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Look out Twitch: Facebook Live's major integration with Blizzard is here

Look out Twitch: Facebook Live's major integration with Blizzard is here

Blizzard Entertainment Inc., the studio behind massively popular games like World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Overwatch, has just rolled out a new update to its game client that adds built-in Facebook Live streaming support to all of its titles. Blizzard first revealed its partnership with Facebook back in June, and now the feature is finally available in the Americas, with Europe and Asia to follow in the near future. In recent years, game video content has become a massive industry worth over $3.8 billion, and nearly every major company involved with web video wants a cut of that action.  This includes Amazon, which spent an astounding $970... more »
IT financial software maker Apptio tests initial public offering waters

IT financial software maker Apptio tests initial public offering waters

Apptio Inc., a Bellevue, WA-based developer of software that helps executives make informed financial decisions, apparently liked what it saw from the latest round of earnings from newly public tech companies this quarter. It filed to go public today with a goal of raising up $75 million. Apptio lost $41 million on $129 million in revenue in 2015, according to its S-1 statement. Both numbers grew from the previous year, when Apptio had sales of $106.6 million and losses of $32.9 million. It said losses can be expected to continue “for the foreseeable future” and that growth rates can be expected... more »
Intel unveils new SSDs for data centers, connected devices and PCs

Intel unveils new SSDs for data centers, connected devices and PCs

A week after its buzzed-about customer conference in San Francisco, Intel Corp. is making headlines once again by launching six new SSDs for three different markets. The fastest of the new additions is the enterprise-oriented DCP3520, a 0.2U drive that can handle to 375,000 random reads and 26,000 random write operations per second while also providing impressive sequential IOPS. According to PCWorld, this not only makes the SSD the highest-performing model in Intel’s data center DC series but also puts it ahead of the competing PM953 from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. And as if that wasn’t enough, the DCP3520 comes out on top in... more »
The people's conference? HPE Big Data Conference preview | #GuestOfTheWeek

The people's conference? HPE Big Data Conference preview | #GuestOfTheWeek

HPE's Big Data Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, begins on August 29. Mercifully sparing attendees marketing fluff, it will be a use-case-focused conference from a company with a presence in Big Data that may surprise you. Since HPE acquired Vertica in 2011, it has built on its analytics capacities to offer data solutions that couple HPE's core competencies with the latest innovations from open source -- with support and oversight that open source alone lacks. Senior Vice President and General Manager at HPE Big Data Colin Mahony told Dave Vellante (@dvellante), cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, he believes in keeping the focus on real use cases... more »
Report: SAP is buying Hadoop-as-a-service startup Altiscale for over $125M

Report: SAP is buying Hadoop-as-a-service startup Altiscale for over $125M

It appears that more consolidation is on the way for the analytics ecosystem. An anonymous insider has told VentureBeat that SAP SA is in the final steps of closing a $125-million-plus agreement to acquire Altiscale Inc., a Palo Alto-based startup that provides managed data processing services. The outfit started out in 2012 with a hosted implementation of Hadoop and later added a premium edition called Altiscale Insight Cloud that layers business intelligence functionality on top of the system. Both services’ main selling point is that they remove the need for organizations to set up and maintain the infrastructure powering their analytics efforts. As... more »
Rackspace going private in $4.3B deal

Rackspace going private in $4.3B deal

Cloud infrastructure provider Rackspace Hosting Inc. is going private in a $4.3 billion deal announced this morning. The deal comes after three weeks of speculation that the hosting provider would seek an alternative to the public markets as its early lead in cloud services was eclipsed by giants like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. The company will be bought out for $32 per share by Apollo Global Management, LLC, a private equity fund founded by former Drexel Burnham Lambert banker Leon Black that is now one of the world's largest private equity forms. It has $186 billion under management and describes itself as having... more »
Wikibon says hyper-convergence has reached a market tipping point

Wikibon says hyper-convergence has reached a market tipping point

When Wikibon introduced the concept of the Server SAN in 2014, “hyper-convergence” was not yet a term in general use, and many considered it to be a small piece of the highly fragmented storage marketplace. Today, writes Wikibon Senior Infrastructure & Cloud Analyst Stu Miniman (@Stu), hyperconverged infrastructure, a primary instantiation of Server SAN, is reaching an adoption tipping point and moving toward becoming the primary form of physical IT infrastructure. The goal of Server SAN is not simply to move from stand-alone to server-based storage. It is to eliminate the complexities of storage management. The combination of automation of many management... more »
Lyft updates its business profiles, offers users custom expense reports

Lyft updates its business profiles, offers users custom expense reports

Lyft Inc. introduced business profiles in April as a way for users to record their rides depending on whether it is for personal or work-related use and charge it to a different payment card. The latest update for Lyft now provides a split of a user’s ride history between Personal and Business, and allows users to download custom expense reports. Both Lyft and rival Uber Technologies Inc., who introduced business profiles in November, are trying to capture a larger portion of the business traveler market. A recent report by Certify Inc., which offers travel and expense management software, suggests that ride-hailing... more »
HPE & HP Inc. hit with age discrimination lawsuit

HPE & HP Inc. hit with age discrimination lawsuit

The Hewlett-Packard sisters are in the doghouse, facing a class action lawsuit that accuses the two firms of discrimination against older employees back in the days when the two companies were one. The lawsuit, which was filed by four plaintiffs in the U.S. Northern District Court in San Jose, California, accuses both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) and Hewlett-Packard Inc. (HP Inc.) of age discrimination and violations of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. The complaint alleges that both companies, before and after their split, “unfairly targeted older employees when deciding which roles to cut during rounds of layoffs from 2012 to this... more »
Analysts remain bullish on Hadoop even as Spark threatens to steal the show

Analysts remain bullish on Hadoop even as Spark threatens to steal the show

Apache Spark might be stealing all of the headlines in Big Data circles these days, but Hadoop remains as hot as ever, according to a new forecast from Research and Markets that predicts strong growth through 2021. The research firm said this week the global market for Hadoop will grow at a 63.4 percent compound annual growth rate over the next five years, hitting $84.6 billion by 2021.Research and Markets attributes the growth to strong enterprise demand, particularly in Europe, where annual growth rates will top 65 percent. It also points to higher rates of adoption in North America, especially in... more »
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- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Red Hat.