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Boston is the New Hot Hunting Grounds for Big Data Understanding

Boston is the New Hot Hunting Grounds for Big Data Understanding

SiliconANGLE @theCUBE is in Boston this week for the #HPBigData2013 Vertica user conference exploring the cutting edge of big data.  We also made a visit to MIT to meet the MITIQ team to talk about the expanding and changing role of the Chief Data Officer (CDO).   Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Nuance, Microsoft all have presence near MIT.  That shouldn't be surprising because MIT is a great tech school. What is surprising is what comes out of MIT that isn't really available anywhere else. Natural Language Understanding experts powering a big data driven modern computing era. Siri opened our eyes to what it... more »
IBM Announces New Flex Systems for Cloud Including Double-Density Server

IBM Announces New Flex Systems for Cloud Including Double-Density Server

IBM today has announced several major additions to its Flex System portfolio designed to support private and public cloud environments both for end-users and MSPs creating their own SaaS and IaaS services for their clients. The new systems include both IBM POWER7+ platforms and a “double dense” x222 system built on x86 technology that, says IBM PureSystems VP Alex Yost, provides double the number of servers per node, for up to 28 per chassis. It features the IBM’s very high speed switch infrastructure to provide both high processing capability at the front end and high bandwidth at the back. This,... more »
Weekly Internet of Things Recap: The Ubuntu Superphone

Weekly Internet of Things Recap: The Ubuntu Superphone

The Internet of Things keeps on growing. This week Canonical’s Victor Palau leaked new details about his company’s upcoming Ubuntu device, MIT researchers pulled the curtains back on a 3-D printer that can produce food, and Nvidia’s long anticipated SHIELD console finally hit stores. Canonical is looking to strengthen its foothold in the enterprise with a crowdfunded Ubuntu smartphone that, if fully funded, will offer companies a superior alternative to the consumer-oriented devices that are currently on the market. Victor Palau, Canonical’s head of engineering, explained in an interview this week that his firm’s device will enable organizations to reduce costs... more »
Smart Home Gets Sexy : From Zero to IPO

Smart Home Gets Sexy : From Zero to IPO

In this week’s SmartHome roundup, we’ll feature the first ever “Zero Home” in Utah, a smarthome company that's gone public, as well as a smarthome security provider raising funds.  To top things off, we'll discuss another hot-button topic that's raising some important questions on the state of smarthome security. Zero Home makes a whole lot of sense   When people talk about smartphones, they immediately think about a connected home where almost everything can be controlled by your smartphone or tablet through an app.  That’s cool and all, but all these smarthome solutions may or may not add up to higher charges on... more »
Tox: A Replacement for Skype and Your Privacy?

Tox: A Replacement for Skype and Your Privacy?

In the era of NSA spying and the rise of widespread government monitoring programs or even just the era of Skype, if you’re looking for something new and secure alternatives then Tox Messaging is coming soon for you. Project Tox, also known as Tox, is a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) secure alternative to all-in-one communication platform, which allows users to connect with friends and loved ones without anyone else listening in. The easy to use free open source messaging service allows you instant encrypted messaging, secure video calls, and makes free and secures calls without paying a single penny. The goal... more »
Get Your Breaking Bad Fix Here : Watch Online Season 1-5 Catch Up

Get Your Breaking Bad Fix Here : Watch Online Season 1-5 Catch Up

Last year, Breaking Bad fans were cursing Dish Network when it dropped three popular AMC Networks channels — IFC, WE and AMC.  Viewers had to resort to streaming content online or apy Apple, Netflix and Amazon to get their Breaking Bad fill. On August 11, AMC will air the first episode of Breaking Bad’s final season and  the looming question is, where will people watch the meth-dealing life of Walter White? Where to watch Breaking Bad   AMC will air the premiere episode on its site, but only those from selected countries can watch it.  After that, you can watch it On Demand a day after... more »
US Government Wants to Win Hackers for Data Collection at Black Hat

US Government Wants to Win Hackers for Data Collection at Black Hat

The head of the U.S. National Security Agency sees the work of his authority as a worldwide benchmark. Courts, Congress and government look at what we do, the intelligence chief and leader of the U.S. Cyber troops said at the Black Hat conference, a major IT security conference in Las Vegas. This is a standard for other countries. As director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander has overseen the development of programs (also known as XKeyscore) that routinely collect records of U.S. phone calls and provide access to data held by Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Alexander defended... more »
The Growing Strength of Developers Accelerate Design, Development and Deployment Cycle

The Growing Strength of Developers Accelerate Design, Development and Deployment Cycle

Who’s the best developer you ever saw? Expert programmers produce highly effective results; programs that are robust and efficient, not just something that runs. A panel consisting of GitHub Co-Founder and CEO Tom Preston-Werner, New Relic Founder and CEO Lew Cirne, Mixpanel Co-Founder and CEO Suhail Doshi, Stripe Co-Founder and President John Collison and moderated by Google Developer Advocate Don Dodge recently gathered in San Francisco on a panel called “The Developer is King: The Power Behind the Throne.” According to the panelists, it is programming expertise that puts the “power” into a business success or failures. The panelists all agreed that... more »
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How a $56 Small Black Box Was Used as a Spying Device

Little black boxes.  Check.  Raspberry Pi Model A computer.  Check.  Over-the-counter sensors.  Check.  WiFi adapters.  Check.  Command and control system.  Check.  Now you have all the things you need to build your very own CreepyDOL. What’s a CreepyDOL you ask?  It’s a small device that is able to spy on people on the street.  It can tell a person’s movement, say if he recently visited a coffee shop, what websites he browsed, if that person purchased anything online. So how does the spying go down? Brendan O’Connor, the creator of this creepy device, stated that a person need not do anything to be... more »
Obama Shows Apple Some Love & Craigslist Scammers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Obama Shows Apple Some Love & Craigslist Scammers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Protectionism Unseeen Since Reagan   The Obama administration has vetoed a Trade Commission order that would have banned Apple from importing a number of older model iPhones and iPads that violate patents owned by Samsung. The use of this executive power came as a surprise, as it rarely happens. The last presidential veto of a product ban was in 1987. In the latest ruling, the trade commission banned importation of iPhone 4s, iPhone 3GSs, iPad 3Gs and iPad 2 3Gs distributed by AT&T, effectively banning the sale of those items in the U.S. Even though Apple is an American company, the affected devices are... 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.