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Using technology to enhance the user experience | #reinvent

Using technology to enhance the user experience | #reinvent

Broadcasting live from the AWS re: Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, Wikibon’s co-Founder Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE’s Founder John Furrier welcomed Eli Lubitch, Beamr's President, who talked about quality driven video optimization processes and enhancing user experience. "Media is a very hot tech market right now," noted Furrier, who prompted Lubitch to elaborate on his business and field of expertise. "Our contribution is with media optimization. We have invented a quality measurement algorithm that we can attach to standard block-base encoders - like JPG, H264 or H265. By doing so we can drive the encoder frame by frame to the... more »
The data center is the foundation of any cloud |O #reinvent

The data center is the foundation of any cloud |O #reinvent

Brian Fanzo, the Technology Evangelist at IO, discussed the data center supporting everyone's cloud and the company's views of software controlled data centers with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the AWS re:Invent conference. "From IO's perspective, the data center is the foundation of any cloud, the cloud has to live somewhere," Fanzo. "At IO we have a global footprint of data centers that we operate." IO moved to the modular approach, to adding the software, to create a data center operating software. The concept they adopt is "software controlled data center." Commenting on the build your own, customization... more »
AWS + Attunity offer near real-time, flexibility + scalability | #reinvent

AWS + Attunity offer near real-time, flexibility + scalability | #reinvent

Daniel Heacock, Senior Business Systems Analyst at Etix and Adam Haines, Data Architect for Federated Sample, discussed their experience as Attunity customers with theCUBE host Jeff Kelly, live at AWS re:Invent 2013. Etix provides "a software solution that enables venue owners to engage customers and sell tickets' Heacock explained. Federated Sample is a technology company in the market research industry that adds "an exchange layer between buyers and sellers." Haines added that it facilitates transactions between buyers and takes over price negotiation. "The show has been great so far," Haines said. "We were originally on premise entirely, it didn't meet our rapid growth, We need... more »
SkyDrive ready for primetime in the Xbox One, makes it a true entertainment center

SkyDrive ready for primetime in the Xbox One, makes it a true entertainment center

It has been less than ten days at the official debut of the Xbox One and Microsoft has begun to illustrate the operation of apps pre-installed on the console. Microsoft announced that SkyDrive will be an important part of Xbox One, as it will serve as multimedia entertainment console center. The storage service SkyDrive from Microsoft will come to Xbox One starting November 22. With it, users can view the images and videos that are stored in the cloud. “Xbox: Go to SkyDrive” is the command that many will be using from November 22 when the new console from Microsoft hits... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 November 13: Bitmit closing up shop, Chinese exchange GBL vanishes on investors, Shopify adds 70,000 merchants to the BTC market

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 November 13: Bitmit closing up shop, Chinese exchange GBL vanishes on investors, Shopify adds 70,000 merchants to the BTC market

Bitcoin value lately continues its highly upwardly mobile trajectory as over the last 24 hours the bids on MtGox for the currency has elevated from $365 to $425. In the Bitcoin community, new opportunities are opening up as others are closing down. Right now, Bitmit is showing all signs of shutting its doors—closing out all of its auctions and allowing users to withdraw their accounts—but at the same time assures customers that the company is simply transitioning hands. Further news about Chinese exchange GBL has surfaced after the BTC startup turned out to be a fraud and vanished like a faked... more »
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Got server sprawl? Consider a mainframe. The CIO Angle

Reality today for many midrange-to-enterprise level IT shops is a "one of everything" environment that demands lots of individual attention, and, in increasing numbers of cases, a data center that is running low on power, cooling, and space. Server virtualization can help some by extracting operational management of individual servers to an overall software level, but after a decade of virtualization, only about 60 percent of servers are virtualized according to multiple surveys. And virtualization has its own complexities and adds processing overhead, which only increases the power and cooling load. It cannot help data centers that are running low... more »
Quantified Self revolution : Hello Human 2.0

Quantified Self revolution : Hello Human 2.0

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a filmmaker’s perception of the Quantified Self revolution, a platform that tracks everything in your life, and a design-savvy fitness tracker. Human 2.0   Renowned filmmaker Jason Silva recently released a new video in his YouTube channel Shots of Awe wherein he talks about how amazing the Quantified Self revolution is.  Silva talks about how sensors obtaining all these data from millions of people can be used to better analyze a person and could well be the beginning of Human 2.0. It's certainly an interesting concept to ponder, and that's what Silva does best.  The filmmaker's been on... more »
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Box CIO on the intricacies of the job | #BigDataNYC

When Ben Haines joined Box as CIO six months ago, the former Pabst Brewing Co. executive wasted no time in getting up to speed with the intricacies of managing IT for a cloud service provider. A veteran of the consumer packaged goods (CPG) space, Haines started his first job in the tech industry with a head start on using data to improve operational efficiency. It’s been a bumpy ride, Haines tells theCUBE host Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly at Big Data NYC 2013. Box has grown “fantastically” and now boasts nearly a million users, but the company faces unique challenges in... more »
Attunity upgrades AWS replication service at AWS re:Invent 2013

Attunity upgrades AWS replication service at AWS re:Invent 2013

Attunity announced on Tuesday that it has enhanced its CloudBeam file replication and transfer service to better accommodate Big Data workloads of varying sizes. The update introduces “quality of service” tiers that enable customers to optimize their cloud uplinks for cost and performance, with throughput speeds ranging from 200Mbps all the way up to 1Gbps. Data can be transferred as fast as 12 terabytes per day thanks to the addition of two new capabilities for moving and synchronizing data to, from and between enterprise data centers and cloud environments, according to Attunity. The enhancements include TurboStream DX, a “resilient” WAN transfer engine... more »
CEOs porn habits are biggest threat to IT security

CEOs porn habits are biggest threat to IT security

It's a dirty little secret but its one that needs to be let out of the bag. IT professionals spend a lot of time worrying about security threats to their organizations from hackers and corrupt employees, but according to a new study from ThreatTrack, the bigger risk lies at the top of the tree. The behavior of senior executives is one of the biggest causes of corporate data being stolen and systems being hacked, with the deadliest sins including execs allowing friends and family members to use corporate devices, downloading malicious applications, and surfing the web for porn. Even worse, is... more »

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