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Spyware vendor Hacking Team hacked, 400GB of nefarious data leaked

Spyware vendor Hacking Team hacked, 400GB of nefarious data leaked

Hacking Team is an Italian company specializing in surveillance software who have just learned the hard way what it’s like when the tables are turned. Sunday, the company became the victims of a hack from unknown attackers who have released 400GB of data via a Torrent claimed to be from Hacking Team’s dark, private vaults. As a vendor of spyware and intrusion services, Hacking Team became infamous for their privacy disrupting means when Reporters Without Borders added the company to their index of “The Enemies of the Internet.” The services Hacking Team sells are described as lawful interception products and “offensive... more »
Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao issues an apology to the community: "We screwed up"

Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao issues an apology to the community: "We screwed up"

Reddit Inc has been having a rough year in dealing with its very vocal community, and now interim CEO Ellen Pao has issued a public apology to redditors for the company's lack of communication with users. Pao's apology follows the company's sudden removal of "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) organizer Victoria Taylor on July 2, which left the moderators of several subreddits unable to contact some of the high-profile people who were scheduled to conduct an AMA in the near future. In response, the moderators of r/IAmA, r/Books, and others temporarily shut down their subreddits until a solution could be worked out. Other... more »
Confused over Big Data tools and databases? Wikibon’s George Gilbert provides answers

Confused over Big Data tools and databases? Wikibon’s George Gilbert provides answers

Not long ago the database technology question was simple – the answer was RDBMS, and the only question was Oracle or an alternative. Then Big Data happened. Suddenly CIOs and CTOs are being bombarded with new data types – social media, GPS, Internet-of-Things – and a tsunami of technology choices that promise to handle them but demand new, often scarce, skill sets. With Hadoop, NoSQL, high-performance streaming-media systems, graph data and a huge number of startups presenting new alternatives, it's difficult for CIOs and CTOs to know where to start. And all the time they are hearing that Big Data... more »
The innovations and pitfalls of medical 3D printing

The innovations and pitfalls of medical 3D printing

Imagine creating an arm for an amputee at a third-world medical facility, printing wet models for surgical training or even growing organs made of real living tissue. These healthcare innovations are, or soon will be, possible using 3D printing. This innovative field has the potential to completely change how physicians around the world approach treatment of their patients. With 3D printing, if you need an organ or other body part, it’s just a matter of pushing a few buttons and the 3D printing machine creates what you need — on the spot. This makes for exciting times, but one potential pitfall... more »
Mega Man Legends creator launches spiritual successor 'Red Ash' on Kickstarter

Mega Man Legends creator launches spiritual successor 'Red Ash' on Kickstarter

Kickstarter has become the go to platform for breathing new life into old ideas, and the overwhelming success of crowdfunding campaigns for games like Yooka-Laylee, Star Citizen, Pillars of Eternity and others proves that there are plenty of nostalgic gamers out there ready and willing to hand over cash for a chance to play new versions of games they played in their youth. Several veteran Japanese game developers have also come to Kickstarter over the last year, including former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi and Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki. Now, Mega Man co-designer Keiji Inafune has joined that list with Red Ash: The Indelible Legend, an anime-inspired open world game that... more »
SAP's commitment to open source is paying off | #RHSummit

SAP's commitment to open source is paying off | #RHSummit

SAP SE is dedicated to helping businesses respond to market demands around the clock, according to Steve Lucas, president of Platform Solutions at SAP. Its partnership with Red Hat, Inc. is a key part of its strategy. In an interview with theCUBE at RedHat Summit, Lucas explained further. “As it turns out, Red Hat, from a platform perspective, [has] pretty much the same mission and purpose, running your business 24/7," Lucas said. "So those align perfectly, number one. And then number two, you’ve just got … industry upon industry upon industry where Red Hat’s not an option — it’s the option.... more »
The future is now: four sci-fi writers that predicted the future of tech

The future is now: four sci-fi writers that predicted the future of tech

Thirty years ago this month the first film in the Back to the Future franchise hit the screens, when director Robert Zemeckis sent Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) back to 1955. Time travel, and its myriad implications, is usually difficult to grasp and full of migraine inflicting paradoxes – the brilliant sci-fi film Primer claims to get around some of those. Back to the Future was not, however, a heady exploration into time travel by any means, but for millions of mainly young people it helped make the past and future possible to imagine. Back to the Future II was the... more »
3 things about the new iPhones coming September 18

3 things about the new iPhones coming September 18

If you're in the market for a new smartphone, you might want to hold off until September in buying a new one, as reports have surfaced that the next iPhones will be released September 18. According to Chinese website micgadget.com, Foxconn Technology Group insiders have confirmed that the next iPhones will be introduced to the world during a September 11 event, and days after the devices will be available for purchase on September 18. Apple has been known to hold launch events in the early weeks of September to introduce new iPhones and have the device available for pre-order a few days... more »
Ask a Wikibon Analyst - How big a deal is Apache Spark really?

Ask a Wikibon Analyst - How big a deal is Apache Spark really?

In the world of Big Data, 2015 is rapidly shaping up as the year of Spark. The Apache analytics engine has captured the industry’s imagination and prompted some people to predict that Spark will be a bigger deal than Hadoop, which was yesterday’s shiny bauble. IBM closed out the first half of the year with an exclamation point, announcing its intention last month to embed Spark in all of its analytics and ecommerce platforms, commit more than 3,500 researchers and developers to Spark-related projects and train more than one million data scientists and engineers to use it. Why is Spark such... more »
What you missed in the Smart World: Amazon's real potential and more

What you missed in the Smart World: Amazon's real potential and more

This week’s Smart World Series considers how connected cars can hold people hostage, smart switches for retrofitting the home, ways the connected world is transforming healthcare, a smart oven that makes cooking easy, and when we can expect smart cars to hit the streets. For those who missed last week’s Smart World Series, here’s a chance to catch up on the exciting developments in the connected world. Each week, SiliconANGLE rounds up the top news trends regarding smart homes and cars, smart data centers and IT, smart infrastructure and all things related to the Internet of Things (IoT). What Amazon Dash really means When Amazon introduced Dash earlier... more »
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- 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

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- 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.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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.