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Pivotal unleashes Cloud-based Big Data platform

Pivotal unleashes Cloud-based Big Data platform

Pivotal, the buzzed-about Big Data venture that was spun out of EMC and VMware earlier this year, is attempting to marry the power of Hadoop with the elasticity of the open cloud. The company’s newly unveiled Pivotal One platform is the culmination of $105 million in funding, months of work by hundreds of engineers and a formidable lineup of enterprise-proven assets from its parent companies. The suite is founded on Pivotal CF, a beefed-up version of Cloud Foundry that enables organizations to stretch their Big Data deployments across multiple providers without having to invest in costly optimizations for each individual environment. Besides... more »
NetApp sues rival over employee poaching

NetApp sues rival over employee poaching

NetApp has filed suit against Nimble Storage, one of its fastest growing rivals, for allegedly engaging in anticompetitive behavior and colluding with three ex-employees to steal trade secrets. The vendor claims that the hybrid array startup lured former staffers to “join the company and to take NetApp confidential information with them.” It accuses Michael Reynolds, Daniel Weber and Sandhya Klute of participating in the scheme and violating their contractual obligations and post-employment restrictions. The complaint also mentions that Nimble hired 55 NetApp employees between July 2012 and July 2013, and that the group makes up 15 percent of the company’s total workforce... more »
Microsoft just became a much nicer place to work

Microsoft just became a much nicer place to work

Microsoft employees woke up to some good news this morning, when bosses sent out a company-wide email announcing the end of its despised "stack ranking" review system for workers' performance. The email, which was obtained by the ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, came from Lisa Brummel, executive VP of Redmond's human resources department, and explained that employees will no longer be assessed and ranked on a bell curve, as the company has previously done: "We will continue to invest in a generous rewards budget, but there will no longer be a pre-determined targeted distribution," said Brummel. "Managers and leaders will have flexibility to... more »
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AWS re:Invent 2013: Analyzing next-gen consumer cloud services #reinvent

In the second interview segment on SiliconANGLE’s TheCUBE, broadcasting live from the AWS re: Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier welcomed Jillian Mirandi, Software and Cloud analyst with TBR Research. Beginning the broadcast Mirandi was asked to rank the primary cloud providers among AWS, Rackspace, IBM, VMware and Pivotal as they all comprise the 1st generation firms in the cloud market. Not surprisingly, Mirandi claimed AWS is leading the crowd among IaaS businesses, thanks in no small part to their rapid roll out of services over the previous 18-24 months. She states they are the... more »
AWS helped create the world's most cost-effective supercomputer | #reinvent

AWS helped create the world's most cost-effective supercomputer | #reinvent

Jason Stowe, CEO, Cycle Computing, explained the company's latest AWS use case which leveraged "Amazon Spot instances to create the most cost effective supercomputer in the world." Stowe discussed this impressive results with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the AWS re:Invent conference. The use case in question, explains Stowe, ran 2.3 million compute hours in 18 hours. Cycle Computing used about 150,000 cores to power research focused on finding materials to turn sunlight into electricity more efficiently. The cloud-based supercomputer "would have been worth $68 million to buy it." The total infrastructure cost with Amazon was closer to... more »
AWS re:Invent 2013 conference kickoff |  #reinvent

AWS re:Invent 2013 conference kickoff | #reinvent

Kicking off this year’s AWS re:Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE’s founder John Furrier offered a quick prequel of what we can expect to learn over the next few days. This is the 2nd annual AWS reinvent conference and is really the coming out party for Amazon Web Services meant to highlight their immediate dominance of the cloud computing market. And AWS, with an expected estimated revenue of $4 billion this year, is a showing itself an easy and accessible alternative for upstart enterprises that might not be able to afford a traditional data center. The... more »
What's the next Big Data thing? Answer: Spark

What's the next Big Data thing? Answer: Spark

I talk to many pioneers in big data going back many years and the early drivers of great technical trends come from those #techathletes - like Amr Awadallah founder Cloudera, Arun Murthy at Yahoo (now Hortonworks), and many more.  The common thread in all big tech trends is that they almost always comes from those technical visionaries and first movers in cutting edge companies/startups, open source communities, and academic researchers. What is the next big thing in #bigdata?  It's called Spark. Spark is a fast data analysis engine. Think Hadoop MapReduce, but 100x faster and still fully interoperable with the wider Hadoop... more »
AWS re:Invent CrowdChat : Is AWS the iPhone of Cloud?

AWS re:Invent CrowdChat : Is AWS the iPhone of Cloud?

We're broadcasting live from Amazon's AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week, kicking off with a CrowdChat to get the conversations rolling. As we outlined in our AWS re:Invent 2013 Resource Guide, the big stories of #AWSReInvent can be boiled down to the battle that lies ahead: AWS is taking on an entire industry with its infrastructure services, while many rivals have laid claim in the OpenStack camp. The private cloud and the public cloud are seeing two very different races to the top of the hill, and AWS' cloud strategies are taking it all on. Which ecosystem is best... more »
Sony reserves the rights to spy on user PSN activity

Sony reserves the rights to spy on user PSN activity

By agreeing to the updated license agreement of Sony PlayStation 4, you give the nod to listen to your conversations and read your correspondence. Sony’s updated terms and conditions reveal that the company can actively monitor and record communication between players. In the company’s new Software Usage Terms entitled “Are we monitoring PSN?” the company said that it has the intention to do so, but reassures that it is unable to monitor all communication. This basically means that Sony has the ability to read and listen to any of your messages on the PlayStation Network. Sony has stated that the company doesn’t... more »
EMC Pivotal PaaS faces uphill battle against AWS

EMC Pivotal PaaS faces uphill battle against AWS

EMC Pivotal has a major challenge trying to wrest a significant share of the online development market from industry leader AWS, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his latest Professional Alert, “Can EMC Pivotal Compete with AWS?” The core of this market is development of the new mobile-cloud applications that are providing organizations with new ways to do business, new markets and opportunities to restructure and reassign whole divisions of their IT departments. This new application structure, which is replacing client/server as the leading architecture for new applications, needs to be developed in the cloud, and AWS has become the... 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.