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Speed + Scale : Squeezing the Best Performance out of Every Piece of Hardware

Speed + Scale : Squeezing the Best Performance out of Every Piece of Hardware

From the recently concluded Velocity Conference, all about Web Performance, theCube co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier talked with Srini Srinivasan, VP of Engineering at Aerospike. "People really want to see the latest and greatest performance and they do not want to wait, and that powers up performance," says Srinivasan. Spped is very important for the business value. "Downtime is not an option at all." Slowing down with just 20 percent ends up in losing a lot of users. Seconds and the difference they make are real, but not in an absolute sense, rather in a relative sense, explains Srinivasan. Competition is... more »
Cloudera Reigns Over Europe, Catches Up to Hadoop's American Success

Cloudera Reigns Over Europe, Catches Up to Hadoop's American Success

In a recent survey conducted by data processing software vendor Syncsort on 300 attendees of two Big Data conferences in Europe, it was revealed that Cloudera is the widely-adopted Hadoop distribution platform in Europe. It revealed that 41 percent of the frameworks use in Europe is Cloudera, followed by core Apache code at 30 percent, Hortonworks at 18 percent and MapR at nine percent. According to Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly, it should be noted that Cloudera has been around the longest, so it’s not really surprising that they came out on top of the survey.  But he found it interesting... more »
LIVE: Selling, Surveying, or Spying - Retail & Big Data

LIVE: Selling, Surveying, or Spying - Retail & Big Data

Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Monday July 15, 2013. Brick-and-mortar stores are introducing new data tracking methods in the hopes of catching up with their online retail competitors. Joining us now to provide his breaking analysis on the new ways in which we’re being monitored is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. Nordstrom wanted to learn more about its customers — how many came through the doors, how many were repeat visitors — the kind of information that e-commerce sites like Amazon have in spades. So last fall the company started testing new technology that... more »
Russia Accelerates Its Own Internet Spying, Thanks to Snowden

Russia Accelerates Its Own Internet Spying, Thanks to Snowden

“I don’t want to live in a world where there is no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.” These were the words of former NSA security contractor and now the world's most famous whistleblower, Ed Snowden, shortly after fleeing the US and exposing its massive surveillance program known as PRISM. But for Snowden, it looks like that in the process of telling the truth about the NSA's spying, he's actually shot himself in the foot as far as his own motivations go. Having previously stated that he doesn't want to live in a country where the government monitors... more »
Twitter's New Tailored Ads: How They Work and How to Block 'Em

Twitter's New Tailored Ads: How They Work and How to Block 'Em

Over the weekend, Twitter, the microblogging service that has transformed how we interact with people on the internet, announced plans to experiment with how ads are displayed on individual user’s Twitter feed. Twitter claims that the experiment aims to deliver more useful ads to its US users from brands and businesses, but insists that we won't suddenly find our feeds flooded with ads. What Twitter aims to accomplish is to bring brands and people interested in their products or services closer without encroaching on anyone’s feeds. But how would this be possible?  In order for Twitter ad targeting to work, your browser... more »
The Moto X Will Be "Always On"... Always Spying On You Too?

The Moto X Will Be "Always On"... Always Spying On You Too?

If you're planning on buying a new Moto X phone, you might want to watch what you're saying. A newly leaked video showing several features of Google/Motorola's new flagship handset was posted online by Canadian carrier Rogers over the weekend, with one of the standout revelations being a new voice command system that's “always on” by default. At first glance it seems like a nifty feature. It works a lot like Apple's Siri, only its integrated with Google Now. The good thing is that you no longer need to 'do' anything to activate it, simply say “okay Google Now”, and once... more »
Abhishek Mehta Addresses Omni-channel

Abhishek Mehta Addresses Omni-channel

Abhishek Mehta, the founder of Tresata, explained how his startup’s Big Data suite will help enterprises make omni-channel commerce a reality in a recent Q&A with SiliconAngle NewsDesk Head Writer Winston Edmondson. Mehta starts the interview by explaining the buzzword. He tells Winston that omni-channel describes the notion of “looking at all possible avenues to reach your customers, whether it’s a brick and mortar store, whether it’s an e-commerce site, a mobile channel, [or] social platforms.” He adds that “omni-channel transcends all those avenues that you can reach your customers with and represents … the optimal strategy to leverage and maximize... more »
Icahn Suffers Another Blow Ahead of Dell Buyout Vote

Icahn Suffers Another Blow Ahead of Dell Buyout Vote

The group of directors charged with supervising Dell’s sale slammed Carl Icahn’s after he invited fellow stockholders to appraise their shares in the company. The hedge fund giant wrote in a letter that his proposal is a “no-brainer” and involves “no risk” because the law allows investors to withdraw their appraisal proposals within 60 days after the completion of a buyout. Icahn’s push aims to undermine shareholder confidence in Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners’ $13.65-per-share offer for the company. Because a shareholder has to vote against a deal in order to gain appraisal, sufficient support for Icahn’s plan could potentially... more »
Rackspace Upgrades Android App with OpenStack Support

Rackspace Upgrades Android App with OpenStack Support

Yesterday Rackspace customers were pleasantly surprised to find a new release of the company’s free Android app. The latest version sports a new look and features an array of options for managing cloud deployments on the go. The reworked interface makes it easier to navigate the app and “find exactly what you’re looking for.” It’s complemented by an array of new admin functions, including the ability to manage multiple Rackspace accounts, check system status, and reboot, rename, resize and rebuild servers. Additionally, users can now change root passwords, ping specific servers from multiple data centers, and call Rackspace support directly from... more »
Dropbox: Playing By Their Own Rules

Dropbox: Playing By Their Own Rules

The Internet landscape has undergone drastic change over the past several years. One of the surprising drivers of this change came about with the founding of the file sharing service known as Dropbox. The company seized on an opportunity to be able to provide a framework for the sharing of large data files between devices. And with Dropbox’s dominance in the market, they have set their sights on what they believe their future holds. As reported on SiliconANGLE’s News Desk this week, Dropbox hosted their first ever developer conference recently. The purpose behind the conference is so Dropbox can morph from... more »

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