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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 »
3 Apple Watch apps to help seniors stay healthy

3 Apple Watch apps to help seniors stay healthy

The Apple Watch apps on this list were not created solely with senior citizens in mind; however, the benefits their features bring, combined with the ease of access and unique communication features provided by the Apple Watch, do mean they can help improve the lives of the elderly significantly. A gentle tap on the wrist to remind you to take your meds, record your blood pressure or take a walk is far more effective and convenient than an alarm on a smartphone. Here is a selection of three Apple Watch apps to help seniors live healthy lives: MediSafe As we get older we rely... more »
CloudBolt aims to make VM provisioning dead easy

CloudBolt aims to make VM provisioning dead easy

Betting that multi-cloud complexity is becoming a time sink for corporate IT administrators, CloudBolt Software, Inc. is bulking up its namesake platform for virtual machine (VM) self-provisioning. The three-year-old company has a new CEO in Jon Mittelhauser, co-developer of the first Windows Web browser and a co-founder of Netscape Communications Corp., and is boasting of tenfold growth in recurring revenue last year. CloudBolt addresses what Mittelhauser said is growing demand by IT organizations to enable end-users to spin up their own cloud VMs rather than going through the time-consuming and expensive process of requesting them through an administrator. CloudBolt is an... more »
HP boosts NFV armory with ConteXtream acquisition

HP boosts NFV armory with ConteXtream acquisition

Hewlett-Packard Co. has just acquired ConteXtream in a move that should give a significant boost to its network virtualization capabilities, the company said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ConteXtream offers a carrier-grade software-defined networking fabric for network-functions virtualization environments. But rather than going after enterprises, ConteXtream has followed a strategy of targeting service providers and deploying its software in data centers so they can centralize network management. The company has done pretty well too – in 2013, it told the now defunct GigaOM it had deployed software for 40 million subscribers of an unnamed U.S. wireless service provider. ConteXtream is no... more »
Microsoft partners with LG & Sony to pre-load Office & Skype apps

Microsoft partners with LG & Sony to pre-load Office & Skype apps

Microsoft is teaming up with LG Electronics Inc., Sony Corporation and 18 other companies to ensure its Office and Skype apps come preloaded onto their Android-powered tablet devices. The deal will see that Microsoft's Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype apps are pre-loaded on all new tablets sold by the companies, which include 18 regional manufacturers such as China's Haier Group, Brazil's Positivo Informática and Germany's Wortman AG. The deal underlines just how determined Microsoft is to make its mark on the Android system in light of the relatively low adoption of its own Windows Phone and Windows-powered tablets. "Our strategic agreements... more »
IBM: Data theft is costing companies a fortune

IBM: Data theft is costing companies a fortune

The flurry of large-scale breaches that struck top retailers and banks in 2014 finally helped corporate decision-makers internalize what security professionals has been saying for years: hackers are not only becoming more aggressive but also more sophisticated. Concrete data on the trend, however, has been scarce - until now. A new survey of 350 recently compromised organizations across a dozen countries carried out by the Ponemon Institute LLC on behalf of IBM reveals that the growing amounts of effort that the black hat community is putting into infiltration attempts is making a substantial impact. The average cost of a stolen record... more »
Personal assistant Cortana is coming to iPhone and Android, Microsoft reveals

Personal assistant Cortana is coming to iPhone and Android, Microsoft reveals

Microsoft’s mobile, multi-platform vision continues as the company announced that at the end of this year its virtual assistant, Cortana, will be coming to iPhone and to Android phones as early as June. The app will work similar to how it does on a Windows Phone, with a few features missing. It will at least speak English this time, unlike Portaña, the version of Cortana for Android we saw last month delivered to us by Italian hackers, OrangeSec. “Everything in Cortana’s Notebook will show up across all your devices and any changes you make on one device will be reflected when... more »
Agility key factor in IBM Analytics solutions | #IBMVision

Agility key factor in IBM Analytics solutions | #IBMVision

IBM’s Cloud-centric technologies have helped it adapt to the industry’s rapid pace. The company, with its vast portfolio, a large customer base, and a mix of legacy and new technologies, had to find ways to maintain agility, especially when it comes to analytics. “There are a lot of new vendors and technologies arising,” Michael Curry, IBM’s VP Engineering for Analytics Solutions, told theCUBE during IBM Vision. “As that’s happened, it’s put a lot of pressure on the core platforms. Cloud-centric technology allows us to move at a faster pace. It’s about agility: How quickly can you innovate? How quickly can you... 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.