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HP + Cloudera Solving Business' Biggest Data Problems : Reduce Risk + Complexity | #HPBigData2013

HP + Cloudera Solving Business' Biggest Data Problems : Reduce Risk + Complexity | #HPBigData2013

Tom Pinckney, Director Global Partner Sales, Cloudera, and Steve Tramack, Director of Big Data Systems Engineering, Converged Appliance Systems & Solutions, Converged System, HP, discussed the partnership between the two companies with theCUBE host Jeff Kelly, live at the HP Vertica Big Data Conference. Explaining his role in HP, Tramack said it focused on converged systems and converged infrastructures, his team being responsible for building appliances around the HAVEn stack. Consequently, they have been working on building boxed solutions for Vertica and an appliance. When someone deploys a complex infrastructure stack, typically an organization will try to build something custom-made and work with a... more »
The Most Successful Self-Starter Project + More Smart Devices

The Most Successful Self-Starter Project + More Smart Devices

In this week’s SmartDevice roundup we’ll be featuring one of the most successful self-starter crowdfunding campaign to date, a tracking device, and a small chip that could harness the power of the sun to charge your smartphone. Tile   Tile, the tiny Bluetooth Low Energy device for keeping track of the small, or big, items in life, managed to raise a total of $2.6M in funds from 49,586 customers in just 34 days. With an initial funding goal of $20,000, in less than eight hours after the selfstarter project launched Tile was able to achieve these funds.  From then on, the money just kept... more »
Doom and Quake Creator John Carmack Presence Will Boost Augmented Reality Portfolios for Oculus VR

Doom and Quake Creator John Carmack Presence Will Boost Augmented Reality Portfolios for Oculus VR

John Carmack, one of the most distinguished and important figure in the whole gaming history, has officially announced his entry into the team Oculus VR, the company engaged in the development of the Oculus Rift for augmented reality. The father of the legendary DOOM and Quake series will play company’s Chief Technology Officer, but without leaving his role at id Software. Pete Hines, vice president of PR and marketing at Bethesda Softworks, confirmed to Polygon that Carmack will also remain at id. “John has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project,” Hines... more »
YouTube’s Vine & Wow - That’s A Lot of E-Mails! -  SiliconANGLE News Roundup

YouTube’s Vine & Wow - That’s A Lot of E-Mails! - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

You 2be?   The founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, just launched Mixbit, their latest video venture. With this project, they seem to have their targets set directly on Vine and Instagram. Using the newly available iOS app, you’ll be able to record up to sixteen seconds of video, similar to its social video app rivals. Unlike those popular services, however, MixBit allows users to edit and combine videos, making it possible to create lengthy mashups. When remixing video, you’re not limited to your own clips. You can remix other peoples contributions as well. Remixed movies can be up to an hour... more »
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VMware Remains Popular, Faces Challenges as Virtualization Becomes a Commodity

As server virtualization has matured, along with facing competition from many cloud competitors, VMware's core hypervisor market is threatened by emerging commoditation trends. Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman explains that virtualization has really matured and is now being regarded as a commodity.  Unfortunately for VMware, the company is no longer at the center of virtualization, as the enterprise is now looking for alternatives in the hypervisor market.  Nevertheless, VMware's performance remains strong. “There’s kind of a gaining buzz around the industry that server virtualization is really becoming a commodity.  VMware’s days of really owning the market place and being dominant with huge... more »
Where Are The American Software Engineers?

Where Are The American Software Engineers?

Apparently for tech leaders in the Silicon Valley, there is always a shortage of skilled professionals and that’s why most of them request H-1B visas for foreign workforce. But a recent study conducted by Bright.com, a California-based company suggests that for the top 10 jobs where H-1B visas are requested, only three do not currently have enough qualified American jobseekers to satisfy demand. This means that there should not be as much need for requesting H-1B visas as most vacancies can be filled through local candidates. “The main conclusion that we need more foreign tech workers is not true. We need to... more »
"Hand of Thief" Malware Makes A Grab For Linux

"Hand of Thief" Malware Makes A Grab For Linux

So you thought you were safe from all the internet nasties – worms, Trojans, spyware and so on whilst tapping away on your Linux flavoured computer? Well, you might want to think again. Reports today have surfaced of a new kind of malware that's specifically targeted at Linux users, which is being hawked on underground cybercrime forums for the very reasonable price of just $2,000. Called "Hand of Thief", the so-called banking Trojan is almost unique among malicious code in that it's geared to attack computers running the world's most popular open-source operating systems. Even more interesting is that this particular nasty... more »
Can FireFox OS Overtake Android in the Low-end Smartphone Market?

Can FireFox OS Overtake Android in the Low-end Smartphone Market?

Mozilla recently pulled the curtains back on the ZTE Open, a $90 phone that runs on FireFox OS. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto shared his take on the browser maker’s push into the mobile market in a Q&A with NewsDesk host Kristin Feledy. John tells Kristin that Mozilla is eyeing a stake in the low-end smartphone space and emerging markets such as China, where demand for connected devices has skyrocketed in recent years. He adds that the ZTE cannot compete on a level playing field with Apple because affordability is not a top selling point in the eyes of consumers who... more »
Why Apple Needs to Launch an iPhone Mini

Why Apple Needs to Launch an iPhone Mini

According to the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, price-conscious, first-time smartphone buyers will almost certainly avoid choosing an iPhone because the things are just too damn expensive. “Previous smartphone owners buy Apple iPhones much more often than first-time owners,” said the CIRP. “Almost 50 percent of previous owners buy an iPhone, while under one-third of first-time owners buy an iPhone.” For Samsung and HTC, first-time buyers aren't such an issue, with the level of interest in their products being roughly the same as that of previous smartphone owners. Somewhat surprisingly, more first-time smartphone buyers actually prefer LG, due to its cheaper offerings. The problem... more »
The Ubuntu Edge: Will It? Won't It Happen?

The Ubuntu Edge: Will It? Won't It Happen?

It's looking more and more like the world may never see the awesome prowess of the Ubuntu Edge come to market, as Canonical's concept "Superphone" has only two weeks left to hit its $32 million Indiegogo funding target, and it’s not even halfway towards reaching that goal. Canonical may have over-reached and asked for too much from the crowdfunding community, given that the current record on Indiegogo belongs to Scanadu, which posted a funding goal of $100,000 but was able to raise $1,664,176.  Canonical may have had a better chance had it launched the project on Kickstarter, arguably a more famous... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.