SiliconANGLE Extracting the signal from the noise. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:48:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The truth behind VMware’s acquisition of AirWatch, and other mobile efforts | #vmworld Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:48:15 +0000 Continue reading ]]> cloud lock securityCustomers want mobile of all sorts, according to Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of End-User Computing at VMware, Inc. The virtualization service provider is constantly seeking out the tools to meet mobile demand. Whether it’s integrating with other technologies, building its own, or purchasing key assets, VMware has its eye trained on enterprise mobile.

Poonen talked with Dave Vellante and John Furrier on theCUBE about VMware’s decision-making process around acquiring mobile security offering AirWatch, trends related to the Internet of Things (IoT), and enterprise mobile. 

Though there was an internal push towards choosing AirWatch, Poonen said the selection also had a lot to do with conversations he had with customers. VMware would ask who it lost out to in mobile deals — “89 percent of the time, it was AirWatch.” Acquiring AirWatch, as well as the surge of interest in mobile throughout the industry has allowed VMware to increase its portfolio tenfold. “Now,” he said, “we…have vision and substance.”

SAP Integration


SAP is a “tremendous player,” Poonen observed. He thinks that integration between VMware and SAP’s application will be very valuable to customers. It’s why, he said, VMware and SAP are working together to “build integration between the mobile apps and mobile platform of SAP with the management and security of AirWatch.”

Integration between the two tech companies means customers will get to use the “elegant, simple, cloud-centric mobile management security system” in addition to ensuring all apps function properly. It means that enterprises across all industries can secure their apps with AirWatch.

Asset leverage helps companies lower costs


Though virtual desktop infrastructure was an expensive tool, Vellante observed that mobile seems to have changed its cost-of-value discussion. To lower the cost of VDI, Poonen explained that VMware “reinvented a modern stack for Disco virtualization.” It runs on top of the software-defined datacenter and, among other things, integrates AirWatch security. Integration, Poonen said, lowers cost. And in conjunction with easier navigation, integration makes VDIs much more user-friendly.

“Desktop, mobile, and content collaboration,” are the three tenants of Poonen’s mobile efforts. Mobile isn’t limited to one any device, he says, “Mobile means on the move,” which presents a unique set of challenges. It’s the software defined data center, Poonen said, that allows “desktop, mobile, and content collaboration” to become reality.

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Upcoming trends in enterprise software


Poonen sees software as a tool for making devices more relevant, quipping “Software’s like the wine, but hardware is like the bottle.” For him, it’s the glue that knits hardware together. Poonen thinks simplifying and securing enterprise software is the inflection point that will lead to enterprise software looking a lot more like consumer software.

  • IoT trends

As the IoT comes to light, tech companies can explore data in new ways in order to provide unique services to their customers. In the United Airlines case study, for example, manuals and flight landing instructions were digitized so pilots could access them from iPads. The app’s reach expanded to flight attendants, who use it to store passenger manifests.

This idea also extends to machines, Poonen said. “Every single potential machine that is on the internet can be tracked, managed, and secured.” The VMware’s goal, he added is to “manage and secure every possible machine and thing and then analyze the data coming out of that.” Poonen expects the analytics run on data collected from the IoT to be a “treasure trove.”

Particular industries that have expressed interest in the IoT, Poonen shared, include the consumer packaged goods, oil and gas, retail industries, and medical devices.

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Server sales rising: HP leads the way Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:50 +0000 Continue reading ]]> small__5933313665It’s anything but doom and gloom for the server industry, despite claims to the contrary. As IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker reveals, sales are actually on the rise, and it all points to a half-decent outlook in the mid-to-long term.

IDC says that “factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 2.5% year over year to US$12.6 billion in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14).”

Leading the way was the mid-range server market, which saw sales rise 11.6 percent year-on-year thanks to technology refresh cycles kicking in. IDC says organizationsgg have been spurred on to upgrade by the looming demise of Windows Server 2003, as well as a general desire to obtain the latest and greatest chips from Intel. It also says IT budgets are a little more generous these days as the worst of the recession fades away from view. Also popular was “volume servers”, aka low-end gear, which saw revenues rise by 4.9%.

