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Tableau takes data visualization a step further with Story Points

Tableau takes data visualization a step further with Story Points

Tableau Software's 8.2 update includes a variety of  improvements -- Tableau can now run natively on Macs, for example -- but the new Story Points feature stands out. Story Points allows Tableau customers to accompany visualizations of their data with a unique, data-driven narrative that helps all viewers interpret, understand, and act on their data. Story Points allow users to build data-driven stories that remain connected to the data from which they were generated. Because Story Points maintains this connection, it means the narratives are responsive to changes in the data, views, and dashboards. Along with Tableau visualizations, Story Points can... more »
Tracking HP as it "gets back to the garage" | #HPdiscover

Tracking HP as it "gets back to the garage" | #HPdiscover

Hewlett-Packard famously started out as two guys innovating in a garage.  Many years later, HP is finding its way back to those roots. We got a glimpse over three days at the HP Discover event, broadcast live on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s flagship product.  Simultaneously, a discussion on CrowdChat, SiliconANGLE’s new social media aggregator, captured the action and thought leadership throughout the broadcast.   The takeaway was that HP is climbing back with innovation on several fronts, which it carried under the banner of a “new vision of IT”.  It is a message that should carry well to HP's audience within the various business... more »
Radoop acquisition paves RapidMiner's path to the enterprise

Radoop acquisition paves RapidMiner's path to the enterprise

RapidMiner, a predictive analytics innovator, this week announced its acquisition of Radoop, a close RapidMiner partner and Big Data analytics tool for Hadoop. The integration of Radoop into RapidMiner extends RapidMiner's reach into the Hadoop ecosystem and paves the way towards enterprise-level businesses that need Big Data analytics to deliver insightful, actionable results via a straightforward user interface. Since its launch in June of 2011, Radoop has mediated the gap between the Hadoop data platform and its users. Radoop uses RapidMiner to run ETL, data analytics, and machine learning. It optimizes RapidMiner analytics with Hive and Mahout. The end result is... more »
Cisco's latest buy secures telecom footprint amid shift to SDN

Cisco's latest buy secures telecom footprint amid shift to SDN

Cisco is shelling out $175 million in cash and retention-based incentives to buy a little-known service orchestration company called Tail-f in a bid to extend its ambitious Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) initiative into the lucrative telecommunications market. The nine-year-old Swedish firm, which has raised over $6 million in funding to date, develops solutions designed to streamline the long and bumpy journey to programmable networking. Under pressure to support exponentially growing traffic from the fast-multiplying array of connected devices in consumers’ hands and homes, carriers have been squeezed to the forefront of technology adoption and, as a result, make up the core market... more »
Smart cities need two things to thrive : People + speedy Internet

Smart cities need two things to thrive : People + speedy Internet

This week’s Smart City roundup features a more affordable way to transition into smart cities, America’s "first" smart city, and a few ideas on the areas in which smart cities should be focused. Silver Spring Network’s affordable smart city solution   Many cities' goal might be to connect everything to the Internet so traffic will flow smoothly, energy and water consumption of the whole city can be better managed, and the quality of life can be increased for its inhabitants.  But reality is often a different story, as funding can be sparse for such infrastructure projects. Silver Spring Network, provider of smart grids, believe... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2014 June 18th: BitPay announces the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, Expedia to take BTC for hotels, GHash.IO sneaks up on 51% again

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 June 18th: BitPay announces the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, Expedia to take BTC for hotels, GHash.IO sneaks up on 51% again

This week has seen a lot of interesting news and some drama from the world of Bitcoin. BitPay has made news by announcing the world’s first upcoming “Bitcoin Bowl” and also brought news of TigerDirect expanding bitcoin payments onto their Canadian website. Coinbase made big news last week with a partnership with Expedia, offering bitcoin payments for hotel bookings. GHash.IO has been edging towards the dreaded 51% of network hash power (again) but has been trimmed back once again. Finally, version 0.9.2 of the Bitcoin Core has been released (with some security fixes) so be sure to upgrade if you’re running... more »
Zenoss taps veteran tech leader Greg Stock as CEO

