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Flash is Just as Transformative as Open-Source Big Data, says IBM’s Steve Mills

Flash is Just as Transformative as Open-Source Big Data, says IBM’s Steve Mills

Steve Mills, the SVP and group executive of software and systems for IBM, discussed his company’s plan to invest$1 billion in flash storage with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante at a media event held this week in New York. Vellante starts the interview by pointing out that this is not the first time Big Blue decided to throw a billion at a major trend. A decade ago the company pumped $1 billion into Linux, and a few years after that it pledged to invest the same amount in analytics. Mills believes that flash is just as transformative as open-source and Big Data. The reason,... more »
HP’s Saar Gillai Provides an Early Contributor’s Perspective on OpenStack

HP’s Saar Gillai Provides an Early Contributor’s Perspective on OpenStack

Saar Gillai, Senior Vice President and General Manager for HP Converged Cloud, stopped by theCube during the annual OpenStack Summit to discuss HP’s new developments with cloud and OpenStack with hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick. Gillai opened the discussion by highlighting Converged Cloud’s product vision. Converged Cloud is about having one common architecture that provides customers with choice and consistency across all deployment models, whether its private, public or managed. We take all the different products we have at HP, ensure that they have a common architecture, a common user experience, and we package them together as a flexible solution for the customer, Gillai explained. As for OpenStack, HP has... more »
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How To Effectively Share Metadata Between Apps : The Flash-Driven Transformation of IT

Vincent Hsu, an IBM Fellow and the CTO of the company’s storage business, provided his perspective on flash and its impact on the industry in an interview with Wikibon co-founder and chief analyst Dave Vellante. Hsu starts by highlighting the main problem with spinning disk: it’s considerably slower than silicon. Processors are ten times faster than they were a decade ago, but disk systems today are only 1.2-1.3 speedier than their predecessors from the early 2000’s. This performance gap has persisted for decades, forcing software developers and database architects to invest time and effort to step around the issue. Hsu explains that... more »
New U.S. Immigration Reforms & Funny Or Die Says "FIRST!" With iSteve

New U.S. Immigration Reforms & Funny Or Die Says "FIRST!" With iSteve

Concerns over the U.S. Senate’s Immigration Reform Bill raised by technology groups seem to have been addressed. The top item on most technology companies’ immigration wish list is to allow more highly skilled workers into the country, and, according to the outline, the merit visa does just that. The bill also proposes an increase in the number of green cards offered. This bill has the potential to be the most dramatic overhaul to U.S. immigration law in more than a quarter-century, is a step in the right direction. Former Apple manager, Richard Williamson, and several managers, designers and software engineers were... more »
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Start-Up CloudByte Takes a Bite Out of the Cloud Storage Cookie

We don't cover only big-time heavy-hitters on #theCUBE -- startups get lots of love too. Host Jeff Frick got to chat with CTO and Founder of Cloudbyte, Felix Xavier at the annual #OpenStack Summit 2013 today. Jumping right into it's first OpenStack event, Cloudbyte had big news on Monday, announcing integration with OpenStack block storage Cinder. CloudByte, one of the first companies to guarantee quality of service (QoS) to every application from a shared storage platform, is an emerging player in the increasingly vicious storage wars. As part of its announcement and its integration with OpenStack Block Storage Cinder, the company... more »
Open Source People Now Claim to be Cloud People : Intermingling Intelligence

Open Source People Now Claim to be Cloud People : Intermingling Intelligence

Ross Turk, Vice President of Community at Inktank, visited SiliconAngle’s theCube during the OpenStack Summit taking place in Portland this week to discuss Inktank’s open source project, Ceph, and the current community environment with John Furrier and Jeff Frick. The Ceph Project has been in development since 2004, and is a commodity storage software layer that exposes the storage resources of the hardware that its sitting on top of. Furrier asked Turk what kind of traction Ceph is getting with OpenStack, and what sets it apart from other storage software. The first reason is the lowest-cost-per-gig, Turk readily answered. Keeping storage costs... more »
Three Things Netflix Needs for its HTML5 Transition

Three Things Netflix Needs for its HTML5 Transition

Netflix uses Microsoft’s Silverlight plug-in to deliver high quality videos to PCs and Macs;  however with Silverlight ending in 2021 and Flash dying, Netflix is running out of options for delivering videos to online viewers.  The obvious answer points to HTML5, but for that transition to happen Netflix will need to prepare. Starting last year, Netflix has been collaborating with other industry leaders to take on three World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) initiatives that would enable a HTML5 transition.  With these efforts came the “HTML5 Premium Video Extensions.” The HTML5 Premium Video Extensions Media Source Extensions (MSE) To start, this specification "extends HTMLMediaElement to... more »
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HP Moonshot Not Intended for Normal Data Center Apps Warns Scott Lowe

“Mainstream CIOs: Stay Earthbound for now -- HP Moonshot is not for you” warns Wikibon Analyst, Consultant, and former CIO Scott Lowe. Moonshot’s prices sound very appealing -- $61,875 for a chassis filled with 45 HP ProLiant Moonshot servers with Intel Atom processes and an integrated switch. But, Lowe warns, those processors top out at 8 GB of RAM and a single drive, and the cartridge only supports a few Linux variants. If someone would adapt a mainstream hypervisor -- say Microsoft Hyper-V -- to the Moonshot architecture, that might trigger big changes in the data center, he says, but at... more »
Project Savanna: The Key to Deploying Hadoop in OpenStack

Project Savanna: The Key to Deploying Hadoop in OpenStack

Mirantis believes in a web of very open platforms, and not being locked into any specific one.  Adrian Ionel, CEO of Mirantis stopped by #theCUBE at #OpenStack Summit yesterday to talk about the Project Savanna announcement with co-hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick. Project Savanna is a Hadoop on OpenStack project that was originally started by Mirantis, and now includes Hortonworks and Red Hat. The collaborative effort between Mirantis, Hortonworks, and Red Hat will focus primarily on contributing engineering resources to Project Savanna. An important first step for Savanna is to provide an integration point for third party Hadoop provisioning and... more »
Anonymous Raises $54,798 To Launch Official "Your Anon News" Site

Anonymous Raises $54,798 To Launch Official "Your Anon News" Site

The hacktivist collective Anonymous is to launch dedicated website for its crowdsourced news platform, Your Anon News, following a successful Indiegogo campaign that saw it raise exactly $54,798. The Your Anon News title is already used by several of the collective’s social media accounts, for example its popular Twitter and Tumblr accounts, but the success of this project means that it can finally set up the first ‘official’ website for its independent reports. A video uploaded onto the campaign page explains how the Your Anon News outlet will become a platform for reports that stay hidden from the mass public, independent of... more »

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