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Examining Hewlett-Packard's Software Business

Examining Hewlett-Packard's Software Business

The Cube’s Dave Vellante  had an opportunity to speak with Mark Potts, HP Fellow and CTO, HP Software at this year’s HP Discover to discuss the future of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) software business. The complete video is available after the article. Vellante began by asking Potts what is the converged cloud. Potts explained that HP has built on the concept of converged infrastructure combining networks, server and storage and virtualizing them into a “fabric” for cloud computing. Potts went on to say, this is just one level of convergence. HP also focuses on the convergence of private, public and hybrid cloud delivery... more »
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How One Bank Finds Efficiency with Dell Compellent

Dan Marbes, Discipline Lead – Systems Engineering for Associated Bank, has been going to the Dell Storage Forum “since it was the Compellent C-Drive conference in Minneapolis. I've been to them all.” In the process, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube from the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston, he has seen the technology grow and prosper (full video below). “For me last year was a chance to see what Compellent's acquisition by Dell meant. There was a little trepidation in 'Okay, you've gobbled up this intellectual property, what are you going to do with it?' It's a little... more »
Another Yahoo Exec Shakeup: Michael Barrett Hired From Google

Another Yahoo Exec Shakeup: Michael Barrett Hired From Google

Yahoo! Inc. announced that they’ve hired  Michael Barrett as their new Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.  He will be in charge of Yahoo’s advertising revenue and operations globally, with Americas, EMEA and APAC regional leads reporting to him. “Michael Barrett is regarded as one of the most successful and influential executives in media and technology, and I am thrilled to have him join Yahoo! in this critical role,” said Ross Levinsohn, Interim Chief Executive Officer.  “I am confident that his deep industry experience and relationships will help us drive our strategic vision, taking Yahoo!’s industry-leading position to the next... more »
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Will Microsoft Reveal an iPad or Kindle Fire Rival Today?

Last week we were greeted with Microsoft’s invite for their event, which takes place today.  Though the invite itself was vague, just containing the date, time and venue, speculation over its product details quickly took over. First was the rumor of a Microsoft Windows 8 tablet, as in their very own tablet not manufactured by another OEM.  Next was the Nokia Windows 8 tablet, thanks to the teaser on Nokia’s Facebook page, which makes it seem like the upcoming announcement is not solely Microsoft related, but dealing with the availability of the Nokia 808 PureView in the US. But the latest rumor is that... more »
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Hadoop Summit Recap: Posturing and Consolidation with Entrepreneurial Undercurrents

The fifth annual Hadoop Summit in San Jose has come to a close. As one would expect, theCube was streaming live coverage and analysis directly from the conference, hosted by SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly. Often called the “ESPN of tech”, theCube was onsite, extracting the big data signals from the conference noise. The Hadoop Summit is definitely a conference geared toward technology-seeking individuals, comprised of a number of technical sessions with hints of business cases and use cases trickling throughout. A successful event on many fronts, Furrier gave this year’s conference a score of 8.5 points... more »
Monday Mobile Roundup: Games on TV, More NFC and an Acquisition for MoMo

Monday Mobile Roundup: Games on TV, More NFC and an Acquisition for MoMo

Today's mobile news roundup features Draw Something’s future in TV, HTC’s mobile banking phone, Motorola Solutions' acquisition of Psion, and more. Draw Something to become a TV show The popular guessing game Draw Something by OMGPOP, previously acquired by Zynga, will soon become a television show. CBS Broadcasting Inc. purchased the pilot of the show which will feature celebrities and players competing at home for prizes.  The Draw Something TV show is a joint project of Sony Pictures Television, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Embassy Row. “Television has to compete with other screens now; people are sitting at home with laptops, tablets and phones,” Dr... more »
Facebook CTO Leaves Shortly After IPO, Works on Startup with Google Exec

Facebook CTO Leaves Shortly After IPO, Works on Startup with Google Exec

Bret Taylor, Facebook’s chief technology officer, announced that he will be leaving the social networking giant for a startup company with his friend Kevin Gibbs, head of the Google App Engine Project. Here’s Taylor’s post on his Facebook profile: I wanted to let you all know that I'll be leaving Facebook later this summer. I'm sad to be leaving, but I'm excited to be starting a company with my friend Kevin Gibbs. While a transition like this is never easy, I'm extremely confident in the teams and leadership we have in place. I'm very proud of our recent accomplishments in our platform and... more »
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Interplanetary Reggae Mon! A Jammin' Take on Data Art

The success of online events like the 1st International Reggae Poster Contest, created by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou, shows Reggae's transnational impact. Thanks to a new collaboration between Georgia Tech Sonification Lab and Alternative Reggae band Echo Movement, Reggae has  gone even further--it's now interplanetary.  Translating numerical data from two stars, scientists helped to produce an ethereal melody for the band’s upcoming song. To assist the band in it’s goal of achieving an ethereal sound, the Sonification Lab gathered numerical data from binary stars Kepler 4665989 and Kepler 10291683. Kepler 4665989′s dims and brightens each time it’s neighboring star passes... more »
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Survive the Zombie Apocalypse with these Gadgets and Apps

I’ve been fascinated with the world of the undead since I was a kid.  Though it gave me endless nightmares, i just love watching shows or movies about them.  But what creeped me out the most were zombies.  Just the thought of rotting people chasing you as prey makes me giddy with excitement and terror. The past few weeks we’ve been hearing a few real-life zombie stories, from cannibalism to the dead waking up and asking for water and then dying again, and people unfazed by being shot at while they mutilate their own bodies.  If you’ve been reading or watching... more »
Permabit Hires New VP of Sales

Permabit Hires New VP of Sales

Permabit is the company behind the Albireo deduplication software that's touted as being miles ahead of the competition in terms of speed – a claim that is backed up by several studies over the course of recent years. As of right now Permabit is an OEM supplier, working with enterprises to build data efficient technologies. This will be a growing area of focus for the company as it brings in a new Senior VP of Sales to scale out its OEM sales and delivery organizations. “Permabit is now ready to take the next step and ramp up for broader adoption and sales... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.