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VMware Nabs SAP’s Sanjay Poonen, Shares Thoughts on Cloud Ecosystem

VMware Nabs SAP’s Sanjay Poonen, Shares Thoughts on Cloud Ecosystem

VMware announced Tuesday morning that Sanjay Poonen is taking over as the head of its end-user computing group. Poonen holds two patents, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree from Stanford University. He began his career as an engineer for Microsoft, and advanced to executive positions at prominent tech firms such as Symantec, VERITAS and Informatica. He most recently served the president of global solutions and go-to-market for BI giant SAP. TheCube crew caught up with Poonen at SAP Sapphire 2011 to get his take on cloud computing and its impact on the ecosystem value change. “System... more »
Twitter Rolls Out Non-SMS, Two-Factor Authentication

Twitter Rolls Out Non-SMS, Two-Factor Authentication

There’s a lot of buzz about the social world today.  There’s the new two-factor Twitter authentication, WhatsApps’ new voice messaging, and even Facebook has rolled out a few new updates.  So let’s check ‘em out. Twitter does away with SMS   Most two-factor authentication relies on SMS messages.  If you want to always be secured when you log in your online account, if the service supports it, you can setup two-factor authentication which would require you to enter your mobile number so the service can send a code via SMS, which has to be inputted to login to the service.  This method is... more »
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Smart TV + Cloud Win : 5 Places to Watch Breaking Bad Online

Looking to catch up on Breaking Bad before the season 6 premier on August 11?  Thanks to ongoing developments in the smart TV sector and the cloud, you have several options to watch previous seasons of Breaking Bad (at least 5, according to our list below). Cable cord cutters have been waiting for smart TVs to hit the mainstream for some time, and manufacturers are striving to meet growing consumer demand. According to a recent report from media research firm TDG, 14 percent of households with broadband internet owned an Apple TV, Roku box, or similar streaming platform in 2012. However,... more »
Google Chrome 'Hacked': How Your Passwords Can Be Exposed

Google Chrome 'Hacked': How Your Passwords Can Be Exposed

If you're one of the millions of people using Google Chrome as your preferred browser, and if you happen to have any important passwords saved within the browser itself, you might just want to reconsider how wise that is. Your data is, of course, at risk any time your computer is stolen, lost or borrowed by another person, but there are various measures we can put in place to protect against this. But whatever security precautions you take, this could all be undone in seconds if you happen to use Google's browser, as software designer Elliott Kember revealed in a blog... more »
IBM/Google Alliance Forebodes Major Industry Shift #OpenPower

IBM/Google Alliance Forebodes Major Industry Shift #OpenPower

IBM today announced its second major alliance in two weeks, this time with Google and three high-performance computing (HPC) vendors, to create the OpenPOWER Consortium, the first time IBM has offered to license its Power RISC processor hardware and firmware to third-party server manufacturers. The first announcement, on July 24th, was the alliance with Pivotal, which is 70% owned by EMC, to run WebSphere on top of the Cloud Foundry PaaS both as a product to offer to IBM customers and as a service on the IBM cloud. It is easy to see what the three niche HPC vendors -- Mellanox,... more »
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TrainSignal Acquired By Pluralsight in $23.6 Million Deal

Disclaimer: I’ve worked with TrainSignal for years as a contract instructor and have created ten training courses in that time.  As such, I’m definitely biased.  Bear that in mind as you read on. Today, TrainSignal and Pluralsight both announced Pluralsight’s acquisition of TrainSignal for a cool $23.6 million.  For a company that founder Scott Skinger started using credit cards, that’s an incredible feat and one of which he and the entire team at TrainSignal should be immensely proud.  Early this year, TrainSignal made a strategic “bet the company” move when the company ended its physical media-based sales model and moved to... more »
In an Open World, HP has 3 Types of Partners | #HPBigData2013

In an Open World, HP has 3 Types of Partners | #HPBigData2013

Updated with full video - see below. Broadcasting live from Boston, from HP Vertica Big Data Conference, theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Chris Selland, HP Vertica's VP of Marketing, to talk about this week's event, which turns out to be his brainchild.  The trio also discussed HP's strategy for the future. This Conference is not just HP Vertica's show, but also their partners' and customers' show. It wasn't even intended to be a show; it started as a user group meeting, powered by the need to establish a community. They basically wanted to feature what their customers... more »
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The History and Future of Data Architecture Models #HPBigData2013

Updated with full video - see below. SiliconANGLE’s TheCUBE, broadcasting live from the HP Big Data Conference in Boston welcomed Brian Dougherty to discuss the future of data warehouse architecture. Dave Vellante of Wikibon and founder of SiliconANGLE, John Furrier, spoke with Dougherty just as the keynote presentation by Major League Baseball player Billy Bean was being completed. Dougherty, the Chief Data Warehouse Architect for CMA Consulting Services of Latham, NY, spoke about how the influx in troves of data, and the analytics of that data, are allowing organizations to be able to make informed and timely decisions as opposed to the... more »
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New ReRAM Tech Bridges Performance Gaps Between DRAM + Flash

Crossbar, the Santa Clara startup, recently announced a game-changing new memory chip that has the potential to replace flash memory in a number of applications. Dubbed as Resistive RAM or ReRAM, this postage-sized chip has the ability to store up to a terabyte of data as well as access that data 20 times faster than than the best flash storage available today. How is this possible?  SiliconANGLE’s Mike Wheatley explains that the ReRAM is composed of simple electrical structure that consists of three-layers of silicon-based material, including top and bottom electrodes, and a switching medium.  The idea is that the voltage flowing... more »
Who Owns Your Data Strategy? The Symbiosis Between Vertica + Attunity | #HPBigData2013

Who Owns Your Data Strategy? The Symbiosis Between Vertica + Attunity | #HPBigData2013

Updated with full video - see below. John Furrier and Dave Vellante are camping out in Boston for a couple of days, to cover the HP Vertica Big Data Conference, in full swing this week. One of the first people to be interviewed for theCUBE's live broadcast was Lawrence Schwartz, VP of Marketing with Attunity. The company has been around for a while, with a long history in edit/capture, and has worked with various data types and data systems, boasts Schwartz. Their current focus is on "getting real-time data innovation going". Attunity's information availability software solutions enable the access, sharing and distribution... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.