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This Week in Big Data: Case Studies from Finance, Gov’t, and Social Media

A few interesting stories surfaced this week that help shed better light on some of the lesser-covered companies of those willing to harness their customer data. A lot are in a privileged position in this regard, including most in the financial services industry – one of the fastest ones to get knack-deep into the whole big data trend. ANZ Bank is one financial institution that provides a very good example of that. The Australian bank uses its knowledge about the business owner it serves to improve service, while others such as ZestFinance are taking the same data-driven approach to a whole... more »
Netflix Reinforces Dedication to Amazon Web Services After Outage

Netflix Reinforces Dedication to Amazon Web Services After Outage

Somewhere along the line, Netflix became the bellwether for cloud development, as its immensely successful video streaming service has put it in the spotlight, both for its usage of scalable public cloud infrastructure and its custom with Amazon Web Services for the same. And now, in the wake of last weekend's great Amazon Web Services outage, Netflix has reaffirmed its commitment to the provider and given an overview of the lessons learned. The outage, as you likely know by now, was caused last Friday evening by an electrical storm in the North Virginia AWS Availability Zone (AZ). For Netflix, even though AWS... more »
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Sqlmap: Open Source SQL Injection and Penetration Testing Tool Builds Buzz

Yesterday saw the launch of Sqlmap, an open source vulnerability testing tool that can automatically detect and exploit SQL injection flaws for the takeover of database servers. It's a potentially valuable tool as developers, operations and DevOps move to leverage automation and protect web applications from the hive of scum and villainy that is the Internet. A few data points on Sqlmap from the project's site (emphasis theirs): Full support for MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, SQLite, Firebird, Sybase and SAP MaxDB database management systems. Full support for six SQL injection techniques: boolean-based blind, time-based blind, error-based, UNION query, stacked queries and out-of-band. Support... more »
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Samsung to Unveil Galaxy Note II at IFA 2012

Samsung Electronics Co. is feeling quite ambivalent as to whether there is cause for a celebration or concern.  Their smartphones are selling extremely well, better than expected, actually.  Their high-end smartphone Galaxy SIII is flying off the shelves and they had a bit of a struggle in keeping up with high demand for the device.  They expect to hit 19 million Galaxy SIII shipment this quarter. On the other hand, the chips and consumer electronics side of their business is in a bit of a rut as the euro continues to fall. "Europe is our biggest consumer electronics market and we may... more »
Big Data Appliance Firm Clustrix Raises $6.75M

Big Data Appliance Firm Clustrix Raises $6.75M

Clustrix is a startup that ‘NewSQL’ databases – its distributed DB software runs in a self-contained and pre-configured  box’s that can easily be added to an existing deployment, and don’t require any out of the ordinary in-house talent to maintain. Clustrix received $6.75 million from investors Sequoia Capital, USVP, and ATA Ventures. It raised $12 million prior to that. Robin Purohit, who took over as president and CEO of the company last October, notes that it’s a round of convertible debt being used as a bridge to an upcoming Series C round. Clusterix has had a good swing with the early adopter market, and... more »
Bittorrent Traffic a Rising Tide After Dutch ISP’s Block The Pirate Bay

Bittorrent Traffic a Rising Tide After Dutch ISP’s Block The Pirate Bay

Because the Internet, much like the universe, is fueled by irony it looks as if attempts by UK courts to stifle Bittorrent traffic have backfired. This week, the anti-piracy group BREIN succeeded in getting The Pirate Bay blocked from 90% of Dutch Internet users—however, much like the adage “the Internet sees censorship as damage and routes around it” TorrentFreak is reporting that many of those users have turned to proxies and VPN to run their torrents and circumvent the block. Dutch Internet provider XS4All has announced that not only have their subscribers not decreased their downloading habits but Bittorrent traffic... more »
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Who Will Lose Internet Connectivity on Monday and How to Protect Yourself

A lot of internet users may lose their connection by Monday, July 9, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation flips their killswitch. For months, the FBI maintained temporary clean DNS servers, so as not to disrupt the interwebs, giving ample time for users with infected computers to resolve the problem.  But they can’t do this forever, we as internet users, have a responsibility to make sure that the technology we are using is clean and won’t bring harm to others. Operation Ghost Click Domain Name System or DNS is a critical Internet service that converts user-friendly domain names, such as www.siliconangle.com, into numerical... more »
Video Program:  Impact of Big Data - Crossing the Chasm - Geoffrey Moore Keynote & Interview

Video Program: Impact of Big Data - Crossing the Chasm - Geoffrey Moore Keynote & Interview

Geoffrey Moore of Mohr Davidow Ventures and author of many books including Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado, and Inside the Fault Line, delivered the keynote at the Hadoop Summit 2012. Hadoop is the main platform for big data and Hortonworks was the producer of this developer conference. Thanks to Hortonworks for putting on the event. Hadoop Summit 2012 Keynote by Geoffrey Moore 1:1 Interview with John Furrier - Founder of SiliconANGLE Moore also took time to talk with John Furrier and Jeff Kelly on SiliconANGLE.com. Note: More footage available from Hadoop Summit at http://www.youtube.com/SILICONANGLE Silicon Valley is a unique place and Geoffrey Moore has seen many... more »
Google is Definitely in the Big Data Business and Will Be Big

Google is Definitely in the Big Data Business and Will Be Big

At  Google IO developer conference in San Francisco last month, Google introduced a slew of new products including Google Compute Engine.  What wasn't talked was Google's big data play.   Google is definitely in the Big Data business and Google will be the 800lb gorilla in the space. Google has two major things going for it.  1) Google has an amazing infrastructure and network inside their core operations; 2) Google owns lots of data lets just say about 90% of the worlds data including information and people. Google's infrastructure strength and direction with big data will shape not only applications but the enterprise business.  Why?  Because... more »
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This Week in Cloud: M&A, Services and a Couple of Blunders

This week acquisitions were announced by VMware and Sony, Xeround announced a big product to its service and – most notably - Cisco and Amazon proved once again that the cloud is not bullet-proof. A few days ago VMware acquired DynamicOps, a firm that makes software that allows customers to manage multiple cloud environments from one centralized interface. That is, one deployment could be running vSphere, another could be running Hyper-V and the third could be an AWS instance – and you can  provision them all using DynamicOps’ platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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