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McAfee CSO article stirs up the whitehat infosec community

McAfee CSO article stirs up the whitehat infosec community

An article published by Security Magazine online by McAfee Chief Security Officer Brent Conran earlier this month has created a storm of controversy in the infosec community.  Posted under the category 'Cyber Safety' and entitled 'Why Not to Hire an Ethical Hacker', the article itself doesn’t really give any reasons why you shouldn’t hire an ethical hacker, at best it seems to wander into a bunch of weak definitions of hackers, but the potential impact is nonetheless worrisome.  The security industry is built from trust, of leadership and consistent best practices, and that’s exactly why there’s a real problem with... more »
What you missed in Cloud : Box readies IPO, PaaS price wars heat up

What you missed in Cloud : Box readies IPO, PaaS price wars heat up

It’s been a particularly eventful past week in the cloud ecosystem, with Box finally making its IPO filing public nearly three months after submitting the initial paperwork to the SEC. The online storage provider did not disclose the number of shares to be sold in the offering or the projected price range for the stock, but did say that it’s seeking to raise $250 million. Box spent $46 million on engineering and another $171 million on sales and marketing in the year ending January 2014, according to its prospectus, but only generated $124 million in revenue, up from $58.8 million in... more »
Big Data Weekly : Social media analytics + (Hadoop) ETL back in the spotlight

Big Data Weekly : Social media analytics + (Hadoop) ETL back in the spotlight

The past week saw a number of notable Big Data developments, particularly in the social media analytics markets, which was thrust back into the limelight last Thursday after customer experience management firm Lithium Technologies confirmed reports that it has acquired Klout. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the companies, but Fortune cited insiders as saying the transaction is worth nearly $200 million. The six-year-old Klout uses machine learning algorithms to ingest data from social networks and measure the online influence of individuals and brands moment from moment. Each user is assigned a so-called “Klout Score” from 1 to 100... more »
SmartWorld Weekly: Cheap solutions for home automation, BlackBerry enters connected car market + More

SmartWorld Weekly: Cheap solutions for home automation, BlackBerry enters connected car market + More

This week’s SmartWorld Series features affordable smarthome solutions, an inconspicuous smartglass technology, and a dying company’s efforts in the connected car market. 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. Homes get smarter with connected bulbs, carpets, and A/C units If you’re looking to participate in the home automation craze but have a limited budget, you can start small by purchasing... more »
Predictive security goes beyond the network

Predictive security goes beyond the network

In the last several months millions of credit card numbers have been lost in data breaches.  Personal health records have been lost and millions of user IDs and logins have slipped through the fingers of those entrusted to protect them.  The loot that is targeted and collected by mal-intending hackers can also include intellectual property.  Losing intellectual property is immediately significant, the loss of reputation and customer trust slowly trickle away.  These statements are pretty obvious to those that follow the news and are aware of at a minimum level the big name incidents that hit the wire, like Target... more »
The Data Economy: Intel-Cloudera deal levels the channel playing field

The Data Economy: Intel-Cloudera deal levels the channel playing field

The Data Economy is an occasional analysis column by Wikibon Senior Analyst Jeff Kelly covering the business of Big Data. Intel's investment in Cloudera gives the Hadoop start-up yet more cash to play with, but the  more important aspect of the deal is the channel implications. Prior to the Intel announcement, Cloudera competitor Hortonworks was clearly winning the battle for the channel. In the last year or so Hortonworks established reseller arrangements with three big hitters: Teradata, Microsoft and SAP (as well as a less significant deal with Rackspace.) Hortonworks' open source strategy is purposefully OEM-friendly, and the company is betting on... more »
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Mega-Datacenters to revolutionize IT as we know it

Within 10 years most medium-to-large companies, including the largest enterprises in the world, will have closed their internal data centers and moved all their computing to large colocation/IaaS centers run by companies like Amazon AWS and IBM, writes Wikibon Co-founder and CTO David Floyer in his latest Wikibon Alert, “Mega-Datacenters are the Future”. In his vision, today’s internal data centers will be replaced with control centers at which the internal IT team will run an expanded IT infrastructure that will include its legacy core business applications plus new cloud-based applications and Big Data analysis that combines internal data with data... more »
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AWS good for growing startups : Many likely to "stay in the cloud"

The cloud is beginning to see adoption in the enterprise, and the race is on for Amazon, traditional vendors, and other newcomers like Google. Pricing wars aside, Amazon is looking to redefine the cloud in order to drive mainstream adoption in the enterprise. This week SiliconANGLE's premier production #theCUBE was in San Francisco for Amazon's one-day AWS Summit, speaking with users like Flipboard, Cap Gemini, and Alfresco to hear firsthand what's working with AWS, and whether or not it's ready for prime time. AWSSummit dominated the week that was, so lets see it and other top stories for the week. AWS good... more »
AWS ignites the business cloud services market

AWS ignites the business cloud services market

In my earlier column I raised the question of whether AWS would expand into the traditional enterprise computing area. This week's announcements at the AWS Summit in San Francisco answered that question with an emphatic “Yes!” And IBM, EMC and HP will have to up their game to hold onto their market. First AWS announced dramatic price cuts in its services across the board in what SiliconANGLE CIO and host of theCUBE John Furrier called “price cutting-as-a-service” in the AWS Summit CrowdChat.  It cut the price of Amazon S3 by an average of 51 percent with tier pricing falling 36 percent to... more »
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Defending enterprise cloud : many security breaches are internal | #AWSSummit

This week, theCUBE broadcasted live from the AWS Summit in San Francisco, streaming the event and granting plenty of air-time for some of the brightest minds in the business. Mark Nunnikhoven, VP of Cloud & Emerging Technologies with security specialist Trend Micro, joined Jeff Frick, General Manager of theCUBE, to talk about the security issues posed by the cloud when it comes to enterprise adoption. "Of course, the big knock-down on cloud - and AWS specifically - tends to be the assumption that it is not secure enough, and that enterprises are not comfortable and ready for it," noted Jeff Frick. “A lot... 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.