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Instagram might be launching a photo printing & delivery service

Instagram might be launching a photo printing & delivery service

Instagram has just sent out invites to the press for an event which surprisingly was not announced via email. The Instagram invites came on a white piece of paper containing information about the event, which is to be held on December 12, 2013 in Midtown Manhattan in New York at 10 AM.  The invite doesn’t say much except to inform recipients that “You are invited to share a moment with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team,” as well as the time and venue. Other than that, we've no information as to what the Instagram team might be sharing with us, although there's inevitably been... more »
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theCUBE Conversations: Broadcom strategy chief discusses the network

Emerging technologies are reshaping the enterprise data center, consolidating compute and storage while putting more strain on the network. Greg Scherer, the vice president of server and storage strategy at Broadcom, appeared on the first episode of theCUBE Conversations to discuss IT disruption with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman. Scherer kicks off the segment with a brief recap of the latest developments from his company, including the launch of the Trident II Ethernet chip and, on the other end of the infrastructure spectrum, the recent debut of the BCM5725 baseboard management controller. The latter product addresses increasing demand for open... more »
Bank of America report: Bitcoin can become a major means of payment

Bank of America report: Bitcoin can become a major means of payment

Bitcoin continues to grow strong, maintaining a value above the $1,000 mark that it recently broke.  Though some still doubt Bitcoin will ever become a viable currency, analysts at the  Bank of America Merrill Lynch believe that it has the power to be one. In a research report released by the bank today, BoA analysts stated that they “believe Bitcoin can become a major means of payment for e-commerce and may emerge as a serious competitor to traditional money transfer providers,” and added that it has a clear potential for growth as a medium of exchange. The reason behind this belief is that Bitcoin... more »
Google back in the docket after Oracle appeals in Java copyright case

Google back in the docket after Oracle appeals in Java copyright case

Oracle sued Google in 2010 for supposedly misusing its Java interfaces to create Android, an allegation that would be dismissed two years later by a California court. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled that software APIs are not copyrightable, saving Google’s mobile business and removing the Sword of Damocles hanging over the open source community. Or so we thought. In an appeal hearing on Wednesday, Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Malley questioned the search giant’s argument, pointing out that just because Java is free doesn’t mean it can’t qualify for copyright protection. "This would apply to every possible computer program out there,"... more »
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Stealth startup Nurego gets star-studded support, $2M in funding

The Silicon Valley startup scene has been buzzing with activity these past few days, and now it’s Seattle’s turn to make some headlines. A local team of industry veterans just netted $2 million in funding to help cloud companies make sense of their massive data sets, an SEC filing picked up by GeekWire reveals. The stealthy startup goes by the name of Nurego, and develops a web-based analytics solution that aims to give service providers greater insight into their operations. Here’s how the company describes the product on its LinkedIn page: “Nurego is a web-based business optimization solution for SaaS, PaaS... more »
Zetta.net introduces cloud backup migration for Symantec Backup Exec

Zetta.net introduces cloud backup migration for Symantec Backup Exec

Zetta, enterprise-grade cloud backup and disaster recovery solution provider for small and mid-size enterprises, and MSPs, is introducing up to 6 months of free cloud backup services for Symantec Backup Exec. cloud customers impacted by the pending shutdown. With this offering, Zetta is providing up to 6 months free enterprise-grade cloud backup, along with 20% discount on an annual cloud backup contract. “Symantec Backup Exec and Backup Exec.Cloud customers have endured one jarring surprise after another,” said Zetta.net VP of Marketing Gary Sevounts. “First Backup Exec 2012 was released to universally negative reviews, then patches were released that didn’t provide support... more »
Wearable Tech to soar in 2018 : Thanks smart bras + Bluetooth smart chips

Wearable Tech to soar in 2018 : Thanks smart bras + Bluetooth smart chips

A recent study by Juniper predicts that wearable gadgets will hit 130 million by 2018.  This means more manufacturers will be focusing on wearable products, each with the aim of gaining consumer appeal for these branded devices. It’s not hard to fathom that big name manufacturers will be interested in the wearable tech industry, as Nike has already proven the lucrative market potential with its Fuel Band, and even Sony hoped to benefit from being a first mover in the smartwatch market with the release of its SmartWatch. This week's Wearable Tech roundup features the latest wearable tech from big brands, including Microsoft’s smart... more »
SkyJacking Amazon's drones : Here's how it could go down

SkyJacking Amazon's drones : Here's how it could go down

When Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos revealed the company's octocopters, the drones set to revolutionize the concept of package delivery, many were awed, some in disbelief, while others began dreaming of ways to pwn them. The simplest way of stealing Amazon's packages might be to just shoot down the drones - it would certainly be effective, but doing so might be a bit noisy, and there's always the chance that those delicate goods could end up getting damaged. What's needed is a more creative method... Which is why security researcher Samy Kamkar has developed a system to hijack drones instead.  His system requires... more »
UP-START Cloud Award finalists

UP-START Cloud Award finalists

The UP conference took place this week in Santa Clara, CA. The conference focuses on cloud technology and how scientists, developers, executives, researchers, engineers, and IT managers can use the technology within their computational and business challenges. The conference also announces an award series called the UP-START cloud awards, founded in 2010 by Cloudcor, Inc. They are given out to recognize certain extraordinary achievements within the cloud industry and then announced to the business and technology community. The awards are voted on by participants at the heart of the cloud community, including Cloudcor’s significant LinkedIn cloud user group, comprising 250,000+... more »
Quip launches Android app with exclusive features : Hands-on Review

Quip launches Android app with exclusive features : Hands-on Review

As far as word processors are concerned, the most prominent application in the industry has to be Microsoft Word. People create and edit documents, save documents for future consideration, and regularly email documents to share with others. What if there was a way to do all that within one interface? That’s what Quip is all about. Quip is a word processor founded by two former Googlers Bret Taylor and Kevin Gibbs. Bringing creative minds associated with Google Maps and Facebook to word processing has created a new, functional way of looking at a task many do daily. READ MORE : Bret... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.