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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 »
Jacob Cook CitizenWeb Project is an ambitious plan to provide arkOS an alternative to Google services

Jacob Cook CitizenWeb Project is an ambitious plan to provide arkOS an alternative to Google services

Much attention has been drawn to the arkOS project, and not so much the project itself but the idea it represents. The project is the brainchild of Jacob Cook, a young programmer from Montreal who tired of the loss of autonomy that supposed to depend on cloud of another service provider, and especially irritated by the closure of Google Reader. He decided to design a simple home server that anyone can installed on a Raspberry Pi, connected to a port on your router, and use it to store files, calendars, contacts, email, small personal site or blog, etc. With Cook’s arkOS, you... more »
GDC Next 2013 brings focus back on social, mobile and cloud games

GDC Next 2013 brings focus back on social, mobile and cloud games

Over the years, Game Developers Conference (GDC) event was established as an important event in the industry, due to cycles of conferences for professionals discussing the future recreational, technical, graphic or economic sector of games. Once again it was time for developers, producers, manufacturers, programmers, designers, artists, audio professionals, insiders and journalists to convene in Los Angeles, CA for three days action packed, game-centric days from November 5 – November 7. Both conferences  produced by UBM Tech, the 2013 edition of the App Developers Conference (ADC) and GDC Next event saw the evolution of the theme--instead of MMO and online gaming... more »
Revolv smart home hub now shipping pre-orders

Revolv smart home hub now shipping pre-orders

This week’s SmartHome roundup features the availability of a new smarthome hub, a cool way to control your sprinkler system, and a device that alerts you when to change the air filters. Revolv Hub   Revolv Inc., announced that it has begun shipping its highly anticipated Smart Home Solution to those who have pre-ordered the device.  The Revolv Smart Home Solution connects with your home WiFi and unifies premium, off-the-shelf smart home automation devices such as the Sonos HiFi wireless speakers, Philips Hue wireless lighting, Yale automated locks, Insteon home control devices, Belkin WeMo and popular automated thermostats. Today, consumers can order the Revolv... more »
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Matt Schvimmer on ServiceNow HR service automation

I recently had a chance to sit down with Matt Schvimmer of ServiceNow to talk about the news of their HR Service Automation application.  The conversation was about how their Service Automation platform can deliver an HR application that makes it easier for organizations to automate HR case management.  This new application from ServiceNow manages the service relationships between HR and employees through a service catalog. SiliconANGLE.tv New Video Playlist:  Data Enhanced Social Video Player link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGy3ZLA99_U My Angle   ServiceNow is growing like a weed with its Service Automation for Information Technology (ITSM).  The company has solved a big problem in helping IT manage their... more »
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Human 2.0 : The quantified self, according to filmmaker Jason Silva

If you subscribe to Jason Silva’s Shots of Awe YouTube channel, you’ve probably already seen his latest video Explore The "Quantified Self" Revolution. Just like every clip from this series, the latest video is brief and straight to the point, pondering the Quantified Self revolution and how the idea of exploring everything about the human through sensors and computations excites Silva. In less than two minutes, Silva describes how sensors on devices can create “a data rich, always on, stream of information about our biological functionings,” which can eventually be used to find “patterns in the data learning how to optimize the... more »
AWS re:Invent : What to expect + Resource Guide

AWS re:Invent : What to expect + Resource Guide

Kicking off today at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas is AWS re:Invent 2013.  We're here all week, broadcasting live interviews and analysis from the top executives in the industry.  Watch our live stream here on SiliconANGLE or our webTV station, and catch all the replays on our YouTube channel.   The event will run through until Thursday, November 14, 2013. Watch Live : AWS re:Invent 2013 Event details   AWS re:Invent is the largest gathering of developers and technical leaders from the AWS community.  Attendees will find over 175+ sessions, training bootcamps, hands-on labs, and a Hackathon, all designed to provide them deeper skills and knowledge of the AWS Cloud. Over 230... more »
QLogic gains in Fibre Channel market with Gen 5 adapters

QLogic gains in Fibre Channel market with Gen 5 adapters

Network equipment supplier QLogic is aiming for a comeback with its 16Gb FC “Gen 5” adapters, the first product family to support simultaneous multi-protocol traffic in Xeon E5-2600/1600 v2 environments. Citing independent research, the company reported on Monday that its share of the Fibre Channel market increased by 12 percent in the third quarter for a total of 54 percent. The Dell’Oro Group’s newly published Q3 2013 SAN Report and the Crehan Research Q3 2013 Quarterly Market Share Report both concluded that QLogic increased its lead over the nearest competitor (Emulex) by more than five points, boosting its edge to more... more »
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WANdisco top brass on Big Data disruption | #BigDataNYC

It’s easy to dismiss a disruptive trend as a bubble waiting to burst, yet the reverse holds true for Big Data, according to WANdisco CEO David Richards. The executive stopped by theCUBE with Jagane Sundar, the co-founder and CTO of the company, to detail how analytics are shaking up traditional technology and business perspectives. Richards believes that organizations seeking to drive value from their data must recognize that Hadoop is more than just a “cheap storage platform,” embrace it, and adapt their legacy applications to fit into the new information paradigm. A growing number of enterprises are doing exactly that, he... more »
Apple TV takes a backseat as iWatch release nears

Apple TV takes a backseat as iWatch release nears

It has long been rumored that Apple plans to release its own television set complete with its Apple TV software. According to analyst Paul Gagnon, in order for Apple to successfully launch a TV product, it needs to achieve three goals: Sell enough units to generate sufficient content purchasing points, especially among households who do not yet own Apple TV set-top boxes. Offer a unique point of differentiation to capture market share from leading TV manufacturers such as Samsung and Vizio, while at the same time being able to sell the products for a high enough price to deliver typically high Apple margins. Create... 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.