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Office for iPad Confirmed, But Has Microsoft Missed The Boat?

Office for iPad Confirmed, But Has Microsoft Missed The Boat?

Microsoft is finally getting ready to launch its Office program on the iPad, but it won't arrive until the company has launched a fully touch-enabled version for its own Windows 8 platform first, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed. Speaking at the Gartner Symposium Itxpo event on Tuesday, Ballmer revealed that the "iPad will be picked up when there’s a touch-first user interface" ready, but said that any release would be on Windows 8 machines first. That's good news for any entrepreneurial or business-type iPad users out there, but we should note that roadmaps leaked earlier in the year suggest that any... more »
Samsung Launches New Phone Despite Product Ban in the US

Samsung Launches New Phone Despite Product Ban in the US

As many will have expected, the US President has decided not to grant a South Korean company the same favor it granted an American company. Back in August, President Barack Obama vetoed a product ban on certain Apple devices that was handed down by the International Trade Commission.  The devices covered by the ban were determined to have infringed standard essential patents from Samsung.  The company was hoping the president would give it the same consideration in its own claim. In a statement released today, Obama’s designee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, told listeners that: “After carefully weighing policy considerations, including the... more »
New iPads, Mavericks and Mac Pro to Launch on October 22

New iPads, Mavericks and Mac Pro to Launch on October 22

Apple is all set for another round of product launches later this month, and consumers are likely to see new iPads and Macs this time around. Previous reports stated that Apple would be holding an press event on the 15th of October, but AllThingsD's sources, who claim to be familiar of the Cupertino company’s plans, stated that the invite-only event is all set for the 22nd of October. According to the sources, Apple will be launching its 5th generation iPad - complete with a new 64-bit A7 chip and an iPad mini with Retina Display that will likely have the same chipset.... more »
3 Smart Startup Solutions To Automate Your Home

3 Smart Startup Solutions To Automate Your Home

It used to be that home automation was the exclusive domain of the rich – those wealthy enough to splurge $20,000-plus on complex systems that allowed them to control the lights, security, air conditioning, home theater and other odds and ends at the flick of a switch. That's not no longer the case, with a slew of new startups quickly bringing home automation to the mainstream. The likes of Nest, Kwikset, Yale, Insteon, Dropcam and Sonos offer devices that allow us to control the thermostat, A/C, locks, lights, doors, cameras, speakers and anything else you can think of. These gadgets aren't... more »
Tintri Expands Virtual Storage Lineup with New Appliances, Software

Tintri Expands Virtual Storage Lineup with New Appliances, Software

Scalability has long been a pain point for CIOs, forcing them to make unnecessarily large investments in data center equipment and software licenses to accommodate their organizations’ growth. Tintri, a Mountain View-based provider of hybrid storage solutions, is addressing this issue with new appliances for virtualized environments. Geared toward midsize and large enterprises, the Tintri VMstore T600 series includes two systems that offer to simplify deployment while increasing VM density. The T620 can run up to 500 virtual machines and support midsize Microsoft deployments and virtual desktop environments, while the T650 can accommodate as many as 2000 VMs in 4U of... more »
IBM Refreshes Infrastructure Lineup as Part of Hybrid Cloud Initiative

IBM Refreshes Infrastructure Lineup as Part of Hybrid Cloud Initiative

IBM is augmenting its already massive infrastructure portfolio in a move to capture the hybrid cloud market. Driven in large part by the increased adoption of open systems in the enterprise, this segment is witnessing double digit growth that is only expected to accelerate as the technology trickles down to small and midsize businesses. Underscoring its recently announced commitment to inject $1 billion into the Linux ecosystem, IBM unveiled a Power Integrated Facility for Linux that aims to make it easier for enterprises to scale their cloud environments without overspending on software licenses. The system is joined by two low-end PureFlex... more »
GE Sells Efficiency as a Service : Smart Machines Shed the Downtime

GE Sells Efficiency as a Service : Smart Machines Shed the Downtime

GE shows potential in $20 billion productivity boost behind Industrial Internet, demonstrates how the movement will change human behavior and "unleashes" the power of the workplace through intelligent machines. There's a great story about the Industrial Internet, what it can do and how it will carry us into the future.  In fact, there's millions of great stories, each demonstrating the vast and creative ways in which machines are already helping our lives.  We're all becoming a little smarter, a smidgen more efficient and a whole lot more productive.  The Industrial Internet will once again shift our concept of time, reconfiguring the... more »
Silk Road Shutdown Leads to Further International Arrests

Silk Road Shutdown Leads to Further International Arrests

Further arrests have surfaced in relation to the recent raid, and shutdown, of Silk Road--an anonymized website existing in the “dark web” that facilitated illegal activity and drug sales. Only last week the FBI raided the Silk Road website and arrested the alleged founder, 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht (aka the Dread Pirate Roberts.) The raid appears to only be the beginning of a wider operation by authorities across the world. Brian Krebs from Krebs On Security has cited a complaint in Washington state against Steven Lloyd Sadler, 40, of Bellevue, Washington. His arrest is tied to Silk Road through the nickname “NOD” where... more »
HP Ponemon Cyber Attack Study Shows Cyber Attacks, Costs Rising - The Solution is Big Data, People

HP Ponemon Cyber Attack Study Shows Cyber Attacks, Costs Rising - The Solution is Big Data, People

HP today unveiled the results of an annual cyber attack study of companies worldwide conducted by the Ponemon Institute.  The research in the report shows that both the cost and frequency of cyber attacks continues to increase for the fourth consecutive year. Cybercrime Up 78 Percent, Time to Resolve Attacks More Than Doubles The findings illustrate the challenges in an ever more complex and difficult cyber security landscape, one that results in significant costs, but it also clearly illustrates some of the best paths to help deal with this.  The challenges are huge, the task to protect data and intellectual property is... more »
UK Cyber Reserve Army Sets to Batten Down Countries Against Cyber War

UK Cyber Reserve Army Sets to Batten Down Countries Against Cyber War

A report by the US Department of Defense accused China’s government and military of targeting US government computers as part of a cyber-espionage campaign. The report said that Chinese attacks aimed to scoop up intelligence on US diplomatic, economic and defense sectors which could benefit China’s own military capabilities. The British government admits that the "threat is real." One of the recent examples is a message sent by hackers from the Twitter feed of the Associated Press, saying that the White House had been hit by the two explosions and that President Obama was injured. The fake tweet caused a sensation... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- 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

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