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DARPA-backed project aims to dramatically cut WAN provisioning times

DARPA-backed project aims to dramatically cut WAN provisioning times

Despite the tremendous progress made in recent years on injecting more programmability into the stack, the wide-area network (WAN) remains a universal bottleneck that affects companies and cloud service providers equally. While companies like Amazon and Google have figured out how to scale across commodity servers within  individual data centers, the process of connecting data centers to each other continues to be time-consuming and rigid. But it doesn’t have to be, according to the group of vendors working to lower the bandwidth barriers in multi-location cloud environments under the auspices of DARPA’s Dynamic Multi-Terabit Core Optical Networks (CORONET) program. The participants... more »
Universities are training CDOs, yet organizations can't keep them | #MITIQ

Universities are training CDOs, yet organizations can't keep them | #MITIQ

The conversations around the emerging Chief Data Officer (CDO) role, what it should entail, and the subsequent interest shown by enterprise organizations led to a pivotal decision by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to modify its annual symposium's original focus from information quality to now include the CDO. “There’s a lot of talk about what exactly the CDO means, it’s going to be different in every organization,”  Peter Anlyan, the Symposium Co-Chair for the MIT CDOIQ event, told theCUBE co-hosts Paul Gillin and Dave Vellante in a live interview. “We’re conducting a baseline survey to find out, 'If you’re a CDO, what... more »
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Israel defence firm denies being hacked by China's Comment Crew

A defence contractor that works on Israel's Iron Dome missile shield system has come out to deny it was a victim of Chinese hack attack two years ago that allegedly stole classified information about the technology. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) issued a statement to a number of media outlets, saying that the reports were incorrect. "The information reported regarding the leakage of sensitive information is incorrect," said spokewoman Eliana Fishler. "The publications refer to an attempt to penetrate the company's civilian non-classified internet network which allegedly occurred several years ago. IAI's cyber security systems operate in accordance with the most rigorous requirements... more »
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Analytics break: Big Data market splits into rival camps

A new trend has emerged in the open-source Big Data  ecosystem over the last few months: top vendors scaling back and sometimes completely abandoning internal efforts to develop homegrown versions of hot new projects in favor of forming strategic partnerships with pure-play distributors. First it was Intel Corp. with its $740 million investment in Cloudera Inc.,  which saw the chip giant pull the plug on its proprietary Hadoop offering in favor of a co-development agreement. Then last week, Oracle Corp. entered a broad strategic alliance with OpenStack startup Mirantis Inc. to counter Red Hat Inc.’s fast growth, a move that spelled... more »
Cisco warns that network virtualization does have its downsides

Cisco warns that network virtualization does have its downsides

Cisco has just posted a new whitepaper online, in which it suggests that virtualization of networks can be somewhat counterproductive, resulting in reduced productivity. The paper notes that while virtualization is hardly a new concept, people have recently started applying it to network functions like routers, switches and other appliances. But while the “early days of server virtualization had a dramatic impact on lowering server capital expenditures”, those benefits quickly vanish due to skyrocketing operational costs that resulted from more labor-intensive and complex processes. It's hard to dispute Cisco's claims, because numerous products and vendors have popped up to help manage multiple... more »
Ecuador bans Bitcoin, plans to create its own digital currency

Ecuador bans Bitcoin, plans to create its own digital currency

While most countries take the wait-and-see approach with regard to Bitcoin and other digital currencies, Ecuador has officially banned them. The reason behind this decision is not because the government doesn’t trust it, but because it's decided to make its own digital currency that will compete with Bitcoin and others The National Assembly of Ecuador, the legislative branch of the government, has approved amendments to the country’s existing monetary and financial laws, and is now awaiting the signature of President Rafael Correa to finalize them. One of the amendments include the prohibition of using other digital currencies aside from that which... more »
Blockchain.info back in the App Store heralds good news for Apple and Bitcoin

Blockchain.info back in the App Store heralds good news for Apple and Bitcoin

Apple and Bitcoin have had a tumultuous relationship in the past. In late 2013, Apple pulled the Coinbase and Coinjar apps from the App Store and in February 2014, Blockchain.info found its app also yanked. This apparent hostility to Bitcoin-related apps was taken by the community as hostility directed at Bitcoin and the community itself. It even led to a number of videos of people destroying their iPhones (sometimes by shooting holes in them) in order to win a Samsung Galaxy. The freeze seems to be thawing now, however, when Apple changed its developer guidelines in June to allow apps that... more »
DevOps Weekly Round-Up: Automation with Chef and Docker breathes life into virtualized containers

DevOps Weekly Round-Up: Automation with Chef and Docker breathes life into virtualized containers

This week in DevOps shows an ongoing expansion of opportunities for DevOps teams, IT teams, and developers to leverage open source and vendor-specific API models. Configuration and automation remains the big draw for DevOps needs, but virtual containers (via Docker and others) are becoming more visible. Chef Software, Inc. continues to release expanded abilities permitting greater automation of testing, deployment, and configuration and has even added capabilities for virtual containers with Docker integration. Docker, Inc. continues to innovate around virtual containers by providing a model that allows DevOps teams to image applications and application environments for rapid deployment. Cisco Systems, Inc. is... more »
The CDO owns governance, not data | #MITIQ

The CDO owns governance, not data | #MITIQ

Over the last few years, the emergence of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) has become more clear. Initially, this new C-level role was more prevalent in healthcare, finance, government organizations. More recently, it has been bleeding into more commercial companies. In a live segment introducing Day Two of the MIT CDOIQ conference, theCUBE hosts Dave Vellante, Jeff Kelly, and Paul Gillin discussed the latest developments around the CDO evolution. One idea noted by Vellante is that the “CIO role actually morphing into the COO and CTO, with the CDO emerging and reporting to the COO.” Gillin explained this is a normal occurrence.... more »
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Ceph and Swift: Friends, not enemies

Most good rivalries begin with some sort of differences, and OpenStack developers are beginning to side with either Ceph or Swift when it comes to choosing a storage solutions. Ceph is a distributed object store and file system designed to provide highly scalable object block- and file-based storage under a unified system, excellent performance, reliability and scalability. Ceph.com credits “a global community of passionate storage engineers and researcher” for its creation and states that Ceph “is open source and freely-available, and it always will be.” The OpenStack Object Store project, known as Swift, offers cloud storage software to store and retrieve lots... more »

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