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Nutanix Engineer Explains Why His Company’s Appliance Makes Sense for Analytics

Nutanix Engineer Explains Why His Company’s Appliance Makes Sense for Analytics

SiliconAngle Studio B host Winston Edmondson stopped by Nutanix’s booth at Hadoop Summit to bring you a fresh perspective on its flagship Virtual Computing Platform. Karthik Ranganathan, a member of the company’s technical crew and a former lead programmer at Facebook, walked him through the details. Ranganathan describes the solution as a converged infrastructure appliance geared towards virtual machines. The platform’s built-in distributed file system stores data locally to reduce virtualization tax, which means that it’s fast enough to run CPU-intensive workloads such as Hadoop. The system is also much easier to manage than traditional deployments. Ranganathan explains that most virtualized environments... more »
MicroStrategy’s Scott Cappiello on the Rise of Hadoop

MicroStrategy’s Scott Cappiello on the Rise of Hadoop

SiliconAngle Studio B host Winston Edmondson caught up with Scott Cappiello, the vice president of product management for business analytics specialist MicroStrategy, at the Hadoop Summit in San Jose. The two chatted about data visualization and MicroStrategy’s value proposition for enterprises that are implementing Hadoop in their environments. Cappiello observes that Hadoop Summit 2013 featured more customer presentations and use cases than previous years. He changes the topic to his company, and highlights that they leverage the Hive data warehousing system to integrate its BI software with Hadoop. He says that the system is a “natural fit” for the task, especially... more »
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Should You Worry About the Mall Tracking You? Why We're OK with Online Tracking, but Not In-Store

Is a mall that tracks its shoppers really that big of a deal? Famed department store Nordstrom recently implemented shopper tracking on premise to learn more about its customers.  It used WiFi signals from people’s smartphones to track their movement and see how many were repeat visitors. When the establishment made visitors aware of the tracking, people were appalled, filing one complaint after another, abruptly ending the experiment.  And this isn't the first time a retailer has used technology to know better understand consumers.  Some establishments use WiFi signal tracking as well as cameras to understand what makes people interested in particular... more »
Apple Buyout Kinects Users & Born-To-Die Cellphones - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Apple Buyout Kinects Users & Born-To-Die Cellphones - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Apple Buyout Bringing Kinect to iOS   PrimeSense, the company behind the technology for Microsoft’s original Kinect sensor is reportedly in discussions with Apple about a possible acquisition. The rumored deal is said to be in the range of $300 Million. Apple has owned patents on similar technology for several years and recently they’ve been working on their own gesture-controlled OS. After Microsoft switched to their own 3D technology, PrimeSense started work on its 3D system-on-a-chip. The result, called Capri, is a cheaper and more efficient version of their previous 3D technology. Capri is small enough to fit inside of a tablet or a smartphone;... more »
Productivity Apps in Japan vs Europe : Qortex Launch Underscores Cultural Influence

Productivity Apps in Japan vs Europe : Qortex Launch Underscores Cultural Influence

From the global software development company The Plant, comes a new social productivity app called Qortex.  Pronounced "cortex," like the contextualization layer of the human brain, there's two points of interest with this particular launch: the team's growth strategy in a rapidly crowding market of cloud-based social services, and their Tokyo base, giving Qortex a fascinating perspective on productivity approaches in Japan compared to other countries like the U.S. The social enterprise is a market growing comfortably into its own, bringing with it the promise of efficient workflow across an organization.  Yet many social productivity apps designed for the workplace end... more »
MapR’s Chief Architect Addresses Data Analytics in the Traditional Enterprise

MapR’s Chief Architect Addresses Data Analytics in the Traditional Enterprise

Hadoop has a long way to go before meeting the standards set forth by enterprise-grade software, according to MapR chief application architect Ted Dunning. He discussed the Big Data ecosystem and his company’s efforts to bridge the gap between the open-source community and the traditional enterprise in a recent interview with SiliconAngle Studio B host Winston Edmondson. Dunning kicks off the session with a brief overview of M7, MapR’s cutting edge Hadoop distribution. He tells Winston that the platform offers a wide range of benefits, including the ability to digest read-intensive workloads up to 25 times faster than the vanilla version... more »
Being a Great Technologist Doesn't Cut it Anymore : Influence without Authority

Being a Great Technologist Doesn't Cut it Anymore : Influence without Authority

Kate Matsudaira, founder and CTO at popforms, discussed the upcoming Cultivate conference, leadership trends in the tech space, and her keynote on that particular topic with theCUBE host John Furrier, live at the recently concluded O'Reilly Velocity conference in Santa Clara. O'Reilly's Cultivate event aims to "create a conference for software and tech leaders or aspiring leaders,"  discussing technology and cultural trends. "There's this big trend to flatter organizations," by empowering leaders, Matsudaira said, but there still is an issue of how to harness that, because ideas come from all levels in a company. First time there's 3 concurrent generations in the... more »
LIVE: Nordstrom's Big Data Screams Big Brother To Customers

LIVE: Nordstrom's Big Data Screams Big Brother To Customers

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Tuesday July 16, 2013. Big Data technologies are increasingly making their way into our everyday lives, but is there a point when data gathering can be taken too far? Joining us today to provide his breaking analysis on new data gathering methods and the ways in which they’re being implemented is Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly but before we go to Jeff let’s take a look at this short clip that introduces some of these new data practices See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On today's episode,... more »
Jump!, Next or Edge: Which Carrier's Upgrade Plan Works Best for You?

Jump!, Next or Edge: Which Carrier's Upgrade Plan Works Best for You?

Last week, T-Mobile made a big announcement that many felt had the potential to tip the scale in its favor at long last The carrier unveiled a new scheme for its customers called Jump!, billed as T-Mobile’s answer for gadget freaks who always wants the latest and bestest new device in the palm of their hands the moment its release. The scheme gives consumers a way to change their smartphone every six months, without having to pay through the nose. So here's how Jump! works: Lets pretend you get an iPhone 5 from T-Mobile under its UnCarrier plan for an initial payment... more »
Apple's Planning To Offer Ad-Free TV Enjoyment. Interested?

Apple's Planning To Offer Ad-Free TV Enjoyment. Interested?

Apple has yet to change how the Apple TV, its set-top box for streaming iTunes and Internet content to TVs, delivers content to viewers, but that's not to say it doesn't have a few ideas brewing. According to reports, Apple execs met with media companies last week and pitched ideas about a revolutionary new ad-skipping feature for the Apple TV. The reports state that Apple wants to empower viewers by giving them the opportunity to skip the ads and continue watching their favorite programs without interruption.  Such a privilege will of course come at a cost - most likely in the form... 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.