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Minecraft's 55 million users makes perfect sense for Microsoft

Minecraft's 55 million users makes perfect sense for Microsoft

The massively popular Minecraft game could soon be gobbled up by none other than Microsoft Corp., and it could happen as early as this week. That's if you believe The Wall Street Journal anyhow, which says the Redmond firm is close to acquiring Mojang AB, the publisher of Minecraft, for more than $2 billion. The WSJ didn't say the deal would definitely happen, nor did it name any specific sources. Nevertheless it does have a history of getting these things right. If the deal does go through, Microsoft will have snapped up an indie-gaming phenomenon – the hit building blocks game has... more »
Wells Fargo moves from financial to data services with Tableau | #data14

Wells Fargo moves from financial to data services with Tableau | #data14

Wells Fargo Bank, with the help of Tableau Software, Inc., is moving beyond financial services and provides data services to its clients. After collecting and making sense of data, the company found several opportunities in sharing that data with the clients that generated it to begin with, helping them better understand their organizations and improve their business. Christine Birtel, Sr. Vice President of Wholesale Internet Solutions, Customer Insights & Analytics at Wells Fargo, explained this new line of business in a live interview with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Jeff Kelly at the Tableau Conference 2014. The data Wells Fargo collects, says... more »
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IBM drops new machines into Lenovo’s lap while bolstering own high-margin portfolio

IBM Corp. has pulled the curtains back on a new generation of System x machines in what is poised to be the last major refresh for the portfolio before it’s transferred to Lenovo Group Ltd. along with the rest of the enterprise stalwart’s x86 product lines as part of a $2.3 billion selloff  announced in January.  The Chinese electronics giant had previously acquired Big Blue’s personal computing business for $1.75 billion. The M5 lineup is based on the latest Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor series that Intel Corp. introduced at its annual customer conference in San Francisco on Monday, which the chipmaker... more »
Cloudera: data security before visualization | #data14

Cloudera: data security before visualization | #data14

For the enterprise security must come first, said Dave Tishgart, Director of Alliances at Cloudera. When data is secure, it opens new avenues for analysis and visualization. Tishgart joined the CUBE's Jeff Kelly at the Tableau Data 14 conference this week to discuss Hadoop security and how Cloudera customers use Tableau products to advance their business intelligence. In early July of 2014, Cloudera acquired Tishgart's former employer, Gazzang, in order to provide security for their Hadoop clusters. The two companies had many common customers in healthcare and financial services that had strict compliance and HIPPA requirements. Cloudera recognized the need for Hadoop... more »
VMworld 2014 DevOps Roundup: Streamline application delivery with open computing | #vmworld

VMworld 2014 DevOps Roundup: Streamline application delivery with open computing | #vmworld

This year at VMworld 2014, cloud and containerization led future plans for VMware's management tools and show an increased presence in the DevOps of virtualization. Docker and OpenStack represent the two most present technologies developers and engineers will find added to their tool-belts with increased integration with VMware products. OpenStack distribution for developers VMware announced its plans to integrate OpenStack application programming interfaces (APIs) with its cloud management software, so customers will be able to run OpenStack clouds using VMware’s management tools. The VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) will offer full integration with VMware administration and management tools, allowing developers to leverage existing VMware... more »
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Third platform hardware explained | #vmworld

Two years after the International Data Corporation coined the term “third platform”, we’re now starting to see this vision emerge through things like EMC Corp.’s Elastic Cloud Storage. We know that the third platform is all about mobility, social networking, Cloud and Big Data, but less talked about is the hardware behind it all. In an interview for theCUBE at VMworld, EMC Senior Director of Global Evangelism Denis Vilfort, discussed the differences in hardware between the second and third platforms. In the second platform, there is a front-end web tier and a back-end app tier. One web tier has stacks of,... more »
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How Tableau and HP work together, chasing shadow IT into the enterprise | #data14

Whether data is big, small, or in the middle, the most important trend right now is making it accessible, said Chris Selland, VP of Marketing and Business Development at HP Vertica. Tableau, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard's big data platform HP Vertica have a number of joint customers and, according to Selland, go together like "chocolate and peanut butter." The close relationship between the two companies give Selland a unique perspective on Tableau's value proposition and company ethos. At the Tableau Conference, Selland sat down with CUBE hosts Jeff Kelly and John Furrier to discuss Tableau's technology, the challenges they face, and the... more »
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People want gadgets to reflect personality, not health status

This week’s Smart Health roundup features new data regarding smart health device adoption, a new smartwatch that incorporates the health perks of a fitness band, and a tech giant’s entrance in the health industry.  . Broadband users more likely to connect health devices   Parks Associates, Inc. conducted a study regarding the adoption of connected health devices in the U.S., revealing that nearly one-third of homes with broadband access own and use at least one connected health device such as a treadmill, electric bike, or elliptical that syncs data to a mobile app. Parks predicts that by 2016, more than 32 percent of consumers will be using... more »
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VMware lays out four-part growth strategy

As hypervisors move toward commodity status and competitors Microsoft Azure and open source KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) gain market share, VMware presented a vision of its future at the VMworld conference last week based on four initiatives: the software-defined data center (SDDC), open source including Docker, hybrid cloud, and virtualized desktops. SDDC . The most obvious opportunity for VMware is SDDC. It builds directly on top of vCenter, with VSAN in storage and NSX network virtualization, which came from the Nicira acquisition in 2012. “The dam broke six months ago, and we’ve arrived” with a $100 million run rate and “wins in every... more »
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Answering the "what" and "when" of data analysis with Project Elastic | #data14

In the next two years, Tableau Software Inc. is on track to spend more on research and development than in the last ten years. The company is on a mission to help the world see and understand data, and this vision was clearly and visually portrayed yesterday morning in a keynote by Tableau’s VP of Mobile & Strategic Growth Dave Story, as he conducted a live demonstration of Project Elastic, a tablet-based app that allows anyone to make sense of their data. Shortly after his presentation, Story visited theCUBE to discuss Project Elastic further. Story explained that initially, the only people in an... more »

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