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OpenStack: a candid conversation | #OEForum

On Wednesday of this week, the OpenStack foundation invited tech professionals from start-up organizations and legacy Enterprise institutions to share their experiences with the open source cloud platform. The goal of the conference was to impart to those Enterprises yet to adopt a cloud strategy the ease with which they could deploy an OpenStack architecture in their own organization. In the third keynote panel session, moderated by Lydia Leong of Gartner, Surendra Reddy, CTO of PARC, spoke about the role of OpenStack in his own organization. PARC, utilizing an open innovation practice is, it should be noted, an independent, wholly owned... more »
BREAKING NEWS:  Google SVP of Chrome & Apps Sundar Pichai now front runner for Microsoft CEO job

BREAKING NEWS: Google SVP of Chrome & Apps Sundar Pichai now front runner for Microsoft CEO job

{Update Feb 4th, 2014:  Microsoft has selected Satya Nadella as CEO; Bill Gates steps down as Chairman; Steve Ballmer relinquishes post as CEO.} BREAKING:  SiliconANGLE has confirmed that Sundar Pichai is the top choice for the CEO position of Microsoft according to sources close to the hiring team.  According to sources, negotiations are in full swing with Pichai. This data obtained by SiliconANGLE is new information to the recent Bloomberg report that Satya Nadella is considered the top choice. Many industry insiders like Satya Nadella for CEO because of his enterprise and cloud background.  However,  Sundar Pichai is the leading external candidate and... more »
SmartWorld Weekly : Booming market for safer cars + smarter elevators

SmartWorld Weekly : Booming market for safer cars + smarter elevators

This week’s SmartWorld Series features smart elevators that know when passengers want to board, a device that tracks workouts, technologies that could make connected cars safer, and the latest devices to keep track of personal stuff. For those who missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s a chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world. Each week, SiliconANGLE rounds up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. . Smart Home market to boom in 2020 : New trends in smart elevators The SmartHome market is... more »
Stay on top of stats for Super Bowl XLVIII : Apps + interactive infographic

Stay on top of stats for Super Bowl XLVIII : Apps + interactive infographic

Will this be the year that the Seattle Seahawks finally win their first Super Bowl?  Or will this be the year that Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning proves he is the best quarterback of all time?  The answers to those questions will soon be revealed during this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII. According to the Independent, Sunday's game will be one of the most interesting in history as it pits NFL’s best offense, the Denver Broncos, against its best defense, the Seattle Seahawks. For football enthusiasts who want to learn more about the football teams going head to head on Sunday, check out this... more »
Security takeaways from #OEForum and #OCPSummit

Security takeaways from #OEForum and #OCPSummit

Well they didn't exactly focus much into security, but taking in the discussions throughout this week's Open Compute and OpenStack events, it is rather clear that data center architecture is moving towards rapid scale, massive scale and towards getting more and more value out of the data center.  We're seeing this gravitation to ubiquitous platform models, with flexible APIs that reach into every aspect of these environments - all of these tremendous opportunities enabled by the open community.  These constructs are most closely associated with architecture, but there are some parallels that can be drawn out into the world of... more »
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The new homebrew club for the data center : OpenStack for the Enterprise

This week theCUBE broadcast live from two great events, each presenting their case for open source in the enterprise. The Open Compute Project Summit V and the OpenStack Enterprise Forum brought out the top influencers in this space, and theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante sparked some great discussions on open source's role in transforming the enterprise data center. There’s a new paradigm in Silicon Valley, focused on hardware excellence and driven by software design. It’s what Furrier calls the new, modern homebrew computer club, but for data centers, not PCs. As SiliconANGLE's founder sees it, software-defined innovation is... more »
5 IFTTT recipes for the Smart Home

5 IFTTT recipes for the Smart Home

The number of homes equipping their abodes with home automation is increasing as people find the act of controlling their homes remotely convenient.  The only downside to this is app fatigue, especially when different brands each have their own separate apps for their respective home automation solutions.  Instead of serving as an added convenience, managing all those apps for different services can become a frustration. As coding becomes the new literacy, simple code sets are being put to work for the consumer market to make the Internet of Things work more smoothly. IFTTT is at the center of this consumer code... more »
MongoHQ beefs up security

MongoHQ beefs up security

Securing the cloud is a big task, no matter what particular element you are looking at. MongoHQ announced this week that they are adding a host of new security features to their powerful platform.  MongoHQ provides . First off, the newly introduced security feature package gives customers the tools to control and see who accesses their account. They are also including two-factor authentication, security auditing tools and a best-practice security handbook for startups. This powerful security functionality will help customers boost their MongoDB security, helping to assure customers that their data is safe and that best practice security measures are... more »
Google posts strong Q4 despite mobile woes

Google posts strong Q4 despite mobile woes

Google announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013, as well as its fiscal year that ended last December 31, 2013. Google reported consolidated revenues of $16.86 billion for the fourth quarter, an increase of 17 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. The fourth quarter proved to be Google’s strongest quarter because of the holidays. Retail advertisement was up during this quarter, resulting in an approximate increase of 31 percent compared to the same quarter from 2012 in aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of its Network members. "We... more »
Splunk – Big Data, Big Security, Big predictions

Splunk – Big Data, Big Security, Big predictions

One of the biggest most promising trends in the security business today is this unison of data analytics and security in one happy package.  A number of leading products have implemented analytics into their security platform and it figures to be a big field yet again in 2014.  Perhaps none of these examples may be as interesting as Splunk, who finds themselves at the center of the current cybersecurity landscape through the use of its advanced data analytics.  Splunk shares some of their perspective on the year ahead and we discussed these topics with Joe Goldberg, senior manager of product... 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.