Things aren’t quite so rosy in the higher-end enterprise segment though, with sales taking a 9.8 percent dive over the last year.

One interesting point of tension in the market has to do with where the servers are destined to be used. According to IDC, sales of gear destined for hyperscale data centers are going strong, whereas sales of gear purchased for more conventional use seem to be sliding.

As far as vendors go, Hewlett-Packard Company remains top server dog. Its revenues grew by four percent as it reaped some $3.194 billion in the last quarter. Currently, HP commands a 25.4 percent share of the market. The bigger news though seems to concern Cisco Inc.’s continued rise. For a vendor that’s not really associated with servers it’s sold an awful lot of them and now ranks in the top five with an admirable 35.4 percent growth over the last 12 months.

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Worldwide Server Systems Factory Revenue, Second Quarter of 2014 (Revenues are in Millions)

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We should note that IBM Corp., is all set to lose its grip on the #2 spot in the list. That’s because it’s finally set to offload its x86 server division to Chinese firm Lenovo Group Ltd. Once that sale goes through, IBM’s server revenues will be significantly lower than the $2.972 billion in raked in over the last quarter.

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Is your Bitcoin wallet insured from hackers? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:15 +0000 Continue reading ]]> small__9956884654People love Bitcoin for lots of different reasons, whether its the lack of fees, the anonymity, the investment potential or something else. But unfortunately, hackers love Bitcoin for exactly the same reasons – and of course, once a Bitcoin has been succesfully pinched, it’s almost impossible to trace.

Regular SiliconANGLE readers will know there have been numerous Bitcoin-related hacks over the last year, such as when thieves stole 200 Bitcoins from Cannabis Road.  There’s also been reports of more ambitous hacks targeting mining pools as well. The troubling part is, though Bitcoin is just as valuable as real money, federal regulators can’t help you if you get hacked.

To reassure Bitcoin users, backers and enthusiasts, Coinbase Inc., has announced that it’s been insured by Aon plc, that world’s largest insurance broker, and only uses underwriters with high credit ratings (S&P rating of A+ or A.M. Best Rating of A XV or higher).

This is not something that just happened overnight. Coinbase has been insured by Aon for almost a year now, but has only just decided to let people know.

“Coinbase is insured against theft and hacking in an amount that exceeds the average value of bitcoin we hold in online storage at any given time,” revealed Coinbase in a blog post. “The insurance covers losses due to breaches in physical or cyber security, accidental loss, and employee theft.  It doesn’t cover bitcoin lost or stolen as a result of an individual user’s negligence to maintain secure control over their login credentials.”

Coinbase warns people that even though some Bitcoin wallets claim to be “fully insured,” they may not be working with accredited carriers, or they could be ‘self-insuring’, which means they can probably only cover small losses. The problem with these types of claims is they give people a false sense of security. In some cases, the number of Bitcoins they have in storage is so low that it’s easy for a small insurance policy to cover it all. The problem arises when people have more Bitcoins. Suddenly, their insurance policy is no longer able to cover it all. But Coinbase seems to be saying that by using reputable insurance companies, any growth in the number of Bitcoins it stores will be covered. Basically it’s saying if it does get hacked, its customers will be covered no matter what.

Coinbase didn’t name and shame any companies that may have less-than-trustworthy insurance plans, but with this announcement don’t be surprised if there’s a sudden rush of Bitcoin-related business wanting to come clean about their own coverage too.

And if that happens, it can only be a good thing for Bitcoin users.

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Meet Dr. Watson: IBM’s cancer-busting supercomputer Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:25:31 +0000 Continue reading ]]> small__4509853349IBM Corp’s Watson supercomputer is set to tackle scientific research head-on after being re-programmed to analyse Big Data in the cloud.

