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Hortonworks + Microsoft : A team centered in open source innovation | #BigDataNYC

Big Data is shaking up traditional business intelligence, but that doesn’t mean the two technologies can’t thrive side by side. Herain Oberoi, the director of BI product management at Microsoft, stopped by theCUBE with Hortonworks vice president of products Bob Page to discuss how his company is reaching into the Hadoop ecosystem to bring analytics to a billion users. According to Oberoi, Microsoft’s Big Data strategy revolves around making Hadoop more accessible for organizations and “connecting the dots” between people and insights. The software giant is pursuing these goals with a dual approach that centers on augmenting the analytical capabilities of... more »
How GCHQ faked LinkedIn and Slashdot to hack Belgacom, OPEC & others

How GCHQ faked LinkedIn and Slashdot to hack Belgacom, OPEC & others

Last September, Belgacom, one of the leading telecommunications providers in Belgium, reported that its systems had been infiltrated by a western intelligence agency. This was big news for a couple of reasons – one, because Belgacom provides internet access to dozens of key EU institutions based in its capital city Brussels; and two, because of its 'global roaming exchange' (known as a GRX), which acts as a hub for connections between various international mobile networks. Few were surprised to learn that Britain's GCHQ spy agency was the culprit behind this hack, given its extremely close relationship with the NSA. Now, in... more »
Microsoft shouldn't ditch Bing or the Xbox: It's not just about the money

Microsoft shouldn't ditch Bing or the Xbox: It's not just about the money

There's been lots of talk over the future direction of Microsoft over the last week, with shortlists of CEO candidates being drawn up and rumors that whoever takes over might decide to drop some of its less-profitable business, including the Xbox console and its search engine Bing. Last Friday, the big story was a report from Bloomberg which outlined what it called "considerations" by Stephen Elop, one of the shortlisted CEO candidates, to focus on Office as one of the main money spinners for Microsoft, in line with his plans to "sharpen the company's focus". From Bloomberg: "Besides emphasizing Office, Elop would be... more »
WANdisco on moving the metadata : Hadoop coming of age | #BigDataNYC

WANdisco on moving the metadata : Hadoop coming of age | #BigDataNYC

For Hadoop to become commercially viable as a Big Data operating system, it will have to drive rapid insights from dynamic information streams and address enterprise reliability standards and compliance requirements. Hortonworks and WANdisco are bringing this vision closer to reality with an integrated solution that marries active-active replication and unified analytics to facilitate the deployment of multi-purpose clusters in globally distributed environments. Hortonworks’ Jim Walker and WANdisco Chief Marketing Officer James Campigli dropped by theCUBE during SiliconANGLE’s recently concluded Big Data New York 2013 summit to give us a rundown of the technology behind continuously-available Hadoop. According to Campigli, his company’s... more »
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Weekly Big Data Review: cognitive computing and lightning-fast NoSQL

IBM is pushing the envelope of business analytics with new solutions for processing and operationalizing Big Data. Most notable among the latest additions to the company’s portfolio is SmartCloud Analytics Predictive Insights, a cognitive computing service that takes advantage of the technology behind Watson to let customers rapidly sift through large volumes of machine data. Predictive Insights was announced during IBM’s recently concluded Information on Demand Forum alongside a number of other offerings, including a cloud-based version of the BLU Acceleration in-memory processing engine. The two services are joined by InfoSphere Data Explorer, a search tool that visualizes data streams, and... more »
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Redefining Big Data : From bubble to sustainable trend | #BigDataNYC

Big Data is advancing faster than any other technology in enterprise history, and it’s the Hadoop community’s responsibility to sustain this trend, according to Kognitio’s Michael Hiskey. The executive believes that the analytics space is headed for a bubble that will only be averted if the ecosystem gets serious about driving business value for customers. “If I look at the Big Data market as the evolution of the business intelligence, data warehousing and database space, it’s bigger now than it ever has been before and the most venture capital, and the most marketing dollars, and the most funds are being poured... more »
Internet of Things Review: Intel, Valve grab headlines

Internet of Things Review: Intel, Valve grab headlines

Intel is getting serious about connected devices. Following in the footsteps of Cisco, the chip maker announced this week that it’s launching a new Internet of Things Solutions group that will develop solutions for embedded sensors, phones and everything in between. The division will be led by general manager Doug Davis, who previously served as the head of Intel’s Netbook and Tablet Group and led the Embedded and Communications unit before that. He will report directly to CEO Brian Krzanich. "Krzanich is saying, 'I want a higher level of focus on this to help us grow it and put the level... more »
Weekly Security Review: China and Google

Weekly Security Review: China and Google

Cyber-espionage is back on the agenda now that China’s army hackers have renewed their efforts to penetrate organizations in the U.S. and abroad, according to a newly published congressional report by Mandiant. The cybersecurity firm had previously charged China’s secretive PLA Unit 61398 with stealing hundreds of terabytes of data from government agencies, defense contractors and technology companies, among others. The cat and mouse game between Mandiant and the Chinese military first hit the spotlight in February, when the company traced dozens of separate attacks to an innocuous white building in Shanghai’s Pudong district. The ensuing uproar has not deterred Unit... more »
SmartWorld Weekly : From open sourcing to barring the signals

SmartWorld Weekly : From open sourcing to barring the signals

This week’s SmartWorld Series features an effort to open source smart home automation solutions, watch that counts down your life, cars that changes color based on the driver’s mood, and fashionable wearable tech. If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. Open source the Smart Home : Cure app fatigue   If you are experiencing app fatigue because of the many apps you... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: OpenStack and Hyperscale

It’s been an action-packed week in the cloud ecosystem, with several big-name vendors putting their weight behind OpenStack and upping the ante in the open source race to zero. Linux distributor Canonical set itself apart from the pack by forging an alliance with Pivotal to accelerate the convergence of IaaS and PaaS. As part of the partnership, the pair will build an OpenStack-based version of Cloud Foundry into the next major release of Ubuntu, which is used to power 80 percent of all OpenStack deployments. They companies also plan to integrate the PaaS platform with Canonical's Juju orchestration tool to make... more »

Premium Research

- 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.