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New Alpine Chorus 4.0 simplifies analytics, boosts ROI

Today Alpine unveiled Alpine Chorus 4.0, with claims to be the first platform enabling access to all enterprise data, which Alpine Data Labs CMO, Bruno Aziza, explains is no small feat. Other noteworthy Alpine Chorus 4.0 advantages include bi-directional integration between Hadoop and all major data platforms and compatibility with Spark and Cloudera 5. Alpine Chorus 4.0 offers customers distinct advantages in terms of simplified and accelerated data analysis. As Big Data analysis has important implications across the enterprise, Alpine Chorus 4.0 is accessible to data scientists, business analysts, engineers and executives alike. Simplified data analysis as an ROI boost Alpine Chorus... more »
Microsoft cuts continue: Less IT conferences, limits on contractors

Microsoft cuts continue: Less IT conferences, limits on contractors

Microsoft is to introduce a couple of new policies limiting the number of contracted workers and corporate conventions, according to reports. In an email sent to partner firms that was first obtained by GeekWire, the company said that an 18-month limit would be imposed on the tenure of all contractors. After which, affected contractors will be asked to take six months off from working at the company before they can come back. Microsoft says the new policy applies to how it will handle building and network access for contractors. In other words, workers would refused access to Microsoft's campuses once they've completed... more »
4 top cloud storage services for managing files

4 top cloud storage services for managing files

Convenience is the most often-cited benefit of the cloud, and for good reason. Few things are easier than syncing files and accessing them on multiple devices, be it a PC, smartphone or tablet device. But what about the problem of file management?  Are some clouds better than others when it comes to organizing your files, or are they all just as messy as that clunky old Windows XP desktop at your local library? For businesses, file management is a big deal – research suggests that a typical US enterprise loses $2.5 million to $3.5 million annually due to not being able to... more »
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Contradictory ruling in Gmail case leaves questions of privacy

A judge in a United States District Court ruled that federal law enforcement agencies are allowed to search the entire contents of a Gmail user's account to find evidence laundering case. The ruling in the case potentially opens up the door for more cloud-related searches and investigations. Gabriel Gorenstein, United States Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, concluded that email accounts, like hard drives were allowed to be seized and searched in their entirety by police and federal agents. The ruling is directly at odds with other major rulings, including those in the Districts of... more »
BlackBerry CEO recruits another Sybase colleague to drive enterprise growth

BlackBerry CEO recruits another Sybase colleague to drive enterprise growth

If there’s a tech firm that has taken the old saying “change comes from the top” to the heart, it’s BlackBerry. Thankfully for the firm, the call had been heeded by CEO John Chen.  Since tapping the software industry veteran last November to spearhead its uphill push to turn revenues around, the struggling phone maker has seen much of its senior leadership team replaced with company outsiders all boasting strong backgrounds in the enterprise space, which is not coincidentally where it has been is directing most of its growth efforts in recent years. It’s also not an accident that the overwhelming... more »
Naomi Brockwell is the Bitcoin Girl (Video)

Naomi Brockwell is the Bitcoin Girl (Video)

There’s a new celebrity in Bitcoin town and it’s Naomi Brockwell, the star of Moving Picture Institute’s new music video “Bitcoin Girl,” which parodies the Billy Joel song “Uptown Girl.” Bitcoin Girl is an interesting composition of Bitcoin culture along with amusing lyrics that use the original tune to tell a similar story. The video and song include memes and jargon common to Bitcoin culture, and even has a nod to Dogecoin (with the Shiba Inu meme-dog appearing in the video to say, “Wow.”) For those not familiar with this sensation, take a moment to watch it now. Brockwell says that she got... more »
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MIT CDOIQ promises strong overview of Big Data issues

TheCUBE this week goes to MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the Chief Data Officer Information Quality (MDOIQ) conference Wednesday and Thursday, providing comprehensive coverage of the challenges of Big Data, from ensuring data quality to information governance. TheCUBE will webcast all the general sessions and Wikibon CEO and Co-Founder David Vellante and Wikibon Principal Research Contributor and Big Data analyst Jeff Kelly will conduct in-depth interviews of speakers from academia, industry and independent analysis organizations.   Keynotes will include: “The Digitization of Capital” by Richard Watson, research director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society for Information Management and J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair... more »
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The Nimble angle on the modern enterprise technology landscape | #CubeConversations

The era of big  vendors dominating the enterprise market may not be over quite yet, but new players such as Nimble Storage are rapidly improving their ability to compete against incumbents.  That accelerating phenomenon and the company in particular have both already made their mark on the industry, shaking up the balance of the power to make room for new ideas. Rodd Bagg, the vice president of customer support for Nimble, appeared on a recent episode of the CubeConversations series to discuss his firm’s role in driving change within the marketplace with SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier. Established by former employees of backup... more »
What you missed in Big Data: bridging the knowledge gap

What you missed in Big Data: bridging the knowledge gap

The rule of thumb in the Hadoop ecosystem is that the newer a technology is, the fewer people possess the necessary skills to exploit it. Apache Spark, an emerging data crunching engine for the batch processing framework described by its backers as orders-of-magnitude faster than the current standard, is no exception. As a result, the benefits  offered by the project are beyond the reach of the majority of organizations that do not possess the in-house talent needed to implement it in their environments. Cloudera sees education as the means of changing that. The Hadoop distributor is rolling out a new program... more »
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Ed Snowden discusses his plans to work on privacy tech

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden isn't sitting idle during his self-imposed Russian exile. Rather, he's planning to get to work building new technology designed to preserve data privacy. Speaking via Google Hangouts at the Hackers on Planet Earth Conference in New York last week, the ex-contractor repeated a call for more security and privacy measures to be embedded into new tech products. Snowden then revealed that he's planning to contribute to this goal himself, although he refused to divulge any further details on what he's up to. However, he did request that like-minded hackers work alongside him. “We the people — you the... more »

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