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IBM, Google Teaming to Reshape IT Industry

IBM, Google Teaming to Reshape IT Industry

The following is an interview with Arvind Krishna, Ph.D., GM, development & manufacturing, IBM Systems & Technology Group on last Monday’s announcement by IBM of the OpenPOWER Consortium, which initially includes high-end GPU manufacturer Nvidia, high-performance IO builder Mellanox Technologies, Taiwanese white-ox server manufacturer Tyan, and Google. In the interview Mr. Krishna all but says that the initial aim of the consortium is to create a new generation of white box servers using high-performance computing (HPC) components built specifically to Google’s needs at a price that fits Google’s hyperscale architecture strategy. He goes on to imply that IBM and its... more »
HP Vertica Big Data Conference 2013 Round Up: Big Data is Not Hype | #HPBigData2013

HP Vertica Big Data Conference 2013 Round Up: Big Data is Not Hype | #HPBigData2013

The increasing volume, variety and velocity of information enables organizations to tackle new problems and challenges. One of the things striking the market nowadays is that organizations are trying to pick their big data engine or platform not just for analytics, but for a multitude of different data needs. Hadoop, for example, is a distributed file system and run almost all analytics and transform processed data. HP Vertica is designed to ease the flow data from differing sources and types into the platform, making it seem much more like a Hadoop-like environment. Hundreds of customers and a growing ecosystem of partners... more »
Here Come the Graphene Supercapacitors, Rivaling Lead-Acid Batteries

Here Come the Graphene Supercapacitors, Rivaling Lead-Acid Batteries

The idea of graphene supercapacitors may be novel and interesting, but what’s even more interesting is the method by which materials engineers at Monash University used to produce them. Using a method as simple and similar to traditional paper making, the engineers at Australian University have created graphene supercapacitors that have the same power density as the lead-acid battery in a car. All the better as these supercapacitors are 10 times more energy-dense than commercial devices. The best part of graphene supercapacitors, just like any other supercapacitor, is that these can recharge and discharge almost instantly. Unlike a lead-acid battery whose... more »
Tegile Doubles Sales, Raises a Massive $35M for Hybrid Storage

Tegile Doubles Sales, Raises a Massive $35M for Hybrid Storage

Demand for hybrid storage solutions is skyrocketing. Tegile, one of the fastest growing players in this space, revealed that it has improved its sales from doubling every two quarters to doubling every quarter before opening the $35 million Series C funding round it closed today. The round was led by late-stage venture firm Meritech Capital Partners. Original investor August Capital also participated, alongside flash behemoth SanDisk and Western Digital Capital. The latter is a subsidiary of Western Digital, a leading provider of enterprise-grade disk storage that also owns HGST, which supplies the hard drives and SSDs that power Tegile’s flagship Zebi... more »
Time To Ditch Android: ZTE's Firefox Phone Finally Lands On eBay

Time To Ditch Android: ZTE's Firefox Phone Finally Lands On eBay

If you're at all like me and have been itching to get your hands on a funky new Firefox phone but unfortunately don't live in one of the nine countries currently selling them, well today's your lucky day. ZTE, the Chinese company that makes the Open Firefox phone, has just taken the rather unusual step of selling its handsets directly through eBay, to anyone in the world. For a major mobile phone maker this is quite an irregular move, as these companies usually just sell their hardware through carriers to avoid the hassle of dealing with consumers directly. However, in the... more »
Solar-Power Gets a Makeover + Smart Beds Prevent Pressure Pains

Solar-Power Gets a Makeover + Smart Beds Prevent Pressure Pains

In this week’s SmartHome roundup, we’ll be doing something a little different than what we've featured in recent weeks - instead of apps and services that are all about home security, we'll be looking at automation solutions for furniture, windows and more. Stained glass-solar panels   The Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, Saskatechewan, recently installed stained glass that doubles as a solar panel.  This design fuses usability and design to maintain the aesthetic integrity of the building.  Though stained glass windows are typical of churches, that doesn’t mean one cannot apply the same concept for homes.  Instead of a plain-looking window,... more »
New iPhone Rumors Can't Carry Apple Anymore

New iPhone Rumors Can't Carry Apple Anymore

Is the Apple + iPhone fandom wearing thin to anyone else but me? I was one of the biggest Apple fanboys ever, heck I still wouldn't purchase a smartphone, tablet or computer from anyone but Apple. With that being said though, I find myself less interested with product announcements.  A company that was built on innovation has seemingly let the rest of the smartphone world catch up with the iPhone, and from what we know about Apple's next iteration, the biggest point of differentiation is still the user interface. The rumors are confirmed that we will see the next evolution of... more »
London's Recycle Bins Get Smart: They Know Who YOU Are

London's Recycle Bins Get Smart: They Know Who YOU Are

In London, a busy street lined with recycling bins might seem fairly innocuous at first. But these recycling bins are no ordinary bins - instead, they've been equipped with tracking capabilities with the sole purpose of, well, keeping track of people. During the 2012 Olympics, a startup company called Renew scattered its recycling bins throughout London and caused quite a stir, because these bins with rather hi-tech compared to your usual refuse collection points - these ones had digital screens on them.  The purpose of these digital screens was to bombard passers by with advertising.  Advertisers can buy space on the... more »
LIVE: POTUS Calls For Transparency Post-PRISM Scandal

LIVE: POTUS Calls For Transparency Post-PRISM Scandal

Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Monday August 12, 2013. President Barack Obama held a press conference Friday to discuss reforms to be made following the ouster of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program. Joining us now to share details regarding the new reforms is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. The president says that while as commander-in-chief, he has a duty to protect the security of the country, however, it’s not enough for him to have confidence in the security program, the public must as well. In light of recent public leaks of the government’s programs, he has consulted with his national security... more »
Save The Date Fanbois: Apple To Unveil New iPhone On September 10

Save The Date Fanbois: Apple To Unveil New iPhone On September 10

In less than a month from now, fanbois will be able to rejoice as Apple unveils its latest and greatest iPhone to date this September 10, 2013. Though the iPhone is one of the most sought out smartphones of them all, first-time buyers won't be nearly as excited due to its high price.  Whenever Apple unveils a new iPhone, older versions see their price slashed, with carriers offering them in cheaper packages.  But are people supposed to wait a year to be able to afford what is then basically an older model? Will people on a tight budget just settle for... 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.