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LIVE: House Limit on NSA Sparks National Cybersecurity Discussion

LIVE: House Limit on NSA Sparks National Cybersecurity Discussion

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Wednesday July 24, 2013. The fallout from Edward Snowden’s disclosures of top-secret government surveillance programs has reached the floor of the U.S. House in a debate over proposals to restrict the National Security Agency. Joining us now to break-down the proposals and how things have played out on the House floor is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. In what some are calling a terse statement late Tuesday evening, the White House blasted the so-called "Amash Amendment" that would limit the National Security Agency's... more »
Gmail Embraces Spam with Ads in your Inbox

Gmail Embraces Spam with Ads in your Inbox

If you've had the 'pleasure' of being upgraded to Gmail's new-look, self-organizing inbox in the last couple of weeks, you might've noticed something off. Google has taken the opportunity of using the redesign to start delivering ads directly into your inbox, disguised as genuine email. As reported by CNet and other websites, these ads have started popping up in the next-to-useless “Promotions” tab of your new, multi-colored inbox. You can spot them fairly easily – they're differentiated with a pinkish background and there's a small note below the sender's name that indicates exactly what it is, but that doesn't excuse what... more »
Mobile Trends Show Up in Broadcom’s Second Quarter Earnings

Mobile Trends Show Up in Broadcom’s Second Quarter Earnings

Broadcom, a leading supplier of networking and communications chips, reported its second quarter earnings after the markets closed Tuesday. The company saw a 4.2 percent profit drop and a 6 percent increase in revenue. Non-GAAP earnings were $0.70 per share on sales of $2.09 billion. Wall Street anticipates earnings of $0.76 on $2.25 billion in the third quarter period. The average guidance for the full fiscal year is $2.89 ESP on revenues of $8.62 billion, a substantial increase over the $8.01 billion the company generated in 2012. Broadcom competes with Qualcomm and Texas Instruments in the mobile semiconductor market, an increasingly lucrative segment... more »
IBM, Pivotal Announce Alliance on Cloud Foundry #IBMPivotal

IBM, Pivotal Announce Alliance on Cloud Foundry #IBMPivotal

IBM and EMC spin-off Pivotal this morning announced an alliance to develop the Cloud Foundry platform and open source project. They also announced that they will collaborate on the technology that enables programming languages or frameworks to be deployed on the Cloud Foundry platform. IBM is already previewing WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core, a lightweight version of the WebSphere Application Server, running on Cloud Foundry. And they announced a co-hosted Cloud Foundry Community Event September 8-9 in Santa Clara, California. On SiliconAngle.TV's Morning Newsdesk show this morning Wikibon Analyst and Principal Research Contributor Stuart Miniman said this was a win for... more »
How Healthcare Will Benefit From Big Data: An MIT CDOIQ Symposium Round-Up  #MITIQ

How Healthcare Will Benefit From Big Data: An MIT CDOIQ Symposium Round-Up #MITIQ

In the week leading up to this year’s MIT Chief Data Officer Information Quality Symposium, SiliconANGLE presented a series previewing the event, themed ‘Big Data Demands Good Data’. Our series focused on presenting a synopsis of some of the important topics scheduled to be covered in Cambridge the following week. Today we are re-visiting the presentation offered by Dr. David Levine, Vice President of Informatics/Medical Director of Comparative Data and Informatics for United Healthcare. In his session, Levine addressed how the recent and rapid improvements in both data collection and data analytics must be embraced by health administrators in order to... more »
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Microsoft Rushing Its Reorganization, Not Expert Enough for Smart Device Market

Last week, Microsoft announced its fourth quarter earnings for fiscal year 2013 which ended last June 30.  The software company reported annual revenue, operating income, and diluted earnings per share were at $77.85 billion, $26.76 billion, and $2.58 per share with a $900 million charge, or a $0.07 per share impact, related to Surface RT inventory adjustments. Compared to last year’s results, revenue is up this year, but operating income and diluted earnings per share were down. “While our fourth quarter results were impacted by the decline in the PC market, we continue to see strong demand for our enterprise and cloud... more »
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The Rise of the Machines: It's Not All Bad

Starting this Saturday, Black Hat USA 2013 will be convening at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In this series, intended to preview many of the talks and presentations scheduled for the event, SiliconANGLE will focus on the exploitative vulnerabilities associated with big data and how those vulnerabilities can be limited. In an article for this series, written last week, we focused on Endgame and their new Hadoop-based open framework, BinaryPig. In it, we discussed how their specific endeavor sought to feed malware data into their system, performing on it a static analysis in the hopes they might extract specific feature sets... more »
IT Technology Revolution: Will Your Company Survive

IT Technology Revolution: Will Your Company Survive

In the first part of this analysis (IT Faces Revolutionary Change, Who Will Survive) I outlined the massive impact of a series of technology-driven forces transforming the IT industry. These include Open Source, Big Data, hyperscale systems, flash storage, converged systems, software-defined infrastructure, public cloud services, and mobile computing. Together these are reshaping our lives and the IT industry. In this second piece in the series, I want to look at the probable impact of these forces on the vendors. In any revolution those at the top have the most to lose. In this case those include the hardware giants --... more »
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How Google's New Cloud Storage Feature is Helping Developers Move Data Faster

Google announced new features to its Cloud Storage service, making it easier to manage objects, and faster to access and upload data. The search giant introduced Object Lifecycle Management, which allows users to configure auto-deletion policies for your objects and can be used Object Versioning to limit the number of older versions of your objects that are retained., Regional Buckets which allows you to co-locate your Durable Reduced Availability data in the same region as your Google Compute Engine instances to keep your data near your computation, and gsutil version 3.34 or automatic parallel composite uploads which now automatically uploads large... more »
Tresata Relaunch Shifts Focus to Monetize Big Data

Tresata Relaunch Shifts Focus to Monetize Big Data

Big Data-as-a-Service analytics company Tresata recently announced their newest strategy, branding and application suite with a re-launched website. Abhishek Mehta, Tresata founder, explains that the “big refocus on our relaunch is around this core concept that we have is to monetize Big Data.  The whole activity in this space for a very long time we focused on how can we take the technology and get the most wide adoption form it.  And they’re seeing in the market is the question, 'Well I can understand the technology parts of it, how do I monetize Big Data?’  So it’s a lot of focus... 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.