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Apprenda nabs $16 million to accelerate private PaaS

Apprenda announced on Wednesday that it has received $16 million in a series C financing round led by Safeguard Scientifics. Existing investors Ignition Partners and New Enterprise Associates also participated, bringing the startup’s total capital raised to $31 million. Founded in 2007, Apprenda offers a specialized platform-as-a-service solution that can be deployed in the cloud or on-premise, which is the preferred option for organizations with specific regulatory compliance, security and data privacy requirements. Unlike competing services, the solution only supports .NET and Java, the bread and butter languages of enterprise IT. Apprenda boasts that its platform is used by AmerisourceBergen, Dell,... more »
The Plant launches Qortex : Revolutionizes multinational enterprise

The Plant launches Qortex : Revolutionizes multinational enterprise

The Plant, a Tokyo-based software firm, is bringing social collaboration to international companies with a new tool called Qortex. The offering entered general availability this morning after an extensive testing period stretching back to 2012. Qortex is designed to help teams cut through communication clutter and focus on the task at hand. It achieves this by combining standard social features like chat, email and wikis with artificial intelligence that recognizes the language of a message and automatically display it in the recipient's preferred translation. If an entry is not available in a one of the supported languages, users can request a... more »
Hands-on home automation : Oplink DIY security-in-a-box [REVIEW]

Hands-on home automation : Oplink DIY security-in-a-box [REVIEW]

The Industrial Internet just might save us all.  For many businesses out there, the rise of the machines has introduced a massive opportunity to expand their markets.  For consumers, more sensors and wearable tech delivers a heightened level of convenience at home and work.  Many of the technologically-driven advances at the enterprise level are being commoditized for the average consumer, literally connecting brands and individuals like never before. For Oplink Security, the Industrial Internet means millions of new customers for its broadening product line.  Home automation is one of the fastest growing niches within today’s Industrial tech revolution, and Op Link... more »
Stuxnet's evil twin highlights the very real threat of cyber-warfare

Stuxnet's evil twin highlights the very real threat of cyber-warfare

Knowledge of the deadly Stuxnet worm that wreaked havoc with Iran's nuclear infrastructure has been public for more than three years now, but cybersecurity experts continue to stumble upon new revelations – with the latest one being that Stuxnet had an older, and far more evil, 'twin'. An in-depth report from Foreign Policy's Ralph Langner lifts the lid on the origins of the older Stuxnet, which infected Iran's nuclear facilities as early as 2007 and was in fact far more powerful than its later variant. Previously, researchers thought that Stuxnet was essentially pretty crude in its methods – simply causing the... more »
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Cisco diversifies as CEO reassures investors of comeback

A day after Cisco chief exec John Chambers promised shareholders that his firm will overcome slow sales by pursuing new markets, the networking vendor pulled the curtains back on a set of new solutions for reducing data center energy costs. Cisco claims that IT power consumption is “the last and largest unmanaged business expense,” accounting for as much as 80 percent of organization-wide electricity use. To help CIOs tame their utility bills, the company is rolling out EnergyWise Management, a tool that provides visibility into the power consumption and efficiency of network devices. The platform is available in two editions: Distributed... more »
Instagram for Windows Phone: Is it a hit or a miss?

Instagram for Windows Phone: Is it a hit or a miss?

Finally! Instagram for Windows Phone has arrived! But is this something that will excite Windows Phone users?  Or is it just a half-baked app meant to tease WP users? Many would say that Instagram has become so popular that it's now a vital component of the mobile and social ecosystem, and any platform that does not have a native Instagram app is missing out on a lot.  If "a lot" means Windows Phone users aren't contributing to the growing population of filtered-photos, emo selfies, and/or overly dramatic shots of people's food or venti iced caramel macchiato, then yes, Windows Phone is... more »
Future tech: Implantable brain chips could help unlock memories

Future tech: Implantable brain chips could help unlock memories

Imagine a world wherein you can just download information right into your brain? Just stick a jack into the back of your head, hit the 'download' button and away you go! It would be AWESOME, right? You could absorb the entire works of Shakespeare in an instant, and never have to worry about forgetting even the smallest of details. Such an ability would be extremely useful, but surely it's so futuristic and far-fetched that it'll never happen in our live times, right? Well, actually the ability to upload memories or data direct to our brains isn't so far fetched at all,... more »
MapR gears up for IPO with latest executive hire

MapR gears up for IPO with latest executive hire

It appears that MapR is laying down the groundwork for an initial public offering. The San Jose, Calif-based Hadoop distributor named Dan Alter as its first chief financial officer on Wednesday, signaling that it wants in on the Big Data gold rush sweeping through Wall Street. Alter brings much-needed financial experience to the company, having previously served as the CFO of Ikanos Communications and Silicon Image. He took both semiconductor makers public, according to Reuters, which quoted MapR co-founder and CEO John Schroeder as saying that an IPO is “something we would entertain over the next couple of years.” Schroeder first... more »
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Marc Benioff Silicon Valley "Senator" Had the Floor at Dreamforce #DF13 - Marissa Mayer Lovefest

In recent years Silicon Valley has been called everything from a “cess pool” to irrelevant because of the image of a culture of conflicting interests, back room deals, and even women abuse charges of a top valley firms and high profile individuals. Marc Benioff wants to change that image. This week at Salesforce.com Dreamforce conference we saw the emerging theme up close and personal with Marc Benioff with amplification of the theme of generosity and giving back.  At Benioff’s massive event in San Francisco where 140,000 people attended to hear how Salesforce.com will evolve as a company, we saw the usual flair... more »
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Treasure Data leads public cloud big data services market -- for now

Treasure Data has taken a leadership position in providing the first end-to-end public cloud-based big data analysis service, writes Jeff Kelly in "Treasure Data Looks to the Cloud to Unlock Big Data Value". The just announced service provides a complete workflow from data ingestion through transformation & storage, to processing, analytics and visualization. The real value in Treasure Data, Kelly writes, is in the end-to-end cloud service, developed by company founders Hiro Yoshikawa and Kaz Ohta, which shields users from the complexities of big data capture and analysis. For data ingestion it has its own Treasure Agent that it deploys on... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

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- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

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