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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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Continued expansion of IaaS leading to collision between conflicting compliance laws | #PerconaLive

Frequent viewers of SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE are most often provided insight to trends, products and companies by a host of tech executives, practitioners, analysts, marketers and other members of the press. Host Jeff Frick welcomed a guest whose specific expertise is markedly important for ensuring the peace of mind of the Enterprise and the general public as wide-scale data storage and cloud computing become the norm. Keith Moulsdale, a partner with the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, specializes in cyber security. Starting off the conversation, Frick asked Moulsdale to point out what he considers the hot button issues facing the... more »
MySQL movement still revolutionary, still young | #PerconaLive

MySQL movement still revolutionary, still young | #PerconaLive

In attendance at this week’s #PerconaLive event in Santa Clara, CA was Carl W. Olofson of the International Data Corporation (IDC) where he serves as the Research Vice President over Application Development and Deployment. Co-hosts of SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE, Jeff Frick and John Furrier, welcomed Olofson to share his insight on the future of MySQL, especially in light of the impending Big Data revolution. Citing the coining of the term ‘Data First’ earlier in the week on theCUBE, Furrier asked how the MySQL market will transition itself into the data first mentality of putting data at the center of development? “We are... more »
Build 2014 DevOps Round Up: One Microsoft service across platforms for developers

Build 2014 DevOps Round Up: One Microsoft service across platforms for developers

Build, Microsoft’s annual conference for independent, third-party developers, is taking place through April 2 to April 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The Build Developer Conference is an annual event sponsored by Microsoft aimed at developers working on the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft Windows Azure apart from other Microsoft platforms and technologies. But why Build is so important this year? One thing unveiled at this year's Build 2014 is an update to Windows Phone 8.1, with details on the new features in the operating system and possibly a launch date. Not only did the company put updates to the... more »
Galera Cluster excels at both synchronicity and scalability | #PerconaLive

Galera Cluster excels at both synchronicity and scalability | #PerconaLive

General Manager of SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE, Jeff Frick, welcomed the co-founder of Codership, Alex Yurchenko, to speak about his new product, Galera Cluster which, it should be noted, was recognized at this week’s #PerconaLive event with the MySQL Community Award. Speaking of the derivation of the name for the product, Yurchenko alluded to its Latin roots. “Galera was for galley, a ship with multiple oarsmen.” The significance, he claims, is because oarsmen are required to work together so as not to interlock their oars. “Second, the more you add, the faster it goes,” he said. “We were aiming for scale out. The... more »
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Transformation of data center through Flash already substantial | #PerconaLive

With over 1000 attendees at this year’s #PerconaLive event in Santa Clara, CA, the open source community has shown that there is still a strong interest in and demand for the MySQL platform. SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE broadcast team covered many perspectives from professionals across the entire spectrum. John Furrier and Jeff Frick welcomed Nisha Talagala, Lead Architect with Fusion-io. As a means of disclosure, it should be noted Fusion-io was theCube broadcast sponsor for this week’s event. Kicking off the conversation, Furrier noted how the Software-defined data center really seems as though it has been coming into its own over the past... more »
Facebook Data Science Team Announces Open Source Tools for A/B Testing

Facebook Data Science Team Announces Open Source Tools for A/B Testing

Facebook is continuing their mission of donating goodness to the community with the release of sourcr code called PlanOut.  PlanOut is used for online A/B testing experiments. This is a great move for Facebook, developers, and the data community.  As we talk about on SiliconANGLE Wikibon and theCUBE is that Data science is the hottest emerging trend that is creating new value that has never been seen before. This is a great preview of the upcoming F8 conference on April 30th in SF. Here is the Facebook news: When people think about the tools of data science, they often focus on machine learning, statistics,... more »
Amazon Fire TV vs. Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku 3

Amazon Fire TV vs. Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku 3

Amazon officially introduced the Fire TV this week, a small black box for streaming media to your TV, which only costs $99.  Aside from streaming media, you can also use the device to mirror content on your Kindle Fire HDX, as well as play popular games. Fire TV features Voice Search, FreeTime, and ASAP, and you can read more about these standout features here. The question now is, how does the Amazon Fire TV compare to other popular streaming devices such as the Apple TV, Roku 3, and Chromecast?  Will its features and media offerings be enough to entice consumers to ditch... 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.