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Redefining Hadoop for better data insights | #BigDataNYC

Redefining Hadoop for better data insights | #BigDataNYC

This week, ODPi (a nonprofit organization accelerating the open ecosystem of Big Data solutions) announced that DataTorrent, IBM, Pivotal, SAS, Syncsort, WANdisco and Xavient have committed to the ODPi Interoperable Compliance Program. This program will make it simpler for enterprises to choose and adopt Big Data technologies and ensures these applications are interoperable across a wider range of commercial Hadoop platforms. Berni Schiefer, IBM fellow, joined Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Peter Burris (@plburris), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during BigDataNYC 2016 in New York, NY, to discuss the implications of ODPi’s compliance program for the industry, as well... more »
Avast completes acquisition of rival antivirus company AVG

Avast completes acquisition of rival antivirus company AVG

Two months after antivirus company Avast Software s.r.o. announced that it would be acquiring its rival, AVG Technologies N.V., for $1.3 billion, the deal is done. According to Avast, while the buyout of AVG has finally concluded, it will be up to a year before the company has been fully absorbed by Avast. Both Avast and AVG have their origins in post-Soviet Prague in 1990s in what is now the Czech Republic. The two companies specialized in lightweight, consumer-grade antivirus software, which offered both a basic free version and a more feature-rich annual subscription version. Through its acquisition of AVG, Avast now controls a significant portion of the home... more »
Splunk's efforts to provide Answers to its community | #splunkconf16

Splunk's efforts to provide Answers to its community | #splunkconf16

No matter how sophisticated a set of developed solutions tools may be, the likelihood of retaining customer interest gets a big boost from those tools having an effective support system in place for users when they need some extra help. At this year's Splunk.conf event, Rich Mahlerwein, senior systems engineer at Forest County Potawatomi Community, and David Shpritz, information security consultant at Aplura, LLC, sat down with John Walls (@JohnWalls21) and John Furrier (@furrier), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to talk about the Splunk community and the many uses people are finding for its utilities. Coming together Both speakers were... more »
Data 3.0: Empowering enterprise by bringing data to the center | #BigDataNYC

Data 3.0: Empowering enterprise by bringing data to the center | #BigDataNYC

Business has a relationship with information. The modern world of data has only enhanced that relationship, allowing businesses to learn more and see further. As the digital revolution continues, data is becoming the key to business success. As this data moves closer to the center of business, the tools used to manage, understand and present this information must also improve. To gain some understanding of the latest data management tools, Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Peter Burris (@plburris), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, visited the BigDataNYC 2016 conference in New York. There, they sat down with Ronen Schwartz, senior... more »
What you need to know about Nutanix's blockbuster IPO

What you need to know about Nutanix's blockbuster IPO

Technology firms that have been holding off their initial public offerings of stock for fear of lackluster investor interest may be rethinking those plans today. The latest tech company to go public, the cloud computing company Nutanix Inc., saw its shares jump 66 percent from their initial offering price when trading opened today. Originally expected to sell its shares for $11-$13 apiece, the maker of hyperconverged systems that combine computing and storage into one appliance had hiked the price to $16 Thursday night, netting $238 million. By the end of trading Friday, shares had jumped 131 percent, to an even $37 a share. The... more »
New alliances focus on open-source, data science empowerment | #BigDataNYC

New alliances focus on open-source, data science empowerment | #BigDataNYC

How can data science make a true market impact? Partnerships, particularly amongst open source communities. As IBM solidifies its enterprise strategies around data demands, two new partnerships emerge: one with Continuum Analytics, Inc., advancing open-source analytics for the enterprise; and another with Galvanize, initiating a Data Science for Executives program. Continuum Analytics, the creator and driving force behind Anaconda — a leading open data science platform powered by Python — has allied with IBM to advance open-source analytics for the enterprise. Data scientists and data engineers in open-source communities can now embrace Python and R to develop analytic and machine learning... more »
Shark Tank investor Robert Herjavec talks security - and ugly Christmas sweaters

Shark Tank investor Robert Herjavec talks security - and ugly Christmas sweaters

You may know Robert Herjavec, chief executive and founder of the Herjavec Group, as the shark investor on ABC’s Shark Tank. But he began his career in the technology sector, and today his company is one of the largest information security providers in the world. Herjavec and Atif Ghauri, senior vice president at the Herjavec Group, were at the Splunk .conf 2016 conference in Orlando, FL, this week to speak about cybersecurity and data transformation. The two sat down with John Furrier (@furrier) and John Walls (@JohnWalls21), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to talk about celebrity, ugly Christmas sweaters and cybersecurity. Herjavec is theCUBE's Guest... more »
Aiming to supercharge AI, Amazon launches cloud service powered by graphics chips

Aiming to supercharge AI, Amazon launches cloud service powered by graphics chips

Confirming rumors rumors from a few weeks ago, Amazon.com Inc. today unveiled a new cloud computing service for artificial intelligence and other data-intensive applications. The new addition to Amazon Web Services' Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is based on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) from Nvidia Corp., which increasingly are used in the branch of AI called deep learning neural networks that benefit from the ability to do data crunching in parallel on a massive scale. "These instances were designed to chew through tough, large-scale machine learning, deep learning, computational fluid dynamics, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and computational finance workloads,"  AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr said in... more »
The database evolution: Changing the way people think about data integration | #BigDataNYC

The database evolution: Changing the way people think about data integration | #BigDataNYC

In the era of Big Data, some may say what was old is new again. When it comes to data, the notion of collecting it has always been around since the old IBM days. Today, with the increase in available data, there is also a wide variety of options available as well. While technologies like Apache Hadoop offer upfront cost savings for housing your data, what are the other costs you should be considering when integrating your data onto a new platform? James Markarian, CTO of SnapLogic Inc., a software provider that offers Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS) tools for... more »
Chinese open source blockchain startup Antshares raises $4.5M through crowdsourcing

Chinese open source blockchain startup Antshares raises $4.5M through crowdsourcing

Chinese open source blockchain startup Antshares has raised more than $4.5 million in a crowdsourced fundraising. Founded in 2015, Antshares is building a decentralized and distributed network protocol based on blockchain technology that will allow users to digitalize assets or shares, and accomplish financial transactions through a peer-to-peer network including registration and issuance and actual transactions along with settlement and payments. Based in Shanghai, China, the company offers the Onchain platform that aims to service goods and assets ranging from real estate titles to corporate equity, supply chain assets to creditors’ claims. “Our vision is to make Onchain a truly universal Blockchain framework,”... more »
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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.