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Zynga Shuts Down OMGPOP for Good

Zynga Shuts Down OMGPOP for Good

Zynga has announced its intention to shut down OMGPOP Inc., the maker of "Draw Something", which it acquired in March of last year, on September 30, 2013. According to Zynga’s post announcing the news, it’s shutting down OMGPOP to “make way for new and exciting gaming opportunities.”  Though OMGPOP will be shut down, popular games such as Draw Something, Draw Something 2 and Draw My Thing will not be affected, so players can still enjoy the games even after the shutdown. However, before the site’s demise on September, certain, less-than-popular games such as Cupcake Corner, Gem Rush,Pool World Champ and Snoops will... more »
Apple's Charger and Factory Woes Pile Up

Apple's Charger and Factory Woes Pile Up

Last month, news surfaced of an iPhone 5 electrocuting a woman which resulted in her death. According to the reports, Ma Ailun, a flight attendant with China Southern Airlines, died after being electrocuted when she picked up her phone to answer a call just after getting out of the shower.  Some speculated that her wet hands might have caused her to be electrocuted, while others stated that the cause may have been the counterfeit charger plugged into her iPhone. Though Ma Ailun’s family stated that she was using a genuine Apple charger, some claimed that it’s quite hard to determine if... more »
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Your Guide to HP #Vertica Big Data Event : LIVE Coverage Today + Tomorrow

The HP Vertica Big Data Conference is in full swing this week at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA.  We're broadcasting live from the event, with exclusive interviews and analysis on SiliconANGLE.tv. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. The conference will run until tomorrow, August 7, and attendees will hear keynotes from General Manager of the Oakland Athletics Billy Beane, HP Vertica Vice President & General Manager Colin Mahony, Monash Research President Curt Monash,  The Wikibon Project Co-Founder Dave Vellante, and Deal Architect Inc. Owner and author of “The New Polymath” and “The New Technology Elite” Vinnie Mirchandani. This year’s... more »
LIVE: FireEye IPO Cashes-In on NSA Hysterics

LIVE: FireEye IPO Cashes-In on NSA Hysterics

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Tuesday August 6, 2013. FireEye, an IT security vendor, has submitted an S-1 filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, kicking off the process to raise as much as $175 million through a public offering. Here to discuss the FireEYE IPO is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. FireEye, founded in 2004 and based in Milpitas, Calif., makes software and hardware for spotting security threats in real time on the internet, email and file systems. The company’s Web Malware Protection System — boxes that can supplement firewalls in a network... more »
EMC Marketing CTO Joins VMware as Chief Strategist

EMC Marketing CTO Joins VMware as Chief Strategist

Chuck Hollis, an alumnus of theCube who earned a reputation as an expert on all things storage during his 18 year stint with EMC, quit his post as global marketing CTO to join VMware. Hollis will serve as the chief strategist for the virtualization giant’s storage application services business group, a new division that focuses on software-defined storage, big data, cloud apps and other bleeding edge technology trends. The veteran executive wrote in a blog post that he is joining VMware (which is majority-owned by EMC) because he believes that the company will play a central role in the tech industry’s... more »
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Progress Announces IAAS-Agnostic Progress Pacific PaaS Built on Rollbase

  Progress Software Corporation today announced new data connectivity and application capabilities for its Progress Pacific Platform-as-a-Service (aPaaS) application. The new Progress DataDirect Cloud data connectivity service enables applications to integrate data from popular SaaS, relational database, Big Data, social, as well as internal data in applications such as custom CRM solutions that can be built quickly by customizing pre-existing templates. These can be run in-house or on Amazon AWS or other IaaS services. Progress Pacific is available on Amazon AWS and, potentially, other IaaS platforms or can be purchased and run in-house on standard hardware. This makes it the AWS answer... more »
Boston is the New Hot Hunting Grounds for Big Data Understanding

Boston is the New Hot Hunting Grounds for Big Data Understanding

SiliconANGLE @theCUBE is in Boston this week for the #HPBigData2013 Vertica user conference exploring the cutting edge of big data.  We also made a visit to MIT to meet the MITIQ team to talk about the expanding and changing role of the Chief Data Officer (CDO).   Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Nuance, Microsoft all have presence near MIT.  That shouldn't be surprising because MIT is a great tech school. What is surprising is what comes out of MIT that isn't really available anywhere else. Natural Language Understanding experts powering a big data driven modern computing era. Siri opened our eyes to what it... more »
IBM Announces New Flex Systems for Cloud Including Double-Density Server

IBM Announces New Flex Systems for Cloud Including Double-Density Server

IBM today has announced several major additions to its Flex System portfolio designed to support private and public cloud environments both for end-users and MSPs creating their own SaaS and IaaS services for their clients. The new systems include both IBM POWER7+ platforms and a “double dense” x222 system built on x86 technology that, says IBM PureSystems VP Alex Yost, provides double the number of servers per node, for up to 28 per chassis. It features the IBM’s very high speed switch infrastructure to provide both high processing capability at the front end and high bandwidth at the back. This,... more »
Weekly Internet of Things Recap: The Ubuntu Superphone

Weekly Internet of Things Recap: The Ubuntu Superphone

The Internet of Things keeps on growing. This week Canonical’s Victor Palau leaked new details about his company’s upcoming Ubuntu device, MIT researchers pulled the curtains back on a 3-D printer that can produce food, and Nvidia’s long anticipated SHIELD console finally hit stores. Canonical is looking to strengthen its foothold in the enterprise with a crowdfunded Ubuntu smartphone that, if fully funded, will offer companies a superior alternative to the consumer-oriented devices that are currently on the market. Victor Palau, Canonical’s head of engineering, explained in an interview this week that his firm’s device will enable organizations to reduce costs... more »
Smart Home Gets Sexy : From Zero to IPO

Smart Home Gets Sexy : From Zero to IPO

In this week’s SmartHome roundup, we’ll feature the first ever “Zero Home” in Utah, a smarthome company that's gone public, as well as a smarthome security provider raising funds.  To top things off, we'll discuss another hot-button topic that's raising some important questions on the state of smarthome security. Zero Home makes a whole lot of sense   When people talk about smartphones, they immediately think about a connected home where almost everything can be controlled by your smartphone or tablet through an app.  That’s cool and all, but all these smarthome solutions may or may not add up to higher charges on... 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.