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Broadcom boosts bandwidth-intensive workloads with new 5G Wi-Fi SoCs

Broadcom boosts bandwidth-intensive workloads with new 5G Wi-Fi SoCs

Networking semiconductor maker Broadcom is something of a trendsetter, having been the first vendor to introduce quad-combo 802.11n chips and 5G transceivers with gigabit Ethernet. Before that, the company helped establish Bluetooth as a mainstream technology and pioneered the set-top industry, to name just a few of the achievements it racked up over its 23-year history. Broadcom is once again upping the ante at this week’s Consumer Electronic Show with two new 5G Wi-Fi system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions designed to enhance the performance of latency-sensitive platforms across the growing array of connected devices in our households. The BCM43569 is a 2x2 MIMO combo... more »
Wolfram bids to make the Internet of Things actually work

Wolfram bids to make the Internet of Things actually work

If the Internet of Things is ever going to realize its true potential, then all of our connected gizmos, gadgets and sensors are going to need to speak the same language at some point. Wolfram, which runs the Wolfram Alpha computational search engine and is already familiar with Big Data sets, is a logical choice to help further that cause. To that end, the company's announced that it's making a play to help create that language. Founder Stephen Wolfram revealed that he's working to integrate the Wolfram Language, which is designed to help analyze and process data, with Intel's new SD... more »
HP jumps into CES gadget craze with new all-in-ones

HP jumps into CES gadget craze with new all-in-ones

Hewlett-Packard can’t boast of being on the bleeding edge of wearable technology like some the other exhibitors at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, but the hardware giant still has its PC mojo. The company introduced four new all-in-one devices ahead of the event’s kickoff in Las Vegas, most notable of which is the Android Jelly Bean-powered Slate 21 Pro. The business-oriented desktop is designed primarily for running lightweight cloud-based applications and offers native integration with mobile devices based on Google’s operating system. It’s also XenDesktop-ready and and supports Citrix’s High Definition Experience technologies, which gives users the freedom to switch from... more »
Cloud Elements introduces unified API for top cloud lockers

Cloud Elements introduces unified API for top cloud lockers

Integration is becoming an even bigger priority for CIOs as end-users move more of their files to the cloud while pulling in growing amounts of unstructured data from external sources. The subsequent need for business processes that extend beyond the firewall is fueling demand for automated connectivity services that unify information access across on- and off-premise infrastructure. Leading this space is MuleSoft, which saw its revenue more than double in the first half of 2013 and recently rolled out new data protection capabilities as part of a push to maintain that momentum. Even IBM is joining the fray, having recently been... more »
Sony's PlayStation Now signals hardcore gaming intent

Sony's PlayStation Now signals hardcore gaming intent

Sony took to the stage at CES yesterday to announce its brand new cloud-based gaming service, called PlayStation Now, which aims to bring a range of classic PlayStation titles to all kinds of different gadgets, including smartphones and tablets. PlayStation Now will be available to US gamers in limited beta later this month, before rolling out globally by the end of the summer. Sony Computer Entertainment President Andrew House announced the rebranding of its Gaikai-based game streaming tech, pitching it as a device-agnostic way to get your gaming fix on the go. The good news (at least for old-skool gamers like... more »
Harvard needs "all students to appreciate science," speaks on open Internet | #MITECIR

Harvard needs "all students to appreciate science," speaks on open Internet | #MITECIR

Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Professor of Physics at Harvard University, discussed the need of tech professionals to understand the world they live in and the connection between discovery and innovation.  Meeting with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly, Narayanamurti spoke live from the MIT ECIR workshop today. In this day and age, where technology is present 80 percent of the time, "we need to have all Harvard students appreciate science. We want to create engineers who not only know how technology works, but also how the world works," Narayanamurti said. "Computer science of Harvard would be different, it should relate to society right... more »
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Cisco moves content delivery platform to the cloud at CES 2014

A year after exiting the home networking market with the sale of Linksys to Belkin, Cisco is as determined as ever to gain a foothold in the living room, but this time around the networking giant is focusing exclusively on service providers. Yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company unveiled a cloud-powered version of its Videoscape media delivery platform that enhances support for open source technology and platform-independent content. Videoscape Cloud Software, as the new offering is known, can be deployed as a service or implemented on-premise. The platform is simpler to provision and provides support for... more »
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Smart tennis racket for Serena Williams wannabes + More #CES2014 Quantified Self trackers from LG, Sony

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a connected tennis racket to help you analyze your game, and some new self trackers debuting at CES 2014. Babolat Play   Babolat, the maker of badminton and squash equipment, has a new connected racket that let’s you analyze your game play.  The Babolat Play Pure Drive looks and feels like a normal tennis racket but it has sensors integrated into the handle that gathers information such as power, impact locator, forehand and backhand information, rallies, rate, energy, and a lot of other information that gives you insight in the quality of your games. You can access all... more »
Broadcom extends Internet of Things platform to wireless audio market with new SDK

Broadcom extends Internet of Things platform to wireless audio market with new SDK

Broadcom, whose reputation is well established in the market for Wi-Fi circuits, is to expand its portfolio of wireless connectivity solutions for embedded Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) with a new software development kit (SDK) for developers. Broadcom’s WICED Audio SDK enables developers to write programs to enable high-definition audio streaming over a Wi-Fi network. The SDK provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to deliver audio content to speakers directly from any device connected to the Wi-Fi network through an innovative solution without the use of a docking station or cable. The company pre-integrated Apple AirPlay support into the SDK to... more »
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Brand publish or bust: Contently’s Shane Snow explains power + profitability of storytelling

In his Adweek mini-manifesto, “Genuine Brand Publishing Needs to Trump Generic Content Marketing,” Contently’s VP of Content, Sam Slaughter states: “A great story told on behalf of a brand isn’t really any different than a story told on behalf of anyone. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. It has characters and a plot, heroes and villains. And in the end, the brands that tell consistent, compelling stories about themselves and their products are the ones who build real brand affinity and equity with their customers.” Several thought leaders, like Forbes’ Steve Olenski, agree with the idea central... 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.