It’s just launched a new system called Watson Discovery Advisor for analyzing scientific and medical research. Big Blue claims that the system understands the nuances of natural language so well it’s able to comb through libraries of research papers, and can even suss out scientific language well enough to know how chemical compounds react. Watson Discovery Advisor will use the data contained in millions of studies available in public databases to rapidly analyze and test new hypothese, says IBM.

“A new scientific research paper is published nearly every 30 seconds, which equals more than a million annually,” explains IBM. “According to the National Institutes of Health, a typical researcher reads about 23 scientific papers per month, which translates to nearly 300 per year, making it humanly impossible to keep up with the ever-growing body of scientific material available.”

Watson Discovery Advisor is already being used in clinical trials carried out by the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson. The idea is that Watson will help to speed up this kind of research by matching new drugs with the right patients to maximize their effectiveness while minimizing side effects.

Until now, this kind of work has always been done manually. It generally takes human researchers around ten months to collect and prepare all the data they need to make an analysis.

“On average, a scientist might read between one and five research papers on a good day,” said Dr Olivier Lichtarge, principal investigator and professor of molecular and human genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine.

“To put this in perspective with p53, there are over 70,000 papers published on this protein. Even if I’m reading five papers a day, it could take me nearly 38 years to completely understand all of the research already available today on this protein. Watson has demonstrated the potential to accelerate the rate and the quality of breakthrough discoveries.”

Lichtarge’s team has used Watson to help them identify proteins that modify p53, a key protein that’s related to many kinds of cancer. Typically, cancer researchers only identify one new protein they can work on each year, but thanks to Watson’s super-fast analysis they’ve already discovered six potential proteins they can target for new research.

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Hot containers: Microsoft cuddles up to Google’s Kubernetes Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:00:52 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Hot containersMicrosoft Corp., has just added support for managing Docker containers in its Azure cloud, with the help of the open-source Kubernetes tool that was designed and built by rival Google Inc. For two companies that are so often at odds with each other, it’s a move that might raise a few eyebrows.

The coolest aspect of Microsoft’s implementation of Kubernetes is the way users will be able to interact with it. The Azure team has built an interactive dashboard that displays a visual representation of the Kubernetes architecture. Called the Azure Kubernetes Visualizer project, the visualizer is designed to make it “easier to experiment and learn with Kubernetes on Azure”, says Microsoft. It’s devoted an entire blog post to the visualizer here, while its code is freely available on GitHub.

Now that Azure supports both Docker and Kubernetes, it’s possible to build both types of containers on Azure’s storage service, and deploy, configure and update clusters using those container images (either hosted on Azure or the main Docker hub).

Kubernetes has come on rapidly in the short time since Google first announced the open-source project, gaining support from companies like IBM Corp., Red Hat Inc., and even VMware. That’s great news for Docker Inc., and the Docker project, and will appeal to developers who appreciate the ability to easily switch between platforms while retaining the same general experience of launching and managing applications. As for the vendors it makes whatever competitive advantages they have appear less like avenues for lock-in, meaning developers may give weight to other factors like performance and price when choosing a cloud.

As far as Google and Microsoft are concerned, any support for Kubernetes can only be a good thing. Both companies remain fixated on stealing market share from Amazon Web Services, which has dominated the cloud since 2006. They might have lost out with the current generation of developers, but if projects like Kubernetes truly take off, they could easily win over the next generation and then the cloud computing landscape would look very different indeed.

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3D Printing Round Up: From to NASA space exploration Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:03:54 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 3d-printed-burr-puzzle-amazoncomAs 3D printing continues to find wider adoption, it is quickly entering research, food processing, toy manufacture, aerospace, defense, discrete and industrial production.

Over the last few weeks small and large firms are adopting 3D in some way by experimenting to determine how they might apply it, or using it to prototype products or producing final products.

Amazon has entered the 3D printing space by opening a new marketplace for consumers, whereas NASA is busy exploring 3D technology for space exploration.

