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No, Satoshi did not move any bitcoins today; Blockchain.info was spoofed

No, Satoshi did not move any bitcoins today; Blockchain.info was spoofed

Today an excited user on Reddit rushed to talk about a series of five transactions totaling around 250 BTC (approx. $71 thousand) moving from extremely early Bitcoin blocks thought to belong to Satoshi Nakamoto, the enigmatic inventor (or inventors) of Bitcoin. The transactions have quickly been revealed to be spoofed, affecting only Bitcoin wallet and block explorer Blockchain.info (Blockchain Ltd.) Shortly after the initial Reddit post, users went to work attempting to determine where they went and who moved them. After all, Satoshi has not been seen or heard from since mysteriously exiting the Bitcoin scene in 2011. This is also of... more »
New smart home hub for Windows 10 arrives

New smart home hub for Windows 10 arrives

This week’s Smart Living roundup features the first Windows 10 smart home hub, why Quirky, Inc. CEO Ben Kaufman stepped down, and how an app update allows your Apple Watch to control your smart lock. CastleOS announces first Windows 10 home automation hub CastleOS Software, LLC announced that its upcoming smart home hub, called the CastleHUB, will be among the first Windows 10 smart home hubs (see all of Microsoft's compatible home automation products here). It will feature voice control with Microsoft's voice-control assistant Cortana and far-field control with Microsoft's motion-detecting Kinect. The CastleHUB calls itself the most flexible smart hub on the market, as... more »
SUSE continues platform push with support for IBM's Power-based HANA machines

SUSE continues platform push with support for IBM's Power-based HANA machines

IBM Corp.’s line of in-memory data processing appliances landed a key supporter from the operating system world this morning in the form of SUSE LLC, which announced that its namesake Linux distribution is now officially certified to run on the machines. It’s the latest pit-stop along the latter’s journey beyond the x86 servers powering most of the enterprise. That battleground has long been decided in favor of arch-nemesis Red Hat Inc. and Microsoft Corp. with its Windows Server, driving the company to turn its attention towards the emerging platforms that may replace Intel’s dominant processing architecture in the future. The Power... more »
Cities: Skylines dev on why rewards beat punishments | #GDCEurope

Cities: Skylines dev on why rewards beat punishments | #GDCEurope

Privately owned Finnish game studio Colossal Order Ltd. made a big splash earlier this year with the release of Cities: Skylines, a city builder game that sold 250,000 copies in its first 24 hours and one million in its first month. At this week's GDC Europe, lead designer Karolina Korppoo attributed some of the game's popularity to the studio's desire to reward players for doing something right rather than punishing them for doing something wrong. "Learning and helping them out, guiding them towards finding new features and learning more, that’s how a game should reward the players," Korppoo said. "It seems to be working quite... more »
Twitch eyes overseas gamers with more international events in Australia, Mexico and Japan

Twitch eyes overseas gamers with more international events in Australia, Mexico and Japan

Popular Amazon-owned game streaming platform Twitch announced this week that it will be expanding its worldwide presence with booths at more international gaming events. The game streaming site already attends major events in Europe like Gamescom, but Twitch will also be moving into Australia, Mexico and Japan. "In addition to our continued presence at gamescom 2015 from Cologne, Germany, this year we’ll be dropping booths for the first time at PAX Australia, Electronic Game Show in Mexico, and Tokyo Game Show in Japan," Twitch wrote on its blog. "All of these events will feature a stage for publishers and developers to showcase... more »
Alert Logic debuts cloud-native security engine for AWS

Alert Logic debuts cloud-native security engine for AWS

Amazon Web Services is one of the most well-protected online properties in existence, with a security record clean enough even for the CIA. But that safety doesn’t extend much beyond the core infrastructure, leaving individual deployments no less vulnerable to configuration flaws than than any other environment. That’s a hole that partner Alert Logic Inc. now hopes to plug. The company is rolling out a security service that promises to automate much of the legwork currently involved in finding misconfigurations on AWS. Alert Logic Cloud Insight is hardly the first to tool to try and tackle operator-induced security problems on the... more »
Bing delves into behavioral analytics with Interana

Bing delves into behavioral analytics with Interana

When considering how to do Big Data analytics, most IT people automatically think of Hadoop. But although the legendary elephant toy platform is by far and away the most popular choice, it's far from being the only stat-crunching tool in the box. A good example of an alternative solution is Interana Corp.'s behavioral analytics platform, which has just been selected by Microsoft to analyze the massive volumes of clickstream event data generated daily on its Bing search engine. Interana's software doesn't have anything to do with Hadoop. Instead, it's based on a distributed column-based database that allows rapid access to vast amounts... more »
HP unleashes new hyperconverged appliance for small and mid-sized customers

HP unleashes new hyperconverged appliance for small and mid-sized customers

A year after debuting its first entry into the world of hyperconverged appliances, Hewlett-Packard Co. is launching a successor described as faster, more efficient and, perhaps most importantly, fairly easy to use. That reflects a focus on small- and medium-sized buyers with limited resources that are interested in keeping their management overhead to a minimum. With that in mind, the new ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual provides a straightforward installation wizard that the company says allows customers to get up and running in about 15 minutes, with about two-thirds of that time spent waiting for everything to load.  From there, virtual machines can... more »
Microsoft acquisition: a productivity platform that pits sales teams against each other in a fantasy league

Microsoft acquisition: a productivity platform that pits sales teams against each other in a fantasy league

Microsoft has just bought Austin, TX-based Incent Games Inc., the company that created FantasySalesTeam. The latter is a sales gamification platform that promises to motivate sales teams by pitting sales employees, as well as other departments, against each other in a contest not unlike that of a fantasy sports games. According to FST the app is customizable and can be played in varied sales environments, offering performance metrics and kudos for those individuals or teams that end up at the top of the league. Bob Stutz, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Dynamics CRM (customer relationship management), said in a blog post that the... more »
Smart World events we're watching in August, 2015

Smart World events we're watching in August, 2015

The Internet of Things movement is getting bigger as we approach the Internet of Everything. Techies and layman alike are now getting with the program. Techies developing apps and products and consumers are the ones benefiting from things that connect to the Internet to make lives easier. Still, there are many questions regarding IoT pondering the movement's next steps, what this connected world means for personal security, and how it plays into business markets including the enterprise? As an extension of SiliconANGLE's daily coverage of Smart World developments, we're now including a monthly calendar of worthy events. Here's what we're watching for the... more »
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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.