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Year in Retro Round-Up: Real-time traffic, log analysis and DevOps in 2013

Year in Retro Round-Up: Real-time traffic, log analysis and DevOps in 2013

Mobile computing and cloud technologies are two strong trends with the potential to help companies to become more competitive. The aim is to enable continuous delivery software solutions allowing companies to take advantage of market opportunities and better meet customer demands. Improving development processes for cloud applications is critical for success and for that reasons companies have created solutions to improve and streamline these processes. The need to deliver more continuously is becoming more prevalent. Developers are trying to be more agile, trying to deliver software with agility. Real time traffic and log analysis is an important step in that direction.... more »
Robot engineered by Agile team faces off in competition to aid disaster recovery (Part 2)

Robot engineered by Agile team faces off in competition to aid disaster recovery (Part 2)

This is the second installment of a two-part series on how a team from the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) qualified to join 13 other teams to compete in the upcoming Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials.  The event will take place Dec. 20 and 21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., where spectators can watch robots being tested on the capabilities that would enable them to provide assistance in future natural and man-made disasters. The IHMC is a not-for-profit research institute of the Florida University System that develops robotics software and hardware with a goal of leveraging and extending human... more »
RSA's Art Coviello shares his security predictions for 2014

RSA's Art Coviello shares his security predictions for 2014

The following is a guest post from Arthur W. Coviello Jr. - Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman, RSA, The Security Division of EMC Many people have pointed out the folly of making predictions.  The risk/reward of doing so is out of balance.  When you predict correctly, the predictions look obvious in hindsight.  When you predict incorrectly, the best case is that no one remembers and the worst case is that you become a cautionary tale for others (Ken Olson’s famous “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home” comes to mind).  So being fully aware of... more »
Robot engineered by Agile team faces off in competition to aid disaster recovery

Robot engineered by Agile team faces off in competition to aid disaster recovery

Fifty minutes after the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake, a tsunami flooded the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant producing equipment failure, nuclear meltdown and release of radioactive material. Workers struggled to supply power to the reactor's coolant systems and restore power to the control rooms. Fortunately, no fatalities were linked to the short-term radiation exposure. But, deaths from certain types of cancers, such as leukemia, are predicted for accumulated exposure to radiation. Instead of workers, wouldn't it have been great if robots were sent to restore power to the Nuclear plant eliminating the exposure of radiation to all those everyday heroes? This idea, using robots in scenarios where humans could... more »
New designs + apps for the Self-Quantified : Wellograph, Saga + more

New designs + apps for the Self-Quantified : Wellograph, Saga + more

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a sleek smartwatch to monitor your well being, an updated lifelogging app updated, and a fun way to get healthy. Wellograph   A new fitness and wellness tracker will be debuting at CES 2014.  Dubbed as the Wellograph, this smartwatch not only gives you the time of day, but it also monitors your heart rate, exercise progress, steps taken and other activities. It features a 1.26 inch low-power LCD with integrated front light, Sapphire crystal for the face of the watch, stainless steel and aluminum body, all-weather genuine leather/nato strap, with tri­-LED heart­ rate sensor, 9­ axis motion... more »
HP Vertica methodology : Store, Explore + Serve | #HPDiscover

HP Vertica methodology : Store, Explore + Serve | #HPDiscover

TheCUBE booth in Fira GranVia Barcelona was graced for a couple of minutes with the presence of Colin Mahony, VP & GM of HP Vertica. Attending the HP Discover 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, took the opportunity to interview the who's who in the tech world, unveiling the latest trends and finding out as much as possible about the business models, challenges and the near future plans of top IT companies. "There's just so much innovation happening here," exclaimed Mahony, living up to the label "kid in the candy store" applied humorously by Furrier in the beginning of... more »
Which network offers the best international roaming plans?

Which network offers the best international roaming plans?

Many across the U.S. welcome a white Christmas season, but there's always those that prefer to lounge in the sun than layer up on scarves and sweaters. You'll find some of these sun seekers traveling across state lines for their Vitamin D fix, while others travel to tropical countries for the genuine feel of summer. While travelling, most people don't want to go completely off the grid. Most would never leave behind their smartphone, tablet or laptop; they still want to connect with people they left behind by sharing their sunny escapades. The question is, is it wise to use your service abroad, or will... more »
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IBM wins cloud security patent 1 day after getting hit by privacy lawsuit

In an ironic twist of fate, IBM announced that it has patented a new technique for detecting and blocking malicious code a day after being slammed with a lawsuit over its ties to the NSA’s espionage operations, which involve - among other things - the use of sophisticated malware. Big Blue’s newly received U.S. Patent #8,341,747 covers a “method to provide a secure virtual machine launcher” for mobile devices running on corporate networks. The technology checks if an app has been tampered with before (rather than after) execution, and automatically prevents it from running if any changes are detected. This is... more »
AWS and hyperspecialization: the more the better

AWS and hyperspecialization: the more the better

Infrastructure is the secret to Amazon’s cloud dominance, so naturally the company has kept quiet about it. But last month at re:Invent 2013, vice president James Hamilton, an early advocate of commodity hardware who helped architect Microsoft’s data centers, opened up about the technologies that enable AWS to disrupt the economics of IT at petabyte scale. In his latest article, Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stu Miniman separates the signal from the noise for the enterprise CIO. Facebook, a hyperscale pioneer, has standardized its massive environment on a set of five internally-developed server configurations optimized for maximum efficiency. Amazon takes a different... more »
Amazon chooses Cloudera for stream analytics

Amazon chooses Cloudera for stream analytics

Amazon has added support for Cloudera’s open source Impala project to its cloud-based Hadoop distro as part of a push to help customers gain faster insight into their growing troves of unstructured information. Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) had previously only worked with Hive, an abstracted warehousing layer that Facebook cooked up back in 2009 to accommodate fast moving social networking data. Like Hive, Impala uses a dialect of SQL to let users run ad hoc queries against their clusters without having to learn new technologies or get bogged down in the complexity of MapReduce. The software provides significantly higher performance for... more »

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- 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.