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The changing job market for data scientists : Advice from top bosses

The changing job market for data scientists : Advice from top bosses

Data scientists are now a crucial part of the tech industry. As more people use technology ranging from home and office PCs to laptops, mobile devices and the internet, more and more data is being generated. It would seem that data scientists are needed more than ever to make sense of all this amassing information. theCube, SiliconANGLE’s premiere video production, has been conference-hopping all year, speaking with top executives and industry leaders on the changing landscape of data-related professions. We’ve gathered quotes from theCUBE's recent interviews with experts who discussed a variety of related topics--from finding the right people to work as... more »
Bitcoin Black Friday makes Bitcoin bargain hunting easy

Bitcoin Black Friday makes Bitcoin bargain hunting easy

While most Black Friday bargain hunters are set to descend on the stores like a pack of rabid animals later today, a new breed of savvy tech-shoppers will do their shopping at home, buying their gifts anonymously using Bitcoin. That's right, certain shoppers will be able to buy up all the bargains they need using the crypto-currency that broke the $1,000 barrier earlier this week. Despite the bad press its received in the past, Bitcoin can actually be spent on many things besides drugs and hitmen, as we're sure to find out later today. For example, the really adventurous Bitcoin millionaires may... more »
Wearable tech aims to help the visually impaired

Wearable tech aims to help the visually impaired

This week’s Wearable Tech roundup features Sony’s SmartWig, GIST, and Muse. Sony’s SmartWig   Sony has applied for a rather odd-sounding patent which pertains to a "SmartWig" device. In the patent applications, the SmartWig is described as a device that’s able to cover at least part of a person’s head, and is able to acquire data and communicate with other connected devices.  SmartWigs can apparently be made from horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair or any other kind of synthetic material.  It is embedded with various sensors that can help people with navigation or monitor their temperature or blood... more »
Best Black Friday online deals

Best Black Friday online deals

Some retail stores will be starting their Black Friday sales early this year.  Some stores opened as early as 6 AM on Thanksgiving, while other shops will be sticking to tradition and will only be opening their doors at 12 AM on Black Friday so people can spend quality time with their family before all the shopping chaos. If you’re one of those who would like to shop in peace and choose to shop online, here are some of the best Black Friday, online-only deals: Walmart   Samsung 32" Class LED 720p 60Hz HDTV, (3.7" ultra-slim) UN32EH4003 - $227.99 Samsung 40" Class LED 1080p 60Hz... more »
NSA malware infects 50,000 worldwide computer with 1,000 hackers

NSA malware infects 50,000 worldwide computer with 1,000 hackers

Another week, more NSA developments, well allegations really.  Somehow perhaps people are getting numb to these things as they come out there is less and less surprise left.  Last week news emerged that the NSA had infected more than 50,000 computer networks around the world with a specialized piece of malicious hardware that was designed and deployed to collect sensitive information.  This latest revelation comes again from the trove of documents acquired by former government contractor Edward Snowden. At the center of the release is a leaked presentation slight intended for management.  Dated 2012, the presentation shows one of the ways... more »
Healthcare.gov moving to HP from Verizon Terremark

Healthcare.gov moving to HP from Verizon Terremark

Trying to make sense of Healthcare.gov through everything that’s happened so far in this botched atrocious rollout, it’s quite mind-boggling. Now comes yet another head-scratcher. The Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that Healthcare.gov will be picking up the tent stakes from its current Virginia home over at Terremark, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications over to Hewlett-Packard Plano, TX facilities very early in 2014. It would seem likely that the move which is targeted for March were to take place, then activity around this move is already taking place in the background. Now, Terremark certainly has many enterprise clients,... more »
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Machines + human emotions : The path to AI

Imagine a world where machines can distinguish your emotions and react accordingly? For example, if you are stressed, your smart bathroom will automatically run a warm, relaxing bath filled with your favorite scents to relieve stress. Or if your kitchen senses that you are a little sluggish when you wake up in the morning, it will make you a strong pot of coffee. Those are just some of the ways emotion-sensitive machines can make our lives better, or at least more convenient. As the world becomes more connected, machines are communicating with each other, sometimes on our behalf, at an increasing rate.  Just as humans... more »
CyberSecurity 2014 with Alert Logic

CyberSecurity 2014 with Alert Logic

CyberSecurity.  2014.  What is going to be out there in terms of threats, products and trends?  There's plenty of opinions about this because security in the industry is so widespread by disciplines.  That's the modern security environment.  So we sought out companies in leadership positions, we sought out the people that are out on the front lines and driving security in the year ahead.  Our 2014 CyberSecurity projections kick off with Alert Logic Co-Founder  – Misha Govshteyn, VP Emerging Products.  Govshteyn is responsible for security strategy, security research and software development.  Alert Logic is a Security-as-a-Service provider which has unmatched... more »
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Virident’s post-merger strategy : Flash storage + software | #oow13

Ken Grohe, Virident’s vice president of worldwide customer operations, returned to theCUBE at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 to discuss the latest developments from his company and the use cases that are driving flash adoption in the enterprise. In September, hard drive maker Western Digital announced that Virident was merging with its HGST subsidiary in a $685 million deal, representing one of the largest exits in the history of the solid-state storage market. The acquisition provided the firm with more resources to compete in the PCIe SSD space, Grohe tells theCUBE hosts Dave Vellante and David Floyer, including additional engineering muscle and a... more »
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Symantec’s cloud locker falls victim to mobile revolution

Faltering demand for personal computers has led Symantec to shut down its Backup Exec.cloud service, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. The company is pulling the plug on the cloud locker in an effort to slim down and refocus on the rapidly growing mobile market, the new frontier for endpoint security and data protection. Backup Exec.cloud is pegged as a next-generation “hybrid option to back up data onsite and to the cloud, ensuring fast backups and retrievals and an offsite copy.” The solution is geared towards SMBs and branch offices that need to be able to easily manage their information but also require... 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.