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PRISM Scandal Draws Bipartisan Support to Neuter the NSA

PRISM Scandal Draws Bipartisan Support to Neuter the NSA

Representative Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, has proposed to limit the National Security Agency’s funds that it uses to collect data on telephone calls made by U.S. citizens unless a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order stipulates that the records pertain to an individual under investigation.  His proposal is backed by Representatives John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, Mick Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, and Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican. While another amendment offered by Florida Republican Representative Richard Nugent proposes that the NSA will be prohibited from using funds in the almost $600 billion measure to “acquire,... more »
Cisco Acquires SourceFire in $2.7B CyberSecurity Deal

Cisco Acquires SourceFire in $2.7B CyberSecurity Deal

  Cisco is acquiring SourceFire, and so begins a new security push.  At a purchase price of $2.7 Billion @ $76 per share, it’s rather significant.  Cisco is the largest networking equipment manufacturer in the business, and is known to hold a significant portion of their cash overseas.  This makes a domestic purchase on this order all the more telling.  SourceFire is known for their Intrustion Detection Systems (IDS) technology and the open source tool Snort.  Snort has a long history in security and it has been used extensively in government environments. "‘Buy' has always been a key part of our build-buy-partner innovation... more »
Cloud Foundry Cements IBM & EMC's Commitment to Open Source #IBMPivotal

Cloud Foundry Cements IBM & EMC's Commitment to Open Source #IBMPivotal

IBM and Pivotal, the EMC spin-off, just announced a groundbreaking new alliance to develop the Cloud Foundry Platform - an open platform-as-a-service that presents a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services. The pair have also began collaborating on the technology needed to enable programming languages or frameworks to be deployed on the Cloud Foundry platform.  IBM has so far previewed its WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core, a lightweight version of the WebSphere Application Server, running on Cloud Foundry. A Cloud Foundry Community Event has been scheduled for September 8-9, 2013 in Santa Clara, CA., which will highlight presentations by the... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 24: SEC Files Bitcoin-related Ponzi Scheme Charges, BitFantasy MMORPG Trades in BTC, More VPN Providers on Board

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 24: SEC Files Bitcoin-related Ponzi Scheme Charges, BitFantasy MMORPG Trades in BTC, More VPN Providers on Board

Crime and politics have followed bitcoin since its inception but not quite in the sense that is being seen today—and, in news more fun, an MMORPG (a massively multiplayer online role playing game) is being developed that uses bitcoin as its core exchange currency. The SEC has charged a Texan man with running a Ponzi scheme with bitcoins and making a great deal of money—while fraud is difficult with bitcoins at the exchange level, like any other currency it’s still possible to trick people out of their money. BitFantasy is a 2D fantasy-styled MMORPG that shows a lot of promise for... more »
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Vulnerability Statistics Suck

Starting this Saturday, Black Hat USA 2013 will be convening at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In this series, intended to preview many of the talks and presentations scheduled for the event, SiliconANGLE will focus on the exploitative vulnerabilities associated with big data and how those vulnerabilities can be limited. Today’s article will focus on a presentation entitled ‘Buying Into The Bias: Why Vulnerability Statistics Suck’ offered by Steve Christey and Brian “Jericho” Martin. Christey and Martin will explore the limitations improperly gathered and analyzed statistics and how they could ultimately be deleterious to an organizations bottom line. Martin has, for the... more »
Randy Bias: OpenStack Needs Amazon APIs To Drive Hybrid Clouds

Randy Bias: OpenStack Needs Amazon APIs To Drive Hybrid Clouds

With his outspoken views on the widespread disruption caused by cloud computing, Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias has forged a reputation as one of the industry's most influential voices. More than that, he's also become one of the most vocal advocates of open-source systems, and was one of the early champions of the OpenStack project. So when such an important voice calls for a radical departure asking the OpenStack community to pull back from all-out war with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and instead turn around and embrace it, people need to take notice. In an open letter posted onto the Cloudscaling blog... more »
Apps That Write For You & Youtube's Geek Week - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Apps That Write For You & Youtube's Geek Week - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Keeping Your Voice On The Cloud   Swiftkey cloud, a new feature for the Swiftkey keyboard replacement app, has officially entered into beta. The line-up of new features includes dictionary backups, the ability to sync devices, and a feature that provides access to trending phrases. The more you use Swiftkey, the more the app learns about your particular writing style. Acting as your own personal writing analyst, the app looks back at past communications in texts, emails and social media, in order to predict your words as you write them. Once Swiftkey knows enough about you, it saves your personal dictionary to the cloud,... more »
DataStax Nabs $45 Million for NoSQL Tech

DataStax Nabs $45 Million for NoSQL Tech

Apache Cassandra distributor DataStax announced yesterday morning that it has raised $45 million in Series D funding from Scale Venture Partners, DFJ Growth, and Next World Capital. Existing backers Lightspeed Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital, and Meritech Capital Partners also participated in the round. DataStax will use the new funding to scale worldwide operations and accelerate product development. The firm also plans to strengthen relations with the open-source Cassandra community, which plays a central role in driving enterprise adoption. Jonathan Ellis, the founding CTO of DataStax and the chair of the Cassandra project, said in an interview on theCube that he and fellow... more »
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Join Us LIVE @ 1pm : IBM Tweetchat - Speed of Thought Analytics

What happens when you can analyze data at the speed of thought? The possibilities are nearly endless. When you can look at data on the fly – and analyze it – you can dig deeper. You can follow ideas, or investigate whether data supports a new hypothesis. Join our #ibmblu tweetchat today 1 PM US-ET as we discuss how IBM's BLU Acceleration empowers speed of thought analytics. How is Big Data changing analytics? During our tweetchat, the experts from IBM will answer questions around how speed is changing our ability to read analytics. They’ll also discuss the integration of Cognos Cubes... more »
OSCON OpenStack Highlights: From the Private Cloud to DevOps

OSCON OpenStack Highlights: From the Private Cloud to DevOps

Dozens of open source software vendors are showcasing their new products at this week’s O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland. The OpenStack project, which marks its third anniversary today, is at the center of attention. German software giant SUSE grabbed headlines this morning after it released a beta version of its OpenStack Grizzy-based private cloud platform.  SUSE Cloud 2.0 introduces a number of improvements, including support for the Crowbar automation framework and full integration with Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi. It’s also compatible with Cinder, OpenStack’s block storage component. “SUSE Cloud 2.0 is the next version of SUSE Cloud, the original... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.