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Simplicity is key to effectiveness at scale, says ViPR mastermind | #EMCworld

Although a significant (and highly touted) milestone in the company’s history, the first iteration of ViPR was only a stepping stone towards EMC’s vision for software-defined storage. Earlier this month at its annual customer conference, exactly one year after the platform made its original debut, the vendor pulled the curtains back on a new version that its creator claims brings universal programmability much closer to reality for the traditional enterprise. “We have built out the platform to the level that we intended to build it,” Manuvir Das, the vice president of engineering for EMC’s Advanced Software Division, told SiliconANGLE founder John... more »
From good to great : Good Technology IPO signals new direction

From good to great : Good Technology IPO signals new direction

Mobile security solutions provider Good Technology has filed for an initial public offering (IPO).  The public filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) comes after a year of speculation that the Sunnyvale, CA company would enter the public arena. Good Technology’s platform is an industry provider of mobile device security and mobile device management.  The company competes in the mobile device management market with the likes of Citrix’s Zenprise, MobileIron, AirWatch and Intellisync. Last week, Good Technology released its Q1 2014 Mobility Index Report, indicating that amid growing security concerns, organizations are developing more advanced secure mobile apps.  Citing a 57 percent... more »
On smart infrastructure funding, Obama urges Congress to act now

On smart infrastructure funding, Obama urges Congress to act now

This week’s Smart Infrastructure edition features the fate of dwindling government infrastructure funding, an infographic of how machine-to-machine (M2M) capabilities save money for service providers, and how the United Kingdom is handling infrastructure construction for the future. Obama pushes smart infrastructure initiatives  . By September 30 of this year, spending authorization for the Highway Trust Fund expires, while the budget is expected to run out by late summer.  This means the 112,000 ongoing projects slated to be completed over the next year will be put on hold, and the nearly 700,000 jobs those projects would support will be non-existent. That’s the grim scenario Americans... more »
How converged infrastructure is shaking up global tech priorities | #EMCWorld 2014

How converged infrastructure is shaking up global tech priorities | #EMCWorld 2014

VCE, the converged infrastructure venture between EMC and Cisco, has come a very long way since inception. In five short years, it had transformed from an underdog fighting an uphill battle to a definitive market leader, recently confirming to have surpassed annual revenues of $1 billion in 2013 on the back of rapidly accelerating global demand for its Vblock “data center-in-a-box” modules. Much of that growth is being accounted for by European enterprises seeking to capitalize on the continent’s recent economic upswing, Nigel Moulton, the CTO for VCE’s EMEA unit, highlighted during an interview on theCUBE at EMC World 2014 earlier... more »
Red Hat responds to WSJ: Support is a technical activity, not marketing | #openstacksummit

Red Hat responds to WSJ: Support is a technical activity, not marketing | #openstacksummit

Day three of the OpenStack Summit brought an interesting conversation on open source cloud management to theCUBE. Joe Fitzgerald, the General Manager for Cloud Management at Red Hat, and the show's co-hosts, John Furrier and Stu Miniman, discussed the company's open source cloud management platform, ManageIQ. Red Hat had earlier announced the formation of the ManageIQ community, which is an open source cloud management platform for OpenStack and other clouds. According to Fitzgerald, it is  "the first enterprise-grade open source cloud management platform." Responding to WSJ  . Commenting on The Wall Street Journal's article about Red Hat choosing not to support a rival version of... more »
Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Is Bitcoin Anonymous?

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Is Bitcoin Anonymous?

A common misconception is that Bitcoin is an anonymous currency. What it offers is a kind of 'pseudo-anonymity' (or 'pseudonymity'), which means that if the someone were inclined to trace Bitcoin transactions or investigate Bitcoin addresses, they can do so just by looking at Blockchain.info, BlockExplorer, or any a number of open source tools used to perform forensics on the blockchain. The blockchain is a ledger wherein all Bitcoin transactions are recorded. It offers pseudonymity, since people's names and addresses aren't reflected in the ledger, but the Bitcoin addresses can still be tied to a person through good old detective work. It... more »
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Inevitably imperfect : Security through vulnerability management

The discovery of a flaw that allows would-be hackers to reuse old security tokens to to access Snapchat services and send bulk messages crippling user’s iPhones (AKA denial-of-service attacks) shows that security problems with Snapchat’s API run deeper than first thought. The flaw was discovered by security researcher Jaime Sanchez earlier this year and highlighted the ease with which vulnerabilities can be exploited in applications and APIs that don’t have a proper security measures in place. While Snapchat’s API vulnerabilities have been exposed publicly, there will be countless other applications with similar issues. The fact is it is almost impossible to... more »
Community involvement is the key to OpenStack success | #OpenStackSummit

Community involvement is the key to OpenStack success | #OpenStackSummit

This week’s OpenStack Summit event, brought to you live by SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE, is being held at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. In this interview, Dave Meyer, CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade, sat down with John Furrier and Stu Miniman to talk about the power and influence of the OpenStack community. Furrier started asking Meyer about the viability of OpenStack and where it is in the life cycle of adoption. Meyer responded saying that it’s becoming a closer reality for everyone. The tooling around distributions and deployments are becoming open source, and quickly. Referencing Comcast’s John Brzozowski's talk at the... more »
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Red Hat denies using 'strongarm tactics' on OpenStack

Red Hat has come out in denial of a report from the Wall Street Journal that it refuses to support users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux who also run non-Red Hat versions of OpenStack. The company said in a blog post that it will continue to provide commercial support for its Linux distro regardless of what OpenStack version people are using. “To be clear, users are free to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux with any OpenStack offering, and there is no requirement to use our OpenStack technologies to get a Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription,” said Paul Cormier, Red Hat's president... more »
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Acxiom gets into Big Data 'onboarding' = cue more targeted ads

Internet users are about to see even more targeted ads that seem to know all about the products and services they might be interested in. That's because Big Data services giant Acxion has just snapped up LiveRamp for a cool $310 million. LiveRamp, for those who don't know, connects the dots between customer data from around 100 marketing applications, including BlueKai, Marin Software and Rocket Fuel. The process is known as “data onboarding”, and lets marketers match data from various transactions and online serches so they know what kinds of ads to target at people. LiveRamp reckons it's pretty good at... 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

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- 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.