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VictorOps releases feature-rich Incident Automation Engine for DevOps teams

VictorOps releases feature-rich Incident Automation Engine for DevOps teams

This week VictorOps Inc., a real-time incident management company producing DevOps solutions, announced the release of the Incident Automation Engine. This new product displays a set of automation features for on-call teams designed to increase mean time to resolution (MTTR) by using intelligent alerts, sophisticated routing and smarter system outputs. It has always been one of the bugbears of operations that when an incident happens it takes a certain amount of time for that incident to be discovered (often via customers having trouble), extra time for the on-call team to review the reports and logs and finally even more time to... more »
Hackers steal and leak US military personnel data

Hackers steal and leak US military personnel data

When your job involves defending the nation, you want your computer networks to be just as secure. However, following a data breach of US military personnel info, it seems some hackers have made it through their security, and have leaked the information on the dark web. A leaked database, containing information on almost 2,500 US Army officials, has begun circulating the web with a message from the hackers. The hackers responsible are the hacktivists known as Ghost Squad, and according to BatBlue, they stole and leaked the information as part of the Operation Silence campaign. With the data, the hackers included a... more »
Freshdesk enters core CRM market targeting SMB sales pros

Freshdesk enters core CRM market targeting SMB sales pros

Over the past five years, Freshdesk Inc. has built a base of more than 80,000 paid and freemium customers – and a market capitalization of more than $500 million – with a focus on customer relationship management (CRM) software for support organizations. Now it’s going after the sales professionals who make up the bulk of the market. The company's new Freshsales software-as-a-service (SaaS) application is initially targeted at small and midsize businesses. It combines integrated customer and prospect management tracking with, email/phone integration, user behavior tracking, automated lead scoring, a visual sales pipeline and reporting. The company said Freshsales was built initially... more »
Facebook’s latest open-source tool will dramatically speed up AI projects

Facebook’s latest open-source tool will dramatically speed up AI projects

Since becoming actively involved with the artificial intelligence ecosystem in early 2015, Facebook Inc. has made numerous contributions ranging from niche software modules to entire server blueprints. The social networking giant expanded its repertoire yet again this week by open-sourcing a toolkit called Torchnet that provides building blocks for deep learning projects. As the name implies, it’s designed for use with Torch, a popular AI development framework that has been adopted by several of Facebook’s engineering teams. Torchnet’s main selling point is a set of five programming abstractions meant to common tasks involved in implementing deep learning functionality. One module provides... more »
Hadoop and beyond: A conversation with Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden

Hadoop and beyond: A conversation with Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden

As one of the first big data companies to go public, Hortonworks Inc. has been a natural target for both competitors and investors -- never more than now. The Santa Clara (Calif.) company sells subscriptions and services for its Hortonworks Data Platform, which is built upon the open source software Apache Hadoop for storing, processing and analyzing huge amounts of data. Since its spinoff from Yahoo in 2011 and its initial public offering of stock in December 2014, Hortonworks has seen increased competition from larger companies such as Hadoop rival Cloudera Inc. and upstarts such as MapR and Databricks Inc. that are... more »
Is open cloud architecture the future of Hybrid Cloud? | #CrowdChat

Is open cloud architecture the future of Hybrid Cloud? | #CrowdChat

Is open cloud  the next generation for hybrid IT architecture? IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture (OCA) Summit, which took place in Seattle on June 22, brought together a number of industry leaders to discuss “Learning to Love Open Hybrid Cloud” – and learning to avoid some of the risks involved in transitioning to open source. A CrowdChat preview before the event offered an overview of current discussion points in the field, as well as advice for those just getting started with open hybrid cloud initiatives. First steps In line with the OCA Summit theme, the first question pondered was: “Where should companies start in their... more »
After the hype: Where containers make sense for IT organizations

After the hype: Where containers make sense for IT organizations

Container software and its related technologies are on fire, winning the hearts and minds of thousands of developers and catching the attention of hundreds of enterprises, as evidenced by the huge number of attendees at this week’s DockerCon 2016 event. The big tech companies are going all in. Google, IBM, Microsoft and many others were out in full force at DockerCon, scrambling to demonstrate how they’re investing in and supporting containers. Recent surveys indicate that container adoption is surging, with legions of users reporting they’re ready to take the next step and move from testing to production. Such is the popularity... more »
Using 3,000-year-old techniques to negotiate today's tech relationships | #GuestOfTheWeek

Using 3,000-year-old techniques to negotiate today's tech relationships | #GuestOfTheWeek

This week’s SiliconANGLE Guest of the Week segment should not be missed by anyone in the technology industry who is in an executive decision-making or sales role. This in-depth interview covers all the angles of negotiation and offers great advice for those in the tech industry. Deepak Malhotra is a Harvard Business School professor and the author of a book called Negotiating the Impossible: How to Break Deadlocks and Resolve Ugly Conflicts (without Money or Muscle), in which he offers advice on conflict resolution and negotiations. He also sits on the Board of Advisors at Nutanix, Inc., and as you will find out, there... more »
Public cloud giants get security nod from FedRAMP

Public cloud giants get security nod from FedRAMP

Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and the lesser known CSRA Inc. have landed a key authorization from the U.S. government that gives federal agencies permission to use their cloud-computing services to store highly sensitive data. The three companies’ clouds (AWS GovCloud, Azure GovCloud and CSRA's ARC-P IaaS) have all been granted provisional authority that allows them to provide services under the highest baseline of the government’s tough Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) standards for cloud computing services. More than 400 security controls are present in the FedRAMP’s high baseline. Now that AWS, Microsoft and CRSA have all been granted approval,... more »
Data Center survey shows enterprises waste little time in shifting to the cloud

Data Center survey shows enterprises waste little time in shifting to the cloud

The cloud is absolutely not a fad. Instead, enterprises are falling over themselves to have public cloud providers reduce the burden of managing their IT, according to the results of a new study by the Uptime Institute this week. Just over 50 percent of IT professionals and data center operators quizzed in the newly published Uptime Institute 2016 Data Center Industry Survey revealed they expect most of their IT workloads to be shifted to the cloud or colocation facilities, with 70 percent of them saying it would happen by 2020, and 23 percent indicating they expect the transition to happen as... 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.