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IBM's Clod Barrera Talks Storage, Cloud, Analytics

IBM's Clod Barrera Talks Storage, Cloud, Analytics

IBM Chief Engineer Clod Barrera dropped in on theCube at IBM Edge 2012 (full video below).  He shared a number of thoughts on the current state of storage, architecture, and technology in a brief but informative discussion with theCube panel.  IBM has long been a leader in storage integration solutions and through the discussion it was clear that the company persists in that role. Storage in the wild Clod began with a discussion surrounding the nature of storage, in that today and as it has been at IBM for some time, storage is less insular, and that the company has been a... more »
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HP Helps Deliver Mobility for Australian Students

theCube began its live coverage of the ~11,000-attendee HP Discover conference in Las Vegas today. Wikibon founder Dave Vellante and Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman kicked off the interviews with Gregory Bell, an HP customer and Head of Technical Services for Ballarat Grammar School in Australia. Located one hour outside of Melbourne, Ballarat Grammar is host to roughly 1,400 students ages 3-17 and is supported by a staff of 200. A 12-year veteran at the school, Greg’s main objective is to keep all of the flashing lights green, preventing them from turning red or yellow. Pointing out that Ballarat Grammar is an... more »
OnLive Showcases New Games, MultiView, and SmartTV Compatibility at E3 2012

OnLive Showcases New Games, MultiView, and SmartTV Compatibility at E3 2012

OnLive, the pioneer of on-demand cloud gaming, is creating a huge buzz at E3 as they released major updates, showcased new games, new features, and their effort to dominate SmartTVs. Instant Play OnLive release a major update to their In-Browser Gaming capabilities which enables publishers/retailers to offer one-click, instant play of hundreds of games from their top-tier library or any partner-provided game, in nearly any PC or Mac® browser, and soon, from browsers of OnLive-enabled TVs, tablets and phones. This doesn’t require signup or login - just one click and gamers jump into a white-label gaming experience completely defined by the retailer or... more »
Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs: A Noir Cyberpunk Dystopia for the Era of Big Data and Cyberwarfare

Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs: A Noir Cyberpunk Dystopia for the Era of Big Data and Cyberwarfare

Video game publisher Ubisoft recently unveiled their newest work of art Watch Dogs at E3 2012 and from the footage it looks like a beautiful masterpiece of contemporary-set science fiction mixed with technology people interact with every day. In it, the would-be antihero protagonist, Aiden Pierce, wanders a noir city controlled by a master supercomputer (a “smart city” perhaps) that interconnects the entire population with cameras, cell phones, vehicle transponders, all the necessary elements of a modern-day surveillance dystopia. The trailer is a beautiful rendering of open-storytelling with a great deal of immersive qualities—perhaps the best part of it is that... more »
Google Bolsters Mobile Productivity Play With QuickOffice Acquisition

Google Bolsters Mobile Productivity Play With QuickOffice Acquisition

Google's never been one to shy away from acquisitions - yesterday, it was social conversational tool Meebo, and today, the search giant's opening its wallet for an undisclosed sum to snap up Quickoffice, developer of the eponymous mobile productivity suite. Quickoffice, for the uninitiated, provides what's essentially a version of Microsoft Office for Apple iOS, Google Android and Nokia Symbian, keeping Office file format compatibility its core focus and competency. In fact, I hear the Barnes and Noble NOOKcolor e-reader/entry tablet comes with Quickoffice pre-installed as its default productivity solution. As ZDNet's Larry Dignan points out, Google's strategy here is painfully obvious. Google can... more »
IBM Edge Day 1 Recap: A Broader Commitment

IBM Edge Day 1 Recap: A Broader Commitment

IBM is holding the first ever Edge conference this week, and theCube is in attendance with live coverage and analysis.  SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and John McArthur recapped on the big highlights of Day 1 in this video, and noted their observations (see full video below). Furrier kicked it off by noting that the event represents a transformation in the company’s approach to storage, an area that has been in the very center of the the gathering. Vellante expanded on this angle, noting that EMC’s current leadership in this industry doesn’t mean that Big Blue doesn’t have a big opportunity... more »
Xbox’s Explosive New Streaming Lineup Makes Debut at E3: Music, ESPN, More TV Entertainment

Xbox’s Explosive New Streaming Lineup Makes Debut at E3: Music, ESPN, More TV Entertainment

It looks like Microsoft has used its massive PR vehicle at E3 to continue to ratchet up the pedestal for Xbox’s all-in-one entertainment box for the living room. The software giant has just announced the addition of over 30 million songs, numerous sports-related streaming venues, alongside connectivity with the Kinect for voice-control and search. Included in the announcement there’s been revealed over 35 new content partners launching on the Xbox over the next 12 months. Almost connected to the release of Microsoft’s SmartGlass app, the Xbox 360 is also getting a music streaming app that should put the console right in line with... more »
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Microsoft's SmartGlass Overview: Consumer Cloud Done Right?

Even before E3 kicked off, rumors regarding the a new technology from Microsoft that would connect all your devices were abundant.  It was identified as SmartGlass, which some believed was the same as the Xbox Companion Live, later confirmed via a spokesperson stating that "Xbox Companion was the predecessor to Xbox SmartGlass." During their E3 presentation Microsoft unveiled what the SmartGlass is really all about, but before you start thinking that it’s Microsoft’s version of Nintendo’s Wii U GamePad, let’s check out what SmartGlass truly is. SmartGlass SmartGlass is not a device.  It’s not a controller, not a tablet and definitely not a... more »
Xsigo's New Fabric Comes with Extra Features

Xsigo's New Fabric Comes with Extra Features

Data center hardware vendor Xsigo said this morning that it’s rolling out its Data Center Fabric line, a new product family that previously has only been available to a few hundred select clients. The main element in the value proposition is the software powering it, and the fact that it – through so called virtual connections – facilitates remote network maintenance in a way that significantly reduces downtime. Data Center Fabric features three different offerings, starting with the Xsigo Fabric Director. It’s the piece hardware that actually connects to the server via 10G Ethernet or InfiniBand port.  It’s joined by the... more »
Vertica 6 Aims to Be Enterprise Big Data Analytics Hub

Vertica 6 Aims to Be Enterprise Big Data Analytics Hub

Vertica released the latest version of its analytic database platform earlier this week and the spotlight was clearly trained on data access. Vertica 6.0 significantly expands the platform’s ability to federate data from outside sources for analysis, including Hadoop and HP’s own Autonomy IDOL platform, through its FlexStore architecture, according to the company. Vertica users can now query data stored in other data sources, for example, using new external tables features. The end result, according to company executives,  is that Vertica can now serve as a data analytics “hub” for the enterprise. “Vertica 6 takes our concept of ’Analytics Everywhere’ to a... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.