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There's no cookie cutter PaaS : customization is key | #RHSummit

There's no cookie cutter PaaS : customization is key | #RHSummit

Webcasting from the Red Hat Summit 2014 in San Francisco, John Furrier and Stu Miniman, theCUBE co-hosts, interviewed Solomon Hykes, Founder and CTO with Docker. Docker was referred to as "the buzz of the show," by Furrier, who asked Hykes to give a quick update on the company. "Docker and Red Hat are jointly announcing even more collaboration. Docker will be supported as part of the new RHEL version. Red Hat is allowing us to train some of their customers to deploy Docker and OpenShift is announced as standardizing on top of Docker," said Hykes. Next up Furrier asked for a 'history lesson',... more »
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IBM pushes the envelope on open source with latest Power servers

A week and a half after IBM Cloud and Smart Infrastructure head Deepak Advani took to the stage at Red Hat Summit to detail how big of a role open source technology has in his company’s long-term vision, Big Blue is putting its money where its mouth is with the introduction of new Power systems that harness the power of the community throughout the entire stack, all the way down to the chip level. The culmination of $2.4 billion in funding and three years of development, the vendor’s latest generation high-end rack machines are based on the POWER8, a sliver of... more »
Putin: The Internet is a CIA 'Project'

Putin: The Internet is a CIA 'Project'

Vladimir Putin has whipped up yet more controversy by branding the Internet as a “CIA project” during a media conference on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. The Russian leader made his comments at an interview in St. Petersburg yesterday, adding that the web had originally been set up by America's overseas espionage agency, and that it was “continuing to develop it”. The comments are controversial because Russia has long pushed for the Internet to be governed by the United Nations, and for individual nations to be given more control over what their citizens can access online. This notion has gained ground... more »
Satya Nadella explains Windows Phone strategy, hints at wearable tech

Satya Nadella explains Windows Phone strategy, hints at wearable tech

Satya Nadella delivered his first quarterly conference call as Microsoft CEO yesterday, promising faster and greater innovation as the company works to redefine itself as a mobile-first, cloud-first enterprise. Nadella also spent some time explaining Microsoft's recent move to make its Windows Phone platform available to some OEMs for free. Microsoft announced at its Build 2014 developer conference earlier this month that Windows Phone software would be available for free on all devices with a screen of nine inches or less. This is a major shift from Microsoft's usual practices, and one that will undoubtedly lead to a loss of revenues. But... more »
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Sharing (data) is caring: IBM launches Watson Cloud services for healthcare

Enterprise giant IBM has announced a fresh wave of investment in its US Federal Healthcare Practice in order to address the technology needs of public sector health institutions. Big Blue will add Big Data and cognitive computing services to its health care clients, delivered via the Watson Cloud. These services will include diagnostics and research, patient interaction and data visualizations. In addition, IBM has made its Advanced Care Insights available to healthcare providers in order to help them gather more clinical, behavioral and social data. This software will rely on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and IBM Content Analytics technology to crunch together... more »
The FCC, OpenSSL and the worst month in Internet history

The FCC, OpenSSL and the worst month in Internet history

I had understood that appointing the former head of the cable television industry and wireless lobbies as chairman of the FCC was not a good thing. I did not, however, understand how bad it would actually be until Chairman Tom Wheeler appeared to have pulled a 180 on net neutrality. Though it may be weeks before the entire proposal goes public, Wheeler appears to remain in the pocket of cable companies and to care little for mere consumers, who the cable industry is happily taking to the cleaners. Sure, Wheeler was a big packager of campaign money for Barack Obama and sailed through confirmation,... more »
Apple and Google tussle for exclusive mobile games

Apple and Google tussle for exclusive mobile games

The competition for best video game platform has extended into the mobile games category and the players are none other than two heavyweights in the mobile space: Google and Apple. According to a report shared in the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are trying to gain exclusivity for the titles of top games, as both companies try to grab exclusives for their own platforms. The Journal report says Apple and Google are offering promotional placement to game developers in exchange for timed exclusivity. Advertising in the app store can be very lucrative because it places software right in front of the... more »
Heartbleed is a Walletbleed, too

Heartbleed is a Walletbleed, too

How much has Heartbleed cost us? CloudFlare has posted a blog talking about the costs -- laughably small in my view -- of revoking and reissuing security certificates. This will be expensive, extrapolating into the tens, maybe hundreds of millions of dollars. That, however, is likely small change compared to corporate IT expense and the hit on worker productivity. Not to mention the sudden, unplanned updates required it at least some cases. For example, a company I know learned a piece of open source software necessary for their business would not be updated by the developer to fix OpenSSL. Why? The developer... more »
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Chasing unicorns : Analyzing talent at the fastest growing companies

In “Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups,” Aileen Lee suggested that only .07 percent of venture-backed consumer and enterprise software startups ever achieve billion-dollar valuations. That’s one in every 1,538 companies that have taken seed funding since 2003. The lesson is that while venture capital produces many singles and doubles, home runs are incredibly rare occurrences. While fundamentally agreeing with Lee’s analysis, Fred Wilson believes the actual number is somewhat higher, and he posted a hackpad with a longer list of billion dollar startups (anyone can contribute). Nevertheless, his exercise reinforces the point that still only a tiny number of startups ever turn into billion-dollar... more »
Bitcoin heads to space in hopes of becoming more secure

Bitcoin heads to space in hopes of becoming more secure

One of the biggest hindrances Bitcoin faces is convincing people that it is secure and safe to use. Another issue is accessibility. But these hurdles may soon be addressed, if Jeff Garzik, a core bitcoin developer, succeeds in raising enough funds to send BitSats, or Bitcoin satellites into outer space. The initiative to propel Bitcoins in space will be a collaboration between Garzik’s company Dunvegan Space Systems and Deep Space Industries Inc. The project intends to develop an orbital system for a non-profit project called BitSat. BitSats will essentially be customize CubeSats, which are miniature satellites about 10 centimeters in diameter that... more »

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