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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 »
E3 Recap: Wii U, SmartGlass, Wonderbook and Watch Dogs

E3 Recap: Wii U, SmartGlass, Wonderbook and Watch Dogs

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is in full swing at the Los Angeles Convention Center as it officially kicked off today and will run through June 7th.  So what’s new at this year’s convention?  Read on to find out more on the next big thing in gaming. Nintendo's Wii U Nintendo aims lure back gamers with the Wii U, the next generation Wii, which features the GamePad - a controller that can be used in conjunction with the Wii U and as a stand alone device when the console is turned off.  Plus, hard core gamers will enjoy the Wii U Pro... more »
Automation and Easier Aggregation in Hadoop Clusters Signals Data as a Service Trend

Automation and Easier Aggregation in Hadoop Clusters Signals Data as a Service Trend

Yesterday I wrote about Cascading 2.0, an alternative to MapReduce. The application framework, managed by Concurrent, allows for developers to develop "Cascading," big data apps using high-level scripting languages. The apps then get scheduled to run across a Hadoop cluster. Also yesterday,  HP executives presented their case for integrating Hadoop with Autonomy and HP Vertica, its impressive analytics technoloogy. In both the news from HP and Concurrent, executives often referred to "aggregation," as what serves as a priority in developing big data systems. It's becoming clear why. Aggregation represents the next phase on the road to data as a service. HP executives described... more »
IBM Debuts New DevOps Software and Cloud Services @ Edge

IBM Debuts New DevOps Software and Cloud Services @ Edge

IBM Edge is making it very clear that the IT giant is angling for big data, but that’s not the only thing that ended up on the drawing board. This week Big Blue introduced several new DevOps tools, some as-a-service, looking to attract enterprise clients by facilitating better collaboration between frontend and backend engineers. The company debuted the latest release of its Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM)software, a suite of offerings that addresses synchronization in IT. It’s built on Jazz and is natively integrated with Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Team Concert, and Rational Quality Manager. On top of this, a number of services... more »
Evolution of Cloud Adoption through 2015 [Infographic]

Evolution of Cloud Adoption through 2015 [Infographic]

Sure, cloud computing may be a marketing construct that allows companies to avoid the certain disaster that would result if sales teams were forced to explain virtualization and dynamic capacity allocation to every potential customer. Yes, Larry Ellison, deep down we agree with your hatred of the term, “cloud computing”. However, even if you have disdain for the term, it is impossible to deny the impact of the cloud on the enterprise. A new infographic from software and services provider Axway illustrates that impact and makes a few predictions about how cloud adoption will evolve in the next three years. There... more »
Oracle Purchases Collective Intelligence, Pushes Against Salesforce.com/Radian6

Oracle Purchases Collective Intelligence, Pushes Against Salesforce.com/Radian6

Oracle is keeping the acquisition train rolling with the purchase of Collective Intelligence, a social analytics firm that provides similar cloud-based services to Radian6, which Salesforce.com purchased last year. And if you think that's a coincidence, I have a multi-tenant, highly scalable bridge to sell you. The rivalry between Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison seem to be getting more intense. Last week, Salesforce announced the $800 million purchase of social media presence optimization service provider Buddy Media. But that came after Oracle's $300 million buy of Virtue, which offers its own services in the same arena. In... more »

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- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.