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Virtual reality SDK debuting this week during Steam Dev Days

Virtual reality SDK debuting this week during Steam Dev Days

Virtual reality development is limited to certain niche companies only, but that is about to change now. After partnering more than dozen of players to build future Steam Machine, Valve is reportedly about to release a standard interface for virtual reality controllers next week. The BBC reported that Valve will release a software development kit that gives developers a standard way to implement controls in VR games. Valve designer Brian Coomer has apparently said that the kit is “days away” and will be released at Steam Dev Days, which start on January 15th. According to Coomer, it will show “what affordable... more »
Valve’s 14 Steam Machine partners to build Xbox One and PS4 rival

Valve’s 14 Steam Machine partners to build Xbox One and PS4 rival

Last year has been a great year for Valve who unveiled Steam Machine console concept and prototype, SteamOS beta and the Steam Controller. This year, Valve is making real leaps and bounds towards providing a real consumer product and most likely a brand new market niche. Valve Steam Machine’s big moment arrived atop the Palms Casino at CES 2014. Valve Co-Founder Gabe Newell at an intimate press event in CES unveiled 13 hardware manufacturers that are building their very own Steam Machines. The initial lineup of partners includes Alienware, Alternate, Cyberpower PC, Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, Gigabyte, iBuyPower, Maingear, Materiel.net, Next Spa,... more »
Matt Mullenweg finally old enough to run Automattic as CEO : Focus on new products

Matt Mullenweg finally old enough to run Automattic as CEO : Focus on new products

Automattic, the company behind the blogging tool WordPress.com, is undergoing some major changes in its leadership, but no one’s leaving the company. In a blog post, Matt Mullenweg, Automattic’s founder, announced that he will be replacing Toni Schneider as the company’s CEO.  Though changeovers like this often means the other party is leaving, Mullenweg stated that Schneider will stay with Automattic, focusing on new products. “Internally this isn’t a big change as our roles have always been quite fluid, and I’ve had some recent practice filling in for him for a few months last year when he was on sabbatical. I’ve learned... more »
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ServiceNow leaves IT service management giants scurrying to catch up

ServiceNow has overturned the IT service management (ITSM) market, leaving financial industry naysayers who shorted its stock scrambling, along with such traditional ISTM vendors as BCM Software, HP, CA and IBM, writes Wikibon Cofounder and CEO David Vellante in “ServiceNow: Redefining Enterprise IT Service Management”. It is expected to report annual revenue above $400M at the end of January, a 60 percent growth rate over 2012. It has added $3B to its market value and maintains roughly a 20X revenue multiple over its current market cap. It has done this by following the Salesforce.com model of providing a highly flexible, easy... more »
Chronicles from #theCUBE : Explorations in Cyber International Relations 2014 | #MITECIR

Chronicles from #theCUBE : Explorations in Cyber International Relations 2014 | #MITECIR

January 7, 2013 - #theCUBE traveled to Cambridge, MA to cover Exploration in Cyber International Relations, an event held on the campus of MIT. Cyber Governance, a topic you are certain to here more about in 2014, was at center stage of the Exploration in Cyber International Relations, ECIR, conference. ECIR is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research program that seeks to create a field of international cyber relations for the 21st century. It is designed as a theoretically rich, and technically informed initiative anchored in diverse tools and methods to identify, measure, model, interpret, and analyze emergent issues, challenges, and responses. The... more »
New solutions for SmartHome surveillance + tunes

New solutions for SmartHome surveillance + tunes

This week’s SmartHome roundup features a connected camera to keep an eye on everything, a voice controlled thermostat, and a little gadget that let’s you stream music throughout your house. simplicam   ArcSoft introduced a new surveillance device at CES 2014.  Called simplicam, the little device allows you to monitor your home through your Android or iOS devices, or even with your computer.  It is powered by Closeli, a recording service that allows you to save and edit video recordings without the expense of long term plans.  What makes simplicam unique from other surveillance devices is that it has both facial-tracking features and... more »
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Server SAN simplifies storage

A new combined server and storage architecture is emerging from the large cloud hyperscale companies that promises to simplify storage while combining many of the core advantages of DAS and SAN, writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stuart Miniman in “Server SAN Market Definition”. This new architecture is extremely scalable and simple to manage. As a hyperscale system it can run on commodity compute-based architecture, which means that external or separate storage arrays are eliminated. It is a software-defined, networked solution, which eliminates much of the hands-on management of traditional arrays and attacks the traditional separation of storage and compute in the... more »
BlackBerry sticks to its guns: Its QWERTY keyboards are going nowhere

BlackBerry sticks to its guns: Its QWERTY keyboards are going nowhere

BlackBerry had high hopes for 2013. The company started the year with the launch of the BlackBerry Z10, its first fully touchscreen smartphone, followed by the appointment of Alicia Keys as its global creative director, and officially changing its name from Research in Motion to BlackBerry. Everyone thought it was the year BlackBerry would finally make it back to the top of the mobile tree, but things started to fall apart.  Consumers were not interested in the Z10 as its features were no match for what others are offering in the smartphone market.  BlackBerry fans waited on the Q10, a smartphone... more »
Microsoft Threshold coming in April 2015, Windows 8.1 dubbed as the new Vista

Microsoft Threshold coming in April 2015, Windows 8.1 dubbed as the new Vista

Recent reports showed that the PC business has seen its worst quarter ever, with sales falling by 10 percent.  The main reason behind this is that consumers are now more interested in purchasing smartphones and tablets, rather than buying new PCs. As smartphones and tablets continue to encroach on the PC market, Microsoft finds itself in hot waters. Not only is the mobile market beating the PC to a pulp, Google is becoming a real threat for Microsoft. Google has managed to infiltrate the PC business, first with its Chromebooks’ increasing market share, and more recently at CES 2014, where Lenovo... more »
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Shrinking infrastructure : Protect data across hacker borders | #MITECIR

Al Berkley, the chairman of Princeton Capital Management, dropped by theCUBE at last week’s MIT ECIR Workshop to discuss the changing dynamics of cybersecurity and policymaking with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and guest host Charles Sennott. Berkley serves on the board of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a member-funded nonprofit comprised of CEOs and other senior leaders with an interest in tackling emerging security issues. After being commissioned by the U.S. government to provide input on managing online threats, the organization became a sponsor of ECIR, and he was tasked with presenting on its behalf. Enterprises today have a distinct advantage over... 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.