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Bitcoin Weekly 2013 August 21: Bitcoin is Money

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 August 21: Bitcoin is Money

As world governments begin to grasp that a virtual currency can and is being used as part of commerce and trade, it means that they must come to understand what that means for them. In most cultures that grow beyond barter and abstract value into currency also start to regulate the production and use of those currencies. In most cases, it’s through a central authority that controls the supply of that currency. In the case of Bitcoin, there’s no central authority, just exchanges that bring traders together and the traders themselves to supply value. Unlike dollars or coins, Bitcoins are... more »
FoundationDB Goes Public, Releases NoSQL Database with Unique ACID Transactions

FoundationDB Goes Public, Releases NoSQL Database with Unique ACID Transactions

Many companies today run mixed NoSQL systems such as MongoDB or Cassandra and use them to perform various activities with the storage and flow of data. Buyers more recent to the NoSQL market are likely to select MongoDB; however, veterans of several years, and burned at the transactional issues and problems of consistency, may be looking for products that spend more time on transactional integrity. In an effort to combine the best of both database technologies, database platform startup FoundationDB is announcing the general availability of its ACID (Atomic, Consistent, Isolated, Durable) compliant, NoSQL database as well as new pricing options... more »
WSJ Report Claims NSA Snooping at 75% of Everything

WSJ Report Claims NSA Snooping at 75% of Everything

75% - Wow, that’s a lot isn’t it?  We’re talking about the latest reveal here in the capabilities of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program.  The revelation come from the Wall Street Journal today and it is getting lots of attention because it now seems the volume of their reach is like nothing we ever dreamed of before and the public acknowledgement from the agency hadn’t even suggested anything on this scale.  The report cites former and current NSA officials on that figure.  If true it seems to indicate that the NSA has the ability to observe a significant... more »
Splunk App for VMware 3.0 Provides Businesses with Granular Visibility Into Virtualized Environments

Splunk App for VMware 3.0 Provides Businesses with Granular Visibility Into Virtualized Environments

Virtualization delivers both the benefits of more efficient use of resources, but it also brings with it the disadvantage of complex management of a dynamic environment. Traditional monitoring tools are often not able to handle resources properly. One good example is security monitoring (user access, user activity, adjustments of rights, who is logged in, etc.), which can still often be difficult in a virtualized environment. Splunk, the leading provider of real-time operational intelligence software, has released Splunk App for VMware 3.0 to provide deep operational visibility into granular performance metrics, logs, tasks and events and topology from hosts, virtual machines and... more »
How A Smart Key Can Save Your Kid's Life

How A Smart Key Can Save Your Kid's Life

In this week’s SmartCar roundup, we’ll be featuring how Google Glass is transforming navigation, the future of public transportation, and a smart key to keep teen drivers safe. Mercedes Benz gets Google Glassified   When Google released the developer version of Google Glass, Mercedes Benz made sure to get a couple of these high-tech glasses.  Not because they just want to play with the promising new gadget, but because they see Google Glass as a perfect companion for vehicles. Mercedes already has a working app called “Door-to-Door Navigation.  When you want to go somewhere, plot your destination to your Google Glass, connect your phone... more »
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Data Quality is Key to Effective Analytics

Data quality and business value were the focal points of this year’s MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality (CDOIQ) conference. Dat Tran, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Data Governance and Analysis at the Department of Veterans Affairs, was among the bigwigs who stopped by SiliconANGLE’s theCube to share their insights into these topics. The VA is tapping into new data sources as part of a cross-agency initiative to improve service levels for veterans. According to Tran, data quality is essential for the analysts and data scientists who are working to determine the “priority of how we approach the customer data... more »
Can US Cloud Companies Can Put A Stop To The NSA's Spying?

Can US Cloud Companies Can Put A Stop To The NSA's Spying?

Yet more evidence has emerged about how damaging the NSA's PRISM program has been for US tech firms since Ed Snowden first revealed its existence, but the question is now, do these same corporations have enough power to put a stop to it? One undeniable fact about the United States of America, since it booted out the British all those years ago, is that most of the major political decisions have been made with an eye to furthering its corporate interests. That's not the case with the government's decision to start snooping on its citizens. Rather, it was more of a panic-stricken,... more »
NFL Sunday Ticket, Brought To You By Google?

NFL Sunday Ticket, Brought To You By Google?

What is America’s favorite sport?  Nope, not baseball, it’s football.  According to Harris Interactive’s poll earlier this year, 34 percent of adults surveyed stated that football is their favorite sport, while only 16 percent chose baseball. These findings really aren't that surprising given all the craze happening with the NFL, especially during this year's Super Bowl.  Thousands of people flocked either to watch the game, tailgate, or hold their own Super Bowl parties at home with their buddies. Some are excited to watch all the Super Bowl ads while others just watch it because of the half-time performance. And so, what might... more »
Military Judge Sentences Manning to 35 Years in WikiLeaks Case

Military Judge Sentences Manning to 35 Years in WikiLeaks Case

On Wednesday morning Pfc. Bradley was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.  The military judge, Army colonel Denise Lind, sentenced him after Manning’s conviction on multiple charges just last month.  He faced up to 90 years in prison. These charges included violations of the Espionage Act for copying and distributing the documents during his service as an intelligence analyst at a forward operating base in Iraq. Manning would become eligible for parole after serving just one-third of the sentence.  Government prosecutors had requested a 60 year sentence in... more »
Key VMware Executive Shakeups in 2013 : New CEO + Other Fresh Faces

Key VMware Executive Shakeups in 2013 : New CEO + Other Fresh Faces

Last year, VMware welcomed a new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, who replaced Paul Maritz.  At the time, Maritz exited the company and will not serve in any position under the EMC umbrella.  Lo and behold, Maritz is now Pivotal’s head.  Pivotal is the latest EMC/VMware spinoff. But this isn't the only executive level shakeup we've seen amongst EMC and its subsidiaries in recent months.  As we gear up for VMworld, several questions remain for the virtualization firm regarding its staying power in a rapidly transitioning market.  C-level shuffles are often indicative of internal changes, impacting company culture, products and public perception. So... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.