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HP + Broadcom : Staying ahead of the market, preventing customer lock-in | #HPDiscover

HP + Broadcom : Staying ahead of the market, preventing customer lock-in | #HPDiscover

For the HP Discover event in Barcelona, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, broadcast wall-to-wall coverage of today's hot topics, getting the angles on infrastructure, software, services, HP's overall strategy, server and connectivity, storage and networking. For this segment, Vellante sat down with Greg Scherer, VP of Server and Storage Strategy with Broadcom, and Jerome Riboulon, HP Server Business Development Manager, asking for input on what's happening in the European and EMEA Region with HP services. "We've recently made big announcements across the networking and the I/O side, leveraging some of the unique Broadcom capabilities. Broadcom became the standard adaptor for... more »
Bullish on Bitcoin: theCUBE discusses Bitcoin's prospects for the future

Bullish on Bitcoin: theCUBE discusses Bitcoin's prospects for the future

Taking a break from all the chaotic goings-on at HP Discover in Barcelona this week, theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante of Wikibon sat down with SiliconANGLE's founding editor Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins yesterday to discuss one of the most disruptive trends in tech – Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that's threatening to take the world of ecommerce by storm. The discussion began with the most fundamental question – just how relevant is Bitcoin today, and what kind of future does it have in store? Furrier stated he believes that Bitcoin is extremely relevant, noting that online behavior is shifting with a new generation... more »
ClickFox says consumers prefer to shop online

ClickFox says consumers prefer to shop online

Thanks to a tidal wave of disruption led by the proliferation of mobile devices, crowded malls and packed aisles are making way for seamless - and indeed more pleasant - online shopping experiences. In its second annual Holiday Customer Service Audit, ClickFox provides fresh insight into the state of e-commerce and the steps brick-and-mortar businesses must take to stay relevant in the digital era. After surveying 500 individuals, the analytics firm found that 55 percent of consumers will do most of their shopping online this holiday season. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, with poor customer support, pesky sales... more »
Twitter changes blocking policy but quickly reverts back to old one

Twitter changes blocking policy but quickly reverts back to old one

Social networking sites give users the option to block some people. This is a useful feature in cases when people are harassing you, a friend has fallen out with you, someone irritates you with their nonsense posts, or just don't want a particular person to see you. But what if these blocking options don’t really block people at all?  What if you couldn't see them, but they could still follow your every move? Wouldn’t that defeat the object of blocking them in the first place, not too mention, piss you off a little? As ridiculous and pointless as it sounds, that's what... more »
EMC: companies recognize Big Data benefits, but barriers remain

EMC: companies recognize Big Data benefits, but barriers remain

Decision makers worldwide overwhelmingly agree that data insights improve decision making, but they still face challenges in effectively implementing and leveraging analytics, a new study by EMC has found. The enterprise storage vendor surveyed 10,700 execs and practitioners from 50 countries to find out what’s holding companies back from pursuing their goals. Nearly 80 percent of the respondents indicated that they recognize the value in Big Data, including 84 percent of the participants from North America, but only 36 percent said that their organizations have already achieved a competitive advantage by tapping into unstructured information. This figure is consistent with an... more »
Instagram 5.0 brings direct sharing of photos and videos

Instagram 5.0 brings direct sharing of photos and videos

Despite earlier speculation, Instagram failed to announce a print and deliver photo service at its press event yesterday.  Though that would’ve been cool, especially for our hipsters, Instagram did launch something more practical. Its new feature, Instagram Direct, is a way to share photos and videos directly to people, may it be one person or a small group of your friends. Not everyone on Instagram likes sharing everything with everyone, so this is a great new feature. “As we’ve grown, Instagram has evolved not only into a community of photographers, but also into a means of visual communication. From a photo of... more »
Google 'might' ditch Intel & build its own ARM-based chips (one day)

Google 'might' ditch Intel & build its own ARM-based chips (one day)

As the world's biggest internet company, Google has designed and built its own custom-made servers for several years now, but that hardware is still made using components from other companies. However, that could be set to change one day, as a speculative report from Bloomberg reveals that the web giant is now looking at building its own ARM-based chips for its servers. Bloomberg says that the move could be a serious blow to Intel, which currently builds Google's chips, but there could be several benefits for the internet giant if it goes ahead with the plan. The biggest advantage would that... more »
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SAP lures developers to HANA with hosted app environment, open source contributions

Now that developers have become a dominant driver of technology adoption in the enterprise, SAP is reevaluating its priorities for HANA. At its TechEd practitioner conference in Bangalore this week, the business intelligence giant introduced a hosted IDE that aims to radically simplify the creation of backend applications on top of the speedy in-memory database. The platform, dubbed River, comes with a specialized programming language for implementing data models, business logic and other specifications in machine-readable form. Delivered as part of the latest HANA service pack, it’s accessible via an early adoption program open to developers throughout the US, Europe and... more »
Casascius coins shuts down after notice from the Federal Government

Casascius coins shuts down after notice from the Federal Government

Back in 2011 when the amazing and beautiful Casascius coins came to my attention it seemed obvious that the minted “coins” could be considered anything more than novelty. However, seeing as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (or FINCEN) has sent Mike Caldwell a nastygram regarding his business of minting the bitcoin-wallet holding coins citing his operation as engaging in money transfer he is shutting down while consulting a lawyer. According to an article in Wired the news came from FINCEN just before Thanksgiving and Caldwell says that the letter told him the Treasury Department considered him to be money transmitting. And,... more »
Valve Steam Machines will start shipping from Friday, but only to 300 lucky beta testers

Valve Steam Machines will start shipping from Friday, but only to 300 lucky beta testers

Valve has taken another step in its quest to conquer the living room gamers. The company has announced that the prototypes of the Valve Steam Machine including SteamOS and the associated Steam controller will be shipped on 13 December to 300 beta testers. The supporter of Linux operating system first showcased the machine last month. Valve started notifying those who had been selected to receive the hardware at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday. The SteamOS will be activated and available for download only in the US by individual users and commercial OEMs. The news was given by Greg Coomer of Valve on Steam... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.