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Santa Claus moves to the cloud with HP

Santa Claus moves to the cloud with HP

After a 2011 near disaster when a reindeer ate his list of who was naughty and who was nice, and feeling completely burned out in 2012, Santa Claus made an early resolution for 2013 to modernize his operations and chose HP as his partner, the company announced recently. “Santa called us in in November 2012,” says Robert Russo, proof of concept manager and business development manager for HP Enterprise Cloud Services. “After a four week cloud assessment workshop, we were able to show him how we could nearly double the productivity of his operations while protecting his data, and in particular... more »
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2014 Technology Predictions Series: Think Big Analytics on Big Data

As 2013 winds down, it's only natural for people to make personal New Year's resolutions for 2014. It's also a perfect time for technology industry predictions.  This is the fifth installation in our multi-part "Technology Predictions for 2014" series in which industry providers—from Big Data to cloud to mobile—share their predictions about the hot tech trends that will take center stage in 2014. We'll keep sharing all the predictions we've heard with you over the next several days.         Big Data in 2014 . Big Data is a topic that we at siliconANGLE have been keeping one step ahead of in 2013. From our extensive... more »
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HP Big Data execs go in-depth on analytics | #HPDiscover

HP Autonomy global lead Brian Weiss and Shilpa Lawande, HP Vertica’s vice president of engineering, appeared on theCUBE at Discover 2013 for an in-depth discussion of the technology titan’s Big Data value proposition. Vertica 7, the latest version of the analytic database, launched a few weeks prior to the event’s kick off in Barcelona. Lowndes boasts that the release has received an “amazing” reception among customers, thanks largely to the new FlexZone capability for ingesting unstructured and semi-structured information. Over at Autonomy, the IDOL Big Data search tool has been made more accessible for organizations through a hosted edition and a set... more »
RSA hits back, categorically denies NSA 'bribe' allegations

RSA hits back, categorically denies NSA 'bribe' allegations

The security people at RSA aren't a very happy bunch at the moment – just days after being accused of taking a $10 million 'bribe' from the NSA in order to facilitate it's spying, the company has hit back with a strongly-worded denial of the allegations. Claims that RSA had taken a bribe emerged last Friday in a report from Reuters – specifically, the report alleged that the NSA had given it $10 million to make a flawed cipher - known as a Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator (Dual EC DRBG) - the default in one of its security... more »
Oracle goes after Salesforce with $1.5 billion Responsys buy

Oracle goes after Salesforce with $1.5 billion Responsys buy

The long-standing rivarly between Oracle and cloud CRM kingpin Salesforce.com turned up a notch last Friday with the database maker’s acquisition of online marketing specialist Responsys. The deal is valued at $27 per share, a 38 percent premium over the firm’s closing price on Thursday and the equivalent of about $1.5 billion. The San Bruno, Calif.-based Responsys builds software that helps enterprises scale their advertising campaigns across the entire digital ecosystem, including social media and mobile. The vendor boasts more than 450 customers in a “wide range” of industries. “Recognizing the unique needs of the CMO in B2B and B2C industries, the... more »
Overstock jumps into bed with Bitcoin

Overstock jumps into bed with Bitcoin

Bitcoin is about to get a whole lot more useful than it already is, following last week's announcement that Overstock.com is to begin accepting the currency soon. In interviews given to both the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times, Overstock's CEO Patrick Byrne revealed that the company will begin accepting payments via Bitcoin some time next year, possibly within just four months time. If and when it happens, Overstock.com would become the largest retailer to accept the cryptocurrency so far. Overstock's decision could have massive implications for Bitcoin because other online retailers might be forced to follow suit. As Coindesk... more »
2014 Predictions : Big Data, mobile, SQL + Bitcoin

2014 Predictions : Big Data, mobile, SQL + Bitcoin

As 2014 approaches and this year comes to a close, experts are laying down their predictions. This year was full of innovations and advancements in Big Data, the cloud, Bitcoin's economy, and wearable tech.  So what does the future of the tech industry look like? 2014 Predictions : Big Data, mobile, SQL + Bitcoin . 6 #BigData Predictions for 2014 from Jean-Luc Chatelain of Datadirect Networks Datadirect Networks CTO and former VP & CTO Information Optimization at HP Jean-Luc Chatelain shared his Big Data predictions for 2014.  His list features how Big Data will continue to gain traction in the coming year, despite the... more »
SmartWorld Weekly : From car seats to talking dogs

SmartWorld Weekly : From car seats to talking dogs

This week’s SmartWorld Series features a Ninja leading the smart home race, new gadgets to monitor yourself, an intelligent car seat, and a way for your dog to literally speak out loud. If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world. Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. . Smart Home solutions to boom in 2017 : Ninja + others lead the way Parks Associates estimates that by 2017 more than... more »
John McAfee on Healthcare.gov, surveillance and D-Central

John McAfee on Healthcare.gov, surveillance and D-Central

We’re back with the rest of John McAfee’s take on cybersecurity in 2014 – a little bit about the Healthcare.gov website, spying and his forthcoming product D-Central.   SiliconANGLE: I saw somewhere that you called the Healthcare.gov website “a hacker’s wet dream”.  We’ve covered a bunch of these issues here from the beginning.   They’re certainly working on this things furiously to try and patch it up, make it right.  Do you see this as an ongoing issue in the year ahead? McAfee:  There’s no way they’re going to be able to fix that.  The whole thing is broken.  The testing was skipped, there... more »
Ask Dr. Bitcoin: What if I want to get into Bitcoin mining?

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: What if I want to get into Bitcoin mining?

"I want to get into Bitcoin mining, but I just don't know where to look or what to buy. When is a good time to get into the community for mining?" asks Looking For a Mining Hat. Well, Looking, interestingly enough, when there’s a lull in the hype surrounding Bitcoin makes for a good time to get into mining. After a hype-cycle ends there’s a dwindling demand for current equipment and as a result, the prices go down. Right now that there’s been a lull in demand because of the recent Chinese regulation shakeup and BTC value has dropped from its ecstatic... 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.