Zenoss taps veteran tech leader Greg Stock as CEO

With more and more hardware vendors moving up the stack to escape the accelerating commoditization of data center infrastructure, software providers like Zenoss are coming under increased pressure to differentiate against the fast-multiplying competition. The unified monitoring provider announced this week that it has appointed Greg Stock as CEO to chart a course through the industry’s rough waters. Stock is taking over the reins from Zenoss co-founder Bill Karpovich, who is credited with growing the company from a startup to a category leader boasting over 35,000 corporate customers worldwide and is set to remain on the board as a director. He’s... more »
EMC is "going to hit its targets" in cloud innovation, says analyst | #EMCworld

EMC is "going to hit its targets" in cloud innovation, says analyst | #EMCworld

Since the first EMC World in 2010, EMC has made many acquisitions to help bolster its offerings to its customers. This includes moving into what they call the third platform, which includes the cloud, mobile, social, and Big Data. EMC has also introduced the Federation, a conglomeration of companies including Pivotal, RSA, VMware, and EMC itself, that seek to provide solutions and software for their customers. To kick off this year’s EMC World 2014 conference in Las Vegas, theCUBE’s John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down and discussed some of EMC’s big announcements and upcoming plans. Cloud, mobile, social, and Big Data   Where... more »
Converged network management, power boosts for NetApp's latest storage suite

Converged network management, power boosts for NetApp's latest storage suite

Not to be left in the dust amid the growing adoption of flash storage in the enterprise, NetApp is rolling out a new high-performance system designed to power the most resource-intensive of workloads while giving IT organizations the freedom to tailor their deployments to meet specific business requirements. The FAS8080 EX is the latest addition to the company’s FAS8000 series, which was first introduced in February and sports Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge architecture. The product family additionally offers a number of unique features, most notably the ability to manage storage-attached networks (SANs) and network-attached storage (NAS) side-by-side. It’s also touted as... more »
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Data's evolving role in disaster recovery | #EMCworld

In the early days of data protection and recovery, most data was backed up to tape. The role of data at that point was as a backup in case you lost access to the data you worked with on a daily basis. Fortunately, the backup market as a whole is evolving, according to Steve Manley, CTO of the Data Protection and Availability Group at EMC. Manley recently sat down with Dave Vellante and Steve Kenniston of theCUBE at EMC World 2014. When asked about the changes taking place regarding how companies deal with data, Manley said that, for the most part,... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.

- David Vellante

Leading CIOs are changing the way they communicate to their boards about cyber security by emphasizing response, not infiltration. Rather than solely focusing on how to thwart penetration, CIOs are treating cyber security as an integral part of business/service continuity and risk management agendas, with a priority on rapidly responding to critical breaches. This research note is based on data gathered through proprietary social analytics, extensive collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and business executives; and is designed to assist CIOs in advancing security agendas with boards of directors.

- David Vellante

This document describes the methodology used to develop "The Digital CIO: Communicating to the Board on Cyber Security." It includes data sources and process used to gather data from senior business technology leaders.

- Peter Burris

Leading digital companies are using simple top-level frameworks for setting digitization priorities. At the center of the approaches we've seen are three questions: What do we want to do better; who are we going to engage; and how are we going to institute the digital capabilities.

- Ralph Finos

This document covers Wikibon’s definition of public cloud and is a companion piece to Wikibon’s 2016 Public Cloud update http://wikibon.com/wikibon-2016-public-cloud-forecast-update/. Our definitional framework aligns as much as possible with the NIST definition, but we acknowledge that "public cloud" means different things from vendor to vendor. However, in our view, this just indicates that public cloud is being leveraged from many different angles and is building significant momentum as it encompasses both product and service delivery mechanisms, pretty much penetrating into all aspects of information technology.

- George Gilbert

Enterprises must navigate the universe of big data applications by recognizing that application platforms will alternately empower and constrain enterprises along a path of ever more sophisticated applications. Data lakes, intelligent systems of engagement, and self-tuning systems of intelligence all build on each other in terms of capabilities. But the underlying platforms will evolve in a cycle of simplicity, complexity from adaptive stretch, and simplicity again via a platform refresh.

- George Gilbert

Big data products and workloads remain too immature for standard benchmarks capable of providing truly comparable results. Users that need benchmarks for contracting or comparison purposes should run their own stylized workloads based on their intended usage scenarios.

- 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.