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Bitcoin Weekly 2014 January 22: Las Vegas Casinos and BTC, North American Bitcoin Conference this weekend, Marc Andreessen on Bitcoin

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 January 22: Las Vegas Casinos and BTC, North American Bitcoin Conference this weekend, Marc Andreessen on Bitcoin

This week Bitcoin is seeing an increase in notice in countries across the world, but what really caught the attention of the community was Las Vegas: the source of thoughts of casinos and mobsters in the United States. Although it turned out it was the hotels and gift shops attached to casinos accepting BTC (and not for gaming establishments themselves) it seems it might be a foregone conclusion that bitcoins might get traded for chips eventually. This week will also host a huge conference in Miami Beach, Florida drawing speakers from Bitcoin-related startups and the community around the world. Finally, Marc Andreessen--as co-creator... more »
CA Technologies puts unique twist on enterprise cloud governance

CA Technologies puts unique twist on enterprise cloud governance

CA Technologies is applying the core principles of BYOD to the cloud in a bid to help organizations tame the use of unauthorized apps, without hindering employee productivity. The software giant last week announced CA Service Management, a platform-independent service hub that addresses cloud services sprawl (also known as shadow IT). Cloud services sprawl is driven by the need for business agility but it often creates financial and security risks that companies have no means to identify, let alone control. “Modern business applications need to deliver a level of user experience and excitement which drives greater value for the organization as a... more »
Car manufacturers questioned for data collection

Car manufacturers questioned for data collection

This week’s SmartCar roundup scrutinizes the issue of privacy with regards to information obtained by connected cars. AAA’s Consumer Rights for Car Data   As more connected cars are manufactured and sold each year, AAA reports that about 20 percent of cars released this year alone will collect and transmit data outside the vehicle to improve safety and convenience for drivers.  The question is, do car owners know what happens to their data?  Who gets them?  What are they doing with all these data? AAA unveiled its Consumer Rights for Car Data at CES 2014, calling for transparency, choice and security.  AAA believes that... more »
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Pinterest’s global success depends on low key people, high profile analytics

To continue momentum and truly rival the likes of Facebook, Pinterest must go global.  Still a relatively young network, Pinterest must also manage its rapid growth.  The social network is hoping to balance growth and relevance by hiring low key managers in international offices, while developing relationships with high profile brands. At the heart of this strategy is contextualization, setting Pinterest apart from its predecessors.  This next-gen network is doubling down on analytics and gaining insight on consumer intent, hoping to monetize a data-rich goldmine Facebook has been chasing from the start. Also necessary to Pinterest’s success is its ecosystem.  Supporting... more »
Greylock's Jerry Chen does first deal as VC : Leads $15M Series B in Docker

Greylock's Jerry Chen does first deal as VC : Leads $15M Series B in Docker

I bet Jerry Chen is wearing his "docker" pants today to celebrate his first investment as a venture capitalist.  Docker, formerly known as dotCloud, announced today $15 million in Series B cash to build a business around its cloud open source technology, for a total of $26 million since 2011. Is Docker the next VMware?  Jerry Chen thinks so.  Jerry, who we've interviewed on theCUBE many times, was the cloud czar at VMware, so catching his eye is something notable.   Can Docker lead the Linux container trend in cloud? The round was led by Greylock Partners, and Jerry Chen (@theCUBE alumni) with participation... more »
HP NGIPS delivers infrastructure security to Switzerland National Railway

HP NGIPS delivers infrastructure security to Switzerland National Railway

HP announced yesterday that Swiss Federal Railways has selected HP TippingPoint technology to secure the national railway’s network. The Swiss Federal Railway network is a critical component of Switzerland’s national infrastructure. For an organization like this, protecting the network can be a matter of physical safety because it controls both the signaling system and energy framework. With intrusion prevention from the HP TippingPoint 7200NX and the TippingPoint SMS XL Appliance, the organization railway system is taking on modern, evolving threats from throughout the spectrum. An important component of Switzerland’s national infrastructure, Swiss Federal Railways controls both the signaling system and the... more »
Glass Explorer gets booted out the movie theater, accused of movie piracy

Glass Explorer gets booted out the movie theater, accused of movie piracy

If you're one of those lucky Google Glass owners whose fond of wearing the device everywhere you go, turned on or not, you might want to reconsider doing so. An anonymous reader of The Gadgeter shared his unfortunate experience while wearing his Google Glass at the cinema. He related how he was with his wife at the AMC (Easton Mall, Columbus, OH), watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.  About an hour into the movie, he was approached by a guy who shoved a badge on his face, yanked his Google Glass from his face and asked him to step outside immediately. The... more »
Amazon denies online pay-TV effort

Amazon denies online pay-TV effort

Would you be surprised if Amazon launched an online pay-TV service? No, neither would we, especially when it continues to offer a growing amount of original content, such as Alpha House, Betas, and children’s programs like Annebots, Tumbleaf, and Creative Galaxy. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon is holding talks with big entertainment companies to license their TV channels for a possible online pay-TV service. What this means is that Amazon Prime subscribers would be able to watch live TV channels, like those offered by cable or satellite TV companies, aside from the on-demand content it's currently offering. The... more »
Hortonworks launches HDP 2.0 for Windows

Hortonworks launches HDP 2.0 for Windows

Hortonworks, the buzzed-about Big Data startup that spun out of Yahoo in 2011, announced today the availability of its latest Hadoop distribution for Windows. The Linux edition of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.0 hit the market a little less than three months ago. As the name implies, the distro is based on Apache Hadoop 2.0, which replaces the MapReduce batch processing framework featured in previous releases with YARN. Dubbed by some as MapReduce 2.0, the technology detaches resource management and scheduling functionality from the core data processing component to enable near real time analytics. It’s also more efficient and provides improved... more »
IBM charts its course as a cloud service provider #The CIO Angle

IBM charts its course as a cloud service provider #The CIO Angle

IBM kicked off the new year in dramatic fashion, setting its direction for 1014 and beyond last week with three dramatic announcements, including the commitment of more than $2 billion in funding, and that direction is directly into the heart of the Cloud. It started on January 9th when CEO Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty personally announced a $1 billion investment in a new company division focused on creating and marketing business products on top of its revolutionary Watson cognitive computing technology. While companies can purchase Watson and run it on IBM servers in house the focus of this new division,... 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.