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How VividCortex Deals With the Big Data Tsunami

How VividCortex Deals With the Big Data Tsunami

John Furrier, the founder of Silicon Angle and theCube host, broadcasting live from the recently concluded Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, was happy to welcome two guests from a very cool start-up, pointing out that "start-ups do not feed the BS like vendors". His guests were Kyle Redinger and Baron Schwartz, Co-Founders of VividCortex, a start-up that tackles New Database Performance Management. As they describe their service, "VividCortex automates capture, diagnosis, and analysis, reducing tedious tasks down to minutes. Now everyone can spend more time on cool stuff, like capacity planning, architecture and design, and cat pictures." Indeed, they're kinda cool. Furrier... more »
3 Search Engine Startups Setting Google in Their Sights

3 Search Engine Startups Setting Google in Their Sights

If you’re one of those people who likes to sit in their room all day wearing a tin foil hat, or if you're just totally fed up with Google invading every aspect of your life, you'll be glad to know that in most cases, there's a decent alternative to just about every Google product known to man. But today we're going to keep things simple, and that means focusing on where Google's evil empire first began... Where else but with "search", an action that has become so synonymous with the web's #1 company that we don't even bother to "search" for... more »
Performance Perception, DevOps + People : #VelocityConf Highlights

Performance Perception, DevOps + People : #VelocityConf Highlights

Courtney Nash, Editor O'Reilly Media, discussed the highlight of the Santa Clara event with theCUBE hosts John Furrier, live from the O'Reilly Velocity conference. "The thing that I was the most surprised by was this focus on perception," Nash said. In terms of performance, "the time of a page to load used to be the Holy Grail," not it's about perception. If you can give people the perception of speed, that becomes more important than speed itself, she explained. Commenting on the notion of designing the trade-offs together, Nash said "design trade-off is interesting to me, what's happening is the pain points... more »
From Google Reader's Ashes : Smartphone Apps that Read News Feeds Aloud

From Google Reader's Ashes : Smartphone Apps that Read News Feeds Aloud

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding news aggregators and readers, since the demise of Google Reader.  If you’re still asking why the sudden interest in news aggregators, it's because these personalized services are becoming better optimized for the bevy of content that hits the web daily, ready for mobile users on the go. And because of consumers’ interest in these apps, investors are also seeing these services as something worth investigating. SoThree, the developers of Umano, the app that lets you listen to aggregated news on the go, raised approximately $1 million in a round of funding co-led by Birchmere Ventures and... more »
YouTube's Musician Moneymaker & eBay’s Exact Exchange - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

YouTube's Musician Moneymaker & eBay’s Exact Exchange - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

YouTube's Talent Middleman   A New York-based startup is attempting to help up-and-coming musicians profit from the consumption of their music. Currently, most big record labels have deals with Youtube to collect royalties each time their artists’ content is viewed. Smaller artists who don’t generate enough traffic on the site, lose out on access to that feature. To get around the issue, Audiam was created to act as a middle-man between Youtube and artists. When Youtube plays an ad over an artist’s video, Audiam will claim the ad-revenue and send it to the artist after they claim a quarter of the profits. Musicians can... more »
Speed + Scale : Squeezing the Best Performance out of Every Piece of Hardware

Speed + Scale : Squeezing the Best Performance out of Every Piece of Hardware

From the recently concluded Velocity Conference, all about Web Performance, theCube co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier talked with Srini Srinivasan, VP of Engineering at Aerospike. "People really want to see the latest and greatest performance and they do not want to wait, and that powers up performance," says Srinivasan. Spped is very important for the business value. "Downtime is not an option at all." Slowing down with just 20 percent ends up in losing a lot of users. Seconds and the difference they make are real, but not in an absolute sense, rather in a relative sense, explains Srinivasan. Competition is... more »
Cloudera Reigns Over Europe, Catches Up to Hadoop's American Success

Cloudera Reigns Over Europe, Catches Up to Hadoop's American Success

In a recent survey conducted by data processing software vendor Syncsort on 300 attendees of two Big Data conferences in Europe, it was revealed that Cloudera is the widely-adopted Hadoop distribution platform in Europe. It revealed that 41 percent of the frameworks use in Europe is Cloudera, followed by core Apache code at 30 percent, Hortonworks at 18 percent and MapR at nine percent. According to Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly, it should be noted that Cloudera has been around the longest, so it’s not really surprising that they came out on top of the survey.  But he found it interesting... more »
LIVE: Selling, Surveying, or Spying - Retail & Big Data

LIVE: Selling, Surveying, or Spying - Retail & Big Data

Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Monday July 15, 2013. Brick-and-mortar stores are introducing new data tracking methods in the hopes of catching up with their online retail competitors. Joining us now to provide his breaking analysis on the new ways in which we’re being monitored is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. Nordstrom wanted to learn more about its customers — how many came through the doors, how many were repeat visitors — the kind of information that e-commerce sites like Amazon have in spades. So last fall the company started testing new technology that... more »
Russia Accelerates Its Own Internet Spying, Thanks to Snowden

Russia Accelerates Its Own Internet Spying, Thanks to Snowden

“I don’t want to live in a world where there is no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.” These were the words of former NSA security contractor and now the world's most famous whistleblower, Ed Snowden, shortly after fleeing the US and exposing its massive surveillance program known as PRISM. But for Snowden, it looks like that in the process of telling the truth about the NSA's spying, he's actually shot himself in the foot as far as his own motivations go. Having previously stated that he doesn't want to live in a country where the government monitors... more »
Twitter's New Tailored Ads: How They Work and How to Block 'Em

Twitter's New Tailored Ads: How They Work and How to Block 'Em

Over the weekend, Twitter, the microblogging service that has transformed how we interact with people on the internet, announced plans to experiment with how ads are displayed on individual user’s Twitter feed. Twitter claims that the experiment aims to deliver more useful ads to its US users from brands and businesses, but insists that we won't suddenly find our feeds flooded with ads. What Twitter aims to accomplish is to bring brands and people interested in their products or services closer without encroaching on anyone’s feeds. But how would this be possible?  In order for Twitter ad targeting to work, your browser... 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.