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Early SiliconANGLE contributor Sean Percival now a partner at 500 Startups

Early SiliconANGLE contributor Sean Percival now a partner at 500 Startups

Seed investment and accelerator fund 500 Startups today announced that it has recruited two new venture partners, including early SiliconANGLE contributor and serial entrepreneur Sean Percival. Currently the vice president of marketing at Topix, a fast growing local news and forum site, he has made a reputation for himself as an expert on all things BitCoin. Percival joined Topix in August 2013 after a stint as the chief executive of Wittlebee, a 500 Startups graduate he co-founded in December 2011 with Gabe Harriman. The children's clothing subscription company achieved $225,000 in monthly bookings at its peak, and raised an impressive $2.5... more »
Smart Home experience : connected shower heads, light shows + more

Smart Home experience : connected shower heads, light shows + more

This week’s SmartHome roundup features a smart showerhead worthy of your bathroom concerts, a new and successfully funded home automation solution, and a cheaper option for connected lighting. Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker . Kohler, a manufacturing company that specializes in plumbing products, has a showerhead that brings out your inner diva, or rock star. The Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker features a sprayface with 60 angled nozzles that deliver full, enveloping spray. Like most other Kohler showerheads, the Moxie is available in water-saving 2.0 gpm or a 2.5 gpm spray, and is easy to clean.  As for the Wireless Speaker, it's also detachable... more »
Twitter waves white flag in patent wars, strikes compromise with IBM

Twitter waves white flag in patent wars, strikes compromise with IBM

Being a fast-growing web company with only a handful of patents has made Twitter a natural target of intellectual property bullying. The microblogging was hit with its first infringement lawsuit in 2009 after the Texas-based TechRadium claimed ownership over the concept of mass notification systems, and in November 2013 received a letter from IBM accusing it of unlawfully using “at least three” patents pertaining to data management and online advertising. Big Blue holds more software patents than any other company in the world, and has a long history of utilizing its massive portfolio as a battering ram against smaller firms, irrespective... more »
Applications and challenges of OpenStack | #OEForum

Applications and challenges of OpenStack | #OEForum

The OpenStack and Enterprise Forum, recently concluded at the end of January 29, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, was moderated by Lydia Leong, Research Vice President with Gartner. Panel 2 of "OpenStack: Breaking into the enterprise" brought together Raj Dutt, Senior Vice President of Technology with OpenStack, JC Martin, the Chief Architect of Global Cloud Services at eBay Inc., Rodney Peck, the Architect for Storage at PayPal and Surendra Reddy, CTO with PARC, a Xerox Company. After a chat with Raj Dutt debating the advantages within the OpenStack Enterprise (read more about it here), Leong let Martin and Peck... more »
Facebook Paper launches today : Takes on 3 rivals

Facebook Paper launches today : Takes on 3 rivals

Facebook Paper is set to launch today in the US.  If you hadn't heard, it's a new mobile app from Facebook that aggregates news and social feeds in one place. Check out Paper's top features here. Supercharging the content stream, Facebook Paper combines sources, from other users, online magazines, news sources, or even blogs. Facebook is taking on a promising but young market, threatening established content readers like Flipboard. But more platform providers like Google and apple are seeking ways to turn content delivery into a consumer service, making this yet another way Facebook hopes to contextualize its massive user base. Facebook... more »
HP vs AWS : An open source battle for two worlds | #OEForum

HP vs AWS : An open source battle for two worlds | #OEForum

The OpenStack Enterprise Forum, centered on deploying OpenStack in the next generation data center, took place on January 29, 2014 at Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. theCUBE co-hosts, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, sat down with William Franklin, Vice President of OpenStack & Technology Enablement and Cloud with Hewlett-Packard Company, discussing what makes OpenStack such a big focal point at this moment. Why support OpenStack?   "Why is the interest so high in OpenStack and what was the hardest question you received on stage?" asked Furrier. "I think the interest is so high because OpenStack is the fastest growing open source project in... more »
Apple's iWatch might have solar panels, wireless charging, and shake to charge technology

Apple's iWatch might have solar panels, wireless charging, and shake to charge technology

New rumors have surfaced about Apple's alleged iWatch, and if it's true, we could be in for something quite radical when it comes to mobile computing. Previous reports about the iWatch stated that the device will feature a curved touch sensor. Apple was recently awarded a patent for this design, which describes a technology that pertains to “depositing and patterning a conductive thin film on a flexible substrate to form at least one touch sensor pattern, while the flexible substrate is in a flat state.” Another feature said to be included in the iWatch comes from Apple’s acquisition of PrimeSense, a... more »
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The crowd roared at #SB48 + the commercials list

Missed all the ads during the SuperBowl?  Twitter put together a nice list of ads that can be viewed and voted on for favorites in something Twitter calls #adscrimmage. The notion of voting on the #hashtag? Very Crowdchat like. During the SuperBowl  the crowd roared more than 24.9 million times on Twitter.  These were tweets about the pregame, the game and the halftime show.  Hashtags were used in 57 percent of nationally-run Super Bowl ads, up from 50 percent in 2013 and setting a new record. Facebook was the social network most mentioned, though barely. It had only five mentions and... more »
OpenStack creates innovation for private clouds + competition | #OEForum

OpenStack creates innovation for private clouds + competition | #OEForum

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, interviewed Chris Kemp, Founder of Nebula, at the OpenStack & Enterprise Forum in Mountain View, California. The event took place on January 29, focusing on deploying OpenStack in the Next Generation Data Center. After working for five years at NASA, Chris Kemp founded Nebula Inc. and co-founded OpenStack. Because of his extensive experience with cloud computing, open source and open government, Furrier sought his opinion on the enterprise cloud. "We have this homebrew computer club mentality going on right now," remarked Furrier. "But what is the big 'a-ha!' and what's really hot right now?" he... more »
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Collaboration tools central to business value of SaaS

One of the largest advantages offered by SaaS, IBM's new SaaS study found, is the increase in collaboration it can support both inside an organization and outside, with its supply chain partners. IBM’s collaboration tools, on the IBM Connections platform, including a new, sophisticated e-mail system announced at IBM Connect 2014 last week, chat, meetings, office productivity, and content capabilities, are among the most popular of its 100+ SaaS offerings running on SoftLayer, said Ramsy Prior, program director for IBM’s Social Business Cloud. In 2013 IBM was named the leading provider of enterprise social software for the fourth consecutive year... 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.