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The Hacker, the Plane and the TSA

The Hacker, the Plane and the TSA

Last month my good friend and security researcher, Chris Roberts of One World Labs, was detained by FBI agents after a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Philadelphia, about which he tweeted  comments regarding the network security on his plane. @sno0ose Someone needs to buy the TSA Sniffer dog a better chew toy! — Chris Roberts (@Sidragon1) May 14, 2015 Last week an FBI's warrant application indicated that there were questions about his activities and hinted that serious laws may have been broken. It implies that he illegally commandeered a commercial airline flight - an action that falls under the purview of Homeland Security's... more »
Ex-Rovio EVP Jami Laes launches new game studio: Futureplay Games

Ex-Rovio EVP Jami Laes launches new game studio: Futureplay Games

Earlier this year, Rovio Entertainment's head of games, Jami Laes, left the Angry Birds studio to pursue other projects, and now Laes is launching a new mobile game studio in Finland called Futureplay Games. "Mobile games are doing better than ever in the past 15 years that I’ve been in the industry, but the future looks even brighter with aggressive growth from mobile video ads," Laes said in a statement. "Ads are providing clever new ways to enhance the experience for players and to develop engaging and successful games that attract a large and happy audience." In addition to Laes, the Futureplay team is made... more »
Logicalis transforms around the world with IBM Power | #IBMEdge

Logicalis transforms around the world with IBM Power | #IBMEdge

Logicalis Group has put IBM Power to the test around the world. “We’re a multinational corporation. We operate in 24 countries around the globe, and we take a services look and a services focus with our customers,” said Kirk Zaranti, vice president of Sales for Logicalis, while joining theCUBE during IBM Edge2015. This requires extremely consistent delivery across geographies. “We had many customers that were asking us to provide solutions not only here in the US, but across the globe. So about three years ago, we first embarked on a Cloud strategy and we built our Logicalis Cloud to take to market. And... more »
How Memphis is using data to improve emergency services | #IBMEdge

How Memphis is using data to improve emergency services | #IBMEdge

Two members of the Memphis Fire Department, division chief Gina Sweat and battalion chief Andrew Hart, sat down with theCUBE during IBM Edge2015 to talk about how data is improving EMS and rescue services. The two continually highlighted the importance of their mission and the citizens they serve — because when emergency response systems fail, lives are on the line, not just dollars. As Sweat put it, “When people call us, they’re having probably one of the worst days of their lives. The citizens allow us in their homes … they invite us there to help them, and that’s what we’re... more »
Facebook Messenger adds chat ID feature for info on non-friends

Facebook Messenger adds chat ID feature for info on non-friends

Facebook Inc's development of Messenger marches on as the chat services gets a new chat ID feature to help users identify new contacts on messages from non-friends. The Messenger app now adds a snippet of publicly shared personal bio information to first time messages, adding identifiers like location and job title. The features works for both non-friends and friends who have never been contacted before. The app will only show information that users would normally be able to view, so any profile info that is made private will not be visible. Still, even with the privacy limitations, the feature could make it easier for... more »
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Enterprise news you gotta know for 5/22/15 - McNealy's back!

A daily summary of stories in the areas of Big Data, cloud computing and software-led infrastructure from some of the top news sources on the Web.   Business News HP's profit slips 21% as services business stumbles - Computerworld There aren’t many bright spots in Hewlett-Packard Co.’s quarterly earnings, as even stalwart product lines like PCs and printers are down by single-digit margins, while the enterprise services business slide a sickening 16%. This is HP’s 15th straight quarter of declining sales. Business Insider has a chart that dramatizes just how weak the results were across the board. David Vellante was upbeat following last year’s HP... more »
Why is this Ashton Kutcher-backed SQL startup taking a shot at geospatial data?

Why is this Ashton Kutcher-backed SQL startup taking a shot at geospatial data?

MemSQL Inc., which is probably the only high-profile database startup that can boast of an active A-lister among its investors, has pulled the curtains back on a new version of its namesake in-memory store that is hailed as the most significant iteration yet. The addition earning the release that lofty designation is the ability to natively accommodate location data. That allows organizations to keep the growing amounts of information entering the corporate network from the connected universe, which almost universally incorporates positioning metrics one way or another, in the same system as their more conventional relational workloads. This has two major... more »
HP sells 51 percent stake in Chinese businesses to Tsinghua

HP sells 51 percent stake in Chinese businesses to Tsinghua

Hewlett-Packard Co. has just sold a majority stake in its Chinese server and storage business to Tsinghua Holdings Co. Ltd., after launching a joint-venture the company hopes will boost sales of its hardware products in the country. Tsinghua will take a 51 percent stake in the joint venture, to be called H3C, for about $2.3 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported. H3C will consist of HP's Chinese server, storage and technology services assets, and H3C Technologies Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of HP that sells networking equipment in China. The deal comes just months ahead of HP's planned split that will see its enterprise... more »
Microsoft gives Outlook.com a facelift and adds myriad new features to make your Inbox more hospitable

Microsoft gives Outlook.com a facelift and adds myriad new features to make your Inbox more hospitable

Tons of new features have been added to Outlook.com as part of an expansive update, including a bunch of new themes, ways to make your inbox more manageable, collaboration features, improvements to the calendar, as well as using Skype from email, and simplified file sharing in OneDrive. The update is now available as a preview to only a limited amount of customers with an aim to make it available to a wider audience in the coming weeks. What to expect? The facelift: Outlook.com now has 13 new themes with graphic designs, something Microsoft says will mirror your personality. Carl Jung would be... more »
Google set to unveil Android M with built-in fingerprint support and Android Pay at I/O 2015

Google set to unveil Android M with built-in fingerprint support and Android Pay at I/O 2015

In a May 28 update to its I/O 2015 schedule to announce “Android for Work Update” sessions, Google – seemingly accidently as the update has been removed – revealed that it plans to unveil the next iteration of its mobile operating system, Android M, at its annual developer conference next week. Android M, like Android L which was released at I/O 2014, is likely to be a developer preview and deliver significant changes to Google’s mobile operating system. As is the case with new products from key vendors, the rumor mill has been churning non-stop with bits and pieces of information that... more »

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- 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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.