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ScaleOut Unveils Real Time In-Memory Analytics Engine

ScaleOut Software has revamped its in-memory data grid platform to deliver a twentyfold increase in MapReduce performance while eliminating some of the costs associated with traditional Hadoop clusters. The newly launched hServer V2 is specifically geared toward ad hoc analysis of operational data. While not designed to compete with offerings from distributors such as Cloudera and Hortonworks, the latest release of hServer utilizes select Hadoop components to greatly reduce deployment times and provide native support for “most” Java-based MapReduce applications. The solution can be implemented with ScaleOut’s integrated in-memory data grid or external data repositories such as HDFS. The company claims that... more »
Intel Supports Open Source Arduino Community with 50K Galileo Board Donation

Intel Supports Open Source Arduino Community with 50K Galileo Board Donation

Chip maker Intel hasn’t given up its hopes of equipping all devices, even wearable ones, with its own chips. At the Maker Faire Rome, Intel announced its agreement with Arduino the leading open-source hardware platform in the maker and education community, and launched the Intel Galileo board which is the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel architecture. "Through our ongoing efforts in education, we know that hands-on learning inspires interest in science, technology, engineering and math," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. "I've been a 'maker' for many years and am passionate about the exciting possibilities of technology... more »
Cost + Cloud are Splunk's Challenges as Rivals Emerge, Analyst Says | #splunkconf

Cost + Cloud are Splunk's Challenges as Rivals Emerge, Analyst Says | #splunkconf

Dennis Callaghan, Senior Analyst of Enterprise Software, 451 Research, analyzed Splunk's development, the broader IT management market, and the .conf event with theCUBE co-hosts Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante, live from Splunk .conf 2013.   Commenting on the fourth annual .conf event, Callaghan said he was "getting a lot of good feedback, people love Splunk 6," but there maybe not be as much excitement around Splunk Cloud. "People see it as something that Splunk can use to win more customers," not for existing customers. Splunk is "a powerful technology, it's been a powerful technology since it first came to the market. What it's gotten... more »
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Numerify Raises $8M for Cloud BI

Long on ambition but short on detail, Numerify has set out to propel traditional business intelligence into the cloud analytics era. Founded by BI veterans from Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, MicroStrategy and Hyperion, the stealth startup is developing a solution that integrates data from on- and off-premise information silos to help organizations “rapidly deliver the meaningful numbers necessary to successfully chart the course of their businesses.” Further advancing this vision, the company announced today that it has raised $8 million in an oversubscribed Series A funding round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. ServiceNow CEO Frank Slootman, Google Enterprise president Amit Singh and... more »
Learn from Application Environment, Make Better Infrastructure Choices | #splunkconf

Learn from Application Environment, Make Better Infrastructure Choices | #splunkconf

Karl May, Co-Founder and CEO of Vello Systems, discussed the company's unique take on networking, converged infrastructures, DevOps, and other major trends with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at Splunk .conf 2013. "What Vello Systems does is provide the software platform to abstract all of the hardware underlay," May explained. "We see the network as a system bus, we then use that as the plugin for compute and storage elements that go directly into that network and build apps on top of it." The software pulls data from the network, the compute, the apps, and all other components of... more »
Could The Silk Road Shut Down be Bitcoin's Redemption?

Could The Silk Road Shut Down be Bitcoin's Redemption?

Could the closure of the world's most notorious virtual black market pave the way for a cryptocurrency’s long term success? Silk Road is an online black marketplace that was operated as a Tor hidden service - making it the perfect place to do shady transactions online, such as buying and selling illegal drugs, finding hackers for hire, hiring hitmen and more. On Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized the Silk Road's domain, shutting it down and arresting Ross William Ulbricht, the person allegedly behind the virtual black marketplace’s operations.  What the FBI discovered goes far beyond what was previously suspected. According to... more »
Netskope Raises $21M Out of Stealth : Analytics to Tackle Shadow IT

Netskope Raises $21M Out of Stealth : Analytics to Tackle Shadow IT

Enterprise users are bypassing the IT department in favor of more accessible cloud services that offer convenient solutions to specific business problems. Known as shadow IT, this growing phenomenon is making it increasingly difficult for large organizations to effectively maintain security and compliance across their geographically dispersed environments. Fresh out of stealth mode with $21 million in funding from Social+Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners, Netskope is championing a new approach to addressing this challenge. The Los Altos-based startup offers a subscription-based analytics solution that provides admins with the tools they need to monitor cloud usage trends and enforce policies at scale. Netskope’s... more »
Splunk: Where ROI Pays for Itself on Day One #splunkconf

Splunk: Where ROI Pays for Itself on Day One #splunkconf

In their ongoing coverage of Splunk Conference 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Bill Gaylord, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Splunk. In this short chat the three discuss the new benefits of search options and Splunk’s emphasis on user experience. Gaylord explains that Splunk is not constrained by data storage. While he finds it “trite” to use the term big data, he says we have nearly witnessed a “Copernican shift” in how commonplace the management of massive amounts of data has become. Large and chaotic data makes it natural for customers to default to the search bar.... more »
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Why Customers Say "Splunk Allows Me to Dream" #splunkconf

In their ongoing coverage of Splunk Conference 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Clint Sharp, Director of Product Management, Big Data and Operational Intelligence at Splunk business analytics, in theCUBE. The three discuss the secret to Splunk's success despite increased competition, benefits of search and the future of analytics offerings. Vellante has observed more companies entering the market and asks Sharp, “What gives you the confidence [that] you can stay ahead of the competition?” Sharp says the secret to Splunk’s success lies in the way the company looks at data. Unlike other companies, he suggests Splunk is “Not just... more »
Splunk: "We're Absolutely Fanatical" for Instant Value | #splunkconf

Splunk: "We're Absolutely Fanatical" for Instant Value | #splunkconf

Markus Zirn, VP of Product & Solutions Management at Splunk, joined theCUBE during the second day of Splunk.conf13 in Las Vegas, talking with co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier about his company's ecosystem, content and revenue. Zirn agreed to talk about the applications built on the Splunk platform. "The ecosystem is fundamental to Splunk; what would the iPhone be without the iTunes store?" asked Zirn. "The content is fundamental." Attracting developers, fostering apps   As you might know, Splunk released SDKs in Python, PHP and Java, trying to encourage third-party developers to build and sell apps on the Splunk app market. "We're delivering solutions to different... 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.