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How The Gambling Industry Is Betting On Big Data

How The Gambling Industry Is Betting On Big Data

Banks, retailers, Google, the NSA, they all lover their data. But one of the more intriguing use cases for Big Data involves the gambling industry, a sector that's so reliant on number crunching and intelligent prediction that it's been left with little choice to grab a hold of its masses of data and exploit it to the max. The first adopters of Big Data in the betting game were, unsurprisingly, the bookies themselves. UK bookmaker Paddy Power's experience is one that mirrors that of many leading betting sites, when the rise of online gambling meant that it was accumulating hundreds of... more »
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VMware + OpenStack : A Brief but Strained History

VMware may not be one of OpenStack's most prominent supporters, promoting its own open source framework, the Cloud Foundry, despite losing clients like PayPal to the Rackspace-initiated platform.   Even VMware's CEO Pat Gelsinger is not one to hide his feelings on OpenStack, stating it's simply not for the enterprise. “Where is OpenStack, we believe, going to be adopted?” VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said in an interview.  “We don’t see it having great success coming into the enterprise because it’s a framework for constructing clouds. People have largely adopted and have extremely large deployments of VMware and the switching costs and so... more »
IE Sucks… Wait, Scratch that, Safari Sucks More

IE Sucks… Wait, Scratch that, Safari Sucks More

Web browsers are probably the most commonly used piece of software on our computers, after the operating system itself, essential for navigating us through the Internet. The good thing is that we have a lot of options to choose from too, and most of us have our own preferences. Even so, the debate about which browser is best - be it Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari or something else - has been going on for as long as the interwebs has existed, but can we at least get a definitive answer about which browser is the most reliable? Many will immediately slam... more »
Design with Big Data in Mind : The HP Angle on Analytics

Design with Big Data in Mind : The HP Angle on Analytics

Dozens of Big Data movers and shakers stopped by theCube at the recently concluded HP Vertica Big Data Conference to share their insights into the hottest trend in IT. Among the guests was Yammer analytics director Pete Fishman, who discussed how his team uses Vertica software to accommodate the company’s rapidly growing database. According to Fishman, data analytics has to be as cost-effective as possible in order to drive business value. Simplicity is key to delivering insights cheaply, he elaborated, which is why Yammer developed a set of tools that enables business users to extract value from social data without consulting... more »
Pacemakers Under Attack: When the Internet of Things Gets Sick

Pacemakers Under Attack: When the Internet of Things Gets Sick

We're now in an era where everything can be and will be connected.  From house appliances that you can remotely control with your smartphone via an app, to implantable medical devices that control your insulin injections, just about every electrical device known to man will soon be wired up to the web. The Internet of Things will bring about numerous, miraculous benefits, but it won't be without its dangers. The problem with having all of these devices hooked up to the Internet is that they become vulnerable to cyber attacks.  And we should be extremely worried about this fact. The US FDA... more »
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Rackspace: Paving The Way To Virtualization

The call for moving an enterprise into the virtualization market has been heralded this month by SiliconANGLE. Rackspace, in an announcement today, is showing how that transition has not only been made easier but also makes good sense for an organization’s bottom line. Rackspace, the company behind OpenStack, the standard open-source OS for cloud computing, currently serves over 200,000 business customers. Their position as one of the leaders in the hybrid cloud market enables them to provide a complementary suite of products allowing their customers to run their workloads on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of... more »
Adopting Converged Infrastructure With SimpliVity

Adopting Converged Infrastructure With SimpliVity

A recent Wikibon customer virtualization survey showed a couple of striking figures. Firstly, the number of respondents with no current plan to adopt a converged infrastructure plan for their organization increased by approximately one percent over last year’s survey. Conversely, those organizations considering adoption of converged infrastructure also fell by approximately one percent over the 35 percent reported last year. Wikibon’s Stu Miniman today wrote about a new software package that could very well make the decision to adopt infrastructure implementation far easier. In his article, Miniman announced SimpliVity had assimilated a Deep Stack into their converged infrastructure offering. As Miniman notes,... more »
4 Keys to Monetize Internet of Things : Google's Pay-Per-Gaze + More

4 Keys to Monetize Internet of Things : Google's Pay-Per-Gaze + More

Google has been granted a patent that appears to all but reveal the long-term plans for the eye-tracking sensors its developing. Those sensors haven't made their way formally into Google Glass yet, but we're pretty sure that's coming. Oh, and if you also were mindful enough to recognize that eye-tracking sensor technology could offer a new way for Google to monetize advertising through Google Glass, you'd be correct again. Google is calling the patent "pay-per-gaze" advertising. Google will charge advertisers if the user looks at an ad, online of offline, while wearing Google Glass. The patent was filed in May 2011... more »
Groklaw Shuts Down As True Cost of NSA Spying Mounts

Groklaw Shuts Down As True Cost of NSA Spying Mounts

And so the fallout from the PRISM leaks continues. As of today, Groklaw, one of the most highly regarded blogs in the techsphere that shot to fame with its coverage of SCO intellectual property lawsuits against firms like Novell and IBM, is closing down in protest at the threat of email surveillance from spy agencies like the NSA. Groklaw founder Pamela Jones announced her decision earlier today in a powerful blog post where she reveals she's spent the last couple of weeks wrestling with the decision. In particular, she points to comments by Lavabit founder Ladar Levision, who stated not so... more »
A Look At SiDiM: A Thought for E-book DRM to Stop Piracy

A Look At SiDiM: A Thought for E-book DRM to Stop Piracy

By changing a few points and a few commas, or by entering some synonyms in a text, you can make an e-book unique, trackable and traceable. That’s the thought of a new form of DRM developed by researchers at the Darmstadt Technical University in Germany. The researcher launched project SiDiM, a mechanism to find DRM innovations. With the rise of smartphones and tablets, as well as e-readers, e-books sales increase year after year, albeit at a slower pace than expected. Nearly all digital libraries sell their e-books with some sort of DRM (copy protection), either through a proprietary system like the Amazon... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.