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Weekly Security Review: Anonymous, Snowden Strike Again

Weekly Security Review: Anonymous, Snowden Strike Again

The cybersecurity landscape changes with every new leak and attack. This week Anonymous exposed members of the notorious Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) after the latter defaced Marines.com, and AlienVault raised new funding for its crowd-powered security platform. In related news, whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA has inserted backdoors into mainstream encryption solutions. The pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army made headlines once again on Monday after it vandalized the official website of the United States Marine Corps. The attack came hours after a spokesperson for the group denied that Anonymous obtained several gigabytes worth of information about its organizational structure. The... more »
Microsoft Xbox One Round Up: Release Slated for November 22, the Electric Innards, and Digital-Only Backlash

Microsoft Xbox One Round Up: Release Slated for November 22, the Electric Innards, and Digital-Only Backlash

Now that we are nearing to the holiday season, Microsoft team is in full swing to get the Xbox One into production. As per latest reports, Microsoft will launch the next generation gaming console on 22 November in one of the 13 initial launch markets--Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the USA. This date is significant in that this is the same date Microsoft first launched the Xbox 360 console way back in 2005. Microsoft said that the initial pre-order supply for the United States is sold out and Xbox One is the fastest... more »
Internet of Things Review: Microsoft Buys Nokia,  Google Unleashes Android 5

Internet of Things Review: Microsoft Buys Nokia, Google Unleashes Android 5

It’s been an eventful week for the Internet of Things. Ubitus partnered with LG to launch its cloud gaming platform in the U.S, GameBrain announced a new development environment for mobile game creators, and Microsoft rattled the market by acquiring Nokia. Google also stirred some buzz after Sundar Pichai, the head of Android and Chrome OS, tweeted the codename of Android 5.0. Cloud media service provider Ubitus kicked off the week by forming a partnership with LG to make its GameNow offering available for American Smart TV owners. The main selling point of the service is its game catalog, which is... more »
The SiliconANGLE on VMware’s Push into the Software-Defined Data Center

The SiliconANGLE on VMware’s Push into the Software-Defined Data Center

SiliconANGLE theCube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante opened the tenth annual VMworld conference with an in-depth discussion about VMware, the state of IT and the rise of the software-defined data center. John highlights that recent executive shake ups such as the departure of Steve Ballmer from Microsoft underscore the massive transformation that the tech industry is undergoing. This transformation is all about defying the convention, Dave chimes in, one of the major themes of the event. In Dave’s view, VMware is competing on three fronts. The company is trying to maintain an edge over OpenStack and Amazon while simultaneously pushing into... more »
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This Week in Storage: Healthcare Takes Big Leaps in Big Data

On the heels of #VMworld2013, we want to catch you up with a quick storage recap for the week. Software-defined, or software-led are both terms that are becoming synonymous with the next evolution of technology. Software and silicon are making more things possible and more things obtainable. Big Data aka or lots-and-lots-and-lots of more data analyzed and acted on...is making the Internet as we know it an Internet of Things as much as an Internet of connected people. Here is a quick recap of storage related news from this week: PMC Unveils Series 8 12Gbit/s RAID Adapters   PMC has its targets set... more »
Avnet’s Brian Mitchell Talks FlexPod: The Future of Converged Infrastucture

Avnet’s Brian Mitchell Talks FlexPod: The Future of Converged Infrastucture

Brian Mitchell of Avnet stopped by theCube during the recent NetApp MVP Event to discuss his company’s role in the storage vendor’s ecosystem. Avnet is one of the world’s largest resellers of IT solutions and hardware components. It also claims to be the number one distributor of FlexPod, a converged infrastructure reference architecture series that is jointly developed by NetApp and Cisco. Mitchell boasts that his company assembles FlexPods for customers all over the world, and that it even built the appliances that were put on display at VMworld. “We often find that folks will say, ‘hey, I’m going to build it... more »
VMware Refreshes Desktop Virtualization Lineup with New Releases

VMware Refreshes Desktop Virtualization Lineup with New Releases

VMware may be pushing into the software-defined data center with new solutions for virtualizing networks and storage arrays, but that doesn’t mean its abandoning its roots. The company just unleashed the latest version of its Workstation desktop virtualization software, along with new releases of Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional. Workstation is VMware’s enterprise desktop hypervisor. It’s based on vSphere, just like the Fusion family, but it ships with a number of advanced features such as ESXi compatibility and VM testing. Workstation 10 introduces several major additions, including set of virtual sensors - an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a compass and an... more »
Opus Interactive Bigwigs Discuss the Tools of the Trade #VMworld

Opus Interactive Bigwigs Discuss the Tools of the Trade #VMworld

Eric Hulbert and Brady Wilson, the CEO and CTO of Opus Interactive, discussed how solutions from VMware and HP help their company drive value for clients in a recent interview on SiliconANGLE’s theCube. Opus Interactive was founded in 1994 as an application development and creative design studio. The firm had shifted its focus to managed hosting, and now offers infrastructure- and IT-as-a-service solutions for enterprises in a wide range of verticals, including retail, finance and healthcare. Hulbert tells theCube host Dave Vellante that prominent brands such as Intel and Microsoft collaborate with the company to handle traffic spikes generated by big... more »
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NAND Flash Taking Over Storage, But New Technologies Snapping at its Heals

NAND Flash is taking over storage of the most active data, but it has a very long way to go to replace disk, and new technologies are snapping at its heals. Flash is an order of magnitude faster than disk, lasts longer, and overall costs less than spinning disks. It is fast conquering tier 1 storage, with flash vendors setting their sights on tier 2 applications such as e-mail and even tier 3 archival applications. For the next five-to-seven years it appears to be where the excitement in storage will be, but various more advanced technologies that promise even higher... more »
SmartWorld Weekly : Patents for SmartHome, Smart Bra, Charging Roads + More

SmartWorld Weekly : Patents for SmartHome, Smart Bra, Charging Roads + More

If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. This week’s SmartWorld Series features gardening in the cloud, an undergarment that aids in the early detection of breast cancer, charging roads for electric cars, and more. Apple Patent Hints at Scene Controlling Technology   This week's SmartHome series featured Apple’s patent application for a device that can save, manage and recall entertainment and “smart... more »

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- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Red Hat.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended DockerCon 2016 in Seattle. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Docker.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the evolution of PaaS and Container platforms, and evaluates the critical architectural criteria that should be considered by CIOs, Enterprise Architects, Developers and Operational teams.

- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.

- David Vellante

Leading CIOs are changing the way they communicate to their boards about cyber security by emphasizing response, not infiltration. Rather than solely focusing on how to thwart penetration, CIOs are treating cyber security as an integral part of business/service continuity and risk management agendas, with a priority on rapidly responding to critical breaches. This research note is based on data gathered through proprietary social analytics, extensive collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and business executives; and is designed to assist CIOs in advancing security agendas with boards of directors.