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5 Affordable Security Products for the Smart + Connected Home

5 Affordable Security Products for the Smart + Connected Home

Gone are the days when phones are just used for calling or texting someone.  These days, smartphones are used to transfer or even edit files, as a remote, a second screen, to browse the Internet, do shopping, update your social network and much more.  And now that we’re in the connected age, smartphones are being bombarded with even more companion devices to more passively collect data as we breeze through our everyday activity. Security and privacy are always top priorities, though the government may think otherwise, so companies are creating mobile companion devices to keep our homes safe and secure, even... more »
Famed Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies Days Before Scheduled Black Hat Appearance

Famed Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies Days Before Scheduled Black Hat Appearance

Famed hacker Barnaby Jack was found dead in San Francisco Thursday evening.  Jack was well known beyond the hacker community after a number of well-publicized hacks.  He captured imaginations making movie-type hacks quite real through a widely reported-on hack of a bank ATM, where he forced the machine to spew out all of its cash.  Next he hacked a number of medical devices, including a famed hack attack on medical insulin pumps. He was scheduled to appear at this year’s Black Hat convention out of Las Vegas where he was planning to demonstrate how he could attack heart implant devices remotely. ... more »
IBM-Pivotal Alliance All About AWS #IBMPivotal

IBM-Pivotal Alliance All About AWS #IBMPivotal

Tuesday's joint announcement of a close partnership between IBM and Pivotal left questions unanswered. Specifically, why is IBM making this very public investment in a relationship with a subsidiary of EMC, one of its major competitors in storage? For Pivotal this is definitely a big win. It endorses Cloud Foundry to IBM's 9,000 Cloud customers and potentially to the larger community of IBM channel partners and users who may be moving to the Cloud later or who are building their own private clouds on OpenStack and WebSphere. But why is IBM bringing Pivotal into its fold? The answer, it turns out, is... more »
Viewing The World Through A PRISM

Viewing The World Through A PRISM

The Edward Snowden saga has been playing out dramatically across the front pages of newspapers and nightly news worldwide. And the effects of his very public revelation of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program, PRISM, still have not been fully realized. However, enough time has passed since he first sat down with Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian that a reexamination of the events seems in order. Here’s a quick re-cap of what we do know. The NSA has, since 2007, been provided direct access to troves of data collected by for-profit companies like Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, AOL and others. The... more »
What The DELL Is Going On In Austin?

What The DELL Is Going On In Austin?

DELL computer, since 1997, has consistently ranked as one of the top three PC companies, in terms of market share. Unfortunately for the PC market, sales have steadily been declining in favor of more mobile platforms, such as smartphones and tablets. So what is a company whose bread and butter has been in the PC sales market to do? If you’ve been paying any attention to the computing world over the previous few months, you must be aware of the effort by Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake to take DELL off of the public market and return it... more »
The Cultural Shift of DevOps

The Cultural Shift of DevOps

The end of silos. Development and Operations together as one. Nonstop improvements throughout the application development cycle. DevOps brings a win-win-win proposition for application developers, IT operations and the business. All these things sound great – and they can become a reality – but nobody said it was easy. DevOps is just as much about people and process as it is about technology.  It is about continual improvements throughout the lifecycle of application development.  The key to success? Strong leadership. This is a cultural shift that demands buy-in from management and strong leadership to maintain progress along the way.  IT organizations... more »
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IBM’s Erik Eyberg Says Benefits of SVC Outweigh the Overhead

Eric Eyberg, the head of strategy and business development for IBM’s FlashSystems group, stopped by theCube at Edge 2013 to explain why the benefits of using SAN Volume Controller (SVC) in FlashSystem environments justify the added overhead. Flash solutions typically compromise on functionality in favor of performance, but that’s not the case with IBM’s offering. According to Eyberg, SVC provides users with enterprise IT capabilities - including snapshots, deduplication, compression and replication - for the relatively low ‘cost’ of a 100 millisecond delay. In his view, that’s a good trade. TheCube host Dave Vellante asks how FlashSystem matches up to other all-flash... more »
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EMC Blames Single-Digit Q2 Growth on ‘Weakened IT Spending Environment’

EMC posted record second quarter earnings Thursday morning, but analysts are not exactly pleased with the results. The storage juggernaut reported a net profit of $701 million or 32 cents a share, up 7.8 percent from the 29 cents a share it recorded in the same period last year but below the consensus estimate of 42 cents. EMC’s revenue rose 5.7 percent to $5.61 billion, slightly above the $5.6 billion Wall Street anticipated. The company’s core Information Infrastructure business grew 4 percent, as did the Information Storage group. RSA meanwhile saw sales increase three percent to $228 million, and Pivotal advanced... more »
Android Cracking Robots & Microsoft's $17k Gaming Computer - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Android Cracking Robots & Microsoft's $17k Gaming Computer - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Brute Force   If you think "nobody's going to try all 10,000 combinations" to crack your smartphone's four-digit PIN code, then you’re wrong. A new 3D printed robot has been designed to punch codes into phones at a rate of one per second, making it possible to crack any Android device in under twenty hours. Security researchers Justin Engler and Paul Vines designed the Robotic Reconfigurable Button Basher, or R2B2, for less than two-hundred dollars, using three ten-dollar servo motors, a plastic stylus, a microcontroller, a five dollar webcam, and plastic parts from a Makerbot 3D printer. The device can be controlled via USB,... more »
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Speed of Thought Analytics : #IBMBLU Tweetchat Recap

Earlier this week we teamed up with IBM to host and participate in the #ibmblu tweetchat. The main topic of conversation was speed of thought analytics, and specifically how IBM’s BLU Acceleration empowers it. Speed of consumption is changing our ability to read analytics. Also discussed was the integration of Cognos Cubes with BLU Acceleration, and the resulting “fast on fast” queries. BLU Acceleration technology does three things: makes it simpler, more economical and faster to analyze massive amounts of data. BLU Acceleration on IBM's DB2 database software enables users to have much faster access to key information. But faster doesn't... 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.