter. Top of the rack delivers 10 Gigabit switching. Media gateway allows for DSP resources and PSTN access. On top of vCenter you can deploy other needed management services such as utility or element management. Includes KVM Ewitch and Compute… continue…

How VMware’s Leadership Sees Virtualization

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  The morning of the first day of VMworld 2012 conference, VMware CEO Paul Maritzhis soon-to-be successor Pat Gelsinger answered open questions from the press. Here are some of their comments. With regard to VMware’s global virtualization penetration, they’re aware that while VMware is well established in mature markets, they’ve got a lot of work to do in less mature markets. Can VMware be ported over to ultra density ARM-based servers? Users technically have the capability to do that already.… continue…