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Nvidid Gameworks rep fires back at AMD: "[GameWorks] does not impair performance on competing hardware"

Nvidid Gameworks rep fires back at AMD: "[GameWorks] does not impair performance on competing hardware"

The public battle of words between AMD and Nvidia rages on after the recent accusations that Nvidia intentionally tweaked code tank the performance of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on AMD cards. Earlier this week, AMD’s chief gaming scientist, Richard Huddy, claimed that Nvidia's HairWorks code "completely sabotaged our performance ... it’s wrecked our performance, almost as if it was put in to achieve that goal." But Nvidia GameWorks spokesperson Brian Burke denied any foul play, saying that Nvidia is not to blame for AMD's performance problems. "GameWorks improves the visual quality of games running on GeForce for our customers. It does not impair... more »
HANA Plus Power equals big results with NTT data | #IBMEdge

HANA Plus Power equals big results with NTT data | #IBMEdge

NTT Data, the system integration arm for NTT Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, began collaborating with SAP and IBM to validate the performance of IBM’s Power Systems for the SAP HANA Platform. According to Jauder Ho during an interview with theCUBE, VP of Cloud Services for NTT Data, “SAP owns the governance of this initiative and NTT has been very involved in the testing, development, and optimization with the support of IBM.” The power of fast data   Ho said that metrics show “anywhere from 40 to 100 times speedup just by deploying HANA on Power as opposed to... more »
IBM $20B investment in analytics pays off | #IBMVision

IBM $20B investment in analytics pays off | #IBMVision

After the more than 2,000 attendees retreated for dinner at the end of IBM Vision 2015, day one, IBM’s status as an analytics powerhouse became more than evident. As theCUBE cohost Dave Vellante pointed out, the company bought Cognos in 2007, followed by SPSS, Open Pages, Clarity, Algorithmics, and Varicent, among other companies. IBM’s nearly $20 billion investment in the analytics business has led to a more broad application of data. “With IBM’s vision of using Cloud and Watson Analytics as an overlay layer and delivering the power of analytics to the desktop of the person, I couldn’t help but wonder,... more »
Cyber adAPT says it can detect intruders already inside your network

Cyber adAPT says it can detect intruders already inside your network

As cybersecurity sentiment increasingly shifts from prevention to containment, another startup has raised venture capital for an enterprise-focused platform that applies analytics to threat detection. The Real-Time Network Threat Detection Platform appliance from Cyber adAPT, Inc. passively observes network traffic at line rate speeds up to 40Gb/sec and look for malicious activity – both malware and human-driven - using deep packet inspection. Anomalous patterns are correlated with data from threat feeds to identify possible intrusions early and reduce false positives. A partnership with Tripwire, Inc. accelerates behavior detection, and Cyber adAPT is also working with iScan Online, Inc. to estimate the cost of... more »
The Hacker, the Plane and the TSA

The Hacker, the Plane and the TSA

Last month my good friend and security researcher, Chris Roberts of One World Labs, was detained by FBI agents after a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Philadelphia, about which he tweeted  comments regarding the network security on his plane. @sno0ose Someone needs to buy the TSA Sniffer dog a better chew toy! — Chris Roberts (@Sidragon1) May 14, 2015 Last week an FBI's warrant application indicated that there were questions about his activities and hinted that serious laws may have been broken. It implies that he illegally commandeered a commercial airline flight - an action that falls under the purview of Homeland Security's... more »
Ex-Rovio EVP Jami Laes launches new game studio: Futureplay Games

Ex-Rovio EVP Jami Laes launches new game studio: Futureplay Games

Earlier this year, Rovio Entertainment's head of games, Jami Laes, left the Angry Birds studio to pursue other projects, and now Laes is launching a new mobile game studio in Finland called Futureplay Games. "Mobile games are doing better than ever in the past 15 years that I’ve been in the industry, but the future looks even brighter with aggressive growth from mobile video ads," Laes said in a statement. "Ads are providing clever new ways to enhance the experience for players and to develop engaging and successful games that attract a large and happy audience." In addition to Laes, the Futureplay team is made... more »
Logicalis transforms around the world with IBM Power | #IBMEdge

Logicalis transforms around the world with IBM Power | #IBMEdge

Logicalis Group has put IBM Power to the test around the world. “We’re a multinational corporation. We operate in 24 countries around the globe, and we take a services look and a services focus with our customers,” said Kirk Zaranti, vice president of Sales for Logicalis, while joining theCUBE during IBM Edge2015. This requires extremely consistent delivery across geographies. “We had many customers that were asking us to provide solutions not only here in the US, but across the globe. So about three years ago, we first embarked on a Cloud strategy and we built our Logicalis Cloud to take to market. And... more »
How Memphis is using data to improve emergency services | #IBMEdge

How Memphis is using data to improve emergency services | #IBMEdge

Two members of the Memphis Fire Department, division chief Gina Sweat and battalion chief Andrew Hart, sat down with theCUBE during IBM Edge2015 to talk about how data is improving EMS and rescue services. The two continually highlighted the importance of their mission and the citizens they serve — because when emergency response systems fail, lives are on the line, not just dollars. As Sweat put it, “When people call us, they’re having probably one of the worst days of their lives. The citizens allow us in their homes … they invite us there to help them, and that’s what we’re... more »
Facebook Messenger adds chat ID feature for info on non-friends

Facebook Messenger adds chat ID feature for info on non-friends

Facebook Inc's development of Messenger marches on as the chat services gets a new chat ID feature to help users identify new contacts on messages from non-friends. The Messenger app now adds a snippet of publicly shared personal bio information to first time messages, adding identifiers like location and job title. The features works for both non-friends and friends who have never been contacted before. The app will only show information that users would normally be able to view, so any profile info that is made private will not be visible. Still, even with the privacy limitations, the feature could make it easier for... more »
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Enterprise news you gotta know for 5/22/15 - McNealy's back!

A daily summary of stories in the areas of Big Data, cloud computing and software-led infrastructure from some of the top news sources on the Web.   Business News HP's profit slips 21% as services business stumbles - Computerworld There aren’t many bright spots in Hewlett-Packard Co.’s quarterly earnings, as even stalwart product lines like PCs and printers are down by single-digit margins, while the enterprise services business slide a sickening 16%. This is HP’s 15th straight quarter of declining sales. Business Insider has a chart that dramatizes just how weak the results were across the board. David Vellante was upbeat following last year’s HP... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.