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Fab.com Celebrates Anniversary With Llustre Acquisition, UK Office

Fab.com, the e-commerce company with a focus on modern design for daily flash sales, is celebrating their anniversary with an acquisition.  The acquisition speaks to the company's goals for global growth as it reaches out to new markets. Fab acquires Llustre To expand their reach, Fab acquired Casacanda in Germany to jumpstart their Continental European operations, and Fashionstake in the U.S. to launch their independent fashion vertical.  So to further their global efforts, they’ve acquired Llustre to formally launch and open their offices in the UK.  Not only that, they’re relaunching their Fab UK site to better facilitate and handle their consumer... more »
Strange Big Data: A World Without the Web

Strange Big Data: A World Without the Web

It’s amazing to think, but a little over twenty years ago none of us were connected even remotely like we are now. The internet has changed the way we live beyond all comprehension – it’s changed the way we do business, the way we socialize and make friends, it helps us do our shopping, find our way round – it’s even helped us find love. Can you possibly even imagine what the world would be like if the internet were suddenly taken away? Well, the people at OnlineEducation.net did exactly that. And what they imagined was not pretty. They stumbled across... more »
Dell's New Linux Laptop Built For Developers Will Query Github Repositories for Profiles

Dell's New Linux Laptop Built For Developers Will Query Github Repositories for Profiles

Dell's new Linux laptop built for developers will query github repositories for profiles that are shared and extended among people using the open-source laptops. In a blog post update about "Project Sputnik," Dell's Barton George writes that Canonical, is now heavily supporting the project to develop an open-source laptop. The two companies, which have been collaborating quite a bit lately, are primarily focusing on two efforts: The ProfileTool: In an interesting development, Dell and Canonical have decided that shoving every imaginable tools and app on the laptop makes no sense at all. The developer may instead go out to a github repository and install Android,... more »
NetApp Needs Some Missing Pieces To Keep Pace

NetApp Needs Some Missing Pieces To Keep Pace

NetApp has gone from an underdog in the market to one of the big players. They have kept with innovations to some extent through leadership with unified storage and new reference architectures. But to keep pace in the big data world, NetApp needs to fill in some pieces. With its analyst meeting this week, questions about NetApp's next wave of innovation are natural, considering the moves by EMC and IBM, which are investing heavily in its converged infrastructures. NetApp launched the FlexPod with Cisco in 2010. Flexpod is an architecture that can be built in pieces. That's unlike Oracle's "red stacks," and pre-configured... more »
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Build Your Own Splunk-Like Central Log Management Tool With Open Source Software

In the age of big data, log management is becoming an absolute necessity, as developers, operations, and, yes, DevOps have to deal with and process huge amounts of machine-generated data. Many organizations have turned to Splunk, a pioneer in the space, to help manage the rising tide of log data - but Splunk can get really, really expensive. There's still not a single general-purpose alternative to Splunk. But over the weekend,  Booking.com SysAdmin Brad Lhotsky documented his quest to build his own central log management system using only open source software. Of course, his blog entry contains much deeper technical insight, but at... more »
EqualLogic on Storage, Virtualization and the Future

EqualLogic on Storage, Virtualization and the Future

The Cube’s Stu Miniman and Dave Vellante sat down with Travis Vigil Executive Director Equalogic, Dell at this year’s Dell Storage Forum to chat about EqualLogic’s growth and evolution since joining Dell (full video below). The group also took time to discuss the storage market and Dell’s changing role in that market. The complete video is available after the article.ince Dell acquired the company.  Vigil began by discussing EqualLogic’s growth spanded its customer base from 4,000 to 40,000 in the almost four and half years since joining Dell. Dell has continued to invest in EqualLogic as a key component in Dell storage... more »
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Intel Powers Up Supercomputers with Xeon Phi

High performance computing environments are a point of interest for several chip makers, and Nvidia in particular has been capitalizing on the huge potential of GPUs in such environments.   These chipsets are compromised of hundreds of smaller cores rather than just a few of the more standard kind, and this proved handy not only for processing advanced graphics but also in carrying out calculations on a massive scale. There’s only one catch: porting applications from the more common-place x86 environments to infrastructure powered by these GPUs is a lengthy process, and actual implementation also remains fairly complex. This is where Intel... more »
Is Apple's Map App Better than Google's? Let's Compare

Is Apple's Map App Better than Google's? Let's Compare

It was no surprise when Apple announced at the WWDC 2012 that iOS 6 will no longer feature Google Maps, with grand plans to push their own map and navigation app.  The two are battling over market dominance and Apple’s decision to opt out of Google Maps may take a huge toll on the internet giant and give Apple the edge they need for the self-sustained ecosystem they long for. Apple Maps is crucial to the iPhone maker’s future, as it could gain them more users if their maps offering is far superior than Google’s, but it could also be a... more »
Facebook Gets In Your Face.com

Facebook Gets In Your Face.com

Following weeks of speculation, it’s finally been confirmed that Facebook has another takeover in the works. They’re about to acquire the Israel-based startup Face.com, a company that specializes in the development of facial recognition technology for mobile devices. The acquisition of Face.com, a company that has already partnered with Facebook before, is just the latest in a long line of deals by the social network giant as it looks to beef up its own capabilities. Facebook already makes use of Face.com’s technology for the purpose of tagging and indentifying other people in photos, which is one of the core elements of Facebook’s... more »
Famous Hacker Kevin Mitnick Joins Forces with KnowBe4

Famous Hacker Kevin Mitnick Joins Forces with KnowBe4

Clearwater, FL-based cybersecurity outfit KnowBe4 provides training for business and enterprise groups on what to expect when an attacker (be it malware or a person) attempts to gain access to their systems. They have joined forces with previously famous hacker Kevin Mitnick—well known for penetrating the Army and the Pentagon in 1983 when he was the tender age of 16. He has since made a name and a brand for himself, training people to understand how hackers think and exploring how their systems may be exploited and security could be overcome. He has joined KnowBe4 to bolster their products and training... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.