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 LaCie has a large market share in Europe and Japan, markets Seagate is interested to get their brand into. More of note is LaCie had enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Apple, being the primary pioneer in the use of a new external storage technology, Thunderbolt, developed by Intel and Apple. Seagate has yet to deliver devices with native support of Thunderbolt, only adaptors. So, this is a huge leap for Seagate’s ability to deliver devices incorporating this new technology.  Lacie’s US headquarters are in Hillsboro.


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Spire Technologies’ offices got a spruce up over the last few weeks with new carpet, floor tiles, and a paint. After a lot of deliberation over color, and a stretch of chaos during the transition, Spire’s offices are looking brand spanking new (nothing in the datacenter was touched).

Over the span of a decade, wear and tear on a building will start to show. It only seemed fitting, as we update our equipment and services, that our office space was due an improvement. If you haven’t been in our offices in a while (or at all) we encourage you to stop in and say “Hi”.  While you are here, be sure to check out the retro bathroom art!


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We continue to grow. Spire Technologies now has hosting partnerships with two of the largest forces in the virtualization industry. Both VMware and Citrix have been innovators and leaders in the expanding market of virtualized computing and cloud based services; such as desktops, storage, and applications. This will allow us to offer our clients best-in-class services in for virtual servers and remote offices.  XenServer (Citrix) and ESX (VMware) combine to equal 80% of all virtual environments in use in the world today. SpireTech will soon host solutions from both of these developers, providing affordable monthly licensing of hosted, enterprise-grade cloud and virtual solutions for our customers.

              


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Apple Store in Sydney, Australia

Apple has submitted a proposal for the largest Apple Store front in the world, spanning a whole city block in Pioneer Place, formerly Saks Fifth Avenue, between 4th and 5th on Yamhill St., in downtown Portland. The new storefront would entail a 165 foot wide wall of glass, topping the current record holder (a “mere” 120 feet) in Sydney, Australia by 45 feet. The proposed plans were submitted for formal approval in February and the Design Commission responded with some questions and suggestions during a hearing in mid-March. The overall design is very impressive. The main area includes a 17.5 foot high ceiling covering 9000 sq ft of public space. The project covers a total of 23,532 square feet

This project is a follow up to a proposal for a different location that Apple submitted to the city of Portland in 2007. The largest request by the design commission was the inclusion of an ecoroof that would require some large design alterations as the current design could not withstand the stresses added by the needed substrate for vegetation to grow.  Read more...


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Coffee & Power is expanding its northwest presence at the Urban Grind Coffeehouse in downtown Portland. Already with locations in San Francisco and Santa Monica, the bay-area based company is expanding to it’s third location to tap the skills of Portland’s freelance community. With micro-sales for things ranging from tutoring, advice to logo design – it’s best left for C&P to describe exactly what they do:

Coffee & Power is an online marketplace where people can buy and sell small jobs, enabling a new breed of mobile workers to connect in a way that’s fast, low-friction, and fun. Coffee & Power’s innovative marketplace includes its own payment system, live communications and public chat, a game-like rating and review system, and a several real-world facilities where users can meet and work together.

This idea sounds like it will work really well in the uniquely independent atmosphere of the Portland creative and technical communities.  Read more...


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The Clearwire, a wireless-broadband provider, took a heavy blow at the end of February after Google announced plans to sell all its shares in the company. Clearwire has struggled to be profitable and has requested more funding.  Clearwire Chief Executive Erik Prusch said that the company is close to securing $200 million in vendor financing.


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PIE PDXPortland Incubator Experiment (PIE), a uniquely Portland celebration of creativity and entrepreneurship, announced they are accepting applications for a new class. PIE, started in 2009, is a collaboration of Weiden + Kennedy and other denizens of the PDX tech community to help promising startups to get on their feet and run. This is a golden ticket opportunity that has seen the launching of many promising tech startups in Portland. Word is getting out – Over half of the applications seen previously have come from outside Oregon. The project’s success is hinged on its leverage of Portland’s vibrant creative and technical communities.

 

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