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smartShift’s Arjun Chopra on moving traditional enterprises to the Cloud | #re:Invent2013

Arjun Chopra, the chief technology officer of smartShift Technologies, appeared on theCUBE at Amazon’s recently concluded re:Invent 2013 conference to share his insider’s perspective on porting legacy workloads to the public cloud. An AWS Premier Consulting Partner, smartShift helps enterprises re-architect their on-premise applications before shipping them off to an infrastructure-as-a-service environment. That involves removing bottlenecks, adding automation and orchestration capabilities, and ensuring that security and performance requirements are met at all times. Chopra says that his firm leverages a set of homegrown solutions to greatly accelerate customers’ journey to the cloud, a value proposition that attracted 10 of the world’s... more »
Cloud Wars: Google's Compute Engine goes live

Cloud Wars: Google's Compute Engine goes live

Google already has an almighty stake in consumer's digital lives, be it through search, email, news or YouTube videos. And now, it's setting its sights on owning the enterprise as well. For years, Google has been somewhat evasive about its public cloud ambitions, but this week the company said that it's Google Compute Engine is finally ready to roll, with pricing, features and performance guarantees all set to be announced in the coming days. Google's move means that it's now cemented its entry in the ongoing 'cloud wars' to secure control of government and corporate computing – a battle that's already being... more »
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LucidWorks brings multi-structured data analytics to Splunk

In the enterprise, the exponential growth of information is driving the need for a consistent and highly scalable data access layer that can keep up with an ever-expanding workload, while also meeting the performance requirements of end-users. LucidWorks is taking a fresh approach to this challenge with a unique development platform that utilizes open source software to let customers create custom applications for querying and processing Big Data. The Redwood City, Calif.-based startup, formerly known as Lucid Imagination, today introduced a new solution designed to help companies correlate documents, customer records and other unstructured information with machine data. Solr Monitor App... more »
Real-life Robocops enhancing safety and security

Real-life Robocops enhancing safety and security

Safety and security is one of the highest priorities for any person, establishment, city, or home. Though having a 24/7 security guard on duty is the obvious solution to security concerns, this often proves to be quite expensive, and maybe not always reliable. Not everyone can be trusted, after all. So what's better than entrusting your personal safety, or the security of your business, with a human security guard? Simple - you place your trust in robots, that's what. Security guards have every reason to be worried - for they might soon be out of a job if a company called Knighscope... more »
7 ways Big Data could revolutionize our lives by 2020 [Infographic]

7 ways Big Data could revolutionize our lives by 2020 [Infographic]

We’ve heard how Big Data is transforming various industries, and how it can affect the fortunes of big businesses, but very few actually specify how Big Data is transforming the world and people’s lives. To illustrate this, WhoIsHostingThis.com has created an infographic that explores the "Top 7 Ways Big Data Could Revolutionize Our Lives by 2020".  Though the infographic is pertaining to the year 2020, some of the uses described for Big Data are already being implemented in some parts of the world. 7 Ways Big Data Could Revolutionize Our Lives by 2020   Websites and apps will be safer   In 2012, it was discovered... more »
Bitcoin mining malware alert: Has your PC been hijacked?

Bitcoin mining malware alert: Has your PC been hijacked?

By and large, Bitcoin miners tend to be decent folk, and so it's always disappointing to hear stories of those who're abusing the system. Such is the case with a company that goes by the name of Mutual Public a.k.a. We Build Toolbars a.k.a. Your Free Proxy, which was discovered by the security firm Malwarebytes to be installing Bitcoin mining software onto unwitting user's computers – either through toolbars, or else a free proxy service and maybe even other, equally useless free software. Malwarebytes' investigation found that the software operates in the background, redirecting the computer's resources to take part in... more »
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IBM: Black Friday web sales surge thanks to mobile

Mobile shoppers are out in force this holiday season. After sifting through terabytes of transactional data from about 800 U.S. retail websites, IBM found that Black Friday deals on smartphones and tablets accounted for 21.8 percent of total online sales, an increase of nearly 43 percent from last year. “We're off to an incredibly fast start this holiday season as retailers and consumers meet at the intersection of cloud, mobile and social platforms to both offer and take advantage of the best deals," said Jay Henderson, the head of strategy for IBM’s Smarter Commerce group. "This year's winners will be those... more »
SDS no ticket to cheap hardware

SDS no ticket to cheap hardware

Software-defined storage (SDS) is not the end of hardware warns Consultant and Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in "Software defined Storage Does Not Mean the End of Hardware Costs". Actually, most vendors, including Scale Computing, Nutanix and SimpliVity, only offer SDS either as part of their own appliances, and those that offer only the software, like Nexanta, provide it with a hardware compatibility list of fully certified configurations and reference architectures. The issue, he writes, is that SDS does not replace quality in the underlying hardware, "You get what you pay for" still applies, and companies that go with the lowest cost... more »
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Built-in hardware telemetry means better service for ITOs

CIOs should insist on built-in data telemetry on system performance in any new data arrays they buy, writes Consultant and Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in "CIOs Should Require Analytics As part of Vendor Infrastructure Support". Advanced telemetry is a mainstream trend in the industry already, with HP, Nimble Storage, NetApp and other vendors offering it, and it is time for CIOs to add it to their required features list. Data telemetry allows the array to send a constant stream of data back to the vendor in real time for automated analysis. This allows the vendor to automatically identify problems developing in... more »
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Sick of hearing about it @PDAguerrilla

As an e-book reader and advocate going back 15-plus years, I am getting thoroughly sick of hearing about the wonderful heft and smell and feel of physical books. Every time I hear a discussion (usually a podcast) someone waxes poetic about the physical experience of books. In this case I was listening to the "To the Best of Our Knowledge" podcast from PRI, an excellent podcast that I strongly recommend, btw. Please understand that I have nothing against reading physical books. For decades I carried books with me wherever I went and turned otherwise frustrating waits in outer offices, airplane boarding... more »

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