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Self-Trackers to Keep Fatigue at Bay + More

Self-Trackers to Keep Fatigue at Bay + More

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features different forms of trackers.  We start with a watch that tells you how your sleep is affecting other aspects of your life, to a device suitable for team sports, and end with a smartwatch that delivers the most insightful picture of yourself. Readiband   Fatigue Science delivers a few different products that help us understand how fatigue is affecting our lives, with its Fatigue Management Technology.  One of its offerings is the Readiband, a smartwatch that tracks micro 3D movements of your wrist 16 times per second.  It then uses a sophisticated algorithm to determine the quality... more »
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QLogic Shows Off Adapters at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 | #oow13

Despite losing Google to MariaDB, Oracle still maintains a firm grip on the database market. The company’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco attracted tens of thousands of customers and hundreds of partners, including Fibre Channel vendor QLogic. The networking equipment supplier is attending the event to showcase FabricCache, a line of adapters that leverage its Mt. Rainier technology to make server-side flash capacity available for clustered applications. QLogic claims that the technology greatly reduces latency in clustered Oracle RAC environments while improving transaction response times by as much as 75 percent. The FabricCache family is being demonstrated alongside Oracle’s Sun Storage 16Gb and... more »
Oracle OpenWorld Day 1 Recap : "Oracle has become a Big Data company."

Oracle OpenWorld Day 1 Recap : "Oracle has become a Big Data company."

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (#oow13) is in full swing this week.  theCUBE hosts Dave Vellante, Jeff Kelly, and Stu Miniman sat down after day one at Oracle OpenWorld to discuss Larry Ellison's opening keynote, what they expected to see and hear at Oracle OpenWorld this year, and everything in between. Oracle's messaging is marching to the beat of a new drum, putting the key value in storage, NoSQL databases, filtering in Hadoop and bringing data into analytics systems.  "Oracle has become a Big Data company," shares Vellante in theCUBE's Intro segment at the start of our live broadcast from OpenWorld.  According to... more »
Hadapt Furthers SQL-NoSQL-Hadoop Integration

Hadapt Furthers SQL-NoSQL-Hadoop Integration

Breaking down data silos is a challenge enterprises have been trying to overcome for years. Hadapt, a Cambridge, Mass.-based start-up that grew out of work by co-founder Dr. Daniel Abadi at Yale, has made it its core mission to finish the job. The company’s core platform makes it possible to run both Hadoop and SQL on the same infrastructure. Today it announced a new flexible schema architecture to its platform that essentially allows business analysts to query both traditional, structured corporate data and multi-structured data, such as text and key-value pair data, from a single interface using tried-and-true SQL. New approach to... more »
DataStax: Our Customers Are Using NoSQL To Make Money | #oow13

DataStax: Our Customers Are Using NoSQL To Make Money | #oow13

Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly, theCUBE co-hosts, welcomed Robin Schumacher, VP of Products with DataStax. The interview took place at the famed Moscone Center in San Francisco, for the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Conference. DataStax has been around for about three years, "we drive Cassandra from the open source stack standpoint, and we also create, develop and offer commercial products based on Cassandra," said Schumacher. The discussion between Schumacher and theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly revolved, for a while, around Oracle's policy, and the poing time when the company released a white paper stating "Why you should not trust NoSQL for your... more »
China Lifts Ban on Facebook, Twitter & Others in Shanghai Free-Trade Zone

China Lifts Ban on Facebook, Twitter & Others in Shanghai Free-Trade Zone

The Golden Shield Project, or more commonly referred to as the Great Firewall of China, was established to keep an eye on Internet activity in the communist nation, as well as to censor content deemed subversive, containing pornography, anything about the Dalai Lama, related to the Taiwanese government and more. It serves to protect China's leaders, but it's also a huge pain in the ass for everyone living in China, especially foreigners who cannot access the sites they frequent because they are blocked. People have to resort to using VPNs to gain unfettered access to the internet but the downside is it... more »
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs. The Apple iPad 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs. The Apple iPad 4

Microsoft has unveiled the second generation for both of its tablet offerings.  The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 still look like their predecessors, but there are a few exceptions. First, the kickstand can now be angled at much wider stance, so the screen can incline lower or higher, depending on your choice.  The Windows logo at the back of the device has been replaced with the Surface logo, and the Pro 2 comes with two new accessories; the Power Keyboard, which will give the Surface Pro 2 seventy-five percent more battery juice; and the Docking Station, which will give... more »
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Wikibon Study: Enterprises Struggling to Make the Most Out of Their Data

Many enterprises follow their IT organizations into the Big Data revolution without fully understanding the risks and benefits of the technology, a new study from Wikibon found. Co-authors Jeff Kelly and Bert Latamore reached out to vendors and surveyed nearly 100 Big Data practitioners for a fresh perspective on analytics beyond the Fortune 500. According to the report, 46 percent of practitioners have only realized “partial value” from their Big Data deployments, while two percent deem their implementations “total failures.” Wikibon attributes these figures to the fact that many organizations set their expectations too high: the average mid-size enterprise anticipates a... more »
What Fairfax Stands To Gain From Buying BlackBerry

What Fairfax Stands To Gain From Buying BlackBerry

The end is nigh for BlackBerry, or at least it is in its current state anyway. As of yesterday, the company published a "letter of intent,"stating its plans to sell itself to shareholder Fairfax Financial and become a private company once again. Supposing the deal goes ahead – and it's likely to do so – Fairfax will but BlackBerry at the low price of just $9 per share, way below where its share price stood on Friday afternoon, just before the company announced the redundancies of some 40% of its staff. That BlackBerry has struggled to sell itself, even at that... more »
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Nimble Accelerates Oracle Workloads with Latest Reference Architecture | #oow13

Nimble Storage is kicking off this week’s Oracle OpenWorld 2013 conference with a new SmartStack reference architecture for relational database environments. Certified to run Oracle’s Linux distribution, virtualization framework and database software, the solution offers “adaptive performance with high availability, capacity savings, efficient data protection, and improved staff productivity.” According to Nimble, the converged architecture couples one of its CS-series hybrid storage arrays with two Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade servers and Oracle VM 3.2. The platform also includes Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and supports Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Database 12c. “By utilizing our... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.