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Knight Foundation Funding Supports Data in the Public Interest

Knight Foundation Funding Supports Data in the Public Interest

“Whether it is EU spending data, development aid data or crime data, data driven journalism can facilitate public engagement with issues dealt with by public bodies and international organizations, thus enriching the public debate around them.” – Data Driven Journalism Data journalists, like corporate executives, are tasked with harnessing big data for maximal return; for journalists, the profit is a more democratic society.  Increasingly, incubators and grantmakers are supporting those Alex Howard calls, “ambitious, smart, social entrepreneurs who want to start civic startups” that leverage data for social change. The Knight Foundation for journalistic research has now joined the ranks of... more »
Hortonworks Focused on Making Apache Hadoop Enterprise-Ready

Hortonworks Focused on Making Apache Hadoop Enterprise-Ready

Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden opened the Hadoop Summit 2012 show his company is sponsoring with a message of cooperation rather than competition and said his company's goal remains developing Apache Hadoop into a enterprise-ready technology platform. Asked by John Furrier in an interview on the SiliconAngle Cube at the start of the show about the differences between the Summit and O'Reilly Media's HadoopWorld, for instance, he said the goals of the two conferences are very similar. The main difference is that in an industry that changes radically every six weeks a lot has happened in the six months since HadoopWorld. “It was... more »
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It’s Day 1 of Hadoop Summit. VMware, Pentaho Jump in the Fray

Yesterday before the Hadoop Summit even started, co-host Hortonworks decided to debut its product. It launched the HortonWorks Data Platform that the startup touts as a more stable and, more importantly, a partner-centric distribution of the big data-munching software. There’s also strong cloud support in the form of a high-availability edition that is integrated with VMware. Now it’s Day 1 of the conference, and some of the more patient attendees are starting to unveil their new products as well.  VMware is one of them. The virtualization giant announced what it codenamed project “Serengeti,” a so-called virtualization- aware Hadoop configuration and management tool--the... more »
The Future of PaaS

The Future of PaaS

This afternoon at Deploycon I am moderating a panel: "The Future of PaaS." I asked the panelists and others at the conference how they view the future of platform-as-a-service. Here is a smattering of what people had to say: Pervasive CTO Michael Hoskins set the tone with his keynote. His picture is of a PaaS becoming the means for data-as-service as the age of software comes to an end. The advent of PaaS will mean the transformation of frameworks and complex families of services to simple, stand alone services. Apps will be less written and more assembled from various components. Finding functionality becomes less... more »
TheCube at Dell Storage Forum Examines VMware-Dell Partnership for Virtualization and the Cloud

TheCube at Dell Storage Forum Examines VMware-Dell Partnership for Virtualization and the Cloud

Stu Miniman brought Felipe Payet and Tracy Waller from VMware into theCube at Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston, MA to talk about the VMWare-Dell partnership and how that affects the virtualization ecology in the technology sphere. They sat down and spoke about mission-critical virtualization, development, and their role in the partnership and how they’ve welded the two companies together. In the Americas alone there’s approximately 65 people dedicated to the VMware-Dell partnership; globally that probably almost doubles. So this is a serious infrastructure and training project between the two companies. Miniman brought up to Payet and Waller that the discussion in... more »
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Tecplot's EqualLogic Adoption Opens New Doors

In The Cube’s ongoing coverage of Dell Storage Forum, Dave Vellante and Stuart Miniman of Wikibon.org meet with Tecplot IT generalist, Pete Koehler (full video below).  Vellante begins by reminding viewers that The Cube finds the signal through the noise, providing only the most relevant newsworthy information.  True to style, Vellante and Miniman’s discussion with Koehler gets directly to the point concerning Tecplot’s strategies and experiences Dell EqualLogic, the back-up window and translating “data-speak” into simple terminology for stakeholders concerned with the bottom line. Tecplot decided to use Dell’s EqualLogic solution to address storage challenges.  Tecplot makes simulation analytics and data visualization... more »
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Cloud Provider Combines High Security and Efficiency on Dell Backbone

“Security is a challenge for every cloud provider,” says Alex Rodriguez, VP of Systems Engineering and Product Development for Pittsburgh-based communications and cloud service provider Expedient Communications. “You are asking clients to trust you with their critical applications and data.” Expedient builds that trust by consistently delivering services that meet customers' most demanding SLAs, he says during an interview at theCube (full video below).  And it adheres to a list of security and privacy regulations from PCI to HIPAA for all its clients, including those that are not in the regulated industries. While most regulated companies face one audit a year, “we... more »
Bored with Apple, Samsung Declares War on Facebook Instead

Bored with Apple, Samsung Declares War on Facebook Instead

Samsung getting fed up of copying making phones perhaps? Or do they genuinely believe they can do what the likes of Google and Apple have miserably failed to achieve? Either way, reports from Korea that the electronics and just-about-everything-else giant is planning to launch a social networking service to rival Facebook are sure to raise an eyebrow or two this morning. The Korean Herald (admittedly, not the best of sources) quoted a Samsung official as saying that the company hopes to launch a new social networking service to compete with Facebook early next year. According to the source, the service will... more »
Latest Big Data Trends Revealed with Jaspersoft Q2 Index

Latest Big Data Trends Revealed with Jaspersoft Q2 Index

Business intelligence software firm Jaspersoft operates JasperForge.org, a community site that, among other things, allows developers to download open-source big data technology. That covers pretty much all of the Apache projects associated with Hadoop, as well as many others, and Jaspersoft is making the most of it. The company tracks monthly connector downloads and provides a few metrics that shed some new light on the big data trend today. The latest report that went out this week cites a few interesting figures: over 10,000 connectors downloaded this year, an increase that could add up to as much as 92 percent YoY... more »
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Starting With Blank Slate, Dell Engineers Best-in-Class Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Darren Thomas, Vice President/General Manager of Dell Enterprise Storage, took time out from the Dell Storage Forum 2012 in Boston this week to talk to Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon.org as part of theCube’s conference coverage (full video below). Here’s a rundown of some of the major messages Thomas conveyed regarding Dell’s role in the storage industry. Dell started to become a major player in the storage business in 2004 after previously being fully committed as an EMC reseller. “With a leader like Michael Dell, we wanted to start a storage revolution and become a leading innovator,” Thomas revealed. “We... more »

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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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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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