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Facebook's Mission To Connect The World: Noble, But It's All About The Money

Facebook's Mission To Connect The World: Noble, But It's All About The Money

Facebook stole the headlines this morning with the announcement of its new master plan to connect the more than five billion people living in the world who're stil unable to access, or only have limited access, to the internet. The drive, which was announced by Mark Zuckerberg in a blog post and the New York Times in a separate exclusive, will go by the simple banner of Internet.org. Facebook won't be going it alone – it's being backed by six other high profile tech businesses in the form of Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung. The initiative will see the... more »
Germany Acceptance of Bitcoin Sets Standard for Other Countries

Germany Acceptance of Bitcoin Sets Standard for Other Countries

The story of the German Finance Ministry stating essentially Bitcoin is “legal tender” has been making the rounds all over the virtual currency and technology world. The German government recognizes the digital currency as a “unit of account” that can be used in Germany. This makes them a kind of “private money”, which can be used in multilateral clearing circles. The German Ministry of Finance has issued an official statement recognizing Bitcoin as “Rechnungseinheiten,” a legal designation that translates to “units of account”. This type of money is also referred to as “artificial currency” or “side payments.” “We should have competition in... more »
SimpliVity Announces Deep Stack Converged Infrastructure Alternative

SimpliVity Announces Deep Stack Converged Infrastructure Alternative

Startup SimpliVity has announced a set of converged infrastructure products designed for multiple-box scalability that goes beyond competing offerings from the large vendors, writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stuart Miniman. Specifically, SimpliVity's OmniStack include backup/dedup, WAN optimization, cloud gateway functionality, and both SSD and flash caching on top of the normal integrated storage, network, compute, and management software. Typical OmniStack deployments start with three to four cubes at a single site. It can scale to 12 cubes at six sites, and SimpliVity is talking about testing up to 512 cubes at 64 sites. The update to its portfolio includes  refresh of... more »
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The Executive Perspective on Data-Driven Innovation

The Big Data revolution is creating exciting new opportunities for business leaders. SiliconANGLE’s theCube crew interviewed a few of them at the recently concluded HP Vertica Big Data Conference to bring you the executive angle on data-driven innovation. It’s all about the customers, according to Vertica vice president of marketing Chris Selland. He told theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante that the event enables his firm to keep track of the latest customer use cases, which provide unique insights into the different ways users leverage Vertica technology to drive business value. He added that HP incorporates client feedback into its... more »
Unraveling the Dark Web--Dread Pirate Roberts and Silk Road

Unraveling the Dark Web--Dread Pirate Roberts and Silk Road

They sell pure cocaine in Colombia or Peru. There are over six thousand drugs available to be distributed in any part of the world. It was in June 2011, just days after U.S. blogger Adrian Chen has unmasked the site, known as the “Silk Road.” Silk Road is best known as the world’s best illegal e-commerce site, which is engaged in criminal affairs.  It was created in February of 2011, and the media around the world have dealt with it since then.  In the first six months its estimated turnover was around 1.2 million per month. And although the international police... more »
How Long Do You Last in Bed? There's a Self-Quantified App for That

How Long Do You Last in Bed? There's a Self-Quantified App for That

In this week’s Quantified Self roundup, we’ll be looking at how apps and gadgets not only track your health and fitness regime but also you sex life and genealogy.  Are these Quantified Self apps and devices overstepping their boundaries, or is such introspection inevitable in the search for the quantified version of ourselves? Spreadsheets   Ever wonder how good you really are in bed?  You can’t rely on your partner to tell you that, they're apt to lie.  So why not use an app that tells you the truth through data? Spreadsheets monitors data from user’s movement and audio levels through the accelerometer and... more »
Exclusive: A Study of the Development Team Working on Missing World Media’s City of Heroes Spiritual Successor The Phoenix Project

Exclusive: A Study of the Development Team Working on Missing World Media’s City of Heroes Spiritual Successor The Phoenix Project

In the wake of publisher NCSoft shutting down the popular MMORPG City of Heroes a number of fans have found themselves in limbo—primarily because for a very long time CoH has been the pinnacle-best of superhero themed MMOs in the video game market. As a result, the fans have been aching for a replacement that the market simply hasn’t delivered or at least a spiritual successor. The end of City of Heroes was heartfelt and numbed the community to a tremendous extent. The final few hours were recorded by MMO Anthropology (among others) on YouTube in long series talking about the... more »
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Data Aesthetics a Priority for Both End-Users and Admins

Bruce Yen, the director of business intelligence for fashion giant Guess, stopped by theCube at the HP Vertica Big Data Conference to share his insider perspective on the retailer’s Big Data use case. He talked about his company’s migration from Oracle to Vertica, and explained why aesthetics are equally important for end-users and administrators. Yen told us that his company made the switch to Vertica because it was unsatisfied with the performance of its legacy Oracle deployment. In his words, “end users and analysts couldn’t ask the right questions with it because it was so slow.” Performance is important, but it’s not... more »
Continued NSA, Press Controversies as Authorities Move In On Greenwald's Circle, The Guardian

Continued NSA, Press Controversies as Authorities Move In On Greenwald's Circle, The Guardian

Big news broke Sunday evening in the NSA leaks story as the partner of the main reporter at the center of the public disclosure of the classified information was detained at Heathrow airport.  The story begins with David Miranda, the partner of Glenn Greenwald who was reportedly en route from Berlin acting as a courier exchanging research documents with a filmmaker in that city.  According to Greenwald, Miranda was also in possession of an encrypted portable computer drive which contained documents and information from Edward Snowden for Greenwald.  Miranda, a Brazilian citizen, was detained and questioned for nine hours before... more »
Telerik Upgrades TeamPulse, Announces Advanced HTML 5 Support

Telerik Upgrades TeamPulse, Announces Advanced HTML 5 Support

Telerik’s Agile project management solution for building and analyzing cross-platform and mobile applications, TeamPulse, now has full support of an HTML5 interface. The application development, software testing, Agile project management, reporting, and content management provider announces the first ever HTML5 support. The advanced HTML5 interface combined with powerful multi-project management functionality enables developers to quickly and easily perform daily activities such as tracking of project status and updating of project works. TeamPulse covers the entire application lifecycle using Scrum, Kanban, or another process including requirements management, project management, iteration planning and scheduling, project coordination and project analytics using agile and lean... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.