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Viodi View – 08/29/15

Memories can mean many things. From the technology world, one thinks of megabytes and gigabytes. From a human standpoint, memories are a bit different, as they aren’t so binary since, over time, the mind blurs the distinct lines of the here and now. In that light, it was a privilege to be behind the camera to film the person, Eli Harari, and some of his team whose work several decades ago makes possible the ubiquitous capture and storage of today’s memories.


Great Memories of a Person Critical to the Success of the Flash Memory Business

Brian Berg and Eli Harari talking about Disruption
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Flash Memory Summit Technical Chairperson, Brian Berg, interviews some of the team that was responsible for creating the first flash disk drive. Eli Harari, founder and former CEO of SanDisk, along with Firmware Engineer, John Magnan and engineer and current SanDisk CTO, Kevin Conley, discuss the important contributions Bob Norman made to this effort. Norman was recognized for his work with the 2015 Flash Memory Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Beaming in Some Big Announcements

The worlds largest drive; 16 Terabytes and it is all flash.
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With its announcement of a 16 Terabyte drive using three-dimensional Vertical NAND Flash memory (3D V-NAND). Samsung had a visible (and floating in its booth) proof point that flash memory is to the point where it is competitive with hard-drives for many applications. Anders Graham, SSD Product Marketing Manager, points out that one of the applications of this drive could be massive storage, as exemplified by Samsung’s announcement of a configuration of 48 of these 16 Terabyte drives in 2 rack units for a total of 792 Terabytes.

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A Game Changer for the Data Center

Samsung proclaiming that flash has overtaken hard-drives at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit
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2015 may be remembered as the year when flash memory overtook hard-drives as the storage media of choice for a variety of applications. In the above interview, Tien Shiah, Product Marketing Manager -SSD of Samsung Semiconductor, discusses Dell’ recent announcement of the integration of Samsung’s  TLC flash drives with a cost-point as low as $1.66/Gigabyte.

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Gigabit City – New Mexico’s Fastest Internet 

vince tyson of Plateau talks about their unique gigabit offering.
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The town of Clovis (approx pop. 40,000) is home to the fastest Internet speeds in New Mexico according to the gold standard of speed tests, Ookla.  Customers of Plateau experience download/upload of 149.62 and 132.79 Mb/s, respectively. Plateau’s COO, Vince Tyson, shared that their fiber-enabled speeds are getting the attention of customers, as Plateau recently signed up their 1,000th customer to a “Gigabit City Internet” plan.

Plateau’s Gigabit plans include options for 100 Mbps ($50/month) and 1 Gbps ($70), with upgrades available for voice and video. Of course, because it is fiber, a customer can be upgraded from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps without a truck roll. An interesting part of their strategy is that they use LTE to serve the low-end of the market with prices starting at $24.95 per month.

To get an idea of how they rolled out a gigabit and its impact on their network, check out this video interview.


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The Korner – Winter-Summer in Jackson Hole

The antler bridge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is depicted.
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It is somewhat ironic that the world bankers met this week at one of the world’s most beautiful places, amidst a turbulent time in the financial markets. This video provides scenes from the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area. In a sense, this video, which juxtaposes shots filmed in the winter and the summer, is a metaphor for the financial markets and their inevitable cycles.

Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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