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More services make the cloud more attractive | AWS re:Invent 2013

At this week’s AWS re:Invent 2013 conference, Nima Badiey of Pivotal sat down with SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Jeff Kelly, Principle Research Contributor to Wikibon on SiliconANGLE's theCUBE. Pivotal made a bit of a splash on Tuesday when they announced Pivotal One, a comprehensive, multi-cloud enterprise PaaS that runs on top of Pivotal CF. According to the company’s PR, they claim this new platform will aid customers in innovating faster than they previously could. Development teams will be able to update and scale their applications across both public and private clouds, instantly expanding and upgrading with no downtime. Pivotal CF, mentioned... more »
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Amazon's soft monopoly on cloud + other top stories this week

Live from AWS re:Invent 2013, our roving studio theCUBE has been on the ground at Amazon's cloud-friendly event all the way. For visitors and interested alike, we heartily suggest that you check up on our Resource Guide to see what you might have missed. We covered AWS re:Invent extensively with exclusive interviews from industry experts, all covered on SiliconANGLE's blog. But the enterprise market isn't the only opportunity for cloud.  The consumer space is ripe with connected devices, facing a revolution in design and buyer expectation, such as a curved iPhone rumored to be released sometime next year. Here is a recap of the top... more »
Scale up or scale out – the choice depends on the need

Scale up or scale out – the choice depends on the need

In his latest professional Alert, “Business Needs Dictate the Importance of Scale Up vs Scale Out Storage”, Consultant and Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe makes an important point that is often lost in the discussion of new online architectures, Big Data, and other ‘sexy” subjects – while scale out is great for some applications, scale up is perfectly adequate and much less expensive for many others. In storage terms, “scale out” means adding new nodes to a cluster. Each node comes with its own networking and controllers, and the cluster must have overall management that loosely couples the nodes so that they... more »
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EMC’s long-awaited XtremeIO flash array : less than overwhelming

Thursday November 14 EMC made its long awaited announcement of general availability of the first version of the XtremIO all flash array technology, 18 months after it purchased the flash storage startup and nearly eight months after starting a limited release to a few favored customers. Overall the initial announcement is less than overwhelming, considering it comes from the dominant storage provider, a company focused solely on storage. Both IBM and Hewlett-Packard, which have had all-flash arrays with greater capacities and competitive performance on the market for several months, issued reactions before the announcement. The initial version, which will ship November... more »
Dedalus Prime: We're moving into the golden age of cloud computing | #reinvent

Dedalus Prime: We're moving into the golden age of cloud computing | #reinvent

Mauricio Fernandes, President of Dedalus Prime, discussed Brazil's cloud market and his company's partnership with Amazon with theCUBE host Dave Vellante, live at the AWS re:Invent conference. Dedalus is "very well-known in Brazil," Fernandes started, explaining the company used to have a local data center with 2000 servers. Later they realized "cloud computing is the future, and started a partnership with Amazon." The company currently is one of  AWS' largest partners in the world. Comparing the transition to cloud computing to other server-client IT shifts, Fernandes said "cloud computing has something that is very different, it's not only for the IT. CIOs realize they... more »
Tattoos as lie detectors : wearable tech gets trendy

Tattoos as lie detectors : wearable tech gets trendy

This week’s Wearable Tech roundup features a tattoo that doubles as a lie detector, a watch that tells you when you’ve had enough fun under the sun, and more fashionable tech for women. Google’s Neck Tattoo   Earlier this week, it was revealed that Google has applied for a patent regarding a patch that can facilitate communication during covert operations, or even be used as a lie detector. The patent describes a patch or a skin tattoo that can be applied on the neck that can “include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user it is contemplated that a... more »
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Splunk and Ford collaborate on smart car analytics

Futurist, filmmaker and theCUBE alumnus Jason Silva predicts that sensory data will help reshape our individual and collective destinies, improving our lives in “ways we could never have conceived before.” But while Silva’s Human 2.0 revolution will likely remain in science fiction for the foreseeable future, self-tuning cars that can achieve better performance by tapping into the power of real time information are right around the corner. Splunk and Ford Motors have joined forces to provide a sneak peek of things to come through Connected Car Dashboards, a collaborative experiment in aggregating data from vehicles. As part of the project, the... more »
Iran has built a drone that could actually save lives

Iran has built a drone that could actually save lives

Lifeguards may soon be able to take a breather if a bunch of Iranian engineers have their way. They're building drones capable of delivering rescue devices to drowning victims. Yes, drones, those little robotic things usually used for reconnaissance, or blowing the crap out of terrorists, have now been souped up to save lives - and the idea has ironically come from one of the countries most targeted by the more offensive variety of drone The Verge reports that Pars is a multirotor drone designed by Tehran-based RTS Lab, built to carry and drop flotation devices for swimmers who've gotten into difficulty... more »
Console Wars: PlayStation 4 vs Xbox ONE

Console Wars: PlayStation 4 vs Xbox ONE

Sony and Microsoft are both set to sell their new gaming consoles this month.  Sony’s PlayStation 4 will hit the store shelves today, while Xbox fans will have to wait until the Nov 22 to get their hands on the Xbox ONE. Earlier reports stated that more gamers are more interested in the PS4, based on the fact that more people pre-ordered the Sony gaming console.  For one, the PS4 is much cheaper than the Xbox ONE, costing $100 less, so that's one obvious reason.  Another could be that Microsoft fans want to wait in line like fanbois do, instead of... more »
Cerego uses data to help tomorrow’s health professionals study better

Cerego uses data to help tomorrow’s health professionals study better

It’s been almost a year since Cerego exited stealth with an ambitious memory management tool that marries elements of psychology and applied learning with self-optimizing algorithms to bring education into the twenty-first century. The platform uses these algorithms to identify students’ strengths and weakness and generate appropriate personalized study plans that accelerate the learning process while optimizing knowledge retention, according to the startup. With over 3.7 million study hours logged to date, Cerego has proven to be a hit among online learners - and a force to be reckoned with in the academia. Elsevier, one of the world’s largest scientific publishing... more »

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