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Check Point takes new approach to zero-day detection

Check Point takes new approach to zero-day detection

Asserting that sandbox security is both inconvenient and unreliable, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. has come out with a variation that it claims provides vastly improve performance by detecting threats at the CPU level. The SandBlast platform, which is available both on premise and as a service, identifies malware at the exploit phase before common evasion techniques can be applied. The service isn't based on signatures, but rather analyzes the execution stream of the code to look for anomalous behavior. Check Point said the platform currently protects against all known malware-insertion techniques. The approach is intended to attack the most common types... more »
Facebook launches new "Personalized Lesson Plan" software for schools

Facebook launches new "Personalized Lesson Plan" software for schools

Social media giant Facebook announced yesterday that it would be partnering with Silicon Valley-based charter school system Summit Public School to introduce what it calls "a classroom experience that’s centered around students’ ambitions that takes advantage of all the technology and information accessible to a kid growing up today." "When we first heard about Summit Public Schools a few years ago we, like many others, were impressed by their results," Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox wrote in an announcement. "They are consistently ranked among the best schools in California, almost all of their graduates are accepted to at least one... more »
3Dom USA makes cleaning 3D printers easier with Dyna-Purge Clean purging compound

3Dom USA makes cleaning 3D printers easier with Dyna-Purge Clean purging compound

With 3D printers finding their way onto the desktop and into the hands of consumers, it means that more hobbyists are trying out more and more materials. When switching between drastically different materials, compounds and even colors residue can be left behind that can gum up the printing machinery. To prevent this, 3D printers must be cleaned--in the industrial applications of extrusion and injection molding this is known as purging. Until recently, there was no 3D purging compound available in a trustworthy format for consumer-end 3D printers. 3Dom USA LLC, vendor of 3D printing materials, recently announced a partnership with Dyna-Purge... more »
Newest developer tools for wearables, IoT security and more

Newest developer tools for wearables, IoT security and more

This week’s Smart DevOps roundup features a smart environment platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), a new IoT development platform launched on Kickstarter, a fresh toolkit to secure the connected world, a software development kit (SDK) for wearable health trackers, and a new IoT acceleration platform.  WiSilica launches WiSe platform for IoT Internet of Things solutions provider WiSilica launched the WiSe Connect platform, an end-to-end solution for connecting millions of devices that can understand their environment and use predictive intelligence to improve the user experience, reduce cost and improve efficiency. The platform leverages the company’s existing smartphone ecosystem and  proprietary mesh networking technology to... more »
Wikibon: Systems of Intelligence demand new database architectures

Wikibon: Systems of Intelligence demand new database architectures

Despite the headlines, traditional SQL databases are not yet dead, writes Wikibon Analyst George Gilbert. But it is “beginning to bleed from a thousand cuts” as new Systems of Intelligence demand new database types with different capabilities. The traditional RDBMS that has dominated database technology for 30 years is designed for systems of record, which are those that control record-keeping and operations. While RDBMS is very good at what it does, it is designed principally for stability because chance breaks things. The vendor needs to anticipate all needs, and that's why SAP has about 100,000 predesigned tables. But if users need... more »
Star Citizen dev continues full transparency policy with its current release plan

Star Citizen dev continues full transparency policy with its current release plan

When you have crowdfunded close to $100 million for a massive video game with an unheard of scale, it might be tempting to keep fans in the dark on all of the little setbacks and pitfalls that come with software development, but Los Angeles-based Cloud Imperium Games has so far stuck to its promise of total transparency for its highly anticipated Space Sim, First-Person Shooter, MMO, and Kitchen Sink game Star Citizen. For better or worse, the studio has kept fans in the loop about every delay and scrapped feature, and Cloud Imperium continued this trend earlier this week with a full... more »
LinkedIn open-sources internal tool to simplify machine learning projects

LinkedIn open-sources internal tool to simplify machine learning projects

Only three days after previewing a slew of upcoming enhancements for Apache Kafka, LinkedIn Inc. is adding another item to its open-source analytics repertoire with the release of a likewise internally-developed tool that promises to simplify machine learning initiatives. And in particular, coordination across the different stages of the project lifecycle. Work on large-scale recommendation systems like the kind LinkedIn uses to refer members to groups and job postings that match their professional interests is typically divided between two teams. One is responsible for creating the mathematical models into which raw data is fed for analysis, while the other takes care of testing... more »
BlackBerry buys out arch-rival Good Technology for enterprise mobility dominance

BlackBerry buys out arch-rival Good Technology for enterprise mobility dominance

The corporate device management space has gotten a little less crowded this morning with the announcement that BlackBerry Ltd. is acquiring one of its biggest rivals, Good Technology Inc., for $425 million in cash. The landmark deal positions the Canadian mobile giant at the very top of the enterprise mobility food chain. That’s thanks to the roughly 6,200 organizations with active subscriptions to Good Technology’s management services that are now set to merge into its customer base, a roster that includes over half of the Fortune 100, much of the banking industry and big names throughout a host of other verticals. It’s also significant that... more »
With prices plunging, Wikibon sees flash turning storage market on its head

With prices plunging, Wikibon sees flash turning storage market on its head

NAND flash is taking over the storage market. Currently flash has less than 15 percent of the overall market, but that is rapidly changing as the per-TB cost of flash arrays plunges. In 2012 all-flash and hybrid flash-HDD arrays cost 10 times HHD -- $20,000 per TB for flash vs $2,268 for HHD. Today the cost of NAND flash arrays has dropped to about $4,200, while HHD costs have decreased $1,070, reports Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest forecast of storage market costs. Meanwhile, the cost of flash storage installed on the memory bus in servers, a.k.a. Server SAN, is... more »
Batman: Arkham Knight patch is live, but you still can't buy it on PC

Batman: Arkham Knight patch is live, but you still can't buy it on PC

After briefly appearing then disappearing then reappearing again, it looks like the interim patch Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment promised for the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is officially live, but that does not mean the game is for sale again. The Steam Store page for the game is still missing a buy button, and there is a message that says "Sales of Batman: Arkham Knight have been temporarily suspended while Warner Brothers works to address performance issues." So far "temporarily" has clocked in at just over two months, but with the recently released patched, the game may actually be almost at... more »
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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.