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HP Moonshot finding place in cloud, high performance computing #CIOAngle

At the end of HP Discover Europe in early December I wrote that HP's internal application of its Moonshot hyperscale technology was impressive, but the presentation left me wondering if this revolutionary technology was finding customers outside HP. Janet Bartleson, group manager for hyperscale portfolio marketing at HP, was kind enough to answer my question by sending a series of short videos of four Moonshot customers ranging from a startup Web services company to PayPal to Purdue University's HPC center, talking about their experiences. So the answer is Moonshot is gaining traction. Moonshot is the only hyperscale computing platform generally available... more »
2014 Predictions Recap : Beyond Big Data

2014 Predictions Recap : Beyond Big Data

SiliconANGLE is back in full swing after the holidays, and as the year winded down we featured a number of 2014 predictions for Big Data, mobile, cloud and wearable tech markets. The dawn of Big Data is only starting to show its light, and as the Internet of Things, wearable tech and software-defined trends emerge for 2014, we slowly begin to recognize the true potential of this data-driven era. Flush with predictions for the coming 12 months, we're wrapping up our series of technology expectations featuring contributions from industry leaders like Think Big Analytics and OpenStack. Read the entire 2014 Technology... more »
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Android PC debuts @ #CES2014 : Specs for HP Slate 21 Pro + Lenovo N308

Early rumors of an Android-based PC are true.  At CES 2014, both Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard unveiled all-in-one PCs running on Google's Android, not Microsoft's Windows OS.  HP's going after the business crowd with its new Slate 21 Pro, while Lenovo appeals to the home entertainment sector with the N308. Last April, news surfaced that Android-based laptops or netbooks will soon become a reality.  It'd be another move for Google to participate in the consumer hardware market, adding to its OS-compatible line-up.  Given the crowded market Android's relying on price to compete, expected to sell the PCs for just $200.   Taking on Apple... more »
Samsung enters home automation market with Smart Home at #CES2014

Samsung enters home automation market with Smart Home at #CES2014

Ahead of CES 2014, Samsung has announced its entry into the home automation space with its Samsung Smart Home service. The Samsung Smart Home Service will enable smart TVs, home appliances, and smartphones to be connected and controlled via a single integrated platform.  The Smart Home product and logo will debut at this year's CES, and will roll out to consumers in the first half of 2014. Samsung aims to partner with third-party vendors by extending the service to its products and services in hope of dominating the connected world. “With Samsung Smart Home, we are bringing our capabilities as the world’s number-one... more »
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Lyve Minds seeks to transform local storage with cloudification service

The upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas will draw more than 3,200 exhibitors, including a slew of startups hoping to steal the spotlight from their big name competitors. Some are tackling the rising volume of data while others are pushing the envelope on connected devices or innovation in the cloud, but one firm is doing it all at once. Lyve Minds, known under the name Black Pearl Systems before exiting stealth mode thre weeks ago, was established in 2012 by former Apple executive Tim Bucher to make cloud storage more convenient for consumers. The Cupertino, Calif.-based startup has “quite... more »
Bitcoin begins new year with a bang, value soars close to $1,000

Bitcoin begins new year with a bang, value soars close to $1,000

Bitcoin has staged a dramatic comeback over the last 24 hours, with its price edging towards the $1,000 mark for the first time since mid-December, propelled by the news that several major businesses have begun accepting the cryptocurrency as a means of payment. The most important of these was online games company Zynga, which said over the weekend it's to start 'testing' payments in Bitcoin for seven of its most popular games. This follows last month's announcement that Overstock, one of the world's biggest online retailers, would also start accepting Bitcoin in 2014. Zynga announced its embrace of Bitcoin via a post... more »
Yahoo ads dumped malware on visitor's PCs

Yahoo ads dumped malware on visitor's PCs

Following all the bad publicity over its Yahoo Mail service last year, with user's accounts being constantly hijacked and a disastrous, weeks-long outage in December, Yahoo was probably hoping for some better press going into 2014. Sadly though, the opposite has happened, with reports over the weekend warning that the company's home page has been serving up malware-infected ads that have likely infected “thousands” of PCs. The warning came via security firm Fox IT, which said that over a five day period from December 30 until January 3, dozens of Yahoo.com visitors were served up with malicious ads. The ads redirected... more »
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Nest about to raise $150 million for smart thermostat

The era of the smart home is not yet upon us, but if Silicon Valley’s latest mega VC round is anything to go by, it’s right around the corner. The Palo Alto-based Nest Labs, known for its smart appliances, is reportedly about to secure a massive $150 million in funding to help take the connected universe to the next level. Established in 2010 by former Apple senior vice president Tony Fadell and colleague Matt Rogers, Nest has made a name for itself by putting a Big Data twist on antiquated household electronics. The company offers a Learning Thermostat that tracks usage... more »
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Weekly Big Data review: startups and reporting

Big Data startups are back in the limelight now that VideoIQ has been acquired by Canada’s Avigilon for $32 million. The deal is expected to close later this month. Spun off from GE Security in 2006, VideoIQ builds surveillance systems that utilize proprietary analytics technology to provide highly accurate live detection, event verification and instant notification. The company’s offering includes an artificial intelligence that analyzes a camera's field of view over time and automatically identifies anomalous changes to the environment, an invaluable feature for organizations seeking to protect their critical assets. The software has gained a tremendous of traction in various... more »
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Weekly Cloud review: on-demand service gaining traction in government and beyond

Microsoft has agreed to buy a 202-acre plot land in Quincy, Washington for $11 million, one of the largest land deals in the town’s history. The software giant, which already operates a 75-acre data center in the region, plans to establish a new, larger facility that will run on ultra-cheap electricity from hydroelectric dams along the Columbia River. Microsoft is aggressively expanding its cloud infrastructure in an effort to keep up with the rapid uptake off on-demand IT resources and managed services. Adoption is growing especially fast in the public sector, which is expected to spend $18.48 billion on cloud computing... 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.