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Big Data PaaS Provider Continuuity Announces Developer Suite and Sandbox

Big Data PaaS Provider Continuuity Announces Developer Suite and Sandbox

Today Big Data application fabric provider Continuuity announces the public beta for the company’s developer suite and application sandbox enabling PaaS Big Data. October of last year saw commentary on the SDK and other developer tools released by Continuuity into private beta and now much of that hard work is coming to a head for the community. Today’s announcement opens into two important highlights: the release of Continuuity’s runtime (called AppFabric) along with the development framework to use it and the release of a developer sandbox that permits same-as-production testing of Big Data applications on the AppFabric. “With the combination of our... more »
Google Says There’s No Need For Retail Stores, But There Really Is

Google Says There’s No Need For Retail Stores, But There Really Is

Contrary to reports last week, Google has claimed that it doesn’t have any immediate plans to open up Apple-style retail stores, insisting that it’s perfectly capable of shifting its range of Nexus devices through the Play Store. During a roundtable at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona earlier today, Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin iterated his belief that consumers no longer need to walk into a physical store to get a feel for new devices these days. Instead, he says that people can read up and watch reviews online, or even ask their friends. Furthermore, Rubin claims that Nexus hasn’t even... more »
The Key to Adopting Hybrid Flash Storage: Improve Endurance

The Key to Adopting Hybrid Flash Storage: Improve Endurance

Innovative storage technologies such as flash-based memory are shaking up the world of deep storage, forcing manufacturers to radically transform their underlying architecture. This work, largely initiated by vendors in 2011 and continued throughout 2012, is expected to accelerate in 2013 and reach to the entire stack of computer storage arrays servers. The appeal of hybrid-based Flash memory, for both businesses and vendors, can be explained by the asymmetry between the evolution of processor performance and memory and the hard drives, which have historically been the key systems storage components. Over the last year, we saw the early stages of the push... more »
Nexenta Gets Ready for the Big Time, New CEO, CMO - As Software Defined Storage Heats Up

Nexenta Gets Ready for the Big Time, New CEO, CMO - As Software Defined Storage Heats Up

Numerous sources have confirmed that Evan Powell, CEO of Santa Clara-based Nexenta will step down today as CEO under undisclosed circumstances.  He assumes the position of CSO in the company and had served as its CEO since 2007.  Privately held and founded in 2005, the company brings an open philosophy to software-defined storage and uses its community model to become a storage force.  Network storage veteran Bridget Warwick also joins the company as its CMO, chief marketing officer. Nexenta has been making waves with major partnerships and touts over 5000 customers, with an emphasis in the finance sector.  Their total sales are... more »
Photoshop Touch Arrives, Alongside Urine & Crash Response Apps

Photoshop Touch Arrives, Alongside Urine & Crash Response Apps

It’s been a while in the making, but Adobe has finally managed to squeeze its Photoshop Touch application into the smartphone, rolling out versions for both iPhone and Android phones, plus a new update for the iPad. The new app sports all the features of the older iPad version, putting the most essential editing functions from the full desktop version of Photoshop into the palm of your hand. It allows for images up to 12MP in size to be manipulated with full layer editing, as well as tones, filter and deep color adjustment options. In addition, Adobe also gives users 2GB... more »
HOW TO Become a Data Scientist: 11 Universities to Study Big Data

HOW TO Become a Data Scientist: 11 Universities to Study Big Data

Big Data has been a hot topic over the past year and it does not look like the hype surrounding the subject will wither away anytime soon. In fact, it will continue to grow in numbers and popularity. Wikibon recently came out with a report that showed last year's Big Data market had reached $11.4 billion. Next year, Wikibon projects the market will reach $18.1 billion, and by 2017 it will exceed $47 billion. The numbers don't lie. This is definitely a booming industry, but is it growing too fast for the job market to keep up? Gap between big data... more »
Intel's Hadoop Play is about Security, Standardization [Exclusive Interview]

Intel's Hadoop Play is about Security, Standardization [Exclusive Interview]

Intel is not your typical surveyor of open source. As a proprietary juggernaut, Intel coming into the Hadoop distribution community further validates open source as the marketplace. Boyd Davis, VP Marketing at Intel, sat down with theCube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante last night to discuss Intel's big contribution plans for the Hadoop community, amongst other things.  The full video is below. Intel announced at Strata its Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop software (Intel Distribution). The offering, which includes Intel Manager for Apache Hadoop software, is built from the silicon chip up, to deliver industry-leading performance and improved security features. Davis said... more »
Copyright Alert System Will "Bully" People Away From Pirates

Copyright Alert System Will "Bully" People Away From Pirates

This week we saw the implementation of a new “six strikes” Copyright Alert System (CAS) that sees five of the US’s major internet service providers team up with media producers in a bid to curb copyright infringement. The system opens a new front in the battle against online piracy by punishing consumers who download illegal material rather than those who distribute it. Copyright holders have fought for years to try and reduce the amount of pirated media content available online, but these efforts have hampered by the refusal of search engines like Google to block sites hosting suspect material. So the... more »
DDN Sits Atop the Scalability Spectrum, Making Hadoop Work for "Storage People"

DDN Sits Atop the Scalability Spectrum, Making Hadoop Work for "Storage People"

From self-funded start-up to a multi-million dollar company, DataDirect Networks is firmly supplanted in the Big Data scalable storage space. In an interview with our live news desk at the Strata conference today, theCube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, along with Jeff Denworth VP Marketing, DataDirect Networks, talked about DataDirect's appliances, and what they mean for the Hadoop platform. "Hadoop wasn't really built by storage people. We're making Hadoop nodes faster and easier to deploy." DataDirect isn't the medium in the pricing model either, and Jeff says that is by design. DDN has a suite of storage appliances that serves notice... more »
SAP Snaps Up SmartOps, Optimized for the Mainstream Retailer

SAP Snaps Up SmartOps, Optimized for the Mainstream Retailer

SAP acquired inventory optimization specialist SmartOps for an undisclosed sum. SmartsOps is a Pittsburg, PA-based firm that has been developing supply chain software since the year 2000. Its solutions include a demand sensing platform that analyzes shopping patterns to predict how long inventory will last, and a supply chain optimization module that is compatible with almost all mainstream ERP systems.  These two complementing apps are offered together as the Inventory Optimization Suite, a package can be deployed on-premise solution or consumed as a service. SmartOps first caught SAP’s attention in 2006. Two years later the companies started collaborating on software development, and... more »

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