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Syncsort CEO on making the jump from the mainframe to Hadoop | #re:Invent2013

Hadoop presents an attractive value proposition for storing and processing large volumes of unstructured information, but it lacks certain enterprise features and requires specialized talent that is inaccessible to all but the wealthiest organizations. Companies that do not fall under this category face the added challenge of making their siloed data available to HDFS, a major barrier to entry that Syncsort is trying to remove. A half-century-old software vendor that transitioned from selling data sorting tools to delivering Hadoop ETL on AWS, Syncsort is applying its expertise in legacy systems to help traditional enterprises stay competitive in the analytics era. Lonne... more »
Pissed off with YouTube's new comment system? Here's how to fix it

Pissed off with YouTube's new comment system? Here's how to fix it

If you are a YouTube user, you have probably noticed that you cannot, for the love of all that is good in the world, cannot comment if you are not using your real name, which ultimately means, you have to be using a Google+ account to be able to write a comment. So why does this matter? First, Google removes your right to privacy by disallowing you to use a fake name.  Second, Google is forcing people to sign up for Google+, a social networking service that most people don't give a damn about. So yeah, this is a pretty huge deal for... more »
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Amazon’s Terry Hanold on buying and selling software in the cloud | #re:Invent2013

Amazon maintains a dominant position in both online retail and cloud computing, opposite ends of the e-commerce spectrum that have very little in common besides the delicate balance between buyers and sellers. Terry Hanold, the vice president of cloud commerce for AWS, dropped by theCUBE at re:Invent 2013 to walk us through the ins and outs of public cloud trading. The AWS Marketplace, one of Hanold’s main areas of responsibility, enables technologists to address the IT needs of their users while helping partners boost the bottom line, he says. By making software more accessible and affordable to customers, he explains, the... more »
Apple allegedly acquires PrimeSense for its 3D gesture technology

Apple allegedly acquires PrimeSense for its 3D gesture technology

Rumors have once again surfaced that Apple has acquired PrimeSense, the company behind the original motion-tracking Kinect technology found in the Xbox 360.  The deal is said to have amounted to $345 million, but PrimeSense has again dismissed the rumor. “PrimeSense is the leading 3D technology in the market. We are focused on building a prosperous company while bringing 3D sensing and Natural Interaction to the mass market in a variety of markets such as interactive living room and mobile devices. We do not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing and we do not... more »
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Cloudera partners with Udacity for online Big Data classes

Cloudera is seeking to bridge the Big Data knowledge gap - and ensure that the market sustains its momentum for years to come - through education. The Hadoop distributor has joined forces with Udacity, a Mountain View, California-based provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs,) to equip tech-savvy students with the know-how to uncover patterns in vast data sets and turn information into business insight. Cloudera and Udacity have put together a three-lesson course called Introduction to Hadoop and MapReduce, which covers the basics of Hadoop and running MapReduce jobs on HDFS. The companies plan to compose an entire curriculum on... more »
Salesforce swoops on the Internet of Things with Salesforce1

Salesforce swoops on the Internet of Things with Salesforce1

On Monday, Salesforce is set to announce its next-generation CRM platform called Salesforce1, which is envisaged as providing a way for software vendors, developers and customers to integrate third-party services like as Dropbox and Evernote with applications and sensors. Salesforce1 is a 'mobile-first' environment that underlines Salesforce's determination to be one of the first platform providers that can successfully connect the enterprise to the billions of devices and sensors that make up the "Internet of Things". It's an ambitious, future-proofed platform designed to ease the transition for companies as they embrace mobile apps and services for sales and marketing. Salesforce CEO Marc... more »
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AWS head of business development on driving value in the ecosystem | #re:Invent2013

The ecosystem is becoming an increasingly valuable source of growth for Amazon, with thousands of companies offering a wide range of products and services atop AWS. Terry Wise, the director of business development for the retail giant’s cloud business, boasts of signing up 4,000 partners in the past year alone, nearly doubling the number of solutions available on the AWS Marketplace along the way. Speaking on theCUBE at re:Invent 2013, the executive says that the ability to deliver a software product on a pay-as-you-go basis presents an attractive value proposition for partners - and for customers, too. The number of hours... more »
Rumors of the data center's demise have been greatly exaggerated | #reinvent

Rumors of the data center's demise have been greatly exaggerated | #reinvent

SiliconANGLE's theCUBE broadcast live from AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week. Aaron Petersen, the senior vice president of product management for IO dropped by to talk about how AWS's dominant presence in the cloud computing market is not necessarily the death knell so many are predicting for the traditional data storage warehouse market. IO, with a focus on SDS data center builds, offers an integrated product that brings together hardware and software for their clients. Speaking to IOs large data center, located in Arizona, Petersen stated, “Amazon says the data center is going away. For medium and large enterprises,... more »
AWS : Assuring security in the cloud | #reinvent

AWS : Assuring security in the cloud | #reinvent

Dave Vellante and John Furrier, on SiliconANGLE's theCUBE, sat down on Thursday with Steve Schmidt, VP and Chief Information Security Officer for Amazon Web Services. Before joining Amazon, Schmidt was a section chief with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and he has degrees in economics, law and computer science. Furrier started the conversation noting this must be a very interesting time as security is the primary concern of anyone who is thinking of adopting the cloud for their enterprise. He points out the cloud and Amazon have quite definitely proved themselves on this front. However, Furrier was curious to know what... more »
From the court to the cloud : Passionate for the new economy | #reinvent

From the court to the cloud : Passionate for the new economy | #reinvent

On Thursday’s broadcast of SiliconANGLE's theCUBE, the CEO of SportXast, Molly Cernicek stopped by to talk with John Furrier and Dave Vellante. The company’s app, currently available on iOS, allows fanatical fans and proud parents to capture the best moments in youth, high school and college sports. Expect the app to show up on the Android market after the turn of the year. The app, using AWS services, allows streams to traverse from mobile devices to the cloud and back, allowing the user to capture the game winning goal or run via a constant 8 second buffer. “Once everyone cheers, hit... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.