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Google as an intellectual sinkhole : What Motorola sale means for business

Google as an intellectual sinkhole : What Motorola sale means for business

Has Google become just a warehouse for well-educated, overpaid 20-somethings, that exists only to keep them from actually accomplishing something? At another company, of course. How many of these people will be functionally useless when Google spits them out, to be replaced with the next group of kids with perishable skills? What innovations would these engineers create if their talents were put to better use? What do Google's super smart people do all day? It certainly doesn't show. Even in its core business -- search -- I can't see what Google has done to help me lately. Google's record of accomplishment and success... more »
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Is the x86 server ready for open source? #CIOAngle, #OCPSummit

This week theCUBE covered the Open Compute Project Summit (#OCPSummit). As the name implies, this conference is part of the open source movement, but with a twist. When most people hear "open source" they think software -- Linux, OpenStack, KVM and other major open source projects. This conference is about open source hardware, and in particular, x86 servers. That may take a moment to understand. But this is real, and there are many indications that x86 architecture is ready for open source and indeed that something that resembles this is already happening on a large scale in the big Web service... more »
Data Hygiene : Making the case for the right amount of clean data

Data Hygiene : Making the case for the right amount of clean data

How much Big Data is enough? Many people are under the impression that the more data you have, the more accurate your analysis will be. Rather than basing research off a small sample population, why not study the entire population? Many analysts who work with big data are now saying this is a false assumption. At some point, it does not matter how much more data you have. Moreover, the quality of the resulting knowledge you glean from analyzing Big Data is less dependent on the quantity of data and more the result of sound analytic processes. Rather than spending time... more »
New smart devices to keep track of your things

New smart devices to keep track of your things

This week’s SmartDevice roundup features a connected devices that help you keep track of your things and find them if ever they get lost or misplaced. SmartWallit Pro  . SmartWallit Pro is a device that you put inside your wallet, luggage or purse so you'll never leave it behind again.  It is an upgraded version of the SmartWallit, with a thinner design, and has new features such as a No Disturb Mode, Lost Location Map, Cloud Synchronization, more warning sounds, distance view, reminder of luggage approaching, and even a longer battery life. SmartWallit Pro comes with a free app for your smartphone and connects... more »
Open Compute enabling top vendors to transition hyperscale wonders to the enterprise

Open Compute enabling top vendors to transition hyperscale wonders to the enterprise

In the latest installment of SiliconANGLE’s Cube Conversations series, Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman discusses the highlights of this week’s Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit and shares his take on the latest and greatest in hyperscale, a paradigm-shifting approach to data center design. The Open Compute Project was created by Facebook in April 2011 to develop standards for the kind of highly scalable and power-efficient hardware it uses in its own cutting-edge facilities. The initiative has come a long way in the past 12 months, Miniman observes, with a growing number of vendors now implementing Open Compute specifications in an effort... more »
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Huddle extends enterprise collaboration cloud for Office users

Microsoft's dominance in the productivity software market has made it a natural target for Huddle, a London-based startup with big ambitions for enterprise collaboration. Last September, the company paved SharePoint users a migration path to the cloud with a mobile-friendly connector. Today, Huddle is announcing that it's continuing the offensive with new Office integration that enables workers to access, manage and share files from a single interface. “Skipping between the applications on your desktop and cloud service to share information and discuss files with people is time-consuming and disrupts your workflow,” said Alastair Mitchell, CEO of Huddle. And, in an exclusive interview with SiliconANGLE's... more »
Facebook Paper top features : Launches Feb.3

Facebook Paper top features : Launches Feb.3

Facebook has finally unveiled Paper, but it’s more that just a news reader, it’s a whole new Facebook experience. The final product looks to be a rival to Flipboard, instead of addressing some of the remaining search gaps Facebook has on its social network. Paper is a standalone mobile app that lets you discover what your friends and the whole world finds interesting.  You can see posts from your Facebook friends, public posts from others not in your network, and even find interesting content based on categories. Content in Paper may be user-generated or from publications such as digital magazines and newspapers. Before... more »
The data center as an API: A tipping point for enterprise cloud | #OCPSummit

The data center as an API: A tipping point for enterprise cloud | #OCPSummit

Dave Vellante, Wikibon analyst and theCUBE co-host, was invited to moderate a Panel Discussion at the fifth edition of the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, California this week. Just before the guests took the stage, George Slessman (CEO and Product Architect at IO) made a quick presentation to the audience, right from his iPhone, with the purpose to show how the data center is going to be for the enterprises. "We're focused on the enterprise world and how they consume compute. The days of cardboard boxes being shipped to data centers, unboxed, put in racks, custom configured, custom cabled and... more »
OpenStack : Breaking into the enterprise | #OEForum

OpenStack : Breaking into the enterprise | #OEForum

Five years ago, the buzzword emerging from the tech world was "cloud." The somewhat ethereal concept promised to revolutionize how business gets done. And in an era when an idea or trend travels from conception to widespread accepted reality in seeming hyper drive, the working understanding and adoption of cloud strategies for the Enterprise has been stunningly slow to take hold in storefronts and boardrooms across the business landscape. In Mountain View, California yesterday, industry leaders and the OpenStack Foundation convened a first-of-its-kind conference aimed at educating the Enterprise on not only the immediate opportunities, but also strategies that will make... more »
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Express Metrix helps SMBs decrease software audit fears

Amazon and Salesforce envision a future without restrictive licensing agreements and cost-prohibitive software upgrades, but the industry still has a long way to go before realizing that ambition. IT organizations have their feet firmly planted in the present. Even as more processes are being outsourced to the cloud, the CIO still must maintain full visibility over application usage, ensure installations don't exceed license purchases, maintain compliance and keep costs to a minimum. These tasks are made even more difficult for small to midsize companies that face the same risks as their enterprise peers but operate on a much tighter budget. “Software license... 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.