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Big Data correctly predicts some GRAMMY winners : Spotify the best indicator

Big Data correctly predicts some GRAMMY winners : Spotify the best indicator

The results of last night's 56th Annual GRAMMY awards are in. While most already know who the winners are, here's a recap just in case: Record of the Year: "Get Lucky" - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers Album of the Year: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk Song of the Year: "Royals" - Joel Little and Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters - Lorde Best New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Best Pop Solo Performance: "Royals" - Lorde Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: "Get Lucky" - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers Best Rock Album: Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin Best Rap Album: The Heist - Macklemore... more »
Accellion CEO shares security projections and plans for mobile

Accellion CEO shares security projections and plans for mobile

Accellion CEO Yorgen Edholm shared some projections about enterprise security and cloud computing for 2014.  2013 was a year that was marked by a lot of security breaches including: February's onslaught of hacks for Facebook, Twitter and Apple, the obvious – NSA scandal and The New York Times and Wall Street Journal hacks, and Edholm feels this history will provide some key points for what road cybersecurity takes this year.  With that, enterprises will not only be concerned with the NSA in 2014, but will also be concerned with a new form of war that's being waged in the unseen... more »
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VTUG president discusses virtualization and SDN | #VTUG

When Chris Harney launched the Virtual Technology Users Group (VTUG) nearly a decade ago, VMware had a monopoly on virtualizing x86 servers. But as the market grew and evolved, competitors such as Microsoft started gaining ground, and the agenda eventually had to be adapted for the rise of multi-hypervisor environments. Harney appeared on theCUBE for the first time at the recently concluded VTUG Winter Warmer 2014 meeting to discuss the shifting dynamics that led to this change in direction with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman. VMware is still a dominant force in the data center, but a growing number of... more »
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TheCUBE heads to Silicon Valley for the real scoop on Big Data |#BigDataSV

In the follow-up to SiliconANGLE’s hugely successful Big Data NYC 2013 meetup, theCUBE will arrive in Santa Clara next month for three days of exclusive commentary and analysis from the thought leaders on the front lines of analytics. Keep an eye out for the hashtag #BigDataSV as the event gets closer. Big Data Silicon Valley will take place Tuesday, February 11 through Thursday, February 13 at the Hilton Santa Clara, just across the street from the Santa Clara Convention Center where the Strata Conference will be held. Join our hosts, SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon chief analyst Dave Vellante,... more »
Google gets smarter, acquires AI firm DeepMind for $400M

Google gets smarter, acquires AI firm DeepMind for $400M

Google is said to be acquiring a somewhat secretive startup that goes by the name of DeepMind for a reported $400 million. Re/code reports that DeepMind is a London-based Artificial Intelligence company that specializes in games and e-commerce algorithms. While it might seem a puzzling acquisition for Google at first glance, closer analysis reveals that it could prove to be a very smart one. For a three-year old startup, $400 million seems a fairly steep price, especially when you consider that DeepMind hasn't exactly broken many headlines. However, the company does boast an impressive roster that is packed with talent, including... more »
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Forgive Tom Perkins, but not The Journal

For a few hours, I was really mad at Tom Perkins. Next, I thought it was funny to watch a great man dive off into the deep end and drag his reputation down with him. Today, I am sad and a little ashamed of myself for my glee in watching a great man self-destruct. I'd like to think I was raised better. Who should we be upset with? 82-year-old Tom Perkins, for his rant comparing San Francisco's anti-Google protestors to Nazis? Or the Wall Street Journal for publishing it? And Bloomberg for giving him the opportunity to double-down and add the Occupy Movement to... more »
Weekly Cloud review: OpenStack + governance enter new stage of evolution

Weekly Cloud review: OpenStack + governance enter new stage of evolution

Red Hat is pushing back against Amazon Web Services with an open source spin on the hybrid cloud. Unveiled on Monday, the latest release of the company’s Linux-based server virtualization platform gives users more flexibility in managing their environments and integrates with OpenStack to deliver software-defined networking capabilities. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.3 adds the option of implementing the built-in admin console as a virtual machine to conserve infrastructure resources, and makes it possible to store server images on OpenStack Glacier for further efficiency gains. The new version also lets customers leverage the Neutron component of the cloud OS to... more »
Microsoft matches Amazon’s price cuts across all regions

Microsoft matches Amazon’s price cuts across all regions

Amazon may be dictating the pace in the IaaS race to zero, but the competition is never too far behind. On Friday, less than a week after the retailer-turned-cloud-giant dropped its rates for the 40th time since launching AWS in 2006, Microsoft upped the ante with a discount of its own. This is not the first time the software titan has thrown the ball back to Jeff Bezos’ court. Redmond pulled off the same gambit in March 2012 when, also within days of Amazon’s then latest price cut, it made Windows Azure Extra Small Compute instances 50 percent cheaper and shaved... more »
More developers favor Google’s Android mobile apps development to Apple’s iOS

More developers favor Google’s Android mobile apps development to Apple’s iOS

By market share, Android is the dominant mobile devices on the market, but the performance of its market share in terms of revenue generation is still lagging behind Apple's iOS. However, the situation is likely to change in near future. Developers’ community attitudes have started turning to Android applications due to better tools, a very large market share of Android devices, and better income opportunities. New survey data from Vision Mobile and Evans Data shows that developer interest may indeed be starting to incline to Android. A year ago, Apple iOS was still more favored by the developers--but currently, developers can... more »
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SmartWorld Weekly: Cheaper smart lights + wireless health gadgets

This week’s SmartWorld Series features a cheaper alternative to connected lights, wireless monitors for health tracking, and privacy concerns for connected cars. 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. New SmartHome solutions : Color-changing lights + smart cutting board The Philips Hue has a challenger and it’s much cheaper.  The BeeWi Smart Color Light will soon be available for only $40... 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.