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Failure as a Service : Obamacare site security flaws emerge

Failure as a Service : Obamacare site security flaws emerge

The Healthcare.gov technology story isn’t going away anytime soon. As tech rescue teams have come to save the day with what they hope will be a rapid fix for the struggling site, the first of what may be a number of security issues have started to emerge. It’s a situation so dire that even the consumer website Consumer Reports has advised the public to not submit any information to the system until the fixes are in. They may be waiting a long time. In a recent report, a North Carolina father, Justin Hadley, was using the Obamacare website when, after many... more »
Key hires + tech behind Pinterest's global expansion : UK, France + Japan

Key hires + tech behind Pinterest's global expansion : UK, France + Japan

Though Pinterest has yet to generate money, it has caught the eye of big investors, strategic partners, and has even managed to snag key companies with the purpose of improving its personnel and underlying technology.  Proof of how well Pinterest is doing is the recent $225 million Series E round of funding led by Fidelity Investments. The new round of funding will be used for global expansion, but even before it raised the money, Pinterest has been expanding its reach to foreign soil. The Hires Behind Pinterest's International Intentions   In May of this year, Pinterest launched its first localized in the UK.  What... more »
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Paxata CEO on startup success and data preparation | #BigDataNYC

Being a data analyst isn’t easy. Keeping information flowing for decision makers requires specialized knowledge and expertise at investigating patterns in raw numbers - but for the most part, it involves cleaning, changing, organizing and validating data for processing. This tedious and largely manual task takes up as much as 80 percent of analysts’ time, according to Prakash Nanduri, the co-founder and CEO of Paxata. His newly launched startup is helping analysts become more productive with a cloud service that bridges the gap between Hadoop and the front-end applications that serve up insights for business users. Speaking on theCUBE, Nanduri details that... more »
When will you die? Tikker helps you take on the Grim Reaper

When will you die? Tikker helps you take on the Grim Reaper

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a watch that counts your remaining years of existence, a scale to weigh your sleep, and a web app that connects all your wearable tech gadgets. Tikker   Ever wonder how long you have until you’re six feet under, or your ashes are trapped in an urn?  Wouldn’t it be great to know when your time is up?  For some people it is, as it gives them the freedom to do what they want, make amends, or just be the best person you can be before it all ends.  No one can really tell you exactly when your... more »
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Hortonworks President talks open source innovation | #BigDataNYC

Hortonworks’ business model hasn’t changed “one bit” since it spun off from Yahoo in 2011, according to company president Herb Cunitz. Speaking at SiliconANGLE’s recently concluded Big Data New York 2013 summit, Cunitz tells theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante that his firm is committed to delivering an open analytics stack for the enterprise. Hortonworks is helping organizations unlock the value of information with Hadoop, a freely available batch processing framework distributed under the Apache license. An open community can “out innovate any individual company” given sufficient resources, Cunitz says, which is one of the reasons the platform is poised... more »
Who wants help from Google Helpouts?

Who wants help from Google Helpouts?

How much would you pay to be ae to talk to an expert and ask them for help with a DIY project or a meal that you're cooking? For Google, the price depends on the topic or the person answering your query. If you haven’t heard, Google has launched a new platform that aims to help you with anything imaginable, from recipes to DIY projects, even make-up tutorials or fashion advice.  And the best thing about this new platform is that you get to talk to a real, live person, not just through chat but in a video call, just like... more »
Who is John S. Chen? Is he the man to save BlackBerry?

Who is John S. Chen? Is he the man to save BlackBerry?

For those who are following the fate of BlackBerry, they may know John S. Chen as the company’s executive chairman and interim CEO.  He was the one who brought Sybase back from the grave, but aside from that, most people really have no clue as to who Chen really is and what made him the perfect choice to replace Thorsten Heins, for now. Meet John S. Chen   Chen is a native of Hong Kong who graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite prep school in Northfield, Massachusetts.  He studied at Brown University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978 with a... more »
Cisco drives OpenStack on UCS at OpenStack Summit Hong Kong

Cisco drives OpenStack on UCS at OpenStack Summit Hong Kong

Cisco unveiled a new batch of accelerator packs at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong earlier today, designed to help organizations deploy their OpenStack cloud infrastructures on Cisco's UCS more easily, giving them all of the benefits of Cisco server and networking technology with virtualisation and storage capabilities from partners like EMC and VMware. The company says that its UCS Solution Accelerator Paks for OpenStack will be compatible with distributions from leading vendors, including Canonical, Red Hat and SUSE. Meanwhile, in a second announcement, Cisco unveiled new services that'll make it easier to deploy OpenStack clouds running Cisco's Nexus and UCS... more »
Hybrid apps vs. native apps: the verdict is in, go native and give users something they’ll love

Hybrid apps vs. native apps: the verdict is in, go native and give users something they’ll love

The Facebook app went native. The LinkedIn app went native. Should your app go 100% native also? Yes. We know developing a native app can seem like a daunting task. Many teams ask themselves, wouldn’t an HTML5 hybrid app do just as well? A hybrid app is certainly better than no app at all. But when the comparison is made, the perceived benefits of developing an HTML5 hybrid app are vastly outweighed by the real benefits of the native app experience. The most important factors, monetization, performance, user experience, security, are all skewed heavily in favor of native apps, and... more »
Google finally boosts Chrome security with password manager protection

Google finally boosts Chrome security with password manager protection

Those who use Google Chrome as their preferred web browser are probably familiar with its basic password manager, which allows users to store authentication data and log into various websites hassle-free. It's all very convenient of course, allowing you to access your favorite websites without needing to login every single time you visit them, but Google has recently come under fire for the lack of security its password manager provides – i.e., there simply isn't any. What this means in practice is that, supposing someone borrows your computer and uses Google Chrome, they can easily view all of the saved logins... 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.