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China to vet US-made hardware: Spy-infested kit not welcome

China to vet US-made hardware: Spy-infested kit not welcome

In what looks to be a tit-for-tat retaliation to the United States' earlier ban on networking equipment from Huawei, China has announced a new vetting process for foreign hardware makers. The report came directly from the horse's mouth, from the Xinhua news agency. Widely considered to be a mouthpiece for China's communist party, Xinhua quotes State Internet Information Office spokesperson Jiang Jun as saying that “a few” governments and enterprises have been taking advantage of their monopoly on technology to gather sensitive data for “a long time”. "They not only seriously undermine interests of their clients but also threaten cyber security of... more »
Google Ingress soaring to new heights after over a year running

Google Ingress soaring to new heights after over a year running

Google’s augmented reality game, Ingress, started small in November 2012 with a closed beta and went into open beta October 2013. And, since December 2013, Ingress has been fully available to the public. Much of 2013 and now part of 2014, has seen the game grow in complexity and popularity. With its initial announcement, Ingress looked like an alternate reality game writ large with mobile devices. It has since grown into a massive community across multiple countries. The Ingress Google+ has over 1.6 million followers and has received almost 149 million views. The game has differentiated itself from other augmented reality games... more »
Minecraft Realms connects cube-loving people worldwide

Minecraft Realms connects cube-loving people worldwide

Mojang has announced the arrival of Minecraft Realms for PC and Mac worldwide. The new subscription service for Minecraft allows users to create and manage their own servers intuitively without technical knowledge. Starting from $13 per month, subscribers can open private servers and invite up to 20 players, with 10 playing simultaneously. The servers will be available at all times and allow administrators to return to a previous state in case something goes wrong. Realms setting requires LAN or IP addresses, as Mojang offering “the easiest way to host a Minecraft world infinitely large”. The paid service allows users to set up... more »
Smart infrastructure helps erect Smart Campuses

Smart infrastructure helps erect Smart Campuses

This week’s Smart Infrastructure roundup features data-driven infrastructure that supports smart campuses, a new system to aid grid managers, and the latest developments for smart meters. OSIsoft collaborates on smart campuses  . OSIsoft, maker of scalable and secure infrastructure for the management of real-time data and events, signed a collaborative deal with Tongji University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the International Green Campus Alliance to collaborate on Smart Campus at the International Green Campus Alliance (IGCA) Conference.  OSIsoft’s PI System, a real-time data and events management infrastructure, will be in the center of the collaboration. The joint pilot project aims to demonstrate how data and... more »
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Flash to the Xtrem | #EMCworld

IT storage hardware solutions leader EMC acquired flash memory pioneer XtremIO in 2012. EMC’s mission includes promoting data backup and recovery and accelerating the adoption of cloud computing as a viable storage solution. theCUBE's Dave Vellante and John Furrier caught up with XtremIO’s co-founder Ehud Rokach at the EMC World 2014 IT Technology Conference in Las Vegas. According to Rokach, XtremIO expects to take full advantage of its parent company’s sales, services, and manufacturing machine, including ramping up production, training, and productivity. EMC is so confident in XtremIO’s solutions that it has issued a $1 Million Guarantee that ensures XtremIO's services remain... more »
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Pushing the envelope for Cloud trainees | #EMCworld

Tom Pietler, director of IT at Calibre, sat down with theCUBE’s Stu Miniman and Steve Kenniston at the EMC World 2014 conference in Las Vegas. Calibre is a management, consulting, and technology services company based out of Alexandria, Virginia. With more than 700 employees, Calibre offers a wide range of services, including data analytics, program management, and strategic planning. Pietler currently manages 20 people on his IT staff, but he is not a proponent of just having one person for each role. Using a robust training program, Pietler has implemented a cross training program to make sure that even if one... more »
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The cloud needs mentors, too | #EMCWorld

Earlier this month, theCUBE was at EMC World 2014 in Las Vegas, with two live broadcasts brought to you by SiliconANGLE. In this interview, Henrik Wagner, Americas Theatre Lead at SAP, EMC and Phil Loewen, Head of SAP Technology at Fritz & Macziol Group, sat down with Jeff Frick to discuss the #EMCElect and #SAPMentors programs. Starting off with EMC Elect, Wagner detailed the program established in 2013, currently comprising about 100 members consisting of EMC evangelists that include employees, partners and customers. With the common themes of engagement, leadership and social media, the goal of EMC Elect is to help customers... more »
Will the Internet of Things be BlackBerry's redemption?

Will the Internet of Things be BlackBerry's redemption?

BlackBerry is making a play for the Internet of Things with its new Project Ion, in the belief that it's security expertise can help connect devices, sensors and everything else to the cloud in a secure fashion. Project Ion actually consists of a series of projects that BlackBerry hopes can promote the development of IoT. The main thrust though is its plan to build a new, water-tight application platform based on QNX that's designed to gather data from a wide range of operating environments and devices. Meanwhile, in order to promote its new platform, it's launching strategic partnerships with the Application... more »
Salesforce.com mobilizes the cloud with companion app upgrade

Salesforce.com mobilizes the cloud with companion app upgrade

In many ways, the proliferation of phones and tablets in the enterprise is serving as a conduit for cloud computing, unshackling productivity from the desktop and allowing users to take advantage of the platform-agnostic experiences made possible by the as-a-service model.  Realizing that, Salesforce.com has been investing heavily to grow its mobile presence in recent months, a strategy that is now finally beginning to bear fruit. The company this morning rolled out a new version of the client application for its Salesforce1 platform, a managed application development environment that debuted last November with the goal of enabling a degree of standardization... more »
EMC, Ingram Micro bring enterprise-class products to SMBs | #EMCWorld

EMC, Ingram Micro bring enterprise-class products to SMBs | #EMCWorld

For small and mid-size businesses, finding an affordable, effective storage solution can be a challenge. EMC, hand-in-hand with their channel partner Ingram Micro, is working to solve this problem. Their business tactics, product offerings, and predictions were the focus of theCUBE interview with Jeff Boudreau, EMC's SVP and General Manager of VNX Business Unit, and Bill Brandel, Ingram Micro's VP of Data Center Software for Storage Infrastructure.   EMC's newest tech & upcoming projects   EMC made a three big announcements at their 2014 show, introducing product offerings that they predict will have profound impacts on mid-tier businesses. In conversation with Stu Miniman, Boudreau... more »

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- 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.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.