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WANdisco fights data failures like no one else | #BigDataNYC

In their ongoing coverage of SiliconANGLE’s own Big Data NYC conference, Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly speak with Brett Rudenstein, Senior Product Manager of Big Data for WANdisco. The three discuss WANdisco’s unique patented technology that allows Hadoop to run across a wide area network despite severe network failures. Rudenstein performs a demonstration of an active-active environment involving two data centers that are about 3,000 miles away. He shows how one can drill down on a wan-link that gives an exposed view of the data center. Rudenstein explains, “….across a wide area network we stand up a single HDFS.” The demonstration... more »
BlackBerry asks Facebook to save its skin

BlackBerry asks Facebook to save its skin

In what could be seen as an act of pure desperation, BlackBerry is reported to have approached social networking giant Facebook for a possible buyout bid. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, BlackBerry executives recently flew to California to meet up with Facebook chiefs to gauge their interes in acquiring at least a part of the company.  The reports stated if such a deal pushes forward, the world may finally see a true Facebook phone. But anyone who bids for BlackBerry will be burdened with the daunting task of reviving a brand that's surely on its last legs. First off,... more »
Apple owns up to quick-draining battery problems in the iPhone 5s

Apple owns up to quick-draining battery problems in the iPhone 5s

Fanbois are accustomed to their new iDevices having problems. As we've already seen, previous faulty devices have been plagued with a yellowish tint on the screen, WiFi connectivity issues, camera problems, and even battery problems, but those usually go away when a new software update rolls out, or when the adhesive used on the screen completely dries, in the case of the yellowish screens. The new iPhone 5s was supposed to have a much better battery life compared to older iPhone models, but some users have bee experiencing battery drain at an alarming rate - not at all in accordance with... more »
Intel to build world's first quad-core 64-bit ARM chip

Intel to build world's first quad-core 64-bit ARM chip

In a surprising move that could have massive implications for the mobile sector at a later date, Intel is reportedly designing what could well turn out to be the world's first quad-core 64-bit ARM processing chip. The news was announced by Intel partner Altera, which said that its Stratix 10 system-on-a-chip (SoC) will be powered by a "high-performance, quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor." As Altera's chief partner, that chip will therefore be made by Intel using an advanced 14-nanometer manufacturing process – a very different design from its usual range of chips, such as the latest Haswell processor, which is made on... more »
64-bit ARM chips will be a game-changer for Apple

64-bit ARM chips will be a game-changer for Apple

When Apple launched its new iPhone earlier this month, the device hit record-breaking sales. This helped boost Apple's stock considerably, hardly surprising since half of its revenues come from iPhone sales. But besides these solid figures, the iPhone 5s was notable for something else entirely, coming with a new component that could prove to be a game-changer in the world of mobile computing. The 64-bit chip is born   Apple's iPhone 5s is the world's first smartphone powered by a 64-bit ARM chip, and was almost immediately followed by the next-generation iPad Air and iPad Mini. Although built on ARM architecture, the A7... more »
Why Microsoft isn't building its own Hadoop distro | #BigDataNYC

Why Microsoft isn't building its own Hadoop distro | #BigDataNYC

Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, discussed the company's Big Data strategy, as well as their partnership with Hortonworks with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at #BigDataNYC 2013 in New York.   "We're here here because we're super committed to Hadoop," Clark said, explaining that Microsoft is dedicated to help its customers embrace the benefits Big Data can provide them with. "Hadoop is the cornerstone of Big Data but not the entire infrastructure," he added. Microsoft is focusing around adding security and tool integration, with thousands of hours of development put into Hadoop, to make it ready for... more »
Alert Logic blazes a leading cloud security path

Alert Logic blazes a leading cloud security path

Alert Logic is positioned as a security leader in the industry, with a unique focus on cloud.   A number of recent announcements have reinforced that leadership position with the publication of the State of Cloud Security Report and the distinction of having their services selected to protect the infrastructure of RigNet, a leading global provider of managed remote communications to the energy industry.  Very recently the company announced a new web application firewall (WAF) was now available on Amazon Web Services, and they also reported strong Q3 2013 growth.  This is a massive release of announcements and news from a... more »
Jaspersoft extends embedded BI with visualizations, performance enhancements

Jaspersoft extends embedded BI with visualizations, performance enhancements

With the latest release of its namesake business intelligence solution, Jaspersoft has introduced new data visualization capabilities that give users faster access to data insights. The update marks a notable milestone in the evolution of embedded BI, which is gaining significant traction among the 75 percent of business users who don’t use traditional alternatives from the likes of SAP and Oracle. Besides enhanced data visualization, Jaspersoft 5.5 also features a reworked homepage that provides a more convenient way of browsing tutorials and samples. Other additions include pre-built report templates, an improved cluster-aware caching function, and a new Eclipse-based version of the... more »
DARPA is looking to build hacker-proof future with self-healing software

DARPA is looking to build hacker-proof future with self-healing software

Software so advanced that it's capable of self-healing in case of attacks from hackers, responding to attacks and even updating its code in real-time, without the assistance of humans. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), scientist wing of the Pentagon, is planning to make that happen and for this reason the agency has announced a new “Cyber Grand Challenge” competition with a $2 million prize. The aim of the competition is to build a “fully automated cyber defense system” that not only scans for and identifies vulnerabilities, but patches them on the fly. DARPA officials plan on holding qualifying events... more »
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Zenoss updates monitoring solution to address root cause of downtime

Monitoring is becoming increasingly important for organizations as they expand beyond the firewall to the cloud in pursuit of cost savings and enhanced management flexibility. But there’s a catch: the many benefits of the hybrid cloud add complexity, making it more difficult for IT organizations to identify and resolve technical issues. Zenoss is tackling this trade-off with Service Impact, a tool for mapping application and service dependencies across physical, virtual and cloud-based infrastructure. According to the company, the solution provides admins with a “holistic view of application and service health that speeds up root cause analysis and facilitates prioritization of repair.” Announced... more »

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- David Floyer

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- Stuart Miniman

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- Peter Burris

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- Peter Burris

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- Peter Burris

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- David Floyer

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- George Gilbert

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- Brian Gracely

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