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Smarter Cars : How Cloud is Revolutionizing the World of Automobiles

Smarter Cars : How Cloud is Revolutionizing the World of Automobiles

Though we’re still years away from having fully autonomous cars on the streets, that doesn’t mean that companies aren’t working on ways to make the act of driving cars as technologically advanced as possible. Pimping a car is no longer just about spinning rims, lush interiors and a flashy paint job.  Now, it’s all about connecting to the cloud, and other ingenuities that would allow your car to do more than just get you from point A to B. Here's this week's look at the top developments in the world of Smart Cars. Aston Martin drives to the cloud   If you have an Aston... more »
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OpenStack Ecosystem Strong on 3rd Birthday : Backers Earn Some Hefty Funding of Their Own

As we celebrate OpenStack's third birthday, we acknowledge the booming ecosystem it's created in a relatively short amount of time.  The cloud computing project OpenStack has gained the support of several backers, all contributing to the open source initiative.  And a number of those have received funding recently to further their efforts in the field of cloud computing, storage, cloud management, and cloud in general. Let’s look at how these OpenStack contributors have fared this year: Scality   The leader in petabyte-scale storage received $22 million in Series C funding led by Menlo Ventures and Iris Capital, with participation from FSN PME and all... more »
Total + Proactive In-home Care Systems : Future of Affordable Healthcare | #MITIQ

Total + Proactive In-home Care Systems : Future of Affordable Healthcare | #MITIQ

Donald George, Chief Architect at PRISM Communication Systems, explained his company's approach to proactive in-home healthcare through monitoring, analysis, and visualization of data relating to both illnesses and patient behavior, with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Paul Gillin, live at the MIT CDOIQ Symposium. "Data is the core issue" in healthcare, George said. Currently, "many of us connect in such a way, using our phones to connect to our physicians," which generates more data. That data brings about a challenge of data management in terms of how you make that data actionable. "We look at how to provide a total care system in the home,... more »
The Allure of Location-Based Data : What Apple's Acquisition of Locationary Means for Smart Services

The Allure of Location-Based Data : What Apple's Acquisition of Locationary Means for Smart Services

Sharing your personal location-based data is generally NOT a good idea. However, on the business side, localized data can be a great thing. News broke early this morning that Apple had acquired local data company Locationary. The Toronto-based Locationary, a small Canadian startup backed by Extreme Venture Partners and Plazacorp Ventures, is a Wikipedia of sorts for location data. It's obvious what Apple's plans are with Locationary: beef up its new mapping service. Psst...we're coming for you Google Maps. Locationary uses crowdsourcing and a federated data exchange platform called Saturn to collect, merge and continuously verify a massive database of information... more »
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Dell PR Boss Jumps Ship Ahead of Buyout Vote

Dell’s future is anything but certain. A leaked internal email sent by chief marketing officer Karen Quintos revealed that Kelly McGinnis, the company’s head of global communications, resigned shortly before the scheduled investor vote on Michael Dell’s $24.4 billion buyout offer. The vote was originally due to take place today, but got pushed back to July 24 in a meeting this morning. Anonymous tipsters claim that Michael Dell rescheduled the vote after holders of nearly 30 percent of the company’s stock indicated that they oppose his proposal. McGinnis joined Dell from Enfactio, the technology vendor’s former public relations agency. Quinto wrote in... more »
LIVE: Tresata's Relaunch + Future of Hadoop Applications

LIVE: Tresata's Relaunch + Future of Hadoop Applications

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Friday July 19, 2013. Big data as a service analytics company Tresata recently announced their strategy, branding and application suite with a re-launched website. Joining us now to give us an insider’s explanation of the new site is friend to the program and Tresata founder Abhishek Mehta. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On today's episode, we're going to speak with Tresata's founder to ask him about the new site and the fresh focus they're taking to business, and we will be sure to follow-up with questions about his... more »
SatoshiDice Sold For 126,315 BTC in World's First Major Bitcoin Acquisition

SatoshiDice Sold For 126,315 BTC in World's First Major Bitcoin Acquisition

The Bitcoin world has been shaken up this morning with the acquisition of SatoshiDice, an online casino that deals exclusively in the cryptocurrency. Not only does the deal represent the first major acquisition of a company whose business is built almost entirely on Bitcoin, but the transaction must also represent one of the largest in Bitcoin's history – SatoshiDice was snapped up for 126,315 BTC, around $11.5 million in 'normal' money, according to CoinDesk, which added that the name of the buyer hasn't been disclosed. So what is SatoshiDice all about, and why is it so valuable? It's nothing to be... more »
MITIQ 2013 Day 1 Wrap-up: Reliable Data Equals Business Value

MITIQ 2013 Day 1 Wrap-up: Reliable Data Equals Business Value

TheCube hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly wrapped up the first day of this week’s MIT Information Quality conference with an in-depth discussion about data quality and the evolving role of the CDO. Dave points out that information security and data quality, two of the newest trends in the Big Data space, are among the main themes of the event. He adds that organizations across all verticals are looking to integrate their isolated data silos in an effort to address business problems, but it’s much easier said than done. Jeff agrees about data quality being a major highlight at MITIQ, and... more »
How The NSA Taps Undersea Fiber Optic Cables

How The NSA Taps Undersea Fiber Optic Cables

The old saying goes that there's more than one way to skin a cat, and that holds true for the NSA and the way it eavesdrops on global communications. In the latest round of leaks from Ed Snowden, the world's most wanted ex-contractor reveals that it's not just tech companies like Google and Microsoft that are willingly collaborating with the spooks – they're also quite capable of helping themselves, tapping into the “internet's backbone,” and siphoning off vast amounts of data from the undersea cables that make the web go round. A report in The Atlantic details how British spies are... more »
Tumblr Users Urged to Change Passwords After Security Flaw Exposed

Tumblr Users Urged to Change Passwords After Security Flaw Exposed

Tumblr, (yeah the Tumblr that was just bought out by Yahoo for $1.1 Billion), sent out word yesterday that there was a major security issue for iPhone and iPad users and that passwords should be changed immediately.  On Tuesday, Tumblr sent out a fix for the issue, but the password change is still recommended.  The issue came to light from a reader of the Register who was doing a little security research on Apple products for the company he works for.  What he found was that when users logged on from their Apple devices, the application didn’t use a secure... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.