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Is Linkedin's cash-out a preview of coming attractions? | #HS16SJ

Is Linkedin's cash-out a preview of coming attractions? | #HS16SJ

When news of Linkedin's $26 billion sale to Microsoft hit, some in IT and business circles were at first a little stumped. What did this career networking site have that was so valuable to the software behemoth? If they'd done their homework on Big Data, however, they would not have been surprised. John Furrier (@furrier) and George Gilbert (@ggilbert41), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, wrapped up day one of the Hadoop Summit with guest analyst Abhi Mehta, CEO of Tresata. "Some would look at Linkedin and say, 'Hey, that's a Roladex; That's a job board,'" Furrier said. He also noted that this sale really... more »
Don't let your data lake turn into a data swamp | #HS16SJ

Don't let your data lake turn into a data swamp | #HS16SJ

Data does not move easily. This truth has plagued the world of Big Data for some time and will continue to do so. In the end, the laws of physics dictate a speed limit, no matter what else is done. However, somewhere between data at rest and the speed of light, there are many processes that must be performed to make data mobile and useful. Integrating data and managing a data pipeline are two of these necessary tasks. To shed some light on the world of data preparation, John Furrier (@furrier) and George Gilbert (@ggilbert41), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE... more »
The darling of the open-source movement | #RHSummit

The darling of the open-source movement | #RHSummit

As theCUBE wrapped up day one of three days of wall-to-wall coverage at Red Hat Summit, being held at the Moscone N & W in San Francisco, Stu Miniman (@stu) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, discussed the takeaways from today's events, how Red Hat, Inc. was positioned in the industry, and what they were expecting to see over the next two days of the conference. Open source from day one Red Hat is a strictly open-source software company. Its involvement in the community, from developers to customers to acquisitions and everything in between is what makes the company such an integral part of the... more »
Red Hat Keynote: Robots, Cloud and IoT, oh my! | #RHSummit

Red Hat Keynote: Robots, Cloud and IoT, oh my! | #RHSummit

Red Hat, Inc.'s partners are up to interesting projects. With each project presented at Red Hat Summit 2016 during the second keynote of Day One came an emphasis on open-source software as a foundation.  Three Red Hat Connect partners spoke: Intel, Dell Inc. and SAP SE. And perhaps the most interesting presentation came from none of these big companies, but rather a fairly new organization called Wevolver. Robots for Good Richard Hulskes, co-founder of Wevolver, described how his organization is using open-source software to 3D print robots. These robots are then equipped with virtual reality in order to provide hospitalized children an outlet to the... more »
The tricky task of balancing edge and core services | #RHSummit

The tricky task of balancing edge and core services | #RHSummit

While some companies are focusing on ways to disrupt framework views of networks, data delivery and cloud integration, the task for other enterprises is finding ways to address the nature of existing infrastructure and deliver helpful tools to the companies that rely on them to do their work. Nayaki Nayyar, GM and global head of IoT and Innovation Go to Market at SAP SE, spoke with Stu Miniman (@stu) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely), cohosts of theCUBE, from SiliconANGLE Media, at the Red Hat Summit taking place in San Francisco about the challenges facing IoT developers, the need to improve gateways and the... more »
Proposed law in China would extend consumer protections to Bitcoin, viritual goods

Proposed law in China would extend consumer protections to Bitcoin, viritual goods

A new law proposed in China would extend consumer protections usually associated with physical assets to virtual properties, including Bitcoin for the first time. The draft law, a proposed new Civil Code General Provision, is said to have been created to keep up with a changing global economic landscape and would treat Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, online gaming tokens and general data-based information almost on par with physical and financial assets, thereby bringing them under the purview of Civil rights that are applicable to property in general, NewsBTC reported. To date digital currencies have no legal status in China, and are often... more »
Dell promises innovative Big Data solutions | #RHSummit

Dell promises innovative Big Data solutions | #RHSummit

The U.S. might be behind when it comes to data trends, according to Jim Ganthier, VP and GM of Engineered Solutions of HPC and Cloud at Dell. "I've been flying from Africa to London to Germany to Switzerland and back," he told Stu Miniman (@stu) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, today at Red Hat Summit. During his travels, Ganthier discovered that the adoption of Cloud is growing further and faster overseas."Over there, we're seeing lots of great adopting, especially in Southeast Asia," Ganthier said. "In greater Western Europe, Big Data is absolutely taking off." Dell has... more »
Should I stay or should I go? Figuring out where data should live | #HS16SJ

Should I stay or should I go? Figuring out where data should live | #HS16SJ

Everyone wants in on Big Data -- the more data they can amass the better, right? Well, not for their traditional on-prem data centers. Companies want a large enough space to store all the data they can get their hands on, but does that mean compromising on other infrastructure features? Praveen Kankariya, CEO of Impetus Technologies, Inc., said that customers need a way to store data that allows them easy and frictionless access to it. With the storage limits of on-prem, many are finding that a home away from home is the solution. Kankariya and Ajay Anand, VP of Product Management and Marketing... more »
Kraken has acquired Dutch Bitcoin exchange CleverCoin

Kraken has acquired Dutch Bitcoin exchange CleverCoin

San Francisco-based Bitcoin exchange Kraken (Payward, Inc.) has acquired Dutch Bitcoin exchange CleverCoin B.V. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed. Founded in 2013, CleverCoin aimed to help fintech companies in Europe by providing Bitcoin services via a platform "that makes trading Bitcoins accessible for everyone." The company provides payment options through SEPA, credit card, Sofort, Giropay, Bancontact and iDEAL, is fully registered under Dutch law, and offers a platform that is equipped with multiple security layers that are constantly monitored for fraud or other nefarious activities. Under the deal the CleverCoin brand will be folded into Kraken’s global umbrella while providing... more »
How Kafka is helping to improve visibility for data analytics | #HS16SJ

How Kafka is helping to improve visibility for data analytics | #HS16SJ

Customers are excited about the opportunities that come from data analytics. As the Hadoop Summit is making clear this week, there is a lot of exploration going on right now, and a lot that can be achieved. Apache Kafka is one system helping to do just that. “The demand for Kafka is for the ability to simultaneous broadcast to multiple ecosystems,” said Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity, Inc. Kafka can take a stream of data, such as real-time transactions, put it into a data loop where it can mingle with the data lake of Hadoop, including social media streams.... more »
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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.