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NerdyData--A Search Engine for HTML, JavaScript, and Source Code

NerdyData--A Search Engine for HTML, JavaScript, and Source Code

A startup claims to have come up with a better way for developers to find source code. Traditionally, developers use the regular search engines, such as Google, Bing, but those are unfriendly to searching source code. If you are a web developer or programmer who often needs to shuffle between writing code in multiple languages, check out NerdyData, a new startup search engine for all programming related documentation including HTML, JavaScript, and Source Code. Google's search engine is geared mostly towards providing answers to a specific query asked by the user, whereas NerdyData is developed to give the best list of results... more »
Acquia Launches Drupal Rich Digital Experience Platform Acquia Cloud Site Factory

Acquia Launches Drupal Rich Digital Experience Platform Acquia Cloud Site Factory

Burlington-based Acquia, which provides tools for enterprise users of the open-source Drupal web publishing platform, today announced the Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a new digital experience platform for building digitally enriched brand, campaign and promotional websites for marketers. Built on Acquia’s proven Drupal Gardens OpenSaaS software and infrastructure, Acquia Cloud Site Factory provides support for marketers to create dynamic, customized sites in minutes. The platform has pre-defined templates making it easy for brand campaigner to include repeatable content, design, features and structure into the site. The OpenSaaS application Gardens allows users to quickly build complex websites. And Acquia Cloud Site Factory system... more »
PRISM Scandal Draws Bipartisan Support to Neuter the NSA

PRISM Scandal Draws Bipartisan Support to Neuter the NSA

Representative Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, has proposed to limit the National Security Agency’s funds that it uses to collect data on telephone calls made by U.S. citizens unless a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order stipulates that the records pertain to an individual under investigation.  His proposal is backed by Representatives John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, Mick Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, and Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican. While another amendment offered by Florida Republican Representative Richard Nugent proposes that the NSA will be prohibited from using funds in the almost $600 billion measure to “acquire,... more »
Cisco Acquires SourceFire in $2.7B CyberSecurity Deal

Cisco Acquires SourceFire in $2.7B CyberSecurity Deal

  Cisco is acquiring SourceFire, and so begins a new security push.  At a purchase price of $2.7 Billion @ $76 per share, it’s rather significant.  Cisco is the largest networking equipment manufacturer in the business, and is known to hold a significant portion of their cash overseas.  This makes a domestic purchase on this order all the more telling.  SourceFire is known for their Intrustion Detection Systems (IDS) technology and the open source tool Snort.  Snort has a long history in security and it has been used extensively in government environments. "‘Buy' has always been a key part of our build-buy-partner innovation... more »
Cloud Foundry Cements IBM & EMC's Commitment to Open Source #IBMPivotal

Cloud Foundry Cements IBM & EMC's Commitment to Open Source #IBMPivotal

IBM and Pivotal, the EMC spin-off, just announced a groundbreaking new alliance to develop the Cloud Foundry Platform - an open platform-as-a-service that presents a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services. The pair have also began collaborating on the technology needed to enable programming languages or frameworks to be deployed on the Cloud Foundry platform.  IBM has so far previewed its WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core, a lightweight version of the WebSphere Application Server, running on Cloud Foundry. A Cloud Foundry Community Event has been scheduled for September 8-9, 2013 in Santa Clara, CA., which will highlight presentations by the... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 24: SEC Files Bitcoin-related Ponzi Scheme Charges, BitFantasy MMORPG Trades in BTC, More VPN Providers on Board

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 24: SEC Files Bitcoin-related Ponzi Scheme Charges, BitFantasy MMORPG Trades in BTC, More VPN Providers on Board

Crime and politics have followed bitcoin since its inception but not quite in the sense that is being seen today—and, in news more fun, an MMORPG (a massively multiplayer online role playing game) is being developed that uses bitcoin as its core exchange currency. The SEC has charged a Texan man with running a Ponzi scheme with bitcoins and making a great deal of money—while fraud is difficult with bitcoins at the exchange level, like any other currency it’s still possible to trick people out of their money. BitFantasy is a 2D fantasy-styled MMORPG that shows a lot of promise for... more »
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Vulnerability Statistics Suck

Starting this Saturday, Black Hat USA 2013 will be convening at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In this series, intended to preview many of the talks and presentations scheduled for the event, SiliconANGLE will focus on the exploitative vulnerabilities associated with big data and how those vulnerabilities can be limited. Today’s article will focus on a presentation entitled ‘Buying Into The Bias: Why Vulnerability Statistics Suck’ offered by Steve Christey and Brian “Jericho” Martin. Christey and Martin will explore the limitations improperly gathered and analyzed statistics and how they could ultimately be deleterious to an organizations bottom line. Martin has, for the... more »
Randy Bias: OpenStack Needs Amazon APIs To Drive Hybrid Clouds

Randy Bias: OpenStack Needs Amazon APIs To Drive Hybrid Clouds

With his outspoken views on the widespread disruption caused by cloud computing, Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias has forged a reputation as one of the industry's most influential voices. More than that, he's also become one of the most vocal advocates of open-source systems, and was one of the early champions of the OpenStack project. So when such an important voice calls for a radical departure asking the OpenStack community to pull back from all-out war with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and instead turn around and embrace it, people need to take notice. In an open letter posted onto the Cloudscaling blog... more »
Apps That Write For You & Youtube's Geek Week - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Apps That Write For You & Youtube's Geek Week - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Keeping Your Voice On The Cloud   Swiftkey cloud, a new feature for the Swiftkey keyboard replacement app, has officially entered into beta. The line-up of new features includes dictionary backups, the ability to sync devices, and a feature that provides access to trending phrases. The more you use Swiftkey, the more the app learns about your particular writing style. Acting as your own personal writing analyst, the app looks back at past communications in texts, emails and social media, in order to predict your words as you write them. Once Swiftkey knows enough about you, it saves your personal dictionary to the cloud,... more »
DataStax Nabs $45 Million for NoSQL Tech

DataStax Nabs $45 Million for NoSQL Tech

Apache Cassandra distributor DataStax announced yesterday morning that it has raised $45 million in Series D funding from Scale Venture Partners, DFJ Growth, and Next World Capital. Existing backers Lightspeed Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital, and Meritech Capital Partners also participated in the round. DataStax will use the new funding to scale worldwide operations and accelerate product development. The firm also plans to strengthen relations with the open-source Cassandra community, which plays a central role in driving enterprise adoption. Jonathan Ellis, the founding CTO of DataStax and the chair of the Cassandra project, said in an interview on theCube that he and fellow... 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.