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Software-Defined Security : Key To The Future of Cloud | #VMworld

Software-Defined Security : Key To The Future of Cloud | #VMworld

Sean Donaldson, Director of IT Infrastructure at Secure24, talked about his company's approach to the cloud service market with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman, live at the recently concluded VMworld 2013 conference.  See full video below. Discussing the current state of cloud service providers, Donaldson said "cloud hosting can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. We fit a pretty unique niche in that market where we focus on high compliancy, first tier applications, in what we like to refer to as an enterprise private cloud." Mission-critical cloud   The company's services are focused around the apps... more »
Western Digital Picks Up Virident for $685 Million

Western Digital Picks Up Virident for $685 Million

Western Digital, one of the last remaining big fish in the shrinking pond that is the traditional disk market, has agreed to acquire Virident Systems for $685 million. The Milpitas, California-based firm makes PCIe flash cards that eliminate network latency and provide users with faster access to their data. Under the agreement, Virident will become a part of Western’s Digital’s HGST subsidiary. Chief executive Mike Gustafson, a 20-year industry veteran, is joining the division as a senior vice president. Formerly a joint venture between Hitachi and IBM, HGST now supplies hard drives and SSDs to companies like hybrid storage vendor Tegile. Virident’s... more »
Amazon's Specialty Shop for Home Automation + Money Saving Solutions

Amazon's Specialty Shop for Home Automation + Money Saving Solutions

This week’s SmartHome roundup features: the new smart home platform unveiled at IFA 2013, a new home automation store, and a new way for people to maximize use of solar panels while conserving energy. A camera and the cloud   At IFA 2013 a trio of companies including GEO Semiconductor Inc., a semiconductor and software company specializing in camera and projection solutions, Shaspa, a leading provider of a service delivery framework for smart building projects, and Tatung, a company that designs and manufactures an array of digital consumer products, including personal computers, liquid crystal display televisions, plasma displays, network-connected devices, storage-based media players,... more »
Understanding the Role of Big Data Analytics | #tcc13

Understanding the Role of Big Data Analytics | #tcc13

Kicking off the Tableau Customer Conference in Washington, D.C., Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly welcomed Simon Zhang to SiliconANGLE’s live broadcast of theCUBE. Zhang is currently the Business Analytics Director for LinkedIn, a company regarded as one of the biggest practitioners of Big Data analytics in the industry. Zhang’s personal history is interesting because he didn’t start his career among computers and information technology gurus. Instead, in his home country of China, Zhang had been neuroscientist and surgeon, having performed several hundred surgeries as an oncological neurosurgeon. During this time, Zhang was becoming more and more interested in the technology... more »
Facebook Gives Our Data to TV, Fails to Mention Mobile Security

Facebook Gives Our Data to TV, Fails to Mention Mobile Security

Somewhere lost in the middle of the battle for user data, is well, the user. I say that with my tongue firmly planted in cheek, because at the end of the day we're giving it up for free. Starting today, Facebook is rolling out a set of tools designed to help media and news organizations better integrate Facebook conversations into their broadcasts. In addition to the roll-out, Facebook is announcing media and news organizations will have access to public posts in real-time of relevant topics. Facebook is making available its Public Feed API and Keyword Insights API to a small group... more »
Sony Unveils Thinner, Lighter Vita & New Mini Console

Sony Unveils Thinner, Lighter Vita & New Mini Console

A few weeks after Sony announced that it has slashed the price of its PlayStation Vita to $199, the company has now unveiled the next iteration of the portable gaming console. The PS Vita PCH-2000 is now 15 percent lighter than the original portable console.  It will also have an additional one hour of battery life, while the screen has been changed to LCD from OLED - which could explain why the new Vita is priced at $190.  The original Vita launched at about $25o. The new Vita will also come with a micro USB charger and will be available in a... more »
What to Expect At Tomorrow's Apple Event

What to Expect At Tomorrow's Apple Event

Just one more day to go before the world lays its eyes on Apple’s new iPhone, or even iPhones if we are to believe reports that there'll be a high-end version in champagne gold, graphite, black and white colors, plus a low-end version with colorful plastic casings.  Apple will be hosting the event tomorrow at its Cupertino headquarters at 10AM P.T. So what do we know about what Apple will be revealing tomorrow? Two iPhones   This will be the first time the Cupertino giant will be unveiling two iPhones at once.  Dubbed the iPhone 5S and 5C, the devices may look different since... more »
Not Even Tor Is Safe From The NSA's Prying Eyes

Not Even Tor Is Safe From The NSA's Prying Eyes

You might have thought that by browsing the web via the secure Tor network, you'd be safe from the prying eyes of the NSA, but you'd be wrong. Last week, Errata Security CEO Rob Graham published a blog post that dispelled the myth once and for all that Tor is anywhere near as anonymous as people believe, when he revealed that American spies were most likely capable of breaking 90% of its keys – and thus able to snoop on 90% of all traffic that uses them. The problem boils down to this – around 90% of Tor users are still... more »
Your Guide to the 2013 Tableau Consumer Conference | #tcc13

Your Guide to the 2013 Tableau Consumer Conference | #tcc13

The 2013 Tableau Customer Conference kicked off yesterday at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  The conference aims to deliver “high-octane, fun and data-filled four days of game-changing business intelligence and analytics,” as the event runs through until the 12th. We're broadcasting live from the event, streaming exclusive interviews and analysis all day Monday and Tuesday.  Watch theCUBE, live at Tableau's Customer Conference, right here on SiliconANGLE or on SiliconANGLE.tv.  You can also watch archived clips on our YouTube channel, here. Watch live here, & view all clips here! Speakers   Keynote speakers for the conference include Tableau CEO Christian Chabot,... more »
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Unisys Announces Migration to Intel Xeon with 20 Percent Performance Boost

Unisys Corp. kicks off Unisys Universe 2013 in Chicago this morning by announcing milestones from its proprietary CMOS processing platform to Intel Xeon. The announcements include a new top-end ClearPath server based on Intel Xeon technology that provides 20 percent higher performance, based on Unisys standard benchmark testing, over its highest performing CMOS platform. ClearPath technology is an important part of the new “Forward! by Unisys” fabric computing platform designed to make the migration to Xeon transparent to UNIX/RISC users. It also is announcing advances in cyber security, cloud, Big Data, and mobile computing including support for iOS, Android, Windows,... 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.