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Russia Plans To Spy on Its Citizens with Subway SIM Card Trackers

Russia Plans To Spy on Its Citizens with Subway SIM Card Trackers

If you thought that the NSA's motivations for running its PRISM program and gathering metadata about your communications was bad enough, just wait till you see what they're doing in Russia. According to a report in the Izvestia newspaper, one of Russia's most widely read news publications, the Moscow Metro Police have just announced a plan to install 'equipment' at all subway stations in the city, which are capable of reading everything on a mobile phone's SIM card from a distance of about twenty feet. Izvestia goes on to explain that the machines will be used alongside time stamped CCTV cameras... more »
Cisco, NetApp Bolster FlexPod Lineup with Hadoop-based Configurations

Cisco, NetApp Bolster FlexPod Lineup with Hadoop-based Configurations

Converged infrastructure is on the rise, and so is Big Data analytics. Cisco and long time ally NetApp put two and two together and expanded their jointly developed FlexPod lineup with two cutting edge Hadoop appliances. The newly announced FlexPod Select Series combines NetApp’s E-Series and FAS storage systems with Unified Computing System (UCS) servers, Nexus switches, and management software from Cisco. The solution is available in two configurations: FlexPod Select with Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and FlexPod Select with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Select is the first FlexPod lineup to address a specific workload. Cisco and NetApp say that... more »
App Annie Opens Flagship Analytics Platform for Enterprise Users

App Annie Opens Flagship Analytics Platform for Enterprise Users

App Annie, the highly successful app analytics startup, just released the latest version of its flagship offering. The new edition introduces several features, including a mobile app that lets users to keep track of their apps’ performance on the go. The App Annie Analytics client application is joined by a set of APIs that enable organizations to plug the tool into their databased and conveniently important iOS, Android, Mac App Store, and Amazon app performance data. Other improvements include an Hourly Rankings dashboard that tracks App Store rankings, and a collaboration widget that makes it easier for users to share data... more »
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GridGain Raises $10 Million for In-Memory Analytics

GridGain, a Foster City, CA.-based distributed computing firm, just received $10 million in Series B financing from Almaz Capital and existing investor RTP Ventures. The round brings the company’s total funding to $12 million. GridGain sells a Java-based in-memory analytics solution for distributed environments. The offering consists of two components: GridGain In-Memory Compute Grid (IMCG,) a MapReduce implementation built for sub-100ms computations, and the GridGain In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG). IMDG is a SQL-compatible key-value store that can inget both transactional and non-transactional workloads. The system’s main selling point is its ability to query and update data in real-time, functionality that is poorly... more »
Michael Dell Sweetens the Pot for Shareholders

Michael Dell Sweetens the Pot for Shareholders

Michael Dell rescheduled the much anticipated shareholder vote on his company’s future for the second time this month in an effort to increase support for his modestly sweetened buyout offer. Dell and partner Silver Lake Partners bumped their bid by 10 cents to $13.75 per share, or $24.6 billion, and requested that the board committee charged with overseeing the company’s sale change the current voting terms. The founder wants the committee to lower the threshold so that a majority of votes cast would suffice to seal the deal. Investors have until August 2 to decide on Dell’s proposal. BlackRock, Vanguard Group, and... more »
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Bradley Manning Verdict Due Today in WikiLeaks Military Data Leak

After one thousand and 100 days in jail in pretrial detention, 22 charges, facing life – Today the verdict in the Bradley Manning case will be announced.  The verdict is expected at Tuesday, July 30th at 1PM ET. Manning of course is the man behind the biggest national security leak in history.  Through a connection to the WikiLeaks site, Manning’s first leaks hit the public in April 2010 with the video “Collateral Murder”.  The video created much controversy as it showed footage from an American Apache during a confrontation in Iraq.  The reaction to the attack recorded on the video... more »
Oh No, Thailand's Just Banned Bitcoin!

Oh No, Thailand's Just Banned Bitcoin!

Its emerged that the authorities in Thailand have effectively banned Bitcoin, ruling that the cryptocurrency is "illegal" due to an apparent incompatibility with local laws. The report came from a local Bitcoin startup, www.bitcoin.co.th, which said that the Bank of Thailand, the governing body that regulates financial transactions in Thailand, announced the ruling following a presentation of how Bitcoin works, and its own financial operations. The cryptocurrency exchange said in its statement that it had been attempting to trying to "operate in a lawful manner" within Thailand, and to do so it requested advice from the Bank of Thailand about the... more »
Diablo Technologies Emerges with Revolutionary Flash Technology That Could Change the Industry

Diablo Technologies Emerges with Revolutionary Flash Technology That Could Change the Industry

Diablo Technologies comes out of stealth today with an announcement on a unique new product and approach to flash that has not been seen in the industry before.  The technology platform is known as Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS) and it is designed to fit into the DRAM memory channels of any server.  The storage can then be presented to the system as either storage or RAM.  No other vendor has approached flash architecture in this way and once it takes hold in the marketplace, latency will largely be a thing of the past – this will have a massive effect... more »
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IBM’s New Linux Box Combines the Best of Watson + Open Source

IBM just pulled the curtains back on the PowerLinux 7R4, an open system that sports a scaled-down version of Watson’s brain. The 7R4 is a four socket, 32 core server designed for analytics, cognitive computing, web-scale applications and other CPU-intensive workloads that typically run in Linux environments. The system is available with IBM's AIX and i operating systems, as well as Red Hat and SUSE. Big Blue touts that its new server doesn’t limit customers to expensive Oracle databases. The 7R4 offers native support for EnterpiseDB’s increasingly popular PostgreSQL software, and includes virtualization tools that enable users to partition a single server... more »
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Weekly Big Data Review: SQL Alternatives are All the Rage

This past week featured a number of Big Data developments. Cloudera released an open-source authentication engine for Hadoop, Google upgraded its Cloud Platform with new data management capabilities, and DataStax raised $45 million in funding to accelerate Cassandra development. EnterpriseDB also put itself in the limelight with new statistics that indicate the government is one of the fastest adopters of PostgresSQL. Cloudera dubs Sentry as the “industry’s first fine-grained authorization solution” for Hadoop. The open source RBAC tool includes an array of features, the most notable of which is the ability to block users from accessing data sets that are not... 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.