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Vint Cerf, better known as one of the fathers of internet, recently addressed at the 2013 RSA conference reinforcing the requirement of a rigid authentication system that could provide public and private keys to help consumers authenticate their presence on multiple devices, platforms and services easily. There are so many devices and appliances available in the market, which are internet-enables, for example refrigerators, air conditioners, light bulbs, toasters, and coffee machines. Though these devices certainly make our life easy, the matter of concern is the potential danger that could arise out of them. Particularly if we talk about use of internet-equipped... more »
Sony has huge ambitions for the PlayStation Network and the next generation PlayStation 4. Although Sony talked at length about the PlayStation 4’s philosophy, the company managed to leave out details such as specs and price. It didn’t even showcase the PS4 system’s main body, opting only to reveal the controller. Sony talked about its eight-core AMD Jaguar CPU, PC-style graphics processor, and eight gigabytes of RAM during the new console’s unveiling. But PlayStation 4 is characterized by a large opening to social and mobility and to a large extent cloud streaming. PS 4 Future Lies In the Cloud The key feature of... more »
While CIOs express numerous concerns when discussing trusting mission-critical applications to the Cloud, they really boil down to four primary issues, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe. As a consultant and former CIO himself, he writes from experience. Those issues are the risk of outages, the lack of skills and understanding of how Cloud services work, concern over maintaining SLAs, and the difficulty in developing a good handle on the cost of the service over time. Outages certainly happen to in-house systems. But they are not common, and a system failure in an average company is usually kept private within the company’s walls.... more »
This past week Rackspace announced two major updates, Continuuity intrudes the market with new software, and Hewlett-Packard finally got rid of webOS. Rackspace lowered its storage rates by 33 percent and promised to roll out tiered pricing for its OpenStack services. Wikibon’s Dave Vellante believes that the cloud host is “trying to turn the crank” on Amazon by striking its Achilles’ heel: AWS is known for its complicated pricing and high bandwidth costs. The discount will hurt Rackspace’s margins, but may have a very positive effect on its customer base. Also this week, Rackspace acquired a NoSQL startup called ObjectRocket. The Boston-based... more »
This week, the value of a Bitcoin reached its all time high and is continuing a slow rise upwards. According to Bitcoin Magazine, Wednesday saw Bitcoins exceed it’s previous all time high of $31.9099 USD set on June 9, 2011. Today that USD value has continued to soar on MtGox to $34.41. This is a notable increase since even the very end of 2012 when the value hovered around $13.50. Trading volume in Bitcoins continues also to rise as media attention has turned a spotlight towards this entirely Internet-based cryptocurrency. Popular vendors in the social sphere have also started to come... more »
2013 is the year of advancing Hadoop implementation from prototype to production. David Richards, CEO and Jagane Sundar, CTO & VP of Engineering of Big Data at WANdisco made their companies predictions clear when they sat down with theCube hosts John Ferrier and Dave Vellante at Strata this week. The business values are high with this fulfillment of the disruption by 2012, the year of the prototype. At Strata WANdisco announced the availability of its Non-Stop NameNode, what it claims is the only 100 percent uptime solution for Hadoop. Non-Stop NameNode completely eliminates the single point of failure that risks data availability – the NameNode – which... more »
SiliconAngle and Wikibon attended this week’s O'Reilly Strata conference, an event that explores the Big Data market, and how companies are making it work. Earlier, SiliconANGLE founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly recapped on the news from Day 1 of the Santa Clara event. Vellante starts by describing the current state of the big data market. “It’s a land grab,” he says, adding that the analytics industry has ballooned to over $11 billion in 2012. It’s a big ecosystem and there’s a lot of money to be had, so naturally everybody wants a stake. The most important... more »
Dell Delivers Video Effects on Deadline for Jack the Giant Slayer Award-winning visual effects (VFX) studio Soho VFX used Dell’s media and entertainment systems to deliver 214 visual effects shots on tight deadline without sacrificing quality for the March 1, 2013 opening of Jack the Giant Slayer fantasy-adventure film. Soho VFX used Dell Precision T3500 workstations, Dell PowerEdge blade servers, and Dell UltraSharp U2410 monitors to create detailed castle-siege scenes realistic environment replacement shots, dynamic characters, an action scenes with burning trees and intensive fire simulations. more Microsoft Releases Next-Generation Office 365 for Business Microsoft Corp. has announced worldwide availability of a major... more »
Hortonworks, while having been spun off from the original Hadoop initiative at Yahoo that's driven so many of Big Data's recent victories, is relatively new as a standalone operation. And as several vendors and small players alike race to launch their own Hadoop distro, the competition is getting fierce. To best position itself in the Hadoop market, Hortonworks is taking a horizontal approach, teaming with the best in the business, including Microsoft. Hortonworks Chief Strategy Officer, Shaun Connolly stopped by theCube at Strata this week to talk Big Data, open source, and Hortonworks' unique relationship with Microsoft, as well as implementing... more »
Fibre Channel technology, which has been available since 1988, is undergoing its next evolution with the recent doubling of the speed of 8 Gbps to 16 Gbps. Fibre Channel (FC) emerged as a way to move data from central servers to large adjacent storage systems. The specification of 16 Gbps was completed in the fall of 2011. In addition to increased speed, new standard features include: low energy use, compatibility with previous versions of the standard, 60 percent to double improvements in storage area network density, 60 percent for double virtual machine I/O channels per port, and use fewer PCIe slots... more »