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OpenStack : Breaking into the enterprise | #OEForum

OpenStack : Breaking into the enterprise | #OEForum

Five years ago, the buzzword emerging from the tech world was "cloud." The somewhat ethereal concept promised to revolutionize how business gets done. And in an era when an idea or trend travels from conception to widespread accepted reality in seeming hyper drive, the working understanding and adoption of cloud strategies for the Enterprise has been stunningly slow to take hold in storefronts and boardrooms across the business landscape. In Mountain View, California yesterday, industry leaders and the OpenStack Foundation convened a first-of-its-kind conference aimed at educating the Enterprise on not only the immediate opportunities, but also strategies that will make... more »
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Express Metrix helps SMBs decrease software audit fears

Amazon and Salesforce envision a future without restrictive licensing agreements and cost-prohibitive software upgrades, but the industry still has a long way to go before realizing that ambition. IT organizations have their feet firmly planted in the present. Even as more processes are being outsourced to the cloud, the CIO still must maintain full visibility over application usage, ensure installations don't exceed license purchases, maintain compliance and keep costs to a minimum. These tasks are made even more difficult for small to midsize companies that face the same risks as their enterprise peers but operate on a much tighter budget. “Software license... more »
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EMC cuts jobs after solid Q4

EMC plans to let approximately 1,000 workers go as part of a restructuring plan that will kick off later this quarter, according to a Wednesday filing with the SEC. The layoffs are expected to cost the storage stalwart somewhere between $100 million to $120 million, mostly in cash. Despite the job cuts, EMC intends to end 2014 with the same number of employees and possibly even a net gain compared to the beginning of the year. The company is trimming legacy businesses and doubling down on high-growth areas such as cloud storage and flash. “There's no doubt that the move from... more »
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Fusion-io strikes new OEM partnerships for hyperscale servers

The buzz around Facebook’s Open Compute Project (OCP) is growing as more organizations, particularly large enterprises, move to hyperscale as part of the industry-wide push for cost-effectiveness in storing and processing vast amounts of unstructured data. The architecture, pioneered by the social media giant and other web-scale companies such as Google and Amazon, is characterized by density, energy efficiency and high-performance, a combination Fusion-io is promising to deliver with its ioScale product. First introduced at Facebook’s open compute conference in July 2013, the low-power MLC SSD is designed specifically for use in cloud data centers and provides up to 3.2 terabytes... more »
BTC China back in business, now accepting cash deposits again

BTC China back in business, now accepting cash deposits again

Just when we thought China's Bitcoin bubble had bitten the dust following a government clampdown on banks and third-party payment processors, it could be on the verge of a comeback with a bang. The big news is that BTC China, which once briefly had the honor of being the world's largest Bitcoin exchange by transaction volume before being strangled of funds, has apparently found a way to accept cash deposits again. This could have big ramifications for Bitcoin's value if the news is true, as it could spark a renewed surge of interest from Chinese investors who helped the cryptocurrency reach... more »
OpenStack: the standard interface on all things running in the data center | #OEForum

OpenStack: the standard interface on all things running in the data center | #OEForum

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, interviewed Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director with OpenStack, at the OpenStack & Enterprise Forum in Mountain View, California yesterday. Asked to give an update on OpenStack and its milestones, Bryce reiterated the history he mentioned back at the panel hosted by Lydia Leong: "OpenStack is a project started three-and-a-half years ago and the Foundation is over a year old. A very big step in the growth and maturity of OpenStack was finding a long term, independent, vendor neutral home for it," said Bryce. Wrapping up 2013, while crunching the data, analyzing the number of people who... more »
OpenStack's journey to the enterprise : Remaining challenges, proprietary issues | #OEForum

OpenStack's journey to the enterprise : Remaining challenges, proprietary issues | #OEForum

The OpenStack and Enterprise Forum, focusing on deploying OpenStack in the Next Generation Data Center, takes place on January 29, 2014 at Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The SiliconANGLE team travelled to the event to broadcast some of the top Panels and interview key speakers, thought leaders and innovators during the flagship interview series, theCUBE. Here's a recap of one Panel, discussing the remaining challenges OpenStack faces in going mainstream. Panel 1 - OpenStack: Breaking into the enterprise  . Moderated by Lydia Leong, Research Vice President with Gartner, the panel had two guests - Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director with OpenStack and Ken Pepple, Chief... more »
Technologies for a safer smart car experience

Technologies for a safer smart car experience

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off driving safely can cause an accident, and that any non-driving activities, like using your phone or GPS hands-free, is a potential distraction. The NHTSA’s advisory is backed by previous incidents in the past wherein use of a GPS impaired the judgement of the driver and caused an accident.  In 2008, it was reported that GPS caused 3,000 car crashes in the UK when drivers blindly followed the instructions given to them such as driving on train tracks,... more »
Facebook posts strong Q4 2013, active users on the rise

Facebook posts strong Q4 2013, active users on the rise

Despite reports that Facebook users are slowly abandoning the service, the social media giant once again posted very positive results for the financial quarter that just ended. Facebook’s report stated that its revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013 totaled some $2.59 billion, a 63 percent increase from its 2012 Q4 revenue of $1.59 billion.  The majority of its revenue comes from advertising, which totaled $2.34 billion, a 76 percent increase from the same quarter of last year. As more people use the service on their mobile devices, Facebook saw its mobile advertising revenue gain traction too, representing 53 percent of its... more »
Google dumps Motorola on Lenovo in $2.91 billion deal

Google dumps Motorola on Lenovo in $2.91 billion deal

The tech world was taken by surprise last night when Google announced the sale of Motorola, the smartphone maker it acquired just two years ago for $12.5 billion, to China's Lenovo in a cut-price $2.91 billion deal. The sale was first reported by the New York Times before being confirmed by Google's Larry Page in a blog post shortly thereafter. It's said that the deal is for Motorola’s handset business only, and that Google will keep most of the company's patents. At first glance it looks as if Google has taken a massive loss on the deal, but that's not the... 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.