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MD Anderson Medical Center Announces Moon Shots Worldiwde Cancer Initiative

The University of Texas MD Anderson Medical Center and IBM Friday announced an ambitious plan to make the latest cancer research results, including ongoing trials, available to doctors worldwide. Anderson and IBM will attack the sometimes decade-long lag time between publication of research and its incorporation into general treatment for patients by making its Oncology Expert Advisor, built on IBM's Watson cognitive computing engine, accessable to clinicians not only in the United States but around the world. It will provide the most advanced cancer treatments, tailored to the individual patient, wherever they may be needed. Beyond that, the Expert Advisor... more »
VMware Spices Up Cloud Wars with DaaS Buy, New Software Releases

VMware Spices Up Cloud Wars with DaaS Buy, New Software Releases

At the VMworld 2013 in Barcelona, Pat Gelsinger’s VMware showed that it’s serious about moving beyond the hypervisor and into value-added services that utilize virtualization to help customers drive tangible business value. The company kicked off the event with the acquisition of Desktone, a Chelmsford, MA-based provider of VDI-as-a-service that is credited with pioneering the delivery of desktop images from multitenant cloud environments. The vendor’s platform leverages a commodity architecture to undercut traditional enterprise solutions while simplifying deployment and management across a wide range of devices. This combination of cost-efficiency and flexibility attracted high-profile clients such as Dell, Fujitsu and NEC,... more »
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Weekly Security Review: Google, NSA At It Again

Security and privacy have been dragged into the limelight once again this week with the revelation that Google Chrome, the browser of choice for over 53 percent of all internet users, fails to adequately protect personal information. Identity Finder claims that there are “dozens of well-known exploits” to access files stored in Chrome, which can contain names, email, phone numbers, bank details, credit card and other sensitive data. To help users better protect themselves from hackers while Google gets around to fixing these vulnerabilities, the research firm published a report containing a few helpful recommendations for safe browsing. Readers are advised... more »
CA Technologies Eliminates DevOps Challenges with LISA 7.1 Release

CA Technologies Eliminates DevOps Challenges with LISA 7.1 Release

CA Technologies is developing the strategy of LISA, an innovative platform that creates virtual environments for automated testing and development of applications even in the cloud. The platform takes care of the necessary services to virtualize applications by simulating their dynamic behavior, their data and their performance. LISA is an end-to-end solution that provides automation for all types of testing: unit testing, functional, integration, regression, load and performance. It also allows you to identify anomalies and defects of applications without requiring manual intervention. Extending the LISA capabilities to the next level, CA Technologies announced the latest version of its suite--CA LISA... more »
Internet of Things Review: Fitness Bands and Phablets

Internet of Things Review: Fitness Bands and Phablets

The Internet of Things keeps getting bigger. Jumping into the fray, sportswear giant Nike is launching a new iteration of its popular fitness band to make it easier for users to check their progress throughout the day. Unveiled during a sold-out company event on Tuesday, the Nike+ FuelBand SE is available in three new colors: yellow, pink and red. More notably, the band introduces support for Bluetooth 4.0 to let you track sessions and see Fuel points earned in real time. The Nike+ platform has also been updated to more accurately track different types of activities, a major improvement that... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: Visualization Highlight

Weekly Big Data Review: Visualization Highlight

Data visualization took center stage this week with the launch of Sonar Solo, a new tool for analyzing Twitter trends. Developed by Bottlenose, the app provides near real time visibility into social activity via a graphical interface that displays a wide range of sentiment indicators, from citation volumes to the tweet velocity of a given term or topic. Unlike traditional social discovery apps, which are for the most part static, Sonar Solo dynamically scans social data to let users drill down into specific data points and watch them evolve. The software delivers this functionality using technology borrowed Nerve Center, a streaming... more »
3 Biggest Security Mistakes You’re Making – Without Even Knowing

3 Biggest Security Mistakes You’re Making – Without Even Knowing

You know where your most valuable data is stored. Your data is locked safely in a fortress of layered defenses. You’ve protected those treasures with well-configured edge devices, a lean fully-patched DMZ, a tightly woven net of firewall ACLs and an intentional architecture that separates your servers’ functions. Your logs are continually examined and anomalous behavior is analyzed. Your privileged identities are well defined by role and rigorously managed. Overall, you’re able to sleep well at night knowing that you have a well-oiled machine protecting your company’s — and your customers’ — most valuable data. Right? There’s Not an App for That Alas,... more »
7 Stories You Don't Want to Miss : TALOS, Bitcoin + More

7 Stories You Don't Want to Miss : TALOS, Bitcoin + More

In the immortal words of Iron Man, "Lets do this." This past week was packed with noteworthy developments in the tech sector. Along with a stream of third quarter news from the big boys of tech, we covered a lot of interesting developments spanning the wire from the US military building its own Iron Man, to analytics for all in the realm of Big Data.  Here is a recap of the seven must reads from SiliconANGLE this week. Is “Analytics for All” Finally at Hand? . Business intelligence vendors have kind of been like that one "guy" in your friends circle. You know... more »
BitTorrent Megasite IsoHunt to Shut Down, Pay $110 M Settlement

BitTorrent Megasite IsoHunt to Shut Down, Pay $110 M Settlement

isoHunt – a massively popular bit torrent sharing site will be shut down as part of a settlement following a piracy suit launched by a number of major Hollywood studios.  The settlement also includes an agreement to pay $110 million pursuant to claims that the site encouraged pirating of television shows and movies.  It was an interesting case that played out over several years.  The case launched heavily against site founder Gary Fung, isoHunt, and three related sites, which are also part of the shut down that are to be completed by October 23, 2014.  The settlement came just before... more »
SmartWorld Weekly: Nike FuelBand SE, Chatty Kitchens + More

SmartWorld Weekly: Nike FuelBand SE, Chatty Kitchens + More

This week’s SmartWorld Series features the talking kitchen, improved tracking bands, the future of connected cars, and smart devices that you can help fund. If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. The Talking Kitchen : Dieting Fridges + Sensory Milk Jugs   SmartHome Monday featured some of the smartest new concepts in kitchen design at this year’s Electrolux Lab Design event.  Of... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- 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

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.