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In an appearance at SXSW yesterday, Google's Director of Ideas claimed that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin aren't going anywhere soon. “I think it’s very obvious to all of us that cryptocurrencies are inevitable,” said Cohen in conversation with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. “There’s lots of value to it, [but] there’s a danger to it not being regulated.” But while the future of Bitcoin seems to be assured, Cohen warned that it's unclear how the technology will develop in future, as it's still “a pretty new space”, reports TechCrunch. For the initiated, Google Ideas is the internet giant's very own think tank that spends... more »
John Furrier appeared in theCUBE at BigDataSV conference in Santa Clara, California, from a slightly different angle, after trading co-hosting for the interviewee's chair. Dave Vellante of Wikibon did the honors of interviewing John Furrier and Dani Rayan, co founders of CrowdChat, a company looking at the confluence of some major trends: Big Data, analytics and social media, bringing them together to help people connect. “What is CrowdChat and why did you found the company?” asked Vellante. “We started the company a couple of years ago. We looked at social data and we saw people gathering around ideas and knowledge,” answered Furrier. “Just... more »
John Furrier and Jeff Kelly, theCUBE co-hosts for Day 3 of BigDataSV Conference in Santa Clara, welcomed Brian Bulkowski, Founder and CTO with Aerospike, to talk about the Big Data market dynamics and the Aerospike value proposition. “The value for in-memory is really amazing,” stated Furrier, inviting Bulkowski to talk more about the current hype around in-memory – compared to the industry situation from a year ago. “In-memory has been great to us and to the industry as well,” said Bulkowski. “The big power of in-memory is that you don't have to spend as much time, as a developer, optimizing for all... more »
The mainframe is an often neglected internal source of invaluable data for enterprises developing Big Data strategies, writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor and Big Data analyst Jeff Kelly in “The Mainframe and Big Data Analytics”.Despite the talk of the mainframe’s demise, many core transactional applications including reservation and online sales systems, payroll processing and inventory control, still run on Big Iron in corporations. Unisys and IBM continue to develop their mainframe systems, and IBM’s System z had its most successful quarter in terms of MIPS sold just two years ago. Mainframes are reliable and highly automated, often running for years with... more »
JumpCloud server management tool enables DevOps and IT pros to manage the explosion of cloud, virtual, and on-premises servers through an automated SaaS-based service. DevOps and IT pros utilize JumpCloud to automate the critical server lifecycle steps of provisioning, configuration, management, and monitoring. Extending the reach of automation tool for more developers, JumpCloud announced the automated SaaS-based offering is now available through the Marketplace for Rackspace Hosting. IT teams using Rackspace Hosting can now receive automated server management capabilities with JumpCloud. For Rackspace customers, JumpCloud can now automate server management and saves DevOps teams and IT admins significant time managing users, patches,... more »
Mark Terenzoni, CEO of Sqrrl, joined Jeff Frick in theCUBE for a quick update on the company, during the BigData SV Conference in Santa Clara. “We finished off 2013 ahead of plan on customers, ahead of plan on bookings, we doubled the staff and moved the offices. For sure, it was an exciting year for Sqrrl,” boasted Terenzoni. “We're stepping into 2014 with still some pretty lofty goals ahead of us,” he confessed. “No doubt about it, we've got a great technology, but – in my opinion – technology is only the basis for solving the problems that customers have, and... more »
There were a lot of great interviews at #ONS2014, but the award for most insightful goes to Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering & Chief Architect at Cisco. Meeting with theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Stu Miniman, Ward discussed the software-defined networking (SDN) space, which is extremely exciting right now as the world seeks out modern data center architecture for agility and economic growth. The panel unanimously agreed that products and deployments are emerging for the modern data center, with software still at the center of the value proposition. Software-Defined Networking + programmatic interfaces Ward explained, “SDN is just a pillar of the networking... more »
Google announced that Project Ara, its modular smartphone, on which work began not so long ago, would be a real device, not just a concept. Google holds the Advanced Technology and Projects division of Motorola after selling out to Lenovo. The division is working on Project Ara, a new initiative to create the smartphone modular and upgradeable over time. It is an ambitious project that follows the trail of Project Tango that had captured the attention of the public and press. With Project Ara, users can decide how to create their own smartphone, choosing from several separate modules. This means that the... more »
This week’s SmartHome roundup features smart TVs in control of homes, an alliance for smarthomes launched at SXSW, and an Android tablet for all your home automation needs. Smart TVs to control your home Samsung and startup VTouch are working on a deal that would allow the South Korean giant to incorporate gesture controls into its smart TVs in the future. The purpose of adding gesture controls to smart TVs is to eliminate the need for remote controls so users can rely on using hand gestures to make the TV do what they want, like changing channels, adjusting the volume, getting more... more »
Steven Gustafson, R&D Manager of Knowledge Discovery Lab with GE Research Lab, sat down with John Furrier and Jeff Kelly during the BigData SV Conference in Santa Clara to share with theCUBE audience the GE vision of the industrial internet. “GE is a big company doing a lot of small data,” Furrier joked. “In reality, GE is about all kinds of data, but in massive amounts of it. Talk about your research,” invited Furrier. “I lead the research team and we are focused on research that enables the company to extract insights from data and to do that faster and with more... more »