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Chip maker Avago planning swoop on Broadcom

Chip maker Avago planning swoop on Broadcom

Avago Technologies is said to be in advanced talks over the possible acquisition of Broadcom Corporation in a deal that would further accelerate consolidation in the global semiconductor industry, says The Wall Street Journal. It's not clear how much Avago would be willing to pay for Broadcom, and the WSJ warns the deal could still fall through, quoting unnamed sources. Broadcom builds microprocessor chips for a wide range of communications devices, including wired and wireless networks, smart home and smart car equipment and various Internet of Things (IoT) devices. As for Avago, it primarily builds chips for industrial and enterprise storage equipment,... more »
Native SDK for Apple Watch to be announced at WWDC, says Apple exec

Native SDK for Apple Watch to be announced at WWDC, says Apple exec

Jeff Williams, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations, said in an interview at the Code Conference on Wednesday that Apple will announce a native software development kit (SDK) for the Apple Watch at Worldwide Developers Conference next week. Current Apple Watch apps – and there are more than 4,000 available in the apps store as of writing – are merely extensions of existing iOS apps developed for iPhone. As a result, current Apple Watch apps actually run on the connected iPhone and are limited in terms of performance and functionality. Given a native SDK for Apple Watch, developers will be able to... more »
‘Proactive’, Apple’s version of Google Now, could debut in iOS 9

‘Proactive’, Apple’s version of Google Now, could debut in iOS 9

The latest in a slew of leaks related to Apple’s expected iOS 9 announcement next week has revealed that the iPhone maker has been developing a predictive personal assistant app. Codenamed “Proactive,” it leverages Siri’s voice search and digital assistant functionality combined with information from Contacts, Calendar, Passbook and third-party apps to create a service similar to Google Now found on Android smartphones. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans told 9to5Mac that Proactive will surface relevant and timely information based on a user’s data – such as calendar events, travel plans, and more – and patterns it learns from a user’s smartphone... more »
Decision Optimization injects action into analytics | #IBMVision

Decision Optimization injects action into analytics | #IBMVision

Decision Optimization has been around in some form for decades, although many business owners are just now discovering what it can do. IBM’s Decision Optimization Center provides a platform to support businesses with analytics to solve difficult planning and scheduling challenges. Decision Optimization is the third component of analytics, the action step that works alongside descriptive and predictive tools. Optimization offers a solutions-centric culture “Decision Optimization is used across industries,” Susara van den Heever, product manager of Decision Optimization for IBM, told theCUBE during IBM Vision. “It’s used for planning decisions, scheduling … any decision where you have a large number of options... more »
Report: Comcast could buy Vox, who bought Re/Code, and they're all interestingly linked

Report: Comcast could buy Vox, who bought Re/Code, and they're all interestingly linked

Amid an orgy of IPO's and acquisitions that is so 1999esque it's scary, the latest rumor/ report takes us into incestuous territory with a claim that Comcast Corp. is looking to acquire Vox Media, Inc. According to Quartz, talks have occurred between the pair, but the sticking point so far has been the price of acquisition, with Vox wanting to exit on a Unicorn valuation of $1 billion, more than just a touch more than Comcast is willing to pay for the blog network. The incestuous side comes via who owns what, where and when, following Vox's acquisition of Re/Code Tuesday. Comcast, through its... more »
Somebody think of the children! Twitch bans streaming of adult games

Somebody think of the children! Twitch bans streaming of adult games

Amazon.com, Inc.'s video game streaming service Twitch has considered the statement "won't somebody please think of the children" and decided to ban users from streaming any game that has an Adults Only (AO) rating. The ban affects popular games regularly streaming on the service including Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Manhunt 2. Twitch justified the move as being one of clarification, saying that "Previously, we made game-specific decisions about which games would and would not be available for broadcast – sometimes due to overtly sexual content, sometimes due to gratuitous violence. This is unsustainable and unclear, generating only further confusion among Twitch... more »
Analytics drives business innovation | #IBMVision

Analytics drives business innovation | #IBMVision

One of the main themes at IBM Vision 2015 is how to package analytics in a way that suits the general businessperson. As technology changes seemingly every second, the businesses that stay in the game will adopt analytic insight. “Some of our clients are really trying to figure out how to fundamentally change the way they work,” Alistair Rennie, general manager of IBM Business Analytics, told theCUBE during IBM Vision. “They’ve got an incredible urgency around it. Almost all the business innovation you see is being driven by analytics or engagement of some kind. There is a mass of change underway,... more »
Incidental data provides insight with Analytics | #IBMVision

Incidental data provides insight with Analytics | #IBMVision

As director of product marketing for IBM’s Analytics department, Doug Barton specializes in finance, sales and GRC professionals. His clients must balance regulatory compliance with productivity. As case studies have shown, analytics can aid productivity. “There’s a wealth of data that used to be incidental that can now give us insight into the behavior of our suppliers, customers, even our employees,” Barton told theCUBE during IBM Vision. Using analytics to make predictions Customers can also use that data to obtain insight into other factors, such as weather conditions during Race Across America, a cross-country bike race in which ultracyclist Dave Haase will compete.... more »
Unlocking key insights using Big Data and cognitive technology | #IBMVision

Unlocking key insights using Big Data and cognitive technology | #IBMVision

theCUBE cohosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick settled in for a second day of interviews at IBM Vision, held May 18 to 20 in Orlando, Florida. On Day Two, IBM executives and other business leaders discuss how to unlock key insights using Big Data and cognitive technology with Watson Analytics. During the morning keynote, IBM clients explained how they use analytics in their organizations. Answering questions about the analytics platform   “We always like to hear more customer use cases,” said cohost Jeff Frick. “I liked how one speaker said he was able to show his CFO the analytics platform and asked him, ‘What... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2015 May 27: Roger Ver vs. OKCoin, Streamium pay-per-minute, Bitfinex hacked

Bitcoin Weekly 2015 May 27: Roger Ver vs. OKCoin, Streamium pay-per-minute, Bitfinex hacked

High drama in the Bitcoin community is happening right now over the control of the Bitcoin.com domain name as Roger Ver, well-known Bitcoin evangelist and entrepreneur, and OKCoin duke it out over an apparent contract scandal. Currently Bitcoin.com is not going to waste, of course, as it redirects to Blockchain.info (the Bitcoin blockhain explorer and wallet service.) The US stock exchange service Nasdaq is stepping up its service trials that will use the Bitcoin blockchain as a ledger to track securities for private and public enterprise. A ground-up open source project designed to allow easy livestreaming, Streamium, has launched with the... more »
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- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.