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Larry Ellison steps down at the top of his game, leaves "top lieutenants to mind the store"

Larry Ellison steps down at the top of his game, leaves "top lieutenants to mind the store"

After 35 years heading Oracle Corp., Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO of the software company he founded. Splitting the newly opened CEO position are Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, current co-presidents of Oracle. Hurd will run sales, marketing and strategy while Catz will remain the company’s chief financial officer and oversee legal and manufacturing options. As for Ellison, he remains involved with his company as chairman, replacing Jeff Henley, also taking the title of CTO. Ellison’s departure marks the closing of a chapter in one of technology’s most profitable eras, as Oracle has a market capitalization of over $185... more »
Innovators know every business is a digital one: Report shows true impact of IoT

Innovators know every business is a digital one: Report shows true impact of IoT

This week’s Smart City roundup features a report on how the Industrial Internet of Things impacts digital services, how workplaces can be made safer with a new emergency app, and a bag that lets you bring your office with you wherever you go.  . The true impact of IoT on digital services   In a new report from Accenture plc, the company discussed how the Industrial Internet of Things presents a tremendous opportunity for innovative companies looking to unlock new revenue sources by packaging their products with new digital services. The report suggest three ways on how innovative companies can capture growth: boost revenues by increasing... more »
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Mesosphere cofounder envisions future data center as 'one big computer' | #OpenStackSV

The data center of the future will be fully virtualized, with everything from power supplies to storage devices consolidated into a single pool and managed by software, according to an executive whose company intends to lead the way. Florian Leibert, cofounder and CEO of hot Silicon Valley startup Mesosphere, Inc., said new applications will help drive the trend by assuming that a distributed and automated infrastructure is in place from day one. This concept goes beyond server virtualization, he said.  “The whole virtualization space is being disrupted,” Leibert told theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick in an interview at OpenStack... more »
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PagerDuty serves as an DevOps aggregator with new Advanced Analytics tools

For a company that has a technology-owned data center infrastructure itself or stored in the cloud and has a mission to always-on, especially infrastructure consisting of hundreds to thousands of applications and servers, it takes a variety of monitoring tools for monitoring every case errors, problems platforms, operating system updates and others operations performance management. PagerDuty's Advanced Analytics tools become very useful in this case. PagerDuty, Inc., the operations performance management company, recently launched Advanced Analytics tools to provide IT teams tools to better improve team and system performance. The tools provide the fabric interconnecting between systems and those responsible for its... more »
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Digital disruptor with application focus: Infor's perks over SAP | #Inforum2014

Under the leadership of CEO Charles Phillips, Infor Inc. "has delivered." That's according to Ray Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder & Chairman of Constellation Research. Many in the industry weren't sure whether Phillips would utilize a "buy, slash, and burn operation" with Infor's late-to-the-table cloud initiatives, but the company's actions have been very unexpected to the analyst. Wang sat down with Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly on theCUBE at Infor's annual Inforum conference to discuss the enterprise software provider's success and competitive advantages, as well as the digital disruption occurring throughout the tech market and economy at large. Infor's advantages over SAP   Many customers had been... more »
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Live: The Open Social Enterprise #TEDatIBM CrowdChat

IBM is having a live crowd conversation 10am PST today. Come join the crowd from Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook users for a unified conversation on the hashtag #TEDatIBM as pre-event conversation about the open social enterprise. Thought leaders are discussing the mega trend as social media shift to social business. Live crowd conversation on CrowdChat.net/TEDatIBM Live updates here and inside the app at CrowdChat. About CrowdChat CrowdSourced conversations will transform engagement as social media will increasingly be composed of multiple networks from the big three today (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook) to possibly millions in the future. CrowdChat engagement... more »
Top 8 upgrades with iOS 8: A new experience without a new phone

Top 8 upgrades with iOS 8: A new experience without a new phone

By tomorrow, September 19, Apple, Inc. retail stores will be swamped with fanboys wanting to upgrade to a new iPhone, but purchasing a brand new device isn't the only way to get a brand new iPhone experience. Apple's updated operating system, iOS 8, has some worthy features we'll review below. First, here's a quick guide on how to update your iPhone for iOS 8. How to upgrade to iOS 8 To update your device, go to Settings > General > Software Update > Download. Depending on whether your device is updated to latest version of iOS and your internet connection, the download... more »
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OpenStackSV: a defining coming-together in the history of the community

The inaugural OpenStack Silicon Valley summit at the Computer History Museum this week has been a long time in the making, and it showed. Although hardly the first event dedicated to the fast-growing project, nor the longest, the half-day conference brought together the leading names from every corner of the community driving the development of the cloud operating system to share latest and greatest in open-source hybrid computing. A little-known startup called Tesora Inc. stole the show with the introduction of the first commercial product based on Trove, the database service introduced with the most recent Icehouse release of OpenStack. The... more »
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Cisco buys into the OpenStack horse race with Metacloud acquisition

Cisco Systems Inc. may have made its name selling proprietary switches and routers to traditional enterprises, but the networking stalwart is determined to be a part of the open-source hybrid cloud. The company stepped up its efforts on Wednesday with the landmark acquisition of Metacloud Inc., one of the dozens of contenders vying for dominance in the OpenStack community. The three-year-old startup offers a homegrown edition of the free cloud operating system with an improved clustering mechanism that supports infrastructure redundancy to minimize the risk of downtime and real-time monitoring capabilities for geographically distributed environments. Also included in the package is... more »
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Infor looks to grow its role in Smart City deployments, in partnership with IBM | #Inforum2014

Bringing smart cities to life around the world, Infor Inc. has been a key partner in IBM Corp.'s Smart Cities project, specifically helping with data collection and process automation in their "smart permits" project. Joe Saunders, Global Product Manager of IBM's Smart Cities, stopped by theCUBE to talk about Smart Cities initiatives and Infor's participation with co-hosts Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante at this week's Inforum 2014 conference. The goal of IBM's Smart Cities is to help cities do more with data, make better decisions, and raise the standard of living. According to Saunders, there's "an awful lot of data" ranging from crime data,... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.