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Using Splunk to Do Stuff It's Not Supposed to Do | #splunkconf

Using Splunk to Do Stuff It's Not Supposed to Do | #splunkconf

"Saving the best for last" at Splunk.conf 2013 in Las Vegas, our program hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante invited Shawn Rogers to theCUBE, to talk about the newest releases from Splunk, the trends, while also recapping the whole event. Shawn Rogers is the Vice President of Research, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing with Enterprise Management Associates and has more than 20 years of IT experience, with a focus on Internet-enabled technology. He is passionate about analytics, social media, business intelligence, cloud, Big Data, collaboration and open source. His interview revealed that he was pretty sold on Splunk 6, but it touched... more »
Nexus 5 Leaked Service Manual Unveils Specs, Chips + More

Nexus 5 Leaked Service Manual Unveils Specs, Chips + More

Here’s a treat for Google fans: leaked specs of the upcoming Nexus 5. In the past weeks, there have been rumors that Google is gearing up to reveal the next Nexus smartphone in time for the holiday season and with that, the Moto X, the Google-Motorola flagship smartphone, is rumored to get a huge price drop to make way for the said Nexus device. Previous reports suggested that the Nexus 5 will have a 5” 1080p HD display, octa-core processor running at up to 2.3GHz, a 13MP rear camera, 3GB of RAM, and will be the launch device for the Android 4.4... more »
Top Tips to Keep Your iPhone Battery From Dying

Top Tips to Keep Your iPhone Battery From Dying

Smartphones are getting more powerful which means there are more things they can do, plus the graphics make it hard for us to stop playing games or watching videos on the damn things.  The only downside is, with all this extra power and functionality, even if the battery gets bigger, it seems like your smartphone never has enough juice to last you the whole day. Even if you leave the house with 100 percent battery, there’s a good chance that you’ll be coming home with just enough juice to get to your charger without it dying, or more likely it's already... more »
Why We Must Future-Proof Developer Woes for Intelligent Machines + Automated Operations [Part 1]

Why We Must Future-Proof Developer Woes for Intelligent Machines + Automated Operations [Part 1]

The challenges for software developers   Connectivity and big data are remaking the industrial world. Who knew that an aircraft engine could detect issues before it causes downtime; or that a wind turbine could alert the on-ground field technician what needs to be fixed or looked at without having to climb up to perform a diagnostic inspection; or that a busy hospital could predict capacity bottlenecks and improve patient flow. Advances in both technology and business models continue to drive the next wave of productivity and efficiency gains across the industrial sector. Software developers building these next-generation machine-centric Industrial Internet solutions face a... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: From AWS to Mainframes

Weekly Big Data Review: From AWS to Mainframes

It’s been a big week for NoSQL. MongoDB, the company behind the hugely popular document-oriented database of the same name, raised $150 million from Intel Capital, Salesforce.com and other bigname investors. The round not only brings the company’s total funding to $231 million, the most any Big Data vendor has raised to date, but also makes it the highest valued startup in New York. MongoDB CEO Max Schireson said that his company will use the capital to scale its global presence, make partners in new industries, and hire 300 new workers over the course of the next 12 months. MongoDB announced its... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: Funding and DaaS

Netskope exited stealth mode this week with $21 million in fresh capital and a radically new approach to taming the growing phenomenon of shadow IT. The ambitious startup offers a subscription-based analytics service that aims to provide enterprises with the insights they need to identify and control the unauthorized use of cloud services. Netskope’s offering includes a database of more than 2,600 apps that have been assessed based on 30 “objective criteria” such as security, auditability and disaster recovery capabilities. The platform empowers admins to deploy the services that best meet their organizations’ requirement, enforce policies, and keep tabs on user... more »
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Weekly Security Review: Adobe Hacked, Silk Road Sacked

It’s been an eventful week in the cybersecurity space, especially for Adobe and its customers. In one of the largest and most sophisticated cyber attacks in recent memory, hackers compromised the software maker’s corporate network and got away with the personal information of as many as 2.9 million customers. Adobe chief security officer Brad Arkin disclosed in a blog post that the stolen data includes names, encrypted credit and debit card numbers and expiration dates. Besides user information, the hackers also obtained the source code for three of the company’s products: Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder. SiliconANGLE cybersecurity editor John Casaretto... more »
How Faster, Smarter and Cleaner iOS 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design

How Faster, Smarter and Cleaner iOS 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design

Apple recently announced iOS 7 and with it a completely redesigned stunning new user interface for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users.  iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri, and iTune Radio.  In addition, iOS 7 has been engineered with deep technical and design integration with both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device. Building it faster Aside from massive changes, enhancing almost everything about user experience and... more »
IBM Lands Cloud Infrastructure Deal with Top European Hosting Provider

IBM Lands Cloud Infrastructure Deal with Top European Hosting Provider

IBM announced on Thursday that it has beat out Dell for a lucrative infrastructure deal with Avalon, a leading hosting provider that manages more than 16,000 websites across Europe. Established in 1997, the Croatian firm offers monitoring, online collaboration, email and other services to organizations in a wide range of segments from healthcare to telecommunications. In an initiative to consolidate its infrastructure and accommodate future growth, Avalon implemented a hybrid cloud architecture using IBM System x3550 and x3650 servers. The company also upgraded its network environment to support over 1,000 fiber optic connections across three geographically separated routes. “The IBM solution was... more »
Twitter Timeline : From Jack to IPO

Twitter Timeline : From Jack to IPO

Microblogging service Twitter is going public and no one can stop it.  In the process of filing for an IPO, Twitter's obligated to release some facts and figures that may otherwise have never been released as official metrics from the mobile platform. We now know that Twitter’s revenue for 2012 was at $316.9 million, and that amount is expected to be surpassed this year, given that its revenue for the first half of 2013 has already reached $253 million. The social network is looking to raise $1 billion when it goes public, money that will be used to expand Twitter in terms... 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.