Amazon opens 3D Printing store

Not to fall behind eBay, Amazon opened a new service that delivers over 200 customized, 3D on-demand print products. The first products range from personalized tags for dogs, cases for credit cards, iPhone sleeves, and custom bobble heads.

Amazon will not be involved in the production process, but simply connect customers with consolidated companies in the field of 3D printing such as Sculpteo, Mixy Labs, and 3DLT, who will be responsible for the fulfillment of orders placed through the new store.

According to Amazon, the new store will feature fun and easy-to-use design templates for customers to put their individual style on an item they create and 3D preview capability to enhance the customer experience. With the 3D product preview function, customers will be able to 360 degree rotate a virtual model of a product to tailor the item from every angle. After an item is personalized and the customer has finished the checkout process, the item is 3D printed on-demand by a manufacturing provider and shipped directly to the customer.

3D-printing for space exploration

The current crop of 3D printing technology can generally only work with one material or it is difficult for that material to be swapped out during the process. This prevents the use of many 3D printing processes for the construction of space technology.

To fill this industry vacancy, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA along with the California Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University have overcome the problem by building a 3D printer process that can transition from one metal or alloy to another during a single print job.

The new process allows a 3D printer to switch between different types of alloys thus tweaking its properties–including melting temperature and density–separately at different ends of the object.

“You can have a continuous transition from alloy to alloy to alloy, and you can study a wide range of potential alloys,” said R. Peter Dillon, a technologist at JPL. Dillon believes this will radically change the future of 3D printing given the opportunity to rapidly produce and test prototypes with highly customizable properties.

The team believes the possibilities are endless–from machinery and industry here on Earth to complex space exploration tools on Mars.

Meanwhile, the American company SpaceX, which is developing Falcon rockets, has set a new milestone in the development of technology. The company used a simple 3D-printed element in their rocket launched back in January. The mission marked the first time SpaceX had ever flown a 3D-printed part: a valve that operated successfully with high pressure liquid oxygen, under cryogenic temperatures and high vibration.

MIT is creating smart 3D printer

Failed 3D printing, wasted filament, or poorly printed 3D objects–the list goes on for what can go wrong during a 3D print. Anyone who has worked with a 3D printer knows the frustration of a bad print. But now, MIT students Claudio V. Di Leo, Louise E. van den Heuvel, and Sumant S. Raykar may have the solution to these 3D printing woes.

The students have developed a supplementary device for 3D printers, with which is possible to recognize incorrectly created objects at an early stage. The system then scans the object in situ and compares that scan to the original digital design–when deviations are detected that would lead to a failed end product, the operator can be warned or print job halted before the flaws become catastrophic–or, if it is possible, print the missing portion.

With each layer of material printed, a webcam and a laser guide scan the remaining object and software keeps a running model of the current status of the print job. Should the printer malfunction, come to halt, or run out of material, the print job can continue without having to scrap the entire print.


The MIT students plan to make it open source and thus opening the research environment to improve the quality of 3D printers in the long term.

3D printing food for US Army

3D printing can be used for everything from food to clothing to weapons, and the US Army has taken notice. The most recent issue of the Army Technology magazine says the military branch is currently researching 3D printing in weapons like guns and warheads; medical equipment; clothing, armor and gear; parts to build or repair tools; parts to build or repair tools and most importantly food for soldiers.

Food scientists at the US Army Natick Solider Research, Development and Engineering Centre are investigating the 3D applications of food processing and product development. The team is currently trying to use a method called ultrasonic agglomeration to 3-D print small snack-type items. Once the team masters this, it might move on to more challenging items such as pizza and pasta.

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Bitcoin Weekly 2014 August 28: Bitcoin trade group forms digital currency PAC, Coinbase gets insured, and merchants see promise in Bitcoin’s future Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:21:26 +0000 Continue reading ]]> bitcoinweekly-4This week, the Chamber of Digital Commerce, a relative newcomer on the scene, announced registration to form a PAC to increase the lobbying power of Bitcoin-related interests in the US political space. Reuters is running an article talking about big merchants such as Expedia, Overstock, and others and what they see in the future of bitcoin—to them it’s looking good.

