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Transaction ID malleability attack spreads to Bitcoin-wide DDoS attempt

Transaction ID malleability attack spreads to Bitcoin-wide DDoS attempt

It all started with such humble beginnings: when MtGox blamed the Bitcoin protocol for their own woes of poorly implemented code. Then someone decided to use what had been harassing MtGox network-wide and exchanges across the Bitcoin industry itself started checking their own code. The attack takes advantage of a characteristic of the Bitcoin protocol that allows transaction IDs to change after a transaction happens but before it is forever enshrined in the Blockchain. Due to this malleability, it has been suggested that clients not use transaction IDs to verify that bitcoins have changed hands for over a year. However, it... more »
Microsoft  on: Designing cloud infrastructure for 1m+ server scale | #OCPSummit

Microsoft on: Designing cloud infrastructure for 1m+ server scale | #OCPSummit

Day one of the Open Compute Project Summit V reunited on stage tech athletes from iconic companies who challenged each-other in delivering breaking news, breakthrough products and powerful presentations, highlighting the trends in the industry. Kushagra Vaid, General Manager of Cloud Server Engineering with Microsoft, shared with the audience the secrets of "Designing Cloud Infrastructure for 1m+ Server Scale." He started by sharing the news that Microsoft is finally joining OCP, contributing the cloud server design specifications to open compute. Vaid went through some details regarding some of the principles behind the design and the key features of designing for an infrastructure... more »
Elite former-Israeli intelligence experts launch big data analytics security platform: Cybereason

Elite former-Israeli intelligence experts launch big data analytics security platform: Cybereason

A new cybersecurity tool launched from stealth mode today by ex-military intelligence agents offers a way to stop hacker operations in real time.  The founder’s name is Lior Div, and he is a recipient of Israel’s prestigious Medal of Honor for cybersecurity campaigns that he led within the famed 8200 unit.  The 8200 unit is an Israeli Intelligence Corps unit that focuses on signal intelligent and code decryption and is analogous to the NSA here.  The accomplishments of the Cybereason team focused on experiences hacking and defending against the biggest threats and best hackers around the world.  The Cybereason platform... more »
Strata Conference day 1 : Making the database more accessible to users | #BigDataSV

Strata Conference day 1 : Making the database more accessible to users | #BigDataSV

The Strata Conference is now in full swing with a flurry of announcements from the biggest names in analytics. A major theme of this year’s event is making insights more consumable for business users, a challenge that Paxata is addressing with patent-pending technology for transforming raw data into information that can be used by front-end applications such as Tableau and QlikView. Prakash Nanduri, the co-founder and CEO of the venture-backed startup, explained in an interview on theCUBE last year that “the biggest challenge in an analytics exercise is for a business analyst to very rapidly prepare the data. That is, to... more »
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How to edit Look Backs on Facebook : Here's 3 worth watching

You may have already seen your friends’ Look Back videos, and some of you may already be tired of these cheesy short clips.  Though many have shared their videos on Facebook, some have opted not to because some of the photos and posts included in the video may be some of the things that you are most embarrassed about.  Good news!  You can now edit Look Back videos to your liking! The edit feature has been available as early as last week but it was not rolled out simultaneously to all users, meaning some have just now  figured out that they... more »
Top renewable energy strategies from Microsoft, Facebook + Rackspace | #OCPSummit

Top renewable energy strategies from Microsoft, Facebook + Rackspace | #OCPSummit

Day one of Open Compute Summit V ended with a Panel debating the issue of renewable energy solutions for the data centers. Moderated by Bill Weihl (Manager of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability with Facebook), the panel brought on stage Vince Van Son (Data Center Energy Manager, Facebook), Gary Cook (Senior Policy Analyst, Greenpeace), Rob Bernard (Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft) and Melissa Gray (Senior Director of Sustainability, Rackspace). Starting with  Cook,  Weihl wanted to know, "why does  green matter so much for this industry?" "Despite all the efficiency and improvements you've been hearing about all day long, your energy demand is going up," stated... more »
Apple TV reference unearthed, device may be coming soon

Apple TV reference unearthed, device may be coming soon

In late January, Apple revamped its website to include a section dedicated to the Apple TV. Before, the device and its accessories were tucked away in the iPod section, and fanbois took the change as a sign of something big to come - namely a brand new Apple TV, rather than just the current set-top box. But will Apple be releasing a new device anytime soon? According to evidence unearthed, all signs points to an yes. 9to5Mac has discovered references to a new device’s framework related to its AirPlay functionality. The sighting of “AppleTV4,1” confirms that a new device is in... more »
Can data management be as easy as Facebook? Alpine Data Labs thinks so | #BigDataSV

Can data management be as easy as Facebook? Alpine Data Labs thinks so | #BigDataSV

It's a week of Big Data celebration with #BigDataSV kicking off today, and the Strata Conference taking place right across the street. As expected, a number of product announcements have hit the news stream this week, as Big Data players like Cloudera, Red Hat and MapR release updates and fresh services that all seem to strive for one thing - making data, and databases, easier for end users to access. Cloud and mobile both play huge roles in the proliferation of Big Data solutions for the real world, and predictive analytics provider Alpine Labs is also helping business users make the... more »
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ServiceNow gets Technopedia VendorData catalog courtesy of BDNA

The bigger the company, the more difficult it is to manage vendor relationships. A sizable percentage of organizations have dedicated teams for negotiating contracts and reducing the added risk of working with multiple technology suppliers. However, the rapid adoption of cloud services is quickly overwhelming traditional procurement structures. Today, BDNA and enterprise IT automation giant ServiceNow is setting out to solve this problem with the introduction of Technopedia VendorData, a free listing of more than 14,000 software and hardware vendors complete with business statistics and market intelligence such as revenue and size. The tool is meant to free up the person-hours that would... more »
Nokia to release Android phone at MWC

Nokia to release Android phone at MWC

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset business will soon come to a close, which means the Finnish company’s handset business will soon be wholly owned by the software giant, along with a licensing deal for its patents. But before that happens, Nokia is said to be releasing one final product that will not be running on Window Phone, but instead its chief rival, Google’s Android. Rumors that Nokia might be releasing an Android phone first emerged in January of last year, when then CEO Stephen Elop stated in an interview that it was a possibility, before adding that the company is satisfied... 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.