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Dell Speaks On Dividend Payout, Cost-Cutting and Fresh Focus on Data Centers

In a meeting with analysts, Dell Inc., one of the largest personal computer makers remaining in the market, founder Michael Dell stated that the company would focus more on data center gear, cutting costs, and paying dividends starting this year. Dell shifts focus on the data center Dell is currently a seller of other vendors’ services and products, but they’ve mentioned at this week's Dell Storage Forum that they are transitioning into becoming a true storage provider to address the high demand from their existing clients.  The company has been acquiring data storage makers, networking equipment and business software to diversify beyond... more »
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George Crump Discusses Dell and the Future of Storage in theCube

George Crump of Storage Switzerland attended this week’s Dell Storage Forum and stopped by theCube for a chat with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante. In just over 20 minutes the two analysts managed to cover a number of different topics in surprising depth (full video below). Crump started by noting his personal observations this year: Dell is no longer starting out in the storage industry, but is now much more committed than a year before and has a number of additional assets as well. The company transited from being a reseller to offering up its own IP in a relatively port period of... more »
Flame and Stuxnet Malware were “Parallel Projects”

Flame and Stuxnet Malware were “Parallel Projects”

Security experts have revealed that the creators of the Flame malware and the notorious Stuxnet worm, the two deadliest malicious programs ever discovered, likely collaborated with one another during their development, to the extent that they even used the same source code. The revelation will no doubt lead conspiracy theorists to point the finger of blame at the United States and Israeli governments, which have already been accused of launching Stuxnet at Iran as part of a cyberattack to undermine its suspected nuclear weapons program. Roel Schouwenberg, of the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, announced the discovery earlier this week during an online presentation... more »
Your Complete Guide to Hadoop: Issues, Ecosystem and More

Your Complete Guide to Hadoop: Issues, Ecosystem and More

Is your company interested in Hadoop? Want to look like an expert to your boss? Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly has published a comprehensive assessment of the state of Hadoop and the five Hadoop vendors, focusing on the major remaining issues in this still immature technology rather than on the advantages of Big Data analysis. The report, “Hadoop: From Innovative Up-Start to Enterprise-Grade Big Data Platform” begins with a summary of Hadoop's history and then jumps into a discussion of the four main issues that are keeping it out of data centers. These are mainly a product of the immaturity... more »
Samsung Furthers NFC Campaign With Tec Tiles

Samsung Furthers NFC Campaign With Tec Tiles

Today’s mobile news round up features Siri getting behind the wheels of cars, Samsung’s new NFC stickers, Sony unveils new Xperia’s, and more. Siri to be integrated in cars At the WWDC, Apple announced that a number of vehicle manufacturing companies signed up to implement Siri’s Eyes Free feature into their vehicles. "To be able to access it hands free and eyes free in the car will be an asset and will enable the Apple device to be continually more relevant in the car," said Mark Boyadjis, infotainment analyst with IHS Automotive. "This is an important movement forward." BMW, General Motors, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Honda,... more »
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Most Mobile Ads Want You to Download an App or Buy Something [Report]

Millennial Media has published its June scoreboard for Mobile Advertising Reach and Targeting (SMART) report for 2012, detailing key advertising developments in device and manufacturer data, mobile advertising data, mobile developer trends and global tablet trends. The Q1 2012 report highlights mobile advertiser trends along with key global trends and campaign goals for brands and agencies. The leading behavioral audiences targeted in Q1 included In-Market Auto Intenders, IT Decision Makers, Gadget Geeks, and Movie Buffs. Key Global Trends More advertisers, notably in the Finance vertical, shifted ad spending away from traditional media channels to mobile. Finance advertisers focused more on mobile advertising related... more »
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Hadoop Summit 2012: New Products and New Insight

The fifth annual Hadoop Summit is a two-day event that will kick off tomorrow, and it’s also one of the two events that we’re covering this week. Event co-host Hortonworks and a few partners decided that they won’t be holding off their biggest updates until the gathering to starts, and as a result we’ve already been informed of what may be the most significant developer – the debut of the Hortonworks Data Platform, as well as a VMware-powered HA edition. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything more to look forward to.  The Cube at SiliconANGLE.tv will be streaming live coverage and... more »
TechEd Vendor Profile: Kemp Technologies

TechEd Vendor Profile: Kemp Technologies

At TechEd in Orlando, I had the opportunity to meet with Kemp Technologies.  You may not have heard of the company, but they are a small maker of SMB and midmarket-focused load balancing devices.  During our conversation, inevitable comparisons to F5, a well-known provider of similar devices, arose, but Peter Melerud, EVP for Product Management and Jonathan, Chief Scientist, mostly brushed them off and for good reason.  Kemp is extremely comfortable with their “we’re like F5, but much less expensive and without some of the unnecessary bells and whistles” place in the market.  In fact, they crave it; they have... more »
Analysis: Hortonworks Puts Stake in Ground with New Hortonworks Data Platform - Focus on Big Deals and Ecosystem Growth

Analysis: Hortonworks Puts Stake in Ground with New Hortonworks Data Platform - Focus on Big Deals and Ecosystem Growth

Hortonworks announces Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Hortonworks is including all the normal features around a distribution for Hadoop such as Pig, Hive, Ozzie, etc.  The key features are the new things that they are providing as differentiators in their open source distribution. The new Hortonwork Data Platform key features include bundling of new software for provisioning, management, and monitoring directly in the core platform all open source.    Not a separate proprietary add-on  but something download directly from the core platform. At Hadoop Summit 2012 Hortonworks will showcase their Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and their  4 key differentiators: 1.   Cluster provisioning and setup (Apache Ambari): HDP... more »
Dell Networking on Strategy, Cloud and Opportunity

Dell Networking on Strategy, Cloud and Opportunity

Dario Zamarian, General Manager of Dell Networking platforms, dropped by theCube during the Dell Storage Forum to talk about the company’s networking initiatives and how they fit in with evolving technology environments.  View the video below or click here.  Zamarian feels that networking at Dell is a unique opportunity.   In this evolving market, a few things have brought about the very natural component of networking for Dell.  The requirements brought on by the demands of high end storage, more resiliency, and better performance networks has led to this demand for a new fabric.  With a distributed core Dell Networking works towards... more »

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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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