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Sumo Logic doesn't want to cut humans out the data loop | #re:invent2013

Sumo Logic doesn't want to cut humans out the data loop | #re:invent2013

Sumo Logic has positioned itself at the forefront of the Internet of Things with a cloud-based machine data analytics solution that empowers organizations to tame the rapid growth in information without a hefty upfront capital investment. Bruno Kurtic, the firm’s founding vice president of product and strategy, dropped by theCUBE at re:Invent 2013 to go over the underlying value proposition. What sets Sumo Logic apart from Splunk, a competing provider of machine data analysis software, are the advanced machine learning techniques baked into its offering. According to Kurtic, the technology filters data to let customers easily identify patterns and focus on... more »
Urban agriculture meets the Internet of Things

Urban agriculture meets the Internet of Things

Getting fresh produce in the city may be one of the little perks you enjoy every now and then, but living the locavore lifestyle can get expensive. Boosted by connecte devices, urban farms are getting smarter.  About 58 percent of the world’s population resides in urban areas, prompting a rise in urban agriculture.  And in today's mobile and connected world, even keeping tabs on your city plants can be as easy as checking its status via an app. This week’s SmartHome roundup features emerging solutions addressing urban agriculture such as the successful crowdfunding project Plant Link, HarvestGeek, and GrowCube. Plant Link   The Plant Link... more »
Cyber Monday crime on the rise: Here's 5 BYOD security threats you need to know

Cyber Monday crime on the rise: Here's 5 BYOD security threats you need to know

Cyber Monday marks the busiest online shopping day of the year. But while multitudes of consumers will take advantage of deep online discounts, they may be unaware of cybercriminals who also use the retail holiday to their advantage - and not just in search of online bargains. Rather, hackers and scammers typically come out in force at this time of year, flooding social media, emails and search results with malicious links, offers for worthless products, and other scams aimed at relieving consumers of their personal data. The threat of cybercrime during the holiday shopping season is no longer just a minor irritant... more »
Bitcoin is falling again. Here's why it doesn't matter.

Bitcoin is falling again. Here's why it doesn't matter.

[EN: Over the course of the weekend, Bitcoin's spot price (in USD) was as high as $1233 and as low as $840.32 before returning to $1079 Monday morning. Below is a short statement from Kevin Rose, posted via Reddit, as to why it doesn't matter. -mrh] I've been monitoring /r/Bitcoin for several months now, watching, speculating, and slowly collecting coins. To date I've purchased or mined Bitcoin, Litecoin, Peercoin, Ripple and Primecoin. Selling off some over time, and putting some personal wins up on the board. I see two major camps here. In the first camp are the folks attracted to 'quick money', they... more »
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Apps Associates VP on AWS in the enterprise | #re:Invent2013

Bill Saltys, the vice president of US operations and business development at Apps Associates, hopped into theCUBE during Amazon’s re:Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas to share his take on the public cloud value proposition. App Associates is a privately-held provider of IT services and solutions that specializes in Oracle environments. Founded in 2002, the firm leverages AWS to host ‘Try-It-Now-Free" Labs that let customers run their relational databases and legacy apps in the cloud. “The cloud is really all about how do you innovate for business value,” Saltys tells theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante. “And many clients are struggling... more »
Google wants to take the words right out of your mouth with 'personalized automated responses'

Google wants to take the words right out of your mouth with 'personalized automated responses'

Google has just filed a patent applications that governs a system that allows it to post 'automated comments' onto social networks, though some see this as a move that greatly defeats its purpose of cleaning the web of autoposting bots. The patent, entitled “Automated generation of suggestions for personalized reactions in a social network,” deals with automated responses based on posts from people in your social circle.  It uses algorithms and analysis to give you the best options for your automated response.  Like if someone posted, “I got a job at SiliconANGLE!” and there have been others who commented, “Congratulations!” or “Congrats!” Google will... more »
Symantec warns of 'Internet of Vulnerabilities' in 2014

Symantec warns of 'Internet of Vulnerabilities' in 2014

The 'Internet of Things' will transform into the 'Internet of Vulnerabilities' over the next year, with smart devices like smartTVs, routers and security cameras set to become as susceptible to malware threats and hacking as our PCs and mobile phones, claims a new report from Symantec. But at the same time, people are becoming more aware of these kinds of threats, and will be more careful than ever when it comes to keeping their digital data secure. Symantec describes the rise of an 'Internet of Vulnerabilities' in a blog post detailing its Information Security predictions for 2014. In it, Symantec warns... more »
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MongoDB co-founder talks developer productivity and Big Data | re:Invent2013

DevOps and MongoDB have a few things in common. According to Eliot Horowitz, the co-founder and CTO of the database company, both deliver on the promise of accelerating time-to-market by enabling developers to focus on their ideas instead of getting bogged down in plumbing. He dropped by theCUBE at Amazon’s landmark re:Invent 2013 summit to elaborate. In contrast to traditional databases, MongoDB is based on a document data model that makes it easier for users to store and interact with their information. But while the platform differs from relational systems architecturally, it employs the same indexing functions to streamline migration, Horowitz... more »
Best deals for Cyber Monday online shopping

Best deals for Cyber Monday online shopping

If you weren’t able to take advantage of all the great deals offered by retailers over Thanksgiving weekend, and you don’t like the hustle of going to retail stores to get great deals, then "Cyber Monday" is your day. Cyber Monday, if you are not aware, is a day dedicated to online shopping.  If you think online deals during Thanksgiving weekend are awesome, you’ll be amazed at how low prices can get on Cyber Monday. But this time around, three major retailers (Walmart, BestBuy and Staples) are extending Cyber Monday into a full blown "Cyber Week", so online shoppers will have more... more »
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Analysis: Hadoop in the enterprise | #BigDataNYC

The Hadoop ecosystem is evolving at a staggering pace, with SQL querying already fading into the background as real-time analytics and YARN take the center stage, spawning new use cases and broadening the application of Big Data in the enterprise. SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly took a break from Day 3 of Big Data NYC to recap the latest industry milestones and examine where the market is headed next. Organizations are increasingly leveraging Hadoop to solve business problems, a trend that is prompting large vendors such as EMC to throw their hats into the Big... 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.