Coinbase has announced that it has insured its holdings showing some good risk management—while the wallet and merchant services company has not suffered a loss, in the past few years several Bitcoin services did implode due to mismanagement and theft.

Finally, BitQuick exchange has launched services directed at the Middle East; and Korean exchange Korbit just received $3 million in Series A funding.

Al this and more in this Bitcoin Weeky.

Chamber Digital of Commerce forms a PAC for Bitcoin-friendly politicians

The Chamber of Digital Commerce, a bitcoin advocacy group based out of Washington D.C. started about a month ago, announced the formation of a political action committee (PAC) and registered with the Federal Election Commission this month. The purpose of this PAC would be to allow the CDC to donate to political candidates that support digital currency.

Because of its nature, Bitcoin has continued to garner attention from politicians across the world and especially the United States. Examples include New York State’s BitLicense proposal for Bitcoin-related regulation and the IRS choosing how to tax bitcoin holdings. As a still-evolving technology, consumers who hold bitcoins and merchants who exchange in the currency exist in a still-forming regulatory and political framework.

As reported by The Hill, Chamber of Digital Commerce CEO Perianne Boring believes that the formation of the PAC shows that politicians could now face pressure to support digital currencies.

The Chamber of Digital Commerce joins groups such as the Bitcoin Foundation in advocacy but is gearing up for a more political stand.

Now may be a good time for Bitcoin-related interests to get into the political scene, especially with reports that credit card companies such as MasterCard are lobbying the US government about digital currencies, according to The Hill. Credit card processors in particular sit in a market space that could suffer from disruption from a technology like Bitcoin.

Reuters reports bitcoin accepting merchants see promise in BTC

Reuters is reporting that online merchants expect acceptance of bitcoin to grow. Many merchants cite the reduced transaction fees as a primary reason that the digital currency is useful to them. And while bitcoin purchases make up only a fraction of a percent, for merchants such as .25% in daily sales still represents over $2 million in sales.

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne told Reuters recently that bitcoins sales added 4 cents per share to its earnings this year.

Of course, Overstock isn’t the only large merchant affected by bitcoin.

“Bitcoin isn’t going anywhere; it’s here to stay,” said Michael Gulmann, vice president of global products at Expedia Inc.

“From the first day…we saw traffic at the site, it has been growing since,” said Paul Walsh, chief information officer at Dell Commerce Services in Texas. He went on to cite a $50,000 server purchase paid for with bitcoins. Dell started accepting Bitcoin in July.

Merchant processor services Bitpay and Coinbase continue to sign on larger merchants—TigerDirect, Overstock, DISH, Expedia, and Dell serve as only a small number of the biggest examples. The number of bitcoin wallets on sites such as and Coinbase increased by seven fold to over five million from 800 thousand between 2013 and 2014, according to a CoinDesk report; and over the same period industry venture capital jumped by seven times to $200.7 million from $17.1 million.

Coinbase is getting insured

Popular provider of Bitcoin wallet and merchant services, Coinbase, has announced that it holds insurance against theft or loss of its bitcoins.

Coinbase is insured against theft and hacking in an amount that exceeds the average value of bitcoin we hold in online storage at any given time.  The insurance covers losses due to breaches in physical or cyber security, accidental loss, and employee theft.  It doesn’t cover bitcoin lost or stolen as a result of an individual user’s negligence to maintain secure control over their login credentials.

The company partnered with Aon plc, a London-based business insurance provider, to provide risk management and insure the bitcoins held by Coinbase. In 2011, Aon was ranked as the largest in the world based on revenue.

The Coinbase FAQ details that the company has held insurance since 2013 and that insurance covers the company’s holdings against coins lost or stolen via “result of a breach of our physical security, cyber security, or as a result of employee theft.”

