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Apple turns up developer appeal with Swift programming language

Apple turns up developer appeal with Swift programming language

On Monday, Apple announced a new programming language called Swift for iOS and OS X app development. As a language, it’s extremely similar to C and Objective-C with a couple exceptions. Apple’s mission with Swift is to provide easy coding, combined with security and efficiency as an iteration to Objective-C without straying too far from the source. As a result, Swift code will work side-by-side with Objective-C code. To introduce developers to Swift, Apple published what amounts to a brochure for the programming language. Swift is the brainchild of Chris Lattner, who describes its history on his home page. He started work in... more »
What comes after non-stop Hadoop? | #HadoopSummit

What comes after non-stop Hadoop? | #HadoopSummit

Providing continuous availability to its customers is WANdisco's principle concern, according to the company's CTO, Jagane Sundar. In a live interview with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante from this year's Hadoop Summit, he explained that these concerns have led to what the company now calls non-stop HBase, the next step after non-stop Hadoop. Talking about the innovation brought on top of HBase by WANdisco, Sundar explained that "the biggest problem is regent server failure." If the server fails, all its regents have to be moved to other servers. That process takes time. WANDisco's solution is to store data on three different servers.... more »
Hadoop Summit 2013 DevOps Recap: Simplicity and agility drives future seamless experience

Hadoop Summit 2013 DevOps Recap: Simplicity and agility drives future seamless experience

Hadoop Summit 2014 is just around the corner. But before we get a chance to see what has been happening in the world of Hadoop, let’s take a look back at some of the developers development at last year’s conference. Announcements came from tools across the industry including Hortonworks support of YARN, MapR and Fusion-io performance upgrades, Continuuity tools for developers, along with Hadapt, Kognitio, and Hunk. One overarching theme of last year summit was that Hadoop is crossing the chasm, becoming the key component of the next generation data architecture. Hortonworks unveiled the community preview of the next release of its... more »
Hyperscale's new kids have a few tricks to teach the Enterprise | #IBMEdge

Hyperscale's new kids have a few tricks to teach the Enterprise | #IBMEdge

Companies like Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Google have pioneered the notion of a hyperscale operation. They have mastered available technologies to solve problems specific to their day-to-day operation. With these and other companies as the example states Swamy Kocherlakota, Managing Director of Infrastructure and Architecture for BNY Mellon, a large financial services organization, enterprise of the future will take the lessons learned and use them to transform themselves similarly. With their legacy of investment and innovation, Kocherlakota believes vendors like IBM are at the forefront of the revolution, able to exploit their existing elements for the creation of a market-ready product... more »
Flash + tape = 50 percent savings for IT

Flash + tape = 50 percent savings for IT

While numerous new technologies, from virtualization to converged infrastructures, have promised, but not always delivered, saving in IT operational costs, one radical architecture can tame the IT budget. Providing 50 percent savings in the area with the most cost growth – storage – and help CIOs shift resources from keeping the lights on to investing in innovation, that architecture, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in “The Emergence of a New Architecture for Long-term Data Retention”, is a combination of flash and tape in a software-defined environment that he dubs “flape”. The basic argument he presents is that while flash and tape technologies... more »
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A relentless drive to innovate leaves no time for complacency | #IBMEdge

Intel has applied a relentless pace to drive more and more innovation, striving for success in the data center business. This approach enables Intel to look at industry disruptions and challenges from a different perspective. At IBM Edge last month, Dylan Larson, Director for Xeon Product Lines at Intel, sat down with Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick and discussed Intel’s take on mega trends and the competition. Disruption is good for Intel  . With so many disruptions going on, Vellante asked Larson to explain how these mega trends have affected Intel’s operation, behavior and other aspects of business. Larson said that these trends... more »
Living smart : Philips' newest lights, friendly doorbells + connected bikes

