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It's a Small Big Data World

It's a Small Big Data World

The saying that "We live in a data-driven society" is an understatement - we live in a data driven world. A recent CSC infographic explains how data is getting bigger faster, detailing trends in the spread of data into the future. The transnational connections that technological advances have helped us forge and strengthen are shrinking our world, as it gets easier for us to get closer and learn more about each other. Most of our data is interrelated and compiled of information from various countries. Massive amounts of data are generated at lightning speed, but it's still a small big... more »
Siri's Sister Trapit Rolls Out iPad App, Stays Focused on Core AI

Siri's Sister Trapit Rolls Out iPad App, Stays Focused on Core AI

Trapit is an interesting little service that acts as a hybrid between a search engine and a recommendation app, with a number of social components that go on top. Today the startup is introducing an iPad application to give users access to their content directly via a mobile client.  It's one of the biggest updates from Trapit since its beta launch last November, addressing a key market for growth and one that I'd noted as important for Trapit's ongoing development in an initial review of the web app. Trapit aggregates data from about 120k handpicked web sources and applies an AI... more »
Cisco Acquires Virtuata, Enhances Secure Virtualization Capabilities

Cisco Acquires Virtuata, Enhances Secure Virtualization Capabilities

Cisco has acquired the California-based privately held Virtuata and that will help the networking giant to provide enhanced security for virtual machines. As reported on their official blog, Hilton Romanski, Vice President and Head of Corporate Business Development at Cisco said that the networking infrastructure giant will leverage the Virtuata’s innovative capabilities to enable consistent and enhanced security for virtual machines allowing customers to accelerate the deployment of multi-tenant, multi-hypervisor cloud infrastructures. “Cloud and virtualization are significant disrupters in the market. When customers move to these environments, security concerns arise where infrastructure is shared across multiple applications, business units or even... more »
OpenStack Celebrates 2 Years Anniversary, Rapid Adoption

OpenStack Celebrates 2 Years Anniversary, Rapid Adoption

This week OpenStack turned two. The open-source cloud initiative was started by Rackspace and NASA in 2010 and within 24 months, the project managed to gain hundreds of supporters and even beat a few milestones set forth by Linux. In the 84th week of OpenStack’s existence the project already had 166 different organizations supporting it. That compared with the 180 active contributors that Linux managed to bring aboard in 828 weeks, according to some statistics that Rackspace released recently. There’s no doubt that OpenStack managed to gain a ton of momentum, and it’s doing a pretty good job at preserving it. Rackspace... more »
OUYA Might Find Synergy with Services Such as Amazon’s Game Connect

OUYA Might Find Synergy with Services Such as Amazon’s Game Connect

The newly minted Android-based gaming console OUYA (recently upgraded to all caps and pronounced “oh-yeah” by many) has been catapulted into the public consciousness via an overwhelmingly supported Kickstarter campaign and brings a free-to-play gaming philosophy. Also on the near horizon, Amazon.com rushed to market with GameCircle and Game Connect, services designed to support the Android-based Kindle Fire with gaming apps. In some ways, it’s got to be obvious that Game Connect’s free-to-play focus would have some excellent peanutbutter-in-my-chocolate connections to make with OUYA’s philosophy. From what we understand about the OUYA is that they want to open up their entire... more »
Datameer Partners with Dell for Hadoop Integration

Datameer Partners with Dell for Hadoop Integration

Datameer is now a part of Dell’s Emerging Solutions Ecosystem, meaning its data visualization software will be integrated with Dell Apache Hadoop Solution, the manufacturer’s core analytics solution. It’s compromised of Cloudera’s Hadoop distro and the Crowbar configuration framework which the manufacturer developed in house, and later open-sourced. Datameer’s software packs over two dozen connects that can be used to integrate both structured and unstructured data streams into an environment. Just as important, the firm’s offering provides data visualization that allows an expanded group of users to be more active with data. That translates into data scientists being able to be more... more »
@faceboook.com (Three 'O's) Floats Malware, Sends Out Spam E-mails

@faceboook.com (Three 'O's) Floats Malware, Sends Out Spam E-mails

Here at SiliconANGLE, we always remind our readers to be vigilant when opening e-mails from unknown sources as it could often contain links to malware laced sites.  But what if you thought the source was from a trusted network, like Facebook?  You’d open that e-mail, click on the link that says one of your friends tagged or uploaded a photo you, ‘coz you didn’t think much of it.  You get redirected to an unknown site, then redirected to a legit Facebook page that has nothing to do with you or the said notification.  Still, you think nothing of it.  Then... more »
The Importance of Snapshots in Virtualized Environments

The Importance of Snapshots in Virtualized Environments

Snapshot technologies have been around for a long time. Essentially, they let you quickly make online, disk-based copies of selected data sets that are easily accessed. With virtual computing becoming a mainstream deployment platform, these technologies are taking on a heightened importance. When we refer to “snapshot technology”, there are two objects we have in mind. Most snapshot technologies let you quickly create immutable, read-only copies of a data set at a particular point in time. If you want a usable copy of that snapshot, then you create a clone from it. A clone is basically a writable snapshot. The term... more »
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The Double X Factor: the Changing Landscape of Women CEOs

Yahoo! once again has a woman leading their company.  The newly appointed CEO Marissa Mayer has a lot to prove and a lot of challenges to face since the last woman CEO of Yahoo, Carol Bartz, did not make investors happy. But enough about the strifes and tribulations of being Yahoo’s new CEO.  What matters is, another being with two X chromosomes is leading another top tech business. This article is a tribute to all the women in the tech industry. Marissa Mayer - Yahoo! President and CEO Mayer graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in symbolic systems and an M.S.... more »
As Android Malware Menace Shoots Up, Should You Worry?

As Android Malware Menace Shoots Up, Should You Worry?

Ever since the Google launched its mobile OS Android, it became a favorite eye candy, not only for the mobile users but for the hackers as well. Right from the debut beta version to the Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich, there is not a single version that could escape hackers. So far, the count of Android malware has exploded up to 25,000 samples. This is a real concern as the number has doubled up in just a month, which clearly shows the fast-paced threat for the Android users. If we talk about the month of June only, 5,000 new malicious Android... more »

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- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.