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Intel on open source: Software, hardware conversations must merge | #RHSummit

Intel on open source: Software, hardware conversations must merge | #RHSummit

Doug Fisher, VP & GM, Software Services Group, Intel, took a trip down the memory lane of being a part of the open source community since its beginning and discusses his takes on the matter with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Stu Miniman, live from the 2014 Red Hat Summit. "If I look back to when I first started in software, there was an almost unconscious separation about the work you did in software and hardware," Fisher said.  "You can no longer have separate conversations. The conversation needs to be together," the intimacy of the software and hardware is critical. "You have to... more »
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Oracle adds new hybrid + OpenStack capabilities to cloud toolbelt

Oracle, like fellow traditional enterprise vendors such as SAP, is on a journey to transform into a cloud services company. But while the business intelligence giant is already well along its way in transitioning to a software-as-a-service model, CEO Larry Ellison’s plans to diversify his firm’s revenue streams beyond on-premise licenses and legacy maintenance contracts are only now beginning to take shape as a cohesive strategic vision. Oracle marked the latest milestone in its efforts on Monday with the introduction of two new public cloud services that plug into existing deployments of its software. The announcement comes three months after the... more »
Will you trust Facebook with YOUR money?

Will you trust Facebook with YOUR money?

Would you trust someone who freely sells your most private information, such as your phone number, email address, place of work, friend's names and so on, to look after your money? If the answer is no, then you probably won’t be using Facebook’s money transferring service if and when it officially rolls out. Yep, Facebook is looking to introduce a financial service that will allow its users to send, transfer, receive money directly on the site. According to a report from the Financial Times, Facebook is weeks away from getting the necessary regulatory approval which will allow it to launch an... more »
Google Glass goes on sale today: Smart contact lens to come next?

Google Glass goes on sale today: Smart contact lens to come next?

If you've been waiting to get your hands on a Google Glass but haven't got in on the Glass Explorer program, today’s your lucky day as the device is going on sale for one-day only to anyone of legal age in the US. Stocks are limited so be sure to head to this page at 6am PDT/9am EDT today. Though many are interested in Glass, others are voicing privacy concerns especially when they see an Explorer out in the wild. Just yesterday, BusinessInsider's so-called journalist Kyle Russell experienced having his Glass destroyed while covering an anti-Google protest. Russell believes the woman... more »
IoT will propel digital universe past 40ZB by 2020

IoT will propel digital universe past 40ZB by 2020

The connected devices explosion is not only contributing to an increase in the amount of digital data created everyday but also changing how much of that information is analyzed and turned into actionable knowledge, EMC’s seventh annual Digital Universe report has found. The recently published study, carried out by IDC and entitled “The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things”, predicts new opportunities for enterprises in the connected era. EMC sees the digital universe doubling in size every two years through 2020, multiplying tenfold from four zettabytes in 2013 to over 40 zettabytes... more »
Red Hat Summit then and now: Big Data, OpenStack top-of-mind

Red Hat Summit then and now: Big Data, OpenStack top-of-mind

In the IT industry, large-scale corporate conferences usually serve the same purpose as invite-only analyst meetings, giving the relevant parties a chance to gain first-hand insight into the current position of the company organizing the event and a glimpse of its goals moving forward - except with a different angle, one that caters to customers and partners rather than investors. The Red Hat Summit, which kicked off on Monday in San Francisco, is no exception. Last year’s show makes a good reference point for this week. Big Data was high on the agenda, with Red Hat tapping Hortonworks to help incorporate... more »
VMware targets chink in Amazon’s armor with hybrid disaster recovery service

VMware targets chink in Amazon’s armor with hybrid disaster recovery service

Amazon has continuously pushed the cloud envelope since entering the scene in 2006, making a whopping 42 price cuts over the last eight years and rolling out 280 new products and features in 2013 alone. Today, Amazon boasts a dominant market position and the industry’s most expansive portfolio of cloud services. However, competitors still have plenty of white space with which to work. When it comes to disaster recovery, for instance, Amazon doesn’t have much in the way of a cohesive offering that is genuinely appealing to CIOs. Amazon S3 is a reasonably priced object storage service that can be useful... more »
Bitcoin more appealing to those saving for their retirement

Bitcoin more appealing to those saving for their retirement

The Bitcoin world has been plagued with one drawback after another.  From exchange market founders facing allegations of fraud and the most recent Internet security flaw known as Heartbleed, Bitcoin enthusiasts have plenty to be worried about. Bitcoin exchanges and payment services were quick to take action to patch the Heartbleed security flaw. Some services went offline briefly, with trades being suspended, logins blocked and so on, until it was made certain that affected users, APIs, and web services had been fixed. Though you’d think the recent misfortunes suffered by the world's number one cryptocurrency would make people more wary of using... more »
Windows Phone 8.1 download now available

Windows Phone 8.1 download now available

Microsoft has revealed what new features Windows Phone 8.1 will deliver once it finally rolls out to consumers. Though it doesn’t seem like the new version of the OS will bring much, this is a major update since the software was last revamped 18 months ago. Windows Phone 8.1 delivers Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri; a new notification center; and more customization features to make home screens stand out. Developers will be the first to get the new software version as it starts rolling out this week. They can download the update on their Windows Phone 8 now. As for non-developers,... more »
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Red Hat launches cloudy marketplace at #RHSummit

An app store of something of a 'must-have' for any budding tech giant these days, and that's why Red Hat has become the latest player to launch its own digital marketplace. The Linux company has just announced the arrival of its OpenShift Marketplace to help reduce the time it takes for admins to layer third-party apps atop its OpenShift PaaS. OpenShift was announced as the company kicked off its annual Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, and promises to give customers easier access to add-ons from its partners, which include software makers like BladeMeter, ClearDB, Iron.io, MongoLab, New Relic, Redis Labs,... 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.