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Hyperconvergence: the Next Tidal Wave in IT Infrastructure

Organizations have traditionally acquired the biggest servers, storage and networking equipment money could buy, all to get the best performance and capabilities.  But with virtualization now making its way into the enterprise, these traditional solutions are no longer enough. Enter Converged Infrastructure.  It packages multiple IT components into a single, optimized technology framework to centralize infrastructure management, increase automation and simplify system orchestration. What features should every CI solution have?   Not surprisingly, there are many providers now claiming they offer converged infrastructure solutions, which makes it that much harder for an organization to choose the best vendor.  How does one know if the... more »
How Google + Others are Building a New Brain for Your Home

How Google + Others are Building a New Brain for Your Home

In this week's Smart Home edition we’ll be discussing Google’s efforts in this field, as well as other connected devices that aim to make our live much easier and much more fun. Google Chromecast and Google Glass   Google is inching its way into our lives, not only via mobile devices and web services but also in making homes smarter or connected.  It recently held a press event wherein it unveiled the new Nexus 7 and Chromecast. Chromecast is a little plug-in stick looks a lot like a flash drive but instead of connecting to a USB port, it connects to the HDMI port... more »
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Hacked : How Safe is Your Smart Car?

Did you get a new car? A Toyota Prius, that's nice. You know it can be hacked right? This dialogue is all too real. Computer hackers have allegedly taken control of a Toyota Prius, steering the car and applying its brakes....with a video-game controller. From The Telegraph, Charlie Miller, a security researcher with Twitter, and Chris Valasek, director of security intelligence at IOActive, took over some of the car's systems using a laptop computer connected to its OBD (on-board diagnostic) port. I'm not just picking on Toyota either. The two hackers also claim to have disabled the brakes on a... more »
Hands-Free Autographs & Breakup Apps for the Shallow - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Hands-Free Autographs & Breakup Apps for the Shallow - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Takin' Selfies   For individuals who want to record everything, a new life-logging camera will be hitting markets tomorrow all throughout Europe. Priced at 400 pounds, OMG Life’s Autographer is described as the world’s first intelligent wearable camera. Instead of working like a traditional point and shoot camera, the Autographer is worn, and it operates on autopilot. Five sensors monitor changes in color, temperature, magnetometer, motion and acceleration, and they choose when to take shots. Using a special app, the Autographer can take advantage of your iPhone’s GPS, and photos can be split up into chapters based upon the photo’s time and location. The... more »
The 21st Century Gold Rush: Mining Big Data

The 21st Century Gold Rush: Mining Big Data

Among the hottest trends today is a relentless drive by business for more and better information to inform and steer competitive growth strategies. The growing consensus is that information is like gold, and if information is gold, data is like the raw ore from which that information is distilled. On an individual level, information helps us every day with making better decisions, working more productively and with living fuller lives. Businesses similarly leverage information to thrive and establish advantages against competitors as a means to stay ahead of the curve. As company leaders have become more proficient at using information as... more »
How William Lynch Drove the Nook into the Sewers

How William Lynch Drove the Nook into the Sewers

Early in July, Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch resigned from the company.  His resignation was attributed to the fact that the Nook business had racked up an operating loss of $475 million for the fiscal year which ended in April, more than it lost in the previous 12 months. According to some analysts, Lynch had the vision of a tech entrepreneur, the only problem was, B&N isn’t actually a tech company.  Yes, they sold mobile devices such as e-readers and tablets, but first and foremost, B&N is a bookstore.  Some argued that the company should have focused on pushing content... more »
PRISM Fallout Leaves Black Clouds Looming Over US Tech Firms

PRISM Fallout Leaves Black Clouds Looming Over US Tech Firms

Whether or not Ed Snowden's revelations that the NSA has been secretly monitoring web traffic have harmed national security remains a matter of debate, but there's one thing that doesn't appear to be in doubt any more – the existence of PRISM has had a negative impact on US cloud service providers, which have reportedly lost hundreds of overseas customers since knowledge of the leaks first became public. Evidence of this damage comes from a survey conducted by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) last week, which revealed that around 500 of its 48,000 or so members now mistrust US companies enough... more »
LIVE: Bad Weather Leaves NSA Scandal Snowd'en

LIVE: Bad Weather Leaves NSA Scandal Snowd'en

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Monday July 29, 2013. What started from the actions of whistleblower Edward Snowden leaking government documents that revealed information about the NSA’s top secret PRISM spying program, has evolved over the past two months into a conversation pitting civil liberties against national security which culminated into a decision last week by the US House to reject a proposal that would have restricted the NSA from the further collection of hundreds of millions of Americans phone records. Today, we take a look back at how one man’s actions have pulled... more »
Making Sense of the Promise + Challenge of the Data Era in Business

Making Sense of the Promise + Challenge of the Data Era in Business

Just as businesses have started to get the hang of software and its benefits and challenges, a new age is upon them. The tech world started to revolve around data and the enterprise is following closely, trying to determine how to drive value from what started as buzz words and to then move closer to palpable results. Use cases, companies boasting about impressive results, research, surveys, and expert opinions show up left and right but, as it happens in the Age of Data, there’s an information overload that is hard to sort, analyze, and put to good use. “In the technology... more »
Bob Mansfield Mysteriously Disappears From Apple's Exec Team

Bob Mansfield Mysteriously Disappears From Apple's Exec Team

The disappearance of Bob Mansfield’s biography in Apple’s executive page has gotten some serious press time.  It’s not unusual for an executive to suddenly disappear from a company - high level execs choose to retire or explore other options outside of their companies all the time.  So why the huge interest in Mansfield's case? “Bob is no longer going to be on Apple’s executive team, but will remain at Apple working on special projects reporting to [CEO] Tim [Cook],” company spokesman Steve Dowling told AllThingsD. Dowling declined to expound on the situation or divulge information about the sudden change or where exactly... 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.