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Ask DevOps: It is time again to tangle with Daylight Savings Time, a guide for developers

Ask DevOps: It is time again to tangle with Daylight Savings Time, a guide for developers

Daylight Savings Time is becoming more and more of a controversial subject as civilization continues to integrate with roads, cars, and internet. The old ways of saving extra light by pushing the clocks around is becoming more of a frustrating tradition and less of something that seems useful to new generations—but aside from making extra busywork around this time of year, it also poses problems (and creates bugs) for developers. How to deal with time When programming time can become a massive problem when dealing with clients across the globe (or even just across the United States), in the usual developer parlance... more »
The blind spot of clients: think business processes, not data | #IBMIoD

The blind spot of clients: think business processes, not data | #IBMIoD

Live from #theCUBE at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, John Furrier and Dave Vellante brought their regular viewers exclusive coverage from IBM Information on Demand 2013. Our co-hosts got hold of Fred Balboni, Global Lead for Business Analytics and Optimization with IBM, to talk about Services and roadmapping. Services matter because it's great gross profit for helping customers implement solutions that they asked for. The market is exploding with demand, people know it's a game changer with Big Data analytics, cloud, and mobile devices. People want to be in every channel of the social business. "Services is important; it's the last mile. Without... more »
Failure as a Service : Obamacare site security flaws emerge

Failure as a Service : Obamacare site security flaws emerge

The Healthcare.gov technology story isn’t going away anytime soon. As tech rescue teams have come to save the day with what they hope will be a rapid fix for the struggling site, the first of what may be a number of security issues have started to emerge. It’s a situation so dire that even the consumer website Consumer Reports has advised the public to not submit any information to the system until the fixes are in. They may be waiting a long time. In a recent report, a North Carolina father, Justin Hadley, was using the Obamacare website when, after many... more »
Key hires + tech behind Pinterest's global expansion : UK, France + Japan

Key hires + tech behind Pinterest's global expansion : UK, France + Japan

Though Pinterest has yet to generate money, it has caught the eye of big investors, strategic partners, and has even managed to snag key companies with the purpose of improving its personnel and underlying technology.  Proof of how well Pinterest is doing is the recent $225 million Series E round of funding led by Fidelity Investments. The new round of funding will be used for global expansion, but even before it raised the money, Pinterest has been expanding its reach to foreign soil. The Hires Behind Pinterest's International Intentions   In May of this year, Pinterest launched its first localized in the UK.  What... more »
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Paxata CEO on startup success and data preparation | #BigDataNYC

Being a data analyst isn’t easy. Keeping information flowing for decision makers requires specialized knowledge and expertise at investigating patterns in raw numbers - but for the most part, it involves cleaning, changing, organizing and validating data for processing. This tedious and largely manual task takes up as much as 80 percent of analysts’ time, according to Prakash Nanduri, the co-founder and CEO of Paxata. His newly launched startup is helping analysts become more productive with a cloud service that bridges the gap between Hadoop and the front-end applications that serve up insights for business users. Speaking on theCUBE, Nanduri details that... more »
When will you die? Tikker helps you take on the Grim Reaper

When will you die? Tikker helps you take on the Grim Reaper

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a watch that counts your remaining years of existence, a scale to weigh your sleep, and a web app that connects all your wearable tech gadgets. Tikker   Ever wonder how long you have until you’re six feet under, or your ashes are trapped in an urn?  Wouldn’t it be great to know when your time is up?  For some people it is, as it gives them the freedom to do what they want, make amends, or just be the best person you can be before it all ends.  No one can really tell you exactly when your... more »
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Hortonworks President talks open source innovation | #BigDataNYC

Hortonworks’ business model hasn’t changed “one bit” since it spun off from Yahoo in 2011, according to company president Herb Cunitz. Speaking at SiliconANGLE’s recently concluded Big Data New York 2013 summit, Cunitz tells theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante that his firm is committed to delivering an open analytics stack for the enterprise. Hortonworks is helping organizations unlock the value of information with Hadoop, a freely available batch processing framework distributed under the Apache license. An open community can “out innovate any individual company” given sufficient resources, Cunitz says, which is one of the reasons the platform is poised... more »
Who wants help from Google Helpouts?

Who wants help from Google Helpouts?

How much would you pay to be ae to talk to an expert and ask them for help with a DIY project or a meal that you're cooking? For Google, the price depends on the topic or the person answering your query. If you haven’t heard, Google has launched a new platform that aims to help you with anything imaginable, from recipes to DIY projects, even make-up tutorials or fashion advice.  And the best thing about this new platform is that you get to talk to a real, live person, not just through chat but in a video call, just like... more »
Who is John S. Chen? Is he the man to save BlackBerry?

Who is John S. Chen? Is he the man to save BlackBerry?

For those who are following the fate of BlackBerry, they may know John S. Chen as the company’s executive chairman and interim CEO.  He was the one who brought Sybase back from the grave, but aside from that, most people really have no clue as to who Chen really is and what made him the perfect choice to replace Thorsten Heins, for now. Meet John S. Chen   Chen is a native of Hong Kong who graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite prep school in Northfield, Massachusetts.  He studied at Brown University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978 with a... more »
Cisco drives OpenStack on UCS at OpenStack Summit Hong Kong

Cisco drives OpenStack on UCS at OpenStack Summit Hong Kong

Cisco unveiled a new batch of accelerator packs at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong earlier today, designed to help organizations deploy their OpenStack cloud infrastructures on Cisco's UCS more easily, giving them all of the benefits of Cisco server and networking technology with virtualisation and storage capabilities from partners like EMC and VMware. The company says that its UCS Solution Accelerator Paks for OpenStack will be compatible with distributions from leading vendors, including Canonical, Red Hat and SUSE. Meanwhile, in a second announcement, Cisco unveiled new services that'll make it easier to deploy OpenStack clouds running Cisco's Nexus and UCS... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.