However, individual user bitcoins are not insured against loss—for example, if a specific user gets hacked and their bitcoins taken by an attacker, Coinbase’s insurance does not cover this.

Bitcoin exchange news: launches for Middle East, Korean Korbit raises $3M

This past week, BitQuick LLC launched to provide BTC exchange services to the Middle East, announced on Reddit—this expands their services already available for the regions of Taiwan, India, and USA/EU. The Middle East service of BitQuick focuses on Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, and the United Arab Emirates.

BitQuick’s beta launch happened in July 2013 and since then the company has slowly expanded its services across the globe. The addition of the Middle East should be an interesting experiment in showing what audience is available there while other exchanges have been spreading into Africa.

The company said that a separate subsidiary is being planned for Israel.

Korean Bitcoin exchange Korbit raised $3 million in Series A funding led by SoftBank Ventures Korea and Pantera Capital, according to TechCrunch. Also involved in the funding is BAM Ventures, Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., Tim Draper, Pietro Dova, and Strong Ventures.

Bitcoin Weekly readers will recognize Tim Draper as the anonymous bidder who won the US Marshals Service auction of bitcoins sized from the Silk Road.

Korbit offers not only just BTC exchange services but also competes with Coinbase and Bitpay with wallet and merchant services localized specifically for the Korean market.

In a statement, Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead said “South Korea has a booming e-commerce market and was an early adopter of virtual goods. The government supports innovation and even the banking foundation is invested in Korbit.”

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EMC’s been following Docker since its inception | #vmworld Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:00:38 +0000 Continue reading ]]> glimpse glass cloud big data insight perspective closer lookThe enterprise will undergo a fundamental shift towards hyper-convergence, said Vickram Bhambri, VP of Product Management for EMC Corp.’s Advanced Software Division (ASD). In conversation with Dave Vellante and John Furrier on theCUBE, Bhambri addressed the use of ViPR in vCloud Air, the promise of Docker, why resilience is central to the datacenter, and how workloads will define the adoption of cloud in the enterprise.

ViPR was the right choice for vCloud Air, Bhambri explained, because it was written with cloud principles at its core. ViPR has been used for a variety of other cloud products, including ATmos. “This is truly our third generation of cloud storage product.” ASD has leveraged the learnings from building ATmos has been invaluable to building a ViPR platform, Bhambri said.

Storage management in the enterprise


As VMware, Inc. moves into the hyper-convergence space, Bhambri predicts there will be a mix of hyper-converge and two-tier architectures at play. ViPR, though, Bhambri said, “was written from the ground-up with the premise that one day they would want to enable that type of convergence.”

Even before Docker, Inc. arrived on the scene with its popular use cases for containers, Bhambri said ASD used container technology to deploy ViPR code on the underlying hardware infrastructure. Bhambri says the next step will be figuring out how ViPR will be able to deploy compute workloads alongside its current functions.

ASD had been following Docker since its inception. Bhrambi noted that it was the “simplicity and low overhead of delivering container technology” that first attracted ASD’s to Docker. But as ASD started to dig deeper into Docker, deploying it for specific use cases, his organization realized that it was the model they had been seeking.

Docker functions as a bridge that simplifies “the whole story of bringing that convergence together.” He added, “In one shot you have a fully converged infrastructure running in your environments.” Certainly Docker is revolutionary from an architecture perspective, Bhambri remarked, but in actual implementation, “it just works.”

Read more after the video.

The Agile Holy Grail is in resilient hands


The advantages of public cloud — being able to deploy, break things, and move things around –  are beginning to move into the enterprise space. “There’s a good match,” Bhambri said, “between the requirements have had for a while, but they haven’t had the technology in order to enable it.” Docker brings it all together.

Recover is a key place where infrastructure is “breaking –” where innovation is occurring. Software is now designed to ensure that it can handle and recover from failure quickly. When building ViPR,  Bhambri explained, the principles were “making sure there’s no second point of failure.” When there’s a failure, Bhambri said, the goal is to “recover from that failure very quickly,” while keeping the system running.

