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Facebook opens its Internet.org platform to all mobile operators

Facebook opens its Internet.org platform to all mobile operators

It has been one year since Facebook's Internet.org initiative began operating in its first country, Zambia. The program was founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a way to bring affordable mobile internet connectivity to developing countries. For the last year, Internet.org has worked closely with mobile providers partners in countries like Colombia and India, and now the organization will be allowing all other mobile operators to apply to becoming an Internet.org partner to bring the program to their country. "As we approach year two, we’ve taken everything we’ve learned from working closely with our partners and are now ready to scale Internet.org... more »
How a printer company evolved into IoT dashboard for enterprise

How a printer company evolved into IoT dashboard for enterprise

We often hear of smart home trends automating security and programming lights in the living room. But businesses are fast looking to the Internet of Things (IoT) to automate much of their processes, particularly in logistics for tracking shipped and warehoused retail products, improving efficiencies with already-automated systems like factory robotics, and extending patient data accessibility across buildings and systems within the healthcare industry. There's a crossroad for enterprise and the Internet of Things, as software continues to gain traction in the business world. Software will be integrated into more and more physical items in our world, spewing off data that... more »
Making data work in real time | #HadoopSummit

Making data work in real time | #HadoopSummit

"We are looking at transforming the way that business users think of Big Data," said Ajay Anand, VP of Products at Kyvos Insights, Inc. Anand joined theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media production team, in an interview at Hadoop Summit 2015. "We transform and make it accessible for the business user so they can do self-service interactive analytics." Use case of real time is huge During the interview Anand, as well as Praveen Kankariya, CEO of Impetus Technologies, Inc., discussed the marriage of the benefits of OLAP [online analytical processing] with the scalability and flexibility of Hadoop through several use-case scenarios. The duo emphasized how facilitating real-time interactivity... more »
Amazon launches its ultra-fast relational cloud database out of beta

Amazon launches its ultra-fast relational cloud database out of beta

Another week, another new service from Amazon Inc. hitting the market. Originally revealed at its re:Invent cloud conference last year, Aurora is a homegrown relational database with automated scaling that promises to provide five times the price-performance ratio of traditional alternatives, particularly the open-source MySQL system. In practical terms, that means that a single instance can perform as many as 100,000 writes and 500,000 read operations per second against up to 64 terabytes of data. The company hopes to take advantage of that speed, which can be attributed in large part to the speedy flash storage running underneath, in order to reposition... more »
Twitch's new anti-troll feature won't solve anything

Twitch's new anti-troll feature won't solve anything

Popular game livestreaming site Twitch has problems with trolls just like any other online community, especially when it comes to the individual chatrooms for each stream. Now, Twitch is offering a new language gate option for broadcasters that might make their jobs a little easier, or it could simply add a minor inconvenience that will not change anything. More popular broadcasters have the difficult task of simultaneously moderating their chat channel while also playing their game and interacting with viewers, and it can be tough to keep track of everything going on in the chat, especially when some users write in a... more »
Fighting Big Data complexity | #HadoopSummit

Fighting Big Data complexity | #HadoopSummit

As open-source and Big Data offerings become more complex, consultants are stepping into the gap to help companies make the right choices for their IT needs. Rishi Yadav, CEO of InfoObjects, Inc., joined Juan Asenjo, lead technology architect for Rockwell Automation, Inc., on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media team, at Hadoop Summit 2015 to talk about the maturing Big Data infrastructure market and business needs. “Spark has been a blessing … the whole Big Data ecosystem has stabilized a lot,” according to Yadav. He said that clients are becoming more aware of the options and how they match their needs. “The place where... more »
Is Apple using biometrics for smart home service?

Is Apple using biometrics for smart home service?

This week’s Smart Living roundup features new rumors for Apple’s home automation efforts, a report on smart thermostat sales, how an advance gas sensor powers home monitoring systems, a futuristic "man cave" and a survey that reveals most interesting patterns when it comes to smart home shopping. New patent hints at Apple’s smart home plans It has long been rumored that Apple is entering the smart home business. From patents that include Siri for home control, to a device that controls "scenes" in your home, to the Apple Watch used for home automation. And, now, a patent application was unearthed that revealed Apple’s alleged plan... more »
Google to cloud buyers: No need to trust us, use your own encryption keys

Google to cloud buyers: No need to trust us, use your own encryption keys

The growing concern over privacy has finally caught up to Google Inc., at least in the public cloud, where its widely used infrastructure-as-a-service platform received a small but important update this morning that brings customers the ability to protect their data using their own encryption keys. That provides a much-needed alternative to the default security functionality It’s not that there is anything wrong with Google’s encryption per se. Quite the opposite. The search giant uses industry-standard AES-256 bit keys to safeguard the data kept in its cloud and follows strict security procedures that directly contribute to the fact that the platform has not experienced so... more »
Hack Anarchy: Time for a Hail Mary

Hack Anarchy: Time for a Hail Mary

Let’s take a look at our current cyber security situation: HACK ANARCHY Four of the most devastating hacks of the past couple of months – the hacks of Adult FriendFinder (AFF), Cougar Life, Established Men (FriendFinder Networks Inc.) and Ashley Madison (Avid Life Media Inc.) - are hacks that are not financially motivated but designed to embarrass, disrupt or to hurt the general populace – in a big way. This is a new and unanticipated notion. If you consider the evolution of the world’s hacking problems, we have reached a point where anything is possible – an absolute free for all. The current massive wave really... more »
Untangling world's biggest traffic jams: Where IoT meets transit

Untangling world's biggest traffic jams: Where IoT meets transit

Airlines aren't the only ones getting smart about technology and the Internet of Things. When we think of how the internet of things (IoT) is having an impact on the transportation industry, our initial thoughts focus on how the airline industry is embracing IoT. While this is true with the likes of beacon technology, and facial recognition technology being introduced by airports and airlines around the world, the rest of the transportation industry is in no way new to the benefits of IoT. This market snapshot focuses on how other forms of the transportation industry are embracing IoT, with a focus on... more »
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- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.