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New Facebook infrastructure, key acquisitions towards connecting the globe

New Facebook infrastructure, key acquisitions towards connecting the globe

Facebook has about a billion monthly active users, making it the most used social networking platform in the world.  Yet despite its high number of monthly active users, Facebook has yet to hook all seven billion people on this earth. In order to do so, Facebook's participating in a string of initiatives to not only connect the world to the web, but to its network as well. Here's a recap of the latest developments Facebook's rolled out as it establishes the infrastructure and talent needed to support a truly global platform. Flying drones, satellites for connectivity  . Facebook wants to reach people living... more »
Dutch + UK governments cling to Windows XP at the cost of millions

Dutch + UK governments cling to Windows XP at the cost of millions

People are getting pretty panicky with the end of support for Windows XP now just 24 hours away, but that doesn't  have to be the case, so long as you have a spare few million dollars. And apparently, that's what the Dutch government had, for it's just followed the UK's lead in signing a private agreement with Microsoft to receive custom support for its Windows XP machines, a rare privilege that's going to cost it in the region of €6.8m and €8m euros (between $9.3m and $11m dollars). The deal will cover between 34,000 and 40,000 of the Dutch government's computers... more »
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NSA leaks: Now you can view all of Snowden's documents in one place

Since Edward Snowden first stunned the world by lifting the lid on the NSA's PRISM spying campaign, we've seen no end of leaks about the different ways it's been gathering intelligence on the world's internet users. Most of these revelations have been made via news organizations like The Guardian, and those who've been following the story will agree it's pretty hard to keep track of everything that's going on. Now though, it's suddenly become a whole lot easier to search through the mass of documents leaked by Snowden, thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union, which has gathered them all up... more »
Samsung's newest toys: The Galaxy S5 mini and Note 4

Samsung's newest toys: The Galaxy S5 mini and Note 4

Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 back in February. Following this announcement, U.S., carriers began pre-selling the device from the end of March, with the phones expected to be shipped from April 8. The Galaxy S5 is bigger than its predecessor and sports a more rectangular look. Fortunately, the shiny plastic casing has been discarded for a rubberized, matted, and dimpled back casing. Though it’s still made up of plastic, at least now it has a more ‘grippable’ feel. As for its tech specs, the Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch 1080×1920 SuperAMOLED display, a 16MP rear camera... more »
HTC suffers another loss, will the M8 be its salvation?

HTC suffers another loss, will the M8 be its salvation?

HTC has posted its first quarter results and the company reported losses greater than analysts’ expectations. The Taiwanese company revealed losses of NT$1.88 billion, or $62 million, greater than the NT$1.71 billion average loss previously estimated by analysts. The company’s revenue for the quarter fell to NT$33.1 billion, from NT$42.8 billion a year earlier. A total operating loss of NT$2.05 billion was posted by HTC, wider than the NT$1.94 billion average estimate. “The company expects to see positive trajectory of its revenue in April from March and forecasts quarter-on-quarter revenue growth in the second quarter,” HTC said in the statement. Despite the grim... more »
Google takes on Amazon & Roku with Android TV

Google takes on Amazon & Roku with Android TV

Google is planning something big for televisions, but it won't be nearly as big as Google TV. A report from The Verge this weekend states that it's acquired documents describing what Google is planning for your TV sets.  Some of you may grunt and say ‘Haven’t they learned their lesson from Google TV?’ But the search giant is not working on something so grand. Dubbed the "Android TV", Google's building a set-top box with a new interface, which means it will work similarly to Apple TV, Roku, and the newly released Amazon Fire TV.  It features cards which shows poster-like covers of... more »
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MySQL’s strength is its community | #PerconaLive

This week’s #PerconaLive event in Santa Clara, CA brought together devotees of the MySQL infrastructure from across the nation and the globe. Tim Callaghan, who serves as the VP of Engineering with Tokutek, has a perspective and product line that is able to recognize the benefits and drawbacks of both MySQL and NoSQL. He stopped by SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE to talk with John Furrier about his take on the MySQL community, emerging memory and storage trends and how Tokutek has positioned themselves for continued relevance and success in the industry. “I want to ask you,” Furrier said, “to share your perspective on... more »
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Weekly Cloud review: Microsoft and Amazon step up IaaS rivalry + HP takes SDN to the cloud

Another week, another round of cloud markdowns. Hot on the heels of Google and Amazon lowering their rates, Microsoft announced double-digit cost reductions of its own in its latest attempt to lap ahead in the fiercely competitive race to zero. Redmond first began matching rivals’ price drops in early 2012, a tradition that was enshrined in the company playbook the following year and continued ever since. Prices for Azure storage are dropping as much as 35 percent, according to Microsoft cloud platform boss Steve Martin, while compute is becoming up to 65 percent cheaper. The company is also rolling out a... more »
SmartWorld Weekly : April's most foolish gadgets

SmartWorld Weekly : April's most foolish gadgets

This week’s SmartWorld Series features a self-sustaining smart home, the latest in wearable tech gadgets, new partnerships between car makers and network carriers, and smart devices for the healthcare industry. For those who missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s a chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world. Each week, SiliconANGLE rounds up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things.  . Zero net smart homes + the downside to “unblessed” Nest integration Rising electricity bills and the price of gasoline is enough for anyone... more »
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The Data Economy: Pivotal, Hortonworks milestones demonstrate new Hadoop realities

The Data Economy is an analysis column by Wikibon Senior Analyst Jeff Kelly covering the business of Big Data. The Intel-Cloudera deal sucked most of the oxygen out of the room this week, but rivals Pivotal and Hortonworks also made important announcements in recent days. Both announcements illustrate the competitive nature of the current Big Data market and the challenges facing any vendor attempting to develop and sell commercial Hadoop products and services. First, Pivotal announced a new suite offering that integrates its various Big Data products into an easily consumable package with simplified pricing. Called the Pivotal Big Data Suite, it includes Pivotal HD... 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

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- 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.