Apr 23

Aspera Sync is a new software engine the enables highly scalable, multidirectional file replication and synchronization. Sync is designed to overcome the bottlenecks of conventional synchronization tools like rsync and scale up for maximum speed replication and synchronization over WANs, for large file stores  with large file sizes. Aspera Sync reconciles file system changes with remote peers at extremely high speed (500 files per second+) on commodity hardware and does not degrade in performance with the number of files, or with WAN conditions. Built upon patented fasp transport, Aspera Sync transfers new data between peers at full bandwidth capacity, regardless of distance and network conditions (100X+ rsync over long distance and high bandwdith WANs). This could be useful to help stage large media close to different global learning centers as Duke continues to expand the reach of our campus.

Apr 21

I met and spoke with some folks from the trade magazine Telepresence Options. They have a very impressive website dedicated to all types of telepresence and could be a great resource for us as we continue to develop our services.

They mention Duke in a few articles on their site including this one.

http://www.telepresenceoptions.com/2010/03/telepresence_virtual_conferenc/

Apr 21

FileCatalyst DIRECT is a client/server software product that claims to both encrypt and speed file transfer by up to 100x. At a cost of $5000 which allows for up to two concurrent transfers, this could be used by programs such as our School of Medicine that transfers large amounts of media files to their campus in Singapore. As we create more campuses around the globe, a product such as this may be helpful to share large high definition video files or other large data sets.

On a plus side, they spelled HIPAA as “HIPPA” which is  a mistake I always make so it made me feel a bit better.

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