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Facebook's massive 'Aquila' drone can fly for 90 days without landing

Facebook's massive 'Aquila' drone can fly for 90 days without landing

Facebook's Connectivity Lab has been hard at work developing ambitious solutions to the challenge of providing internet connectivity to the roughly two-thirds of the world living without it. Today, the social network giant revealed that its aircraft and laser programs have reached major milestones that could soon put internet access in the hands of over 4 billion people. "Our goal is to accelerate the development of a new set of technologies that can drastically change the economics of deploying internet infrastructure," said Facebook's Jay Parikh, VP of Global Engineering and Infrastructure, in a statement. "We are exploring a number of different approaches to this... more »
Enterprise still falls behind in security measures | #NEXTConf

Enterprise still falls behind in security measures | #NEXTConf

Global economics and security were key topics during Nutanix .NEXT 2015, as evidenced by guests such as former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. According to Alan Cohen, CCO of Illumio, Inc., these are not new issues. “The IP war that has been going on for some time has a national security implication,” he told theCUBE, SiliconANGLE's Media production team. “If you look at the next generation of national security, information technology is probably going to be the core technology platform that runs our military institutions. We will likely see more conversation and participation between the government and private industry. Every... more »
PlayStation 4 could become the best-selling console ever

PlayStation 4 could become the best-selling console ever

As successful as Nintendo Co Ltd's Wii gaming console was, its impressive sales still pale in comparison to the reigning champion of console gaming, Sony Corp's PlayStation 2. In a little over 12 years, the PlayStation 2 sold more than 150 million units worldwide, and now there is a chance that Sony could break its own record if the current PlayStation 4 sales trends hold. Sony's recent earnings report boasts that the PlayStation 4 console has sold 25.3 million units worldwide since its release less than two years ago, and it sold over 3 million units in the last quarter alone. According to Gamesindustry.biz, it took... more »
CoreOS wants to bring hyperscale to the masses | #NEXTConf

CoreOS wants to bring hyperscale to the masses | #NEXTConf

CoreOS, Inc., which creates and maintains open-source projects for Linux, showed its support for Nutanix, Inc. with an appearance at Nutanix .NEXT 2015. Nutanix supports Tectonic, CoreOS’ container platform, as a commercial partner, and the conference gave CoreOS a chance to show off its latest tools. CoreOS aims to improve the security and reliability of the Internet, as well as bring hyperscale methodologies to enterprise and smaller companies. Advancing modern server infrastructure “We’re making the best parts of hyperscale models applicable to companies that previously didn’t have the resources to invest in that type of sophisticated infrastructure,” CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi told theCUBE,... more »
An updated list of the best Android developer tools for your amazing mobile game

An updated list of the best Android developer tools for your amazing mobile game

Developers seeking to develop games for Android are presented with a constellation of tools, SDKs, and APIs to assist them along the way. Below is not a definitive list, but should work as a starting point for anyone looking for what is currently available. In early 2015, SiliconANGLE published a similar list, and we’re now updating it because of recent news including rumors that the Nintendo NX would be Android-based (a rumor dispelled) and more recently that Android console set-top-box maker Ouya, Inc.’s assets were bought by peripherals company Razer Inc. GAME ENGINES A game engine provides the foundation to build a game... more »
Report: Top providers joining forces to combat hackers in the public cloud

Report: Top providers joining forces to combat hackers in the public cloud

Threat sharing networks are nothing new, but one forthcoming addition to the bunch could hold tremendous significance for the millions of organizations storing data beyond the firewall. Rackspace Inc. is reportedly in the process of recruiting its fellow providers for a consortium that will attempt to set deep-seated rivalries set aside to help make the public cloud a safer place. The Texas-based hosting provider would find itself far from the top of the participant list in such a group, which will necessarily have to include bigger rivals such as Amazon Inc. to achieve the reach needed to accomplish its goals, but nonetheless... more »
Yahoo's new Livetext app lets you video chat in silence

Yahoo's new Livetext app lets you video chat in silence

Today, Yahoo Inc unveiled a new video chat app called Livetext that is a little unusual: It has no sound. Instead of talking, the app instead lets you communicate via text while still being able to stream a live video feed. "From courier mail, to the telephone, to text messaging - as humans, we have always searched for new, more convenient and more inventive ways to connect with others," Livetext's Google Play page says. "These interactions form the foundation of our identity and sense of the world. "The advent of smartphones led a shift towards convenience and speed. We've gone from communicating... more »
Tom Brady suspended 4 games for switching from Samsung to iPhone 6 - Tom Brady's Full Statement

Tom Brady suspended 4 games for switching from Samsung to iPhone 6 - Tom Brady's Full Statement

NFL upheld their ruling for 4 games suspended against Tom Brady.  Apparently the reason was Brady switched from a broken Samsung to new iPhone 6. Tom Brady responds publicly to the NFL and fans here: Full Statement from Tom Brady: I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.   Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was “probable” that I was “generally aware” of misconduct.... more »
Storage industry not yet at the 'easy button' | #NEXTConf

Storage industry not yet at the 'easy button' | #NEXTConf

Nutanix, Inc. is aggressively pursuing the hyperconverged market, according to theCUBE cohosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman, who wrapped up day one of Nutanix’s .NEXT 2015 conference. “They lay out a path for a multi-hypervisor multicloud world,” said Miniman. “It’s exciting to see how far they’ve come.” Making storage invisible “Nutanix is trying to accelerate things that VMware is trying to slow-roll," Vellante emphasized. "Nutanix talks about making storage invisible, hypervisor invisible and Cloud invisible. EMC and VMware have been talking for years about making storage invisible. Have they succeeded?” Miniman said that the storage industry has made progress, “But we’re not quite yet... more »
Shadowrun Returns devs working on a new Battletech game

Shadowrun Returns devs working on a new Battletech game

Harebrained Schemes, the Seattle-based studio behind the immensely successful crowdfunded Shadowrun games, has announced that it is bringing back the classic robot combat game BattleTech through a new Kickstarter campaign that will launch this Fall. The studio has successfully funded several games through Kickstarter, including Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall, and Shadowrun: Hong Kong. Jordan Weisman, who also created the Shadowrun pen-and-paper RPG game, served as the creative director for those games, and he will be overseeing the new BattleTech game as well. "Harebrained Schemes is pleased to announce their return to Kickstarter this Fall to partner with backers in co-funding the creation of BattleTech," Harebrained Schemes said in a statement. "Jordan... more »
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- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- 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.