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BlackBerry's a Bad Buy : Fairfax Could Start Patent War

It's been a long time coming.  BlackBerry's finally heeded the advice of pundits, investors and board members, settling the purchase of its assets to one of its shareholders, Fairfax Equity Holdings, at $4.7 billion.  The buyer wasn't among the top projected organizations to take in BlackBerry, and there's questions regarding Fairfax's intentions with the smartphone maker. A hasty acquisition? Pressure for BlackBerry to seek an exit seemed only to increase after Microsoft cemented its very close relationship with Nokia, announcing its plans to acquire the Finnish phone maker for over $7 billion just this month.  Microsoft, Samsung and IBM have all... more »
Flash: Real-Time Solution for "Shrinking Infrastructure" Says Fusion-IO | #oow13

Flash: Real-Time Solution for "Shrinking Infrastructure" Says Fusion-IO | #oow13

Gary Orenstein, the EVP at Fusion-io, discussed flash and storage market trends with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Floyer and Dave Vellante, live from the 2013 edition of Oracle OpenWorld. Commenting on the company's focus at OpenWorld, Orenstein said, "we want to help customers make more transactions, make faster decisions," all at a lower cost, and flash is the answer to that. At the event, they aim to share their solutions and integrations. "We knew there would be a big focus on in-memory at Oracle OpenWorld," Orenstein explained. Companies need to not only increase number of transactions, but also reduce query time and increase... more »
SanDisk Demos Prototype ULLtraDIMM, Flash on a Memory Module | Live at #oow13

SanDisk Demos Prototype ULLtraDIMM, Flash on a Memory Module | Live at #oow13

Brian Cox, Senior Director of Marketing at SanDisk, discussed the company's standing in the flash storage market with theCUBE co-hosts Stu Miniman and Dave Vellante, live at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. SanDisk "pioneered flash memory based storage 25 years ago," Cox said. "People see their products that take the form of everyday use cards," camera cards and thumb drives. The company helps customers have a richer experiences with those devices. SanDisk technology is also used by smartphones, ultrabooks, tablets, and other such devices to benefit from very rapid performance, low power and cost effective solutions. SanDisk is a $5.6 billion company as far... more »
QLogic + Oracle Launch Protocol-Independent Universal HBA | #oow13

QLogic + Oracle Launch Protocol-Independent Universal HBA | #oow13

David Ard, OEM Marketing at QLogic, discussed the newly launched Oracle Sun Storage Universal HBA and the ongoing fibre-ethernet protocol debate with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman, live at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Longtime partners QLogic and Oracle announced the new Oracle Sun Storage 16 Gb Universal HBA which according to Ard, helps companies "make an investment into a server and their storage interconnects" in this solution. "Oracle is the only OEM that supports all possibilities," he added, replying to Miniman's comment about the protocol wars needing to end. By simply changing the configuration options, tools, and the optics, a company can change... more »
Telerik Enhances Icenium Cross-Device Mobile Dev Platform with Visual Studio Extension

Telerik Enhances Icenium Cross-Device Mobile Dev Platform with Visual Studio Extension

For decades, integrated development environments such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse or NetBeans served as the cornerstone for the development of applications. Typically these media are closely linked with a particular programming language. However, so far the operation of building and deploying applications on mobile platform are very time consuming. Telerik, known for its supporting tools for developers, has the Icenium service designed to automate tasks that require significant effort using conventional integrated development environments for creating mobile apps. Icenium service implements all development operations in the cloud, making cloud services to all components and tools--SDK, compilers, tools for testing, debugging,... more »
Breaking Analysis: Microsoft, Not Fairfax, Should Buy BlackBerry

Breaking Analysis: Microsoft, Not Fairfax, Should Buy BlackBerry

Today, it was announced that BlackBerry has reached an agreement to be purchased for $9 per share by a group led by Fairfax Equity Holdings.  This deal values BlackBerry at $4.7 billion and should come as a surprise to no one, particularly given recent devastating financial news provided by the former smartphone king of the hill. BYOD killed the messaging star   It’s a well-known fact that BlackBerry failed in coming to grips with the rise in the consumer smartphone market.  As these devices improved, they were deemed “good enough” by many who didn’t want to have to carry two such devices and opted... more »
IBM, Clustrix Say Oracle In-Memory Wrong Approach #OOW13

IBM, Clustrix Say Oracle In-Memory Wrong Approach #OOW13

Larry Ellison is famous for shaking up the IT industry. Now at the opening to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 he seems to have done it again with his announcement of In-Memory analysis for Oracle's Oracle 10c database. Readers can see live analysis and discussion of this and other announcements live from TheCUBE on the floor of Oracle OpenWorld through Wednesday. In-Memory is an obvious belated response to SAP's HANA, and a comment from SAP is unsurprising. However, SiliconAngle has heard from new-SQL startup Clustrix, which designed its database for horizontal scale-out and exploitation of flash, and surprisingly, from IBM, which as a matter... more »
Tableau Developer Round Up: Visual Analytics for Everyone and Everywhere #tcc13

Tableau Developer Round Up: Visual Analytics for Everyone and Everywhere #tcc13

Last week, Tableau Customer Conference 2013 ended at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. with 3200+ attendees from 40+ countries and 100+ industries. The conference was packed with a lineup of great sessions offered by Tableau customers, developers, product experts, and industry thought-leaders. For the past six years, data enthusiasts from all over the globe have come together for the Tableau Customer Conference to discover how to leverage their investment in data analytics, hear about what’s next in business intelligence, and network with other like-minded individuals.  Here's a quick glance of what were the development from developer... more »
MemSQL's In-Memory Database, JSON Integration Equals Valuable Big Data

MemSQL's In-Memory Database, JSON Integration Equals Valuable Big Data

The press release is titled “MemSQL Introduces the World’s First Real-Time, Big Data Analytics Platform to Fuse Structured and Semi-Structured Data into a Single Database”.  It covers a lot, but what is happening here is a fascinating new developer and database administrator option.  MemSQL has announced a first in the business with a product that can cultivate and combine data from these two different types of sources.  This leading advancement is achieved by providing Java Script Object Notation (JSON) analytics.  With a consolidated view of structured and semi-structured data, analytics can now be executed on datasets where it couldn’t be done... more »
Remembering the Work of Nintendo Video Game Mastermind Hiroshi Yamauchi

Remembering the Work of Nintendo Video Game Mastermind Hiroshi Yamauchi

Word of Yamauchi's death arrived while the Tokyo Game Show is in full swing, the sad news instantly sobered the upbeat atmosphere. Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Japanese businessman that transformed Nintendo who used to make business card collection to become one of the leading gaming companies in the world, died at 85 years of age. Yamauchi ran the company for over 50 years since 1949, making it one of the most successful brands of video games of the digital age. Yamauchi was the grandson of the founder, Fusajiro Yamauchi, who founded the company in 1889. Known as “the godfather of the console,”... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

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- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- 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.