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Unprecedented IRS breach sees hackers make off with 100,000 Americans' personal info

Unprecedented IRS breach sees hackers make off with 100,000 Americans' personal info

After a long string of attacks against private companies, it became the Internal Revenue Service's turn to step into the sights of the black hat community this week after a massive attack that claimed the most sensitive private information of over 100,000 tax-paying citizens. The breach saw the agency's own fraud prevention system turned against it. Much like banks and other institutions that deal in financial data, the IRS requires users to identify themselves with an elaborate combination of credentials on its online services to minimize the risk of unauthorized access. Except instead of usernames and passwords, its “Get Transcript” application... more »
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IBM Vision 2015 attracts CFOs and more | #IBMVision

theCUBE concluded its inaugural visit to IBM Vision 2015 with key observations on IBM’s mission for analytics and the show itself. The conference caters to the finance, sales and GRC executives, but brought in executives from many industries and experience levels. Watson Analytics' business and predictive capabilities   theCUBE's Dave Vellante noted that IBM has layered Watson Analytics on top of its collection of businesses to offer 360-degree views of business and predictive capability. theCUBE cohost Jeff Frick described the interaction with Watson as “Google-esque,” as it works to expose the software to a more broad audience. Vellante added that IBM is mapping Cloud, social media... more »
Tegile bags a massive $70 million in funding to boost hybrid arrays

Tegile bags a massive $70 million in funding to boost hybrid arrays

Tegile Systems Inc. is leveling the playing field in the hyper-competitive world of hybrid storage arrays with the completion of a landmark $70 million funding round from over a half dozen new and existing investors. The capital infusion brings its balance sheet much more up to par with that of its fastest-growing rivals. With a total of $115 million raised so far, the company is now a digit closer to Tintri Systems Inc. and Pure Storage Inc., which have both been quicker to seize upon the massive investor interest surrounding flash and hybrid systems in particular. But Tegile has nonetheless managed... more »
Ellen Pao defends Reddit social justice agenda by citing user safety from being "attacked"

Ellen Pao defends Reddit social justice agenda by citing user safety from being "attacked"

Ellen Pao confirmed Reddit's intent to turn the site into a safe space Wednesday while using the argument that they don't really want to censor users, but want to make sure people can post freely without being "attacked." Speaking at the <Code> conference to Kara Swisher, Pao talked about the now infamous stolen celebrity pictures published to Reddit during the fappening in 2014, and how they made staff Reddit feel uncomfortable. “We don’t want to be a site where people put stolen pictures,” Pao said. “We also don’t want to be a site that censors content.” Although indicating that they don't want to be... more »
MuleSoft moves up the stack with new data capabilities for its API management platform

MuleSoft moves up the stack with new data capabilities for its API management platform

Hot on the heels of raising $128 million in a record round of funding, MuleSoft Inc. is rolling out a major upgrade to its cloud connectivity platform that promises to help organizations make more out of the data coming off the new services they're hooking up to their networks. The launch represents a new strategy towards trying to stand out in an hot market. Rival Apigee Inc. is moving down a similar path, but whereas it's focusing on expanding to more parts of the network, MuleSoft is expanding to more parts of the organization. Dubbed Weave, the data manipulation module introduced with... more »
Predict the future with Analytics | #IBMVision

Predict the future with Analytics | #IBMVision

Sometimes we wish we had a crystal ball. In business, we do: predictive analytics. The process combines technology, business practice and user experience. It allows the user to determine “what the future may hold and do it with confidence,” Jane Hendricks, marketing manager for Predictive Analytics at IBM, told theCUBE during IBM Vision 2015. A team sport approach What used to be relegated to experienced data scientists deep in the back office is now being used by a range of employees. “It’s more of a team sport approach,” said Hendricks. “People can gather data, apply the math to it, and business users... more »
Cisco forecasts wild M2M growth in latest Visual Networking Index

Cisco forecasts wild M2M growth in latest Visual Networking Index

Experts have been talking about the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) for what seems like years already, but now Cisco Systems Ltd. is illustrating this in graphic form with its latest Visual Networking Index (VNI) report. Assuming Cisco has its numbers right, the IoT will account for the vast majority of new connections to the Internet over the next five years. More specifically, Cisco says machine-to-machine (M2M) connections will grow from 24 percent of all connections now to 43 percent of all Internet connections by 2019. Over the same period, the total number of Internet connections in the world will... more »
Microsoft releases hugely popular doc-scanning app Office Lens

Microsoft releases hugely popular doc-scanning app Office Lens

After releasing a preview of the handy document scanning app for Android in April as well as an official version for iPhone, Microsoft has now made it available for Android in the Google Store to 130 countries in 30 different languages. The app, which had over 130,000 previewers and works as a pocket sized scanner, has gained some positive reviews and high ratings with one reviewer calling the app flawless. For Windows Phone Microsoft said that Office Lens has become one of the company’s star apps with 3.5 million downloads. Why is that? Office Lens works with your phone’s camera in scanning... more »
Citizen Data Scientist comes into its own with Watson Analytics | #IBMVision

Citizen Data Scientist comes into its own with Watson Analytics | #IBMVision

The regular business owner has access to volumes more data than in years past. There is no longer a need to compress data, to save space, to work from aggregates. The value of this data comes when the business owner applies analytics. Watson Analytics supports the notion of the “citizen data scientist,” bringing complex data analysis to the average businessperson. Using analytics to form an opinion “It’s you, me and everyone,” Marcus Hearne, worldwide marketing leader for Watson Analytics, told theCUBE during IBM Vision 2015. “We have the ability to use analytics to form an opinion rather than just hear things, discus things,... more »
Sony buys Optical Archive, touts Blu-ray for cost-effective cold storage

Sony buys Optical Archive, touts Blu-ray for cost-effective cold storage

Sony Corp. has made a rather odd-looking purchase with the acquisition of Optical Archive Inc. - startup spun out of Facebook that's marketing an innovative way to use Blu-ray technology. The startup was founded by ex-Facebook employee Frank Frankovsky, who led the social media giant's hardware design and supply-chain operations for about five years before leaving the social network in March 2014 to found Optical Archive. Framkovsky is equally well known as head of the Open Compute Project, a multicompany effort that promotes open-source designs for computer servers and network switches of the sort used by Facebook and other Web companies. While... 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.