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Instagram might be launching a photo printing & delivery service

Instagram might be launching a photo printing & delivery service

Instagram has just sent out invites to the press for an event which surprisingly was not announced via email. The Instagram invites came on a white piece of paper containing information about the event, which is to be held on December 12, 2013 in Midtown Manhattan in New York at 10 AM.  The invite doesn’t say much except to inform recipients that “You are invited to share a moment with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team,” as well as the time and venue. Other than that, we've no information as to what the Instagram team might be sharing with us, although there's inevitably been... more »
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theCUBE Conversations: Broadcom strategy chief discusses the network

Emerging technologies are reshaping the enterprise data center, consolidating compute and storage while putting more strain on the network. Greg Scherer, the vice president of server and storage strategy at Broadcom, appeared on the first episode of theCUBE Conversations to discuss IT disruption with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman. Scherer kicks off the segment with a brief recap of the latest developments from his company, including the launch of the Trident II Ethernet chip and, on the other end of the infrastructure spectrum, the recent debut of the BCM5725 baseboard management controller. The latter product addresses increasing demand for open... more »
Bank of America report: Bitcoin can become a major means of payment

Bank of America report: Bitcoin can become a major means of payment

Bitcoin continues to grow strong, maintaining a value above the $1,000 mark that it recently broke.  Though some still doubt Bitcoin will ever become a viable currency, analysts at the  Bank of America Merrill Lynch believe that it has the power to be one. In a research report released by the bank today, BoA analysts stated that they “believe Bitcoin can become a major means of payment for e-commerce and may emerge as a serious competitor to traditional money transfer providers,” and added that it has a clear potential for growth as a medium of exchange. The reason behind this belief is that Bitcoin... more »
Google back in the docket after Oracle appeals in Java copyright case

Google back in the docket after Oracle appeals in Java copyright case

Oracle sued Google in 2010 for supposedly misusing its Java interfaces to create Android, an allegation that would be dismissed two years later by a California court. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled that software APIs are not copyrightable, saving Google’s mobile business and removing the Sword of Damocles hanging over the open source community. Or so we thought. In an appeal hearing on Wednesday, Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Malley questioned the search giant’s argument, pointing out that just because Java is free doesn’t mean it can’t qualify for copyright protection. "This would apply to every possible computer program out there,"... more »
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Stealth startup Nurego gets star-studded support, $2M in funding

The Silicon Valley startup scene has been buzzing with activity these past few days, and now it’s Seattle’s turn to make some headlines. A local team of industry veterans just netted $2 million in funding to help cloud companies make sense of their massive data sets, an SEC filing picked up by GeekWire reveals. The stealthy startup goes by the name of Nurego, and develops a web-based analytics solution that aims to give service providers greater insight into their operations. Here’s how the company describes the product on its LinkedIn page: “Nurego is a web-based business optimization solution for SaaS, PaaS... more »
Zetta.net introduces cloud backup migration for Symantec Backup Exec

Zetta.net introduces cloud backup migration for Symantec Backup Exec

Zetta, enterprise-grade cloud backup and disaster recovery solution provider for small and mid-size enterprises, and MSPs, is introducing up to 6 months of free cloud backup services for Symantec Backup Exec. cloud customers impacted by the pending shutdown. With this offering, Zetta is providing up to 6 months free enterprise-grade cloud backup, along with 20% discount on an annual cloud backup contract. “Symantec Backup Exec and Backup Exec.Cloud customers have endured one jarring surprise after another,” said Zetta.net VP of Marketing Gary Sevounts. “First Backup Exec 2012 was released to universally negative reviews, then patches were released that didn’t provide support... more »
Wearable Tech to soar in 2018 : Thanks smart bras + Bluetooth smart chips

Wearable Tech to soar in 2018 : Thanks smart bras + Bluetooth smart chips

A recent study by Juniper predicts that wearable gadgets will hit 130 million by 2018.  This means more manufacturers will be focusing on wearable products, each with the aim of gaining consumer appeal for these branded devices. It’s not hard to fathom that big name manufacturers will be interested in the wearable tech industry, as Nike has already proven the lucrative market potential with its Fuel Band, and even Sony hoped to benefit from being a first mover in the smartwatch market with the release of its SmartWatch. This week's Wearable Tech roundup features the latest wearable tech from big brands, including Microsoft’s smart... more »
SkyJacking Amazon's drones : Here's how it could go down

SkyJacking Amazon's drones : Here's how it could go down

When Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos revealed the company's octocopters, the drones set to revolutionize the concept of package delivery, many were awed, some in disbelief, while others began dreaming of ways to pwn them. The simplest way of stealing Amazon's packages might be to just shoot down the drones - it would certainly be effective, but doing so might be a bit noisy, and there's always the chance that those delicate goods could end up getting damaged. What's needed is a more creative method... Which is why security researcher Samy Kamkar has developed a system to hijack drones instead.  His system requires... more »
UP-START Cloud Award finalists

UP-START Cloud Award finalists

The UP conference took place this week in Santa Clara, CA. The conference focuses on cloud technology and how scientists, developers, executives, researchers, engineers, and IT managers can use the technology within their computational and business challenges. The conference also announces an award series called the UP-START cloud awards, founded in 2010 by Cloudcor, Inc. They are given out to recognize certain extraordinary achievements within the cloud industry and then announced to the business and technology community. The awards are voted on by participants at the heart of the cloud community, including Cloudcor’s significant LinkedIn cloud user group, comprising 250,000+... more »
Quip launches Android app with exclusive features : Hands-on Review

Quip launches Android app with exclusive features : Hands-on Review

As far as word processors are concerned, the most prominent application in the industry has to be Microsoft Word. People create and edit documents, save documents for future consideration, and regularly email documents to share with others. What if there was a way to do all that within one interface? That’s what Quip is all about. Quip is a word processor founded by two former Googlers Bret Taylor and Kevin Gibbs. Bringing creative minds associated with Google Maps and Facebook to word processing has created a new, functional way of looking at a task many do daily. READ MORE : Bret... 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.