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John McAfee's just too mental for Intel

John McAfee's just too mental for Intel

Security firm McAfee might be something of a household name these days, but that has more to do with the over-the-top antics of the company's founder rather than what it's achieved in the security space. That's in spite of the fact that John McAfee hasn't worked for the company in almost two decades. But apparently, Intel, the company that snapped up McAfee back in 2011, doesn't like the brand name of its acquisition being dragged through the mud, as it were. So what's it going to do about it? Why, it's going to change the name in an effort to distance... more »
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FireEye buys Mandiant to become a one-stop security shop

Security consolidation and growing privacy concerns are driving demand for end-to-end solutions that can protect data at rest as well as in motion across the entire enterprise. But the industry has not yet risen to the challenge, which is proving to be more daunting than ever in the face of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and corporate networks that stretch across the cloud and employee-owned devices. Fresh off its highly successful public offering, FireEye is looking to fill this gap with the acquisition of Mandiant, a privately-held provider of end-point security solutions and incident response services. The firm, which lists more than... more »
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Besides Michael Bay at #CES2014 : biggest box office bombs + the VOD apocalypse

After seeing Michael Bay bomb at #CES2014, I've compiled my predictions for what will be some of the biggest movie busts in 2014. As we look back on 2013, some of the biggest, costliest misfires in cinema history were released, leading to over half a billion dollars in write-offs for major studios. Led by such massive flops as “The Lone Ranger” ($190M write off), sci-fi disasters "R.I.P.D.,”and  "After Earth," the poorly received "White House Down," and most recently the samurai CGI schlockfest “47 Ronin,” which had a negative cost of at least $175M before marketing is factored in and only opened... more »
Parrot unveils two new drones at #CES2014

Parrot unveils two new drones at #CES2014

Many companies have already unveiled their goodies even before CES 2014 officially kicks off tomorrow. One example is Parrot, the drone maker, which has just announced two commercially available drones, which somewhat uniquely, can  be controlled using a smartphone app available to download on both Android and iOS devices. Parrot’s MiniDrone and Jumping Sumo drones can both be controlled using an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.  The biggesth difference between the two drones are the various functions each one is capable of. The MiniDrone is the successor to Parrot’s AR.Drone.  It can roll around on the ground using its two detachable wheels,... more »
Ask DevOps: Infrastructure automation for everyone with Ansible and Salt

Ask DevOps: Infrastructure automation for everyone with Ansible and Salt

How often do you have to manually apply the same steps when setting up an infrastructure environment for yourself? Being in charge of tens, hundreds, sometimes even thousands of servers also means that there are hundreds of deployments to handle, configurations to make, patches to apply, security issues to solve, and updates to download. Imagine if all of these manual actions were coded and treated the same way as the other software systems! Thanks to automation, system administrators found out a way to present infrastructures as code that would take care of the boring routine tasks. Ansible and Salt are great... more »
Inside Facebook's journey from web based to native mobile app development

Inside Facebook's journey from web based to native mobile app development

A significant portion of smartphone owners regularly use the Facebook app on mobile. And most certainly, many users have already seen many bugs and slowdowns despite regular updates. Some users prefer to use mobile web version of Facebook, which is much faster compared to mobile version. The story is that Facebook has preferred to develop mobile application in HTML5 instead of native Android (Java) language, leading to many bugs and slowness. The company’s engineers spent days and nights in front of big screen monitors writing JavaScript, PHP, and HTML code for PC users. But as smartphone penetration and Facebook’s user count increased,... more »
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Edible news : 4 concepts for the future of print media

Print media is dying. More people now prefer smartphones, tablets and e-readers to consume their news, books and magazines. According to a recent report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, readers both young and old are now more interested in paying for digital subscriptions than purchasing printed material. The report stated that nine percent of Britons, 10 percent of Germans, 12 percent of Americans and 13 percent of the French have paid for digital news within the past year. Mashable and Statista also recently released a survey which states that the New York Times has more than one million digital subscribers, closely... more »
A colossal cyber-economic attack is coming - Game Plan

A colossal cyber-economic attack is coming - Game Plan

The U.S. economy is in the cross-hairs of a major economic cyber attack. There is an alarming amount of evidence that it has not only happened before, but that it will be coming again. That’s the warning from author Kevin Freeman, in Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack - the follow-up book to his blockbuster New York Times bestseller, Secret Weapon. Freeman is an authority in economic warfare and financial terrorism that has been commissioned by the Pentagon and has consulted with the CIA, FBI, SEC, among others. In the book, Freeman illustrates a variety... more »
Broadcom unveils Wireless Audio SDK + more #CES2014 smart home solutions

Broadcom unveils Wireless Audio SDK + more #CES2014 smart home solutions

This week’s SmartHome roundup features new SDK for Broadcom’s WICED, and new home automation products unveiled at CES 2014. Broadcom’s WICED SDK   Broadcom has introduced a new software development kit for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) portfolio that would allow high-definition audio streaming over a Wi-Fi network. The WICED Audio SDK provides OEMs with an innovative solution to deliver content directly from devices to speakers without the use of docking stations or wires.  It comes pre-integrated with Apple AirPlay support, and home media devices can seamlessly connect to products like smart TVs, portable speakers, media players, set-top boxes, sound bars... more »
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HP Moonshot finding place in cloud, high performance computing #CIOAngle

At the end of HP Discover Europe in early December I wrote that HP's internal application of its Moonshot hyperscale technology was impressive, but the presentation left me wondering if this revolutionary technology was finding customers outside HP. Janet Bartleson, group manager for hyperscale portfolio marketing at HP, was kind enough to answer my question by sending a series of short videos of four Moonshot customers ranging from a startup Web services company to PayPal to Purdue University's HPC center, talking about their experiences. So the answer is Moonshot is gaining traction. Moonshot is the only hyperscale computing platform generally available... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.