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WANdisco fights data failures like no one else | #BigDataNYC

In their ongoing coverage of SiliconANGLE’s own Big Data NYC conference, Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly speak with Brett Rudenstein, Senior Product Manager of Big Data for WANdisco. The three discuss WANdisco’s unique patented technology that allows Hadoop to run across a wide area network despite severe network failures. Rudenstein performs a demonstration of an active-active environment involving two data centers that are about 3,000 miles away. He shows how one can drill down on a wan-link that gives an exposed view of the data center. Rudenstein explains, “….across a wide area network we stand up a single HDFS.” The demonstration... more »
BlackBerry asks Facebook to save its skin

BlackBerry asks Facebook to save its skin

In what could be seen as an act of pure desperation, BlackBerry is reported to have approached social networking giant Facebook for a possible buyout bid. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, BlackBerry executives recently flew to California to meet up with Facebook chiefs to gauge their interes in acquiring at least a part of the company.  The reports stated if such a deal pushes forward, the world may finally see a true Facebook phone. But anyone who bids for BlackBerry will be burdened with the daunting task of reviving a brand that's surely on its last legs. First off,... more »
Apple owns up to quick-draining battery problems in the iPhone 5s

Apple owns up to quick-draining battery problems in the iPhone 5s

Fanbois are accustomed to their new iDevices having problems. As we've already seen, previous faulty devices have been plagued with a yellowish tint on the screen, WiFi connectivity issues, camera problems, and even battery problems, but those usually go away when a new software update rolls out, or when the adhesive used on the screen completely dries, in the case of the yellowish screens. The new iPhone 5s was supposed to have a much better battery life compared to older iPhone models, but some users have bee experiencing battery drain at an alarming rate - not at all in accordance with... more »
Intel to build world's first quad-core 64-bit ARM chip

Intel to build world's first quad-core 64-bit ARM chip

In a surprising move that could have massive implications for the mobile sector at a later date, Intel is reportedly designing what could well turn out to be the world's first quad-core 64-bit ARM processing chip. The news was announced by Intel partner Altera, which said that its Stratix 10 system-on-a-chip (SoC) will be powered by a "high-performance, quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor." As Altera's chief partner, that chip will therefore be made by Intel using an advanced 14-nanometer manufacturing process – a very different design from its usual range of chips, such as the latest Haswell processor, which is made on... more »
64-bit ARM chips will be a game-changer for Apple

64-bit ARM chips will be a game-changer for Apple

When Apple launched its new iPhone earlier this month, the device hit record-breaking sales. This helped boost Apple's stock considerably, hardly surprising since half of its revenues come from iPhone sales. But besides these solid figures, the iPhone 5s was notable for something else entirely, coming with a new component that could prove to be a game-changer in the world of mobile computing. The 64-bit chip is born   Apple's iPhone 5s is the world's first smartphone powered by a 64-bit ARM chip, and was almost immediately followed by the next-generation iPad Air and iPad Mini. Although built on ARM architecture, the A7... more »
Why Microsoft isn't building its own Hadoop distro | #BigDataNYC

Why Microsoft isn't building its own Hadoop distro | #BigDataNYC

Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, discussed the company's Big Data strategy, as well as their partnership with Hortonworks with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at #BigDataNYC 2013 in New York.   "We're here here because we're super committed to Hadoop," Clark said, explaining that Microsoft is dedicated to help its customers embrace the benefits Big Data can provide them with. "Hadoop is the cornerstone of Big Data but not the entire infrastructure," he added. Microsoft is focusing around adding security and tool integration, with thousands of hours of development put into Hadoop, to make it ready for... more »
Alert Logic blazes a leading cloud security path

Alert Logic blazes a leading cloud security path

Alert Logic is positioned as a security leader in the industry, with a unique focus on cloud.   A number of recent announcements have reinforced that leadership position with the publication of the State of Cloud Security Report and the distinction of having their services selected to protect the infrastructure of RigNet, a leading global provider of managed remote communications to the energy industry.  Very recently the company announced a new web application firewall (WAF) was now available on Amazon Web Services, and they also reported strong Q3 2013 growth.  This is a massive release of announcements and news from a... more »
Jaspersoft extends embedded BI with visualizations, performance enhancements

Jaspersoft extends embedded BI with visualizations, performance enhancements

With the latest release of its namesake business intelligence solution, Jaspersoft has introduced new data visualization capabilities that give users faster access to data insights. The update marks a notable milestone in the evolution of embedded BI, which is gaining significant traction among the 75 percent of business users who don’t use traditional alternatives from the likes of SAP and Oracle. Besides enhanced data visualization, Jaspersoft 5.5 also features a reworked homepage that provides a more convenient way of browsing tutorials and samples. Other additions include pre-built report templates, an improved cluster-aware caching function, and a new Eclipse-based version of the... more »
DARPA is looking to build hacker-proof future with self-healing software

DARPA is looking to build hacker-proof future with self-healing software

Software so advanced that it's capable of self-healing in case of attacks from hackers, responding to attacks and even updating its code in real-time, without the assistance of humans. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), scientist wing of the Pentagon, is planning to make that happen and for this reason the agency has announced a new “Cyber Grand Challenge” competition with a $2 million prize. The aim of the competition is to build a “fully automated cyber defense system” that not only scans for and identifies vulnerabilities, but patches them on the fly. DARPA officials plan on holding qualifying events... more »
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Zenoss updates monitoring solution to address root cause of downtime

Monitoring is becoming increasingly important for organizations as they expand beyond the firewall to the cloud in pursuit of cost savings and enhanced management flexibility. But there’s a catch: the many benefits of the hybrid cloud add complexity, making it more difficult for IT organizations to identify and resolve technical issues. Zenoss is tackling this trade-off with Service Impact, a tool for mapping application and service dependencies across physical, virtual and cloud-based infrastructure. According to the company, the solution provides admins with a “holistic view of application and service health that speeds up root cause analysis and facilitates prioritization of repair.” Announced... more »

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- 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.