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SolidFire expands into Asia-Pac

SolidFire expands into Asia-Pac

All-flash storage system vendor SolidFire has announced the opening of an Asia-Pacific office in Singapore and the expansion of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) team. The new and expanded offices will support its growing number of international customers, both companies building private clouds and public cloud service providers. Over the last year SolidFire reports sustained growth, including strategic partnerships with VMware, OpenStack and Citrix. That growth is fueled mainly by a new style of computing, IT-as-a-service, says SolidFire VP of Marketing Jay Prassl. “When you want to run a new application, the time to procure the hardware, software, and... more »
Watson becomes everybody’s personal shopper

Watson becomes everybody’s personal shopper

IBM's cognitive computing platform, Watson, will become your personal online shopping concierge thanks to an alliance between IBM and Fluid Inc., announced today. The Fluid Expert Shopper (XPS), built on Watson, will absorb vast quantities of product information and match online shoppers to the products that best fit their needs. Need a tablet with a USB port, a display that is easy to read in bright sunlight, a 10.5” screen, and a six hour battery life? Rather than searching through hundreds of pages of information on a dozen Web sites and building a spreadsheet to compare the choices, ask XPS. The... more »
Google’s Project Tango finds a new territory: the NASA Space Station

Google’s Project Tango finds a new territory: the NASA Space Station

Google’s technology will soon enter into new territory: space. NASA has announced plans to take advantage of Project Tango on board  the International Space Station to guide SPHERES robots' navigation within the facility. SPHERES are zero-gravity autonomous machines being developed to serve as robotic assistants to help astronauts and independently perform tasks on the International Space Station. Until now, the small automata have been equipped with sensors capable of detecting their position thanks to the interaction with the sounds emitted from the speakers on the walls. It is a complex system for localization using triangulation and limited to an area equal to... more »
Chef collaborating with industry leaders to encourage Agile development

Chef collaborating with industry leaders to encourage Agile development

Automated infrastructure with Chef allows DevOps teams to reduce time-to-market, manage scalability, complexity and the security of systems. Chef can automate the configuration, testing and deployment of applications, regardless of the number of servers. This is why tech leaders are collaborating with Chef to enable enterprise businesses to better deliver their goods and services to customers. During the #ChefConf 2014 conference, Chef Software announced an expanded ecosystem of cooperating companies including Amazon Web Services, Docker, Google, HP, IBM, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Rackspace, VMware, and others to accelerate software delivery and simplify infrastructure management. The partner program is designed to encourage DevOps culture to... more »
Internet of Things to deliver more personalized TV

Internet of Things to deliver more personalized TV

The one thing constant in this world is change, and with the growing interest in the Internet of Things, SiliconANGLE will deliver a renewed focus on this market.  Last week, the Smart World Series kicked things off with two new categories: Smart City and Smart Infrastructure.  If you missed it, check it out here. Two more categories are included in this refreshed series.  Smart Living deals with the smart home and connected car markets, while the Smart Office category deals with Internet-connected office implementations to improve the workplace. To start the week off right, today's Smart Living issue features a state-of-the-art solution... more »
Ask Dr. Bitcoin: What are side-chains?

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: What are side-chains?

As politicians continue to weigh in on what Bitcoin could mean to them and the economy in general, two enthusiasts are working on a project that could make mass adoption of the cryptocurrency more feasible, giving new momentum to the idea of Bitcoin 2.0. Speaking at Let’s Talk Bitcoin last week, Adam Back, developer of the Bitcoin algorithm HashCash, and Austin Hill, Canadian entrepreneur and angel investor who founded anonymous networking and privacy technology company Zero-Knowledge Systems, discussed their new project called Blockchain 2.0, which focused on something called "side chains." Before we dig our teeth into what "side chains" are, let’s... more »
Straight from the source: Dell CTO details cloud roadmap | #RHSummit

Straight from the source: Dell CTO details cloud roadmap | #RHSummit

The open source revolution is spilling over to the cloud as more and more incumbent data center vendors rally behind OpenStack in response to Amazon’s growing enterprise gains. Sam Greenblatt, the vice president of technology and architecture and CTO for Dell’s core Enterprise Solutions Group, returned to theCUBE at the recently concluded Red Hat Summit to give us an update on his company’s role in driving this industry-wide shift. The conference saw the announcement of several milestones in a landmark partnership between Red Hat and Dell, originally signed last December, centering on the joint development of hybrid cloud products based on... more »
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Server SAN poised to disrupt storage markets

Server SAN, software-defined storage directly attached to commodity servers, will disrupt the storage market, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in “The Rise of Server SAN”. In the hyperscale server provider marketplace, it is core technology for services such as Amazon’s S3, EC2 Block Storage Volumes, and Glacier. Server SAN is now entering enterprise data centers, although that is only 15 percent of the overall $1.646 billion Server SAN market, according to Floyer’s estimates (see chart below). Besides cost, Server SAN provides performance advantages, particularly when teamed with flash storage, by eliminating the inefficiencies of storage area networks (SANs). SANs improve storage... more »
Sold out HacKid conference a big success

Sold out HacKid conference a big success

In an annual event that could help shape the IT security field for the future, the 2014 HacKid conference took place over this past weekend, April 19-20 at San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation.  The focus of the conference was to provide hands-on experiences to kids aged 5-17 and their parents, to raise awareness and excitement around technology, safety, privacy, networking, security, engineering, gaming and mathematics. The conference is a registered California non-profit corporation and first took place in 2010 in Boston.  The two-day event featured about 30 sessions, interactive sessions including a number of educational and technical topics. The sold... more »
Scary stuff: Drones, robots and wearable tech

Scary stuff: Drones, robots and wearable tech

The world of tech has advanced enormously in just a few short years – we've got smartphones, smart homes, 3D printers, hell, we've even got drones and self-driving cars! It's as if we're living in the future already, and most people think that this rapid pace of change is set to increase over the next few decades. That's according to a new survey out from the Pew Research Center, but not everybody thinks this rapid advancement is going to be such a good thing. On the contrary, it turns out there's quite a few things people are wary of. Overall, American sentiments... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.