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LoJack for Android Tablets Tops Latest Apps List for Business Users

This week’s featured app is a new arrival to Android. The developer behind the LoJack laptop tracking utility announced a new product that replicates the same functionality to Android tablets. The ability to track, wipe and even freeze a stolen handset are all included, as well as an interesting little failsafe that distinguishes the app quite effectively. Android Computrace Mobile is the device-tracking app for Android tablets developed by Absolute Software. The feature set is pretty standard, with the one exception. The mobile version is installed on a device’s recovery firmware so that reinstalling the operating system won’t delete it, automatically re-enabling... more »
Live Coverage from Intel NAB Show, Today on SiliconAngle.TV

Live Coverage from Intel NAB Show, Today on SiliconAngle.TV

SiliconAngle will be at the Intel NAB Show, which kicks off today, at the event “where content comes to life” to bring you the latest developments in digital media.  Catch the live stream at SiliconAngle.TV, where we'll be interviewing executives and industry experts for ongoing coverage and analysis. It’s an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center this week. It is one of the world’s largest digital media and entertainment events, attended by influential digital media leaders across the globe. This year NAB will tackle what’s new in 2012 and the... more »
Rackspace Puts OpenStack Where Its Mouth Is With New Cloud Services

Rackspace Puts OpenStack Where Its Mouth Is With New Cloud Services

As we gear up for this week's OpenStack Conference, Rackspace is betting its business on the OpenStack project with today's announcement that the hosting provider is moving its flagship Cloud Servers offering onto a platform powered by the jewel of the open source cloud movement. And it doesn't stop there: Rackspace is bringing OpenStack to the enterprise with Cloud Networks, Cloud Databases service and - in a move designed to take on Amazon Web Services - the debut of Cloud Block Storage. These new services are more-or-less self-explanatory. Cloud Servers, Rackspace's cloud compute service, is now powered by the latest version... more »
Samsung to Unveil New Galaxy on May 3

Samsung to Unveil New Galaxy on May 3

Today’s mobile news roundup includes Samsung’s May 3 product launch, Apple's failed ACCC settlement, an app for people with visual and hearing impairment, and more. Come and meet the next Galaxy That’s what the Samsung event invites had to say.  Pretty intriguing huh?  Well it is in the sense that they didn't elaborate as to what they will be unveiling on the May 3 event in London’s Earl’s Court. Some are speculating that either the Samsung Galaxy SIII or a new line of Galaxy devices will be unveiled.  The Galaxy SIII is expected to have a quad core processor, and a 4.6” screen... more »
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This Week in Big Data: From Infochimps to Twitter’s Flash DBs

This past week has seen a few interesting updates from the analytics space.  The first item on our list is the Infochimps Dashpot launch. The dataset marketplace operator has been offering the Infochimps Platform to customers since earlier this year, and Dashpot represents a very large extension to the solution. The main focus is to make the data available to business users and not just data scientists: a topic that has been surfacing on a rather persistent basis lately, most recently in context of the EMC VSPEX launch which simplifies the infrastructure for easier implementation. Infochimps is taking a different approach though.  Its... more »
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Peter Koliopoulos Barbara Spicek Talk VSPEX and Partner Relations

Peter Koliopoulos of Arrow and Barbara Spicek of Brocade each gave their perspectives on cloud, virtualization and big data at a Cube interview from the VSPEX launch event this week (see full interview below).  EMC’s new converged architecture aims to make it easier for clients to setup a deployment, and that applies to partners re-distributing the offering to their own customers as well. Koliopoulos started off the discussion by noting that the channel is evolving at the same pace as technology, and today the emphasis is on services. Data migration and installation are usually more profitable than reselling hardware and software,... more »
This Week in Cloud: VSPEX, HP and OpenStack

This Week in Cloud: VSPEX, HP and OpenStack

The past week had its fair share of cloud-related updates, with a few big developments that managed to get the blogosphere’s full attention– including ours. The biggest highlight is probably the announcement of VSPEX, EMC’s new converged infrastructure cloud architecture.  The offering is based on storage from the company and DataDirect, although it offers considerably more flexibility in other areas.  Clients can choose from over a dozen different configurations spanning hypervisor and networking options. SiliconANGLE.tv managed to produce a handsome number executive interviews and just as much commentary at the launch event. Moving on, the other big development this week is from Hewlett-Packard. The... more »
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Facebook Acquires Tagtile, Building Arsenal of Merchant Tools

Fresh off their Instagram acquisition, social networking giant Facebook acquired the team of developers behind the customer-loyalty application Tagtile. “We’re happy to confirm that TagTile’s founders are joining Facebook, and that Facebook is acquiring substantially all of the company’s assets. We’ve admired the engineering team’s efforts for some time now and we’re excited to have them join Facebook,” the social network said in an emailed statement. Tagtile will no longer accept new customers, but their service will continue to work for now. Tagtile makes it easy for merchants to keep track of customers visiting their store and sending offers and notifcations directly to... more »
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Google Splitting Stock 2 for 1, Founders Stay in Control, Applies for TLD Application

Google released their Q1 2012 earnings report, which showed that the company had another great quarter. The search giant reported revenue of $10.65 billion for the quarter ending March 31, 2012, an increase of 24% compared to the  $8.58 billion earned during the first quarter of 2011. “Google had another great quarter with revenues up 24% year on year,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google.  “We also saw tremendous momentum from the big bets we’ve made in products like Android, Chrome and YouTube. We are still at the very early stages of what technology can do to improve people's lives and we... more »
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VMware’s Hatem Naguib Talks VSPEX, Converged Infrastructure

Hatem Naguib, the executive in charge of managing VMware’s VCE-associated relations with EMC, Cisco and the joint venture itself, hopped onto theCube to share his unique angle.  Naguib talked about VSPEX and drew a broader picture of how converged infrastructure and virtualization are shaping enterprise IT. Naguib started off by sharing a bit of insight into how the VCE alliance works: in summary, a lot of joint marketing initiatives going on between the backers, and even more development. VMware in particular has been working on centralizing management as it ties in with vSphere, the hypervisor at the center of Vblock. Afterwards he... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.