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Actian's modern technology trumps Microsoft and Oracle|#BigDataSV

Actian's modern technology trumps Microsoft and Oracle|#BigDataSV

Mike Hoskins, Actian CTO, joined theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante to kick-off the first day of Strata Conference in Santa Clara, California. Having spent $150 million dollars to acquire assets, Actian has assembled all of the next generation IPs into a single analytics platform, allowing users a level of flexibility in data interaction that competitors have not been able to match. Hoskins, Furrier and Vellante discuss what makes Actian’s platform unique and how the young company became the world’s fastest database, trumping Microsoft and Oracle. “What would a database look like written from scratch now?" Hoskins suggests that major... more »
The cloud + Big Data, a love fest : Analysis and forecasts |  #BigDataSV

The cloud + Big Data, a love fest : Analysis and forecasts | #BigDataSV

Kicking off the first day of Strata Conference in Santa Clara, California, the SiliconAngle CEO John Furrier and Wikibon CEO David Vellante, theCUBE regular co-hosts, talked with Jeff Kelly, Principal Research Contributor with Wikibon, discussing the new Wikibon’s 2013 Big Data Vendor Review and Market Forecast report that was released yesterday. "The report and the research are telling us that the market is growing," stated Kelly. "The Big Data market reached $18.6 billion in 2013. That's a 58 percent growth rate over the previous year." "There's a lot of the IT heavy weights leading the markets, mostly on the hardware and services (IBM, HP, Dell) but there's also a great ecosystem... more »
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Crossing the chasm : Big Data suits up | #BigDataSV

Over the past several years Big Data has been bandied about in boardrooms and tech blogs. Despite the conversations taking place, there has remained an operational ignorance for how the Enterprise can implement effective strategies around how best to capitalize on this new business paradigm. As SiliconANGLE has been reporting over the past several weeks, the fault doesn’t necessarily lay at the feet of the customer. Chris Selland, vice president of marketing and business development for HP Vertica, joined Dave Vellante and John Furrier on theCUBE this afternoon on their Big Data Silicon Valley broadcast to discuss the continuing evolution of... more »
The Big Data "tectonic shift" is just getting started | #BigDataSV

The Big Data "tectonic shift" is just getting started | #BigDataSV

WANdisco CEO David Richards and Jagane Sundar, CTO and VP of Engineering of Big Data, discussed the company's latest developments and the current Big Data trends with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at BigDataSV 2014. WANdisco has just released a new Non-Stop Hadoop product, a single cluster running HBase that can be deployed across multiple data centers spread over different regions. The company did a live demo of the product that uses the company's unique active-active replicating technology. As Sundar explained, the active-active approach helps "running your apps without any interruption" in case of server failure. Commenting on HBase adoption,... more »
Get fit with tough-love : Smart gadgets talk back

Get fit with tough-love : Smart gadgets talk back

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a tough-loving fitness app, an app that tracks your life through quizzes, and an API to help make sense of the huge amounts of Quantified Self data. CARROT Fit - Talking Weight Tracker  . If you find it hard to lose weight because you lack motivation then the CARROT Fit - Talking Weight Tracker may help you achieve your goal.  Unlike other fitness or health trackers, it doesn’t give out positive responses to motivate you, what it does is resort to name calling and judging your weight. In other words, this chatty tracker dishes out some tough... more »
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Bullish on Bitcoin : The biggest land grab since the Internet

Bitcoin is the biggest land grab since the Internet. That Internet as we know it was created 24 years ago by Tim Berners-Lee with the first web browser called the WorldWideWeb (no spaces). Three years later Jim Clark and Marc Andreessen looked to capitalize on the nascent WorldWideWeb and created a browser that was easier to use and install with the release of Mosaic which we later came to know as Netscape. Netscape at its height was 90 percent of Internet browsing, effectively establishing the timeline for the 'Internet' we recognize today. Now there's a new land grab going on... more »
Data economy survival demands informed strategies | #BigDataSV

Data economy survival demands informed strategies | #BigDataSV

As if the CIO's plate isn't full enough with mobile, cloud services and software-defined architectures, we are entering a whole new economy where data will be the most valuable commodity and CIOs and whole corporations will rise or fall based on how well they exploit the zittabytes of data flooding the enterprise. In this new Data Economy, writes Wikibon Principal Contributor Jeff Kelly. But success requires strategy, and the right strategy starts with becoming informed, and woe betide the CIO who is caught out in the data storm without an umbrella. Starting today, February 11, and going through Thursday theCUBE will... more »
Evolve or Die :  Ask EMC President anything about the evolution from 2nd to 3rd infra platform | #AskBrianG

Evolve or Die : Ask EMC President anything about the evolution from 2nd to 3rd infra platform | #AskBrianG

The modern data center is something we dream about, with industry innovators re-architecting IT infrastructure to become more efficient, and achieve economy of scale. For companies like EMC, the evolution path to the modern data center is a very real transition, impacting every area of its business. This week we have a special Crowd Chat lined up for EMC President Brian Gallagher, who's setting aside some time to answer your questions. Join our Crowd Chat with Brian Gallagher Thursday February 13, 2014 11am PST (2pm EST) #AskBrianG anything about the evolution from 2nd to 3rd infrastructure platform  . #AskBrianG  . We'll be covering a range of topics during this... more »
DevOps Round-up: Internet of Things SDKs for Internet of everything

DevOps Round-up: Internet of Things SDKs for Internet of everything

The technology used for person-to-person communication, such as mobile phones or PCs has become ubiquitous due to network infrastructure, wireless technology, and the Internet. But perhaps a technology is still not widely used is Machine 2 Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT)--the science that meets the need for communication between their devices such as servers, controllers, sensors, or the cloud. Internet is no longer just a network of computers. It has evolved into a network of devices of different nature and size, all connected, all in communication with each other and many able to share data at any time. These... more »
John McAfee has had enough of excessive app permissions - introduces Cognizant

John McAfee has had enough of excessive app permissions - introduces Cognizant

Now that the long running war with Intel is behind him, John McAfee feels like the best thing about it all is that he can finally put his name behind a security product again. The first of his projects is about to come together in a new product that launches on March 1st.  The product is called Cognizant, a free to download app for Android mobile phones and tablets.  It protects those devices by empowering the user to be fully aware of all the permissions that applications have been granted on a device, knowingly or not. Think of it as a mobile... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.