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How GCHQ faked LinkedIn and Slashdot to hack Belgacom, OPEC & others

How GCHQ faked LinkedIn and Slashdot to hack Belgacom, OPEC & others

Last September, Belgacom, one of the leading telecommunications providers in Belgium, reported that its systems had been infiltrated by a western intelligence agency. This was big news for a couple of reasons – one, because Belgacom provides internet access to dozens of key EU institutions based in its capital city Brussels; and two, because of its 'global roaming exchange' (known as a GRX), which acts as a hub for connections between various international mobile networks. Few were surprised to learn that Britain's GCHQ spy agency was the culprit behind this hack, given its extremely close relationship with the NSA. Now, in... more »
Microsoft shouldn't ditch Bing or the Xbox: It's not just about the money

Microsoft shouldn't ditch Bing or the Xbox: It's not just about the money

There's been lots of talk over the future direction of Microsoft over the last week, with shortlists of CEO candidates being drawn up and rumors that whoever takes over might decide to drop some of its less-profitable business, including the Xbox console and its search engine Bing. Last Friday, the big story was a report from Bloomberg which outlined what it called "considerations" by Stephen Elop, one of the shortlisted CEO candidates, to focus on Office as one of the main money spinners for Microsoft, in line with his plans to "sharpen the company's focus". From Bloomberg: "Besides emphasizing Office, Elop would be... more »
WANdisco on moving the metadata : Hadoop coming of age | #BigDataNYC

WANdisco on moving the metadata : Hadoop coming of age | #BigDataNYC

For Hadoop to become commercially viable as a Big Data operating system, it will have to drive rapid insights from dynamic information streams and address enterprise reliability standards and compliance requirements. Hortonworks and WANdisco are bringing this vision closer to reality with an integrated solution that marries active-active replication and unified analytics to facilitate the deployment of multi-purpose clusters in globally distributed environments. Hortonworks’ Jim Walker and WANdisco Chief Marketing Officer James Campigli dropped by theCUBE during SiliconANGLE’s recently concluded Big Data New York 2013 summit to give us a rundown of the technology behind continuously-available Hadoop. According to Campigli, his company’s... more »
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Weekly Big Data Review: cognitive computing and lightning-fast NoSQL

IBM is pushing the envelope of business analytics with new solutions for processing and operationalizing Big Data. Most notable among the latest additions to the company’s portfolio is SmartCloud Analytics Predictive Insights, a cognitive computing service that takes advantage of the technology behind Watson to let customers rapidly sift through large volumes of machine data. Predictive Insights was announced during IBM’s recently concluded Information on Demand Forum alongside a number of other offerings, including a cloud-based version of the BLU Acceleration in-memory processing engine. The two services are joined by InfoSphere Data Explorer, a search tool that visualizes data streams, and... more »
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Redefining Big Data : From bubble to sustainable trend | #BigDataNYC

Big Data is advancing faster than any other technology in enterprise history, and it’s the Hadoop community’s responsibility to sustain this trend, according to Kognitio’s Michael Hiskey. The executive believes that the analytics space is headed for a bubble that will only be averted if the ecosystem gets serious about driving business value for customers. “If I look at the Big Data market as the evolution of the business intelligence, data warehousing and database space, it’s bigger now than it ever has been before and the most venture capital, and the most marketing dollars, and the most funds are being poured... more »
Internet of Things Review: Intel, Valve grab headlines

Internet of Things Review: Intel, Valve grab headlines

Intel is getting serious about connected devices. Following in the footsteps of Cisco, the chip maker announced this week that it’s launching a new Internet of Things Solutions group that will develop solutions for embedded sensors, phones and everything in between. The division will be led by general manager Doug Davis, who previously served as the head of Intel’s Netbook and Tablet Group and led the Embedded and Communications unit before that. He will report directly to CEO Brian Krzanich. "Krzanich is saying, 'I want a higher level of focus on this to help us grow it and put the level... more »
Weekly Security Review: China and Google

Weekly Security Review: China and Google

Cyber-espionage is back on the agenda now that China’s army hackers have renewed their efforts to penetrate organizations in the U.S. and abroad, according to a newly published congressional report by Mandiant. The cybersecurity firm had previously charged China’s secretive PLA Unit 61398 with stealing hundreds of terabytes of data from government agencies, defense contractors and technology companies, among others. The cat and mouse game between Mandiant and the Chinese military first hit the spotlight in February, when the company traced dozens of separate attacks to an innocuous white building in Shanghai’s Pudong district. The ensuing uproar has not deterred Unit... more »
SmartWorld Weekly : From open sourcing to barring the signals

SmartWorld Weekly : From open sourcing to barring the signals

This week’s SmartWorld Series features an effort to open source smart home automation solutions, watch that counts down your life, cars that changes color based on the driver’s mood, and fashionable wearable tech. 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. Open source the Smart Home : Cure app fatigue   If you are experiencing app fatigue because of the many apps you... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: OpenStack and Hyperscale

It’s been an action-packed week in the cloud ecosystem, with several big-name vendors putting their weight behind OpenStack and upping the ante in the open source race to zero. Linux distributor Canonical set itself apart from the pack by forging an alliance with Pivotal to accelerate the convergence of IaaS and PaaS. As part of the partnership, the pair will build an OpenStack-based version of Cloud Foundry into the next major release of Ubuntu, which is used to power 80 percent of all OpenStack deployments. They companies also plan to integrate the PaaS platform with Canonical's Juju orchestration tool to make... more »
Security developments on Android KitKat mean more enterprise and more stability

Security developments on Android KitKat mean more enterprise and more stability

Android KitKat has been out well over a week now (in production on the Nexus 5) and for those that are running it, the new operating system is packed with many new features.  Less obvious to most however are a bunch of security features that are meant for the enterprise, for better security than was ever possible before.  A list of the new features and details are available over at the Android developer site, they include such things as enhanced sandboxing, certificate pinning and boot verification.  Bogdan Botezatu, Senior E-Threat Analyst from the computer security software company Bit Defender produced some... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.