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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 »
CliQr revamp its hybrid cloud portability platform for a containerized world

CliQr revamp its hybrid cloud portability platform for a containerized world

The shift towards containerized applications is causing major strategic changes even for vendors that have been early to recognize the demand for portability and fast release cycles that is driving the trend. The latest example is CliQr Technologies Inc., which debuted a new iteration of its flagship hybrid cloud management platform this morning that aims to address some of the main challenges standing in the way of the movement. CloudCenter 4.0 extends the capabilities of the built-in topology designer used for putting together applications to heterogeneous environments that combine several different kinds of services and containers. Such deployments often have upwards of... more »
Yozio raises $7 million to help companies supercharge their mobile presence

Yozio raises $7 million to help companies supercharge their mobile presence

Even though consumers now spend considerably more time on their smartphones and tablets than PCs, organizations often struggle to drive adoption for their mobile apps due to the lack of many of the marketing capabilities available on more traditional platforms. That’s according to a startup called Yozio Inc., which raised $7 million in funding this morning to try and fill the gap. The capital will be used to fuel the continued development of its namesake marketing service, which acts as a central hub for managing user acquisition campaigns across so-called organic channels such as email, text messages and social media. Yozio helps find... more »
Do companies really take Big Data seriously? | #HadoopSummit

Do companies really take Big Data seriously? | #HadoopSummit

Businesses are finally getting serious about Big Data, according to Rishi Yadav, CEO of InfoObjects, Inc., who spoke to the theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media team, at Hadoop Summit 2015. InfoObjects is optimizing systems so that all data sources can work in concert to achieve business goals. “A year or two back, the case was that somebody would build a Hadoop Cluster ... and the only thing they would do was use Hadoop as a silo in that cluster, and nothing to do with what the rest of the enterprise is doing," Yadav said. "Now, all the cases I see is the clients... more »
Microsoft scrambles to fix Windows 10 bugs ahead of launch

Microsoft scrambles to fix Windows 10 bugs ahead of launch

With less than two days to go before Windows 10 is launched, it looks like Microsoft is scrambling to iron out numerous bugs in its eagerly anticipated operating system. Although Build 10240, released two weeks ago, was widely believed to "release to manufacturing" (RTM) build of Windows 10, Computerworld's Gregg Keizer reports that Microsoft has pushed out no less than four patches in the last seven days in an effort to fix a number of bugs reported by testers who've signed up for the Windows Insider program. Somewhat curiously, three of the four patches seem to be identical – pushed out on... more »
Cisco's new CEO Chuck Robbins announces two executive hires on day 1

Cisco's new CEO Chuck Robbins announces two executive hires on day 1

Cisco Systems Inc. announced two new executive hires on Monday as John Chambers finally stepped down from his role as company CEO, to be replaced by Chuck Robbins. The company has pulled off something of a coup with the hiring of venture capital specialist Zorawar Biri Singh as its new CTO for platforms and solutions, Bloomberg reported. Singh is an instant replacement for CTO and chief strategy officer Padmasaree Warrior, who bowed out of the company along with a host of other staff, including chief globalisation officer Wim Elfrink, Edzard Overbeek, the senior vice president of services, and presidents Rob Lloyd... more »
Brain-powered gadget sales to top $200M in 2020

Brain-powered gadget sales to top $200M in 2020

The Brain-to-Machine (BMI) product niche has been a little obscured by more well known concepts like the Internet of Things and software-defined this and that, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a second glance. For according to new findings from ABI Research (Allied Business Intelligence, Inc.), the market could be worth $200 million a year by 2020. Things are expected to pick up in earnest later this year, with a flood of new products likely to be released in time for the Christmas shopping season, ABI Research predicts. According to them, “tapping into brain activity as a means of understanding... 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.