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Analyst says early adopters love their Oracle T7 servers

Analyst says early adopters love their Oracle T7 servers

The Oracle T7 server with M7 technology baked in is a good deal for heavy Oracle users, providing much higher performance at a significantly lower cost than the T5 generation, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer (@DLfloyer). Early adopters extolled the advantages of the T7 for its high security and higher scalability per core, allowing significant consolidation of their Oracle databases and applications onto fewer cores. The T7-2 runs at a higher clock speed, making it about 2.4 times faster than the T5-2. It has twice the cores and twice the threads. It runs at 4.13 GHz, a 15 percent increase over the... more »
Pentaho doubles down on Hadoop and Spark

Pentaho doubles down on Hadoop and Spark

Large-scale analytics projects tend to incorporate numerous different components that must work seamlessly with one another for the combined whole to operate smoothly. As a result, data management vendors place a big emphasis on making their software interoperable with third party tools. Pentaho is doubling down today by adding enhanced support for several key technologies from the Hadoop ecosystem to its popular data preparation system. The first on the list is Spark, which Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) users can now employ to execute SQL requests. The addition lets business analysts harness their existing structured query skills to interact with the data crunching... more »
Mastercard gives e-commerce developers an API playground

Mastercard gives e-commerce developers an API playground

The application program interface (API) economy continues to surge the Mastercard Inc.'s introduction of a new developers platform that provides a single gateway for commerce partners to access a range of APIs in areas such as payments, data and security. Mastercard also announced a "New and Experimental" API category platform that enables partners to try out new technologies and interfaces. The new platform features more than 25 APIs, along with documentation, developer tools and sample code for the top six programming languages. Among them are: Masterpass, a digital payment service that enables consumers to pay with any payment card or device; Mastercard Digital Enablement Services, which provides... more »
Podium Data raises $9.5M to make Hadoop-based data lakes a reality

Podium Data raises $9.5M to make Hadoop-based data lakes a reality

Consolidating an organization’s disparate data management systems into one centralized repository can theoretically ease processing, but the approach has proven difficult to implement in practice. One of the vendors trying to remedy the situation is a Massachusetts-based startup called Podium Data Inc. that raised $9.5 million today to fuel its work. The funding was led by Malibu Ventures and saw the participation of several notable figures from the business world including Andrew and Alex Tisch, the co-chairs of multibillion-dollar conglomerate Loews Corporation. Podium Data will use the new capital to widen the adoption of its namesake analytics platform, which is designed... more »
What you missed in Big Data: AI continues to gain momentum

What you missed in Big Data: AI continues to gain momentum

Artificial intelligence technology is finding its way to every corner of the modern enterprise. Last week Google set out to help organizations embrace the trend faster by acquiring a startup called API.AI Inc. that has developed a cloud-based chatbot builder. The platform provides pre-packaged communications modules, a repository of encyclopedic data and other components that can be quickly cobbled together into a working artificial intelligence. API.AI claims that companies can use its service to build everything from Slack-based bots focused on a specific task to standalone virtual assistants capable of taking a wide range of different requests. Google will likely make the... more »
What you missed in Cloud: Big plans and deep pockets

What you missed in Cloud: Big plans and deep pockets

Traditional information technology vendors are investing heavily to try and address the growing adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise. Last week, Oracle Corp. stepped up its efforts by launching a new iteration of its infrastructure-as-a-service platform that promises to provide a competitive alternative to market leader Amazon Web Services. The database giant hopes to reach this goal by one-upping its rival in key hardware categories. One of the offerings introduced as part of the rollout is an analytics-optimized virtual machine that has ten times the data transfer capacity of Amazon’s largest instance, while a new bare-metal option unveiled in conjunction is... more »
Here's what people are saying about Snapchat's new Spectacles video glasses

Here's what people are saying about Snapchat's new Spectacles video glasses

In case you missed the news over the weekend, the company formerly known as Snapchat Inc. is now simply known as Snap Inc., and along with its Snapchat service has entered the hardware game with a new pair of connected sunglasses by the name of "Spectacles" that allows users to take 10 seconds of video. The glasses, which include integrated video, is said to be capable of taking a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge, and is also available in three colors. Syncing to the memories function in Snapchat is done via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi with a new circular video... more »
Sex cam site uses facial recognition to help people find a ‘model’ that looks like someone they know

Sex cam site uses facial recognition to help people find a ‘model’ that looks like someone they know

Imagine this: There’s a friend of yours you’ve had a crush on for some time but kept it a secret, or perhaps even a Facebook acquaintance you fancy. Sex cam site MegaCams wants to make it possible for you both to hook up, in the virtual sense. The Belgian site hasn’t said what facial recognition technology it is using to make this happen, although reports suggest that it’s Microsoft’s Project Oxford and facial recognition tool, Face API. Developers can use Microsoft’s Face API up to 30,000 times for free, and after that it costs $1.50 per thousand uses. MegaCams tells potential users that the technology... more »
Ripple signs deal with banks to enable blockchain-based global money transfers

Ripple signs deal with banks to enable blockchain-based global money transfers

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) may finally have some competition with a number of major global banks signing on with Ripple Labs Inc. to found a new group that will support a new global transfer system based on Ripple's blockchain platform. Founding members of the Global Payments Steering Group (GPSG) are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Santander, UniCredit, Standard Chartered, Westpac Banking Corporation and Royal Bank of Canada. The group intends to oversee the creation and maintenance of Ripple's global payment transaction rules, formalized standards for activity using Ripple and other actions to support the implementation of Ripple's... more »
Happy days for IPOs: Apptio shares surge on Nasdaq debut

Happy days for IPOs: Apptio shares surge on Nasdaq debut

The drought in successful tech initial public offerings (IPOs) may be officially over as shares in cloud information technology management software firm Apptio Inc. surged on their debut Friday on the Nasdaq exchange. Shares in Apptio, offered at $16, surged as high as $24.60 before ending the day at $22.55, up almost 41 percent. Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch were lead book runners on the float, while Barclays Capital, Jefferies LLC, RBC Capital Markets and Pacific Crest Securities assisting. Founded in 2007 and perhaps notable in Silicon Valley folklore as the very first company venture capital firm... more »
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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.