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AWS unveils new security service + games, apps and desktops streamed from the cloud

AWS unveils new security service + games, apps and desktops streamed from the cloud

Amazon Web Services rolled out a series of important, but admittedly not groundbreaking, services yesterday during day two of its AWS Re:Invent conference. The services were introduced by Andrew Jassy, senior vice president of Web Services at Amazon.com, during his keynote yesterday. AWS' new products continue a regular trend that has seen the company roll out no less than 235 new services and updates, as part of its ongoing campaign to convince enterprises to ditch traditional IT hardware for the cloud, reset vendor pricing and make the whole cloud-based infrastructure thing that much more compelling. CloudTrail   As any enterprise using AWS knows, apps... more »
Causation vs. Correlation in BI : Nate Silver + others chime in

Causation vs. Correlation in BI : Nate Silver + others chime in

In traditional decision making, the metrics that impact the bottom line will almost always take precedence over the underlying drivers of change. The reasons behind a purchase decision fade into insignificance when you can deduce what a customer will buy next by other means - at least, that’s the theory. With the emergence of Big Data, it’s becoming more and more apparent that correlation does not imply causation, nor can the former substitute the latter. Analytics and other emerging technologies are changing the competitive landscape in vertical markets, and knowing What but not Why is simply no longer enough to... more »
Netflix wishlist 2014 : Original series we'd love to see

Netflix wishlist 2014 : Original series we'd love to see

2014 is just two months away, and this means a lot of things for different people.  While most are anxious for a fresh start, others know the new year delivers new TV shows.  Whether it's the latest season of your favorite show, or a program debut, many will be looking to Netflix to get their fill. The streaming service has been doing really well this year, especially after reviving the popular comedy series Arrested Development.  Some are even claiming that it is now larger than HBO, a triumph that's been sealed ever since Netflix began offering original content, such as Lilyhammer... more »
"No Thanks" - Snapchat snubbed Facebook's $3B buyout offer

"No Thanks" - Snapchat snubbed Facebook's $3B buyout offer

Did Facebook really offer $3 billion to buy the popular messaging service Snapchat? The Wall Street Journal says that it did, citing "unnamed people briefed on the matter" in its report. The WSJ says that Facebook's seemingly ludicrous offer reflects the growing interest around new online messaging services and other social media formats. But more than that, perhaps it also underscores the recurring speculation that younger people – particularly teenagers – are thumbing their noses up at Facebook in favor of such services, which, as in the case of Snapchat, often offer a much higher degree of privacy. As you may remember,... more »
Amazon's soft monopoly : 3 potential outcomes for public cloud | #reinvent

Amazon's soft monopoly : 3 potential outcomes for public cloud | #reinvent

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, kicked off Day 2 of AWS re:Invent conference with Jerry Chen of Greylock Partners. As his bio reveals, "Jerry invests in new enterprise applications and in all aspects of cloud and application infrastructure," so he was invited to elaborate on the OpenStack vs. Amazon bet. "OpenStack is the great hope for the Enterprise," said Furrier. "But Amazon is rolling out massive services; is it a two-horse race?" he asked. "I don't think it's a two-horse race yet," replied Chen, "but Amazon is quickly becoming the market soft monopoly in the public cloud. At their size... more »
Using technology to enhance the user experience | #reinvent

Using technology to enhance the user experience | #reinvent

Broadcasting live from the AWS re: Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, Wikibon’s co-Founder Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE’s Founder John Furrier welcomed Eli Lubitch, Beamr's President, who talked about quality driven video optimization processes and enhancing user experience. "Media is a very hot tech market right now," noted Furrier, who prompted Lubitch to elaborate on his business and field of expertise. "Our contribution is with media optimization. We have invented a quality measurement algorithm that we can attach to standard block-base encoders - like JPG, H264 or H265. By doing so we can drive the encoder frame by frame to the... more »
The data center is the foundation of any cloud |O #reinvent

The data center is the foundation of any cloud |O #reinvent

Brian Fanzo, the Technology Evangelist at IO, discussed the data center supporting everyone's cloud and the company's views of software controlled data centers with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the AWS re:Invent conference. "From IO's perspective, the data center is the foundation of any cloud, the cloud has to live somewhere," Fanzo. "At IO we have a global footprint of data centers that we operate." IO moved to the modular approach, to adding the software, to create a data center operating software. The concept they adopt is "software controlled data center." Commenting on the build your own, customization... more »
AWS + Attunity offer near real-time, flexibility + scalability | #reinvent

AWS + Attunity offer near real-time, flexibility + scalability | #reinvent

Daniel Heacock, Senior Business Systems Analyst at Etix and Adam Haines, Data Architect for Federated Sample, discussed their experience as Attunity customers with theCUBE host Jeff Kelly, live at AWS re:Invent 2013. Etix provides "a software solution that enables venue owners to engage customers and sell tickets' Heacock explained. Federated Sample is a technology company in the market research industry that adds "an exchange layer between buyers and sellers." Haines added that it facilitates transactions between buyers and takes over price negotiation. "The show has been great so far," Haines said. "We were originally on premise entirely, it didn't meet our rapid growth, We need... more »
SkyDrive ready for primetime in the Xbox One, makes it a true entertainment center

SkyDrive ready for primetime in the Xbox One, makes it a true entertainment center

It has been less than ten days at the official debut of the Xbox One and Microsoft has begun to illustrate the operation of apps pre-installed on the console. Microsoft announced that SkyDrive will be an important part of Xbox One, as it will serve as multimedia entertainment console center. The storage service SkyDrive from Microsoft will come to Xbox One starting November 22. With it, users can view the images and videos that are stored in the cloud. “Xbox: Go to SkyDrive” is the command that many will be using from November 22 when the new console from Microsoft hits... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 November 13: Bitmit closing up shop, Chinese exchange GBL vanishes on investors, Shopify adds 70,000 merchants to the BTC market

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 November 13: Bitmit closing up shop, Chinese exchange GBL vanishes on investors, Shopify adds 70,000 merchants to the BTC market

Bitcoin value lately continues its highly upwardly mobile trajectory as over the last 24 hours the bids on MtGox for the currency has elevated from $365 to $425. In the Bitcoin community, new opportunities are opening up as others are closing down. Right now, Bitmit is showing all signs of shutting its doors—closing out all of its auctions and allowing users to withdraw their accounts—but at the same time assures customers that the company is simply transitioning hands. Further news about Chinese exchange GBL has surfaced after the BTC startup turned out to be a fraud and vanished like a faked... more »

Premium Research

- 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.