Living smart : Philips' newest lights, friendly doorbells + connected bikes

This week’s Smart Living roundup features a new cost-effective indoor flood light, a smart doorbell that recognizes your face, and a connected bike thats gets you where you need to be. Philips introduces SlimStyle  . Philips, one of the most recognized brands for smart lights, has introduced a new member to its SlimStyle family of energy-saving LED bulbs.  The SlimStyle BR30 has a slimmer shape that offers the uniform light distribution of an incandescent floodlight, but has eliminated the the heat sink commonly found in LED lights. The 9.5-watt bulb is equivalent to a 65-watt incandescent floodlight, which means it is able to give... more »
Bright future ahead of Cloudera and Intel after mammoth $900M funding round

Bright future ahead of Cloudera and Intel after mammoth $900M funding round

Just ahead of the third annual Hadoop Summit, which kicks off later this morning in San Jose, Cloudera revealed that it has  closed the unprecedented $900 million round of funding it announced back in March. The financing includes a $160 million investment led by financial giant T. Rowe Price and another $740 million thrown in by Intel, which increased its stake of the firm by 18 percent and appointed its CIO, Kim Stevenson, to the board. While it may seem like an unusual investing decision at first,  Wikibon Senior Analyst Jeff Kelly pointed out in a recent column on SiliconANGLE that... more »
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On the adoption + obstacles of virtualization | VMware @ #EMCworld

When server virtualization was first introduced, there was some resistance as a result of Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation, also known as FUD. Oracle was one of the biggest opponents to such changes, stating that it wouldn’t support it. Since the initial blowback, and thanks to articles such as Wikibon’s “Damn the Torpedoes, Virtualize Oracle ASAP,” adoption of such new technologies has greatly increased. Speaking with Don Sullivan, staff engineer and database specialist with VMware, Dave Vellante of theCUBE at EMC World 2014 asked him about how VMware has helped to dispel some of the myths and fears that surround the cloud... more »
The "real" impact of China's war on US tech

The "real" impact of China's war on US tech

The row between the US and China over cyber-espionage allegations could cause some real headaches for American firms, fostering suspicions and mistrust that could impact on tech trade between the two nations. That much was evident last week when China turned up the heat on IBM, announcing it was “reviewing” whether local banks should dump the company's servers in favor of alternative suppliers. The move followed an earlier warning from China that it intends to start vetting all US-made technology in the future, and comes after the country banned certain government agencies from buying Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, without specifying... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.

- David Vellante

Leading CIOs are changing the way they communicate to their boards about cyber security by emphasizing response, not infiltration. Rather than solely focusing on how to thwart penetration, CIOs are treating cyber security as an integral part of business/service continuity and risk management agendas, with a priority on rapidly responding to critical breaches. This research note is based on data gathered through proprietary social analytics, extensive collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and business executives; and is designed to assist CIOs in advancing security agendas with boards of directors.

- David Vellante

This document describes the methodology used to develop "The Digital CIO: Communicating to the Board on Cyber Security." It includes data sources and process used to gather data from senior business technology leaders.

- Peter Burris

Leading digital companies are using simple top-level frameworks for setting digitization priorities. At the center of the approaches we've seen are three questions: What do we want to do better; who are we going to engage; and how are we going to institute the digital capabilities.

- Ralph Finos

This document covers Wikibon’s definition of public cloud and is a companion piece to Wikibon’s 2016 Public Cloud update http://wikibon.com/wikibon-2016-public-cloud-forecast-update/. Our definitional framework aligns as much as possible with the NIST definition, but we acknowledge that "public cloud" means different things from vendor to vendor. However, in our view, this just indicates that public cloud is being leveraged from many different angles and is building significant momentum as it encompasses both product and service delivery mechanisms, pretty much penetrating into all aspects of information technology.

- George Gilbert

Enterprises must navigate the universe of big data applications by recognizing that application platforms will alternately empower and constrain enterprises along a path of ever more sophisticated applications. Data lakes, intelligent systems of engagement, and self-tuning systems of intelligence all build on each other in terms of capabilities. But the underlying platforms will evolve in a cycle of simplicity, complexity from adaptive stretch, and simplicity again via a platform refresh.

- George Gilbert

Big data products and workloads remain too immature for standard benchmarks capable of providing truly comparable results. Users that need benchmarks for contracting or comparison purposes should run their own stylized workloads based on their intended usage scenarios.

- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.