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Screw the Stereotype : Data Scientists are "Sexy" says HP Director | #HPBigData2013

Screw the Stereotype : Data Scientists are "Sexy" says HP Director | #HPBigData2013

Updated with full video - see below. In their ongoing coverage of the HP Vertica Big Data Conference, Dave Vellante and John Furrier spoke with Debra Ann Braun, Director of Global Information Solutions for HP. In theCube the three discuss new trends in big data analytics and HP’s innovations in the field. Braun begins by noting that the concept of Big Data has changed significantly from what it was a few years ago. Whereas petabytes once seemed like a “huge deal,” now many are tasked with manipulating xenobytes. Vellante notes that previous discussions in the industry questioned the business impact of IT.... more »
Feedly's First Round of Premium Sold Out With More Accounts and Features to Come

Feedly's First Round of Premium Sold Out With More Accounts and Features to Come

Feedly is a news aggregator that most of all benefited from the closure of Google Reader. Born as a mobile service, Feedly has expanded its market later with a web version based on the cloud platform. Now the company has announced Feedly Pro, a premium version that offers additional features by paying a monthly or annual subscription. Users can choose between two options, however the first 5,000 members had at their disposal an offer does not expire at $99. Now sold out. Feedly said in the official site that the first 5000 limited edition are all gone. Totaling $495,000, the funds... more »
Darknet Freedom Hosting Sites Shutdown Led by FBI Exploit Use Against Tor Network

Darknet Freedom Hosting Sites Shutdown Led by FBI Exploit Use Against Tor Network

Last Friday,  Eric Eoin Marques, the alleged founder of Freedom Hosting, was arrested for charges accusing him of being, in the words of a FBI agent to an Irish court, "the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet." Freedom Hosting is a major hidden services hosting provider that can only be accessed through the Tor network but its association with Marques wasn’t brought up in court. Tor provides thousands of “volunteer-run nodes provides anonymity for users who don´t want to be tracked and identified on the internet, the lesser-known hidden service feature of Tor provides anonymity also for the server operator.”... more »
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Sqrrl CTO Explains the Secret Behind Accumulo’s Near Real-Time Performance

Adam Fuchs, the co-creator of Accumulo and the founding CTO of Sqrrl, gave an exclusive whiteboard explanation of his company’s technology on SiliconANGLE’s theCube. Accumulo is a highly secure, disk-based key-value store that combines Google’s BigTable storage system with innovations Fuchs and his colleagues developed as part of their work for the NSA. It utilizes a data structure known as the log-structured merge tree to rapidly sort randomly ordered key-value pairs using as little disk space as possible. Fuchs says that the platform partitions incoming data into containers called tablets. Inside these tablets, data is fed into an in-memory map and then... more »
This Open Cloud Pioneer Says The Stack Wars are "Nonsense"

This Open Cloud Pioneer Says The Stack Wars are "Nonsense"

If you're like me and you like to read about the latest emerging tech stuff, you've probably noticed all the debate around these “stack wars”.  There is a lot of movement to embrace this evolving concept of cloud interoperability.  The debate is around what will be the winning standard for legions of infrastructures around the world.  Cloud computing is digging deep into the enterprise and one of the further issues being raised beyond just cloud portability is how to answer the struggles of integrating older applications with new cloud-based apps.  That’s where we see these names come on, OpenStack, CloudStack,... more »
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Spil Games Director of Analytics Discusses Monetization of Big Data #HPBigData2013

Updated with full video - see below. Today at the HP Vertica Big Data Conference in Boston, Rob Winters, Director of Reporting and Analytics for Spil Games, sat down with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and founder of SiliconANGLE John Furrier on TheCUBE. Winters discussed how the last year and a half has been challenging as his company basically started their data infrastructure from ground zero. From day one there was no functionality in place that allowed them to effect easy expansion. Spil Games is a web-based gaming platform. Winters discussed how the goal of Spil Games and, more specifically, his purview is to focus... more »
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FireEye Fires IPO Into Action Following NSA Cybersecurity Craze

FireEye Inc., an IT security vendor, submitted its S-1 filing with the Security and Exchange Commission setting out to raise as much as $175 million in its public offering, though the number of shares to be sold and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. FireEye was founded in 2004 and it provides automated threat forensics and dynamic malware protection against advanced cyber threats, such as advanced persistent threats and spear phishing.  It’s most popular product is the Malware Protection System for web security, email security, file security, and malware analysis which are boxes that can... more »
Business IT + Data Science Converge for Analytics Success in the Enterprise | #HPBigData2013

Business IT + Data Science Converge for Analytics Success in the Enterprise | #HPBigData2013

Colin Mahony, Vice President and General Manager, HP Vertica, discussed the tectonic shift Big Data brings to the technology world with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the HP Vertica Big Data Conference. "The amount and volume of information that are out there are growing at faster and faster pace every day," Mahony said, "and we're realizing how to make use of it." Big Data represents a tectonic shift in the IT world, as "there's a perfect storm of what's happening right now - cloud, mobility, security, Big Data." Everything is generating enormous amounts of information, now being acted on... more »
For Guess, Big Data Must be Fashion Forward | #HPBigData2013

For Guess, Big Data Must be Fashion Forward | #HPBigData2013

Updated with full video - see below. Bruce Yen, Director of Business Intelligence for Guess joined John Furrier and Dave Vellante in theCube at the HP Vertica Big Data Conference. Guess has emerged from mainly wholesale to become a global retailer with 1600 stores in 87 countries. In theCube, Furrier, Vellante and Yen discuss Guess’ big data goals, strategy and success with Vertica. Initially operating Oracle, Guess professionals were hesitant to transition to Vertica. Vellante inquires as to what made Vertica so compelling. Yen explains that the company experienced  “performance pains” with Oracle and “end users and analysts couldn’t ask the right... more »
See Your Psycho Data, and Your Little Dog's Too

See Your Psycho Data, and Your Little Dog's Too

In this week’s Quantified Self collection, we’ll be featuring the story of how one creator has visualized quantified data by incorporating fashion, along with a gadget that keeps track of your furry friend’s fitness, and an app that ties in all other fitness and quantified self apps. Visualizing Physiological Data   Rain Ashford is highly invested in wearable technology, but it’s not your usual wearable tech, as Ashford puts her own flare into these gadgets so people can make better sense of them.  At the Quantified Self Europe 2013 held earlier this year, Ashford showcased a number of devices that has been primped... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.