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Amazon offers new low-cost cloud instances with burst option

System admins looking to run smaller workloads at lower cost might be interested in a new, cheaper Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance now being offered by Amazon Web Services. It's claimed to provide a temporary boost to compute performance when required. AWS says its new T2 instances might be a more affordable option for customers who are running less-power hungry applications such as small databases, remote desktops and low-traffic websites. Users can run single or dual CPU virtual machines powered by 3.3GHz Xeon processors on the new instances,. Increased performance comes by redeeming CPU credits to give users extra power in... more »
Tap into your health with the flick of a wrist

Tap into your health with the flick of a wrist

This week’s Smart Health roundup features the first health app on Android Wear, a connected cuff suited for the workplace, and the hottest new event for the wearable tech movement. HealthTap SmartWatch app   Google officially unveiled Android Wear at I/O 2014 along with two smartwatches: one from LG and one from Samsung, running the new platform, with another smartwatch coming from Motorola to be released this Summer. Wearable devices have potential to be used in the health sector, and HealthTap looks to be at the forefront of Android's latest efforts, claiming the first company to launch an app specific to smartwatches running Android... more »
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The basics of Nimble Storage’s adaptive flash launch

The next frontier on the data storage market is flash. With the advent of flash and the rush to take advantage of this new technology, companies have strived to make inroads into developing new ways to take advantage of the benefits that flash offers. One such company, Nimble Storage, has announced the release of its adaptive flash product at the recent Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Launch. theCUBE was there for the announcement, and beforehand, SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman sat down and talked about the implications of the new technology’s release. A storage solution to replace disc   With flash... more »
IBM expands SoftLayer into London with new data center

IBM expands SoftLayer into London with new data center

IBM yesterday announced that it will open a new SoftLayer data center in London this month as part of the $1.2B the company is plowing into its SoftLayer Cloud Services infrastructure this year.  IBM ultimately plans to add 40 data centers across five continents. SoftLayer’s new London data center will house more than 15,000 physical servers and will offer all of SoftLayer’s cloud infrastructure services including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage and networking. “We already have a large customer base in London and the region,” said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer, in a statement. The investment comes as IBM celebrates the... more »
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How much did the seized Bitcoins go for?

In October 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation shut down the Silk Road, an online marketplace for all things shady, and seized $3.6 million worth of Bitcoins. Last week, the US Marshals Service auctioned off almost 30,000 Bitcoins. The bidders were notified on June 30 if their bid was accepted or rejected. Many speculated that major players in the Bitcoin network would be the ones dominating the auction as the average person would have a hard time even entering it. Reports stated that the seized Bitcoins were sold in 9 blocks of 30,000 coins and one block with 2,656.51 coins. The... more »
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Big Data goes to Brazil: The FIFA World Cup in numbers

Americans normally aren't that keen on "soccer" but things are a bit different what with the FIFA World Cup taking place down in Brazil. Excitment is reaching fever pitch with the tournament in full swing and the 1/16 finals well underway. Social media is flooded with photos of the event and other interesting tidbits happening in Brazil; wagers are being placed on the teams people think will bring home the coveted cup, predictions are abundant; fans are at each other's throats; sports analysts are scrutinizing every player, every game, every pass, every shot... But who is right and who is wrong, and... more »
You might be ready for IoT, but your network isn't

You might be ready for IoT, but your network isn't

Enterprises are willing to embrace the Internet of Things, but deployment is being held back by network capacity worries and security concerns, according to a new survey from Infoblox. While most IT professionals believe there's a potentially lucrative market in IoT, the big worry is that organizations lack the network capacity to deal with demand if, as expected, the number of connected devices in the workplace explodes. Infoblox conducted its survey back in May, questioning more than 400 US and UK-based network managers and executives involved in enterprise IT. The vast majority of respondents – over 90 percent – said they weren't... more »
HP in the Middle : Vertica is happy between traditional data warehouses and Hadoop | #HPdiscover

HP in the Middle : Vertica is happy between traditional data warehouses and Hadoop | #HPdiscover

A recent Wikibon survey revealed that, of 300 practitioners with knowledge of analytics and Big Data, 61 percent said that their organization shifted workloads from a traditional data warehouse or mainframe to Hadoop. Another 34 percent said they were going to do it within the next six months. So, in total, 95 percent of respondents said that they were taking resources away from the old and bringing it into the new. Sitting right in the middle of this transition between the old and new is HP Vertica. At this year’s HP Discover, Colin Mahony, VP & GM of HP Vertica, joined... more »
Google: Computing's ADD child

Google: Computing's ADD child

Google last week made a number of interesting announcements, many related to Android and its Google Drive and applications products. How many of these will actually become real and then live on is anyone's guess. If it's not the search engine, self-driving automobiles or creepy glasses, Google's attention span can be very limited. Things that once were Google's "big deals" arrive with a splash and when they fail to gain traction, Google lets them slide with no new features and they eventually die. This week's entry into Slate's Google Graveyard is Orkut, its briefly pioneering, then neglected, social network. Orkut, we hardly knew... more »
CoreOS takes the fight to Red Hat with Managed Linux

CoreOS takes the fight to Red Hat with Managed Linux

CoreOS, one of the youngest new distros in the Linux family that relies on Docker containers to manage both the system and applications, has announced $8 million in series A funding. At the same time, it's also launched a new subscription version of its product – nudging it ever closer into Red Hat's territory. CoreOS can be described as a stripped-down down version of Linux that's designed to run massive server deployments. It's based around three 'core' technologies – etcd, a distributed key-value store that helps tie clusters of CoreOS machines together; systemd, which helps developers command a cluster of CoreOS... 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.