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Smart Sensors Take Over Bike Locks + 3D Scanners

Smart Sensors Take Over Bike Locks + 3D Scanners

This week’s SmartDevice roundup features the latest crowdfunding projects, starting with a smart lock for your bike, a mobile sensor to capture the 3D world, and a device that manages charging for various devices. BitLock   Tired of always fumbling for the keys of your bike lock?  With BitLock, you no longer need a key to lock or unlock your bike.  BitLock looks like any U-lock available in the market, the only difference is, it connects with your iOS or Android device via BLE, so it senses you as you approach, and you just need to push a button to lock or unlock... more »
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SAS, Teradata Team on HDP to Deliver Integrated Analytics

In a move to help organizations consolidate their Big Data environments, analytics giant SAS and partner Teradata have updated their joint offering to support Hortonworks’ fast-growing Hadoop distribution. Dubbed Analytics Advantage Program with Hadoop, the platform marries Teradata’s SAS appliance and Unified Data Architecture, or UDA, with the latest release of the Hortonworks Data Distribution. Combined, these technologies deliver a tightly integrated set of capabilities for in-database processing, analytic model building and deployment across both structured and unstructured data. Shaun Connolly, the vice president of corporate strategy at Hortonworks, noted that “the combined best-of-breed technologies and resources of this partnership center around... more »
The iPad Air Journey: Rumors, the Big Debut, and Competition

The iPad Air Journey: Rumors, the Big Debut, and Competition

It’s been an interesting few weeks in the tablet arena, with the blogosphere noticeably more abuzz in the month leading up to the debut of the Retina-equipped iPad. It all started with a little spark: a hastily recorded video claiming to match up the iPad 4 against Apple's fifth generation tablet. Uploaded by Chinese parts supplier sw-box.com, the 6-minute clip features a thinner and more minimalistic iPad that measures 9.4 inches in height and 6.7 inches across. The device appeared to be more similar to the Mini than its full-sized predecessor, featuring two separate buttons for volume control and rounder edges. Three... more »
HP Giving up Mobile Dreams to Focus on 3D Printers

HP Giving up Mobile Dreams to Focus on 3D Printers

To bolster Hewlett-Packard’s financial position, CEO Meg Whitman is said to be looking for buyers for the company’s mobile-computing patents. According to sources familiar with the matter who chose to remain anonymous as the plan has not been made public, HP has approached potential buyers regarding its mobile patent portfolio.  The portfolio is said to include WebOS, the mobile operating system that came with the acquisition of Palm Inc. in 2010. The sources also claimed that HP has removed restrictions in its patents that have made them unappealing to potential buyers and that could boost their overall worth. “We don’t comment on rumor... more »
HP Autonomy Expands Analytics Lineup with Qfiniti 10

HP Autonomy Expands Analytics Lineup with Qfiniti 10

The contact center, the evolutionary successor of the traditional call center, plays a much bigger role in shaping customer experiences now that mobile has expanded beyond voice and messaging to video and social media. On Monday, HP Autonomy unveiled a new version of its Qfiniti analytics solution to help organizations tap this increasingly valuable source of multi-channel engagement data. Qfiniti 10 adds tighter integration with Autonomy’s IDOL search tool to let users identify patterns in “all forms of human information,” including audio, text and video. The platform analyzes structured and unstructured data, both streaming and historical, to provide enterprises with a... more »
Pinterest Raises $225M, Moves to Expand Globally

Pinterest Raises $225M, Moves to Expand Globally

Social scrapbooking service, Pinterest, has once again raked in some massive funding. According to AllThingsD, Pinterest has raised $225 million in a Series E funding round led by Fidelity Investments, with the participation of current investors Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Valiant Capital Management. “We hope to be a service that everyone uses to inspire their future, whether that’s dinner tomorrow night, a vacation next summer, or a dream house someday. This new investment enables us to pursue that goal even more aggressively,” said  Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest. This round of funding will be used to invest... more »
Microsoft's Scathing Attack On Apple Makes It Look Desperate

Microsoft's Scathing Attack On Apple Makes It Look Desperate

Apple caused a bit of a stir yesterday when it announced that its iWork productivity software for Mac and iOS devices would be available to download for free. This was immediately taken as a shot at rival Microsoft and its own Office productivity suite – the undisputed leader to be sure, but also very expensive – with some bloggers even going as far as to suggest that Apple had "declared war" on Microsoft. Well, guess what? Microsoft apparently didn't take it too well, dismissing iWork as just a collection of "struggling, lightweight productivity apps" that don't even come close to threating... more »
Codero Launches Industry-First On-Demand Hybrid Cloud

Codero Launches Industry-First On-Demand Hybrid Cloud

Codero Hosting launched a revolutionary first of its kind platform today called the On-Demand Hybrid Cloud.  Among the numerous standout unique features is rapid hybrid cloud deployment and instant scalability.  It is designed to give its customers the power of hybrid computing in a truly on-demand fashion, at the click of a mouse.  So cloud users can now go right a hybrid configuration, dedicated systems and cloud systems behind one dedicated private network.  There’s no proprietary bridges, no gear to implement, nothing to burn in – you just select one of their numerous cloud system offerings, integrate and you have... more »
Is Hadoop Ready for the Enterprise?

Is Hadoop Ready for the Enterprise?

The big news in the Hadoop world today was the release of Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0. It boasts a YARN-based architecture designed to make HDP a true multi-application platform. That means in addition to batch analytics jobs, HDP can also tackle SQL-like analytics, graph analysis and other analytic workloads. HDP is the result of a lot of hard work by the team at Hortonworks as well as all the committers to Apache Hadoop (HDP is 100% open source Apache Hadoop.) The goal of everyone in the Hadoop community is to make the open source Big Data framework truly ready for the... more »
Coinbase Free Micro-Transactions Offers Bitcoin Tipping on Reddit

Coinbase Free Micro-Transactions Offers Bitcoin Tipping on Reddit

Like any new breakthrough innovation, Bitcoin has a fiercely loyal core supporters and followers who are passionate about the idea. They are the ones to advance and spread the idea and help Bitcoin to rise to the next level. Bitcoin has many fans who are excited about the idea and how it can shape the future of finance, restore the power of money to the masses instead of under central control. Coinbase has stepped up to the plate to make tipping people possible on Reddit, a website showing the links to interesting information that appeared on the Internet. This is done... 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.