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EnterpriseDB expands cloud-based Postgres Plus database on AWS

EnterpriseDB expands cloud-based Postgres Plus database on AWS

Since Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010, developers have been moving away from MySQL to community-developed alternatives such as MariaDB and even PostgresSQL, the long-time underdog of the database world. EnterpriseDB founder and CEO Ed Boyajian is an open source veteran; he believes PostgresSQL has finally crossed the chasm to the enterprise mainstream.  And Sean Doherty, Vice President of Business Development at EnterpriseDB, said that the industry has really seen a kind of renaissance for PostgresSQL over the last year or so. "It's really the only open-source relational database option for the enterprise," Doherty told theCUBE cohosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante during a HP Discover... more »
OpenStack doesn't need a leader, it just needs to evolve

OpenStack doesn't need a leader, it just needs to evolve

One of the most common arguments made against OpenStack is that it has no dominant leader to set a clear direction. In other words, OpenStack lacks a cohesive vision, and that could lead to it fizzling out some day. This might be the case, but there are several reasons why this argument is flawed. While there is certainly value in unified leadership, there are other more powerful forces driving OpenStack beyond leadership alone. First, those who argue that OpenStack needs a dominant leader fail to understand that the lack of such a leader is its biggest strength. OpenStack's developers have a certain camaraderie... more »
Elasticsearch's new Marvel tool adds monitoring to real-time analytics

Elasticsearch's new Marvel tool adds monitoring to real-time analytics

Elasticsearch, the Amsterdam-based startup behind the open-source Big Data query engine of the same name, today announced the general availability of Marvel, its first commercial product. Marvel is a monitoring solution that pulls in and visualizes real-time activity data exposed through a project’s APIs to provide users with a better view of their deployments. “Our mission has always been to bring massive amounts of data to life, so that our customers can get actionable insights instantly,” said Shay Banon, co-founder and CTO of Elasticsearch and the original creator of the platform that enables users to scan and process petabytes of data in real time. “With... more »
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Indiegogo raises $40M + 4 niche crowdfunding sites on the rise

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced that it has raised $40 million in a round led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), with the participation of existing investors Insight Venture Partners, MHS Capital, Metamorphic Ventures and ff Venture Capital. According to co-founder Slava Rubin, this round of funding will be used to make key hires, expand globally and focus on mobile users, personalization and building trust. “If the 80s were about desktops, the 90s were about commerce and the 00s were about social, then the next decade is going to be about crowdsourcing,” he said. Rubin said the... more »
Google unveils new frames + partnership for Glass

Google unveils new frames + partnership for Glass

Being a Glass Explorer has its ups and downs, especially when you need a pair of prescription glasses. Good news for Explorers, Google has unveiled its Titanium Collection, a new set of frames that allows prescription glasses users to enjoy wearing Glass as well. The Titanium Collection offers four new frames to choose from: Split, Thin, Bold and Curve, plus two new shades to choose from. These are just frames, not new versions of Google Glass. Despite rumors in the past that it was partnering with designers such as Warby Parker, the Titanium Collection was designed by Google. Designing the frames... more »
Record breaking Q1 iPhone sales just aren't good enough for Apple

Record breaking Q1 iPhone sales just aren't good enough for Apple

Apple has posted its first quarter results, showing how the company hit new records with sales of its iPhones, iPads and Macs. The company sold 51 million iPhones, 26 million iPads, and 4.8 million Macs - a substantial increase from its year-ago first quarter sales of 47.8 million, 22.9 million, and 4.1 million, respectively. The company is elated with the high demand for its flagship smartphone iPhone 5S. But because of this huge demand, it hasn't been able to provide enough of the things for its customers. For those still waiting to get their hands on the much coveted iPhone 5S, Apple... more »
Bitcoin Bust: BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem nabbed on money laundering charges

Bitcoin Bust: BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem nabbed on money laundering charges

Another major Bitcoin-related bust went down last night when US law enforcement officials arrested the operator of exchange website BitInstant.com, alongside a second individual, charging them with money laundering tied to the sale of illegal drugs, the Washington Post reported last night. Charlie Shrem, CEO, and Robert Faiella, were apparently arrested for planning the sale of more than $1 million worth of Bitcoin to users of the Silk Road, a former online 'black market' that was used to facilitate illegal transactions involving drugs and guns. According to a statement put out by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of... more »
ManageEngine rolls out sweeping upgrades across monitoring portfolio

ManageEngine rolls out sweeping upgrades across monitoring portfolio

Data center monitoring provider ManageEngine, a division of IT management powerhouse Zoho Corp, unveiled a set of major updates to its core products at this week’s Cisco Live conference in Milan. The portfolio revamp expands support for the networking stalwart’s products and attempts to address the rise of mobility in the enterprise. The latest version of OpManager, ManageEngine’s networking monitoring solution, comes with a companion app for the iPad that lets admins monitor their Cisco devices and keep an eye out for performance and availability hiccups while outside the office. The application also enables the creation of custom dashboards and widgets,... more »
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Teradata launches end-to-end Big Data solution for SAP shops

Data warehousing giant Teradata is hoping to carve out a bigger slice of the quarter-million-strong SAP customer base with a new bundle of products and services designed to help companies collapse their legacy information silos while sustaining existing IT investments. The offering, branded as Teradata Analytics for SAP, consists of nearly two dozen modules split into three categories: finance, sales and supply chain management, and human resources and data quality reporting. Together, these components enable users to combine information from their business intelligence (BI) apps with financial metrics and unstructured data directly in the Teradata Database, which packs more than 1,000... more »
Codero lands $8 Million in financing with SVB and Farnam Street Financial

Codero lands $8 Million in financing with SVB and Farnam Street Financial

Codero Hosting announced today that it has secured $8 million in new financing.  The financing comes from Silicon Valley Bank and Farnam Street Financial.  This is notable as it is a blue chip finance arrangement and mainstream financing, not an equity deal.  It means that the company is really hitting its growth in a competitive cloud market with unique leading products.  Codero plans to use the capital financing to deploy new data centers across the country and in Europe.  The company is also further expanding its hosting portfolio, reaching out to more customers than ever before through the addition of... 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.