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Putting Big Data to Work: IBM Picks SkyFoundry and StreetLight as SmartCamp Winners

Putting Big Data to Work: IBM Picks SkyFoundry and StreetLight as SmartCamp Winners

When it comes to real world applications of big data ideals, IBM is one of the companies encouraging big data's use for things like urban traffic planning and smarter energy use.  In a two-day SmartCamp startup competition last wee, IBM chose  SkyFoundry and StreetLight Data as the winners.  The two teams apply analytics to  their respective fields and now that they’ve made it to the global finals, their offerings will be pitted against the winners from Europe, Asia and Latin America. SkyFoundry offers SkyPark, a software solution that helps infrastructure and facility owners identify opportunities to realize cost-savings. The company says that... more »
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What's Keeping You from the Cloud? Survey Says...

There are few things analysts – no matter what kind of analyst – love more than counting things and making predictions. Researchers at venture capitalist firm North Bridge Venture Partners are no different. The company released the results of its second annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey. The poll, which included 785 respondents, captured the views of industry experts, users and vendors on a long list of topics driving the current and future state of cloud computing. The survey results revealed big changes in plans and perceptions of the cloud. Unsurprisingly, the survey found almost everyone believes the cloud market will... more »
Twitter to Offer Advertising Products to 50 More Territories

Twitter to Offer Advertising Products to 50 More Territories

Social media is in an exponential phase these days, and Twitter is one of the prominent examples. So, the news is that the Twitter is planning to roll out its advertising products to 50 more countries by the end of this year. As of now, the micro blogging platform is offering ad products to a limited pool of territories, which is not contributing much (at least, not what it should actually do) to the process of monetization. This expansion to 50 countries sounds quite aggressive, and Twitter will be specially focusing on Latin America, particularly Brazil, and west European countries... more »
Bitinstant Reviews The Bitcoin Card, It’s Real: Small, Thin, and Smart

Bitinstant Reviews The Bitcoin Card, It’s Real: Small, Thin, and Smart

Earlier this month SiliconANGLE got wind of a new piece of technology being developed to revolutionize mobile cash transactions by giving people the ability to store and transfer bitcoins via a device as small and thin as a credit card. Not just the usual smartcard, but a pretty impressive piece of technology that combines networking, power generation, and super-thin computing called “The Bitcoin Card” powered by Mycelium. Part of the team from Bitinstant caught up with “the Bitcoin Card” developers in Vienna to speak with them about the nature and expectations of the technology: This card is what’s known as a “smart... more »
ScaleXtreme Announces Plans Join the Big Data Club

ScaleXtreme Announces Plans Join the Big Data Club

ScaleXtreme offers cloud automation software that makes it a bit easier for admins to manage certain tasks, such as rolling out patches. This week the company revealed plans to enhance this functionality with analytical capabilities that will ship with a future release of ScaleXtreme’s platform. The next generation solution is scheduled to debut sometime in the near future, according to the developer’s homepage. News went out yesterday providing a few extra details about the systems management utility, known as the ScaleXtreme Intelligence Network for now. Contextualization will be its main function. Intelligence Network can compare the performance of one cluster with that... more »
Gaikai Looks for a Potential Buyer, Enhances Capabilities in Cloud Streaming Gaming

Gaikai Looks for a Potential Buyer, Enhances Capabilities in Cloud Streaming Gaming

Cloud has greatly transformed the entertainment industry, specifically the gaming entertainment segment. In fact, cloud-streaming for gaming has become one of the much-talked and happening topics in the gaming industry. Cloud is actually changing the gaming business, and carrying it to a better place. With an explosion of social games, especially on mobile, the cloud is playing a significant role. One such gaming company, California-based Gaikai has been hitting the news a lot recently as they compete with other outfits such as OnLive. Gaikai has recently collaborated with Facebook to introduce cloud gaming to users who actively log onto the leading social... more »
DDN Scales TokyoTech: Better Storage, Mobile Access

DDN Scales TokyoTech: Better Storage, Mobile Access

One of DataDirect Networks’ latest clients is the Tokyo Institute of Technology, or TokyoTech, which uses the company’s Web Object Scaler to support the Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences curriculum. Students and faculty in the department have access to the TSUBAME 2.0 supercomputer, but the university wanted a number of extras that its existing infrastructure couldn’t accommodate: a more cost-efficient storage system to handle data-driven workloads, a file sharing service, and the ability to make that service available for not only PCs but also for iPhones and iPads. TokyoTech chose DDN to help with the upgrade, and this case study provides... more »
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RedHat's Big Week of Releases: JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 and More

Open source software vendor Red Hat held a half-day web-based virtual event focused on its middleware solutions. The event, which was heavily targeted at admins and developers, gave Red Hat an opportunity to announce a new version of its JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP), a brand new distributed in-memory NoSQL database and the latest changes to its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS). One thing was clear at the event - Red Hat is now all about the cloud. After more than two years of development, Red Hat shipped a new release of its open source enterprise application server, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.... more »
How Smart is Your TV? Connected Tubes Takeover

How Smart is Your TV? Connected Tubes Takeover

Global TV shipments have fallen by eight percent in the first quarter of 2012. For the first time in history, LCD TV shipments have slipped 3 percent year-over-year. According to research firm DisplaySearch’s latest Advanced Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, overall global shipments of TV in Q1 of 2012 declined eight percent year-over-year to 51 million units. “Soft demand and cautious expectations about the upcoming year in many parts of the TV supply chain have led to a slowdown in shipments,” noted Paul Gagnon, NPD DisplaySearch Director of North America TV Research. Gagnon added, “Key component prices, such as LCD... more »
HP Begins Its Journey to Fill the Big Hole in Autonomy Leadership

HP Begins Its Journey to Fill the Big Hole in Autonomy Leadership

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has begun its search for new leader for Autonomy, which it acquired last October for $10.3 billion. The new executive will fill the role vacated by former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch who left in May. HP announced his departure at the same time as its poor second quarter financial results, which showed a 31.6 decrease in net profits. For many, Lynch’s departure was very unexpected. Only months before, he had proclaimed Autonomy was the future of HP.  In December, he gushed that his company had lost no significant members of its staff in its move to HP, and... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.