A big part of this, Bhambri acknowledged, has to do with automation. There’s as little human intervention as possible. “Everything in ViPR,” he said, “we considered as a fall domain.” Everything from a single disk to data, to the building itself can fail. When resilience exists in the software layer, the problems become easier to handle because businesses can continue to operate.

For the enterprise, choice is essential



While the technology is still new, Bhambri said enterprises are beginning to take a proactive approach to new technology, like the cloud. Public cloud’s are very homogenous, though, and enterprises homogeneity doesn’t necessarily meet all the workload needs that enterprises have. “It’s important not to take a way flexibility,” Bhambri commented, which is why ViPR allows customers to run services on traditional hardware, commodity hardware, or EMC hardware.

Even born in the cloud service providers use ViPR, said Bhambri. They see ViPR as a “commodity plate.” They use it to enable cloud services on top of commodity hardware in their data center or service provider data centers.

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Tiny modems, new kits for IoT developers Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:00:43 +0000 Continue reading ]]> This week’s Smart DevOps roundup features the latest development kit for Internet of Things (IoT) app makers, an updated IoT applications site, and a new IoT modem.

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Broadcom unveils new WICED Sense development kit


Broadcom Corp. introduced a new development kit into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) family that will enable developers to prototype ideas and concepts for the Internet of Things. The Broadcom WICED Sense development kit includes the company’s newest Bluetooth Smart chip, five micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and has a software stack that is Bluetooth 4.1 compatible.

The kit is an all-in-one IoT prototyping platform for innovators of all sizes, delivering a cost-effective tool that minimizes set-up time and enables rapid demos of IoT concepts for hardware and software developers. This development kit will allow companies to deliver devices to market faster, and is designed for non-technical personnel to build custom applications. Another great thing about this new developer kit is its price – $20.

“With hundreds of new ideas for applications and devices for the Internet of Things being hatched daily, it is critical that developers can quickly test their concepts and bring them to market ahead of the competition,” said Brian Bedrosian,Broadcom Senior Director, Embedded Wireless, Wireless Connectivity in a released statement.

Mouser updates IoT application site


Mouser Electronics, Inc. has updated its Internet of Things application site to provide better resources for developers who want to know the latest products and development for this expanding technology segment. The updated site now features four segments:  Intelligent Devices, Intelligent Communications, Intelligent Analytics, and Featured Products.

The Intelligent Devices segment is all about wearables and other physical devices that are laced with sensors that gathers the data and perform automated tasks, while the Intelligent Communications is about the cloud and how it is being utilized by these connected devices. Intelligent Analytics is for making sense of the gathered data by the connected devices. As for the Featured Product segment, it showcases the latest hardware such as Bluetooth chips, processors, and other components needed for creating fresh IoT products.

Intel introduces penny-size IoT modem


Intel Corp. has launched the XMM 6255, a tiny, stand alone 3G modem designed for the Internet of Things’ world of connected objects. It includes Intel’s Power Transceiver technology that combines transmit and receive functionality with an integrated power amplifier and power management in a single chip.  It is housed in the u-blox SARA-U2 module that includes a memory chip, an isoplexer for antennas and the X-Gold 624 baseband processor.

The design of the modem allows for less components needed, resulting in a smaller body, making way for easier and cheaper for devices manufacturers, and protects the radio from overheating, voltage peaks and damage if the device is in a harsh environment.

The modem also features a unique radio architecture that allows it to perform exceptionally well even when there’s low signal network coverage and the small size and design of the modem makes it a perfect for small devices such as smartwatches.

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Using the cloud to change business models | #vmworld Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:00:49 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Business kingIn 2012, the healthcare technology and pharmaceutical provider McKesson Corp. gave itself two years and a small team to change how IT interacted with customers. It demanded a small, agile team willing to experiment with and invest in new technology. After rearchitecting the organization, McKesson landed on EMC Corp.’s enterprise hybrid cloud.

