Top Stories

No thumbnail available

Pica8 launches SDN starter kit to accelerate adoption

A new infographic from Pica8 reveals that while the research and education sector is at the forefront of software-defined networking adoption, with service providers not too far behind, companies in traditional industries like retail and manufacturing are struggling to keep pace. The Palo Alto, California-based startup is doing its part to bridge this chasm with a low-cost SDN Starter Kit designed to help practitioners get their feet wet. Pica8 offers an open source switching platform that enables customers to turn their network infrastructure into a programmable fabric that is simpler to provision than legacy architectures. Since the system is hardware-independent, it’s... more »
VMware VSAN creating buzz around hyperconverged infrastructure

VMware VSAN creating buzz around hyperconverged infrastructure

VMware’s release of the first beta of its VSAN virtualization software for server-based flash storage and disks is creating a surge of interest in hyperconverged infrastructure, writes Consultant and Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in “VMware VSAN vs the Simplicity of Hyperconvergence”. Although not itself a hyperconverged system, VSAN allows users to create a software-led environment from server-based storage across a data center that, he says, can replace a physical SAN.  It is also “a major validation” for companies in the hyperconverged space, such as Scale Computing, Nutanix and SimpliVity. VSAN, Lowe writes, does provide the ease of use of hyperconvergence, allowing... more »
Dr. Bitcoin On: Bitcoin isn't banned in China, only legally defined.

Dr. Bitcoin On: Bitcoin isn't banned in China, only legally defined.

The last several days have been particularly volatile for new watchers to Bitcoin. The price of Bitcoin peaked out at over 1.2 mBTC ($1,200 / Bitcoin) on the fourth, but following warnings from the People's Bank of China, the price tumbled to .576 mBTC ($576 / Bitcoin) before correcting upwards to .860 mBTC ($860 Bitcoin) on Sunday morning trading. Those who have followed Bitcoin since it's inception may look at the recent fluctuations in price as somewhat tame, but much has been said and alleged about what's going on in China. China has most certainly lead the rise in value in Bitcoin... more »
MyTab expands travel gift card in the UK ahead of Christmas and holiday season

MyTab expands travel gift card in the UK ahead of Christmas and holiday season

MyTab, the US travel gift card company, has just launched its UK operation covering England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales. MyTab allows anyone to sign in with Facebook and create a holiday, honeymoon or any other trip plan that friends and family can fund. You can simply then redeem your funds towards travel, all within the website. Just in time for Christmas and holiday season, UK travelers can now use myTab to gift, save, plan, share and book travels. Users can negotiate exclusive deals with airlines and hotels and instantly gift travel cash to family and friends and also save for individual... more »
No thumbnail available

Weekly Big Data Review: It’s all about the startups

Startups are leading the way in Big Data, even managing to grab the attention of the industry's largest and most profitable companies. On Monday, Apple confirmed that it picked up Topsy in a deal said to be worth more than $200 million. The San Francisco-based social analytics provider is one of only three firms with full access to the Twitter firehose, a real time data stream that averages around 500 million tweets per day. Its technology is used by top media companies to gain insight into consumer sentiment and measure the success of their marketing campaigns, among other things. Apple wouldn’t... more »
No thumbnail available

Pivotal heads to Europe

Pivotal, the Big Data vendor that spun off from EMC and VMware earlier this year, landed in Europe this week with the opening of an office in London's Tech City, a major startup hub that has attracted investments from Facebook, Google, Intel and a number of other prominent technology companies in the past. Pivotal plans to bring in 75 staffers over the next few weeks, including several data scientists from “engineering initiatives and community groups,” according to reports. The company will shell out as much as £100 million, or roughly $163 million in the next ten years, a massive economic... more »
No thumbnail available

Seeking to tap new markets, Microsoft sharpens security focus

Following in the footsteps of Google and Yahoo, Microsoft revealed plans this week to expand its encryption efforts as part of a company-wide push to put user data beyond the reach of nosy governments. “Like many others, we are especially alarmed by recent allegations in the press of a broader and concerted effort by some governments to circumvent online security measures – and in our view, legal processes and protections – in order to surreptitiously collect private customer data,” Brad Smith, the software behemoth’s general counsel, blogged on Wednesday. Microsoft intends to beef up security around all of its major offerings, notably... more »
Weekly Cloud Review: IT automation takes the limelight

Weekly Cloud Review: IT automation takes the limelight

Threatened by AWS, traditional enterprise vendors are pushing OpenStack in a bid to secure a slice of tomorrow’s IT market. IBM, a staunch supporter of the project, recently teamed up with with an emerging systems integrator to make open source private clouds more transparent - and much more viable at scale. Big Blue’s SoftLayer division donated 1,500 bare-metal instances to “improve scalability and perform other previously impossible OpenStack testing” with Rally, a newly released benchmark-as-a-service solution from Mirantis. The software combines the functionality of several open source tools to let enterprise users test and deploy their OpenStack environments with greater efficiency,... more »
Zynga’s FishVille and CastleVille game lead manager joins myTab as cofounder

Zynga’s FishVille and CastleVille game lead manager joins myTab as cofounder

Scott Prelewicz, Senior Manager of Engineering at Zynga, has joined myTab as part of the founding team. With official ‘Top Tech Dawg’ title, Scott arrival comes with perfect timing as myTab has just launched their operation in the UK on 5th December. As part of the founding team at myTab of all things technical, Scott will overseas the overall aspect of the firm growth. Scott has been a software engineer for 15 years working on a multitude of technologies. His stint as a Lead Engineer at Zynga saw him overseeing a team up to 35 people for globally renowned games including... more »
SmartWorld Weekly: From urban gardens to smart bras

SmartWorld Weekly: From urban gardens to smart bras

This week’s SmartWorld Series features solutions for keeping an urban garden, new gadgets for the Quantified Self, Volvo leading the autonomous car race and news on wearable tech’s future. If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world. Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. Urban agriculture meets the Internet of Things . Keeping a quaint garden in the city seems impossible, let alone growing crops in one. But, with the... more »

Premium Research

- 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.