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ActiveVideo Networks CloudTV - Next Gen TV User Experience?  Cloud & Social Going CloudTV

ActiveVideo Networks CloudTV - Next Gen TV User Experience? Cloud & Social Going CloudTV

With all the buzz about social TV and cloud based Software-led Infrastrcture (SLI), it's a no brainer that TV is going to the cloud. Just look at Netflix. A startup is talking next generation TV in the cloud. The company is ActiveVideo Networks. They have announced the launch of its “CloudTV Access™’ developer program, an initiative designed to accelerate the design and deployment of advanced HTML5 user experiences for millions of users on CloudTV™-enabled Smart TVs, set-top boxes and other CE devices. Every year at CES the TV market is anticipated to change. Certainly Netflix and Hulu are the top brands... more »
Wreck-It Ralph Digital Download Due a Month Before Blue-ray Debut

Wreck-It Ralph Digital Download Due a Month Before Blue-ray Debut

Disney is taking a very unorthodox approach to monetizing its IP. While other big name studios are attempting to curb Internet freedom in an effort to reduce piracy, the cartoon tycoon is making its latest hit available online to tap into an audience that its peers have left largely ignoring. Disney is targeting the tech-savvy individuals who are reluctant to invest into a bulky DVD, but are more than willing to pay for an hour and a half of entertainment from the comfort of their laptop. Engadget reports that Wreck-It Ralph will be available via online content streaming services starting February 12,... more »
CES 2013 Innovations: Smart Forks, Android-Powered Ovens and Throwaway Tech

CES 2013 Innovations: Smart Forks, Android-Powered Ovens and Throwaway Tech

The first few hours of CES 2013 have dazzled us with a deluge of delicious devices so far, with dozens of new Android tablets weird and wonderful Smart TVs stealing the show so far. But while the big guns have given us plenty of tech to chew over so far, a number of smaller companies have also impressed with some innovative “intelligent” products that no one was quite expecting. Intelligent Cutlery Hidden away amongst the likes of Samsung, LG and Lenovo, a small French outfit by the name of Hapifork has offered up one of the most inspirational new devices we’ve seen so... more »
Breaking Analysis: Does Microsoft Need Lenovo to Boost Win8 Sales?

Breaking Analysis: Does Microsoft Need Lenovo to Boost Win8 Sales?

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) officially kicks off tomorrow at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, and with it comes word of new device announcements from Lenovo and 3M. The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a touch pad that separates from the keyboard, but when combined with the keyboard, the system becomes much more powerful. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto described it as a convertible tablet, calling it an evolutionary device with leading edge components and features, including a core i7 processor, NFC technology and 4G LTE support. See all CES coverage here! He reviewed the device specs in detail, focusing... more »
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Smarter, Faster Routers Connect All Your Home + Gaming Devices

Always connected.  It seems to be the priority of consumers these days, as they never want to sever ties with the web.  They want to be connected to the internet when they use mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops/ultrabooks, and they want their devices to communicate with each other, so watching their favorite TV show is streamlined on any device, and they can blast tunes to their speakers from their smartphone or tablet. As promised, here’s the latest installment of our CES coverage, this time covering the networking side of the industry.  For the CES 2013 home entertainment roundup, click... more »
DataCenterANGLE:  Data Center Availability & Safety - Future Requirements

DataCenterANGLE: Data Center Availability & Safety - Future Requirements

{Guest Post:  This is a guest post by datacenter executive Mark Thiele, founder of Datacenterpulse.org and EVP of Switch.   Mark is a practitioner and thought leader in the datacenter and cloud marketplace.} Is it safe to build a data center anywhere along the coast? Can you really protect the availability or accessibility of your systems in the face of hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters? Just because you’ve built a solid structure, doesn’t mean you can guarantee accessibility and your data center is nothing without connections. Keeping the Data Center alive The general assumption by most is that keeping your data center running is... more »
USPTO to Sit Down With Developers and Iron Out Patent System

USPTO to Sit Down With Developers and Iron Out Patent System

Are you tired of reading about all the patent litigation from different tech companies being thrown left and right?  Don’t you wish someone could actually do something about it so everyone can just move, make new technologies, and give people what they want instead of see them acting in court, telling the judge who copied what from who? Though those days may seem light years away, at least the US Patent and Trademark Office is willing to hear people out in order to make the patent system work smoother and hopefully avoid major litigation from various companies. According to Groklaw, the USPTO will be forming a... more »
The Death of BYOD Comes Closer at CES 2013

The Death of BYOD Comes Closer at CES 2013

In today’s mobile era, workers are reluctant to part with their devices in exchange for company-issued BBs and aging laptops.  Smartphones and tablets offer greater convenience, improved user experience and have been proven to increase worker productivity on numerous occasions – but like with everything, there’s a catch. The problem is that the bring-your-own-device trend is not confined to one operating system. Employees own iPhones, iPads, Android devices and everything in between; an actuality that makes it immensely difficult to secure every last phone or table on the corporate network. Apple’s closed-knit ecosystem – plus the fact that Android’s source code... more »
CIOs Should Give Hyper-V a Try Says Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe

CIOs Should Give Hyper-V a Try Says Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe

Hyper-V is often less expensive, and while VMware has the feature and market share lead, Microsoft has added enterprise-level functionality in the latest version, writes Wikibon Analyst, consultant and former CIO Scott Lowe in “VMware vs Microsoft: It's Time to Stop the Madness”. While Hyper-V's feature set is certainly not on par with VMware, and it lacks a track record in enterprise environments, it is suitable for some applications, and CIOs should try it out in second-tier environments. Lowe admits to being a Microsoft advocate but also says he often recommends VMware for his clients because of the greater functionality. After... more »
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CES for the Home: 4K TVs, Game Tablets + More Streams for Cable Cord Cutters

Though the International CES 2013 event hasn’t officially started (the show itself is scheduled to run from January 8-11, 2013),  some of the exhibitors have already laid out their cards.  There's plenty of eye candy for techies, but for SiliconAngle readers in particular, we're looking at home entertainment, networking, and the Internet of Things over the next few days. We’ll kick things off with home entertainment devices that made their way at CES 2013. Toshiba Toshiba formally unveiled their L93000 Series Ultra HD 4K LED TVs, which the company stated will be available in three sizes: 58-, 65- and 84-inch versions.  All will sport an... more »

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- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.