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Vuzix unveils revolutionary smartglasses to take on Google Glass

Vuzix unveils revolutionary smartglasses to take on Google Glass

Move over Google Glass, there’s a new smartglass in town, and it looks a mighty fine one indeed. The reason is that Vuzix, a company that specializes in video eyewear and personal display devices, has announced a major optical breakthrough that will dramatically improve glasses-based wearable devices. The Vuzix M2000AR HMD uses a technology pioneered by Nokia, which the company has licensed and integrated it with its own Waveguide optics that allow it to fit into standard glasses frames. Waveguide optics are a revolutionary new way of moving light within smartglasses. They are a fraction of the size and weight of conventional prism-based... more »
Twitter named as best tech company to work for in 2014

Twitter named as best tech company to work for in 2014

Glassdoor, the database that allows people to anonymously dish out the pros and cons of various companies that employ them, as well important factors like salaries, interview questions, and more, has released its sixth annual Employees’ Choice Awards. The award lists 50 of the best companies to work for, and this year, Twitter took the top spot in the best tech companies category for 2014, consequently dethroning Facebook which reigned as king from 2011-2013.  Facebook actually ended up in third place, with LinkedIn snagging second place, and third in the overall list.  Facebook placed fifth overall. What makes this year’s awards interesting... more »
SAP democratizes predictive analytics with KXEN tech

SAP democratizes predictive analytics with KXEN tech

SAP’s latest acquisition is already starting to pay dividends. The business intelligence giant on Monday introduced InfiniteInsight, a Big Data solution that fuses its Predictive Analytics solution with modeling software from KXEN, the San Francisco-based startup it picked up in September. Research firm Loudhouse estimates that 78 percent of decision makers believe predictive analytics will become a priority for their organizations in the next five years, but only a third are leveraging the technology today. SAP is trying to bridge this gap by consumerizing data science, packaging the needed know-how in such a way that enables individuals without statistical savvy to... more »
HP aims to help enterprises drive value from networking and mobility | #HPDiscover

HP aims to help enterprises drive value from networking and mobility | #HPDiscover

Alastair Winner, VP, HP Technology Services Networking, discussed the latest mobility and networking trends with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the 2013 edition of HP Discover in Barcelona. Describing his role in HP, Winner said his department was part of the enterprise group. "I have a specific focus on our networking solutions and our mobility solutions." They focus on helping customers to "navigate the world of networking and mobility to get business value." Commenting on the most frequent customer demands, Winner said "it's clearly returning the value as soon as they can, it's really driving the value as quickly and... more »
Blade systems offer capacity, scalability + ease of management | #HPDiscover

Blade systems offer capacity, scalability + ease of management | #HPDiscover

Traveling all the way to Spain for the HP Discover event, theCUBE team mingled with over 10,000 attendees and is broadcasting live from Fira Barcelona GranVia, providing viewers with ongoing and insightful interviews from top executives and analysts. First on the agenda was Victor Laurel, Director of Strategic Architecture with the recently rebranded Archutech, who talked in-depth with host Dave Vellante about being a service integrator transitioning to a service provider and the many challenges the company faced during that process. Over the past couple of years, Archutech as a service integrator has helped its clients solve a bevy of problems... more »
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Flash's impact on hyperscale for the enterprise : #xflash CrowdChat

The next generation of flash servers is a topic at the forefront of all CIO's minds heading into 2014. Recently, we held a #xflash CrowdChat with industry leaders and analyst to discuss the impact of flash on hyperscale for the enterprise. During the event several important questions were covered, like: What is the difference and why should any care about All Flash Arrays vs Hybrid Arrays? Will xflash (flash as an extension of memory) be the most cost-effective way of providing that kind of low latency? Why is having very low latency IO essential for flash? Dave Floyer, CTO of Wikibon,... more »
HP unveils StoreOnce 6500 backup and free 1 TB storage | #HPDiscover

HP unveils StoreOnce 6500 backup and free 1 TB storage | #HPDiscover

At HP Discover 2013 in Barcelona today, HP unveiled its latest backup solution, the StoreOnce 6500. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, HP also announced that it would be giving away one terabyte (TB) of free storage to anyone in attendance at the keynote address on December 11. This offer is in addition to the one terabyte of VSA storage the company is already giving away to anyone who purchases an HP ProLiant Gen8 Server. The StoreOnce 6500 features up to 2240 TB capacity, which is three times the scalability of the B6200. Its 4 TB disks also feature 200 percent greater storage... more »
Platform-as-a-Service : A $20 billion TAM according to Red Hat | #reinvent

Platform-as-a-Service : A $20 billion TAM according to Red Hat | #reinvent

Ashesh Badani, GM, Cloud BU and OpenShift at Red Hat, discussed the company's platform as a service offering, their experience with AWS with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman, live from the re:Invent conference "I focus my time on OpenShift platform as a service (PaaS) area," Badani said, explaining his role at Red Hat. There was "a bunch of cloud technology that we work with at RedHat and associated technologies that go with cloud, like storage." "We're running OpenShift online over AWS for over two years now," Badani said. "Ever since then we realized developers want choice." Red wanted to reach... more »
United Airlines : Poster child for HP OneView | #HPDiscover

United Airlines : Poster child for HP OneView | #HPDiscover

Brad Kirby, Group Manager for HP Converged Systems, and Marian Lakov, Principal Architect - IT at United Airlines, discussed the implementation of HP OneView within the airline's infrastructure with theCUBE host Dave Vellante, live at the HP Discover conference in Barcelona. Lakov explained he was an enterprise architect for the technology architectures at United Airlines. "What I cover is the platform infrastructure." data centers, hardware infrastructure, cloud, backup, SAN technologies etc. Asked what changed in the industry in the last five to seven years, Lakov said "virtualization basically started ten years ago in the enterprise." With today's bandwidth and the connectivity that... more »
Hybrid cloud is a way of life, says HP's Scott Weller | #HPDiscover

Hybrid cloud is a way of life, says HP's Scott Weller | #HPDiscover

Scott Weller, VP & GM, HP Technology Services, Support, discussed the trends of cloud adoption in the enterprise with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at this year HP Discover event in Barcelona. Commenting on the vibe of the European event, Weller said "this event gets better and better every time. The customers that show up at these events tend to be more senior, more in the C-level ranks." He added, "this year we've got so many announcements, it's really hard to count them," the star being HP flexible capacity service which "will be a real game changer in the... 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.