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Privacy + Security : Top Priorities in Hadoop Era

The Edward Snowden saga has dragged the issue of privacy into the limelight, and shed new light on the importance of individual freedom. Curt Monash, a well known industry analyst, shared his take on this topic in an interview on theCube at the recently concluded HP Vertica Big Data Conference. “Privacy is hugely important,” Monash said, because it is among the principal values that have to be upheld in every society. He highlighted that the implications of privacy abuse can be “extremely dangerous”  because users’ physical location, transaction history and license plates are all tracked in today’s increasingly connected world. Monash believes... more »
Nokia Deploys 2nd Gen 3D Mapping System: Can HERE Maps Finally Rival Google?

Nokia Deploys 2nd Gen 3D Mapping System: Can HERE Maps Finally Rival Google?

When you need directions or you want to see what a place looks like, you'll more than likely turn to Google Maps because of its Streetview feature.  No doubt about it, Streetview's really cool, especially when you’re visiting a place for the first time.  With Streetview, you can familiarize yourself with the place even before you get there so you won’t look so much like a tourist. It's precisely because of this feature that Google Maps is the most dominant, all powerful mapping service around. Quite simply, there's nothing to compare with it, and that's why it has virtually no competition... more »
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4 Ways Gold iPhone Will Succeed : Elitism, Corporate Appeal + More

You’ve probably already heard that Apple will be launching two iPhones by September.  Apple hasn’t confirmed it yet, but sources stated that there will be a high-end iPhone dubbed as the iPhone 5S, and a low-cost iPhone dubbed as the iPhone 5C. Apple is said to be replacing the iPhone 4 and 4S with the iPhone 5C and it will be directed at emerging markets, specifically in Asia.  Apple has a knack of knocking down older iPhones’ price by a couple hundred dollars, so instead of doing that, they will just remove the two older iPhones and replace them with a... more »
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NaviSite Announces Advanced IaaS Powered by vCloud #VMworld

Managed service and cloud computing provider NaviSite this morning has announced NaviCloud Director, an advanced IaaS service built around VMware's vCloud Director and designed to support advanced applications and hybrid computing environments. It gives customers access to VMware's APIs and development environment and supports customer customization of their networking architecture to map specifically to their technology philosophy. It also provides users with access to the native vCloud Director user interface for further flexibility. The new offering was developed in cooperation with VMware and features: Easy access through AppCenter, vCloud Director, and APIs; Mix-&-match billing models for fixed cost or pay-as-you-go; Flexible network architectures allowing... more »
Facebook's Mission To Connect The World: Noble, But It's All About The Money

Facebook's Mission To Connect The World: Noble, But It's All About The Money

Facebook stole the headlines this morning with the announcement of its new master plan to connect the more than five billion people living in the world who're stil unable to access, or only have limited access, to the internet. The drive, which was announced by Mark Zuckerberg in a blog post and the New York Times in a separate exclusive, will go by the simple banner of Internet.org. Facebook won't be going it alone – it's being backed by six other high profile tech businesses in the form of Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung. The initiative will see the... more »
Germany Acceptance of Bitcoin Sets Standard for Other Countries

Germany Acceptance of Bitcoin Sets Standard for Other Countries

The story of the German Finance Ministry stating essentially Bitcoin is “legal tender” has been making the rounds all over the virtual currency and technology world. The German government recognizes the digital currency as a “unit of account” that can be used in Germany. This makes them a kind of “private money”, which can be used in multilateral clearing circles. The German Ministry of Finance has issued an official statement recognizing Bitcoin as “Rechnungseinheiten,” a legal designation that translates to “units of account”. This type of money is also referred to as “artificial currency” or “side payments.” “We should have competition in... more »
SimpliVity Announces Deep Stack Converged Infrastructure Alternative

SimpliVity Announces Deep Stack Converged Infrastructure Alternative

Startup SimpliVity has announced a set of converged infrastructure products designed for multiple-box scalability that goes beyond competing offerings from the large vendors, writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stuart Miniman. Specifically, SimpliVity's OmniStack include backup/dedup, WAN optimization, cloud gateway functionality, and both SSD and flash caching on top of the normal integrated storage, network, compute, and management software. Typical OmniStack deployments start with three to four cubes at a single site. It can scale to 12 cubes at six sites, and SimpliVity is talking about testing up to 512 cubes at 64 sites. The update to its portfolio includes  refresh of... more »
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The Executive Perspective on Data-Driven Innovation

The Big Data revolution is creating exciting new opportunities for business leaders. SiliconANGLE’s theCube crew interviewed a few of them at the recently concluded HP Vertica Big Data Conference to bring you the executive angle on data-driven innovation. It’s all about the customers, according to Vertica vice president of marketing Chris Selland. He told theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante that the event enables his firm to keep track of the latest customer use cases, which provide unique insights into the different ways users leverage Vertica technology to drive business value. He added that HP incorporates client feedback into its... more »
Unraveling the Dark Web--Dread Pirate Roberts and Silk Road

Unraveling the Dark Web--Dread Pirate Roberts and Silk Road

They sell pure cocaine in Colombia or Peru. There are over six thousand drugs available to be distributed in any part of the world. It was in June 2011, just days after U.S. blogger Adrian Chen has unmasked the site, known as the “Silk Road.” Silk Road is best known as the world’s best illegal e-commerce site, which is engaged in criminal affairs.  It was created in February of 2011, and the media around the world have dealt with it since then.  In the first six months its estimated turnover was around 1.2 million per month. And although the international police... more »
How Long Do You Last in Bed? There's a Self-Quantified App for That

How Long Do You Last in Bed? There's a Self-Quantified App for That

In this week’s Quantified Self roundup, we’ll be looking at how apps and gadgets not only track your health and fitness regime but also you sex life and genealogy.  Are these Quantified Self apps and devices overstepping their boundaries, or is such introspection inevitable in the search for the quantified version of ourselves? Spreadsheets   Ever wonder how good you really are in bed?  You can’t rely on your partner to tell you that, they're apt to lie.  So why not use an app that tells you the truth through data? Spreadsheets monitors data from user’s movement and audio levels through the accelerometer and... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.