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Crimes In the Valley: Famous Tech Leaders Robbed, Arrested and More

There are a lot of things happening in the tech industry like new devices being launched, new software, newfound malware creating havoc...  But these days, ordinary people aren’t the only ones being victimized, even famous people are getting hit. Burglarized Criminals are getting gutsy n0w, hitting up the homes of the rich and famous.  News broke that the late Steve Jobs’ home in Palo Alto, California was burglarized. The suspect, Kariem McFarlin, allegedly took $60,000 worth of "computers and personal items", is already in custody.  Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery, a member of the high-technology crimes unit, declined to comment... more »
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How Can Pinterest, the Fastest-Growing Site Ever, Become a Data-Driven Business?

Pinterest is the new phenomenon of the Web. Statistics show that Pinterest generates four times more revenue per click than Twitter, and increases revenue by 27 percent more per click than Facebook. Undoubtedly, the success of Pinterest may be due to fact that it provides a component of interest and social exchange that is contextually relevant content to users and their friends. Now SAP in association with social media consumer insights firm NetBase in a report on the five million conversations about the social media revealed that Pinterest is fastest growing social startup site ever, suppressing Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other... more »
How One Outsourcing Company Thrives in a Down Market

How One Outsourcing Company Thrives in a Down Market

Francisco D'Souzo is the chief executive of Cognizant, a New Jersey-based consultancy that is fairing very well in today’s somewhat volatile outsourcing market. He provided an insider’s perspective on the firm’s strong financial performance in a recent interview with Times of India. His company reported its earnings for the second quarter earlier this month, which included a 21 percent increase in revenue whilst some of its peers – namely Infosys – are seeing their business faltering. Cognizant surpassed the Indian outsourcing behemoth’s sales figures this year, and this achievement is partially credited to the former’s dependency on the U.S. market –... more »
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New OEMs for Microsoft, More Tablet Details Revealed

Microsoft unveiled the Surface tablet back in June, which raised a few eyebrows but still managed to intrigued consumers and pundits alike.  The surprising thing about the tablet is that it’s made by Microsoft and not other OEMs, as expected.  But that doesn’t mean the software giant was going to snub OEMs in their effort to knock down Apple’s iPad reign in the tablet race. So who will be Microsoft’s partners in flooding the market with Windows RT tablets? In a blog post authored by Microsoft’s vice president of its Ecosystem and Planning team Mike Anguilo, it was stated that Dell, Lenovo,... more »
Kim Dotcom Vows To Fight Back With Megabox After Theatrical Arrest

Kim Dotcom Vows To Fight Back With Megabox After Theatrical Arrest

Embattled file storage magnate Kim Dotcom launching a disruptive music service this year. According to TheNextWeb, Megabox will make good use of social media sites like Twitter to strengthen closer relationships between fans and artists. Dotcom teases the public with his latest tweets: Kim Dotcom ‏@KimDotcom I know what you are all waiting for. It's coming. This year. Promise. Bigger. Better. Faster. 100% Safe & Unstoppable. Kim Dotcom ‏@KimDotcom Yes… Megabox is also coming this year ;-) Could this new service be a legal big blow to some music companies? With Megaupload’s worldwide success, possibly. Could this strike a fear to current market competition? Possibly. In December of... more »
How Etsy Uses Performance Tuning with Syslog-ng

How Etsy Uses Performance Tuning with Syslog-ng

Etsy is known for helping people "make a living making things". The engineers at Etsy also specialize in making things, particularly when it comes to managing the website's servers. While some companies have embraced fancier logging tools like Flume, Scribe, or Logstash, Etsy has decided to stick with a tried and true technology: Syslog-ng. The engineers have perfected it for the company's large-scale needs with some clever performance tuning. Etsy runs syslog on its own server and configures all of its other servers to send log data to the syslog server. The central syslog server is an 8-core system with 12... more »
Atigeo to Empower Voters with Big Data Analytics Platform

Atigeo to Empower Voters with Big Data Analytics Platform

“On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here [in Chicago], more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life. They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election.” – Lois Romano, Politico via John Casaretto, SiliconANGLE Data analytics has been key to 2012 presidential campaigns, as both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney teams have employed data mining techniques to find and understand voters to rally their support. According to... more »
Google+ Targets Brands with Vanity URLs, Photo and Music Updates

Google+ Targets Brands with Vanity URLs, Photo and Music Updates

Google announced new features for their social networking arm, Googe+, which users would surely appreciate. New photo features According to Andrew Lee, a Software Engineer on the Google+ Photos team, since the service launched, they’ve been receiving requests from users to add features to it like the ability to view photos in a slideshow and the ability to download full albums.  The Google+ Photos team revealed that both features can now be enjoyed in Google+. To view a slideshow, just click on a photo, open a photo in the lightbox, hit the slideshow button and you can sit back and enjoy the show.... more »
How "Creepy" Big Data is Slowly Transforming Our Awareness

How "Creepy" Big Data is Slowly Transforming Our Awareness

Vitamin supplements, cotton buds, baby lotion, soap, wash cloths... Sounds like a pretty innocuous shopping list right? Sure, these are the kinds of items that pretty much every woman in the world buys at some time or other, but buy them all at the same time and in the right quantities, and they become something altogether different – nothing less than a pregnancy indicator that informs your local supermarket before you even know it yourself. This is exactly what happened to one teenage mother, after her local shopping center Target began utilizing big data for advertising purposed. By monitoring the mum-to-be’s purchases, Target... more »
Accenture's Big Data Lead Points Out New Data Challenges Around Context [Video]

Accenture's Big Data Lead Points Out New Data Challenges Around Context [Video]

The Cassandra Summit 2012 is a conference where developers and interested business parties can teach and learn about upcoming innovations with Apache Cassandra in particular and database technology in general. The CUBE host John Furrier and Wikibon contributor Jeff Kelly had a chance to sit down with Accenture Senior Manager and Big Data R&D Lead, John Akred to talk about some of the exciting advancements in big data. One of the first questions posed to Akred was about the sustainability of the old relational database model. In the tech world, everyone is talking about NoSQL, moving beyond relational databases. But will... more »

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- George Gilbert

Hadoop is one of the most innovative ecosystems the industry has ever seen. But fragmentation and complexity are the trade-offs of all this rapid evolution while the platform is still maturing. Choice has a cost. This research report has only examined the compute engines that process data. But the fragmentation in management, governance, and security tools is just as great. There is a continually expanding array of tools such as Oozie, Falcon, Atlas, Knox, Ranger, HDFS DARE, Ambari, Hue, Sentry, Sahara, Cloudera Manager and Navigator, and Zookeeper. At some point it makes sense for customers to consider investing in a tool that can hide much of that complexity. To be clear, there is no magic product that can hide all these technologies. But when customers take the perspective of simplifying an end-to-end process, solutions are available to address the problem.

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.