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Early upgrade for unlimited storage with OneDrive: Microsoft prices take on Google, Dropbox

All Office 365 subscribers will receive unlimited OneDrive storage for free, Microsoft Corp. announced this morning, putting an end to the previous 1 terabyte limit. In the coming months any home, personal or university subscribers of Office 365 will see the changes to their accounts, although if subscribers don’t feel like waiting they can go to Microsoft's OneDrive preview site and upgrade early. In an effort to get in front of rivals like Google Inc. and Dropbox Inc., Microsoft had already increased OneDrive storage from 25GB to 1TB space for business users earlier this year, but now it seems it’s full... more »
Oracle analytics exec says Big Data market is coming his firm's way | #BigDatNYC

Oracle analytics exec says Big Data market is coming his firm's way | #BigDatNYC

With the evolution of Hadoop, the industry has shifted its attention from the technical details under the hood to ways in which the batch processing platform can help address tangible business problems. The vendor community is now adjusting by assembling technology components into solutions in a shift that Oracle Corp.'s Dan McClary sees as validation of his own firm's product strategy. “Everybody wants to position an end-to-end solution, and it makes good sense, because the Big Data ecosystem is complex enough that to be able to span it is very important,” said McClary, who is a senior product manager with the... more »
SwiftStack raises $16 million to mobilize OpenStack for unstructured data

SwiftStack raises $16 million to mobilize OpenStack for unstructured data

OpenStack continues to draw interest from the venture capital community, with SwiftStack Inc. raising $16 million on Monday to make the cloud operating system more attractive for ingesting the vast amounts of unstructured data pouring into the corporate network. The funding comes days after Mirantis Inc. closed a record-breaking $100 million round to drive the adoption of its OpenStack distro. The three-year-old SwiftStack shares a similar back story as Inktank Inc., a startup founded by the developers of the Ceph open source storage service to commercialize their creation, which became part of Red Hat Inc. in a $175 million acquisition earlier this year.... more »
It's adapt or die for system integrators in the Hadoop era, according to Cloudwick's CEO | #BigDataNYC

It's adapt or die for system integrators in the Hadoop era, according to Cloudwick's CEO | #BigDataNYC

Traditionally, organizations that want to implement new technology hire a small army of consultants to make up for the lack of in-house skills, but Cloudwick Inc. CEO Mani Chhabra believes that data analytics is reversing that pattern. He believes professional services are actually catalyzing the adoption of new solutions such as Hadoop. The industry veteran returned to theCUBE at SiliconANGLE's recently concluded BigDataNYC summit to share Cloudwick's position with hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly. As Chhabra explained it, his company comes in once the Hadoop distributors are done setting up their software at the client site and the hard work of... more »
Aerospike CTO touts need for speedy database to supplement Hadoop | #BigDataNYC

Aerospike CTO touts need for speedy database to supplement Hadoop | #BigDataNYC

Hadoop provides a highly efficient means of storing and processing unstructured data, but for all the buzz surrounding the project, it doesn't address the equally burning need to make the results available to users when they need them – which these days means on the spot. For that, companies have to turn to vendors such as Aerospike Inc., whose founding CTO Brian Bulkowski recently returned to theCUBE to share how his firm is marrying the capabilities of its speedy NoSQL database with the batch processing framework to help clients become more competitive. On the morning of the Oct. 17 interview, Aerospike introduced... more »
YouTube to launch ad-free subscription service, still optimistic about imminent music service

YouTube to launch ad-free subscription service, still optimistic about imminent music service

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, discussed a variety of topics in her interview with Re/code’s Peter Kafka and Liz Gannes at the Code/Mobile conference, held yesterday. The most important information to come out of the interview was the fact that Google Inc's YouTube are currently working on paid-subscription services, which could involve an ad-free service; however, Wojcicki wouldn’t offer any specifics. “YouTube right now is ad-supported, which is great because it has enabled us to scale to a billion users; but there’s going to be a point where people don’t want to see the ads”, Wojcicki said in her interview. Consumers want a choice, they... more »
Alibaba and Apple partnership on the cards, Tim Cook and Jack Ma to meet later this week

Alibaba and Apple partnership on the cards, Tim Cook and Jack Ma to meet later this week

Jack Ma, co-founder and chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, and CEO of Apple Inc. Tim Cook are set to meet later this week to discuss a potential partnership. Discussions of the potential meeting arose at the WSJDLive conference held on Monday. Ma made some comments regarding a partnership between Alipay and Apple Pay during an interview at the conference “I’m very interested in that. I hope we can do something together.” He also spoke highly of Cook, who was sitting in the audience. Later in the evening, Cook reciprocated in an interview of his own, “I have the utmost respect for... more »
Drone strike: Pilot claims quadcopter was "deliberately" flown at passenger plane

Drone strike: Pilot claims quadcopter was "deliberately" flown at passenger plane

As if drunk passengers, extreme turbulence, volcanic ash clouds and terrorists weren't enough, pilots now have to be on the lookout for yet another threat – unnmanned flying drones being purposefully flown towards them. Such an event apparently occurred earlier this year, according to a report from the UK's Airprox Board, which is responsible for investigating air safety issues in the country. The report describes an incident from May of this year that has only just come to light. It says a quadcopter was apparently flown deliberately at a passenger jet as it attempted to land at Southend Airport, which is about... more »
Pure Storage plots all-flash assault on hyper-converged systems

Pure Storage plots all-flash assault on hyper-converged systems

Pure Storage Inc., the all-flash array vendor, has just given the strongest hint yet that it's about to change direction and start building hyper-converged systems as part of an assault on the commodity server hardware market. In a blog post to celebrate the company's fifth birthday, Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen effectively stated his intent to take on hyper-converged system players like Maxta Inc., Nutanix Inc., SimpliVity Corp., and VMware/EMC Corp. According to Dietzen, Pure Storage has been working over the last five years to get its all-flash arrays to achieve parity with the Tier 1 disks that are commonly used... more »
Apple Pay blocked by more retailers, Apple is unconcerned

Apple Pay blocked by more retailers, Apple is unconcerned

Tim Cook does not appear too concerned over retailers blocking Apple Pay. On stage at the WSJDLive conference taking place in Laguna Beach, California, he referred to the continuing issue of merchants blocking Apple Pay as merely a “skirmish”. Since Apple Inc. announced the launch of Apple Pay last month retailers Wal-Mart and Best Buy both confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that they would not allow customers to use Apple Pay to pay for purchases. Now retailers Rite Aid Corp. and CVS Health Corp. have joined them. A leaked internal memo from Rite Aid indicated that NFC readers were being disabled in an... 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.