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Why Customers Say "Splunk Allows Me to Dream" #splunkconf

In their ongoing coverage of Splunk Conference 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Clint Sharp, Director of Product Management, Big Data and Operational Intelligence at Splunk business analytics, in theCUBE. The three discuss the secret to Splunk's success despite increased competition, benefits of search and the future of analytics offerings. Vellante has observed more companies entering the market and asks Sharp, “What gives you the confidence [that] you can stay ahead of the competition?” Sharp says the secret to Splunk’s success lies in the way the company looks at data. Unlike other companies, he suggests Splunk is “Not just... more »
Splunk: "We're Absolutely Fanatical" for Instant Value | #splunkconf

Splunk: "We're Absolutely Fanatical" for Instant Value | #splunkconf

Markus Zirn, VP of Product & Solutions Management at Splunk, joined theCUBE during the second day of Splunk.conf13 in Las Vegas, talking with co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier about his company's ecosystem, content and revenue. Zirn agreed to talk about the applications built on the Splunk platform. "The ecosystem is fundamental to Splunk; what would the iPhone be without the iTunes store?" asked Zirn. "The content is fundamental." Attracting developers, fostering apps   As you might know, Splunk released SDKs in Python, PHP and Java, trying to encourage third-party developers to build and sell apps on the Splunk app market. "We're delivering solutions to different... more »
How Cloud and SaaS Power Ping Identity's Growth #splunkconf

How Cloud and SaaS Power Ping Identity's Growth #splunkconf

In their ongoing coverage of Splunk 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Beau Christensen, Manager, Infrastructure Operations. The three discuss security, Ping Identity’s growth and it’s recent Boundary app. Vellante asks Christensen what powers Ping Identity’s growth. Christensen says the big driver is cloud and SaaS applications. Customer security concerns have also been important to the company’s rise. As Christensen explains, “If you’re a huge enterprise and you have 35 different applications that you use everyday, it’s a big IT task, and it can also be a big security risk.” Ping Identity’s focus remains at the application level. The company... more »
The Next Billion-Dollar Software Company Will Come from Big Data World | #splunkconf

The Next Billion-Dollar Software Company Will Come from Big Data World | #splunkconf

Matt Pfiel, Co-Founder and VP of Customer Solutions at Datastax, discussed the company's partnership with Splunk, their recent progress, and his take on Big Data trends with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelley, live from Splunk .conf 2013 Pfiel explained that Datastax had a formal partnership with Splunk. "We've got a number of customers that are using something called Cassandra Connect with Splunk," a solution offering them a complete view of the world. As far as Datastax developments are concerned, "on the product side, we just continue to expand the Cassandra community," the company now having thousands of deployments, according to Pfiel.... more »
Prelert's Big Data Dream: Tech So Ubiquitous Everyone Can Use | #splunkconf

Prelert's Big Data Dream: Tech So Ubiquitous Everyone Can Use | #splunkconf

Covering the Splunk Conference live from Las Vegas this week, theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante managed to track down Rich Collier, Prelert's Principal Solutions Architect, to discuss the current event and the new developments of the company. trying to explain the general excitement of the people attending the event, Collier stated they primarily come here to learn new things, as this is "the intrinsic aspect of this conference." Why Prelert built on Splunk   For those unfamiliar with the company, Prelert has built an anomaly detection application that sits on top of the Splunk platform. Despite being fairly small with a... more »
Newest Electric Vehicles : Smart Cars to Personal Transporters

Newest Electric Vehicles : Smart Cars to Personal Transporters

This week’s SmartCar roundup features Mazda’s new connectivity system, Toyota’s concept electric car design, and two new personal transporters. Mazda Connect   Mazda 3s set to go on sale this autumn will feature the car maker's next-generation automobile connectivity system, dubbed Mazda Connect. Mazda Connect aims to foster a deeper relationship between the driver and the car, thanks to its Human Machine Interface (HMI) based on its unique Heads-Up Cockpit concept.  Mazda Connect enables the use of a variety of web apps and services, such as Aha, by linking with your smartphone.  The in-vehicle software can be updated to support additional functions and evolving smartphone... more »
Cloudera Wants to Build the "iPhone of Big Data" | #splunkconf

