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Banks looking to offer apps for wearables

Banks looking to offer apps for wearables

This week’s Smart DevOps roundup features a bank seeking out developers to make Internet of Things (IoT) applications, a fresh take on the building blocks needed for an IoT economy, and an operating system for IoT services. . Citi calls on developers to create IoT apps Citigroup Inc. is calling for all interested developers across the globe to participate in its fintech challenge to develop apps that will help the bank penetrate the connected market, particularly wearable technology and smart homes. Those selected to participate in the challenge will have access to a set of APIs that would allow them to create IoT apps... more »
Splunk Down Under: Aussie sheds light on his tech industry | #Splunkconf

Splunk Down Under: Aussie sheds light on his tech industry | #Splunkconf

The Splunk Inc. conference attracted attendees from all parts of the tech industry, and the world. Writer and blogger Paul Walbank flew up from his native Australia to learn more about a company that's "making a big difference with business." Primarily focused on Big Data, Walbank was drawn to Splunk because he's tracking tools that enable businesses to develop in the new economy. Splunk's ability to leverage its partner ecosystem, Walbank said, makes a big difference in how competitive it is. He also called out Splunk's emphasis on industrial data and global corporations and a winning characteristic. Citing General Electric as a... more »
Don't let the machines takeover: The 5 basics of smart home security

Don't let the machines takeover: The 5 basics of smart home security

For many, having a smart home might still seem more like science fiction than reality, but the market for smart homes is expected to grow tremendously over the next six years. “There is a big difference between the Internet of Things and other security issues,” warned Joshua Corman of I Am The Cavalry, a group of security specialists trying to promote greater awareness of emerging risks to public safety. “If my PC is hit by a cyber-attack, it is a nuisance; if my car is attacked, it could kill me.” Just as it is becoming more difficult to find a TV... more »
Standardizing the standards: How ISO puts log data to work | #Splunkconf

Standardizing the standards: How ISO puts log data to work | #Splunkconf

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) began using Splunk Inc. data management tools to meet the demands of working with countries in different timezones. The ability to automate correspondence with clients was essential to the ISO's ability to respond to requests at all hours of the day. Marie-Helene Lesourd, a Systems Manager at ISO, spoke with Jeff Kelly and Jeff Frick on theCUBE while at the Splunk conference this week. The ISO sets standards for many things one may not consider in life, from when pasta is considered al dente to the exact measurement for a full-pour glass of wine. They work with industries... more »
Converged infrastructure is good for customers, but what do systems integrators think? | #OOW14

Converged infrastructure is good for customers, but what do systems integrators think? | #OOW14

Converged appliances offer to do away with the colossal hassle of cobbling together different infrastructure components into a cohesive and functioning whole, thereby freeing up a proportionally large chunk of the technology budget for CIOs. The flip side of the equation is that the systems integrators typically contracted to carry out the work are seeing with less and less demand for their core services, but that trend doesn't seem to concern Re-Quest Inc. CEO Ron Zapar all that much. Appearing on SiliconANGLE's theCUBE at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 last week (see full interview below), the executive told hosts Dave Vellante and David... more »
Splunk faces these two challenges with its rapid, pricy growth  | #Splunkconf

Splunk faces these two challenges with its rapid, pricy growth | #Splunkconf

Not only has attendance increased at this year's Splunk Inc. conference, but the variety of attendees ranged as well: there were companies just beginning to implement Splunk, people who adopted the data management platform a few years ago, and established users sharing ideas and use cases. In a final wrap-up segment, theCUBE hosts Jeff Kelly and Jeff Frick both commented on the enthusiasm at the conference and the number of customers willing to talk about how they're using Splunk to drive business value. At the moment, observed Frick, Splunk is reinvesting much of their money, so they don't see much profit.  It seems that... more »
Symantec does the splits: One for security, another for storage

Symantec does the splits: One for security, another for storage

Another day, another Silicon Valley giant does the splits. This time it's the turn of Symantec Corp., which has just confirmed it's planning to split itself into two distinct brands: one focused on security, and another focused on information management. Symantec's announcement is the latest in a spate of multi-billion dollar mega-corporation restructuring moves over the last week. First it was eBay Inc. saying it intends to spin off PayPal Inc., then Hewlett-Packard dissected itself into two halves – one for the enterprise and one for consumers. There's been renewed speculation that EMC might do something similar with is VMware subsidiary in the... more »
Cisco denies it's planning to bail out on VCE

Cisco denies it's planning to bail out on VCE

Cisco Systems Inc., has been denying reports that it's about to limit its involvement with the Virtual Computing Environment Company (VCE), but the direction its various backers are moving in does suggest there's more to this than mere speculation. VCE is a converged systems company backed by Cisco, EMC and VMware. Its main product line is its vBlocks, which incorporate networking, storage and virtualization components that come preconfigured for rapid deployment. And its backers have put their money where their mouths are, with Cisco funding it to the tune of almost $750 million, and EMC and VMware stumping up around $1.2... more »
Teredata loops into Cloudera's Hadoop

Teredata loops into Cloudera's Hadoop

Data warehouse firm Teredata Corp. is jumping into Hadoop again, only this time round it's teaming up with Cloudera Inc. at the same time as it launches its new Hadoop cloud service. The biggest news is Teredata's partnership with Cloudera. Up until now its enjoyed a very close integration with Cloudera's rival Hortonworks, and so the deal lessens its reliance on that particular Hadoop distribution. Teredata has developed a new set of connectors that integrate its data warehouse with Cloudera's Hadoop, allowing customers to query and manage multiple data stores using its unique set of tools. As part of the deal, Teredata... more »
Going beyond "whack-a-mole" security: How one bank uses Splunk | #Splunkconf

Going beyond "whack-a-mole" security: How one bank uses Splunk | #Splunkconf

Rather than relying on staff to detect recognizable threats, Flagstar Bank is using Splunk Inc. products and plugins to exercise predictive analytics and address threats from within the security perimeter. The data management platform helped Flagstar build a more proactive security system, said David Casey, the bank's Assistant VP, Security Operations Manager. Casey shared a specific security methodology Flagstar uses, called "Block Mode." Using real time data, Flagstar monitors traffic to and from different sources, including entire countries, using Splunk to watch for spikes that might send up red flags. Casey explained that this method can "kill traffic before it [gets] to the... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.