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QLogic jumps on hyperscale bandwagon with FC adapter for OCP servers

Facebook launched the Open Compute Project (OCP) in 2011 with the goal of establishing a set of industry standards for hyperscale computing, a new operating paradigm that does away with proprietary solutions in favor of open source software and off-the-shelf data center equipment. Touted as cost-effective and elastic, the architecture proved highly successful in enabling the growth of web-scale giants such as Google and Amazon, but enterprise adoption has remained flat so far. However, if the growing industry interest in the initiative is anything to go by, that is starting to change. This week’s Open Compute Project Summit saw a flurry... more »
Microsoft aligns with Facebook to open source hyperscale

Microsoft aligns with Facebook to open source hyperscale

At re:Invent last year, Amazon VP James Hamilton gave attendees a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the AWS juggernaut, revealing how his firm leverages hyperspecialized components to achieve operational efficiencies at unprecedented scale. But other than that, the IaaS giant has remained tight lipped about its cloud, not disclosing revenues let alone providing any concrete details about the technologies that power its services. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that rival Microsoft is doing the exact opposite and making its server and rack blueprints freely available through the Open Compute Project, which was established by Facebook in 2011 to... more »
New York wants to make a 'BitLicense' for Bitcoin users

New York wants to make a 'BitLicense' for Bitcoin users

New York could become the first state to effectively "legitimize" virtual currencies like Bitcoin. At the moment, authorities are struggling to come to grips with most cryptocurrencies, as there are no rules or regulations governing how businesses must deal with them. To simplify things, the state is now mulling over the creation of a special “BitLicense” for businesses that primarily operate in virtual currencies. The “BitLicense” would be subject to certain regulations aimed at preventing Bitcoin and other virtual currencies from being used for illegal operations such as money laundering, Reuters reports. That's a big concern as Bitcoin's reputation has been... more »
Teen tech athletes reinventing the world | #OCPSummit

Teen tech athletes reinventing the world | #OCPSummit

It's not everyday that theCUBE co-hosts get to interview teenagers, but for this edition at the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, California, John Furrier and Dave Vellante had the chance to catch up with Thomas Sohmers, CEO and founder of REX Computing, not to mention a genuine wunderkind. Last year Sohmers received a two-year, $100,000 fellowship from the Thiel Foundation ("20 under 20") just to pursue his interests and... drop out of school. It was his third time applying, and he focused on high-performance computing and "reducing the costs and the energy needs." As soon as he received his fellowship he started... more »
Altiscale debuts industry’s first true Hadoop Cloud

Altiscale debuts industry’s first true Hadoop Cloud

Another day, another startup tackling the challenges of Big Data. Altiscale, the brainchild of former Yahoo chief architect and CTO Raymie Stata, today announced the general availability of Altiscale Data Cloud, its new Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS) platform. With only $12 million in Series A funding, Altiscale can’t hope to match the scale or affordability of Amazon Elastic MapReduce—nor is it trying to. The company is differentiating with Altiscale Data Cloud, a purpose-built Big Data cloud that offers a service-level agreement (SLA) that the company says is far superior to that of AWS. Altiscale Data Cloud also offers a set of enterprise... more »
Cumulus speaks on latest Dell deal, bare-metal networking + open cloud | #OCPSummit

Cumulus speaks on latest Dell deal, bare-metal networking + open cloud | #OCPSummit

JR Rivers, the CEO at Cumulus Networks, discussed the company's new deal with Dell, and bare-metal networking trends with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live from the Open Compute Project Summit in California. Giving an update on Cumulus, Rivers mentioned a lot of customer interest and customer engagement all boils down to proven concepts. "The real interesting evolution or change in the industry," he says, which was just announced, was Dell's decision to open up their networking platform. This also led to the deal with Cumulus Linux on their networking platform solution. The industry shift from proprietary to openness  . Dell is trying... more »
Hardware without workloads is irrelevant : How Open Compute differs from OpenStack | #OCPSummit

Hardware without workloads is irrelevant : How Open Compute differs from OpenStack | #OCPSummit

From the fifth edition of the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, California, theCUBE veterans John Furrier and Dave Vellante interviewed Cole Crawford, Executive Director with the Open Compute Foundation, debating the trends and establishing ways to keep the market free and unrigged. Likening technology to the very core of the American soul, Crawford, formerly the Founder of the Open Source Foundation, stated that "everybody wants to be free, and no one wants to be locked in." In his opinion, the fundamentals of Open Source apply both in hardware and software: the ability to look at the code the ability to change the... more »
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There's a new Home Brew Club for the data center | #OCPSummit

This has been dubbed the year of the cloud, and that represents a complete reengineering of the data center. SiliconANGLE founder and Editor in Chief John Furrier is leaving it to the alpha geeks to drive the innovation required to rethink the data center, noting a cultural shift in Silicon Valley. In the middle of it all, Furrier and his co-host Dave Vellante are broadcasting live from theCUBE at the Open Compute Project Summit in California today, sharing their expectations for the data center of the future. Most notable is how these changes are impacting the enterprise, shifting away from proprietary... more »
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For Cisco, the road to the hybrid cloud runs through the (software-defined) network

As cloud services continue to gnaw away at traditional IT infrastructure, incumbent vendors are finding themselves with no option but to embrace the time-honored philosophy of “if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.” IBM and HP are standardizing on OpenStack in a bid to conquer the private cloud, while more strategically-minded firms like Cisco are going down the hybrid computing route. The networking giant is rolling out InterCloud, a new software solution that enables organizations to freely move workloads between providers as well as on- and off-premise deployments. The offering was unveiled today at the company’s Live conference in Milan, a... more »
Better data for new Quantified Self trackers : Atlas Labs + more

Better data for new Quantified Self trackers : Atlas Labs + more

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a new tracker to help you analyze your strenuous workouts, an app that interprets your Quantified Self data, and a new initiative to better analyze your fitness data to improve your health. Atlas   There are many fitness trackers already available in the market, but most of them only count how many steps you’ve taken, flights of stairs climbed, hours slept. They can’t really tell what type of workout you are actually performing.  Things will soon change with the arrival of Atlas, a fitness tracker that knows the specific workout you are performing. Atlas uses inertial sensors that... 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.