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Walmart Launches New Search Engine to Increase Customer Base

Walmart Launches New Search Engine to Increase Customer Base

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc has just launched a new search engine for its company website. Dubbed as Polaris, the new Walmart search engine is targeted at increasing customer acquisition and shopper conversion rate, as it will help users quickly browse and discover items. Walmart has done this to compete with its tech-savvy competitors--Amazon and eBay. Polaris is created by retail giant’s in-house tech team from @Walmart Labs, and utilizes semantic search technology to anticipate a shopper's intended search and deliver more relevant results. "Search is a crown jewel for any e-commerce company to own," Neil Ashe, president and CEO Walmart Global eCommerce, said... more »
Half of the Enterprises that Report Security Breach are BYOD Users Says Report

Half of the Enterprises that Report Security Breach are BYOD Users Says Report

As the popularity of high-tech mobile devices, more employees prefer to work on their own laptops, tablets and smartphones. This trend is now adopted globally and irreversible, but faces new risks. A recent report commissioned by Trend Micro found that nearly half of enterprises that allow BYOD to connect to a company’s network have experienced a data breach. Security Still a Concern The report surveyed in the U.S., U.K., and Germany among IT executives and CEOs of larger companies focused mobile security and issues related to BYOD programs. Most of the companies suggested embracing data access rights (45 percent) or installing security software... more »
Hortonworks' YARN Aims to Revolutionize Hadoop Data Processing

Hortonworks' YARN Aims to Revolutionize Hadoop Data Processing

Hortonworks is publishing a series of blog posts on its website that explain the basics and finer details of Apache Hadoop YARN. Those who are curious about YARN or want to understand its significance to Hadoop will find the blog posts beneficial. Furthermore, it should be of benefit to those who might not have even heard of YARN but who are looking for alternatives to the classic Apache Hadoop MapReduce framework. The first post gives a background and overview of MapReduce: what it is supposed to accomplish, how people have used it, and ultimately how YARN aims to improve upon it.... more »
Sweden Tops The List For Internet Know-How

Sweden Tops The List For Internet Know-How

One thing we can’t get enough of is all of these “Best of” or “Top Ten” lists. As a culture, we just love to rank things, but unfortunately not everything is that easily quantified. Take the internet, for example – a commercial platform, an open forum, an educational tool and so much more – to even think about trying to rank who does it best seems audacious to say the least. But then again, if anyone does possess the audacity to attempt do so, it has to be Tim Berners-Lee, the man who first introduced conceived World Wide Web back in... more »
Protecting Your Digital World - Everyday Advice

Protecting Your Digital World - Everyday Advice

Compromised accounts, phone info tracking, reports of major breaches – the news of risks in digital security and privacy emerge all the time.  The goal may be identity theft, financial gain, account hacking, or any unknown intents for ill-gained information.  The average computer user has some idea of how to protect their computers by now, but that doesn’t apply everywhere. The fact is with more and more information going to web-based environments and new means of access that includes smartphones and tablets, users have to learn and often re-learn some basic protection skills.  It is arguable that due to convenience,... more »
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How Google (Sometimes Surprisingly) Spends Its Billions [Infographic]

Targeted advertising and providing search engine capabilities to other companies pays well when you do it as big as Google. So, given its roughly 95.4 percent share of Mobile Ad Revenues, what does Google do with its billions? BestComputerScienceSchools.net’s recent Infographic, “Google Casts a Wide Net,” reports that with over $44 billion, Google leaders spend aggressively and in diverse arenas including YouTube, wind power and fiber optics experimentation. With a $20 million investment in technologies like the self-driving car, (presently only legal in Nevada) Google clearly likes to be known as an innovation leader. Supporting pioneering technology, Google has pledged $30... more »
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IBM Teams with Polycom: Video-as-a-Service for Mobile

IBM Research  and communications systems maker Polycom  are teaming up to develop next generation video conferencing solutions. This is the latest collaboration between Big Blue and its long term partner, and it might prove to be a most significant one. What’s on the agenda? The two firms say they are responding to an increase in demand for cloud-based video services, and the plan is to create the technology that will allow them to stand out in the market. The project revolves around Polycom’s RealPresence software, which will be offered to customers as a video-as-a-service solution. The goal is to optimize the platform... more »
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DDN Comes Out on Top, Again

DataDirect Networks published the results of a couple of benchmark tests, one concocted by SAS and another carried out in “public sector laboratory tests” operated by an unspecified entity. The SAS review checked the performance of the DDN SFA 10K-E platform together with GRIDScaler in a SAS Grid execution of a “highly parallel model calibration workload.” DDN’s technology produced the fastest ryntime recorded by the organization to date according to the whitepaper, which also praised GRIDScaler’s consistent performance when handling large loads. The report reads: “The tested configuration provides sustained I/O throughput in excess of 2.5GBps with peak throughput nearing 3.5GBs. These... more »
Would You Be Interested In An iPhone That Transforms Into An iPad?

Would You Be Interested In An iPhone That Transforms Into An iPad?

Apple already sent out press invites earlier this week for their upcoming event next Wednesday, September 12, to be held at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where everyone is expecting to see the new iPhone.  The press invite is quite simple: it has the words “It’s almost here.” with the big number 12 below it, an Apple logo on the top left.  But what’s intriguing is the shadow below the number 12 as it forms the number 5, all but confirming early rumors that the next iPhone would be called an iPhone 5. Earlier rumors also stated that... more »
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Amazon's New Kindles Priced Cheaper Than Competitors

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Amazon’s new range of Kindles; Nokia to start selling new phones by November; E-book pricing settlement; and Samsung parts snubbed for soon-to-be announced iPhones. Amazon introduced HD tablet $200 cheaper than iPad Amazon held an event yesterday in Santa Monica, California where they unveiled their new line of Kindles.  They’ve added two new e-readers, the Kindle Paperwhite for $119 and Kindle Paperwhite 3G for $179.  Then there’s the new 7” Kindle Fire HD for $199, Kindle Fire HD 8.9” for $299, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE Wireless for $499. Amazon’s new HD tablets are notably... more »

Premium Research

- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.