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Amazon's New Campus Sports A Greenhouse Effect

Amazon's New Campus Sports A Greenhouse Effect

Look around and you'll see structures sprouting up from the ground up wherever you go. All cities have their fair share of ugly concrete monstrosities - tall, lots of windows and generally just very boring, yet others look like something that an artist designed, or like something out of a sci-fi comic.  But what do office buildings really need? For Amazon, it needs lots of plants. On Tuesday, Amazon unveiled designs created by architectural firm NBBJ that feature three mirrored, biosphere-like domes and three 37-story office towers strategically placed around the globes. The domes will come equipped with in-house dining, meeting, and lounge... more »
Orchestrate.io Rethinks Database Architecture, Scales the API Instead

Orchestrate.io Rethinks Database Architecture, Scales the API Instead

Big Data is getting bigger, and IT departments are having a hard time keeping up with it. Many organizations are leveraging a variety of different databases to store their information, usually Oracle for their traditional workloads and NoSQL for their Big Data, but this mix-and-match approach is far from ideal. In comes Orchestrate.io. The Portland-based startup offers a platform-agnostic API that can aggregate queries from multiple sources into a single, unified stream that is simpler and more reliable than a multi-database deployment. SiliconANGLE Senior Managing Editor Kristen Nicole provided more details about the tool after an interview with Orchestrate.io's founder and... more »
TweetChat: Flash Meets Software Defined Storage (#SDS): Harmony or Conflict? #flashahead

TweetChat: Flash Meets Software Defined Storage (#SDS): Harmony or Conflict? #flashahead

Today we're teaming up with The Wikibon Project's own Stu Miniman (@stu), David Floyer (@dfloyer) and Dave Vellante (@dvellante) will be hosting a #tweetchat on the intersection between Flash and Software Defined Storage (SDS) / Software-Led Infrastructure (SLI). Please join us and use the hashtag #flashahead. According to Dave, Flash is transforming infrastructure and application design while at the same time, the software-defined meme is causing practitioners to re-think where value is created in the storage ecosystem. Here's a list of questions that Dave and the guys will address during the #flashahead chat: What is meant by software-defined storage? What is the role... more »
David Floyer on Dell’s Decision to Lay Low in the Cloud Services Market

David Floyer on Dell’s Decision to Lay Low in the Cloud Services Market

Dell made an interesting move this week. The vendor launched a partner program that will allow customers to buy cloud services through its ecosystem, an important change of strategy that Wikibon co-founder and CTO David Floyer views positively. He explained why in a recent interview with SiliconAngle’s Kristen Feledy. The way he sees it, Dell is downsizing its portfolio in a big transformation from a cloud service provider to a cloud service supplier. There’s a big difference between the two models. Floyer says that vendor’s transition to the latter will reduce unnecessary friction with the highly lucrative service provider market, where... more »
LIVE: Is VMware Eating its Own Lunch with vCloud Hybrid Service?

LIVE: Is VMware Eating its Own Lunch with vCloud Hybrid Service?

Updated with full video - see below. On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see embed feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we learn about VMware's first public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud product, dubbed the vCloud Hybrid Service. Gartner Inc. estimates that sales of Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) will surge by an average of 38 percent annually to $30.6 billion by 2017 from $6.17 billion last year. VMware introducing its IaaS puts it in direction competition with Amazon AWS. Furthermore, when VMware bundles its IaaS with all of its in-house software, VMware's cloud also provides an alternative to the virtualization/cloud synergy of Microsoft's Hyper-V... more »
SAP Thinks Outside The Box, Launches Drive to Recruit Autistic Workers

SAP Thinks Outside The Box, Launches Drive to Recruit Autistic Workers

It's pretty well known that people with autism often possess 'off-the-chart' abilities when it comes to technology. Indeed, many of them display genius-level IQ ratings and an exceptionally high level of attention to detail. Now, in order to benefit from this pool of untapped geniuses, many of whom are often overlooked by employers, the German tech company SAP has set out to actively recruit autistic workers. It says that the search has begun for people "who think differently from others". SAP currently employs more than 65,000 people worldwide, but by 2020 it's aiming for one percent of these employees to be autistic,... more »
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LIVE: Xbox One Review: TV, Skype, Kinect + More

Updated with full video - see below. On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see embed feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we catch our first glimpse of Microsoft's Xbox One - the first all-in-one gaming and entertainment system. When the Xbox series started, there wasn't the connected consumer of today. Smartphones weren't so smart. But things have changed drastically over the last three years. Not only did Microsoft's next-in-the-line Xbox have to deliver enough horsepower to fuel two generations of gamers — but on top of that it had to deliver live TV, an OS architecture that feels like smartphone-style... more »
AWS Cloud Gets The Nod From FedRAMP

AWS Cloud Gets The Nod From FedRAMP

Amazon Web Services has received a boost as it vies to become the cloud computing provider of choice for federal agencies, after receiving a three-year certification from the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). According to the Washington Post, FedRAMP's certification means that it'll be much easier for different federal agencies to adopt AWS's cloud services, as they'll no longer be required to run separate checks on it. Meanwhile, Amazon will now be able to advertise its cloud platform as being secure enough for agencies to store sensitive but non-classified government data. Amazon's assessment by FedRAMP was sponsored by the Department of... more »
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The Internet of Things is the Next Source of Value for CIOs

The billions of sensors and connected devices that make up the Internet of Things are a powerful source of business insights and competitive advantage, according to The 1610 Group founder and managing consultant Scott Lowe. He provided an overview of this topic in his latest Wikibon alert. Lowe points that Big Data doesn’t always live up to its description: small devices tend to generate rather modest amounts of information, often for individual consumption. A prime example is Nest’s famous “Learning Thermostat,” which tracks households’ heating and cooling habits to optimize power consumption. Most connected devices are small, but Lowe notes that there... more »
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Top Skills for Data Visualization : Tableau Q&A with Jock Mackinlay

Data visualization is perhaps the most promising of formats with the proliferation of Big Data.  Stimulating multiple areas of the brain, visual feedback is one of the best paths to knowledge comprehension.  And as data becomes increasingly democratized in the workplace and beyond, determining the best interfaces for consuming that data will fundamentally change its actionability. Now that the Big Data trend is settling into a well-worn path, its many subsets are branching out into their own applications.  We're seeing increased demand for accessible data, leading to more businesses addressing the need.  New software solutions are emerging for enhanced data consumption,... more »

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