At VMworld 2014, theCUBE brought McKesson’s VP of Cloud Integration, Peter Hunt, and EMC’s VP of Americas Services, Jay Snyder together to discuss how critical people and process are to IT transformation. 

Hunt’s team had to either had to help the overall business, “make money, save money, or reduce risk.” IT, he said, is particularly well suited to help a business “speed their ability to deliver products.” His team’s charter was to come up with something completely different from the current systems in place.

They were able to recreate the IT department, and are one year in to production ability on the cloud. In their first year of working on the technology side, Hunt said that they learned “we need to focus on the people and the process to make the change.”

Snyder vehemently supported the McKesson team’s leanings: “If you do that in isolation only around the technology, you’re going to hit a wall.” In fact, Snyder reported that many of the question he’s been getting at VMworld are no longer about technology or deploying virtualization, but about “that knothole of changing the people process within the organizational structure.”

Mckenesson, a primary use case for enterprise hybrid cloud


Snyder said that EMC encourages any company to emulate McKesson’s example: “Find a greenfield environment, don’t try to intermix with the legacy complexity of the original infrastructure.” Having workloads up and running in a greenfield environment and showing success Snyder said, is a smart way to go. It shows that new forms of IT can be “a provider of services at speed.” The next step is migrating applications to the greenfield environment and turning that environment the next-generation architecture.

Read more after the video.

Optimizing the value pyramid


Interested in Hunt’s mandate from McKesson, to “Saving money, making money, or managing risk,” Vellante asked whether it is possible to optimize on all three. “You’re either going to achieve all three well,” Hunt said, “or you’re really going to be limited in your success.”

One of the things McKesson appreciates about the cloud, Hunt pointed out is the ability to standardize throughout infrastructure and therefore, deliver faster. Standardization on the product set has enabled McKesson to cut down on operational overhead, bringing down costs.

When it comes to managing risk, Snyder jumped in to say that it’s the one most commonly left out. Disaster recovery is completely different after cloud implementation, he remarked, and many companies aren’t aware of that yet. But, he says, risk management will come with time.

Cloud catalyzes business model changes


Returning to the Hunt’s value equation –”save money, make money, manage risk –” Vellante wondered whether that equation has been adopted industry-wide, catalyzed by the cloud to enable new business models.

McKesson also uses to automation to add value. When it comes to managing risk, Hunt says that automation standards have presented a new opportunity: Instead of having his security team harden each instance, he has them harden the whole template. Security is built in from day one so it can easily be scaled.

Cloud security


Hunt said that operating on the cloud, he’s been able to “reduce his world of 1,000 one-offs to six standard cases.” Automation and simplicity are paramount, he said, so that their process is repeatable.

Snyder jumped in to comment that many customers don’t have the same level of control over their templates that McKesson does: “They’ll have those templates established…but they can’t control where customers go to get the work.” That, he said, is when security gets out of control.

Customers appreciate integration, simplicity


The VMware piece, Hunt said, is very important to McKesson’s relationship with EMC: “In fact, that’s the ultimate access and portal to our services.” VCE and EMC, he added, “they get the fact that the cloud is about a business model change.”

Citing the “move afoot” within Elliot Management to split VMware and EMC, Vellante asked whether McKesson would get more value if EMC spun off VMware. “I prefer the integrated approach,” Hunt replied. His concern was that if EMC and VMware split, the experience would be “as smooth or as integrated” for McKesson.

When and how to use cloud


At McKesson, Hunt says, they use an hybrid cloud and are working to ensure that personnel and processes are all on board before provisioning externally. “It’s the cloud portal,” he said “that is most important to us.” It gives them the visibility and enables them to broker of services.

Using an ECM tool called Adaptivity, Hunt is able to figure out where workloads should be stored, whether it’s in legacy, private, or public cloud.

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