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Best deals for Cyber Monday online shopping

Best deals for Cyber Monday online shopping

If you weren’t able to take advantage of all the great deals offered by retailers over Thanksgiving weekend, and you don’t like the hustle of going to retail stores to get great deals, then "Cyber Monday" is your day. Cyber Monday, if you are not aware, is a day dedicated to online shopping.  If you think online deals during Thanksgiving weekend are awesome, you’ll be amazed at how low prices can get on Cyber Monday. But this time around, three major retailers (Walmart, BestBuy and Staples) are extending Cyber Monday into a full blown "Cyber Week", so online shoppers will have more... more »
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Analysis: Hadoop in the enterprise | #BigDataNYC

The Hadoop ecosystem is evolving at a staggering pace, with SQL querying already fading into the background as real-time analytics and YARN take the center stage, spawning new use cases and broadening the application of Big Data in the enterprise. SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly took a break from Day 3 of Big Data NYC to recap the latest industry milestones and examine where the market is headed next. Organizations are increasingly leveraging Hadoop to solve business problems, a trend that is prompting large vendors such as EMC to throw their hats into the Big... more »
Amazon's delivery drones of the future

Amazon's delivery drones of the future

This holiday season, it is pertinent for online shoppers to receive their deliveries on time, and that’s what retailers also aim for.  Unfortunately, with millions of shoppers wanting the same thing, retailers are at their wit’s ends figuring how to deliver everything on time not to mention dealing with suppliers. To fix this once and for all, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, has unveiled a revolutionary way of delivering packages in a 60-minute bit shown yesterday. Charlie Rose, CBS’ 60 Minutes correspondent, and his team were granted access to Amazon’s operations, including how things work when shoppers hit that purchase button,... more »
Internet of Things review: OS landscape gets a facelift + next-gen credit cards

Internet of Things review: OS landscape gets a facelift + next-gen credit cards

The fierce competition in the Internet of Things is spilling over into the software layer as operating system vendors battle for dominance in tomorrow’s interconnected world. Google is leading the charge with Android KitKat, the latest release of its mobile OS. KitKat is pegged as a “smarter, more immersive” version of Android featuring unified communications, a built-in pedometer and the ability to hide the system interface when browsing media. Last week, Google made the platform available for download from the Google Play editions of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC One, which don’t require a prepaid plan or a month-to-month contract. HTC... more »
Weekly Security review: NSA, Bitcoin robbers at it again

Weekly Security review: NSA, Bitcoin robbers at it again

Quite a few familiar headlines cropped up this week, with Edward Snowden leaking yet more classifying documents detailing the NSA’s cyber-espionage operations. The latest reports indicate that the agency infiltrated tens of thousands of networks around the world using specialized hardware designed from the ground up to collect sensitive information. A slide dated 2012 outlines the NSA’s use of “Computer Network Exploitation” or CNE throughout more than 50,000 locations worldwide, spanning 20 “Access Programs” and five continents. SiliconANGLE CyberSecurity Editor John Casaretto observed that the agency uses the same tactics employed by hacktivists and cyber criminals to operate digital sleeper cells... more »
Weekly Cloud review: online storage and Healthcare.gov

Weekly Cloud review: online storage and Healthcare.gov

It’s been an exciting week for both the cloud ecosystem and Apple users, with Kim Dotcom’s Mega introducing a free iOS app that comes with nearly all the features of the website, including the ability to manage lockers and share file and folder links with account contacts. Additionally, you can stream photos and videos, read messages from other Mega users, and store as much as 1GB worth of files on your device’s local memory. Not only that, but the app also lets you buy extra storage directly via an in-app purchase, just in the case 50GB of free cloud storage... more »
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Analysis: the changing Hadoop landscape | #BigDataNYC

SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly converged in theCUBE on the second day of SiliconANGLE’s Big Data NYC 2013 summit to share their perspectives on the evolving Hadoop ecosystem. Vellante observes that the commoditization of IT is shifting the industry focus from infrastructure and the lower layers of the analytics stack to data-driven applications. He views this as a positive trend that will “enable a lot of innovation to occur,” potentially solving many of the challenges faced by enterprises today. Vellante sees a bright future for vendors with service-oriented business models like Hortonworks and niche application... more »
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The Revolution Analytics perspective on Big Data | #BigDataNYC

When it comes to Big Data, it’s “one thing to be able to query it, but it’s another thing to be able to actually ask that data meaningful questions,” according to Revolution Analytics head of marketing and community David Smith. The executive dropped by theCUBE at SiliconANGLE’s recent Big Data NYC 2013 summit to discuss how his firm is helping customers make the most out of their information. Founded in 2007, Revolution Analytics provides software and services based on the open source "R" statistical computing language. The latest version of the company’s flagship platform “moves the computation to the data” in... more »
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IBM’s James Kobielus on analytics and the Internet of Things | #IBMIoD

James Kobielus, a former analyst turned IBM Big Data evangelist, dropped by theCUBE at Information on Demand 2013 to share his unique insight into how analytics and the Internet of Things are reshaping user experience. Over the past decade, the digital tide wave has disrupted entire industries while making social media a fixture of modern life, Kobielus observes. Somewhere along the way, Big Data became fundamental to driving business value and engagement. Now, next generation analytics technologies are gaining steam as more end-users demand self-service functionality, real time access to information, and a seamless experience across multiple platforms, he continues. This shift... more »
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Kim Dotcom’s Mega goes after Apple users with iOS client

Mega, the self-proclaimed “Privacy Company,” is moving deeper into the mobile universe with a new iOS application. Released five months after Kim Dotcom’s online storage service hit Google Play, the client enables users to manage their cloud folders, share links to specific files, view photos and read messages from their MEGA contacts. The free downloadable app also allows users to upgrade their free account with more storage space if 50GB is not enough, and store as much as 1GB on their device’s local memory. Founded almost a year to the day Megaupload was taken down by the FBI, Mega “encrypts and decrypts... 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.