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Watch LIVE: Is Hadoop still Big Data’s savior? | #HS16SJ

Watch LIVE: Is Hadoop still Big Data’s savior? | #HS16SJ

As industry innovators celebrate Apache Hadoop’s 10-year anniversary this year, conference attendees have gathered at Hadoop Summit US 2016 to discuss how Big Data continues to transform industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, the public sector and many more business sectors. Hadoop Summit kicks off today, June 28, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA. “We’re at a crossroads in the world of Hadoop,” said Peter Burris, chief research officer of SiliconANGLE Media. “We’re getting indications from our conversations with clients that the adoption of Hadoop-related technologies, at least in production, is a little bit more segmented than many people... more »
Is containerization of the network coming? | #IBMOCA

Is containerization of the network coming? | #IBMOCA

Simplification is certainly among the top factors that make or break a product or service in IT these days. Docker, Inc. has been a huge success, because it makes application development and deployment accessible to people without a ton of expertise. Now some are looking at the container technology that made Docker the darling of the industry and applying it outside of applications. Lauren Cooney, senior director of strategic programs, Chief Technology & Architecture Office, at Cisco Systems, Inc., said within her company, they are exploring that possibility. "One of the things we're looking at Cisco is you can actually take network... more »
Watch LIVE: Inside Red Hat’s IoT, hybrid and OpenShift strategies | #RHSummit

Watch LIVE: Inside Red Hat’s IoT, hybrid and OpenShift strategies | #RHSummit

Fresh off a solid earnings call and the acquisition of 3Scale, Inc., Red Hat expands its technology offerings beyond Kubernetes with partners like Microsoft, monetizing open source for enterprise IT and battling the likes of Amazon Web Services at every step. To shine a spotlight on its latest technologies, the company is holding Red Hat Summit 2016, which kicked off on June 27 in San Francisco. The event features key industry insights from Red Hat executives, strategic partners and customers. Keynote speakers at the event include Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat; Doug Fisher, SVP and GM of the Software... more »
The starting line: Figuring out your path to the cloud | #IBMOCA

The starting line: Figuring out your path to the cloud | #IBMOCA

With more and more cloud services accumulating -- public, private, hybrid, etc. -- companies that want to move to the cloud may find themselves confused about where to start. Each company's trajectory is unique, which might seem to further complicate things, but if you take stock of where you stand and what your goals are, you may find the answers are closer at hand than they seem. René Bostic (@ReneBosticAtIBM), VP of Software and Services Technical Sales at IBM, spoke to John Furrier (@furrier), cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the IBM Open Cloud Architecture Summit about how IBM helps customers choose among the... more »
The SPACE VR platform will put you in your own virtual world for work

The SPACE VR platform will put you in your own virtual world for work

As virtual reality headsets slowly come to market they have presented themselves primarily as a new vehicle for entertainment: VR movies and video games. However, another market has already begun to emerge where developers are approaching VR for work. With this in mind Pygmal Technologies announced the release of the SPACE VR platform for work and not just play. The SPACE VR beta is an application for Windows and is compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. The software provides a virtual space in VR that allows users to open up six windows (acting as virtual monitors) that can be... more »
Red Hat's JBoss jumps on the cloud native, container-friendly bandwagon

Red Hat's JBoss jumps on the cloud native, container-friendly bandwagon

Red Hat Inc. has issued a major update to its JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, focusing on better support for cloud-native applications and containers. Red Hat acquired JBoss just over a decade ago, and since that time the world of technology has evolved beyond all recognition. In light of that, JBoss EAP 7 has been optimized for deployment in cloud environments, where much of IT development now takes place. The new platform is described as “lightweight” and comes with a much smaller footprint than earlier versions, making it ideal for building both traditional apps and modular, microservices- style applications. The company said JBoss... more »
Catalogic copy management adds Oracle, SQL, EMC Unity support

Catalogic copy management adds Oracle, SQL, EMC Unity support

  Catalogic Software Inc. has added support for Oracle and SQL databases to its ECX software-defined copy data management (CDM) platform, along with integration with EMC Unity flash and hybrid storage arrays and native support for Amazon Web Services (AWS). ECX 2.4 also deepens integration with the Puppet automation platform. Catalogic claims to reduce enterprise storage costs by an average of 20 percent to 40 percent by automating copy management using the snapshot and replication technologies of existing storage and virtual infrastructure rather than dedicated equipment. ECX installs as a virtual machine or VMware Inc. vApp. With the exception of Oracle environments, the... more »
Microsoft unveils .NET Core 1.0, extends partnership with Red Hat

Microsoft unveils .NET Core 1.0, extends partnership with Red Hat

Microsoft has made good on a pledge it made back in November 2014 to open-source the core parts of its .NET framework and its cousin, the web-focused ASP.NET Core. The two products have now hit general availability with the release of versions 1.0 on Linux, Windows and MacOS. According to Microsoft, which made the announcement at the Red Hat Summit 2016, more than 18,000 developers from 1,300 companies have helped contribute to .NET Core 1.0, the open-source project that encompasses both products. The company said the new version also includes the first release of .NET Standard Library, which makes it easier for... more »
MapR to help admins peer into dense Hadoop clusters

MapR to help admins peer into dense Hadoop clusters

MapR Technologies Inc. is tackling Hadoop’s administrative complexity with the announcement today of a new campaign it calls the Spyglass Initiative. It’s also taking steps to make its own product updates simpler to manage. The company is making a long-term commitment to deliver a series of enhancements to its Converged Data Platform that provide improved visibility into big data deployments with customizable reports and dashboards, along with third-party tool integration via application program interfaces (APIs). Hadoop clusters can dense become as they grow, making it difficult for administrators to pinpoint bottlenecks and outages. “As you grow to massive scale, traditional monitoring doesn’t... more »
No chance of Skynet: Forrester pours cold water on AI fears

No chance of Skynet: Forrester pours cold water on AI fears

Forrester Research Inc. has weighed into the debate on artificial intelligence (AI) technology and its potential to one day steal everyone’s jobs, definitively stating that it won’t happen, and that it’s highly unlikely robots will take over the world either. The analyst firm’s reassuring words come after dire warnings from prominent individuals such as Professor Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, the co-chairman of OpenAI, who have both gone on record as to the existential threat posed by intelligent machines. Fears of a Terminator-style apocalypse are so profound that Google’s DeepMind has even teamed up with the Future of Humanity Institute at... 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.