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IBM Brings Mainframe to the Midrange with zEnterprise BC12 Announcement

IBM Brings Mainframe to the Midrange with zEnterprise BC12 Announcement

With more than 200 new Enterprise clients running on the System z mainframes three years after its 2Q10 introduction, IBM has shown that mainframe systems are not going anywhere soon. Now it is bringing mainframe systems to the mid-market with the zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12), a new "business class" version of System z announced last week. With a starting price of $75,000 for a 50 MIPS system with 8 GB of memory, four FICON fibre connection cards and four  OSA cards to provide multiple fast networking connections,and the capacity to grow to 4,950 MIPS, it is designed to replace an entire server... more »
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Surface + 5 Other Ads Microsoft Should've Canned

Microsoft recently posted fourth quarter earnings for fiscal year 2013, which ended last June 30.  The software company reported annual revenue, operating income, and diluted earnings per share were at $77.85 billion, $26.76 billion, and $2.58 per share with a $900 million charge when it shaved off $150 on the Surface RT price. Though the numbers already look bad for Microsoft, the extent of the damage hasn’t been fully disclosed - until now. According to Microsoft’s 10-K report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the total Surface revenue for fiscal 2013 was just $853 million.  Though that may not seem too bad,... more »
Recently Refreshed Photo + Video Apps : SmugMug, Instagram + Vine

Recently Refreshed Photo + Video Apps : SmugMug, Instagram + Vine

People these days love sharing almost everything that happens in their lives - from the food they eat, the places they visit, the people they are with...the list goes on.  This probably stems from people’s constant need for attention, be negative or positive, just as long as there's an audience.  And this is the reason why photo sharing apps and services are booming in the mobile realm. As more people use these apps, the development teams behind popular apps like Instagram need to update these services to keep up with demand, fix bugs, make room for more photos and members, and... more »
Quip it Good & Overclocking Your Brain - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Quip it Good & Overclocking Your Brain - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Creators Gonna' Create   Facebook’s former CTO Bret Taylor, and the former technical lead for the Google App Engine, Kevin Gibbs, have teamed up to launch a new word-processing app called Quip. Unlike other word processors, Taylor has built what he calls a modern word processor that allows for collaborative document editing across almost any mobile or desktop device. So far, the company has raised fifteen million dollars in venture capital. Quip works by combining documents and messages into a single thread that can be edited on any device. The program’s strength lies in its ability to auto-format content for mobile devices, eliminating the... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 31: Thailand “Bans” Bitcoin, Bitcoin Movie Kicked from Kickstarter, DATA is here to self-regulate BTC

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 31: Thailand “Bans” Bitcoin, Bitcoin Movie Kicked from Kickstarter, DATA is here to self-regulate BTC

A story is going around how the Thailand government has “banned Bitcoin,” as in made it illegal—but that’s not quite what it seems to be. More than likely (as with most world governments) Thailand is uncertain what to do with Bitcoin and has advised a company in-country that since its unregulated that they probably shouldn’t interact with BTC. This also may extend to not issuing licenses for businesses that engage in BTC trading. Also in the news, “Bitcoin: The Movie,” unexpectedly pulled from Kickstarter; and DATA, a self-regulatory organization emerges to help keep Bitcoin on task with the fears of world... more »
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CIOs Need to Eliminate Baggage, Focus on Business Needs

Three major trends emerged from the annual MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality (CDOIQ) Symposium in mid-July, writes Wikibon Analyst, Consultant, and former CIO Scott Lowe in "CIOs Need to Understand Three Critical Takeaways from Big Data CDOIQ Symposium". And the news is not all good for the future of CIOs. The first two trends, while certainly real issues, are familiar. First, Big Data involves managing very high volumes of data, orders-of-magnitude greater than traditional structured data alone. This requires new technologies for capturing, storing, manipulating, and analyzing these very large data sets and creates several challenges that must be... more »
NSA May Have All Your Data : Here's How You Can Spruce It Up

NSA May Have All Your Data : Here's How You Can Spruce It Up

With recent news of NSA + PRISM collection methods, more confusion has emerged around what it is/isn't collecting on you without your permission. The topic been a hot button to say the least, and it's about to get even hotter. XKeyscore is an NSA tool that collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'. You're familiar with the Edward Snowden leak, but as we learn more and more about XKeyscore, the more unsure we are about who has access to what. Your digital data, a.k.a. your digital footprint, is in a lot of ways as important as your actual fingerprint. The digital data you... more »
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Have You Met Steve? 5 Real Encounters with the Late Steve Jobs

I have never met Steve Jobs.  I’ve read a lot of stories about him though - some good, some bad, some insane and hard to believe.  And now that Steve Jobs is gone forever, I'll never know how he really was as a person. So how do you get to know Steve Jobs?  We can learn from the experiences of others.  So let’s look at some first-hand encounters of meeting Steve Jobs, recently shared on Q&A service Quora. A crappy car   Tim Smith recounts how his Sunbeam Alpine sports car led him to the Jobs’ driveway.  His girlfriend at the time lived in... more »
F#@* It! Russia Wants to Ban Swearing on the Web

F#@* It! Russia Wants to Ban Swearing on the Web

"Mother Russia" is certainly living up to its nickname of late. About a nine months ago Russian lawmakers first introduced their controversial "blacklist law," which gives authorities the power to block access to websites that are deemed to promote drug use, suicide and porn (for the kids, of course). Oddly enough, that same law was later used to silence oponents of the government who dared to criticize it following the presidential elections earlier this year, but of course that was surely just a coincidence. Now, Russian politicos have their overprotective hats on once again, and want to extend the powers of... more »
LIVE: Microsoft's Troubles - Just Scratch the Surface

LIVE: Microsoft's Troubles - Just Scratch the Surface

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Wednesday July 31, 2013. It appears Microsoft’s Surface sales figures are even worse than was previously thought. Joining us now to add some color to Microsoft’s troubling dilemma is Founder and Managing Consultant of the 1610 Group Scott Lowe. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On today's episode, we'll be visiting with Scott and discussing the latest news coming from Microsoft regarding sales of the Surface tablet, and we'll get his analysis on how their recent revenue figures compare with previous expenses for the company. Speaking of comparisons, we'll also... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.