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Weekly Cloud Review: Kim Dotcom, Google Stick it to the NSA

Weekly Cloud Review: Kim Dotcom, Google Stick it to the NSA

This week Mega announced plans for a spy-proof messaging service, Google insiders revealed that the company is experimenting with new ways to encrypt files stored in Drive, and Telligent bought Zimbra from VMware. In other news, a group of Cisco partners released a study revealing that a sizable portion of corporate end-users are oblivious to the benefits of virtualization. On Monday, we learned that Kim Dotcom’s file hosting service will roll out encrypted IM apps over the course of the next few weeks. The company also plans to launch a spy-proof email service in six to nine months. Mega chief executive... more »
Internet Giants Pressure NSA to Open Their Books

Internet Giants Pressure NSA to Open Their Books

Ed Snowden’s revelation that big tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft were in cahoots with the NSA to spy on people have these giants calling for transparency to clear their names. The giants are part of an alliance which includes 63 companies, investors, non-profits and trade organizations calling upon President Obama and congressional leaders to allow Internet, telephone, and Web-based service providers to report national security-related requests for information with greater specificity. The alliance is specifically asking for: • The number of government requests for information about their users • The number of individuals, accounts, or devices for which information was... more »
Apple's Map Sucks Less  & Get Lost in 6 Seconds - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Apple's Map Sucks Less & Get Lost in 6 Seconds - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

They Should Just Use Google...   Apple has acquired the small Canadian startup, Locationary in a deal that included the purchase of both Locationary’s team and their technology. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling confirmed the deal in a statement he issued, stating, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” In this case, Apple’s plans are fairly obvious. The buyout was aimed at increasing the quality of their highly-criticized mapping service, which caused a great deal of consumer backlash when it was released last year. Locationary should help fill in some of the gaps... more »
Smarter Cars : How Cloud is Revolutionizing the World of Automobiles

Smarter Cars : How Cloud is Revolutionizing the World of Automobiles

Though we’re still years away from having fully autonomous cars on the streets, that doesn’t mean that companies aren’t working on ways to make the act of driving cars as technologically advanced as possible. Pimping a car is no longer just about spinning rims, lush interiors and a flashy paint job.  Now, it’s all about connecting to the cloud, and other ingenuities that would allow your car to do more than just get you from point A to B. Here's this week's look at the top developments in the world of Smart Cars. Aston Martin drives to the cloud   If you have an Aston... more »
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OpenStack Ecosystem Strong on 3rd Birthday : Backers Earn Some Hefty Funding of Their Own

As we celebrate OpenStack's third birthday, we acknowledge the booming ecosystem it's created in a relatively short amount of time.  The cloud computing project OpenStack has gained the support of several backers, all contributing to the open source initiative.  And a number of those have received funding recently to further their efforts in the field of cloud computing, storage, cloud management, and cloud in general. Let’s look at how these OpenStack contributors have fared this year: Scality   The leader in petabyte-scale storage received $22 million in Series C funding led by Menlo Ventures and Iris Capital, with participation from FSN PME and all... more »
Total + Proactive In-home Care Systems : Future of Affordable Healthcare | #MITIQ

Total + Proactive In-home Care Systems : Future of Affordable Healthcare | #MITIQ

Donald George, Chief Architect at PRISM Communication Systems, explained his company's approach to proactive in-home healthcare through monitoring, analysis, and visualization of data relating to both illnesses and patient behavior, with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Paul Gillin, live at the MIT CDOIQ Symposium. "Data is the core issue" in healthcare, George said. Currently, "many of us connect in such a way, using our phones to connect to our physicians," which generates more data. That data brings about a challenge of data management in terms of how you make that data actionable. "We look at how to provide a total care system in the home,... more »
The Allure of Location-Based Data : What Apple's Acquisition of Locationary Means for Smart Services

The Allure of Location-Based Data : What Apple's Acquisition of Locationary Means for Smart Services

Sharing your personal location-based data is generally NOT a good idea. However, on the business side, localized data can be a great thing. News broke early this morning that Apple had acquired local data company Locationary. The Toronto-based Locationary, a small Canadian startup backed by Extreme Venture Partners and Plazacorp Ventures, is a Wikipedia of sorts for location data. It's obvious what Apple's plans are with Locationary: beef up its new mapping service. Psst...we're coming for you Google Maps. Locationary uses crowdsourcing and a federated data exchange platform called Saturn to collect, merge and continuously verify a massive database of information... more »
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Dell PR Boss Jumps Ship Ahead of Buyout Vote

Dell’s future is anything but certain. A leaked internal email sent by chief marketing officer Karen Quintos revealed that Kelly McGinnis, the company’s head of global communications, resigned shortly before the scheduled investor vote on Michael Dell’s $24.4 billion buyout offer. The vote was originally due to take place today, but got pushed back to July 24 in a meeting this morning. Anonymous tipsters claim that Michael Dell rescheduled the vote after holders of nearly 30 percent of the company’s stock indicated that they oppose his proposal. McGinnis joined Dell from Enfactio, the technology vendor’s former public relations agency. Quinto wrote in... more »
LIVE: Tresata's Relaunch + Future of Hadoop Applications

LIVE: Tresata's Relaunch + Future of Hadoop Applications

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Friday July 19, 2013. Big data as a service analytics company Tresata recently announced their strategy, branding and application suite with a re-launched website. Joining us now to give us an insider’s explanation of the new site is friend to the program and Tresata founder Abhishek Mehta. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On today's episode, we're going to speak with Tresata's founder to ask him about the new site and the fresh focus they're taking to business, and we will be sure to follow-up with questions about his... more »
SatoshiDice Sold For 126,315 BTC in World's First Major Bitcoin Acquisition

SatoshiDice Sold For 126,315 BTC in World's First Major Bitcoin Acquisition

The Bitcoin world has been shaken up this morning with the acquisition of SatoshiDice, an online casino that deals exclusively in the cryptocurrency. Not only does the deal represent the first major acquisition of a company whose business is built almost entirely on Bitcoin, but the transaction must also represent one of the largest in Bitcoin's history – SatoshiDice was snapped up for 126,315 BTC, around $11.5 million in 'normal' money, according to CoinDesk, which added that the name of the buyer hasn't been disclosed. So what is SatoshiDice all about, and why is it so valuable? It's nothing to be... 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.