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SDS no ticket to cheap hardware

SDS no ticket to cheap hardware

Software-defined storage (SDS) is not the end of hardware warns Consultant and Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in "Software defined Storage Does Not Mean the End of Hardware Costs". Actually, most vendors, including Scale Computing, Nutanix and SimpliVity, only offer SDS either as part of their own appliances, and those that offer only the software, like Nexanta, provide it with a hardware compatibility list of fully certified configurations and reference architectures. The issue, he writes, is that SDS does not replace quality in the underlying hardware, "You get what you pay for" still applies, and companies that go with the lowest cost... more »
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Built-in hardware telemetry means better service for ITOs

CIOs should insist on built-in data telemetry on system performance in any new data arrays they buy, writes Consultant and Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in "CIOs Should Require Analytics As part of Vendor Infrastructure Support". Advanced telemetry is a mainstream trend in the industry already, with HP, Nimble Storage, NetApp and other vendors offering it, and it is time for CIOs to add it to their required features list. Data telemetry allows the array to send a constant stream of data back to the vendor in real time for automated analysis. This allows the vendor to automatically identify problems developing in... more »
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Sick of hearing about it @PDAguerrilla

As an e-book reader and advocate going back 15-plus years, I am getting thoroughly sick of hearing about the wonderful heft and smell and feel of physical books. Every time I hear a discussion (usually a podcast) someone waxes poetic about the physical experience of books. In this case I was listening to the "To the Best of Our Knowledge" podcast from PRI, an excellent podcast that I strongly recommend, btw. Please understand that I have nothing against reading physical books. For decades I carried books with me wherever I went and turned otherwise frustrating waits in outer offices, airplane boarding... more »
2013 DevOps retro round-up: Agile development meets cloud computing

2013 DevOps retro round-up: Agile development meets cloud computing

Cloud computing has really made it's mark on the industry. In addition to improving the agility influence on the communication and collaboration between developers and IT operations with the DevOps model cloud-technology has lowered costs, changed the enterprise, and given everyone a lot to think about. Through the year 2013, cloud computing evolved over time into a must-have skill for DevOps teams as well as enhancing collaboration, increasing uptime and giving development teams maneuvering room in the mobile world; however, it hasn't been without its challenges and cloud-computing itself is still being embraced and shaken out by the industry and the... more »
Using Big Data to predict product launch succcess with dunnhumby stats at hack/reduce

Using Big Data to predict product launch succcess with dunnhumby stats at hack/reduce

Back in May, Kaggle ran a competition with hack/reduce and dunnhumby focused on using big data predictive analysis on product launches. The objective: to discover how to predict the level of success or failure of a product by looking at the first few weeks of sales. Called the “Product launch challenge” the hackathon brought in quite a few interested hacker and data science teams to try their hand at the problem. Dunnhumby supplied the data—around 100,000 rows—that consisted of numerous data points involving sales per week from stores, product category, number of customers who purchased the product, and even customer categories.... more »
Ionic: Bridging the gap between Native and HTML5 mobile app development

Ionic: Bridging the gap between Native and HTML5 mobile app development

In general, the native apps are still favored by developers over web applications due to the fact that they are able to ensure a higher level of performance and greater integration with the operating systems adopted by mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The HTML5 landscape has improved so much in recent years that native mobile apps have started using HTML, CSS and JavaScript to increase performance. Even today HTML5 use increases and  developers seek solutions that make it possible to adopt web standards that can achieve performance comparable to those of the native apps. Hybrid web-native HTML5 mobile app... more »
Sumo Logic doesn't want to cut humans out the data loop | #re:invent2013

Sumo Logic doesn't want to cut humans out the data loop | #re:invent2013

Sumo Logic has positioned itself at the forefront of the Internet of Things with a cloud-based machine data analytics solution that empowers organizations to tame the rapid growth in information without a hefty upfront capital investment. Bruno Kurtic, the firm’s founding vice president of product and strategy, dropped by theCUBE at re:Invent 2013 to go over the underlying value proposition. What sets Sumo Logic apart from Splunk, a competing provider of machine data analysis software, are the advanced machine learning techniques baked into its offering. According to Kurtic, the technology filters data to let customers easily identify patterns and focus on... more »
Urban agriculture meets the Internet of Things

Urban agriculture meets the Internet of Things

Getting fresh produce in the city may be one of the little perks you enjoy every now and then, but living the locavore lifestyle can get expensive. Boosted by connecte devices, urban farms are getting smarter.  About 58 percent of the world’s population resides in urban areas, prompting a rise in urban agriculture.  And in today's mobile and connected world, even keeping tabs on your city plants can be as easy as checking its status via an app. This week’s SmartHome roundup features emerging solutions addressing urban agriculture such as the successful crowdfunding project Plant Link, HarvestGeek, and GrowCube. Plant Link   The Plant Link... more »
Cyber Monday crime on the rise: Here's 5 BYOD security threats you need to know

Cyber Monday crime on the rise: Here's 5 BYOD security threats you need to know

Cyber Monday marks the busiest online shopping day of the year. But while multitudes of consumers will take advantage of deep online discounts, they may be unaware of cybercriminals who also use the retail holiday to their advantage - and not just in search of online bargains. Rather, hackers and scammers typically come out in force at this time of year, flooding social media, emails and search results with malicious links, offers for worthless products, and other scams aimed at relieving consumers of their personal data. The threat of cybercrime during the holiday shopping season is no longer just a minor irritant... more »
Bitcoin is falling again. Here's why it doesn't matter.

Bitcoin is falling again. Here's why it doesn't matter.

[EN: Over the course of the weekend, Bitcoin's spot price (in USD) was as high as $1233 and as low as $840.32 before returning to $1079 Monday morning. Below is a short statement from Kevin Rose, posted via Reddit, as to why it doesn't matter. -mrh] I've been monitoring /r/Bitcoin for several months now, watching, speculating, and slowly collecting coins. To date I've purchased or mined Bitcoin, Litecoin, Peercoin, Ripple and Primecoin. Selling off some over time, and putting some personal wins up on the board. I see two major camps here. In the first camp are the folks attracted to 'quick money', they... 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.