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NASA's building a 'living' drone that decomposes on impact

NASA's building a 'living' drone that decomposes on impact

If you're flying surveillance drones and don't want them to be found by the people you're spying on, 'living' drones that decompose after a crash landing might be just what you're looking for. NASA and a team of students from Stanford and Brown Universities, have built the world's first “biological UAV”, an autonomous flying machine made from organic materials that just completed its maiden flight. Drones have certain advantages over conventional aircraft because they're much smaller and don't need a pilot to fly them. But like airplanes, there's still a chance drones might be shot down or crash, and that can cause... more »
Cisco leverages Hadoop for latest contribution to open security framework

Cisco leverages Hadoop for latest contribution to open security framework

Although Cisco Systems Inc. is best known for selling proprietary data center switches, it also plays an active role in the open-source ecosystem, ranking as the sixth most prolific contributor to OpenStack and listing several community projects under its belt. The networking stalwart added another notch to its repertoire this week with the release of an analytics framework that combines several emerging components in the Hadoop ecosystem to help security professionals become more responsive to leaks. The technology addresses a real need. According to the Breach Level Index, the period between July and September saw an average of 23 records lost or... more »
World of Warcraft back on top – 10 million subscribers for first time in two years

World of Warcraft back on top – 10 million subscribers for first time in two years

Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft has been the juggernaut of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) gaming for nearly 10 years, and with the subscription numbers released on Wednesday, it does not look like it is going anywhere anytime soon. The game's latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, has brought the MMO's subscribed user base up to over 10 million people, the highest number of subscribers the game has seen since Fall 2012 and 2.6 million people higher than were subscribed just two months ago. Many old players have returned for the new expansion, which promises a return to the franchise's roots. “We’re thrilled that so many players jumped... more »
CipherCloud scores $50 million to make the cloud safe for corporate data

CipherCloud scores $50 million to make the cloud safe for corporate data

CipherCloud Inc. became the second cloud security startup to announce an eight-figure funding round this week after revealing on Wednesday that it has raised $50 million from a group of prominent investors to make the public cloud safer for storing sensitive corporate data. The financing comes hot on the heels of Veradocs Inc. exiting stealth with $14 million in funding to help organizations regulate the use of company files outside the boundaries of the corporate firewall. CipherCloud is touting a similar line, except its definition of security extends far beyond merely providing remote access controls. The San Jose, Calif.-based company hit... more »
Uber in hot water over misuse of ‘God View’, latest in a series of controversies

Uber in hot water over misuse of ‘God View’, latest in a series of controversies

Uber Inc. has yet another scandal to add to their repertoire for this week. The taxi service alternative is currently investigating one of its top executives over allegations that he was tracking a reporter without her knowledge. Josh Mohrer,  general manager of Uber New York, is accused of tracking Buzzfeed reporter Johana Bhuiyan, using a feature available to Uber employees called "God View", according to an article published by Buzzfeed. Apparently, Mohrer personally showed Bhuiyan on two separate occasions, how he was able to track her Uber rides. The reporter had not asked to be tracked. In response to CNET’s request for comment, an... more »
Primary Data hires Steve Wozniak, bids to "reinvent" storage

Primary Data hires Steve Wozniak, bids to "reinvent" storage

Storage startup Primary Data has just come out of stealth, teasing a new technology it hopes can virtualize the world's data. The company claims it will reinvent “file virtualization” in the software-defined data center, and has just secured the services of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to help make it happen. Wozniak joins Primary Data from Fusion.io as its new chief scientist, and his role is to help the company build out its technology and court potential customers. He'll be reporting to CEO Lance Smith and CTO David Flynn, both of whom also came from Fusion.io. Primary Data has already raised some $63... more »
Coinbase launches Bitcoin tipping service

Coinbase launches Bitcoin tipping service

Coinbase Inc., a popular Bitcoin wallet and exchange service, has announced a new micropayments tool called Coinbase Tip. Coinbase Tip allows web publishers to accept Bitcoin tips from supporters, giving them another way to start monetizing on their content. According to Coinbase CEO and Co-founder Brian Armstrong, the launch of this new service coincides with the latest upswing in the interest towards micropayments. ”We believe there is a new micropayments economy, the beginning of which you’re just seeing and I think it’s significant because this business model just wasn’t really possible before bitcoin,” Armstrong said in an interview. Putting a tip button on... more »
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Mozilla swaps Google for Yahoo! as default search partner in Firefox

The Mozilla Foundation has announced it's divorcing its chief search engine partner Google Inc. after ten years, and will instead offer Yahoo! as the default search tool in its Firefox browser. Mozilla didn't discuss how much money was involved, but said the deal will last for the next five years. Firefox has always allowed users to choose which search engine they want, but since 2004 Google has been the default engine. Google paid Firefox huge royalties for that honor, so much that they accounted for almost 90 percent of Mozilla's $311 million revenues in 2012. But in recent years Firefox has become... more »
Apple set to embed Beats Music into iOS, prepares to take on competitors

Apple set to embed Beats Music into iOS, prepares to take on competitors

Another bundle deal for Beats Electronics, as Apple Inc. is reportedly integrating its music subscription service, Beats Music, into iOS as early as March next year.  This move, Apple’s first attempt at capitalizing on its Beats purchase, will see the service available on hundreds-of-millions of iOS devices and will give Apple an advantage over competitors such as Spotify Ltd. In the face of sharply declining iTunes downloads, preloading the service on iPhones and iPads will add a new revenue stream for Apple and help lock users into the Apple ecosystem. Apple acquired Beats earlier this year, paying a whopping $3 billion for... more »
Data service providers say Amazon lets them focus on business, not infrastructure

Data service providers say Amazon lets them focus on business, not infrastructure

A growing number of data service providers are moving their operations to Amazon Web Services to eliminate the distractions of buying, standing up and maintaining infrastructure and reallocating their staff to focus on their business. As examples, Wikibon Big Data lead analyst Jeff Kelly cites Philips Healthcare,  which presented a keynote at the recent AWS re:Invent 2014 conference, the Weather Company, and IMS Health  in his latest Wikibon Professional Alert. Interviewed on theCUBE at the conference Bryson Koehler, EVP, CTO and CIO of the Weather Company, said his company moved to AWS because it needed a platform that could scale as data... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.