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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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
Karim Abdullah, the IT Ops Director for Sprint Nextel’s Technology Services unit, told Wikibon’s Vellante that his company had several good reasons to implement IBM’s flash technology in its data centers. Sprint operates 121 call centers worldwide, but up until recently the company struggled with storage-side performance issues, and had difficulties providing adequate support as a result. Abdullah says that the deployment of IBM FlashSystems not only eliminated this problem, but also earned Sprint a spot among the most consumer-aware companies in the industry. The carrier identified a direct correlation between the flash-driven performance boost and improved operator response times. Abdullah says... more »
Inhi Cho Suh, the vice president of product management for IBM’s information management business, discussed her company’s latest Big Data announcements in an interview with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante. Suh states that her company’s goal is to facilitate analytics at the speed of exploration. This objective was underscored by the recent launch of BLU Accelerator and BigSQL, an SQL interface for IBM’s InfoSphere BigInsights Hadoop distribution. These two software two solutions were introduced as components of Big Blue’s Big Data stack, an integrated appliance branded as PureData. Vellante asks Suh about her take on a speech by Stefan Groschupf, the co-founder and CEO... more »
Flash is enabling a number of new things in the data center, even bringing transactions and analytics closer together. Colin Parris, the general manager of IBM’s Power Systems Unit, shared his unique perspective on solid-state storage and Big Data in a recent interview with Wikibon co-founder and chief analyst Dave Vellante, at an IBM Flash event held earlier this week. After providing a few details about the Power 7+ servers that IBM introduced in October, Parris explains the reasons behind the rise of flash in the enterprise. He says the technology can support high-bandwidth workloads with minimal latency, an advantage that... more »
Heard the one about Big Data being the new oil? Over time, or so we're told, those who invest in Big Data will be rewarded with a massive advantage over those who don't. Indeed, one day we may even be able to do away with scientific method, relying instead on what the data tells us as opposed to working things out for ourselves. Such predictions assume that everybody's about to jump on the bandwagon, but it belies the fact that many organizations are far from being ready to make the kind of investments needed to fully embrace Big Data. Indeed, many... more »