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Structuring RedHat's pipeline to deliver consistent results | #RHSummit

Structuring RedHat's pipeline to deliver consistent results | #RHSummit

As Red Hat, Inc.’s offerings become more enterprise-ready — and widely adopted — demands on its projects continue to increase. Ashesh Badani, GM of Cloud Product Strategy at Red Hat, joined theCUBE at RedHat Summit to talk about how its pipeline is structured to deliver reliable results. “We do a lot of work upstream … in the community,” Badani said. “I’ll use the Linux analogy, because I think that works best here. We have Enterprise Linux, which is used, tried, tested around the world. Large corporations, financial institutions, governments everywhere in the world use that. That’s enterprise-class stable distribution from Red... more »
What you missed in Big Data: Networked insights

What you missed in Big Data: Networked insights

The public cloud is not the most intuitive place from which to track an on-premise network, but a growing number of monitoring startups are moving down that road in the name of high-level visibility, the latest of which exited stealth last week with $12 million in funding to help its spin on the concept stand out. Kentik Inc. hopes to make up for its late entry with scalability. . The outfit claims that its analytics service can find performance issues, suspicious activity and other manner of useful patterns across upwards of trillions of logs, a value proposition aimed at organizations such as... more »
What you missed in Cloud: Integrated experiences

What you missed in Cloud: Integrated experiences

Nearly a decade after cloud computing first reared its head in the enterprise, players like Microsoft Corp. are seeing demand for their services grow as fast as ever, but so is the competition. That is driving an industry-wide race for new ways to differentiate that turned to integrations last week in a sign of the growing importance of accessibility to knowledge workers. Redmond fired the opening shot with the incorporation of several key capabilities from Skype for Business in Office 365, perhaps most notably the option to handle traditional calls directly within the cloud-based productivity suite. Users also gain the ability... more »
Bitcoin standard update causes problems with miners, generation of invalid Bitcoins

Bitcoin standard update causes problems with miners, generation of invalid Bitcoins

An upgrade to Bitcoin standards over the weekend has caused a glitch among Bitcoin miners resulting in the creation of invalid Bitcoins. In a post at Bitcoin.org, the problem was explained as being due to a problem that affects Bitcoin mining clients that haven't been updated, with the flow on effect being that those un-updated clients are "currently vulnerable to double-spending of confirmed transactions,” and making matters worse, “Almost all software (besides Bitcoin Core 0.9.5 and later) will accept these invalid blocks under certain conditions.” “All software that assumes blocks are valid (because invalid blocks cost miners money) is at risk of... more »
China plans a Big Data revolution with Internet Plus initiative

China plans a Big Data revolution with Internet Plus initiative

China has revealed more details about its “Internet Plus” initiative that aims to help foster the growth of e-commerce and Web companies in the country as part of a wider effort aimed at stimulating the economy. That plan, which was launched in March by China's Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang, officially aims to “further deepen the integration of the Internet with the economic and social sectors, making new industrial modes a main driving force of growth by 2018,” the Xinhua news agency quoted Li as saying. According to Li, the Internet Plus plan maps various development targets and supportive measures... more »
Google's next Glass might be an 'Enterprise Edition'

Google's next Glass might be an 'Enterprise Edition'

For all the fanfare, Google Glass wasn't exactly a resounding success. Indeed, Google announced it was killing off the contraption back in January of this year, even though some businesses users and healthcare providers actually found it quite useful. But Google's announcement was somewhat premature, for it's now widely believed the company is planning to release a Glass 2.0 in the near future, and the latest reports claim it's going to be targeted squarely at the enterprise users who actually put it to good use. According to 9to5Google, the newly revamped gadget will even be called the “Enterprise Edition” (EE). However,... more »
Uber crumbles under French protests, suspends services

Uber crumbles under French protests, suspends services

Uber Technologies Inc. has temporarily suspended its UberPop service in France, following mass protests from taxi drivers there who insist the service is against the law. After a week of sometimes violent protests by regular taxi drivers, Uber announced the suspension of its UberPop service last Friday, adding that it had done so to protect passengers and drivers, and that the app will be removed from user's phones. “In recent weeks intimidation and violent aggression by an out-of-control minority, where drivers and users of UberPop were ambushed, has increased in France. Uber does not want to put drivers or passengers at risk,... more »
New version of Minecraft to be released same day as Windows 10

New version of Minecraft to be released same day as Windows 10

Microsoft Corp. won't be leaving Minecraft fans out in the cold come Windows 10 later this month with an announcement over the weekend that a new version of the wildly popular building game will be released at the same time as the new operating system. Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta is said to be effectively the Pocket Edition of Minecraft for all Windows 10 devices, and will also allow users to create and explore online with up to seven other friends using Xbox Live. Mojang (the Microsoft-owned company behind Minecraft) said in a blog post that the new version will develop and... more »
FullDive VR headset for the masses turns your smartphone into a virtual viewport

FullDive VR headset for the masses turns your smartphone into a virtual viewport

The world of Virtual Reality (VR) development is currently dominated by headsets that run their own hardware such as Oculus Rift and Sony Corporation’s Project Morpheus. This makes headsets powerful, but expensive. The alternative is to use already-existing hardware such as smartphones. California-based startup FullDive Inc. hopes add a cheaper everyday alternative to the VR landscape with a case and controller that turns consumer smartphones into fully-fledged VR devices. FullDive supplies a smartphone application—available for Android devices, an iOS version is planned. The app acts to turn the smartphone into the VR screen and FullDive then supplies a plastic headset, FullDive... more »
SnapShot bids to bring hospitality into the Big Data era

SnapShot bids to bring hospitality into the Big Data era

SnapShot GmbH, a Berlin-based Big Data startup focused on the hospitality industry, received a big boost this week with €25 million in series B funding from Beijing Shiji Information Technology Co., (Shiji Networks) to help scale out its suite of data analytics tools aimed at hoteliers. There aren't many bigger buzzwords in tech than “Big Data” at the moment, and with good reason too. Wikibon predicts that the Big Data market will be worth in excess of $61 billion by 2020, and we've all heard about the success stories from companies like Netflix Inc., Amazon.com, Inc and IBM, just to name... 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.