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MuleSoft beefs up Cloud integration service with enterprise features

MuleSoft, a San Francisco-based API connectivity startup, has updated its CloudHub service to provide better support for enterprise use cases that involve both in-house infrastructure and off-premise applications. The new release of the integration platform as a service (iPaaS) offering packs a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) option that provides an isolated environment encrypted by a hardware-based VPN solution. According to MuleSoft, VPC delivers the same level of protection for hybrid integrations as an on-premise deployment would, which presents an attractive proposition for CIOs seeking to tap into the Big Data craze while keeping risk at a minimum. Virtual Private Cloud is complemented... more »
YouTube multi-channel networks copyright shakeups aren't going anywhere

YouTube multi-channel networks copyright shakeups aren't going anywhere

The hunt for copyrighted content illegally shared on the Internet is sacrosanct, but its side effects are often unpredictable and absurd. Especially when it has to deal with websites with a huge amount of traffic as YouTube automatic methods are used for hunting videos, which often results in injustice and paradoxical results. What is happening in recent days is a typical example--there is a vast community of people who love to post videos on video games, many of which are styled "Let's play" or so-called walkthrough video on YouTube. The former are simply players who face various levels of chatting and... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 December 18: More Chinese market upheval, EU banking authority warning about BTC, Tor Project thumbs-up Bitcoin donations

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 December 18: More Chinese market upheval, EU banking authority warning about BTC, Tor Project thumbs-up Bitcoin donations

After reaching $1000, Bitcoin market value has seen a bit of turmoil and a tumble with China being at the forefront. Rumors and regulation make the grade and Dr. Bitcoin has weighed in on the trajectory of the currency’s value and the expectations involving China and India. This Wednesday, that rumor is starting to look a lot like reality--but interpretation of those real regulatory statements happen to be the rule of the day. In European news the  European Banking Authority (EBA) recently also spoke a few words about bitcoins and made some pretty fair warnings about volatility and the possibility of... more »
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Roambi announces electronic document layout for the rest of us

Mobile device data visualization vendor Roambi has announced an electronic document layout program, Flow, that takes layout and control to the next step beyond Word without the complexity and cost of professional-level layout systems such as Adobe. In fact it is available free to subscribers of Roambi’s online data visualization creation service. Initially intended as an extension of the Roambi data visualization tool that allows business end-users to create their own visualizations with a few mouse clicks for use on iPads, Flow was designed to allow users to add context to their visualizations, says Roambi Co-founder and President of Product Innovation... more »
AT&T introduces developer toolkits for fraud prevention and connected devices

AT&T introduces developer toolkits for fraud prevention and connected devices

AT&T has launched a major initiative to bring connected devices with plans to expand the universe of mobile applications beyond existing smartphones. The company has announced new software developer toolkits to help developers to connect, store, share data and fraud prevention of connected devices in the cloud. The first of the toolkit is the new cloud-based machine-to-machine (M2M) “developer sandbox,” called the AT&T M2X Developer Kit, which is a combination of tools for application and device developers AT&T M2X Developer Kit comprises AT&T M2X, a new cloud-based managed data storage service for M2M devices, and AT&T Control Center powered by Jasper Wireless,... more »
Connected car seat protects + monitors kids

Connected car seat protects + monitors kids

This week’s SmartCar roundup features an intelligent car seat for kids, an electronics giant entering the EV race, and cheaper EVs. iAlert   If you have a little kid, you probably have a car seat in your vehicle.  It's the law, after all. But sometimes little ones can get rowdy and escape their car seat without your knowledge. iAlert is a smart car seat that alerts you in real-time when your child has escaped, or if your child is left unattended (yes, this happens!) in the seat.  It connects with a mobile app that assists you in installing the car seat, monitors the temperature... more »
Ask Dr. Bitcoin: What Happened to the Spot Price Last Night?

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: What Happened to the Spot Price Last Night?

Last night was a rough night for Bitcoin speculators and bag holders. Over the last 24 hours, the spot price of a Bitcoin has fallen from the peak of $750 USD/BTC to a valley of $455 USD/BTC before rebounding to around $600 USD/BTC. All this movement is on confirmation of the rumor Mike Wheatley reported yesterday: that China is beginning to enact regulations on the trade of Bitcoin in a manner that imitates currency. So the question that's lingering on the Johnny-come-lately Bitcoin analysts' lips: Is Bitcoin over? In short, no. A quick glance at the data shows that, relative to the history of... more »
4 real-world robots for Google to consider after buying Boston Dynamics

4 real-world robots for Google to consider after buying Boston Dynamics

Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, a company that specializes in the production of military-grade robots. No news yet as to what the search giant plans on doing with Boston Dynamic, but with Andy Rubin heading Google’s robotics arm, we may soon be seeing Google bots deployed in war, doing housework, fighting crime on the streets, or babysitting your kids. Looking at the other side of the coin, this acquisition could prove to be beneficial for Boston Dynamics, as Google could greatly help them in further developing their robots such as BigDog, a quadruped robot designed to explore rough terrains; Petman, an anthropomorphic... more »
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6 #BigData Predictions for 2014 from Jean-Luc Chatelain of Datadirect Networks

When it comes to Big Data, Jean-Luc Chatelain is a name worth dropping. Jean-Luc Chatelain is the CTO, Datadirect Networks and former VP & CTO Information Optimization at HP. To say he knows his way around Big Data is putting it lightly. Last week, Chatelain tweeted his six #BigData predictions for 2014, and he didn't hold any punches. Lets dive into each of his six predictions. My 2014 Predictions in an all in one format pic.twitter.com/3HWW3ecFNY — Jean-Luc Chatelain (@InformationCTO) December 14, 2013   . 2014 Prediction #1: Most enterprises will keep drowning in data and have no information or insights. Big Data and the Big... more »
Google to introduce 'wink' photo capture in Google Glass update

Google to introduce 'wink' photo capture in Google Glass update

Google is about to add a new feature to Google Glass that may well result in more establishments banning the device. According to the company, Google Glass wearers will soon have the ability to take photos with a “wink of an eye.” If you've ever watched the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol movie, you might remember the scene where Jeremy Renner took photos with his glasses just by blinking.  This new capability of Google Glass is more or less the same thing, except users will be snapping away with just one eye. Google claims that the winking gesture is faster than using the camera... more »

Premium Research

- 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.