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Zenoss expands into Microsoft ecosystem with new ZenPacks

Zenoss expands into Microsoft ecosystem with new ZenPacks

Unified monitoring provider Zenoss is extending its flagship Service Dynamics suite with two new plug-ins for Windows Server and Azure environments. In a release, Zenoss cited Bloomberg projections that Azure deployments will surpass $1 billion in sales this year thanks to a 20 percent adoption rate among companies that use cloud services. The vendor is seeking to tap this market with Azure ZenPack, which consolidates monitoring to help admins troubleshoot problems faster and more effectively. The extension also provides automated discovery, monitoring and event management capabilities for all “Azure subscription entities,” including apps, websites, virtual machine instances, storage services and virtual networks.... more »
The future of the cloud goes Splunk | #reinvent

The future of the cloud goes Splunk | #reinvent

Just a few weeks ago, SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE broadcast live from the AWS re:Invent 2013 conference. One of the interview broadcasts welcomed the director of developer marketing for Splunk, Jon Rooney. Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly sat down with Rooney to discuss Splunk’s role as a partner with AWS, their focus on working directly with and for the developer community and how competitor criticisms won’t keep Splunk from trying to maintain their leadership position in the industry. Amazon is migrating their successful pricing transparency to the world of AWS. Vellante asked Rooney about the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) option AWS... more »
Microsoft is developing a 'SmartBra' to combat over-eating

Microsoft is developing a 'SmartBra' to combat over-eating

Last week, Sony revealed that it applied for a SmartWig, a wearable device that looks a lot like your ordinary wig but functions as an aid to the visually impaired and can give directions to people travelling. Not one to be outdone, Microsoft is working on its own wearable tech, a smart bra.  You might say that this is not something new as there is already the First Warning System, a smart bra laced with sensors for the early detection of breast cancer.  But Microsoft’s smart bra differs significantly, as it's aim is not breast cancer detection but rather, to help... more »
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Apple buys Topsy to tap Twitter’s firehose

Apple has officially jumped on the Big Data bandwagon with the acquisition of Topsy Labs, a social media analytics startup headquartered in San Francisco. The consumer electronics giant confirmed the buy after insiders leaked the news to the Wall Street Journal, but did not verify claims that the deal is valued at more than $200 million. Founded in 2008, Topsy scans Twitter activity to provide customers with insight into top influencers, the success of their marketing campaigns, and the amount of buzz surrounding a particular person or term. The company raised $32.2 million in funding from investors, and lists top media... more »
Big banks fear Bitcoin because Bitcoin means business

Big banks fear Bitcoin because Bitcoin means business

It's no secret that some major banks aren't really all that enamored with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Last month there were reports that US banks like Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Citibank were shutting down the bank accounts, or refusing new applications, from businesses involved with the digital currency. But while these are arguably justified in their course of action, the actions of Dutch bank Rabobank take prejudice against Bitcoin to a whole new level. Rabobank’s actions were the focus of a recent article in Coindesk, which states that the bank cancelled 99 percent of its customers’ transactions... more »
Zooming in on GCE: Google gets serious about the public cloud

Zooming in on GCE: Google gets serious about the public cloud

Google has joined Microsoft and Rackspace on the quest to erode Amazon’s cloud dominance with the launch of its long anticipated platform-as-a-service solution. Originally announced at the company’s sixth annual I/O conference in June 2012, Google Compute Engine features competitive pricing, new capabilities, and a 99.95 percent SLA. Cloud analytics provider RightScale, a Google partner and one of the first companies to adopt GCE, managed to scale a tier-3 app to 42 servers with 200,000 concurrent users back in June, when the service still in preview. The search giant boasts that Compute Engine can now sustain up to one million requests... more »
3 great sites for converting YouTube files to MP3s

3 great sites for converting YouTube files to MP3s

So many people like to convert YouTube videos to MP3, so they can enjoy great music on MP3-compatible devices like their PC, Mac, iPod, PSP, Zune, Zen, and so on. Billions of people want to keep their favorite videos and MP3 always with them. While there are dozens of desktop applications and mobile apps for the iPhone and Android smartphones, the simplest way doesn't involve downloading any software at all – rather, there are plenty of great web-based services that'll transform YouTube's .flv files into mp3 files in seconds, letting you listen to all of your favorite songs on the... more »
Will Amazon's delivery drones ever take off?

Will Amazon's delivery drones ever take off?

Amazon's announcement that its developing flying drones for its Prime Air service caused huge excitement earlier this week, even if the idea is somewhat impossible to put into practice at the moment. Nevertheless, certain developments since then suggest it's becoming more likely that a future of flying parcels buzzing overheard is an eventuality, rather than just a possibility. Drones have often been a rather touchy subject, and with good reason too – developed by the US military, their main application is to deliver weapons of mass destruction rather than Christmas presents. But as with many technologies developed by the military, it's not... more »
NASA's NextGen air traffic control lab gets a development collaboration upgrade with Stash

NASA's NextGen air traffic control lab gets a development collaboration upgrade with Stash

NASA is a big name in the aeronautics field even beyond the public consciousness of knowing NASA means “going into space”; but beyond being the Star Trek of the modern era, NASA also works tirelessly to make the skies safer. One of NASA’s teams out of Armes Research Center is part of a project known as NextGen (short for “Next Generation Air Transportation System”) and it’s their job to produce software solutions for dealing with ever-increasing air traffic across the United States. Air traffic control is a coding space that has terrible consequences for failures and requires a lot of highly... more »
Why social features are equally important for console games as social games

Why social features are equally important for console games as social games

Social media like Facebook, Google+ etc. give us a relatively straightforward way to put a ‘social wrapper’ on some of our game experiences, which was missing from most versions of most of our games today. Given the chance, people will socialize around games, but to date that social activity has been almost entirely limited to gathering around a single computer. Social gaming has been a substantial part to reach out to both smartphone and feature phone users. However, nowadays, successful games that will not rely on social networking service but have interactions with friends in the game, is increasing. If the... more »

Premium Research

- 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.