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Precog’s Raises $2M for Drag ‘N Drop Analytics Interface

Precog’s Raises $2M for Drag ‘N Drop Analytics Interface

This week a startup called Precog that it received $2 million in a first round of funding led by RP Ventures, only three months after it came out of stealth at the Strata conference. The company offers a cloud-based platform that analyzes the unstructured data streams a developer is tapping into, such as social media interactions and geotagged activity. It then allows the user to translate the real-time results that the system produces into new capabilities:  everything from shopping recommendations to more behind-the-scenes functionality such as reporting. At the same time, the time investment that this would normally require is dramatically reduced... more »
EMC CTO Discusses the Current State of Big Data

EMC CTO Discusses the Current State of Big Data

The Cube is providing continuous coverage of EMC World 2012 being held in Las Vegas May 21 – 24. The Cube’s Dave Vellante sat down with Bill Schmarzo, CTO Enterprise Information Management and Analytics, EMC. Schmarzo said two activities at EMC World are consuming his time – speaking to analysts and speaking to customers. According to Schmarzo, the analysts he has spoken with have different perspectives about big data. Analysts more focused on data sciences report market enthusiasm about the ability to tap into new data sources and discover new market opportunities. However, analysts from the traditional business intelligence space... more »
Android's Google Play Faces Rising Competition from Amazon, Facebook and China

Android's Google Play Faces Rising Competition from Amazon, Facebook and China

Android's open nature allows its users to find thousands of applications not only on Google Play, but also through alternative markets that offer different services and promotional offers.  And Google Play's main rival, the Amazon Appstore, has made a name for itself by doing things differently than Android's official market.  The Appstore offers daily deals, curated apps and other interesting features not found on Google Play, and this week Amazon began rolling out its Test Drive feature, which will allow users to try out apps before downloading or buying. The Appstore currently supports testing of more than 5,000 Android apps, and is... more »
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EMC CIO Talks Transformation of People, Business and IT

Sanjay Mirchandani, CIO of EMC, sat in on theCube for a discussion at EMCWorld 2012.  The topics were rapid and we were fortunate enough to discuss some of the great things going on at EMC with him.  (See full video below). Kicking off was a discussion on customer perspective and how people want proof-points.  Building infrastructure for the sake of infrastructure provides no value.  EMC translates value as being around agility, speed, and time to market, marking a shift in how some internal customers think about things.  They want services faster, not necessarily perfect but quicker so work can start together... more »
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Louisville Gas & Electric Chooses Vblock Infrastructure, VMware for VDI System

Louisville Gas & Electric is moving to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) from stand-alone laptops, in part to support a more mobile workforce and computing environment. And it has chosen Vblock and VMware as its infrastructure, replacing a Citrix infrastructure in the process. “We looked at HP as well but chose Vblock because of the all-in-one support model,” said Laura Mattingly, manager of client support services in an interview on the SiliconAngle Cube at EMCworld 2012. This is LGE's first Vblock experience, and overall it has been good. The Vblock decision came after a year-long proof-of-concept pilot with 100 users divided between... more »
No Suits Allowed at hBase Con2012

No Suits Allowed at hBase Con2012

hBase Con2012 was the first industry conference for Apache hBase users, application developers, contributors and administrators, offering participants the ability to network, learn and train.  Charles Zedlewski is Cloudera's Vice President, and is responsible for the strategy, design and road map of Cloudera’s products: CDH and Cloudera Enterprise.   At hBase, Zedlewski spoke with Christophe Bisciglia, who is currently the co-founder and CEO of WibiData and is the founder of Cloudera, which hBase writes is “the leading provider of Apache Hadoop-based softare and services.”  In their keynote address, they spoke on “Why hBase is Becoming the Platform of Choice For Big Data... more »
VisibleGains Puts the Pizzazz Back in Cloud Storage

VisibleGains Puts the Pizzazz Back in Cloud Storage

The personal and enterprise cloud storage industry has become extremely crowded, and it sometimes seems that this scenario doesn’t leave all that much room for innovation.  Dropbox and Box have claimed the lion’s share of this market, while the rest is split up between smaller players that often offer a service only slightly different than their competitors. But there are a handful startups that are applying new collaboration and visualization techniques to shake-up the typical cloud storage model. One such company is VisibleGains, which has been busy making file hosting prettier and more collaborative. VisibleGains’ vision, which was given the name Postwire, can be... more »
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Intel Cloud SSO And The Quest To Secure The Entire Cloud

Today saw the general availability of Intel Cloud SSO, a single sign-on tool built on Salesforce.com's Force.com platform and designed to simplify user access to cloud and SaaS applications and enhance identity and access management for the IT pro both. It may seem a strange, given Intel's reputation as a hardware player. But it all makes perfect sense in the larger scheme. As you may guess from the fact that it was built on Force.com, Intel Cloud SSO and Salesforce are tightly integrated to the point where you can (entirely optionally) use a Salesforce identity as that single login across platforms. There's... more »
Already, HP Employees Getting Recruited on Twitter

Already, HP Employees Getting Recruited on Twitter

Developers are especially hard to come by. So now here comes the news that HP s laying off 27,000 people or 8% of its workforce. Already, the word is going out that tech companies want to to talk to the HP developers and engineers looking for work now that the company is laying off 27,000 people or 8% of the workforce. Here's what I found on Twitter in a few minutes doing searches: @adamjodonnell: If any C developers or security experts at HP get laid off tomorrow, contact me. Please RT. @wanyoni: Not good for HP... worse for their people. If you know any... more »
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Objectivity Claims Big Wins for NoSQL

Objectivity is a veteran database company that has been making software to help large enterprises manage their data since 1988.  More recently they jumped aboard the NoSQL bandwagon, and now reports that its distributed object DB solution is becoming more popular than ever. The firm says that in recent months some 14 companies decided to try out its solution, launching internal pilot programs to test drive the technology.  Objectivity already names Ericsson, healthcare provider McKesson and defense contractor Raytheo as clients, and now several others as well. Public security is one of the company’s key markets, with McKesson, Navy and Department of... more »

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