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QLogic Extends Adapter Support to Latest Xeon Chips

A day after introducing new adapters for HP ProLiant servers, QLogic added PCI Express 3.0 support for E5-2600/1600 v2 Xeon processors across its entire FlexSuite line. Formerly code-named Ivy Town, the new chips perform up to 50 percent faster than previous generation CPUs. The PCIe 3.0 bus standard lets QLogic’s converged network adapters (CNAs) deliver twice as much bandwidth as the 2.0 release. This capacity increase benefits cloud deployments and I/O-intensive storage environments that utilize flash solutions for active data. According to QLogic, the FlexSuite 8300 Series product family is the first in the industry to support simultaneous, multiprotocol traffic for E5-2600/1600... more »
Security Expert Bruce Schneier on iPhone 5S Biometrics

Security Expert Bruce Schneier on iPhone 5S Biometrics

The end of the password - is nowhere near.  The new iPhone is not going to make that happen either.  That's because of a fundamental misunderstanding that is rolling out there that the new fingerprint scanning capability on the new iPhone 5S is an elevated level of security that no one has ever done before.  That is wrong.  I went through through my thoughts on this in an earlier post, and it's a notion that should be stopped cold, right now. Cryptography and security expert Bruce Schneier has been in the news lately, he's been in proximity to the ongoing Edward... more »
5 Top Data Jobs of the Future : $marts for Hire

5 Top Data Jobs of the Future : $marts for Hire

As we move forward into the age wherein everything is connected to the Internet and the cloud is everyone’s go-to, this era is opening up a set of new jobs that will be vital to support this new ecosystem. In an infographic created by ClickSoftware (full graphic below), it was pointed out that there will be five new data jobs that would help support this new ecosystem: Data Scientists, Pervasive Mediatricians, Virtual Environment Managers, Data Ecologists, and Digital Citizeneers. But what are these jobs, and what exactly do they do? 5 Data Jobs of the Future   Data Scientists Data Scientist is a term coined by... more »
Dell Officially Private after $25B Buyout

Dell Officially Private after $25B Buyout

Reports are coming in that Michael Dell has gained control of Dell, taking it private in a $25 billion dollar buyout.  As reported on The Verge, the buyout was expected for some time and had been very close to being fully approved in July of this year.  A series of postponements delayed that decision, after which Michael Dell and Silver Lake had an opportunity to sweeten the offer with a final package that pays $13.75 a share and a $0.13 dividend. Though the final vote hasn't been released yet, CNBC says that it's been told that 65 percent of votes were in favor... more »
AppDirect Fuels Growth with Standing Cloud Acquisition, New Funding

AppDirect Fuels Growth with Standing Cloud Acquisition, New Funding

AppDirect is bolstering its service brokerage platform with the acquisition of Standing Cloud, a VC-backed provider of application management software that operates out of Boulder, Colorado. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Standing Cloud offers an application orchestration layer that makes it easier for cloud providers to deploy and deliver software-as-a-service solutions. The startup claims that its offering has been implemented by several big-name technology vendors, including IBM, Amazon, Rackspace and Savvis. AppDirect plans to fuse Standing Cloud’s software into its application marketplace in an effort to gain a technological edge over competitors. The latter firm’s management technology will complement the... more »
Smart Jewelry for Commuters + Unlock Doors with your Heartbeat

Smart Jewelry for Commuters + Unlock Doors with your Heartbeat

This week’s SmartDevice roundup features: a ring that gets you to your destination; a bracelet that unlocks phones, doors, and cars using your heartbeat, and a camera intended to capture all your memories. Sesame Ring   Ever missed the train because you can’t find your transit card?  Well, that’s something the makers of the Sesame Ring must have experienced numerous times, sparking the creation of this smart piece of jewelry.  In Massachusetts, you need your Charlie Card to get on the train, but just like any card, it is easy to misplace or get lost in your black hole of a bag.  Thus the... more »
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Huddle's Cloud App Furthers Virtualized Work Perks with Auto File Sync

Huddle has augmented its widely-used enterprise collaboration service with a Connected Desktop function that lets users save files to the cloud directly from their desktop applications. The update is a nod to current virtualization trends currently taking over the enterprise, where consumer demand continues to grow. Huddle's Connected Desktop feature is available for both Windows and Mac, and offers support for “all content” regardless of the application used for editing.  That means more syncing in the cloud and on the device, moving conversations and file-management away from outdated enterprise applications, into something more user-friendly and pragmatic for today's mobile work culture. "The... more »
Apple’s Bruce Boston Discusses Visualization and Human Intuition | #tcc13

Apple’s Bruce Boston Discusses Visualization and Human Intuition | #tcc13

Bruce Boston of Apple views data science as the shortest and most efficient route to meeting business objectives. The veteran statistician detailed how visualization further empowers data geeks to drive value for their organizations in an interview on theCUBE at this week’s Tableau Customer Conference. “The problem that we have is that I can’t talk to a computer,” Boston tells theCUBE hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly. “There has to a language between myself and the computer, between the machine and my mind, between what I want and what I need. That communications goes two ways: me to the computer is... more »
Where to Get the Best Trade In Price for Your Old iPhone

Where to Get the Best Trade In Price for Your Old iPhone

If you’re already an iPhone owner and looking to upgrade to either an iPhone 5c or 5s, you’re probably wondering how you can get a hold of the device as cheaply as possible, right?  But unfortunately, Apple doesn't seem to be too keen on giving away any discounts just yet, which means that the best bet is to trade-in your old iPhone for a new one.  By trading your old device, this would mean you won’t have to lay out all of the asking price, as the trade-in price could possibly cover the 2-year contract plan of some carriers.  So... more »
More Questions Raised After Apple's Touch ID Security Brief

More Questions Raised After Apple's Touch ID Security Brief

Apple’s new fingerprint sensor, known as Touch ID, has been received with both skepticism and awe.  This is the first time biometrics has been used in a very popular device, but it still raises the question of how secure it will prove to be. Now, the Cupertino-based tech giant has released a statement that aims to clarify some of the security concerns around Touch ID. A spokesperson explained that the Touch ID doesn’t store any actual images of user's fingerprints - so in a nutshell, it can’t be used to tie a name to their fingerprint.  Apple also said that it won’t... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.