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How one company is solving storage virtualization problems with an old technology | #DockerCon

How one company is solving storage virtualization problems with an old technology | #DockerCon

Storage virtualization is a tricky business, and it is not without its inherent problems. However, containerized storage is showing great promise in reducing or eliminating many of the problems encountered today. Premal Buch, CEO of Robin Systems, Inc., and Partha Seetala, CTO of Robin Systems, sat down with John Furrier (@furrier) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during DockerCon 2016 in Seattle, Washington, to discuss how how their company is using containers to address the virtualization problem. Containers: An old solution to a new problem Virtualization of storage requires a heavy layer of software to manage the consolidation properly. Multiple applications sharing the same virtual... more »
DHS wants the power to ask visitors to the U.S. for their social media account details

DHS wants the power to ask visitors to the U.S. for their social media account details

If you're not American and are visiting the United States soon you may need to provide more than a visa in your passport with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking the power to allow U.S. Customs officials to ask foreign visitors to provide their Facebook and Twitter account names. Under the proposal Customs and Border Patrol would ask for the information with an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a visa waiver application, and Form I-94W, the form that non-U.S. citizens fill out when entering and leaving the country; the question itself would read “Please enter information associated with your... more »
What you missed in Big Data: Tech giants double down on analytics

What you missed in Big Data: Tech giants double down on analytics

Barely a week seems to pass without a web company open-sourcing some new tool for building artificial intelligence software. Last Thursday, it was Facebook Inc.’s turn. The social networking giant released a framework called Torchnet that contains five ready-made modules for training and testing deep learning algorithms. The modules are implemented in the form of interoperable programming abstractions that can be added to an artificial intelligence project with relatively little modification. Facebook says that adapting an algorithm to ingest a new dataset, for instance, requires changing just a single line of code in Torchnet. As a result, developers are able to... more »
What you missed in Cloud: Acquisitions and APIs

What you missed in Cloud: Acquisitions and APIs

M&A returned to the cloud ecosystem’s agenda last week after Red Hat Inc. bought a low-key outfit called 3scale Inc. that helps companies regulate how their web services are used. Its API management software makes it possible to control who can interact with an application, enforce usage restrictions and scan activity patterns for insights that might help improve operations. Red Hat plans to incorporate 3scale’s technology into its hugely-popular JBoss middleware suite and make the source-code available for free to developers. The company hopes that lowering the entry barrier will put it in a better position to compete against Apigee Inc.,... more »
Facebook tries to placate conservatives by introducing political bias training for staff

Facebook tries to placate conservatives by introducing political bias training for staff

Social networking giant Facebook, Inc. is to begin training employees about political bias following accusations made in May that it was removing links to conservative content in its trending news section. Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg made the announcement last week at an event at the American Enterprise institute, noting that it was important that employees respected differing viewpoints. “We have a managing bias class that all of our leaders and a lot of our employees have taken that I was part of helping to create. And we focused on racial bias, age bias, gender bias, national bias, and we’re going... more »
Google tools up with its Spanner database, looks for a fight with AWS

Google tools up with its Spanner database, looks for a fight with AWS

Google is said to be mulling the idea of commercializing a highly scalable, globally distributed database technology known as “Spanner”, which the company has been using in its own data centers for several years to deliver many of its core services. The challenge for Google’s Cloud Platform Group now is to work out how to transform the technology into a product that others can use to build applications, reported The Information. It adds that one of the main obstacles Google’s engineers must overcome is working out how to decouple Spanner from its own infrastructure and create a version that will work... more »
Google CEO Sundar Pichai hacked by same group that embarrassed Mark Zuckerberg this month

Google CEO Sundar Pichai hacked by same group that embarrassed Mark Zuckerberg this month

A group of hackers – or perhaps security professionals with an underhand marketing strategy – known as OurMine are at it again embarrassing the world's most well known tech executives. Earlier this month the group hacked Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter, Inc. and Pinterest, Inc. accounts, as well as CEO of Spotify, Daniel Ek’s Twitter account. The group recently turned its attention towards Google Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai when it briefly hacked his Twitter and Quora accounts. OurMine, now calling itself a security outfit, wrote on its website, “Today, we checked Sundar Pichai's security, and we got access to his Twitter & Quora accounts,... more »
iOS 10 iMessage features: Full-screen animation, stickers, quick reactions, apps, more

iOS 10 iMessage features: Full-screen animation, stickers, quick reactions, apps, more

With the announcement of iOS 10 at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), iPhone and iPad users will soon be able to enjoy a host of new features in the Messages app. New features include the ability to animate iMessage bubbles with the likes of invisible ink, full-screen animations, the ability to access apps, and Apple Music directly through the app, and more. While it is possible to gain early access to these changes by downloading the iOS 10 beta 1 that is currently available for developers, you can also wait until July for the public beta or be really patient... more »
Intel looking to offload its Intel Security arm

Intel looking to offload its Intel Security arm

Intel is considering a sale of its Intel Security division, and has already spoken with several bankers in a bid to find a suitable buyer, the Financial Times reports. Intel Security was created after Intel acquired the antivirus software maker McAfee Inc., the company founded by SiliconANGLE contributor John McAfee, in 2010. But with Intel looking to move away from personal computing, it’s reported that Intel Security is now an expendable asset the company is looking to offload. The Financial Times says in its report that a group of private equity firms may team up to finance an acquisition of Intel Security,... more »
Analyst trip report: Teradata embraces new world of Big Data

Analyst trip report: Teradata embraces new world of Big Data

When I spent several days at Teradata's recent annual analyst event in La Jolla, Calif., I had expected to be treated to a stream of technical details about hardware architectures, database technology comparisons and Business Intelligence (BI) vendor positioning. I was wrong. Instead, Teradata displayed a surprising embrace of the new world of Big Data. Here’s what I found: Teradata now talks up a more expansive vision for analytics Instead of speeds and feeds, Teradata positioned itself as all about transformational business outcomes made possible by on an expansive definition of analytics. In the past -- as in just a few months ago... 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.