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It's a Small Big Data World

It's a Small Big Data World

The saying that "We live in a data-driven society" is an understatement - we live in a data driven world. A recent CSC infographic explains how data is getting bigger faster, detailing trends in the spread of data into the future. The transnational connections that technological advances have helped us forge and strengthen are shrinking our world, as it gets easier for us to get closer and learn more about each other. Most of our data is interrelated and compiled of information from various countries. Massive amounts of data are generated at lightning speed, but it's still a small big... more »
Siri's Sister Trapit Rolls Out iPad App, Stays Focused on Core AI

Siri's Sister Trapit Rolls Out iPad App, Stays Focused on Core AI

Trapit is an interesting little service that acts as a hybrid between a search engine and a recommendation app, with a number of social components that go on top. Today the startup is introducing an iPad application to give users access to their content directly via a mobile client.  It's one of the biggest updates from Trapit since its beta launch last November, addressing a key market for growth and one that I'd noted as important for Trapit's ongoing development in an initial review of the web app. Trapit aggregates data from about 120k handpicked web sources and applies an AI... more »
Cisco Acquires Virtuata, Enhances Secure Virtualization Capabilities

Cisco Acquires Virtuata, Enhances Secure Virtualization Capabilities

Cisco has acquired the California-based privately held Virtuata and that will help the networking giant to provide enhanced security for virtual machines. As reported on their official blog, Hilton Romanski, Vice President and Head of Corporate Business Development at Cisco said that the networking infrastructure giant will leverage the Virtuata’s innovative capabilities to enable consistent and enhanced security for virtual machines allowing customers to accelerate the deployment of multi-tenant, multi-hypervisor cloud infrastructures. “Cloud and virtualization are significant disrupters in the market. When customers move to these environments, security concerns arise where infrastructure is shared across multiple applications, business units or even... more »
OpenStack Celebrates 2 Years Anniversary, Rapid Adoption

OpenStack Celebrates 2 Years Anniversary, Rapid Adoption

This week OpenStack turned two. The open-source cloud initiative was started by Rackspace and NASA in 2010 and within 24 months, the project managed to gain hundreds of supporters and even beat a few milestones set forth by Linux. In the 84th week of OpenStack’s existence the project already had 166 different organizations supporting it. That compared with the 180 active contributors that Linux managed to bring aboard in 828 weeks, according to some statistics that Rackspace released recently. There’s no doubt that OpenStack managed to gain a ton of momentum, and it’s doing a pretty good job at preserving it. Rackspace... more »
OUYA Might Find Synergy with Services Such as Amazon’s Game Connect

OUYA Might Find Synergy with Services Such as Amazon’s Game Connect

The newly minted Android-based gaming console OUYA (recently upgraded to all caps and pronounced “oh-yeah” by many) has been catapulted into the public consciousness via an overwhelmingly supported Kickstarter campaign and brings a free-to-play gaming philosophy. Also on the near horizon, Amazon.com rushed to market with GameCircle and Game Connect, services designed to support the Android-based Kindle Fire with gaming apps. In some ways, it’s got to be obvious that Game Connect’s free-to-play focus would have some excellent peanutbutter-in-my-chocolate connections to make with OUYA’s philosophy. From what we understand about the OUYA is that they want to open up their entire... more »
Datameer Partners with Dell for Hadoop Integration

Datameer Partners with Dell for Hadoop Integration

Datameer is now a part of Dell’s Emerging Solutions Ecosystem, meaning its data visualization software will be integrated with Dell Apache Hadoop Solution, the manufacturer’s core analytics solution. It’s compromised of Cloudera’s Hadoop distro and the Crowbar configuration framework which the manufacturer developed in house, and later open-sourced. Datameer’s software packs over two dozen connects that can be used to integrate both structured and unstructured data streams into an environment. Just as important, the firm’s offering provides data visualization that allows an expanded group of users to be more active with data. That translates into data scientists being able to be more... more »
@faceboook.com (Three 'O's) Floats Malware, Sends Out Spam E-mails

@faceboook.com (Three 'O's) Floats Malware, Sends Out Spam E-mails

Here at SiliconANGLE, we always remind our readers to be vigilant when opening e-mails from unknown sources as it could often contain links to malware laced sites.  But what if you thought the source was from a trusted network, like Facebook?  You’d open that e-mail, click on the link that says one of your friends tagged or uploaded a photo you, ‘coz you didn’t think much of it.  You get redirected to an unknown site, then redirected to a legit Facebook page that has nothing to do with you or the said notification.  Still, you think nothing of it.  Then... more »
The Importance of Snapshots in Virtualized Environments

The Importance of Snapshots in Virtualized Environments

Snapshot technologies have been around for a long time. Essentially, they let you quickly make online, disk-based copies of selected data sets that are easily accessed. With virtual computing becoming a mainstream deployment platform, these technologies are taking on a heightened importance. When we refer to “snapshot technology”, there are two objects we have in mind. Most snapshot technologies let you quickly create immutable, read-only copies of a data set at a particular point in time. If you want a usable copy of that snapshot, then you create a clone from it. A clone is basically a writable snapshot. The term... more »
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The Double X Factor: the Changing Landscape of Women CEOs

Yahoo! once again has a woman leading their company.  The newly appointed CEO Marissa Mayer has a lot to prove and a lot of challenges to face since the last woman CEO of Yahoo, Carol Bartz, did not make investors happy. But enough about the strifes and tribulations of being Yahoo’s new CEO.  What matters is, another being with two X chromosomes is leading another top tech business. This article is a tribute to all the women in the tech industry. Marissa Mayer - Yahoo! President and CEO Mayer graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in symbolic systems and an M.S.... more »
As Android Malware Menace Shoots Up, Should You Worry?

As Android Malware Menace Shoots Up, Should You Worry?

Ever since the Google launched its mobile OS Android, it became a favorite eye candy, not only for the mobile users but for the hackers as well. Right from the debut beta version to the Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich, there is not a single version that could escape hackers. So far, the count of Android malware has exploded up to 25,000 samples. This is a real concern as the number has doubled up in just a month, which clearly shows the fast-paced threat for the Android users. If we talk about the month of June only, 5,000 new malicious Android... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.