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Smart, everyday object send covert messages + detect toxins

Smart, everyday object send covert messages + detect toxins

This week’s Smart Health roundup features a cup that knows what you’re chugging down, a hoodie that covertly sends messages, and a headband that can relieve stress. Vessyl   We’ve all been told that we need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep our body functioning at its optimum level, but it can be hard to track throughout a busy day. Keeping tabs on such behavior is what Mark One had in mind when it created Vessyl, a smart cup that not only tracks how much liquid has been consumed, but can also determine what was poured in it,... more »
Opinion: Why CIOs should cheer Google's latest open source move

Opinion: Why CIOs should cheer Google's latest open source move

In 1943, legendary IBM Chairman Thomas Watson Sr. (that's the dour fellow shown here) is reported to have said “There is a world market for maybe five computers.” Whether Watson actually uttered those words is debated, but the quote was long a lightning rod for ridicule when PCs  were spreading like kudzu. Today, though,  the prophecy has taken on eerie new relevance in a world defined by clouds. Virtualization is changing the IT landscape, and two news items last week drove home its impact. The first was Google’s release of Kubernetes under an open-source license. Kubernetes is basically a public version of... more »
Where networking fits into the hyperscale puzzle | #CubeConversations

Where networking fits into the hyperscale puzzle | #CubeConversations

The technologies pioneered by the world’s largest Internet companies to create so-called hyperscale environments that can cost-effectively keep up with the data explosion are trickling down into the traditional enterprise as the increasingly intertwined open-source and vendor communities work to lower barriers to entry. Emulex is right in the thick of things. Mike Jochimsen, the company’s director of product marketing, appeared in a recent episode of SiliconANGLE’s CubeConversations series to share his insight into how that disruption is redefining the corporate network and outline his firm’s role in the transformation. This particular episode is a follow-up discussion to host Stu Miniman's... more »
How to rapidly develop applications that understand human data | #HPdiscover

How to rapidly develop applications that understand human data | #HPdiscover

At HP Discover 2013 in Barcelona last December, Robert Youngjohns, SVP & General Manager at HP Autonomy, shared with us his vision to “have tens of thousands of developers thinking about how to leverage IDOL OnDemand.” Building on this vision, HP Software has been holding global hackathons allowing developers to leverage the platform’s capabilities. At this year’s HP Discover in Las Vegas last week, HP Software’s Brian Weiss, VP, and Randy Cairns, VP of Corporate Marketing, talked to theCUBE host Dave Vellante regarding what’s possible with IDOL OnDemand and what developers have come up with at HP's worldwide hack events. A... more »
Bye, bye Nokia. Microsoft set to ditch iconic branding by next year

Bye, bye Nokia. Microsoft set to ditch iconic branding by next year

Microsoft has apparently made the surprising decision to bin the Nokia brand for its mobile products, especially its smartphones, following its $7.5 billion acquisition of the famed Finnish phone maker. The rumor – and that's all it is at present – stems from leaked internal documents obtained by the prolific mobile leaker evleaks, which appear to lay out Microsoft's mobile branding strategy. Interestingly, although Microsoft has a deal that allows it to use Nokia's branding on Lumia smartphones for 18 months after the close of the takeover deal, its likely Microsoft will change tack before this deadline, especially on new products. "Microsoft... more »
Box wraps up acquisition of media cloud storage company Streem

Box wraps up acquisition of media cloud storage company Streem

Cloud storage company Box just got bigger with the acquisition of Streem, a small startup that enables users to stream content directly to their desktops without the need for local storage. Streem is different from other cloud providers in that its technology makes the personal cloud function as seamlessly as possible. The software embeds itself directly into the OS, acting as an extension of your PC's hard drive without using local storage, while its secret sauce enables rapid media playback. That's impressive, but it's not all Streem has to offer. The service also offers unlimited storage in the cloud for just $20/month,... more »
GHash gains 51 percent of Bitcoin's mining power, should you worry?

GHash gains 51 percent of Bitcoin's mining power, should you worry?

For the past weeks, there have been rumblings about mining pool GHash.io, operated by anonymous entity CEX.io, getting close to 51 percent control of Bitcoin's mining power. The concern is that if GHash has majority of the control over mining, it could lead to the centralization of Bitcoin. If a single entity takes control of 51 percent of Bitcoin's mining power, this could result in the single entity controlling all Bitcoin transactions. Transactions may be delayed or halted and the mining pool could favor certain transactions beneficial for them, while preventing other miners from minting coins or finding blockchains, and Bitcoins... more »
Machine Learning for the cloud on its way to Microsoft Azure

Machine Learning for the cloud on its way to Microsoft Azure

In July, Microsoft plans to unveil a preview of its Machine-Learning-as-a-Service platform, hosted on Windows Azure. The platform is expected to leverage Microsoft’s powerful Azure cloud platform to provide powerful predictive analytics services and off premises data crunching. Microsoft calls this new platform Microsoft Azure Machine Learning. Interested developers and businesses can sign up at the site to receive upcoming news and announcements as the unveil date approaches. Machine Learning is a form of simplistic (but powerful) artificial intelligence used for numerous data oriented analysis and is a mainstay of big data predictive analysis. Search engines, recommendation engines, GPS systems, and even... more »
Smart homes connected + controlled by smart cars

Smart homes connected + controlled by smart cars

This week’s Smart Living roundup features Google’s HomeKit competitor, a way to turn your boring garden into a smart one, and a collaboration between a car and an appliance manufacturer. Google expected to launch HomeKit competitor at I/O   Google I/O, Google's annual developer event, will be kicking off later this month and we can expect to see new products from Google such as the next version of Android, (Android Lollipop anyone?), updates for Google Glass and other wearable technology.  What’s more, Google is said to be launching a platform dubbed Nearby that's similar to Apple’s HomeKit, recently revealed at the iPhone maker's... more »
Enterprise flash market sees first billion-dollar exit : SanDisk gobbles up Fusion-io

Enterprise flash market sees first billion-dollar exit : SanDisk gobbles up Fusion-io

SanDisk is buying Fusion-io in a bid to capitalize on increasing demand for solid-state memory in the enterprise space, which is seeing rapid volume growth and higher margins than its core consumer products. That combination offers escape from the accelerating commoditization that threatens the Milpitas, California-based company’s bottom line. The all-cash acquisition is valued at approximately $1.1 billion, which makes it the first deal in the history of the PCIe card industry to surpass the symbolically important threshold of one billion dollars. In comparison, disk stalwart Western Digital paid $685 million for Fusion-io rival Virident last September, while Seagate shelled out $450 million to take LSI’s SSD assets off parent company Avago’s hands earlier... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

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.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

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.

- 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.