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Could Apple's iRadio Become Big Data's Big Debut In Music?

Apple’s WWDC 2013 developer conference is all set for next week, and rumors about what the company is launching are abundant.  Many have taken iDevices off the list of expected announcements, which leaves the much rumored streaming music subscription service front and center. According to earlier reports, Apple will be unveiling iRadio, a new streaming music service for iTunes.  Rumors for the big reveal were fueled when news surfaced that Apple signed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group for rights to its recorded music and music publishing for 10 times the amount Pandora is paying major music publishers.  Apple’s deal with... more »
The Power of Private PaaS in DevOps with Gene Kim

The Power of Private PaaS in DevOps with Gene Kim

When it comes to cloud computing, IT staff finds it challenging to adapt the changing project requirement, budget changes, change in the cloud model and in terms of how they manage IT. Luckily, Private Platform as a Service (PaaS) empowers IT and DevOps to take control and develop, deploy, and shift applications from one cloud environment to another on a multitenant architecture. Last week, Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project gave insights on how private PaaS  enables development on various cloud infrastructures in a webinar with Steven Witkop, John Skovron, and Elis Booker. Kim said how organizations can create stronger... more »
The Internet of Things: Connected Devices Driving Storage Requirements

The Internet of Things: Connected Devices Driving Storage Requirements

The Internet of Things is growing at an accelerated pace. Connected devices already number in the billions, and they will soon number in the tens of billions if the more optimistic predictions come true. This ever-expanding ecosystem is driven by two powerful global trends: the adoption of Big Data in the enterprise, and the rise of mobile in emerging markets. On the enterprise side, companies of all sizes are leveraging analytics to gain insights into their products, customers and operations. Last month, Virgin Atlantic announced plans to replace its aging fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft with 787s, highly sophisticated airliners that... more »
Software-defined Storage: Our Take

Software-defined Storage: Our Take

by Dheeraj Pandey of Nutanix (@trailsfootmarks) Startups Strike Where it Hurts the Most   The history of enterprise computing is replete with hype cycles. From video servers and object databases to AI and machine learning, fads have charmed media and analysts alike for decades. In contemporary times, four such aspirational buzzwords pepper our vernacular: Software-defined, Big Data, Cloud, and Mobility. CIOs break bread by exchanging strategy notes on these “disruptive shifts.” Funnily enough, you can take any combination of these and it might be newsworthy to some portion of the impressionable media. For example, Software-defined Big Data Cloud Mobility is grammatically correct and not... more »
Salesforce Lands ExactTarget for $2.5B in its Biggest Acquisition Yet

Salesforce Lands ExactTarget for $2.5B in its Biggest Acquisition Yet

In the second big deal of the day, Salesforce.com has just announced the biggest acquisition in its history, buying up cloud marketing platform ExactTarget for a whopping $2.5 billion. According to the company's press release, Salesforce is paying $33.75 a share to take over ExactTarget, which is a huge 52% premium on the company's closing share price of $22.10 yesterday. Today's acquisition is just the latest in a long line of high-profile buyouts in recent years as it looks to boost its market offerings. Last year the company snapped up social media management platform Buddy Media in a $689 million deal, while... more »
With Data Visualization, There Are No More Excuses

With Data Visualization, There Are No More Excuses

Seth Godin says we are all artists. If you want to make a difference in this world and build a kick-ass career, don’t wait for permission. Don’t wait for someone to pick you. If you have an idea, run with it. I think Godin is right on the mark. The era of following the rules and doing what you’re told in exchange for a safe job and a pension is over. If you want safety today, you have to be creative, passionate and proactive. You have to become indispensable (or a linchpin, as Godin calls it.) One of the keys to being... more »
Internet of Things vs. The Industrial Internet: What's the Difference?

Internet of Things vs. The Industrial Internet: What's the Difference?

Once a trend, now fast becoming a reality, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the buzzword for a concept that's rapidly changing the world in which we live. But as with all buzzwords, confusion sometimes creeps in, and the concept of IoT is often used interchangeably with terms like the Industrial Internet or Machine-to-Machine (M2M). But are IoT and the Industrial Internet really the same thing? If not, what's the difference? This is actually one of the most interesting debates among professionals on Quora right now, and although there's still no definitive answer, IT experts slowly seem to be reaching a... more »
Intel's New Core Family Packs One Hell of a Punch For Ultrabooks

Intel's New Core Family Packs One Hell of a Punch For Ultrabooks

Intel finally announced its fourth generation Intel Core family at the Computex 2013 event in Taiwan. The chips, formerly dubbed as Haswell, promise among other things, a vastly improved battery life, together with a more powerful and faster experience for users. Intel's staking a lot on its new processors, and has been extremely bullish in recent weeks about their chances of revitalizing the flagging PC market. But can the next generation of the Intel Core family really deliver on its promises? Is it the key to saving Microsoft's much-derided Windows 8 experiment? Let's take a closer look at the new competition... more »
2013: The Internet of Things Gets Noticed

2013: The Internet of Things Gets Noticed

2013 is said to be the year of the Internet of Things, but seriously, do we really know what IoT is all about? Introducing the "Internet of Things"   The phrase "Internet of Things" was first coined by technologist Kevin Ashton way back in 1999, when he used it to describe how data captured by humans would lead to a revolution once computers started generating and collecting data by themselves without any human input. The Internet of Things is not just about connecting devices to the Internet, but also making sense of the 'things' that are connected.  Take for example a car.  If your... more »
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Aerospike to Host Internet of Things Panel at Silicon Valley HQ

Aerospike, the startup behind the ultra-fast database of the same name, will host an Internet of Things-themed panel discussion on Wednesday. The event will take place at the company’s Mountain View headquarters. The session will be moderated by TimesTen founder Marie-Anne Neimat, whose company is credited with kick starting the in-memory relational database market. The panel will feature representatives from four firms, including: Mahbubul Alam from Cisco, GE Global Research chief architect and chief engineer Alok Batra, QuickPay CTO Sukanta Ganguly and Brian Bulkowski, the founder and CTO of Aerospike. Aerospike is poised to benefit a great deal from the mobile boom... more »

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