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MemSQL's In-Memory Database, JSON Integration Equals Valuable Big Data

MemSQL's In-Memory Database, JSON Integration Equals Valuable Big Data

The press release is titled “MemSQL Introduces the World’s First Real-Time, Big Data Analytics Platform to Fuse Structured and Semi-Structured Data into a Single Database”.  It covers a lot, but what is happening here is a fascinating new developer and database administrator option.  MemSQL has announced a first in the business with a product that can cultivate and combine data from these two different types of sources.  This leading advancement is achieved by providing Java Script Object Notation (JSON) analytics.  With a consolidated view of structured and semi-structured data, analytics can now be executed on datasets where it couldn’t be done... more »
Remembering the Work of Nintendo Video Game Mastermind Hiroshi Yamauchi

Remembering the Work of Nintendo Video Game Mastermind Hiroshi Yamauchi

Word of Yamauchi's death arrived while the Tokyo Game Show is in full swing, the sad news instantly sobered the upbeat atmosphere. Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Japanese businessman that transformed Nintendo who used to make business card collection to become one of the leading gaming companies in the world, died at 85 years of age. Yamauchi ran the company for over 50 years since 1949, making it one of the most successful brands of video games of the digital age. Yamauchi was the grandson of the founder, Fusajiro Yamauchi, who founded the company in 1889. Known as “the godfather of the console,”... more »
Manage All Your Smart Home Apps with One Hub + More

Manage All Your Smart Home Apps with One Hub + More

This week’s SmartHome roundup features a hub that controls all your smart home solutions, a way to turn any surface into touchscreen, and a smart lock that works even without a smartphone. Revolv Hub   Most home automation solutions come with their own control centers, and most smart devices come with their own apps, allowing you to control your home even when you’re out.  But if you have more than one solution in place, it can be daunting to keep tab of all of them. Revolv aims to solve this home automation chaos with a simple hub.  The Revolv Hub doesn’t require an ethernet... more »
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3 Ways to Keep the Environment Free of Electronic Clutter

As more new smartphones, laptops, computers, tablets, TVs make their way to consumers’s hands, there’s one question that is most often overlooked.  What happens to the old devices?  Well, that depends on the user.  One can toss it, frame it for display in their tech collection, sell it cheap, or just put it in a drawer to be forgotten for years. You may not think about it, but these tech gadgets often become trash and just like anything on earth, there’s a proper way to dispose of them.  It shouldn’t just be carelessly thrown in the garbage because it could be... more »
Ellison Keynote Highlights : Oracle's Answer to SAP HANA + More

Ellison Keynote Highlights : Oracle's Answer to SAP HANA + More

At Oracle OpenWorld 2013, the annual event that kicked off yesterday in San Francisco, California, CEO Larry Ellison revealed details on the long-awaited in-memory offering, an update that received its fair share of hype in recent weeks (read our original coverage here, see highlights below). “Virtually every existing application that runs on top of the Oracle database will run dramatically faster by simply turning on the new In-Memory feature. Our customers don’t have to make any changes to their applications whatsoever; they simply flip on the in-memory switch, and the Oracle database immediately starts scanning data at a rate of billions or... more »
How CFOs are Evolving into Data-Driven Roles + Making Friends with CIOs

How CFOs are Evolving into Data-Driven Roles + Making Friends with CIOs

Gone are the days when Chief Financial Officers only deal with the money side of the business.  Now, their influence is growing and they are becoming more and more important in making decisions, not only those that involve the use of money, but are now considered as corporate catalysts taking a lead role in a company’s strategic decision-making process. According to a “CFO as Corporate Catalyst” infographic based on the recently published report by Longitude Research commissioned by Oracle and Accenture, over the past three years, 70 percent of CFOs have shown significant influence in business transformation and setting strategies.  The reason behind... more »
Live from Oracle OpenWorld : Exclusive Interviews + Analysis @ theCUBE

Live from Oracle OpenWorld : Exclusive Interviews + Analysis @ theCUBE

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison revealed some key details regarding his company's plans to enhance cloud offerings during last night's keynote from the annual OpenWorld conference, kicking off four days of festivities around Oracle's fresh future.  Setting the stage for Oracle's position in an industry-wide transition to IaaS laced with cloud-driven solutions, Ellison unveiled the lofty goals behind his In-Memory option for 12c Database, one of several ways Oracle hopes to make good on its 2010 acquisition of Sun Microsystems (read our earlier coverage here). Ellison's keynote addresses one of the looming questions we'll be exploring during our live coverage of Oracle OpenWorld,... more »
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New iPhones Sell 9M in 3 Days : iOS 7 Tutorial + 5 Places to Trade Old iPhone

I'm sure all of the Apple-fanboys will be happy to hear that the first week iPhone 5c and 5s sales numbers are in, setting a new record for opening weekend with over nine million devices sold. That beats out the iPhone 5's opening weekend sales of five million, though this year's launch features two devices and more countries with immediate access to the new iPhones.  One mystery remains -- which new iPhone sold better, the 5c or 5s?  Apple's not providing a model-specific breakdown of the weekend's nine million peak, but the combined sales beat analyst expectations, which estimated Apple... more »
Apple's TV Update Backfires: Some Devices Unusable

Apple's TV Update Backfires: Some Devices Unusable

On Friday, as fanbois lined up waiting to get their new iPhones, other less fortunate, new-iPhone-less Apple-ites were at home busily updating their Apple TVs to the latest software version. Unfortunately, just like the new iOS 7 and its Touch ID feature, Apple TV 6.0 is as buggy as hell. Thousands of Apple telly addicts were quick to update their set-top boxes to the latest version the moment it was made available, as it promised to deliver exciting new features like iTunes Radio, AirPlay from iCloud, iCloud Photos and Videos, the iTunes Music Store, and conference room mode. Though the update delivers... more »
Larry Ellison Keynote: In-Memory Option For 12c Database Unveiled @ #oow13

Larry Ellison Keynote: In-Memory Option For 12c Database Unveiled @ #oow13

In his keynote speech marking the opening of the annual Oracle OpenWorld event, company chief Larry Ellision laid out his plans to dominate the burgeoning in-memory computing sector with a new option for its flagship 12c database software, together with a clutch of new products designed to speed up data flows across the web and corporate data centers. Simply called the "In-memory option", Oracle's latest upgrade to its database product delivers "ungodly" improvements to performance, claimed Ellison during his keynote. The In-memory option is designed to target both transactional and analytical workloads, and is being introduced alongside two new hardware products... 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.