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Splunk Support of AWS Cloud Designed to Bridge the Data Divide

Splunk Support of AWS Cloud Designed to Bridge the Data Divide

Splunk enables organizations to monitor, search, analyze, visualize and act on massive streams of real-time and historical machine data. Splunk Storm, which is aimed at companies who develop their applications in the public cloud and provide for infrastructure services such as AWS, Heroku, Google App Engine, or Rackspace, uses Amazon EC2 as its infrastructure, and also uses Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (Amazon ELB), AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). Extending the Amazon cloud reach, Splunk announced a free analytics-as-a-service product based on the Amazon Web Services cloud at the Splunk Conference 2013. Organizations can now... more »
With Eyes Set on Mobile, Pivotal Picks Up Xtreme Labs

With Eyes Set on Mobile, Pivotal Picks Up Xtreme Labs

Pivotal, the open cloud venture that spun off EMC and VMware last year, has made its first acquisition this week in a milestone move to enter the mobile scene. The firm announced on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement to buy Xtreme Labs, a privately-held development studio based in Toronto, Canada. No financial details were disclosed, but an anonymous tipster told AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher that the deal is valued at over $65 million. Founded in 2007, Xtreme boasts an impressive client list that includes Facebook, Twitter and  Fortune 500 brands in the retail, entertainment and financial services industries. Pivotal plans... more »
Can Splunk Make the Nation More Secure? | #splunkconf

Can Splunk Make the Nation More Secure? | #splunkconf

Mark Seward, Senior Director of Security and Compliance Marketing with Splunk, talked with John Furrier and Dave Vellante at Splunk.conf 2013 in Las Vegas, covering the data management platform and various security issues. Furrier started the interview by pointing out that a lot of people are using Seward's product for security and compliance reasons, and asked the security angle for this conference. "I've seen that liberating feeling coming over people. What is liberating is that they're able to answer questions with what is usually considered to be exhaust gas in the business - the exhaust gas of data that comes out of... more »
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SmartWorld Weekly: New Smart Home Solutions, Cools Toys + More

If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. This week’s SmartWorld Series features new smart home solutions, ways to keep track of your mood, new smart vehicles, and cool connected toys. Newest Smart Home Solutions for You + Pets   SmartHome Monday featured WigWag, a wireless device that help you control your automated home, Nest’s effort to expand and deliver a smart smoke... more »
Adobe Gives Hack Victims Free Credit Watch : 3 Quick Tips to Secure Your Data

Adobe Gives Hack Victims Free Credit Watch : 3 Quick Tips to Secure Your Data

Hackers are getting sneakier.  Once upon a time, they were only after one thing: credit/debit card information to use for financial gains.  Now, they are hitting service providers hard by attacking product source codes.  Adobe is the latest victim, losing both customer data and source code to a hacker attack.  Read our initial coverage here. Adobe Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin revealed that its security team discovered sophisticated attacks in its network, which involved illegal access to customer account information as well as source code for numerous Adobe products.  Though it hasn’t been proven, Adobe believes that the attacks are related. “Our... more »
Payback for Payback - 13 Anonymous Members Indicted for Anti-Piracy Retaliation DDoS Attacks

Payback for Payback - 13 Anonymous Members Indicted for Anti-Piracy Retaliation DDoS Attacks

13 alleged memebers of the hacktivist group Anonymous were indicted by a federal grand jury, as described in an 28-page indictment unsealed Thursday in an Alexandria, Virgina US district court.  The indictment describes a series of online attacks in an that were launched under the banner of "Operation Payback".  The attacks were distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) and started in 2010 as retaliation for actions made against the Swedish torrent site The Pirate Bay.  The Pirate Bay had been shutdown in a campaign against piracy and Anonymous fired back, attacking the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording... more »
NaviSite Revamps DaaS Offering

NaviSite Revamps DaaS Offering

NaviSite, a provider of enterprise-grade cloud hosting and application management services, has enhanced its desktop-as-a-service offering to accommodate businesses that don’t have the budget for a dedicated environment. With the addition of remote desktop services and a remote application delivery tool, the platform allows customers to adopt multi-tenancy without compromising on performance or security. Admins can set access controls at the desktop level, or enforce corporate policy at the application layer to simplify provisioning. NaviSite says that this functionality enables organizations to meet the needs of remote and mobile workers that require rapid access to cloud resources. Other selling points of the... more »
5 Interviews Worth Watching from Splunk.conf2013 : Exclusive Videos

5 Interviews Worth Watching from Splunk.conf2013 : Exclusive Videos

Splunk.conf2013 has wrapped this week, and one thing is clear - Splunk has positioned itself well to transition beyond machine log data. Looking to make its solution more broadly known for its ability to support generalized Big Data needs, Splunk is becoming more applicable for the enterprise. Customers use Splunk's platform for marketing-related data and sales data, showcasing all the right partners to prove its ecosystem worthy. Lets checkout some of the great interviews that we had on our exclusive coverage of #splunkconf13 on theCUBE. . How Cloud and SaaS Power Ping Identity’s Growth #splunkconf . theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante welcomed Beau... more »
Adobe Hacked - Lost Source Code and 2.9 Million Customers Financial Info

Adobe Hacked - Lost Source Code and 2.9 Million Customers Financial Info

Brad Arkin, Adobe's Chief Security Officer stated on the Adobe blog late yesterday that hackers had broken into their computer network and had taken both customer data and software source code that could be used to launch hidden attacks. "Attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders" The hackers also walked off with Adobe's source code for its biggest product - Adobe Acrobat product that is widely used for creating PDF files, they also grabbed source code for ColdFusion... more »
Most Successful 3D Printers on Kickstarter

Most Successful 3D Printers on Kickstarter

The Industrial Revolution set us on a path into the future, walking hand-in-hand with machines.  These mechanical wonders are here to stay, irreversibly empowering mankind with the magic of manufacturing.  To celebrate, October 4th has been established as Manufacturer’s Day, and we here at SiliconANGLE think the greatest homage to manufacturing's future is a brief look back at the world of 3D printing.  These consumer-ready printers hold the promise of venturing into the world of manufacturing without having to worry about labor fees, overhead costs, transport or middlemen. Perhaps the most influential marketplace for 3D printing is Kickstarter, a hub for entrepreneurs and... 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.