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Mobile hotspots compared: Which one's the best for you?

Mobile hotspots compared: Which one's the best for you?

AT&T launched its first mobile hotspot, AT&T Unite, for its GoPhone, a line of prepaid phones which can be customized with plans and packages. “We’re excited to be introducing new data-only plans and adding the first mobile hotspot to our GoPhone lineup,” said Mark Collins, AT&T Mobility senior vice president of data and voice products. “We’re continuing to add more value and options for our customers, and with AT&T Unite, they can make the most of their wireless experience, while accessing the latest technology and network speeds.” The device itself is from NETGEAR and features a 2.4-inch touchscreen display, up to 10... more »
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Top vendors flex Cloud muscle at OpenStack Summit

In three short years, OpenStack transformed from an IaaS experiment into a multi-purpose cloud solution for the enterprise, complete with a burgeoning partner ecosystem and production-grade capabilities. The open source platform has emerged as a threat to traditional data center vendors, boasting over 100 customers worldwide according to a newly released user survey. Dozens of backers converged at this week’s OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong to show off their newest solutions and make their presence felt in the community. Cisco kicked off the event with a set of accelerators that aim to make it easier for enterprises to deploy their projects... more »
Microsoft CEO: Top 5 candidates shortlisted

Microsoft CEO: Top 5 candidates shortlisted

Just like in Beauty pageants, from 40 or so candidates, Microsoft is said to have narrowed down its final list to just five candidates.  If reports are to be believed, the software giant’s special committee, along with Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., is closing in on its man. But this doesn’t mean that the company is close to naming current CEO Steve Ballmer’s replacement any time soon, as deliberations could still take months. When Ballmer announced his retirement back in August, people were quick to jump to conclusions that whoever replaced him would be an internal hire, making Executive VP Tony... more »
Four ways Microsoft, Oracle + Salesforce hurt SMBs

Four ways Microsoft, Oracle + Salesforce hurt SMBs

Say you own a small or medium-sized business and you want to improve the efficiency of your sales and marketing efforts to prospective and current customers. Chances are you have been inundated with attractive offerings from main stream players such as Salesforce.com, Microsoft and Oracle who have targeted you as a prospective customer. Despite the allure of going for a big name provider, it usually is not worth it for the SMB to sign up for an expensive CRM solution. The following four reasons detail the significant drawbacks of brand name CRM software: 1. These solutions do offer a dizzying array of... more »
Canada's government said 'no way' to Lenovo's BlackBerry takeover

Canada's government said 'no way' to Lenovo's BlackBerry takeover

BlackBerry's troubled businesses might be on life support these days, but that hasn't stopped a flurry of reports covering its ongoing troubles this week. First up was the news that Fairfax Financial Holdings, the company set to takeover BlackBerry for $4.7 billion, failed to raise the necessary cash, causing the deal to collapse. As a last resort Fairfax has instead decided to pump in about $1billion into the company alongside other investors in a desperate bid to revive it. This was followed by yesterday's news that BlackBerry had hired ex-Sybase chief executive office John Chen to replace the outgoing Thorsten Heins... more »
Moving away from Itanium, HP nudges customers toward x86 HA

Moving away from Itanium, HP nudges customers toward x86 HA

Oracle isn’t alone in wanting to abandon Intel’s ill-received Itanium platform. A year after derailing the database maker’s plan to halt software development for the chip, Hewlett Packard is porting its Nonstop line of high-availability systems to x86 server architecture. Originally marketed under the Tandem brand, NonStop is used primarily by telcos and financial service providers to power their mission-critical workloads. These companies and others are increasingly turning to standard-based data center solutions as the volume of information continues to grow faster than the ability of legacy infrastructure to accommodate it all. HP, which accounts for more than 95 percent of the... more »
Report claims Bitcoin is broken, at risk from 'selfish miners'

Report claims Bitcoin is broken, at risk from 'selfish miners'

Bitcoin isn't nearly as safe as most users believe, being vulnerable to an attack that could allow a small group of "selfish Bitcoin miners" to effectively wrest control of the virtual currency – all it would take is a group of determined cheaters. This vulnerability theory is the discussion of a new research paper published by Cornell University post-doctoral fellow Ittay Eyal and Professor Emin Gun Sirer. The problem is that Bitcoin has a major design flaw due to the way individual bitcoins are created – these are 'mined' by groups (known as Bitcoin miners) that use multiple computers to tackle complex... more »
The new commodity is attention : The new currency is time | #IBMIoD

The new commodity is attention : The new currency is time | #IBMIoD

Renee Ducre, Director of Marketing Social Business with IBM, agreed to talk with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante during the exclusive coverage from IBM Information on Demand 2013 in Las Vegas, shedding some light on the challenges of adopting social in the enterprise. Social Business is one of four IBM focus areas, representing the intersection of social and Big Data/analytics. Talking about the new orientation towards social business, Ducre noted the unprecedented growth and innovation taking place in this field. If a couple of years ago people were frowning at Twitter, failing to grasp its value and usability, nowadays its... more »
De-risk data driven decisions : Start with critical thinking | #IBMIoD

De-risk data driven decisions : Start with critical thinking | #IBMIoD

Michael Kowelenko, an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, discussed decision making in the age of Big Data with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the IBM Information on Demand 2013 event in Las Vegas. Kowelenko explained that while the focus was once on how data came together, and how we looked for aggregation of information through analytics,  decisions needed to be made at the end of the day. The university works with students and companies on how to do critical thinking to support future decision making. "The technology has really evolved with what we can do. There's all this new data," which is... more »
Skip the manuals : Social biz data should be easy | #IBMIoD

Skip the manuals : Social biz data should be easy | #IBMIoD

Jeff Schick, Vice President of Social Software at IBM, explored the opportunities that organizations now have to expand their business through social software and social media strategies, with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the IBM Information on Demand 2013 event in Las Vegas. IBM approached the social software market back in 2007 with "the first integrated social platform for business," Schick explained, aiming to better connect "people with people and people with information" as they were moving beyond email for information sharing. "The inflection point is that there is not a country on the planet, an industry on the planet, that... 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.