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VMware patent reveals worries about Docker incursion

VMware patent reveals worries about Docker incursion

The rapid rise of Docker and its containerization technology has proponents of virtualization quaking in their boots, and there may be good reason. While no one is denying that virtualization is powerful, it does have its downsides. The biggest one is that every app requires its own operating system, and that adds complexity and overhead. Containers allow IT folks to wrap each application inside its own independent bit of virtual hardware while sharing just one underlying operating system. The approach is far less complex and time consuming that creating umpteen virtual machines. Most enterprises with a sizable number of servers are happy to... more »
MIT professor shares his take on the CDO | #MITIQ

MIT professor shares his take on the CDO | #MITIQ

About 25 years ago, a study was conducted at MIT to assess the impact of the education provided by the university on the overall academic performance of students. The results set off a series of probes into the school’s conduct. The researchers found that the average IQ score of graduating seniors was lower by a small but statistically significant number than that of the entering freshmen they had tested four years earlier. After the investigation ran its course, however, it became apparent that the situation was not at all as it appeared. Management, it turned out, acted on the assumption that... more »
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3 options to build private clouds with public cloud perks

At the OpenStack Enterprise forum, Wikibon founder Dave Vellante proclaimed 2014 "the year of the cloud." Now that they hype has died down, he said, true change is beginning to occur in large-scale businesses. Many of those businesses are still wrestling with the question of whether to adopt public clouds, private clouds or a hybrid. Private clouds are considered the safest on-ramp to cloud computing, and for companies that face strict regulations over data ownership or location, they may be the only option. That doesn't mean these companies need to sacrifice the flexibility, availability and efficiency of cloud computing, though. Here's a... more »
Smart kitchens get wave of new tools and funding

Smart kitchens get wave of new tools and funding

This week’s Smart Living roundup features a smart baking companion, an immersive movie and lighting experience for home entertainment, and more star power behind smart home products. PantryChic's smart baking tool   Nicole Sollazzo Lee, inventor, Founder and President of Nik of Time, Inc., knows the frustrations of bakers, creating a connected kitchen tool for precise measurements, a necessity for any pastry chef. PantryChic is a smart storage and dispensing system that allows the user to precisely measure ingredients as the base of the system is also a digital scale. It features airtight, stackable containers that fit at the top of the dispensing mechanism.  The... more »
Big Data needs drive R as a powerful enterprise ready language

Big Data needs drive R as a powerful enterprise ready language

As Big Data continues to reach larger enterprise adoption, the programming languages that support writing schema and producing Big Data analysis algorithms will rush to keep up. As a result, the open source statistical language R has become a go-to skill for Big Data scientists and developers, with its popularity soaring amid languages and skills. Combined with Big Data tools, the R language provides a deep statistical handle for large data sets, conducting statistical analysis, and rendering data-driven visualization. R is particularly widely used in the industries of finance, pharmaceuticals, media and marketing, where it can be used to help guide... more »
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SAP's 4 keys to data governance | #MITCDOIQ

For some people, data governance is still a little unclear in terms of what it is and how it's applied to the enterprise. In an interview with Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly at this year’s MIT CDOIQ Symposium in Cambridge, MA, Tina Rosario, VP of Global Operations for SAP America, offered a brief explanation of data governance by sharing how the company manages its program through keeping things simple and working closely with data analysts. Focusing key data and Axing the data speak   Rosario said that SAP America centers everything it does on data governance around four key capabilities: Having good organization and... more »
PostgreSQL enhancements aimed at luring skittish MySQL users

PostgreSQL enhancements aimed at luring skittish MySQL users

Four and a half years after Oracle Corp. completed the acquisition of Sun Microsystems, MySQL continues to cast a formidable shadow over the web database market despite losing much of its original open-source character under Oracle's new ownership. But to say that the buyout has not been felt in the ecosystem would be an understatement. A growing number of users, including prominent tech firms such as Google and Red Hat, Inc., have already moved or are in the process of moving their data from MySQL to community-led alternatives that aren't controlled by any one vendor. While Oracle has committed to maintaining... more »
GlobalFoundries reportedly pulls out of deal to buy IBM's chip business

GlobalFoundries reportedly pulls out of deal to buy IBM's chip business

IBM's hopes of pulling off another fire-sale of one of its businesses look to have been dashed, with reports suggesting that GlobalFoundries, Inc. has pulled out of a deal to buy IBM's loss-making semiconductor division. Bloomberg says that GlobalFoundries refused to budge on its valuation of the business, which was reported listed for sale last February when Big Blue retained the services of Goldman Sachs to put a valuation on it. GlobalFoundries, which is owned by an investment arm of Abu Dhabi's government, was long considered to be the front-runner in any such deal. Speculation intensified earlier this month, when the company hired... more »
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MIT CDOIQ day 2 wrap-up: Public cloud to put CIO's to pasture? | #MITIQ

Often times on SiliconANGLE's theCUBE, guests will have a final question posited them regarding what they believe the bumper sticker on the vehicle pulling away from the event should read. In short, it is a briefly worded takeaway from the keynotes and breakout sessions that encapsulates the overarching message of the conference. Last week's MIT CDOIQ Symposium, held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, may herald the sunset on the position of Chief Information Officer in many organizations across several industries. The canary in the coalmine for the CIO position may likely be in the field of healthcare. This industry, in particular, is moving... more »
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Rackspace powers up bare-metal cloud servers

Rackspace, Inc. has just revealed pricing for its new OnMetal servers, which are now generally available following a limited trial phase. The dedicated, single-tenant bare-metal machines are designed for applications that can run without hypervisors. They be spun up in less than a minute using the Rackspace cloud OpenStack API, the company said. Rackspace used designs provided by the Facebook-led Open Compute Project to build its OnMetal servers and added its own tweaks including external cooling and 100 percent solid-state storage. Customers can choose from three different configurations optimized for different kinds of workloads. Two pricing tiers are offered for each configuration... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.