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Linode releases Longview Apps to enhance web and application user experience

Linode releases Longview Apps to enhance web and application user experience

Cloud hosting provider Linode launched Longview Apps, its new virtual server statistics collection and graphing service extension apps for performance analysis. The new apps provide systems administrators with the metrics and analytics they need to avoid crippling logjams and downtime--all to keep the virtual server running at peak performance. Longview from Linode tracks important indicators for CPU, memory, network, process, and provides real-time graphics that can help identify and head off performance problems. Longview can be used to monitor any virtual server or  computer running Linux--including non-Linode system. Longview features include up to one minute each system information, open source client... more »
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Kinesis shows potential for Industrial Internet + automation, says analyst | #reinvent

Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly discussed the Big Data related announcements and trends highlighted during the AWS re:Invent conference, with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier. Kelly stated most Big Data announcements were either on the analytics side, or Big Data management in the context of reaching enterprise grade level, focusing on reliability, backup, and disaster recovery. Kinesis, the stream processing of data engine that powers real time intelligent applications was the biggest announcement of the day, according to Kelly. "Kinesis was developed internally by AWS. They had all this metric of data," on people and how they used the data on their... more »
New Autodesk 3D cloud-streaming applications bring high-end power into the browser

New Autodesk 3D cloud-streaming applications bring high-end power into the browser

More than ever the cloud and mobile devices are freeing up workers from being chained to their offices to get work done and the first wave has been collaboration and support—but the technology just hadn’t quite cracked the nut for highly computational tasks such as 3D rendering and design. This is the domain of Autodesk and with cloud-driven apps delivered via AWS in the pocket, the sky is the limit. Autodesk is now just introducing industry first 3D design via a web browser. In collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Mozilla, NVIDIA and OTOY, Autodesk has developed a full-fledged high performance 3D design,... more »
AWS keynote : Powering up Dropcam cloud, metadata + more | #reinvent

AWS keynote : Powering up Dropcam cloud, metadata + more | #reinvent

Wi-fi video monitoring and cloud recording company Dropcam showcased their use of AWS during the keynote of this year's AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.  Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy explained that the idea for the company started with his father's attempt to capture video footage of a dog on his lawn. The company aims to help its customers find out what goes on at home when they are not there. Duffy's father, an engineer, failed repeatedly in his attempts to catch the dog on camera, and that inspired the wi-fi monitoring camera and cloud storage service that Dropcam currently offers. Duffy... more »
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The truth about PlayStation 4 console's 500GB of storage

Thinking of buying the new Sony PlayStation 4 for that special someone this holiday season? A hidden fact is that the already small 500GB hard drive in the next-generation PlayStation 4 will only provide around 400GB of actual storage. You know, the kind of storage you'll be able to use. "Sony has restricted access to some of the storage with a portion of a hard drive inaccessible, and 92GB set aside for what's thought to be the PlayStation 4′s firmware," reports Geeky Gadgets. Sure, there's a user fix that allows you to upgrade the 500GB with a larger storage capacity or even faster performance via... more »
Amazon, competition double down on Devs @ re:Invent 2013

Amazon, competition double down on Devs @ re:Invent 2013

Earlier this week, EMC and VMware spinoff Pivotal threw down the gauntlet to Amazon with a new cloud development platform that includes a set of integrated tools for analyzing Big Data. Now, the infrastructure-as-a-service behemoth is firing back. Amazon today announced two new AWS services at its re:Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, including WorkPlaces, a cloud-based virtual desktop solution that challenges VMware’s newly acquired Desktone offering for desktop-as-a-service dominance. Besides offering competitive pricing with plans starting at $35 per user per month, WorkPlaces provides persistent sessions that enable users to pick up from where they left off immediately after logging... more »
What cities need to accommodate smart cars

What cities need to accommodate smart cars

This week’s SmartCar roundup features a plan for a smart city, a smart boat for all your nautical needs, and a $40 device to help you find your parked car. Smart Cities   Electric vehicles are reaching a point of abundance, and as manufacturers are focusing on releasing more electric vehicles in the market, the problem remains that our cities are not yet equipped to cater to all of these electric-powered vehicles.  Right now, gasoline stations can be found just about anywhere, even in a small city, but charging stations aren’t so readily available.  And electric cars that require charging face a unique... more »
Eyeing SMB market, HP packages VSA into Gen8 servers

Eyeing SMB market, HP packages VSA into Gen8 servers

Hewlett Packard is bringing the software-defined data center into reach for small and medium-size businesses with a complimentary edition of its HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) software. A limited license of VSA is now available for no charge upon every purchase of least two “eligible” ProLiant Gen8 servers. HP didn’t specify which machines you have to buy in order to qualify for the offer, but it’s safe to assume that the deal only encompasses the lower-end models that trade off enterprise features for cost-efficiency and ease of use. David Scott, the senior vice president and general manager of HP’s Storage group,... more »
Looking back at #ooc13: In-memory processing + flash as a means to reduce costs

Looking back at #ooc13: In-memory processing + flash as a means to reduce costs

At Oracle’s annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, CEO Larry Ellison declared war on SAP HANA with the new In-Memory Option for his company’s flagship database software. The feature delivers “ungodly” performance with up to 100 times faster queries, but in true Oracle spirit, the extra horsepower comes with a price tag to match. The M6-32 Big Memory Machine, a pre-integrated “engineered system” designed to run the latest Oracle Database 12c release, sets customers back by approximately $100,000 per terabyte. The appliance is supposedly cheaper than traditional alternatives, but it’s not nearly as cost efficient as the commodity hardware used to... more »
YotaPhone, the dual-screen phone, will finally arrive before Christmas

YotaPhone, the dual-screen phone, will finally arrive before Christmas

Yota Devices’ dual-screen phone will finally be rolling out internationally before Christmas. The YotaPhone first came to our attention late last year when it was introduced by the Russian company.  What makes it unique is the dual-screen that promises to deliver 50 percent more battery life.  Farfetched? Not entirely.  You see the main screen is a 4.3” LCD screen, while the one on the flip-side is an E-Ink screen, akin to most e-readers you find. E-Ink screens do not consume anywhere near as much power as LCDs, thus e-readers last for days, while tablets and smartphones only last you hours, or if... 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.