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Mazda USA Chooses Rackspace to Host Mission-Critical Web Apps

Mazda USA Chooses Rackspace to Host Mission-Critical Web Apps

Rackspace revealed Thursday that it has entered an agreement with Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) to host its web presence in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. MNAO’s websites and the MyMazda social app for Android and iOS attract 2.1 million unique visitors each month. The car maker migrated its services to Rackspace because its previous provider, a “large outsourcing” firm that was unnamed, failed to handle traffic spikes effectively. MNAO was forced to spend extra on dedicated gear to avoid diminishing returns from ad campaigns. Mazda eliminated this economic pain point by deploying a VMware-based private cloud environment that integrates with... more »
SolidFire Gets Ahead in the Cloud with Cheaper-Than-Disk SSD Storage

SolidFire Gets Ahead in the Cloud with Cheaper-Than-Disk SSD Storage

In a move that underlines just how important high-performance storage has become for the cloud and Big Data, flash storage provider SolidFire has just secured a new round of series C funding to the tune of $31 million. At the same time, it's also rolled out an expanded product line, offering SSD storage at a lower cost than traditional disk-based storage, something that's sure to cause a few ripples in the market. SolidFire highlighted its new SF9010 high performance, high density storage platform, which consists of 100 nodes and is claimed to be the “world's largest and fastest all-SSD storage system.” You... more »
HP CEO: We Have Got to Get into the Smartphone Business

HP CEO: We Have Got to Get into the Smartphone Business

Undeterred by its botched attempt to monetize WebOS, HP is once again moving in on the increasingly lucrative mobile space. Yam Su Yin, the vendor’s senior director of consumer devices for Asia-Pacific, confirmed his company’s intentions in an interview last month. HP chief exec Meg Whitman dragged this topic back into the limelight during a Tuesday chat with WSJ’s Alan Murray. She said that the smartphone market in particular is central to Hewlett-Packard’s long terms ambitions in the consumer space. “We ultimately in my view have got to be in the smartphone business because it’s just a continuing of compute. Whether it’s... more »
How The Financial Sector Will Benefit From Big Data: An MIT CDOIQ Symposium Round-Up  #MITIQ

How The Financial Sector Will Benefit From Big Data: An MIT CDOIQ Symposium Round-Up #MITIQ

In the week leading up to this year’s MIT Chief Data Officer Information Quality Symposium, SiliconANGLE presented a series previewing the event, themed ‘Big Data Demands Good Data’. Our series focused on presenting a synopsis of some of the important topics scheduled to be covered in Cambridge the following week. While prior to the event I wrote on two aspects of how data quality and its continued improvement can help steer the financial services sector, today we are re-visiting the presentation offered by David Hay and Tom Redman. Hay is the President of Essential Strategies, Inc. and Redman is President of... more »
Big Blue Unleashes Big Data Security Intelligence

Big Blue Unleashes Big Data Security Intelligence

IBM has announced a new solution today designed to help organizations identify security vulnerabilities across a network in real-time, giving security officers up-to-date visibility to sort and prioritize which vulnerabilities to immediately fix that pose the greatest risk to data.  The solution is a predictive  security information and event management (SIEM) product called QRadar Vulnerability Manager.  This product is the latest in a wave of products that are forward looking in identifying advanced threats through Big Data analytics before these events even happen.  The platform sifts through massive amounts of collected data, and uses analytics to reduce a previously untenable... more »
Fedora Cloud Architect Proposes Big Changes Focused on Multi-Layered Product

Fedora Cloud Architect Proposes Big Changes Focused on Multi-Layered Product

The Fedora Project is an online community dedicated to improving the lives of people living in the world of free software. Created in 2003 as a partnership between Red Hat and volunteers around the world, the Fedora Project provides an open source community and increasing success with tens of thousands of members in the project. For those who have little idea, Fedora remains a very popular flavor of Linux. You can use Fedora in place or in conjunction with other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X. The Fedora operating system is completely free and is freely available... more »
Trademark Issue Leads to MMO Fan Site Removing Public-Data About EverQuest Character

Trademark Issue Leads to MMO Fan Site Removing Public-Data About EverQuest Character

Feldon of EverQuest 2 fan-site EQ2Wire was perhaps groggy with sleep when he first received an e-mail message from Thomas Freyer, apparent owner of Malshandir Limited, claiming that EQ2Wire’s publication of character information violated his trademark—the information belonged to one Malshadir, a male, level 92, dark elf dirge on EverQuest 2 Antonia Bayle server. That sleepy fog quickly fled him as Feldon got into an ever-escalating argument with Freyer over the nature of the data regarding the character Malshadir and how trademark might interact with its display. Including that EQ2Wire is a publication in the United States and Freyer’s trademark is... more »
PayPal Stops Payments to Swedish VPN Provider iPredator, Freezes Assets

PayPal Stops Payments to Swedish VPN Provider iPredator, Freezes Assets

After piracy laws came into effect in Norway, VPN services that makes you anonymous online have become increasingly popular. Swedish VPN providers, however, has had problems in the past, when payment provider Payson decided to ban VPN services. Popular payment service provider PayPal has decided to follow the same path. TorrentFreak blog recently reported that PayPal has cut off VPN provider iPredator, a VPN service launched by Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde. PayPal is known for its aggressive stance against BitTorrent sites, Usenet providers and file-hosting services, so it isn’t exactly a surprise when they decided to block payments towards a VPN provider. Widely... more »
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House's NSA Opposition | Blunt, but Necessary to Uphold Constitution

The House of Representatives are debating whether the Amash Amendment should be passed.  Though the Obama Administration welcomed the debate, it was urging the lawmakers not to pass it since it sees the amendment as something that would cripple the security of US. The Amash Amendment was proposed by Representative Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, and it aims limit the National Security Agency’s funds used to collect data on telephone calls made by U.S. citizens unless a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order stipulates that the records pertain to an individual under investigation.  Sadly, the amendment did not get enough votes. House votes,... more »
Google Tweaks its Cloud Storage Platform for Enriched Dev Data Management

Google Tweaks its Cloud Storage Platform for Enriched Dev Data Management

The Google Cloud Platform offers a broad set of application development, cloud storage, large scale computing, and big data capabilities. In order to return easier object handling and faster load data access for developers, Google has decided to introduce three new features on its Cloud Storage platform to accelerate and simplify the management of data and objects. The update additions include Object Lifecycle Management, Regional Buckets, and automatic parallel composite uploads via gsutil. The new features aim to make it easier for developers to manage, access and upload data into the cloud. Developers' Rich Enhancement Google cloud storage platform enables developers to implement... 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.