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White House Incentive List : First-Step to Real Cybersecurity?

White House Incentive List : First-Step to Real Cybersecurity?

The White House has released a preliminary set of incentives that will be offered to companies that operate critical infrastructure, such as power plants and companies, in exchange for joining a cybersecurity program chaired by the Homeland Security Department. The document, published on Tuesday, states that these critical infrastructures are increasingly networked are are vulnerable to a wide range of threats, thus protecting them is the number one priority. The program, dubbed the Cybersecurity Framework, is “a set of core practices to develop capabilities to manage cybersecurity risk. These are the known practices that many firms already do, in part or across... more »
What IBM #OpenPOWER Consortium New Chips for Datacenters Could Mean for Developers

What IBM #OpenPOWER Consortium New Chips for Datacenters Could Mean for Developers

The datacenter has become the metropolis of cloud computing and a space where a lot of things come together for Internet and networked and while the field is constantly changing a group of servers is a massive investment for any outfit from enterprise to small business. As a result, looking at the IBM OpenPOWER Consortium news it brings to mind a story of putting that same metropolis to work for the people who work in it streets, its fiber cables, and its racks. The announcement of the OpenPOWER Consortium via IBM came out recently and there’s a lot of interesting commentary... more »
HAVEn, Moonshot + Open Source : HP's New Strategy to Leverage Big Data | #HPBigData2013

HAVEn, Moonshot + Open Source : HP's New Strategy to Leverage Big Data | #HPBigData2013

George Kadifa, Executive Vice President for HP Software, discussed the company's take on Big Data trends, the company's developments around the HAVEn problem, and embracing open source with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the HP Vertica Big Data Conference. HP recently introduced their new platform, HAVEn, "the largest Big Data platform in the industry today" according to Kadifa, and is trying to take advantage of two key drivers. The first is the availability of information, the ability to capture of all kinds of information that is varied - from video streams to tweets. "We are able to capture... more »
Deal Architect Owner Describes the Future "Revolution" of Digital Enterprise | #HPBigData2013

Deal Architect Owner Describes the Future "Revolution" of Digital Enterprise | #HPBigData2013

Vinnie Mirchandani, Owner of Deal Architect joined John Furrier and Dave Vellante in theCUBE during the HP Vertica Big Data conference. The three discuss Mirchandani’s forthcoming book, Digital Enterprise, which discusses the future of technological innovation including the “4th industrial revolution.” The three also review Mirchandani’s take on the future for HP Vertica and the industry. Digital Enterprise is a collaborative book project with Karl-Heinz Streibich of Software AG. Heinz approached Mirchandani to create a book that would discuss the coming decades of industrial innovation in the enterprise. Discussing the text, Mirchandani notes that German technologists are excited about what they... more »
Fusion-io Adds Business Objects Exec to Board of Directors

Fusion-io Adds Business Objects Exec to Board of Directors

Two weeks after Hewlett Packard added a former Microsoft chief software architect and two other corporate big wigs to its board, Fusion-io announced that it has appointed John Olsen as a director. The veteran executive brings more than 30 years of industry experience to the company. Olsen served as president and chief operating officer of Business Objects from 2001 to 2004. He previously held the position of CEO at infrastructure solutions provider Marimba, directed the Design Realization Group of Cadence Design Systems, and worked for KPMG Peat Marwick’s Strategic Services unit. Olsen was appointed to the board of Borland Software in February... more »
Moto X - Made in USA & Birth of the Internet and the Nation - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Moto X - Made in USA & Birth of the Internet and the Nation - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

U.S.Ads!   It appears that Motorola will celebrate this year’s independence day by promoting a new American-made smartphone, the Motorola X. With full page ads running in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, it will be hard to ignore Motorola’s message. The ad will clearly state that the upcoming X smartphone is an American phone from an American company, and according to Motorola, it will be the first smartphone ever to be designed, engineered, and assembled in the USA. Founded in Illinois in 1928, Motorola was once a great example of American ingenuity, leading the world in... more »
InnoGames Doubles First Quarter Revenue on Increased Sales of Mobile Game Platform

InnoGames Doubles First Quarter Revenue on Increased Sales of Mobile Game Platform

Despite transitioning from mini web browser games to mobile platform, times are still good for InnoGames. The Harburg based Germany games provider has continued its sustained growth trend in the first half of 2013. InnoGames is one of the world's leading developers and providers of online games with over 100 million registered players The company announced that during the first six months of 2013, its sales increased more than 60 percent year-on-year. Currently employing over 250 staff, the company is looking to fill more than 40 positions during next quarter. In addition, by next spring the company plans to move to... more »
Vertica Analytics Platform Aids In Presenting Actionable Intelligence | #HPBigData2013

Vertica Analytics Platform Aids In Presenting Actionable Intelligence | #HPBigData2013

At this year’s HP Big Data Conference in Boston, hosts of theCUBE Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly sat down with Brian Weiss to discuss his company’s use of the Vertica Analytics Platform and the future of Big Data across all enterprises. Weiss, the vice president of Marketing for Autonomy, discussed how his company is advancing the analysis and real-time implementation of data sets for their clients. According to Weiss, Autonomy’s portfolio of products and services allows them to offer their users a level of nuance not typically found with strictly computer-based metadata search options. With most systems, the data is collected and... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 August 7th: Coinbase Offers Microtransactions, Crypto Street Beta Launch, MtGox Partners With Akamai

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 August 7th: Coinbase Offers Microtransactions, Crypto Street Beta Launch, MtGox Partners With Akamai

In this Bitcoin Weekly we take a little look at the state of economic stability of Bitcoin itself by talking about a few things that have to do with exchanging, trading, and working directly with BTC. To start, Coinbase thinks it has a solution to the “microtransactions” problem that plagues not just fiat money over-the-Internet transactions but also Bitcoin—which many people were hoping would solve that outright with the ability to fraction BTC almost infinitely. Next, a new exchange that works exclusively with altcurrencies has launched in the US, Crypto Street is now in full open beta. And finally, MtGox has... more »
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EMC Chief Database Architect Shares Oracle Data Protection Best Practices

Darryl Smith, the chief database architect for EMC’s IT organization, stopped by Wikibon headquarters to share his insights into managing large-scale Oracle deployments. Smith starts the interview by providing a little background about himself. He has worked with Oracle databases since 1988, and today he is is responsible for protecting, maintaining and future-proofing EMC’s massive database environment. He explains that most mission-critical applications are powered by Oracle databases because the company's software excels in ingesting high volume transactional data. A growing number of Oracle shops are virtualizing their environments in an effort to reduce licensing costs and address growing data volumes. The... 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.