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Ahoy There Netflix, Be You Piratin' Matey?

Ahoy There Netflix, Be You Piratin' Matey?

What’s one thing you’d never expect to hear from an online content provider such as Netflix? That piracy is helping it drive its business.  Before you go spreading the word that Netflix is advocating privacy, it’s not, but what it does to is gain valuable insights from the practice. One of the hardest decisions content providers have to make is choosing which programs to recommend to consumers.  Conducting a survey is both tedious and time consuming, so what’s the best way of knowing what viewers want to see?  Simple, you check out BitTorrent and other 'questionable' sites. Netflix recently launched its service... more »
Sprint to Offer Upgrade Plan : One Up from Jump!, Edge + Next

Sprint to Offer Upgrade Plan : One Up from Jump!, Edge + Next

Sprint is said to be gearing up to launch a new upgrade plan that would provide a way for consumers to easily upgrade to new handsets. Dubbed as the "One Up" program, it's said to be launching on September 20, 2013. There are no monthly fees to sign up for One Up, but to be eligible for the upgrade program consumers must have been on Sprint’s postpaid plan for a minimum period of at least one year, which means that Prepaid customers aren’t eligible for the One Up program. Under the program, the total cost of the phone is divided into 24... more »
Vultures Circling Over BlackBerry: Patents + OS Most-Valued Assets

Vultures Circling Over BlackBerry: Patents + OS Most-Valued Assets

There's been no word yet on the identity of any of the likely bidders that BlackBerry sounded so confident about just a week ago, but one thing seems clear – whatever does happen, BlackBerry will no longer be the same. According to the latest report from Reuters, a few potential interested parties are looking at splitting the Canadian smartphone maker's empire into pieces, with its most highly prized assets thought to be its operating system and its keyboard-related patents. If anything, the report is just the latest indication that no one thinks BlackBerry's mobile business can save itself, especially seeing as how... more »
DataDirect Lands Storage Deal with Starz

DataDirect Lands Storage Deal with Starz

With over 600 entertainment customers worldwide, DataDirect Networks (DDN) is a force to be reckoned with in the video infrastructure market. The storage vendor’s latest high-profile media client is Starz Entertainment, a pay TV giant with more than 56 million subscribers across 150 countries. Starz deployed DDN’s GRIDScaler parallel file storage platform to power its flagship STARZ and ENCORE networks. The company’s previous platform struggled to meet user demand due to an array of performance problems, including failed encodes, time-consuming transcodes and dropped frames. DataDirect boasts that GRIDScaler makes it easier for Starz to scale its environment while eliminating bottlenecks and service... more »
So The NSA "Follow's The Money", Who Cares? It's Not News

So The NSA "Follow's The Money", Who Cares? It's Not News

This morning we saw yet another leak from the infamous whistleblower/traitor Ed Snowden, with German website Der Spiegal reporting that the NSA is gathering data on millions of financial transactions across the world. This financial monitoring network is said to be extremely extensive, and carried out by a special group within the NSA known as "Follow the Money" (FTM). According to Der Spiegal, more than 180 million transactions were recorded in 2011 alone, with this data saved onto a massive database known as "Tracfin". Der Spiegal adds that more than 84% of this data comes from credit card transactions, with... more »
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CIOs Should Enhance Efficiency with Oracle's New ZFS Appliances, says Analyst

Oracle recently bolstered its ZFS hybrid storage line with the ZS3-2 and ZS3-4, two new appliances that take advantage of speedy flash drives and next generation software to beat out the competition. In a fresh report entitled “Oracle ZS3 Storage Appliances: Tier-1 Performance at Tier-3 Prices,” Wikibon founding CTO David Floyer exposes the features that set ZS3 apart from the pack. The ZS3-2 improves on “almost every aspect” of the original Sun ZFS Storage 7320 architecture, Floyer writes, most notably caching. The appliance packs three times as much SLC flash-backed write-cache as the 7320, while the ZS3-4 leverages SAS-2 drives to... more »
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Pentaho Unleashes New Version of Data-Driven BI Platform

Pentaho has announced the general availability of Business Analytics 5.0, the latest version of its flagship BI solution. The platform includes more than 250 new features and an improved user interface that removes barriers between decision makers and their data. Business Analytics 5.0 introduces the ability to blend multiple data sources into a single “picture” that reveals patterns and correlations that could not be identified otherwise. The software performs this integration “at the source” to let users work with datasets of varying quality and granularity while ensuring that information is handled in accordance with auditing standards. Other new features include a consolidated... more »
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Pentaho Adds MongoDB Support to Newest Solution

Pentaho’s newly released Business Analytics 5.0 platform introduces over 250 major improvements, including expanded support for MongoDB. The company says that the integration lets customers take advantage of the document database to more easily meet “increasing requirements for big data in businesses today.” According to Pentaho, Business Analytics 5.0 is the first BI solution to offer full support for MongoDB cluster replication and failover. The platform also lets users direct how reads and writes are routed to database nodes, and leverage native MongoDB features such as replication and data aggregation to accelerate querying. MongoDB promises to make data more accessible for business... more »
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VMware Reshuffles Board of Directors

VMware announced this week that veteran executive Pamela Craig has taken up the newly vacated board seat of Intel’s Renee James. The virtualization giant said that James resigned from the board to focus on her responsibilities as the chip maker’s president, a post she has held since May. Craig is stepping into James’ shoes after a 34-year career with Accenture, where she worked in various operational roles and made history as the first female chief financial officer. In her new role, Craig will pick up where James left off and serve as a member of VMware's mergers and acquisitions committee. “We are... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: Ecosystem Takes the Limelight

Weekly Big Data Review: Ecosystem Takes the Limelight

The Big Data ecosystem is bustling with newly forged alliances as analytics vendors close in on the traditional enterprise. SAP is leading the charge with an ambitious initiative to add support for “all” Hadoop distributions across its core analytics portfolio. The business intelligence giant announced this week that it has signed separate licensing agreements with Intel and Hortonworks to redistribute their Hadoop offerings through its global channel. Mitch Ferguson, the analytics startup’s vice president of business development, revealed that the vendor plans to bundle the Hortonworks Data Platform with its widely-used HANA in-memory database. SAP’s aggressive push into the Hadoop market is... more »

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- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

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