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BIPS Bitcoin exchange cleaned out in $990K virtual heist

BIPS Bitcoin exchange cleaned out in $990K virtual heist

Bank robbery can be such a hassle these days, what with all the security measures in place like time locks on vaults, dye and CCTV cameras everywhere, not too mention the need for weapons, get away cars and the like. Which is why the smart criminals have their sights set on a different kind of heist, hijacking digital currency exchanges that trade in the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin. In the latest digital robbery to hit the headlines, thieves have made off with the equivalent of $990,000 worth of Bitcoin after successfully hacking into Bitcoin Internet Payment Services (BIPS), one of the largest... more »
IBM continues patent spree with Cloud data integration technique

IBM continues patent spree with Cloud data integration technique

IBM earned a record 6,478 U.S. patents in 2012, marking the 20th straight year that it racked up more innovations than any other company. Big Blue is bent on extending this streak for another year, and is just as keen on gaining a Big Data foothold in the cloud. Inching ever closer to its goals, IBM announced that it has patented a technique for uncovering insights from on- and off-premise information silos. The method, covered by U.S. Patent #8,504,400: Dynamically Optimized Distributed Cloud Computing-based Business Process Management (BPM) System, facilitates the collection and integration of data from traditional on-premise systems and... more »
Fusion-IO, EMC take early Xflash lead

Fusion-IO, EMC take early Xflash lead

Xflash, low-latency (microsecond to nanosecond) server SAN storage (LoLaSeS) storage, is the last unfilled segment of the NAND flash market, writes Wikibon Co-founder and CTO David Floyer in "Enabling Real-time Big Data Processing with Xflash - Very Low Latency Server SANs." This architecture combines RDMA over Infiniband for extremely high bandwidth networking over very short distances, reduced network protocols and the 1 millisecond read/write times and high IO of flash arrays to deliver sub-microsecond IO latency and billions of IOPS. This turns the array into an eXtension of memory, or Xflash. The two early leaders in the segment are Fusion-IO, the... more »
Amazon WorkSpaces virtual desktop solution charges-up Agile development

Amazon WorkSpaces virtual desktop solution charges-up Agile development

Amazon Web Services (AWS) expanded its cloud services portfolio. After computing (EC2), storage (S3), database (RDS), application, content distribution, deployment and management, and billing, Amazon enters into desktop infrastructure virtual solution (VDI). During the recently concluded AWS re:Invent 2013 event, the e-commerce company launched Amazon Workspaces, a VDI solution for managing desktops in the cloud that is accessible from laptops, tablets, smartphone, etc. These desktops are basically Windows Server sessions that can be rented from Amazon $35 a month. WorkSpaces come pre-installed with Windows 7 desktop and has the ability to install any other software. The cost of desktops available in the... more »
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How the FBI captured ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ and closed the Silk Road - Infographic

During an operation on Oct 2nd, the FBI arrested William Ross Ulbricht, an American 29-year-old who has operated under the pseudonym “Dread Pirate Roberts” (DPR). Ulbricht is accused of operating illegal market forum and Silk Road, where according to security agencies there were 13,000 illegal items, including hard drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin, counterfeit cash, forged documents, hackers and firearm and ammunition. The Silk Road, the web’s largest drug market in the world, was finally closed by federal agents in the United States after two years in operation. But if everyone knew since 2011 that the Silk Road was... more »
Google invites iOS and Android developers in the cloud with Cloud Endpoints and Mobile Backend Starter

Google invites iOS and Android developers in the cloud with Cloud Endpoints and Mobile Backend Starter

To encourage developers to create more mobile apps in Google cloud, Google is offering two new or updated frameworks to run complicated, but necessary infrastructure, back end mobile applications, making it easier for mobile developers to tie their apps into Google's APIs. Google has launched a new collection of tools and libraries housed in strengthening and supporting infrastructure to run mobile applications for Android and iOS, called Google Cloud Endpoints. The company has also upgraded a stack of software ready to use for mobile applications on Android and iOS, called Mobile Backend Starter. Both tools use Google App Engine PaaS tools... more »
Coin kills security concerns : Carriers reject 'kill switch'

Coin kills security concerns : Carriers reject 'kill switch'

Is the concept of consolidating your wallet into one card too young to prosper? Coin is hoping to bring its consolidated credit card solution to the mainstream, addressing early security concerns for this system that stores all your information in a single locale. It has only been two weeks since Coin, a startup that aims to become your credit card-sized digital wallet, hit its initial pre-sale goal. The Coin card is designed to replace credit, bank, gift, and loyalty cards by letting users scan them into a single device that syncs with a smartphone. As a Coin user, you have the... more »
More Americans interested in home automation, despite security risks

More Americans interested in home automation, despite security risks

This week’s SmartHome roundup features the new American lifestyle - home automation.  A recent report shows that Americans are now more interested in living a smarter and connected life, despite the increasing threat to privacy and security. Sunrun’s SmartHome survey   Solar company Sunrun conducted a survey from October 29-31, 2013 among 2,022 U.S. adults ages 18 and older regarding living a smart, connected life. The survey concluded that more and more Americans are now interested in living smart, connected lives—with saving money and staying organized as two of the top reasons, at 45 percent and 41 percent, respectively. Though oversharing data and privacy concerns are two... more »
Safeplug delivers Tor-in-a-box for anonymous web surfing

Safeplug delivers Tor-in-a-box for anonymous web surfing

Tor, the privacy network that's used by everyone from criminals and activitists to the US intelligence services and the supremely paranoid, has just been repackaged for the mass market. Available in the shape of a $49 box-like device, it's said to make it easier to route your home's internet connection through the Tor network. Pogoplug's Safeplug, as its known, pushes all of your web-browsing activity through the randomized web of interconnected computers that make up the Tor network, allowing you to remain undetectable whilst online. What with all the recent hullabaloo over the NSA's spying on millions of internet users, Pogoplug... more »
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The importance of the channel : Datalink talks Converged Infrastructure integration

Converged infrastructure adoption has grown in recent years, leading  many distributors already specializing in storage or networking to expand their offerings for the infrastructure stack. Datalink, a datacenter services and solutions provider, has made it possible for distribution channels such as NetApp/Cisco FlexPod, VCE Vblock, EMC VSPEX, HDS storage, VMware vCHS, to adopt to this trend by expanding to a full datacenter focus. Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman recently caught up with Datalink’s Practice Director of Virtual Data Centers Kent Christensen and Director of Cloud Service Management Mark Myers and discussed the trends surrounding IT, converged infrastructure, virtualization, and future trends such as... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

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- Peter Burris

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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