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Skype's "Project Chess" Allegedly Lets NSA Snoop On Your Calls

Skype's "Project Chess" Allegedly Lets NSA Snoop On Your Calls

Despite its repeated denials over PRISM, Skype has apparently been looking at ways it can facilitate government access to its VoIP calling service for at least five years. According to the New York Times, Skype has been running a clandestine program known as Project Chess since 2008, during the time when its chief backer was eBay, years before it was acquired by Microsoft. The allegations over Project Chess come almost a year after Skype had been accused of installing message monitoring systems into its infrastructure following its takeover by Microsoft. At that time, Skype vehemently denied any suggestion it was monitoring... more »
RightScale's Bailey Caldwell Talks Multi-Cloud and the Big Players in the Cloud Space | #velocityconf

RightScale's Bailey Caldwell Talks Multi-Cloud and the Big Players in the Cloud Space | #velocityconf

Bailey Caldwell, VP of Business Development RightScale, discussed the latest cloud trends with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the O'Reilly Velocity conference in Santa Clara. "The management tool of the future will be the cloud," Caldwell stated. "We help customers run software on private, public, and hybrid cloud." As a front end provisioning system for Amazon, Caldwell said that RightScale had a great relationship with Amazon. They are also an ISV partner and a consultant partner. However, "other larger scale providers are coming into the market, it's about choosing the right infrastructure for your company." Cloud companies need differentiators,... more »
10gen Rides MongoDB Momentum to the Enterprise

10gen Rides MongoDB Momentum to the Enterprise

MongoDB’s success with web and mobile developers in the start-up community is well known. The open source NoSQL database recently surpassed 4 million downloads and is in use at start-ups like Foursquare, VisibleGains, Shopcade and Gilt.   Increasingly, however, MongoDB is getting attention from developers inside larger, more “traditional” enterprises, such as MetLife. The 145 year-old insurance company announced last month that it is using MongoDB to support its new web app called The Wall. The app draws on data from over 70 data sources and provides call center reps with a more complete view of the customer. CIO Gary Hoberman said MetLife... more »
Etsy on DevOps: The Importance of Resilience + Better Ways to Absorb Variations | #velocityconf

Etsy on DevOps: The Importance of Resilience + Better Ways to Absorb Variations | #velocityconf

Live from the Velocity Conference 2013 this week, theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante invited John Allspaw for a short chat about the web, its current trends, and the ongoing event itself. John is the VP of Tech Operations at Etsy and the author of The Art of Capacity Planning published by O’Reilly. Talking about the web, Allspaw believes that it is not necessarily getting faster, but this is something that we should expect. He pointed out there are new standards and new practices out, video is a lot cheaper now than it originally was, and rich experiences are much cheaper... more »
Pexip’s Videoconferencing App Lets Teams Communicate via Any Device

Pexip’s Videoconferencing App Lets Teams Communicate via Any Device

Pexip, an Oslo, Norway-based provider of telepresence software, recently introduced a platform-agnostic video conferencing solution that can support geographically dispersed teams of any size. The company says that Pexip Infinity is compatible with a wide range of endpoints, including mobile devices and popular real-time communications clients such as Microsoft Lync and WebRTC. Pexip Infinity can be deployed on x86-based commodity servers using “standard IT and virtualization tools,” presumably from traditional vendors like VMware. The firm hopes to lure in enterprise customers by giving CIOs the freedom to choose from two different payment options: pay as you go and pay as you... more »
  Achieving Fault-Tolerant Websites + Mobile Testing/Monitoring Market Growing 3x Faster than Web Performance  #velocityconf

Achieving Fault-Tolerant Websites + Mobile Testing/Monitoring Market Growing 3x Faster than Web Performance #velocityconf

Dave Vellante invited Vik Chaudhary, Executive VP at Keynote Systems, for an interview focused around hybrid clouds, challenges and solutions. Vik Chaudhary is responsible for leading Keynote’s product management team and he started both his Velocity Conference keynote and his interview with a great question: How does a client know where the problem is? The performance itself depends on a variety of factors, from the main device, the network, etc. With so many variables, where does one start? The browser? The native app? One has to be able to understand performance and how it's travelling across the entire ecosystem, from the end-user... more »
Yahoo's Plan To Free Up Old Email IDs Is A Huge Risk

Yahoo's Plan To Free Up Old Email IDs Is A Huge Risk

Last week, Yahoo announced that it plans to free up thousands of apparently 'inactive' email accounts so other Yahoo users and prospective new ones would have a chance at grabbing a user name that's more personalized. The idea is simple enough - rather than being forced to sign up as John_Smith00730097989834@yahoo.com, you could just use John_Smith@Yahoo.com. Before you panic, Yahoo only plans to free up those accounts that have been inactive for a year.  If you have a dormant Yahoo mail account and don’t want to part with it just yet, make sure to log in before July 15, 2013 to... more »
"The Cool Code" Is Not What Generates Business Value | #velocityconf

"The Cool Code" Is Not What Generates Business Value | #velocityconf

Dave Vellante and John Furrier talked with Jonathan Thorpe, DevOps Evangelist at Serena Software, during the Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, California, about DevOps, cloud, mobile and other trends in the business. Jonathan Thorpe is Product Marketing Manager for all things DevOps and Continuous Delivery at Serena Software. He previously worked as a Systems Analyst at Electric Cloud, specializing in DevOps-related solutions. In the past there's been a split between the Dev and the Ops teams. Thorpe admits finding himself often falling through that gap, because of his mixed experience. But the trend is now for companies to tear down the silos, and... more »
LeaseWeb Hits Back At Kim Dotcom Over Megaupload Deletion

LeaseWeb Hits Back At Kim Dotcom Over Megaupload Deletion

Kim Dotcom was acting up again yesterday, screaming blue murder over the fact that LeaseWeb, one of Megaupload's former hosting providers, had apparently deleted "petabytes of data" belonging to users of the now defunct storage service. According to Dotcom, LeaseWeb's decision amounted to the "largest data massacre in the history of the internet," and was made even worse because the Dutch hosting company apparently gave him no warning of what it was about to do. It's understandable that Dotcom would be frustrated, as not only does it mean thousands of Megaupload users have lost all hope of reclaiming their data, but... more »
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GE Industrial Internet Wrap-Up: Big Money + Big Challenges

An exciting new twist on the Internet of Things is poised to disrupt our lives in a much more profound way than commercial applications of Big Data. That was the premise of this week’s GE Industrial Internet conference in San Francisco, where General Electric unveiled a new analytics platform in collaboration with Pivotal, Amazon Web Services and Accenture. SiliconAngle Editor-in-Chief John Furrier, Wikibon founder Dave Vellante and analyst Jeff Kelly discussed the highlights of the event in a panel discussion on theCube. The Industrial Internet is growing twice as fast as Big Data. In Jeff’s view, insights extracted from industrial data... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.