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Adrian Cockcroft Architecture Director at Netflix in #theCube Talking Chaos Monkey and Cassandra

Adrian Cockcroft Architecture Director at Netflix in #theCube Talking Chaos Monkey and Cassandra

John Furrier sat down in theCube to speak with Adrian Cockcroft, Director of architecture for the Cloud Systems team at Netflix, and together they spoke about how Netflix handled the recent power outages, the AWS cloud failure, and how their system has grown from its inception into the behemoth of public cloud power it has become today. It’s been a long, strange road, but in the end the video-streaming network has survived some major outages and come through standing tall. According to Adrian Cockcroft, Netflix has spent the last year getting everything running on Cassandra and Amazon (AWS) . He says... more »
VMware Buys Log Insight to Analyze the Cloud

VMware Buys Log Insight to Analyze the Cloud

VMware is upping its cloud play via a series of acquisitions that the company hopes will help it expand beyond its core virtualization business. The latest in this string of purchases is Log Insight. The solution is offered by a company called Pattern Insight, and offers admins the capability to get a deeper look into their cloud infrastructure. The software digests machine data to identify and preempt technical issues, and is used by the likes of Intel, Motorola, and Qualcomm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but what we do know is that the deal involves both the technology and the... more »
Stash 1.2 for Enterprise Git Released - What Does it Have to Offer?

Stash 1.2 for Enterprise Git Released - What Does it Have to Offer?

As Git is becoming a basic need for developers across global enterprises, here comes a new version to cheer up the developers. Atlassian, the Sydney based company and the creator of business enterprise software targeted at software developers, has just released the Stash 1.2 version. The company launched the maiden version of the software two months back, and has quickly served the developer community with an updated version. Focused on bridging the gap between the developers using Git and the IT admins who have to manage it, Stash 1.2 comes with several advanced features, and provides support for all major databases, including MySQL, PostgreSQL,... more »
H+ Teaser Video: The H is for Post-Apocalyptic Transhumanism

H+ Teaser Video: The H is for Post-Apocalyptic Transhumanism

Science fiction has always been a gold mine for the hopes and dreams of geeks everywhere—in fact, people might still think about the whole meme of “It’s the 21st century, where’s my flying cars?” One of the aspects of data technology is that it helps us become more than human, in fact, every device that we carry with us or keep in our homes networks us with a vast store of information and knowledge moreso than any other before, every smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop, is an extension of humanity as with any tool. The video series being teased on YouTube right... more »
BMC Acquires VaraLogix, Enhances Fast Application Deployment

BMC Acquires VaraLogix, Enhances Fast Application Deployment

BMC Software today announced a strategic acquisition, where it acquired VaraLogix, a proven application release automation provider. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, BMC Software has a leading Business Service Management platform, Cloud Management, and the industry’s broadest choice of IT management solutions, and helps customers cut costs, reduce risk and achieve business objectives. Started in 1980, BMC Software was first a mainframe software vendor. However, since mid of 1990s, the company has been developing software to monitor, manage and automate distributed and mainframe systems. On the other hand, VaraLogix is privately-held and based in Austin, Texas. It is a renowned provider of... more »
Boingo Set to Expand Free Wi-Fi Access with Acquisition of Cloud Nine Media

Boingo Set to Expand Free Wi-Fi Access with Acquisition of Cloud Nine Media

While there seems to be Wi-Fi hot spots everywhere these days, trying to find some place where you can get connected for free is an altogether different story. However, if the latest acquisition by Boingo Wireless tells us anything, it’s that that paying for Wi-Fi may one day become a thing of the past. Sounds pretty hopeful right? Perhaps, but by all accounts Boingo hasn’t purchased Cloud Nine Media, a marketing firm that offers ad-supported access to Wi-Fi hot spots, simply to start charging their customers money. Instead, the company claims that sponsored Wi-Fi access is an area of growth they’re... more »
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CyberWars 2: Welcome to the Wild, Wild West @CyberWars

Ed. note: This is the second in a series looking at the cyber wars that are raging worldwide. In the first piece in the series, “Caught in the Crossfire”, we looked at how a new, serious threat has appeared that has the resources to circumvent traditional firewalls and other perimeter defenses and take up permanent residence in corporate and governmental networks without anyone knowing. In this second part we look at the Internet, which provides the basic connectivity that the cyber warriers use to attack their targets. In the next part we will look at what this means to corporate... more »
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What Did Dell Have to Do with Curiosity the Mars Rover?

Dell apparently had a hand in sending Curiosity to Mars, or at least in getting it to the red planet's surface in one piece.  According to a fresh release that the company must have just been itching to publish this week, NASA used Dell's PowerEdge servers to power the two High Performance Computing clusters that helped the rover land safely. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California is home to Galaxy and Nebula, the two clusters that analyzed atmospheric data and other information to fine tune the landing sequences. The parameters were actually developed by a group of scientists, but they... more »
TRILL and Brocade Prove Central to 300% Annual Growth for IaaS Vendor

TRILL and Brocade Prove Central to 300% Annual Growth for IaaS Vendor

Denver-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider PeakColo may not have the name recognition of Amazon and Google in the marketplace, but with 300% annual growth, it has the market mojo to challenge these market leaders. PeakColo's spectacular growth is the direct product of its localized market strategy combined with its close relationships with its key vendors – VMware, NetApp and Brocade Networks. While the big name IaaS companies provide generic infrastructure services worldwide from a few central data centers, PeakColo works with managed service providers (MSAs) and value-added resellers (VARs) who build customized systems on top of PeakColo's core infrastructure to meet the... more »
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Accenture Boosts Pharma Business with Octagon Buy

IT consultancy Accenture has expanded its presence in the healthcare market with the acquisition of Octagon Research Solutions, a company that deals with clinical data management and offers regulatory services.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Octagon employs a staff of 380, and has a fairly impressive portfolio under its belt.  It’s the fifth largest user of the FDA’s electronic submission gateway and collaborates with the agency on the development of clinical data conversion and training standards. The firm also maintains active relationships with other authorities as well. “We believe that the timing is perfect for this acquisition as our clients... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.