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Bitcoin equity crowdfunding site BnkToTheFuture passes the $10m funds raised mark

Bitcoin equity crowdfunding site BnkToTheFuture passes the $10m funds raised mark

Bitcoin and Blockchain equity crowdfunding site Bnk To The Future Ltd. (BnkToTheFuture) has passed the $10 million mark in funds raised as the site continues to attract both investors, and companies looking to raise funds. Based in London, BnkToTheFuture offers an equity crowdfunding platform that allows users to invest in private companies starting from the equivalent of 10 euro ($11.18,) but unlike others in the equity crowdfunded space, supports investments made in Bitcoin (they do accept credit cards as well,) and caters exclusively for companies working in and around Bitcoin and related Blockchain Fintech startups. Recent campaign successes include Bitcoin Capital, a... more »
Uber buys Bing Maps assets & imagery data

Uber buys Bing Maps assets & imagery data

Microsoft has announced it's selling some of its Bing Maps assets to Uber Inc., including around 100 employees focused on the product’s image collection activities. The company also said it will stop collecting its own map data, though it plans to continue to offer Bing Maps using data licensed from partners. Meanwhile, Uber has also bought a new data center near Boulder, Colorado, as well as cameras and licenses to some of Microsoft's intellectual property. Although Microsoft gets much of its mapping data from Nokia and other partners, it also used to collect its own aerial, 3-D and street-level maps. This data... more »
Airtable gets $7.6M to reimagine the database

Airtable gets $7.6M to reimagine the database

Databases aren't for everyone. They're incredibly complex things to work with, and generally only those with the requisite expertise and training even contemplate doing so. But that might change if Airtable has its way. The startup is aiming to make databases so simple that even those with just basic computer skills will be able to use them. The idea is a simple one – Airtable works like a spreadsheet, but gives users the organizational power that only a database affords. On Monday, the company announced it had secured $7.6 million in series A funding in a round led by Charles River Ventures... more »
Ghost of Ballmer purged: AOL takes over Microsoft's display advertising business

Ghost of Ballmer purged: AOL takes over Microsoft's display advertising business

Microsoft Corp.'s Ballmer era effort to take on Google in display advertising came to an abrupt end Monday with the company handing over the entire business, employees and all, to AOL, Inc. The deal will see AOL take over responsibility for sales of display, mobile and video ads on Microsoft properties in the U.S. and eight other markets: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom. All of Microsoft’s 1,200 employees working in their display advertising division, including engineering and sales, will be offered positions AOL, according to a source quoted by The Wall Street Journal. Of note, Microsoft... more »
Australian real estate agent comparison site OpenAgent raises $4.6m Series A

Australian real estate agent comparison site OpenAgent raises $4.6m Series A

Australian real estate agent comparison site OpenAgent Pty. Ltd. has raised AU$6 million ($4.6 million) Series A in a round led by Hollard Investments. Founded in 2012 and often described at a "TripAdvisor of real estate agents," OpenAgent provides real estate agent comparisons, which allows users to find a qualified real estate agent to sell their property. Along with user reviews of how a real estate agent performs, the company also includes data from more than two million property sales to give users a full oversight on the performance of the agent, along with the sorts of properties they are selling, and... more »
Ben Golub and team reveal more about Docker Hub, Docker Trusted Registry, and Project Orca | #DockerCon

Ben Golub and team reveal more about Docker Hub, Docker Trusted Registry, and Project Orca | #DockerCon

To make Docker Inc.'s approach to containerized data management enterprise-ready at all levels of production, Docker CEO Ben Golub has organized development under three umbrellas: build/create, ship/store and run/manage. Taking the stage at the DockerCon 2015 for the Day 2 Keynote,Golub outlined the theme of the event: “Docker for Production.” Within this structure, Docker has focused on bringing on-premise and Cloud support to customers, as well as top-quality commercial support and convenient packaging for easy adoption. Docker Hub Golub then introduced Marianna Tessel, the SVP of engineering, to talk about Docker Hub. As Tessel said, “Docker Hub is a Cloud service … basically a Docker... more »
Facebook makes News Feed smarter at suggesting videos

Facebook makes News Feed smarter at suggesting videos

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made it no secret that he believes the future of the social network lies in video, and today Facebook is rolling out more algorithm tweaks to make News Feed smarter at picking what videos you see. According to Facebook Engineering Manager Meihong Wang and Software Engineer Yue Zhuo, not everyone wants to like or comment on the content that shows up in their News Feed, but that does not mean the content is not relevant to them or that they do not enjoy it. "We have learned that certain actions people take on a video, such as choosing to turn on sound or making... more »
Changing software methodologies leads to client frustrations | #DockerCon

Changing software methodologies leads to client frustrations | #DockerCon

Kismatic, Inc. has been facing some challenges of late. Patrick Reilly, CEO and cofounder of Kismatic, dropped by theCUBE during DockerCon 2015 to discuss these challenges and how the company has been coping with the problems. With different software platforms being developed, Reilly mentioned that his customers have no way of knowing which one will become the most popular. “One of the big frustrations with some of our clients is they didn’t know what to bet on,” he said, adding that it’s impossible to tell who is going to win. Education major challenge With the change in software methodologies, Reilly sites education as one... more »
Minecraft creator Mojang abandons development on Scrolls

Minecraft creator Mojang abandons development on Scrolls

Nearly every developer would have trouble trying to match the incredible success of a game like Minecraft, including Minecraft's own creators, Stockholm-based Mojang AB. In 2012, the then-independent studio began working on a card battling mobile game called Scrolls, and after lengthy alpha and beta phases, the game was released in December 2014. Today, less than a year after its release, Mojang has decided to cease all further work on the game. "After much deliberation, we’ve come to an important decision that we’d like to share: Echoes will be the last major content patch for Scrolls," Mojang wrote on the official Scrolls blog. "We won’t be adding features or sets... more »
Major software shifts coming: How to deal | #DockerCon

Major software shifts coming: How to deal | #DockerCon

In the next few years, we can expect to see some major software shifts, according to IBM Fellow Jason McGee. During a visit with theCUBE at DockerCon 2015, McGee explained these changes, as well as ways to deal with new developments that are approaching. Although it doesn't happen frequently, there are occasional architectural shifts in software that bring big changes. According to McGee, people are beginning to focus on microservices and answering the question, "How do I deliver at a much higher velocity?" Although the Cloud will always be around, the architectural changes will alter the way programmers work. Adapting to software shifts There... more »
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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.

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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.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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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.

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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.