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DARPA Investigates Big Data's 'National Security Threat'

DARPA Investigates Big Data's 'National Security Threat'

When it comes to tracking down someone's movements and contacts through their internet and phone records, America's national security agencies do a pretty damn good job of it. But what are the implications of some other, outside entity getting their hands on the kind of Big Data that we now know the NSA is routinely gathering on foreign, and its own, citizens? Doomsday merchants over at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, are apparently quite concerned at this prospect. They're worried that enemies of America could use data gathered from disparate sources like phone records, Netflix queues, Twitter feeds... more »
iPhone Biometrics Rumors Hint at iWatch & Apple TV Launch

iPhone Biometrics Rumors Hint at iWatch & Apple TV Launch

Fanboy or not, you’ve probably heard that Apple is holding a press event on September 10, 2013 and the company is expected to unveil a new iPhone, or iPhones, if rumors are to be believed. But aside from the iPhone 5S and/or the iPhone mini, sources claimed that Apple will also be unveiling a thinner version of the iPad and an iPad mini with Retina Display, but at a later date.  Remember last year when Apple held two events for their products?  One was iPhone focused, then the other was all about the iPad mini and the 4th generation iPad.  It... more »
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Symphony Crescendos Their Violin with New Flash Memory Array

On Monday, Violin Memory Inc. announced the 6264 flash Memory Array, its next generation of flash memory storage that delivers 64TB of capacity in a mere 3U footprint. And to complement the 6000 Series Arrays, the new Violin Symphony Management System was also introduced.  Symphony aims to enable enterprise-wide management of Violin Memory Arrays through a single pane of glass view - from any device, anytime. “Competitive architectural approaches based on SSDs short change the actual performance capabilities of flash memory,” said Don Basile, CEO of Violin Memory. “As semiconductor process geometries shrink, flash memory gets slower and more error-prone. Violin’s unique... more »
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Doubling Down On Virtualization: HP Makes Big Announcement

In a big announcement out of Palo Alto today, HP rolled out their new HP Converged Storage technology. This investment in the transition to software-defined storage (SDS) is confirmation of what we at SiliconANGLE have been reporting on for some time. HP’s new StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) promises to significantly reduce IT costs for businesses and organizations. In addition to reducing cost, companies that elect to transition to SDS will also enjoy increased agility and capacity utilization. This has been brought about thanks to new features like automated sub-LUN (logical unit number) storage tiering along with increased VMWare and Microsoft... more »
Wearable Tech in the Enterprise: Should IT Managers Be Worried?

Wearable Tech in the Enterprise: Should IT Managers Be Worried?

Disruptive technologies are known as such for the way they shake IT systems to the core, and by all accounts we're about to crash headlong into the next one, with the emergence of wearable technologies just around the coriner. We've actually had wearable computing in various forms for some time – certain industries, like the military and healthcare have used various clip on gadgets for years – but for the rest of us, this type of hardware was almost unheard of. Not anymore. With the rise of gadgets like Google Glass and the Pebble Smartwatch, these kinds of devices are on the... more »
Rumor: Amazon to Enter the Gaming Console Market?

Rumor: Amazon to Enter the Gaming Console Market?

The success of games on mobile devices has begun to significantly affect the video game industry. Free-to-play format in mobile devices has begun to invade both PC gaming and console gaming, and nearly all developers and gaming publishers are now putting out games for Android and iOS devices. The success of Oculus Rift and the Ouya Kickstarter and the recently released Nvidia Shield console has shown that there is still some demand for more casual video games on a larger screen. While the two giants of the video game, Microsoft and Sony, will boost the console wars at the end of... more »
Made in North Korea--The First Smartphone Inspired by Dictator Kim Jong-un?

Made in North Korea--The First Smartphone Inspired by Dictator Kim Jong-un?

South Korea dominates the world of smartphones with the Samsung and LG taking half of the world's smartphone market. Taking into account only a sense of one-upmanship, it makes sense that North Korea may want to follow suit. North Korea has unveiled its new smartphone, the “Arirang,” an Android clone named after a famous Korean folk song that’s also something of a national anthem. Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, visited a factory at his home turf Pyongyang specializes in the production of smartphones, although cellphone data services are still illegal in the country. The so-called... more »
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Lavabit Folds in Protest of Federal Data-Grab

When Edward Snowden publicly disclosed that tech giants such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook were aiding the government to spy on people in a project dubbed PRISM, some people were quick to look for alternative services that promise end-to-end privacy protection. So when Snowden invited the press to a tell-all press conference in Moscow using the email account “edsnowden@lavabit.com,” the service was quick to garner the attention of the public.  If Snowden uses the service, it must offer security perks, right?  Unfortunately, the spotlight on Lavabit also caught the attention of the government.  And now Lavabit has gone offline for... more »
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How Can We Monetize The Internet Of Things?

By 2020, it is expected that there will be 30 billion internet connected devices in use.  Which simply means that the Internet of Things will soon be a fully blown trend.  But if you’re not familiar with IoT, you need to understand how the Internet of Things aims to makes sense of all the data produced by these Internet-connected devices.  The data can be used to better understand the needs or wants of consumers, and even predict their next moves based on their history or places visited, items purchased, books read, programs watched and so on. As we move closer and... more »
IBM Alliances Shaking Up Industry, Promise New Generation Products for Users

IBM Alliances Shaking Up Industry, Promise New Generation Products for Users

At IBM Edge in June, when Ambuj Goyal spoke about how IBM had to be an open systems company "because today no one company can do anything" I, and I think most listeners, thought he meant that by incorporating open standards into StorWize, WebSphere, and other IBM middleware, IBM was encouraging third parties to build tools and applications on top of those base platforms. And that is what is happening, in part. Since then however, that message has taken on a much larger meaning as IBM has announced two major alliances, the first with EMC subsidiary Pivotal to put WebSphere on... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.