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Microsoft rocks OCP, IO links OCP to OpenStack #OCPSummit

Microsoft rocked the cloud and hyperscale world when it joined the Open Compute Project at Open Compute Summit V on Tuesday, writes Wikibon co-founder and CTO David Floyer in a recent article entitled “Microsoft Joins OCP and Contributes Cloud Management Software and APIs.” Microsoft contributed complete server and storage designs and donated the software code it uses for managing hardware operations to the Open Source community. This gives OCP multiple additional hardware specifications covering search, communications, and general purpose computing and, most important, an API that will connect hardware layer management to the software-led infrastructure layer. Microsoft, Floyer says, was motivated... more »
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Smart Homes on Wall Street : 9 stocks to check out

The home automation market is expected to explode at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.5 percent between 2012 and 2020.  Because of this, there is growing interest in investing in companies that offer home automation solutions. Interested parties can always back home automation projects in crowdfunding platforms, but there is no investment return aside from being one of the first to get the product if and when their product finally launches.  You could also become an angel investor for startups, but there is a huge risk in this since you have no assurance if the company will be successful.... more »
Fusion-io mission : Faster applications, less infrastructure | #OCPSummit

Fusion-io mission : Faster applications, less infrastructure | #OCPSummit

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, took off to San Jose, California this week for the fifth edition of Open Compute Project Summit. They caught up with Gary Orenstein, the CMO at Fusion-io, discussing his company's new solutions and the trends of 2014, including Bitcoin (see the entire segment below). "It's a great time to be participating at #OCP, started Orenstein. "The fun part now, as the ecosystem is growing, is becoming easier and easier for people to participate - by contributing ideas and designs, or by acquiring OCP technologies that can be easily deployed in the data center." "Today Fusion-io announced two... more »
Windows 8 isn't a disaster (Metro just makes it look like one)

Windows 8 isn't a disaster (Metro just makes it look like one)

Today, I want to deal with the first of two big lies promulgated by the technology tweeting class. The first lie is that Windows 8 really sucks. The second is that desktops and notebooks are going away soon. Truth: Windows 8 isn’t all that bad, though the Metro user interface can make that hard to discern. Two is Not Always Better than One   Windows 8 is really two products that have, for worse not better, been forcibly munged together and foisted upon docile users. Separate the two and you have a pretty damn good operating system that sits below a user interface that... more »
Still waiting for Amazon's Android game console? Here's 4 microconsole alternatives

Still waiting for Amazon's Android game console? Here's 4 microconsole alternatives

Amazon is said to be readying an Android-based gaming console to be released later this year.  Rumors about the said console surfaced last year, but faced unexpected delays and will likely be pushing for a 2014 launch. Though most gamers choose to play on their Xbox, PlayStation or PC, some people are looking for cheaper or even smaller alternatives. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the microconsoles already out in the market. 4 microconsoles already on the market  . Ouya Ouya started as a Kickstarter project, crushing its funding goal by raising over $8.5 million.  Ouya’s developer-centric nature hugely influenced its journey to... more »
New Java-based malware can infect Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems

New Java-based malware can infect Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems

Botnets have been all over the news in recent weeks, as have Java-related security issues. So it's not surprising really that someone's been busy building a botnet by exploiting one of the numerous vulnerabilities that keep cropping up in Java. In case you're wondering, a botnet is a network of compromised computers that have been infected with malware, and is used for all kinds of cybercriminal scams, ranging from Bitcoin mining to click fraud and good old spam emails. Readers will probably be more familiar with malware, or malicious software, the vast majority of which is targeted at computers running Windows.... more »
Amazon to launch an Android-based console later this year

Amazon to launch an Android-based console later this year

Microsoft and Sony might think they're kings of the games consoles world right now, having just launched the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 before Christmas. But though the consoles look great and have tons of awesome new features, the biggest downside if you actually want to own one is the price - The Xbox One retails at a not-insignificant $499.99, while the PS4 will set you back $399.99. For hard core gamers that won't matter - they'll find the money no matter what. But for those whose lives are not 100% dominated by video games, they might be waiting for... more »
Apple's website now has an Apple TV section - but where's the new TV?

Apple's website now has an Apple TV section - but where's the new TV?

Since Apple’s acquisition of PrimeSense, there's been no end to rumors that Apple's on the verge of rolling out a new TV. One idea floated around is that PrimeSense’s 3D gesture technology will be used to improved the little set-top box so users can use gesture-based controls to interact with it - for example, a wave of your hand could flip through the channels or lower the volume. There's no sign of any new Apple TV yet, but not so long ago the company released an update for the device that quickly backfired, rendering many Apple TV's unusable, leaving a very... more »
Hacked off: how GoDaddy and PayPal cost one man his prized '@N' Twitter handle

Hacked off: how GoDaddy and PayPal cost one man his prized '@N' Twitter handle

Until last week, Naoki Hiroshima was the proud owner of one of the coolest usernames on Twitter: the “@N” handle. With only 26 letters in the alphabet, one-letter Twitter handles are extremely rare, making them highly valuable and susceptible to numerous purchase offers and hack attempts. According to Hiroshima, he was once offered $50,000 to sell the @N handle, but he refused. Not everyone has been so generous, and many attempts were made to steal the hande until finally, one hacker actually managed to pull it off. And the successful hack was all thanks to the helping hand provided by GoDaddy... more »
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QLogic jumps on hyperscale bandwagon with FC adapter for OCP servers

Facebook launched the Open Compute Project (OCP) in 2011 with the goal of establishing a set of industry standards for hyperscale computing, a new operating paradigm that does away with proprietary solutions in favor of open source software and off-the-shelf data center equipment. Touted as cost-effective and elastic, the architecture proved highly successful in enabling the growth of web-scale giants such as Google and Amazon, but enterprise adoption has remained flat so far. However, if the growing industry interest in the initiative is anything to go by, that is starting to change. This week’s Open Compute Project Summit saw a flurry... 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.