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4 questions for Google + Nest : Big Brother invades smart homes

The rise of the machines has been an inevitable development in recent months, defining the Internet of Things (IoT) movement that's taking over our homes. One of the biggest, recent developments in this emerging market is Google's acquisition of Nest Labs, Inc. The search engine giant paid $3.2 billion in cash for Nest, the smart home thermostat and smoke detector company. The Internet of Things has presented a clear market opportunity for Google in particular, as indicated by its latest string of acquisitions in robotics and other hardware makers. it makes complete sense to pay-to-play and assume a leadership position. For consumers though, Google's acquisition... more »
Is Nutanix an acquisition target after $101M funding round?

Is Nutanix an acquisition target after $101M funding round?

Nutanix has announced a $101M Series D funding and has surpassed $100M of lifetime booking (in the eight quarters). These are both significant signs of customer traction and potential for growth. Nutanix’s engineering DNA is from companies like Google and Facebook and its virtual computing platform brings hyperscale design principles to the enterprise. While the overall revenue of the company is small when compared to converged infrastructure numbers from VCE (industry estimates of over $1B in 2013) and Oracle, Nutanix now has more than a dozen million dollar accounts. The new infusion of cash will allow Nutanix to expand its sales... more »
Ultra HD porn is on the way: Up close and very, very personal

Ultra HD porn is on the way: Up close and very, very personal

Is the resolution of your pornographic videos really that important? Or are you happy with those grainy old videos you typically view on XXX-rated sites, so long as you have something to get off on? One porn company believes that viewers will be happier watching ultra-high definition porn videos, in the belief that viewers will be able to feast their eyes on the action as is they were actually there in real life. Which is why Naughty America has announced its willing to spend hundreds of thousands to transition from shooting porn in HD to porn in glorious 4K. "The closer we... more »
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Oracle: Customer solutions + case studies : theCUBE Conversations

January 14, 2014 - theCUBE Conversation with Harish Venkat of Oracle. . How do customers feel about the big red stack? . What are Oracle customers saying out in field about the big red stack? Harish Venkat, Senior Director of Business Development, Oracle, visited the SiliconANGLE office in Palo Alto, CA to discuss this topic with theCUBE host, John Furrier, in the newly minted show, theCUBE Conversations. One common theme according to Venkat is that Oracle customers are putting their customers at the center, customer experience and operational efficiency are absolutely critical. Venkat cited the airline industry in which most competitors have essentially the same... more »
OpenStack : Breaking into the Enterprise Forum this month

OpenStack : Breaking into the Enterprise Forum this month

Some would call OpenStack the Linux of its day, empowering the likes of Dell, Hewlett Packard and many others to compete with hyperscale cloud providers now gaining traction.  The open source sector is paving the way for public cloud offerings to survive the enterprise market, and OpenStack's growing ecosystem remains a pivot point amidst this IT transformation. But the restructuring of enterprise IT architecture doesn't come without a cost, and there's many questions looming over the open source community.  Gathering to debate the opportunity for OpenStack in the enterprise, a forum is being held  at the Computer History Museum in... more »
Worried Nest will sell your data? Try these 3 smart thermostat alternatives

Worried Nest will sell your data? Try these 3 smart thermostat alternatives

It's not new that Google has acquired Nest for $3.2 billion - in cash. This is great news for the Nest team, but what does the acquisition mean for consumers? Will Google dare to help itself to all of Nest's power consumption data? Nest addressed this privacy concern in a blog post, stating that, “We know you entrust your homes and information to us and are committed to protecting that the same way we’ve always done.” In the Q&A part of the post, Nest addressed the question of whether it will be sharing user data with Google, saying, “Our privacy policy... more »
Cloudera: Impala is faster than Hive, and here are the numbers to prove it

Cloudera: Impala is faster than Hive, and here are the numbers to prove it

Cloudera is on a journey to make Hadoop enterprise-ready, and central to that mission is the integration of enterprise capabilities into the Big Data stack. That includes high-availability, recoverability and business intelligent features like structured query, a gap that the company is working to bridge with Impala. Launched in October 2012 and released for general availability in May 2013, the open source SQL-on-Hadoop solution is considerably faster than Hive, and according to a new internal benchmark, a leading DBMS as well. In the first part of the the benchmark test, Cloudera pit Impala 1.1.1 against the latest release of the data... more »
When's the best time to launch a cyber-attack?

When's the best time to launch a cyber-attack?

When the perpetrators of the Stuxnet worm decided to launch their attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, timing was everything. Designed to disrupt Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program, Stuxnet wreaked havoc on the Natanz uranium-enrichment plant, shutting down a fifth of its centrifuges and setting its progress back by several months. But how did the hackers decide when to launch their attack? Given the urgency of the situation, the Stuxnet creators would have been tempted to launch their attack immediately, but there's a right time and a wrong time to exploit security vulnerabilities – and according to new research, it's possible to... more »
IBM puts aside $1B for new dedicated Watson business

IBM puts aside $1B for new dedicated Watson business

IBM is bolstering its commitment to bringing cognitive computing into the enterprise mainstream with a new business unit that will focus exclusively on commercializing Watson, the company announced at a recent New York event. The move, which follows a similar decision by Cisco to consolidate its Internet of Things offerings under a single division, underscores CEO Virginia Rometty’s lofty ambition to turn the Jeopardy!-winning supercomputer into a $10 billion business. The Watson Group is hitting the ground running with $1 billion in capital, $100 million of which will be put aside for cultivating an application ecosystem on top of the platform.... more »
Google's Nest acquisition will speed up the 'smart grid', but it'll come at a cost

Google's Nest acquisition will speed up the 'smart grid', but it'll come at a cost

Google has just bought Nest, maker of the smart thermostat, for a whopping $3.2 billion. It's not immediately clear what's motivated this acquisition, but with it Google is getting its hands on a relatively rare and untapped source of data – detailed information about your home's power consumption. This could herald both good and bad news – Google's massive financial power and should help to further the development of the 'smart grid' that's all about minimizing power consumption and saving money, but it could also lead to even greater intrusion into our privacy. If you've not heard of Nest, it's a... 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.