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Samsung Denies It's Dumping Desktops, But Maybe It Should?

Samsung Denies It's Dumping Desktops, But Maybe It Should?

Samsung could be about to shift away from its desktop PC business in light of falling demand caused by legions of consumers swapping them for mobile devices instead. The news comes from the Korea Times, which says that the move is a further signal that OEMs are entering a period of consolidation as they switch to specialize in either the manufacture of mobile devices or more traditional computing models. Korea Times report quoted a Samsung official as saying that the firm was looking to focus its energies on developing more "popular" portable devices. The move would see Samsung divert resources to... more »
Big Data Needs to Speak the Language of the CEO

Big Data Needs to Speak the Language of the CEO

K Young, CEO, Mortar Data, discussed the importance of data science, current data processing challenges and approaching business types with Big Data solutions with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly, live at the recently concluded MongoDB Days conference. "Mortar is a platform and also an open source framework that is used by engineers and data scientists that process large volumes of data." Young explained, built on top of Hadoop. Currently the company focuses on developing its recommended systems, aiming to build ten different types of such systems targeted at companies in different sectors which would allow them to make recommendations to... more »
hackNY’s Founders Discuss the Local Hacker Scene

hackNY’s Founders Discuss the Local Hacker Scene

Evan Korth and Chris Wiggins, two computer science professors who run hackNY, stopped by theCUBE at MongoDB Days 2013 to discuss how their organization helps young developers enter the job market. Host Dave Vellante starts the interview by highlighting that hackNY is not an incubator; it’s an educational initiative that aims to federate the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community. Wiggins confirms, and provides a brief rundown of what he and Korth have been up to in recent years. The two academics founded hackNY in 2010 because they sought to “change the narrative” for young software engineers in... more »
Federal Circuit Upholds Patent on "Viewing Ads Online"

Federal Circuit Upholds Patent on "Viewing Ads Online"

Concerns have been raised that a recent decision by the Federal Circuit court of appeal could lead to an escalation in so-called patent abuse in the technology industry. The decision, which was taken last Friday, upheld a controversial patent owned by a company called Ultramericial, and has been called a "missed opportunity" to finally rein in abusive patent trolls. Writing for the Washington Post, Timothy E. Lee states that the court missed a golden opportunity to "rein in these abstract patents," many of which are incredibly obvious and probably should never have been awarded a patent in the first place. Lee's... more »
Can Snapchat Really Be Worth $800 Million?

Can Snapchat Really Be Worth $800 Million?

Snapchat, the wildly chat messaging app that allows users to set a time limit for how long or short an image or video they send can be viewed, closed a $60 million round of Series B funding led by Institutional Venture Partners, with participation from General Catalyst Partners and SV Angel, and continued pro-rata participation from Benchmark Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Aside from that, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton will be joining Snapchat’s board as an independent member. The new round of funding will be used to build servers, hire people and further innovate, said Snapchat in a statement. The company... more »
Microsoft - Oracle Cloud Alliance Boosts Azure in Battle with AWS

Microsoft - Oracle Cloud Alliance Boosts Azure in Battle with AWS

Enterprise giants Microsoft and Oracle appear to have put aside some of their differences after announcing a major deal regarding their enterprise cloud services. In a surprise press call yesterday afternoon, the two companies divulged details of an unlikely alliance that was first hinted at by Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison during the company's Q4 earnings call last week. There are a number of aspects to the new relationship, but the nuts and bolts of it is that Oracle's database and other software will now be officially "certified" to run on Microsoft's Windows Cloud, Windows Server, Azure and alongside its Hyper-V technology.... more »
Wikibon to CIOs: Automate to Reduce Downtime

Wikibon to CIOs: Automate to Reduce Downtime

Scott Lowe, Wikibon analyst and founder of The 1610 Group, identified downtime as a major pain point for traditional IT shops. He advises CIOs who are struggling with system availability to adopt the following technologies and methodologies in order to “maximize their availability potential” of their infrastructure. Automation In Lowe’s experience, “the more that people have to touch things, the more likely it is that they will make mistakes.” These human errors can prove to be very costly when the availability of mission-critical systems is on the line. He recommends that CIOs deploy management systems, data center orchestration tools and other automation software... more »
Flickr Flaw Leaves Yahoo Mail Accounts Exposed to Hackers

Flickr Flaw Leaves Yahoo Mail Accounts Exposed to Hackers

Fresh security fears have been raised over Yahoo's email service since last month's update of Flickr.com, the photo-sharing website that's integrated with the wider Yahoo network. The concerns have to do with the way the services are inextricably linked together – i.e., when you log into one service, you're automatically logged into the other at the same time, something that many users probably aren't aware of. At the time of Flickr's overhaul, most of the attention fell on its new image-centric design, and the controversial new pricing model that doubled the cost of a premium membership to $49.99 a year (the... more »
Expect a Ripping Good YARN at Hadoop Summit

Expect a Ripping Good YARN at Hadoop Summit

Hadoop Summit 2013 kicks off tomorrow and expect YARN to be a major topic of conversation. Three years in the making, YARN is essentially a new operating system for Hadoop that will allow the open source Big Data framework to break free from the shackles of MapReduce. Perhaps that was a bit harsh towards MapReduce. As anyone following Big Data knows, Hadoop, was originally developed at Yahoo! to search and index the web. It is an extremely powerful framework, without which it would be a lot harder to find what you’re looking for online today. But Hadoop essentially was and still... more »
Education Is Marketing: Lowering RPO from Hours to Minutes | #mongodbday

Education Is Marketing: Lowering RPO from Hours to Minutes | #mongodbday

Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly spoke with Andrew Erlichson, VP Education & Cloud Services with 10gen, at MongoDB Days in New York. Andrew is in charge with marketing, sales and day-to-day operations of 10gen cloud services, as well as with designing and implementing the online education efforts around MongoDB. Having a passion for education, Andrew Erlichson was extremely happy when education platforms such as CodeAcademy emerged and actually managed to capture the interest of people, motivating them enough to graduate. Truly inspired by their success story, he approached 10gen with a proposition for an online education program regarding their products. To his... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.