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DevOps Weekly Round Up: Extending DevOps to benefit operational excellence

DevOps Weekly Round Up: Extending DevOps to benefit operational excellence

This week in DevOps hightlights how the integration of development and operations can attain improved agility and operational excellence while also speeding deployment of new capabilities. This week PagerDuty delivered new analytics tools to better improve team and system performance and Sony is reaching out to developers to build apps for its SmartEyeglass platform. This and more below in this DevOps Weekly. Sony SmartEyeglass SDK to build future smart apps   Last week, Sony introduced the SDK Developer Preview for its SmartEyeglass concept for developers to build apps for the SmartEyeglass platform. Unlike Google Glass, Sony’s Smart Glasses will come packed with an integrated screen on the... more »
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How Infor builds vertical solutions through customer "listening posts" | #Inforum14

Listening to customer needs is possibly one of the surest ways to improve company products and gain customer loyalty. For Infor Inc., the company's enhancement request process makes it simple for Infor customers to request changes to its base product of enterprise software and cloud services specific to industry verticals. Facilitating communication between Infor and its customers is the Customer Experience Board, which is steered by Infor customers worldwide. From the Customer Experience Board, Suzanne Minard, Business Systems Manager at Rapidparts, and Karl Danielson, Systems Director MMIS at Norton Health Care, shared their respective experience during a live interview on theCUBE at Infor's... more »
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Microsoft's cutbacks reach its Silicon Valley brainiac hub

No Microsoft Corp. worker is safe from the massive cutbacks that CEO Satya Nadella unleashed in July as part of his efforts to refocus the company on high-growth markets such as cloud computing and mobile services, the latest layoffs make clear. In a move that appears to reflect a new level of urgency to Nadella's consolidation plans, the Redmond giant has closed one of its flagship engineering facilities and released dozens of world-class scientists into the job market – and the welcoming arms of its competitors. The Mountain View site reportedly employed a team of 75 that focused exploring new applications... more »
The 'Coin Center' aims to heavily back Bitcoin

The 'Coin Center' aims to heavily back Bitcoin

Enthusiasts hope that Bitcoin will one day play a big role in the economy, but it cannot get there when it lacks policies to protect its users. Because of the increasing number of people using Bitcoin, one law professor decided it was time to take some action in order for it to gain wider acceptance. Former head of the technology policy program at George Mason's Mercatus Center Jerry Brito has announced he'll be heading a new organization called the "Coin Center", which is a “new non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as... more »
Opinion: EMC-HP merger rumors a microcosm of an industry in crisis

Opinion: EMC-HP merger rumors a microcosm of an industry in crisis

When Florian Leibert, co-founder of the hot infrastructure start-up Mesosphere, Inc. told theCUBE last week that consolidation is coming to the infrastructure market, he probably didn't expect his predictions to come true quite so quickly. Leibert was talking about the long-term impact of commodity components and open source software, but an impatient Wall Street is pushing the issue a little harder. Last week Oracle Corp. disappointed investors with earnings that missed expectations and a confusing earnings call that had many outlets reporting that founder Larry Ellison is stepping down (he isn't). The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that EMC Corp.... more »
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Google ups video ante against Facebook with "real-time” YouTube analytics

Hot on the heels of Facebook Inc. opening up more metrics about videos uploaded to its site, Google Inc. is upping the ante with the introduction of reporting functionality for content creators on YouTube. The release marks the latest escalation in what is shaping up as a full-blown feature war between the world's top video sharing service and the would-be successor to the throne. Upon clicking the new “Realtime” tab under the YouTube Analytics menu, users are greeted with two graphs, one blue and the other green. The first displays activity over the past 48 hours, breaking down the total number... more »
EMC flirts with HP & Dell in rumored $132bn Mega-Merger

EMC flirts with HP & Dell in rumored $132bn Mega-Merger

Rumors of a mega-merger between storage giant EMC Corp., and rival firms Dell Inc., and Hewlett-Packard Company, have emerged in this morning's Wall Street Journal. Citing its usual “people familiar with the matter,” the WSJ says EMC is under enormous pressure from activist shareholders who think the company would be worth more broken up and concerns about the imminent retirement of longtime CEO Joseph Tucci. EMC officials have been involved in separate talks with both Dell and HP, though the WSJ says there's little chance a deal will actually be struck with either company. The Journal said a Dell takeover of EMC is... more »
What you missed in Cloud: that $8.3BN SAP deal and the latest from the startup scene

What you missed in Cloud: that $8.3BN SAP deal and the latest from the startup scene

Acquisitions are such a frequent occurrence in the public cloud that it's almost unusual for a week to go by without some established vendor picking up a smaller player to fill a hole in its portfolio that would be more costly to plug internally. Purchases that fall above the financial disclosure threshold are scarcer and tend to garner quite a bit of attention as a result, and the rare deal that passes the one-billion-dollar can keep pundits buzzing for days. So when SAP SE revealed on Friday that it's dropping over $8 billion on a relatively low-profile provider of travel and... more »
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As Infor builds cloud strategy, it seeks new users through micro-verticals | #Inforum14

In the cloud business for 10 years, Infor Inc. has garnered 25 million users and over 25,000 customers, with an additional 70,000 customers that can be converted to its cloud services, according to the company. That experience provided Infor with the capabilities to add mission-critical applications to its CloudSuite product, offering the company’s micro-vertical customers with a complete enterprise Cloud solution. Infor SVP of CloudSuite stated in an interview for theCUBE at Inforum last week that, with this new update to CloudSuite, the company is now in a position to keep its existing, loyal customer base and also win business away from... more »
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What you missed in Big Data: major changes afoot from Hadoop to Oracle

Now in the final lap, the Hadoop distribution race is seeing the remaining contenders become increasingly reluctant to stay in their respective lanes and actively seek outside help to differentiate, an opportunity that traditional vendors are exploiting to try and get back on the analytics saddle. The past week saw Dell Inc. become the newest name on the list after it revealed landmark expansion of its relationship with market leader Cloudera Inc., which it has been backing since 2011. The agreement extends the alliance between the companies beyond hardware to systems integration, a key focus for Dell in its pursuit of... more »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.