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Hewlett-Packard ups converged infrastructure game ahead of Barcelona event

Hewlett-Packard ups converged infrastructure game ahead of Barcelona event

Seeking to reduce its dependency on the weakening PC market, Hewlett-Packard is rolling out a set of use case-optimized converged server and storage solutions for the enterprise. Pre-integrated systems are gaining traction among CIOs as information continues grow faster than the ability of traditional data center architectures to accommodate it. The new ConvergedSystem for Virtualization, unveiled just ahead of HP Discover's kick off in Barcelona, is 25 percent cheaper than VCE’s competing VBlock 100 and can support as many as 1,000 VMs. ConvergedSystem 300 for Vertica offers even greater cost savings, with a price per terabyte that is up to 70 percent... more »
A colorful solution for Smart Home WiFi networks

A colorful solution for Smart Home WiFi networks

This week’s SmartHome roundup features a smart WiFi solution for your home, a power strip that makes room for chargers, and a new home automation solution teaming a retailer and router company. airfy   WiFi's become a standard in American infrastructure, cultivating a connected culture always ready to share.  One German startup, airfy GmbH, hopes to revolutionize WiFi hotspots by offering something that is not only secure, but also features a sleek design. airfy features WiFi 802.11N or 802.11AC for a secure connection, which means it’s safe to use for homes and even businesses.  It has 50 LEDs that light up when you get a... more »
iBeacon will help you get around Apple Stores

iBeacon will help you get around Apple Stores

Apple has introduced a new way to get right 'in your face' the next time you visit one of its retail shops. On Friday, Apple turned on its iBeacon, an indoor positioning system that will serve as your personal concierge upon stepping into its Apple Stores.  iBeacon wil guide you to the place where you can pick up your purchases, or if you just want to browse through some of its products it can deliver information that Apple hopes would entice consumers to purchase more iDevices. iBeacon works like a GPS system, except it all takes place indoors.  It uses Bluetooth to... more »
HP faces defining moment as it opens Discover 2013 Barcelona #HPDiscover

HP faces defining moment as it opens Discover 2013 Barcelona #HPDiscover

The global technology market will be watching HP as it opens up for Discover 2013 in Barcelona Spain, which will be covered live on SiliconANGLE.tv.  HP is in the middle innings of its five-year financial and innovation strategy turnaround.  HP, many believe, is facing a deciding moment in its history, one that could determine whether it will remain a vital driving force in IT or become a fading legacy player.  It had good financial results in its last quarter, showing that it is moving toward financial stability with its recent dividend and stock buyback announcements.  However its stock has been... more »
Snoop Dogg to sell next record for Bitcoin

Snoop Dogg to sell next record for Bitcoin

Are Bitcoin enthusiasts interested in buying hit songs using their digital currency? The answer's not clear, but we could be about to find out if hip hop legend Snoop Dogg, a.k.a Snoop Lion, follows through with what he tweeted last week My next record available in bitcoin n delivered in a drone. — Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) December 2, 2013   That one of the biggest music stars in the world would even say such a thing will make Bitcoin believers ecstatic, but they probably shouldn't get too excited just yet. Clearly Snoop is at least a little bit interested in BTC, but it's likely that... more »
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IBM and The Now Factory’s roadmap for telecom innovation | #IBMIoD

This October, IBM entered a definitive agreement to acquire The Now Factory, a Dublin, Ireland-based provider of analytics solutions for telecommunications providers. Tom Morrisroe, the software maker’s CEO, hopped into theCUBE at Information on Demand 2013 along with Big Blue’s Janine Grasso to share the insider’s perspective on the deal. Starting with a little background, Morrisroe tells host John Furrier that The Now Factory develops software that gives carriers greater insight into their networks and subscribers. The firm was founded in 2007, when telecoms couldn’t detect if a device was working properly let alone track user activity and identify technical issues... more »
Is the FBI watching you through your web cam?

Is the FBI watching you through your web cam?

We know that the FBI, NSA and other agencies have the ability to scan and read our emails almost at will, but according to a report over the weekend, its surveillance capabilities extend far beyond that. In one of the creepiest revelations we've seen so far this year – and we've seen lots of creepy stuff – it's claimed the FBI has now developed software that allows it to covertly activate web cams and spy on unsuspecting computer users. According to the Washington Post, tech savvy spooks have developed a technique that allows them to remotely switch on web cams and... more »
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IBM Big Data VP on decision-making in the modern enterprise | #IBMIoD

Inhi Cho Suh, the head of data integration and governance for IBM’s Software Group, returned to theCUBE at Information on Demand 2013 to discuss the role of analytics in decision making with SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante. Suh observes that the market has changed significantly since 2012, with more and more vendors - including her firm, which she says is leading the charge - taking a platform approach to Big Data market. The user landscape is also changing as companies continue to adopt the technology in pursuit of better insights. “Privacy, security risk – this is what people are... more »
Tech giants unite in call to end government surveillance

Tech giants unite in call to end government surveillance

Despite being at each other's throats the majority of the time, the world's leading internet companies do see eye-to-eye on some issues, and it seems that none are particularly keen on the US government's massive web surveillance operations. Which is why eight companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, AOL, LinkedIn, Twitter and Yahoo, have banded together to form the Reform Government Surveillance group, in order to force the US government to rein in the NSA and the PRISM spy program that was first revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The alliance has been formed in the shared belief that “it is time for... more »
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Doculabs co-founder on taming Big Data | #IBMIoD

Richard Medina, the co-founder and principal consultant of Doculabs, hopped into theCUBE at IBM’s Information on Demand 2013 conference to provide an enterprise perspective on the exponential growth in data volumes. Until recently, business operations revolved around traditional systems of record such as relational databases and ERP software. With the emergence of cloud computing, mobile devices and social media, IT organizations now face the added challenge of keeping up with fast-moving user requirements while sustaining returns on their existing technology investments. Modern social collaboration tools and other so-called systems of engagement not only have to be implemented properly, Medina details, but also... more »

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- 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.