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Interplanetary Reggae Mon! A Jammin' Take on Data Art

The success of online events like the 1st International Reggae Poster Contest, created by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou, shows Reggae's transnational impact. Thanks to a new collaboration between Georgia Tech Sonification Lab and Alternative Reggae band Echo Movement, Reggae has  gone even further--it's now interplanetary.  Translating numerical data from two stars, scientists helped to produce an ethereal melody for the band’s upcoming song. To assist the band in it’s goal of achieving an ethereal sound, the Sonification Lab gathered numerical data from binary stars Kepler 4665989 and Kepler 10291683. Kepler 4665989′s dims and brightens each time it’s neighboring star passes... more »
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Survive the Zombie Apocalypse with these Gadgets and Apps

I’ve been fascinated with the world of the undead since I was a kid.  Though it gave me endless nightmares, i just love watching shows or movies about them.  But what creeped me out the most were zombies.  Just the thought of rotting people chasing you as prey makes me giddy with excitement and terror. The past few weeks we’ve been hearing a few real-life zombie stories, from cannibalism to the dead waking up and asking for water and then dying again, and people unfazed by being shot at while they mutilate their own bodies.  If you’ve been reading or watching... more »
Permabit Hires New VP of Sales

Permabit Hires New VP of Sales

Permabit is the company behind the Albireo deduplication software that's touted as being miles ahead of the competition in terms of speed – a claim that is backed up by several studies over the course of recent years. As of right now Permabit is an OEM supplier, working with enterprises to build data efficient technologies. This will be a growing area of focus for the company as it brings in a new Senior VP of Sales to scale out its OEM sales and delivery organizations. “Permabit is now ready to take the next step and ramp up for broader adoption and sales... more »
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VCE Enhances Desktop Virtualization Automation Solution FastPath

VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company created by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware in 2010, announced several enhancements to its virtualization management and automation solution, VCE Vblock FastPath. VCE Vblock FastPath Desktop Virtualization Platform helps administrators automate VDI deployments and centrally manage many other aspects of the desktop virtualization platform. At this week’s annual Cisco Live conference, VCE revealed new features designed to make administration even more efficient. FastPath now includes additional support for VCE’s converged Vblock Series 300 Systems, which can support up to 5,000 virtual desktops. VCE also added support for VMware View 5, released in May,... more »
Linus Torvalds to Nvidia: "F**K You!"

Linus Torvalds to Nvidia: "F**K You!"

Linus Torvalds is definitely one of the toughest characters you will find in the tech world. Linux would not be what it is today without Torvalds and the passion he brings to the open-source  movement. In this video recorded Thursday, Torvalds is at the Aalto University Center for Entrepreneurship in Otaniemi, Finland, responding to a university student's question about Nvidia and the difficulty in getting Linux support. Torvalds says Nvidia is by far the worst hardware company he has ever worked with and that's a shame considering that Nvidia tries sell a lot of chips into the Android market. And with that, Torvalds... more »
This Week in Big Data: Hadoop Summit, AvatarNode

This Week in Big Data: Hadoop Summit, AvatarNode

This week Yahoo and Hortonworks, a spin-off from the internet portal operator, hosted the fifth annual Hadoop Summit. The press floodgates were opened even before the vendors had a chance to settle in their booths. The day before Hadoop Summit kicked off, Hortonworks announced its highly anticipated first product: The Hortonworks Data Platform. It does a few things very differently than the distribution offered by the likes of Cloudera and MapR. The Data Platform was built for the channel rather than end user, and it’s based on the first, more trusted release of Hadoop. The distro leverages several other lower-profile Apache projects... more »
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A Real Customer Perspective of Dell's Storage Strategy

The Cube’s Stu Miniman interviewed Dell customer and member of Dell influencer program, Roger Lund a Senior System Administrator for the Array Services Group, at the second annual Dell Storage Forum (part I of interview below, see part II here). The Array Services Group is a parent company for several companies that provide call center and billing services, which is similar to many other businesses working to optimize their IT ecosystem. The Cube and Miniman discussed the technology challenges the Array Services Group faces and how their technology environment has evolved to meet changing demands. According to Lund, his company uses Dell... more »
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Juniper's New QFabric Arrives as Networking Firm Buys Back $1B in Stock

The hype around Juniper Networks’ QFabric architecture was pretty intensive when it launched last year: the concept of simplifying the networking and consolidating the different layers had, and still has a lot of appeal. And the company is looking to preserve the momentum as much as possible by the looks of it, now that it debuted a new edition that can be deployed in much smaller environments. The QFX3000-G is essentially a scaled-down version of the original: Juniper says that it occupies 63 percent less space, reduces the number of cables by four and consumes 57 percent less power than alternative... more »
Former Judge Aids EFF In Retrieving Megaupload User Files

Former Judge Aids EFF In Retrieving Megaupload User Files

Most of us have moved to the cloud--we put our most precious data, photos, videos, files, in the cloud like it’s a bank where we put our money in.  But there’s a huge difference.  A bank, if it goes bankrupt, gets rob or hit by a series of unfortunate events, they would return their clients’ money. But in the case of cloud service providers, if the government shuts it down, there’s no way consumers would be able to get their data back.  And that really sucks especially if the data you moved to the cloud is your sole copy. And that’s... more »
What We Learned From The Amazon Web Services Apocalypse

What We Learned From The Amazon Web Services Apocalypse

By now, you've no doubt heard about yesterday's Amazon Web Services outage (tracked on Twitter with the inauspicious hashtag #AWSpocalypse), during which a power outage disrupted cloud service delivery from its Northern Virginia data center, leaving many customers (as well as Pinterest, Salesforce.com's Heroku and other high-traffic web services) out in the cold. In lieu of an official post-mortem from AWS, let's step back and  look at what we've learned from all this. Analysts, vendors, and armchair CIOs are coming forward proclaiming this as the final nail in the coffin for public cloud. Piston Cloud, provider of private cloud infrastructure services built... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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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.