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VMware gets new CTO

VMware gets new CTO

A couple days after snatching two top execs from Citrix and promoting company veteran Kit Colbert to CTO of End-User Computing, VMware is continuing its executive shuffle with the appointment of Ben Fathi as chief technology officer. The move doesn’t come as too big of a surprise seeing that he was next in line for the position as vice president of vSphere. Fathi started his career with the virtualization stalwart in 2012 after a three-year stint at Cisco, where he headed the development of network operating systems. He previously spent five years at Microsoft, starting out as general manager of storage... more »
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Top vendors gobble up 3 startups in 2 days to strengthen enterprise grip

This week kicked off with a flurry of exits in the enterprise IT space, a rapidly changing market that is being squeezed by consolidation as big vendors gobble up their smaller rivals. Microsoft got in on the action yesterday with the acquisition of self-service support specialist Parature for a reported $100 million. The Virginia-based Parature offers a set of cloud-based solutions for creating and maintaining knowledge bases, managing help desks, carrying out online surveys and responding to customer feedback. The firm delivers these capabilities across both the web and mobile devices, which means clients don’t have to add extra staff to... more »
Smart cars for Android, Google Glass + solar charging @ #CES2014

Smart cars for Android, Google Glass + solar charging @ #CES2014

In recent years CES has been the place to learn about new smartphones and tablets, but with the emergence of the Internet of Things, various kinds of technologies and services have debuted at the show. This year, it seems one of the highlights of the show is automobiles.  This week’s SmartCar roundup features Google’s alliance for connected automobiles, BMW’s Galaxy Gear car app, Hyundai’s Google Glass partnership, and Ford’s solar roof. Google’s connected car alliance   Week’s before CES, it was rumored that Google would be unveiling an alliance with car manufacturers to develop an Android-based platform for automobiles.  Google did not disappoint, with... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2014 January 8: Bitcoin hits $1000, Zynga tests BTC for cow clicking, KryptoKit gets three big names, BTC bulletin boards in SF

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 January 8: Bitcoin hits $1000, Zynga tests BTC for cow clicking, KryptoKit gets three big names, BTC bulletin boards in SF

Happy birthday Bitcoin! Along with the start of January, and a great deal of good news surrounding Bitcoin, there’s been a noticeable resurgence of market price for BTC. In the gaming community Zynga has partnered with BitPay to process bitcoins for virtual items and more Minecraft hosts have done the same. KryptoKit has gotten a number of big names in ownership roles for a Chrome plug-in bitcoin wallet; and AriseBitcoin has put up bulletin boards in San Francisco. This and more in this week’s Bitcoin Weekly. Genesis Block birthday—Bitcoin is 5 years old It’s uncertain whether or not this will become an official... more »
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McAfee on Intel’s ‘Wasted opportunity’

You may have seen this everywhere during the last couple of days – the news that Intel will be phasing out the McAfee security brand name while keeping the shield and product the same.  The announcement came from CES and was carried throughout the world of tech news.  This development should close out a saga that started 20 years ago when John McAfee left the company that he founded, sticking with it through a prior name change, and eventually selling it for a staggering $7.7 billion to Intel almost 4 years ago.  It is often reported that Intel had been... more »
3 wearable tech rings to keep you organized : New year's resolutions 2014

3 wearable tech rings to keep you organized : New year's resolutions 2014

This is Part II of SiliconANGLE’s 2014 Internet of Things Resolution (read Part I here, where we round up a few of the top gadgets for Self Quantified users to stick to their new year's goals).  This time we take on wearable tech, discussing how connected smart devices can help you organize your life. Sesame Ring   If you’re the type of person who often misplaces your Charlie Card train pass, then one of your New Year’s resolution is probably to get more organized.  It’s not that easy but it can be fun and trendy when you’ve got a Sesame Ring on you. The... more »
Zephyr Health bags $15M to advance analytics in life sciences

Zephyr Health bags $15M to advance analytics in life sciences

The life sciences industry, like most traditional segments, was caught off guard by the Big Data revolution. Today, years after Hadoop first broke into the enterprise, healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies are only just beginning to take advantage of the opportunities that Big Data offers. To help life sciences companies tap into new sources of data for insight into patient care and operations, an ambitious startup called Zephyr Health this morning announced that it has snagged $15 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and Jafco Ventures. Zephyr Health offers a cloud-based analytics platform designed to ingest and process... more »
Content is king for Yahoo! as it unveils two new verticals @ #CES2014

Content is king for Yahoo! as it unveils two new verticals @ #CES2014

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is considered a great venue for launching new devices and services.  As such, Yahoo! took the opportunity to unveil a new service that puts its focus on the heart of CES: technology. Yahoo! Tech is a news portal that revolves around the tech industry.  You can find anything from news on Bitcoin, new projects on Kickstarter, new shows on Netflix and a bunch of other material that people will likely be interested in. What makes Yahoo Tech different from other news portals is that it looks more like a news reader - it's more visual,... more »
QLogic's new CEO tackles OEM + storage : Moving back to the compute

QLogic's new CEO tackles OEM + storage : Moving back to the compute

After a long seven months, QLogic finally found its man. Prasad Rampalli, senior vice president for an engineering division at EMC, was recently announced the new president and CEO of the California-based data center networking company. Interim CEO Jean Hu will shift back to her position as Senior Vice President and CFO; Hu had been appointed Interim-CEO in May. Poaching Rampalli from EMC, a man who has over 30 years experience working with Intel and EMC, is a move that was largely unnoticed by the tech community during this past holiday season. Rampalli is known as a strategic thinker who focuses... more »
Biz Stone finally unveils visual Q&A service Jelly

Biz Stone finally unveils visual Q&A service Jelly

Biz Stone, the Twitter co-founder who left the company to explore other areas in mobile and social, has finally unveiled his much awaited company and service - Jelly. If the name "Jelly" conjures up images of a jellyfish or something, then you've had more or less the same idea as Stone, as his new logo is indeed a cartoonish-jellyfish.  But why a jellyfish?  According to jelly, it’s because “it has a loose network of nerves that act as a ‘brain’ similar to the way we envision loosely distributed networks of people coordinating via Jelly to help each other.” But what is Jelly... more »

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- 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.