Cloudera Wants to Build the "iPhone of Big Data" | #splunkconf

Amr Awadallah, the CTO at Cloudera, discussed Big Data trends, the industry's maturity level in this sector, and the company's partnership with Splunk with theCUBE co-hosts, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at Splunk .conf 2013. Commenting on the current state of the Big Data industry, Awadallah said "maturity and enterprise readiness are very important." He explained customers often ask them to focus more on stability, reliability, all the things that enterprises need, and less on innovating and adding new features to the platform. He added that, over the next year, the company will focus of "the rigor of how we... more »
FBI Busts Silk Road Operation and Its Operator - Dread Pirate Roberts

FBI Busts Silk Road Operation and Its Operator - Dread Pirate Roberts

This story has everything - Hitmen, Bitcoins, Drugs - it's like a chapter out of the Walter White book.  The Silk Road is gone - busted by the FBI and shut down in a significant operation that was announced by the agency today.  If you don't know what Silk Road is, that's okay, the online marketplace had gained notoriety for its mere existence within a rarely seen part of the internet.  This "Amazon" of the underworld was a place where drugs, guns and other illegal items could be purchased, the transactions often include the use of bitcoins, digital currency that... more »
Red Hat Updates RHEL 5 with Expanded Third Party Support

Red Hat Updates RHEL 5 with Expanded Third Party Support

Reiterating its commitment to support Linux distributions for at least 10 years, Red Hat has rolled out a new version of Enterprise Linux 5. First released in 2007, the operating system will receive regular updates through March 31, 2017 and until 2020 with Extended Upgrade Support. The latest RHEL 5.10 release ships with MySQL 5.5 and the Red Hat Support Tool, a utility that automates problem diagnosis and provides console access to online customer resources. Also included in the platform is an updated version of the OpenSCAP security configuration solution, and new system functions for managing subscriptions. Other minor improvements include support... more »
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The Storage Holy Grail: Decoupling Performance from Capacity

Virtualization has been the biggest trend in data centers over the last 10 years, resulting in enormous cost savings and increased operational efficiencies.  But as more applications become virtualized, many companies are experiencing an interesting and discouraging trend – a decrease in application performance.  The root cause of this problem is commonly being tracked back to a single source, the storage infrastructure.   In fact, internal estimates at one of the largest virtualization vendors indicate that over 70% of application performance support calls are tied to storage related issues. I/O bottlenecks in primary storage can add significant latency to virtual applications, resulting... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.

- David Vellante

Leading CIOs are changing the way they communicate to their boards about cyber security by emphasizing response, not infiltration. Rather than solely focusing on how to thwart penetration, CIOs are treating cyber security as an integral part of business/service continuity and risk management agendas, with a priority on rapidly responding to critical breaches. This research note is based on data gathered through proprietary social analytics, extensive collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and business executives; and is designed to assist CIOs in advancing security agendas with boards of directors.

- David Vellante

This document describes the methodology used to develop "The Digital CIO: Communicating to the Board on Cyber Security." It includes data sources and process used to gather data from senior business technology leaders.

- Peter Burris

Leading digital companies are using simple top-level frameworks for setting digitization priorities. At the center of the approaches we've seen are three questions: What do we want to do better; who are we going to engage; and how are we going to institute the digital capabilities.

- Ralph Finos

This document covers Wikibon’s definition of public cloud and is a companion piece to Wikibon’s 2016 Public Cloud update http://wikibon.com/wikibon-2016-public-cloud-forecast-update/. Our definitional framework aligns as much as possible with the NIST definition, but we acknowledge that "public cloud" means different things from vendor to vendor. However, in our view, this just indicates that public cloud is being leveraged from many different angles and is building significant momentum as it encompasses both product and service delivery mechanisms, pretty much penetrating into all aspects of information technology.

- George Gilbert

Enterprises must navigate the universe of big data applications by recognizing that application platforms will alternately empower and constrain enterprises along a path of ever more sophisticated applications. Data lakes, intelligent systems of engagement, and self-tuning systems of intelligence all build on each other in terms of capabilities. But the underlying platforms will evolve in a cycle of simplicity, complexity from adaptive stretch, and simplicity again via a platform refresh.

- George Gilbert

Big data products and workloads remain too immature for standard benchmarks capable of providing truly comparable results. Users that need benchmarks for contracting or comparison purposes should run their own stylized workloads based on their intended usage scenarios.

- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.