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Closing the Gap on Big Data Education, Cloudera Teams with Top Universities Around the World

Closing the Gap on Big Data Education, Cloudera Teams with Top Universities Around the World

Data scientists are a rare commodity in today’s job market, and this is not expected to change anytime soon. In a recently published study, the McKinsey Global Institute predicted that demand for professionals with Big Data know-how will continue to exceed supply for the foreseeable future. “By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions,” the report states. See here for 11 universities to study Data Science Leading Hadoop distributor Cloudera... more »
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What's OpenStack's Role in the Software-Defined Networking Space? Nicira CTO Explains

During the 2013 OpenStack Summit, Martin Casado, CTO and Co-Founder of Nicira, discussed OpenStack’s successful strategy and software-defined networking with John Furrier and Jeff Frick on SiliconAngle’s theCube. Furrier reminded us how, in its early days, OpenStack felt like a “pool party,” with everyone jumping in and a lot of market hype. We were very critical of OpenStack, Furrier states, "we thought, if it becomes a vendor-hype environment, it’s going to fail like so many other vendor-driven projects, and clearly that was not the case." Casado offered his perspective on OpenStack’s success in driving off the slew of radical viruses that could have potentially ruined the project. He first tipped... more »
Western Union and MoneyGram Ponder the Future of Bitcoin

Western Union and MoneyGram Ponder the Future of Bitcoin

The popularity of the best-working Internet cryptocurrency in history is continuing to soar and this has brought attention to major money transmitters such as Western Union and MoneyGram. The usual economic place that both companies is to permit people to transfer sums of money across distances—be they across the US or between countries—and at the same time allow for an exchange between local currencies, so that customers could send USD to family in Japan and have the money changed to yen. In a recent article at Fox News Business, Andrew R. Johnson notes that the rise of bitcoin is garnering attention... more »
LIVE: What is the Future of Software-Led Infrastructure?

LIVE: What is the Future of Software-Led Infrastructure?

Home now from the #OpenStack Summit in Portland, the key question is, what is the future of software-led infrastructure? As the software continues to change, engineers and their companies' infrastructures take center stage. Software’s ability to interact with infrastructure is the future of software development. That future focuses on the apps and data you need to run the infrastructure. On today's Live NewsDesk Show with Kristin Feledy (see live stream below) we'll be hearing from Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer. How does he define software-led infrastructure? What are the main categories, and its main players? Who should CIOs and CTOs... more »
LIVE: Despite Significant Privacy Concerns, CISPA Passes in the US House

LIVE: Despite Significant Privacy Concerns, CISPA Passes in the US House

The US House of Representatives has once again passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), now the second time, by an overwhelming margin of 288 to 127. Despite major privacy concerns that exist in the bill, the crux of the issue boiled down to this: did the CISPA bill successfully addressed criticism from civil libertarians, and whether the threat of cyberattacks was grave enough to justify overriding lingering concerns. By the vote count, it's obvious the US House thought it did.  The goal of CISPA is to make it easier for private networks that come under cyber attack to share... more »
Week In Review : OpenStack Rallies the Troops Against AWS

Week In Review : OpenStack Rallies the Troops Against AWS

The OpenStack Summit in Portland has reflected the amazing growth of the platform and highlights that it’s this open source cloud solution’s time to stand in the sun. SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier makes that clear in his editorial outlining the powers that be are more than just embracing OpenStack, they’re lining up to be part of the ecosystem. Climbing on board we see ServiceMesh singing on for enterprise-grade management; RackSpace’s Jim Curry thinks very highly of OpenStack; and NetApp has a prototype for a file-share service. For those looking for a history lesson, the development and growth of early OpenStack (and... more »
Dell Buyout Moves Closer as Blackstone Withdraws Takeover Bid

Dell Buyout Moves Closer as Blackstone Withdraws Takeover Bid

There’s been more developments at Dell this morning, with reports suggesting that private-equity firm Blackstone Group has ended its $25 billion rival takeover bid, bring founder Michael Dell’s dreams of taking his company private a step closer to fruition. Blackstone launched its bid last month following widespread opposition among Dell shareholders to the founder’s own $24.4 billion buyout offer. However, both the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal are now reporting that this offer has been withdraw. It’s not immediately clear what reasons Blackstone has given for pulling out. Blackstone’s takeover bid came following last February’s announcement that Michael Dell wanted... more »
Microsoft Has the Last Laugh as Q1 Profits Surge

Microsoft Has the Last Laugh as Q1 Profits Surge

Microsoft must be feeling especially smug this morning after its latest quarterly earnings report showed strong growth in both sales and profits during the first three months of 2013. Despite all the doom and gloom in recent weeks over the PC market’s continuing decline and the lukewarm reception of Windows 8, the software giant yesterday revealed revenues totaling $20.5 billion for Q1, up 18% from the first quarter of 2012. In line with this, Microsoft’s net profits also saw a sharp boost, rising by more than 17% to just over $6 billion. Microsoft’s earnings, which far exceeded most analysts’ forecasts, are traditionally... more »
OpenStack Summit Rallies the Troops, Drives Competition for AWS

OpenStack Summit Rallies the Troops, Drives Competition for AWS

Just a few years old, OpenStack has burst onto the scene as an open source alternative to Amazon's AWS, providing the likes of IBM, VMware and other large enterprise players to rally against Amazon's encroachment on the enterprise. This week's OpenStack Summit, an annual event that started five years ago with a budget of $15,000, is now a $2 million budget event with over 3,000 attendees. SiliconANGLE has had live coverage of the OpenStack Summit for the first 3 days on its flagship station #theCube, and it's clear that something that, just two years ago, our own John Furrier dubbed... more »
Why Nokia Should Stick with Windows 8: Do One Thing, and Do it Well

Why Nokia Should Stick with Windows 8: Do One Thing, and Do it Well

Nokia's latest quarterly earnings report reveals some promising numbers for the Finnish smartphone maker and its continuous improvement with the Windows 8-powered Lumia sales worldwide, but it's struggling in the U.S. In fact, North America was the only country that witnessed a decline in Nokia Lumia sales, while China seems hungry for Nokia's high end device.  Is Nokia channeling its marketing and research efforts in the right direction, or should the phone maker broaden its Lumia lineup to become more competitive in the highly saturated U.S. market? I think the right balance between marketing and R&D, something Nokia's known for, could... more »

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