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Dell is putting the converge in Nutanix's hyperconvergence pitch | #DellWorld

After spending several years trying to carve itself a slice of the convergence infrastructure market to little avail, Dell Inc. finally changed strategies in June, teaming up with Nutanix Inc. to supply the hardware for its wildly popular hyperconverged appliances. Bob Wallace, the head of OEM sales for the fast-growing startup, appeared on SiliconANGLE's theCUBE in a recent interview to share how the alliance is helping both companies pursue their respective goals with hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman (full video below). Initiated by a spontaneous phone call from a member of Dell's enterprise product group, the partnership took only a... more »
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Plexxi snaps up Richard Napolitano to lead its SDN push

Software-defined networking startup Plexxi Inc., is on a mission to transform the networking landscape, and to do so it's just hired the services of one of the best executives in the business. Richard Napolitano, a former president of EMC Corp.'s unified storage division, joins Plexxi as its new Chief Executive Officer with a mission to transform the networking industry into an “application and data-focused era powered by the explosive growth in mobile, social media, cloud and big data." Napolitano's reputation precedes him. He has a long and successful track record of disrupting industries by scaling out businesses to record growth - as... more »
How Techpreneur Dr. Craig Brown Invests in Tomorrow's Developers

How Techpreneur Dr. Craig Brown Invests in Tomorrow's Developers

The STEM Resource Partners mission, said Dr. Craig Brown, CEO of STEM Resource Partners and Techpreneur, is designed to "identify resources" from all over the tech spectrum. Funds, training, and certifications from the STEM Resource Partners are granted to a wide variety of recipients. Whether people have a background in tech or not, whether they're youth or senior citizens, Brown said his organization wants to help those "interested in finding a way of life for themselves and using technology to get there." The CEO added that the majority of STEM Resource Partners' investments are in "software, hardware, and in reference... more »
Smart coffee maker brews itself while you sleep

Smart coffee maker brews itself while you sleep

This week’s Smart Living roundup features the industry's first smart coffee maker, a device that acts as the ears of your home, and an alliance for the future of connected cars.  . Connected coffee maker for automated mornings   Belkin International Inc. in collaboration with Jarden Corp. is changing the way people enjoy their fresh cup of coffee with the new Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker with WeMo. Much like other coffee makers, it has a container for water, the coffee grounds, and the pot the collects the freshly brewed coffee. But unlike any other coffee maker on the market, Mr. Coffee allows you... more »
Tintri ups the ante in the hybrid storage war with new generation of systems

Tintri ups the ante in the hybrid storage war with new generation of systems

Tintri Inc. is launching a new series of hybrid storage appliances sporting an upgraded version of its homegrown management stack in the latest development from the cutthroat race to deliver the next-generation of flash-enhanced arrays for the enterprise. The move comes days after rival Tegile Inc. revealed a similar combination of hardware and software updates aimed at making solid-state memory more accessible for organizations. The new VMstore T800 series from Tintri is aimed at a different goal: allowing users to squeeze as many virtual machines into as little space as possible. The dual-controller appliance array in three different models, each of... more »
SAP poaches Microsoft's data platform head to lead strategic cloud analytics push

SAP poaches Microsoft's data platform head to lead strategic cloud analytics push

In a move that could put a strain on one of the longest-running partnerships in the enterprise software market, SAP SE snagged Microsoft veep Quentin Clark to lead its ambitious transition from selling on-premise licenses to providing cloud-based analytic services. The Redmond veteran has officially started his new position as chief technology officer on Monday, slipping into the oversized shoes of Dr. Vishal Sikka, who led the development of the HANA in-memory database that underpins the German business intelligence behemoth's transformation. Sikka left SAP for the top position at professional services powerhouse Infosys Ltd. earlier this year after reportedly being passed over... more »
5 must-know facts about the new Lumia 535: Microsoft's first branded Nokia phone

5 must-know facts about the new Lumia 535: Microsoft's first branded Nokia phone

Microsoft has finally unveiled the Lumia 535, the first Lumia that no longer carries the Nokia Oyj branding. The Redmond, WA-based company introduced the device with plenty of fanfare, claiming it has “5x5x5 innovation with an affordable price tag.” Though the Lumia 535 lacks many advanced features found in top smartphones today, Microsoft believes that its functions are enough to entice selfie enthusiasts and Skype users, not to mention business workers in need of a mobile Windows experience. Aimed at developing countries, the Lumia 535 is launching across several nations worldwide, retailing for only $135 without a SIM. “Lumia 535 comes with our ‘5x5x5’ proposition,” said... more »
A phone for every budget? First Lumia phone launched by Microsoft looks at low-cost buyers market

A phone for every budget? First Lumia phone launched by Microsoft looks at low-cost buyers market

The first Lumia device has been officially launched today as the Lumia 535, a smartphone, which doesn’t offer much more than some of Microsoft’s Windows Phones, but is the first Lumia device available minus the Nokia brand. The phone offers two models, one with Dual SIM. Both are relatively cheap, and it seems they're aimed at mostly developing nation buyers with less spending power. Microsoft’s strategy with the Lumia 535, all of which run the latest Window’s 8.1 operating system, is “bringing the latest Microsoft experiences to more affordable price levels,” according to an official Microsoft news report. “Lumia 535 comes... more »
Action games help you 'learn how to learn'

Action games help you 'learn how to learn'

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences attempts to explain why certain types of games seem to improve learning abilities. The effects of video games on the brain have been the subject of scientific study since the birth of the medium, and a slew of reports have shown benefits to reaction time, coordination, cognition, and so on. But the reason for these small benefits was largely unexplained. Vikranth Bejjanki, a psychologist at Princeton University and one of the lead researchers in the study, said: We've seen improvements in tasks like efficiently tracking a large number of objects, accurately rotating... more »
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Facebook triumphant? Facebook Messenger reaches 500m users

Facebook Inc.'s somewhat controversial move to shift its messaging capabilities into a separate app seems to have panned out. Facebook Messenger has reached over 500 million users this week, which is more than the population of the US and Canada combined. It is also only 100 million users fewer than popular messaging app WhatsApp, which Facebook bought for $19 billion earlier this year. Facebook's messaging app has been in the news a lot lately, but it has actually been around for a few years. It originally launched on iOS and Android just over three years ago, but it was relatively unimportant until a few months... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.