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Incidental data provides insight with Analytics | #IBMVision

Incidental data provides insight with Analytics | #IBMVision

As director of product marketing for IBM’s Analytics department, Doug Barton specializes in finance, sales and GRC professionals. His clients must balance regulatory compliance with productivity. As case studies have shown, analytics can aid productivity. “There’s a wealth of data that used to be incidental that can now give us insight into the behavior of our suppliers, customers, even our employees,” Barton told theCUBE during IBM Vision. Using analytics to make predictions Customers can also use that data to obtain insight into other factors, such as weather conditions during Race Across America, a cross-country bike race in which ultracyclist Dave Haase will compete.... more »
Unlocking key insights using Big Data and cognitive technology | #IBMVision

Unlocking key insights using Big Data and cognitive technology | #IBMVision

theCUBE cohosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick settled in for a second day of interviews at IBM Vision, held May 18 to 20 in Orlando, Florida. On Day Two, IBM executives and other business leaders discuss how to unlock key insights using Big Data and cognitive technology with Watson Analytics. During the morning keynote, IBM clients explained how they use analytics in their organizations. Answering questions about the analytics platform   “We always like to hear more customer use cases,” said cohost Jeff Frick. “I liked how one speaker said he was able to show his CFO the analytics platform and asked him, ‘What... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2015 May 27: Roger Ver vs. OKCoin, Streamium pay-per-minute, Bitfinex hacked

Bitcoin Weekly 2015 May 27: Roger Ver vs. OKCoin, Streamium pay-per-minute, Bitfinex hacked

High drama in the Bitcoin community is happening right now over the control of the Bitcoin.com domain name as Roger Ver, well-known Bitcoin evangelist and entrepreneur, and OKCoin duke it out over an apparent contract scandal. Currently Bitcoin.com is not going to waste, of course, as it redirects to Blockchain.info (the Bitcoin blockhain explorer and wallet service.) The US stock exchange service Nasdaq is stepping up its service trials that will use the Bitcoin blockchain as a ledger to track securities for private and public enterprise. A ground-up open source project designed to allow easy livestreaming, Streamium, has launched with the... more »
Bringing OpenStack to production Clouds | #openstack

Bringing OpenStack to production Clouds | #openstack

Talk about OpenStack's level of maturity continued to dominate at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. Mark Collier, chief operating officer of the OpenStack Foundation, and Lauren Sell, OpenStack Foundation vice president, joined theCUBE's Stu Miniman at OpenStack Summit 2015 to talk about OpenStack and its growing community of users. The conversation started with the issue of maturity and how well OpenStack has entered the market. While OpenStack hasn't completely unified itself as an integration platform, Collier did note that many companies are already using pieces of OpenStack in the real world. Sell then added that most users are fairly current with the software.... more »
Pieces in place for OpenStack success| #openstack

Pieces in place for OpenStack success| #openstack

On the ground at the OpenStack Summit, theCUBE hosts Stu Miniman and John Furrier offered key insights that revolved around the evolution of open technology and future opportunities and expectations. The first issue discussed was the maturity of the OpenStack technology. Both agreed that OpenStack wasn't quite ready, but the pieces were in place. The fundamentals of computing, storage and networking were all in motion, and the products involved with OpenStack were coming together. On the ground level   Furrier mentioned that one of theCUBE's advantages is they report from the ground level of these conventions; you could see the people walking around them.... more »
Follow LIVE coverage from HP Discover 2015: Connect with theCUBE

Follow LIVE coverage from HP Discover 2015: Connect with theCUBE

HP Discover 2015 is set for June 2-4 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. The event features discussions about the hottest trends shaping the industry today, including Cloud, Big Data, security, mobility and more. SiliconANGLE's video production, theCUBE, will be on hand at HP Discover to “Extract The Signal From The Noise” while talking with industry professionals about the latest in enterprise technology and innovation, so don’t miss any of the live coverage. theCUBE guests include HP execs Antonio Neri, Bill Philbi, Scott Weller, Manish Goel and many more. theCUBE hopes to learn more during the event about HP's cutbacks and acquisition... more »
Twitter is now more popular than LinkedIn for salespeople

Twitter is now more popular than LinkedIn for salespeople

LinkedIn is considered by many to be the "professional" social networking site, but it looks like Twitter has quietly become the go-to platform for salespeople looking for connections and clients. According to a recent study by sales consulting and data research firm KiteDesk, Twitter has pulled slightly ahead of LinkedIn in popularity for salespeople. LinkedIn itself sits just above Facebook in popularity, and all three social media sites lead the pack, with platforms like Google+ and others trailing behind by a significant margin. "Shocked that Twitter has surpassed LinkedIn," Jeff Rowley, founder of Jeff Rowley Inc, said in KiteDesk's report. "That said, I can... more »
Oculus VR acquires 3D mapping startup Surreal Vision

Oculus VR acquires 3D mapping startup Surreal Vision

Facebook Inc.-owned Oculus VR has announced that it has acquired Surreal Vision, a U.K.-based startup that specializes in 3D mapping and image recognition. Surreal Vision says its company works on "bringing super-human visual perception to the emerging fields of mixed reality and autonomous robotics," and now it will be part of Oculus' ongoing virtual reality projects. "At Surreal Vision, we are overhauling state-of-the-art 3D scene reconstruction algorithms to provide a rich, up-to-date model of everything in the environment including people and their interactions with each other," the Surreal Vision team said in a blog post for Oculus. "We’re developing breakthrough techniques... more »
How Virtustream fits into EMC's Federated Hybrid Cloud

How Virtustream fits into EMC's Federated Hybrid Cloud

EMC's cloud strategy is rapidly coming into focus as it continues a string of acquisitions aimed at building out its newly formed cloud managed services business. The latest of these - its $1.2 billion takeover of Virtustream Inc. - is a further indication that legacy vendors aren't going to be shy about using their cash hordes to buy major positions in the evolving cloud. Enterprises that are reluctant to move to the cloud if it means working with smaller, albeit disruptive vendors and would prefer to stay with a 'big name' will naturally gravitate to their longtime enterprise partners. By gobbling up companies... more »
Enterprise news you gotta know for May 27, 2015 – IRS breach has creepy implications

Enterprise news you gotta know for May 27, 2015 – IRS breach has creepy implications

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 EMC Buys Virtustream To Expand Its Cloud Offerings - InformationWeek If you want to really understand Virtustream and how it will fit into the EMC ecosystem, check out Charles Babcock’s excellent analysis. Babcock, who wrote the book Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution in 2010, knows this market inside and out. He doesn’t see nearly as much overlap between Virtustream and VMware as some other reporters do. He also doesn’t think EMC wants to use... more »
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Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.