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[Video] A Sneak Peek Under the Hood of WANdisco’s Big Data Software

[Video] A Sneak Peek Under the Hood of WANdisco’s Big Data Software

WANdisco’s Jagane Sundar and Brett Rudenstein showcased their firm’s new software at Hadoop Summit 2013. SiliconAngle NewsDesk Head Writer Winston Edmonton stopped by their booth to take a look. Winston inquires about WDD 3.6, WANdisco’s S3-enabled distro of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Sundar tells him that the platform implements the S3 API, which means that users can migrate their apps from Amazon Web Services service to the private cloud with minimal effort. He highlights that storing data in an on-premise Hadoop deployment is ‘orders of a magnitude’ cheaper than alternatives such as AWS, and adds that bringing workloads in-house... more »
Dropbox Dominates Consumer Cloud as an Always-On Hard-Drive

Dropbox Dominates Consumer Cloud as an Always-On Hard-Drive

Dropbox held its very first developer conference, DBX, at the Fort Mason Center earlier this week. The cloud storage provider is growing up, expanding from just a service to store and share files to a platform that allows "effortless" access to hundreds of millions of Dropbox clients across all location and devices. Here's a run down of the initiatives discussed at the event: Dropbox Platform The Dropbox platform was designed to be an optimal foundation to connect the world’s apps, devices, and services and now it has been enhanced with a suite of tools that simplifies how developers can build across devices and platforms. Datastore... more »
Moto X: A Deadly Threat To Samsung & Apple - If The Price Is Right

Moto X: A Deadly Threat To Samsung & Apple - If The Price Is Right

Motorola used to reign on the mobile scene.  It was the first company to offer a commercial cellphone.  It was hugely popular in the early 2000s when it first released its iconic Razr line, a series of slim phones that caught the attention of fashionistas and business people alike. Unfortunately, when the dawn of touchscreen devices came, Motorola had a hard time coping.  People were no longer interested in sleek and slim devices, now they wanted nothing less than a computer in their pockets, being blinded by the allure of devices like Apple’s iPhone. For a time it looked like the firm... more »
Microsoft Reorg Steve Ballmer Memo - One Microsoft Is The Theme

Microsoft Reorg Steve Ballmer Memo - One Microsoft Is The Theme

Below is the full memo to the Microsoft organization by CEO Steve Ballmer.  The press release to public is here.   My Angle: Microsoft is admitting defeat in this modern era and is making one big tact to vector in the right direction.  My opinion is that this is a good move.  Microsoft must commit to this and really compete.  Balmer must go all in with this move.  This direction is somewhat similar to Gates 1995 memo.  What's different is that this is Microsoft's only hope. UPDATE:  I was interviewed on NPR for my comments.  Listen to my full four minute interview below:  “Microsoft is... more »
Dropbox It Like It's Hot & Toddler Car Dealers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Dropbox It Like It's Hot & Toddler Car Dealers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Hightail for Dropbox's Business Model   Just in time for the inaugural Dropbox DBX developer’s conference, the popular cloud service provider has some new competition from an old rival. The file-sharing tool previously known as YouSendIt has rebranded itself. Now known as Hightail, it’s embracing more collaboration services, rather than just file-sharing. To go along with the name change, Hightail has also changed their pricing to be much more competitive in the public storage market. For only $16/month, customers can have access to unlimited storage, which is $10 less than the 200GB plan from Dropbox. Speaking of the changes, company CEO Brad Garlinghouse talked about how... more »
Making our Federal Government Disaster Proof

Making our Federal Government Disaster Proof

Disaster recovery is top of mind for chief information officers (CIOs) and IT managers as natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and other events are happening on a frequent basis. The example of Hurricane Sandy’s effect on the East Coast last year continuously reminds IT staffs and CIOs at federal agencies that they must be prepared to continue operating in the event of a natural disaster.  And although there is some forewarning with natural disasters, what cannot be predicted is the occurrence of human error, hardware failures and malicious acts which account for the majority of data center and... more »
Nokia Lumia 1020 Photos, Specs + Videos Before Reveal : Zoom Reinvented Event #NYC

Nokia Lumia 1020 Photos, Specs + Videos Before Reveal : Zoom Reinvented Event #NYC

Nokia’s Zoom Reinvented event in New York is set to start any minute now.  But even before the curtain lifts, the big reveal has been spoiled by numerous leaks all over the internet. Windows Phone Central has published the full specifications of the Nokia Lumia 1020 whoch features 4.5 inch AMOLED WXGA (1280 x 768) 2.5D sculpted glass Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch for nail and glove usage, 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal user memory, 7GB Skydrive cloud storage, Windows Phone 8 OS, but the standout feature is the... more »
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IBM Storage Sales Chief Says Flash is Driving Value Beyond IT

Enterprise adoption of flash is accelerating due to an exponential rise in data volumes, IBM vice president of global storage sales Sebastian Krause told SiliconAngle founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante at Edge 2013. He hopped into theCube between keynotes to discuss the state of the market and outline IBM’s billion dollar vision for solid-state memory. Krause highlights that his firm’s customers are replacing their traditional disk systems with flash for a variety of reasons: to conserve space, reduce power requirements, and boost application performance. He goes on to say that IBM’s storage game plan is based on four pillars: tailoring... more »
Visualizing "The Startup Universe"

Visualizing "The Startup Universe"

There's literally thousands of startups brewing down in Silicon Valley and other tech hubs of the world, and thousands more are set to emerge as we move through the digital age.  Makes you wonder, how do all of these startups actually, well, get started? Who gave them the backing to land up where they are today? And what kind of relationships do these startups have with others? Identifying a need to dissect the world of startups, data visualization maestros Visual.ly set out to create “The Startup Universe,” an interactive map that would allow users to examine the relationship of all Silicon... more »
LIVE: Dropbox DBX Announcement Heats-Up Cloud Market

LIVE: Dropbox DBX Announcement Heats-Up Cloud Market

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Thursday July 11, 2013. Dropbox’s DBX developers conference took place yesterday, Here to discuss the topic is Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO, David Floyer. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On this morning's episode, we welcome back Kristin as she interviews David Floyer about the Dropbox DBX developer's conference. We'll discuss the upcoming plans for the cloud-storage giant, and how they intend on becoming the "always on" hard drive for both consumer and enterprise environments. David will also report some announcements directly from the conference. On top of all of that, we'll... 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.