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AWS re:Invent 2013 conference kickoff |  #reinvent

AWS re:Invent 2013 conference kickoff | #reinvent

Kicking off this year’s AWS re:Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE’s founder John Furrier offered a quick prequel of what we can expect to learn over the next few days. This is the 2nd annual AWS reinvent conference and is really the coming out party for Amazon Web Services meant to highlight their immediate dominance of the cloud computing market. And AWS, with an expected estimated revenue of $4 billion this year, is a showing itself an easy and accessible alternative for upstart enterprises that might not be able to afford a traditional data center. The... more »
What's the next Big Data thing? Answer: Spark

What's the next Big Data thing? Answer: Spark

I talk to many pioneers in big data going back many years and the early drivers of great technical trends come from those #techathletes - like Amr Awadallah founder Cloudera, Arun Murthy at Yahoo (now Hortonworks), and many more.  The common thread in all big tech trends is that they almost always comes from those technical visionaries and first movers in cutting edge companies/startups, open source communities, and academic researchers. What is the next big thing in #bigdata?  It's called Spark. Spark is a fast data analysis engine. Think Hadoop MapReduce, but 100x faster and still fully interoperable with the wider Hadoop... more »
AWS re:Invent CrowdChat : Is AWS the iPhone of Cloud?

AWS re:Invent CrowdChat : Is AWS the iPhone of Cloud?

We're broadcasting live from Amazon's AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week, kicking off with a CrowdChat to get the conversations rolling. As we outlined in our AWS re:Invent 2013 Resource Guide, the big stories of #AWSReInvent can be boiled down to the battle that lies ahead: AWS is taking on an entire industry with its infrastructure services, while many rivals have laid claim in the OpenStack camp. The private cloud and the public cloud are seeing two very different races to the top of the hill, and AWS' cloud strategies are taking it all on. Which ecosystem is best... more »
Sony reserves the rights to spy on user PSN activity

Sony reserves the rights to spy on user PSN activity

By agreeing to the updated license agreement of Sony PlayStation 4, you give the nod to listen to your conversations and read your correspondence. Sony’s updated terms and conditions reveal that the company can actively monitor and record communication between players. In the company’s new Software Usage Terms entitled “Are we monitoring PSN?” the company said that it has the intention to do so, but reassures that it is unable to monitor all communication. This basically means that Sony has the ability to read and listen to any of your messages on the PlayStation Network. Sony has stated that the company doesn’t... more »
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 »

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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.