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The best of theCUBE: Ray Wang

The best of theCUBE: Ray Wang

SiliconANGLE and Wikibon have tracked the vendor ecosystem through changing market requirements and emerging technology trends, from the rise of social networking and mobility to cloud computing and Big Data. Constellation Research co-founder Ray Wang has followed us on this journey over the years, making regular appearances on theCUBE and sharing his insight into how big-name technology companies are keeping up with the fast-moving IT landscape. On market rivals   At Oracle OpenWorld 2011, Wang took a closer look at the database maker’s strategy and its rivalry with SAP. The BI vendor “did a great job talking about mobile,” he reflected. “Not much... more »
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Even when the government doesn’t work, Artists do: Why Better Mus’ Come stays current

The wake of the United States government shut-down, is just one instance reminding us that movies about government failings, past and present, remain “current.” Many filmmakers of political cinema have a bigger vision for their art than criticizing a broken system. These artists help audiences connect dots they didn't recognize before and show the first-hand consequences of political fall out in everyday life. Better Mus’ Come is what our family at Parallel Film Collective calls “local=global cinema.” When asked why a locally inspired and produced film resonates with so many internationally, Better Mus' Come director, Storm Saulter told Wax Poetics: “I... more »
Airo automates fitness trackers : Market needs easy data

Airo automates fitness trackers : Market needs easy data

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features new trackers from AIRO, Push and Angel that deliver more vital information for users, tracking caloric intake, metabolites and more. AIRO . AIRO HEALTH has unveiled a revolutionary tracker that hopes to put other fitness trackers to shame.  Dubbed the AIRO, the bracelet tracks four parameters - nutrition, stress, sleep and exercise. To track nutrition, AIRO uses different wavelengths of lights to look into the bloodstream and detect metabolites while and after you eat.  This method allows AIRO to measure caloric intake and even the quality of meals consumed, to provide recommendations on how a person can improve nutrition. To... more »
Google Glass 2 coming: Explorers can swap old pair for new glasses soon

Google Glass 2 coming: Explorers can swap old pair for new glasses soon

Google proudly announced that Glass Explorers from all over the US have been actively sharing their experiences when using the device through videos taken with it.  These videos, as well as regular feedback, helps Google to improve the product.  The company has gained so much insight from Explorers that it will be releasing the second version of Google Glass soon. Based on feedback from Explorers, the team will be updating the device’s software and hardware.  On the hardware side, Google claims that the Google Glass 2 will be usable for those already wearing shades or prescription glasses and that it will... more »
Tips and tricks for using OS X Mavericks

Tips and tricks for using OS X Mavericks

Have you upgraded to the new OS X Mavericks yet?  If no, but you do want to try it, Grovo Learning has posted a quick tutorial video on how you can get your hands on it. The first thing you need to know about OS X Mavericks is that it is a FREE upgrade from the Mac App Store for people who are already using OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8, Lion 10.7, or Mountain Lion 10.8.  It requires 5.29GB of space to download and install. To get the upgrade, go to apple.com/osx and click the “Upgrade Now” button.  This will open up a... more »
Apple beats analyst expectations in Q4 2013 performance

Apple beats analyst expectations in Q4 2013 performance

Apple has posted its fourth quarter earnings report for the period that ended last September 28, 2013. The company posted revenues of $37.5 billion, plus a quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, or $8.26 per diluted share, which is higher than results from the same quarter the previous year, when it posted revenues of $36 billion and net profits of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share. The company stated that 60 percent of its revenues from the quarter came from international sales.  The company sold 33.8 million iPhones and 14.1 million iPads during the quarter. iPhone and iPad sales saw an... more »
US consumers still being screwed over broadband costs

US consumers still being screwed over broadband costs

Broadband speeds in the United States have been the subject of debate for some time now, and yesterday a new study confirmed what many had already suspected – that the US is still playing catch-up with the rest of the world. Okay so that's not strictly true – it is possible to get super-fast connections in the US of course, but the problem is the cost of that service, which is far more expensive here than in most other countries. In New York, consumers can sign up for a lightening fast, 500Mbps connection that's 58 times faster than the national average,... more »
Day 1 trending announcements at #BigDataNYC #HadoopWorld #StrataConf #hw2013

Day 1 trending announcements at #BigDataNYC #HadoopWorld #StrataConf #hw2013

In four years in NYC covering the Hadoop ecosystem I haven't seen this much action where the stakes are at an all time high.   In NYC this week for #BigDataNYC event, SiliconANGLE has teamed with @theCUBE and is live on the ground breaking news, launching startups, and analyzing the signal from the noise. What's interesting is that there are two kinds of companies here at #BigDataNYC creators and commoditizers.  Rarely do you see a company that can do both - I am still watching for one. Lots of conversations around data science, predictive analytics, and integration into applications.   Three key... more »
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3 keys to rule Big Data economy : tech, people + culture | #BigDataNYC

The volume of information being stored and applied to business practices today continues to grow at an astonishing rate, with the digital universe set to expand more than 25 percent annually through 2012, according to research from EMC. Driven by the rapid adoption of connected devices and Big Data technologies, this trend is creating new opportunities for technology vendors while providing enterprises with the means to drive efficiencies and pursue additional revenue streams. “By 2017, Big Data vendor revenue will hit close to $50 billion, according to our models,” Wikibon Principal Analyst Jeff Kelly writes. “But that’s only part of the... more »
Bitcoin's first ATM makes appearance in Vancouver this week

Bitcoin's first ATM makes appearance in Vancouver this week

Probably the world’s first Bitcoin ATM opens this week in Vancouver, Canada. According to reports from CBC, Mitchell Demeter, co-founder of Vancouver Bitcoiniacs bitcoin trading company and part-owner of Robocoin, have invested in five such machines to be placed across Canada. The automated teller machine, made by Nevada company Robocoin, is being installed at the Waves coffee shop at Howe and Smithe in Vancouver by Vancouver’s Bitcoiniacs, a Bitcoin exchange store located near Granville Market. The ATM will dispense the bitcoins in exchange for cash and cash in exchange for bitcoins. “It’s the first Bitcoin ATM in the world,” said Bitcoiniacs co-founder... 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.