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Internet of Things Review: Microsoft Buys Nokia,  Google Unleashes Android 5

Internet of Things Review: Microsoft Buys Nokia, Google Unleashes Android 5

It’s been an eventful week for the Internet of Things. Ubitus partnered with LG to launch its cloud gaming platform in the U.S, GameBrain announced a new development environment for mobile game creators, and Microsoft rattled the market by acquiring Nokia. Google also stirred some buzz after Sundar Pichai, the head of Android and Chrome OS, tweeted the codename of Android 5.0. Cloud media service provider Ubitus kicked off the week by forming a partnership with LG to make its GameNow offering available for American Smart TV owners. The main selling point of the service is its game catalog, which is... more »
The SiliconANGLE on VMware’s Push into the Software-Defined Data Center

The SiliconANGLE on VMware’s Push into the Software-Defined Data Center

SiliconANGLE theCube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante opened the tenth annual VMworld conference with an in-depth discussion about VMware, the state of IT and the rise of the software-defined data center. John highlights that recent executive shake ups such as the departure of Steve Ballmer from Microsoft underscore the massive transformation that the tech industry is undergoing. This transformation is all about defying the convention, Dave chimes in, one of the major themes of the event. In Dave’s view, VMware is competing on three fronts. The company is trying to maintain an edge over OpenStack and Amazon while simultaneously pushing into... more »
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This Week in Storage: Healthcare Takes Big Leaps in Big Data

On the heels of #VMworld2013, we want to catch you up with a quick storage recap for the week. Software-defined, or software-led are both terms that are becoming synonymous with the next evolution of technology. Software and silicon are making more things possible and more things obtainable. Big Data aka or lots-and-lots-and-lots of more data analyzed and acted on...is making the Internet as we know it an Internet of Things as much as an Internet of connected people. Here is a quick recap of storage related news from this week: PMC Unveils Series 8 12Gbit/s RAID Adapters   PMC has its targets set... more »
Avnet’s Brian Mitchell Talks FlexPod: The Future of Converged Infrastucture

Avnet’s Brian Mitchell Talks FlexPod: The Future of Converged Infrastucture

Brian Mitchell of Avnet stopped by theCube during the recent NetApp MVP Event to discuss his company’s role in the storage vendor’s ecosystem. Avnet is one of the world’s largest resellers of IT solutions and hardware components. It also claims to be the number one distributor of FlexPod, a converged infrastructure reference architecture series that is jointly developed by NetApp and Cisco. Mitchell boasts that his company assembles FlexPods for customers all over the world, and that it even built the appliances that were put on display at VMworld. “We often find that folks will say, ‘hey, I’m going to build it... more »
VMware Refreshes Desktop Virtualization Lineup with New Releases

VMware Refreshes Desktop Virtualization Lineup with New Releases

VMware may be pushing into the software-defined data center with new solutions for virtualizing networks and storage arrays, but that doesn’t mean its abandoning its roots. The company just unleashed the latest version of its Workstation desktop virtualization software, along with new releases of Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional. Workstation is VMware’s enterprise desktop hypervisor. It’s based on vSphere, just like the Fusion family, but it ships with a number of advanced features such as ESXi compatibility and VM testing. Workstation 10 introduces several major additions, including set of virtual sensors - an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a compass and an... more »
Opus Interactive Bigwigs Discuss the Tools of the Trade #VMworld

Opus Interactive Bigwigs Discuss the Tools of the Trade #VMworld

Eric Hulbert and Brady Wilson, the CEO and CTO of Opus Interactive, discussed how solutions from VMware and HP help their company drive value for clients in a recent interview on SiliconANGLE’s theCube. Opus Interactive was founded in 1994 as an application development and creative design studio. The firm had shifted its focus to managed hosting, and now offers infrastructure- and IT-as-a-service solutions for enterprises in a wide range of verticals, including retail, finance and healthcare. Hulbert tells theCube host Dave Vellante that prominent brands such as Intel and Microsoft collaborate with the company to handle traffic spikes generated by big... more »
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NAND Flash Taking Over Storage, But New Technologies Snapping at its Heals

NAND Flash is taking over storage of the most active data, but it has a very long way to go to replace disk, and new technologies are snapping at its heals. Flash is an order of magnitude faster than disk, lasts longer, and overall costs less than spinning disks. It is fast conquering tier 1 storage, with flash vendors setting their sights on tier 2 applications such as e-mail and even tier 3 archival applications. For the next five-to-seven years it appears to be where the excitement in storage will be, but various more advanced technologies that promise even higher... more »
SmartWorld Weekly : Patents for SmartHome, Smart Bra, Charging Roads + More

SmartWorld Weekly : Patents for SmartHome, Smart Bra, Charging Roads + More

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. This week’s SmartWorld Series features gardening in the cloud, an undergarment that aids in the early detection of breast cancer, charging roads for electric cars, and more. Apple Patent Hints at Scene Controlling Technology   This week's SmartHome series featured Apple’s patent application for a device that can save, manage and recall entertainment and “smart... more »
 The Latest Business Productivity Technology Comes From …Surprise….Video Conferencing

The Latest Business Productivity Technology Comes From …Surprise….Video Conferencing

When we think of disruptive, cutting edge technology terms such as mobile, cloud, social media, etc. usually own the conversation. Can we now add video conferencing to that list? The new era of productivity   Traditional tools like email, phone, and face-to-face meetings are still the most common ways for businesses to communicate and collaborate. Nonetheless, in a business world now defined by a disparate workforce, today’s organizations are looking to implement next-generation collaboration tools that help drive productivity. Innovative and scalable HD video conferencing solutions provide a workforce with a high level of engagement. Technologies such as VoIP, WebRTC and software-based solutions... more »
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How Virtualization Helped a Collection Company Grow | #VMworld2013

Williams & Fudge is an accounts receivable management firm, awarded as one of the Top 25 fastest growing company in South Carolina -- and it’s all because the company decided to undergo a virtualization makeover. The idea of virtualization came about four years ago when the company realized that they had no disaster recovery, and 12 boxes of data sitting in the building.  The owner had a dream about the building burning down, and nightmare that got him thinking.  The threat was real, and Williams & Fudge had to do something in order to be able to quickly recover from disasters if... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.