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3 VoIP services for small businesses : Ooma + more

Virtualization has its perks for small businesses, and can save you money when it comes to operating costs. Many of the perks enterprises have availed of for years are now available for small business and home use, including cloud-based management tools for incoming and outgoing calls. But the wrong VoIP service will still cost you. Here's three top VoIP services to consider for business or home use, that won't break the bank. Ooma Office For only $19.98 a month, Ooma Office offers unlimited calling in the US and Canada, a virtual receptionist, extension dialing, conferencing, music-on-hold and much more. Ooma Office is a... more »
Google Glass Etiquette: Don't be a #Glasshole

Google Glass Etiquette: Don't be a #Glasshole

With the recent Glass Explorer kerfuffle, wherein a so-called Glass explorer was wrongly accused of pirating a movie while wearing his Glass to the movies, the issue of whether the device is good or bad is once again up for debate. As with most things, the truth is that Google Glass can be both good and bad, it all depends on how people use it. Some establishments have already banned the use of Google Glass on their premises, without giving wearers a chance to prove that they are not Glassholes. But people have proven that Glass can be a good thing,... more »
Red Hat revamps cloud portfolio : Brings OpenStack closer to enterprise

Red Hat revamps cloud portfolio : Brings OpenStack closer to enterprise

Red Hat is bringing OpenStack interoperability a step closer to reality with a new version of its server virtualization platform that aims to deliver a consistent management layer across on- and off-premise deployments. For customers, that means being able to transfer workloads between clouds without having to worry about compatibility constraints or gaps in service levels. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.3 adds the option of deploying the RHEV-M management console as a virtual machine on the host to conserve hardware resources, and provides a set of APIs for third party software vendors to backup and restore VMs. Admins can store... more »
Lenovo buying IBM low end server business for $2.3 billion : PC business is back again – It never left

Lenovo buying IBM low end server business for $2.3 billion : PC business is back again – It never left

Today it was announced that Lenovo has agreed to buy IBM  low-end server business for $2.3 billion.   Not a big surprise to all of us following the industry. My first reaction: finally shake that “thang.” Focus on the high end performance, converged systems, Big Data, and low power (ARM).  Check and check.  Good move IBM.   This deal is on top of the landmark deal years ago when IBM sold their personal computer business to focus on turning the company around.  As it turned out, it was a brilliant move by then CEO Sam Palmisano in 2005.  Selling the PC division was... more »
Big Data predicts this year's GRAMMY winners

Big Data predicts this year's GRAMMY winners

The GRAMMYs are just a few days away. The music world's biggest awards show will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2014, in LA. Music lovers will be tuning in on CBS for the live telecast, and I’m pretty sure many SiliconANGLE readers will be rooting for their favorite bands or artists to get that coveted golden gramophone. As always before major awards ceremonies and events, people just love to try and guess the winners. Today, the music service Spotify has released its own 2014 GRAMMY predictions. Using streaming data, it did rather well in predicting some of last year’s winners,... more »
Apple plans update to fix iOS 7's 'white/black screen of death' issues

Apple plans update to fix iOS 7's 'white/black screen of death' issues

When Apple came out with its revamped iOS 7 last year, it was making a big bet on the re-imagination of its flagship product. The changes were slightly controversial – there were a few bugs in features like iCloud and iMessage, not too mention reports of 'motion sickness' among some users, though on the whole iOS 7 was received positively by fanbois. However, there was one particular issue that concerned a lot of iPhone users – there's been numerous reports of the device crashing continually during normal use, which results in the iPhone having to restart for no apparent reason. Apple... more »
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Chartio marks latest funding round with new Big Data capabilities + services

Chartio, the Y Combinator startup that visualizes business information in the cloud, announced on Wednesday that it has bagged another $2.2 million from early-stage investor Avalon Ventures. The funding represents an important milestone for the firm, which has raised a total of $6.64 million to date and quadrupled in size since closing its first round of financing in 2011. “The data industry is the one to watch in 2014, and we believe Chartio is the most powerful, seamless and easy-to-use solution in cloud business intelligence today,” commented Rich Levandov, a partner at Avalon Ventures. “As enterprises move even more applications to... more »
Google just might be exploring Bitcoin integration plans

Google just might be exploring Bitcoin integration plans

As the de facto largest search engine and one of the juggernauts of Internet service innovation, when Google speaks everyone tends to listen. And for the Bitcoin community when Google execs and project even suggest the possibility of Google looking into Bitcoin it’s a very big thing. Thus, when Jarar Malik made a post on Reddit that he had been an in e-mail conversation with Google staffers about Bitcoin plans, it brought a great deal of positive reaction. In order to provide proof and verification for his claims, Malik even forwarded the e-mail conversation to Andy Greenberg at Forbes. First Malik sent... more »
Good Technology makes it easy to say goodbye to BlackBerry with a free offer

Good Technology makes it easy to say goodbye to BlackBerry with a free offer

Good Technology announced today that it could be picking up your tab. No, not the tab some people may be hoping for – this is about those companies that have BlackBerry users that want to move over to Good Technology. The program is called “Migrate Now” and it offers customers the opportunity to avoid additional charges if they move over to Good’s platform. There are many isolated customers hopelessly tied up in BlackBerry maintenance contracts, with budget matters tight, and unable to make that move. Until June 30th, customers can get past these financial barriers, and make the jump to... more »
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Symantec NetBackup 7.6 recovers VMs in a hurry

With the rise of virtualization, backup and recovery took the backseat to business goals. But today, the emergence of private clouds and the explosion in unstructured information has put data protection back on the enterprise agenda. Symantec is looking to help companies rein in their virtualized environments with the latest version of its NetBackup software, which the company announced yesterday. NetBackup 7.6 provides new features and greatly improved performance for petabyte-scale VMware deployments. NetBackup 7.6 boots virtual machines directly from backup files instead of using primary storage, an approach that Symantec says speeds up recovery by 400 times. The release also adds... more »

Premium Research

- 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.