Reimagining The Network For A Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Reimagining The Network For A Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

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Editor’s note: Kittu Kolluri is a general partner at NEA, focusing on IT and energy technology investments. His investments include Box, Aerohive Networks, Braintree, BloomReach, VeloCloud and Cohere Technologies, among others. 

You’re only as strong as your weakest link, and that’s the Internet’s biggest problem today. For more than two decades, the very backbone of the Internet — the network — has subsisted in the shadows, pinned beneath the weight of a fast-growing Internet economy and a powerful cohort of incumbents with much to lose.

Since the early days of SaaS, the tech world has set an astonishing pace for innovation. If the cloud breaks everything (and it does), we are nothing if not resilient — toppling each obstacle in a race to deliver anything-as-a-service, big data and mobility. We have evolved into device-addicted, app-devouring gluttons for bandwidth — all the while coaxing and cajoling the underlying architecture to manage a far…

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ATRIAS, The Bipedal Robot, Keeps Standing Even After You Sweep The Leg

ATRIAS, The Bipedal Robot, Keeps Standing Even After You Sweep The Leg

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In what is sure to be one of the videos that our future robot overlords bring up at the trial of Galacicus 5000 v. The Human Race as an example of cruelty against androids, a researcher kicks and pushes ATRIAS, a bipedal robot. The robot, built by researchers at Oregon State University, remains upright throughout the abuse by hopping from one leg to another, essentially repairing its balance on the fly.

The robot is being used to study running and walking in bipedal robots and it is different in that it uses lightweight materials to absorb shock and maintain a spring in its step. The robot can also take on low obstacles and hop on one leg.

ATRIAS’ unusual leg design is central to its agility and efficiency. The four-bar carbon-fiber leg mechanism is very lightweight, softening each footfall instead of sending large jolts to the body. The legs…

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The best tech demos at TED

The best tech demos at TED

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Boaz Almog TED Talk For his next trick: Boaz Almog uses quantum locking to “levitate” a superconducting disk at TEDGlobal 2012. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Calling all self-proclaimed tech nerds! TED has long been known for demos that set everyone in the theatre a-buzz. Here’s a look back at some memorable tech demos from TED and TEDGlobals past, to get you excited for those coming at TED2015.

[ted_talkteaser id=1959]Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance
On stage at: TED2014
Hugh Herr’s lab creates bionic limbs engineered to help the wearer excel in the activities they love. For Herr, this is personal. In an incredible demo, he welcomes ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, to perform again for the first time.
[ted_talkteaser id=2109]Jorge Soto: The future of early cancer detection?
On stage at:
TEDGlobal 2014
Currently, someone has to…

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