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Myspace Becomes A Music Space & Bionic Baseball Boy - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Myspace Becomes A Music Space & Bionic Baseball Boy - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

The new, new Myspace just left beta, and with it comes a new design, new features, and even a mobile app. The site has been re-branded as a destination for music artists and fans. The public beta version of the site was launched back in January, with the help of minority investor, Justin Timberlake. Rather than competing with social giants like Facebook and Twitter, the new version of Myspace focuses on cultivating new users, providing better music discovery, and appealing to artists seeking more listener analytical data. CEO Tim Vanderhook commented on the release, saying “What we launched in January was a... more »
Facebook Opens a REALLY COLD New Data Center in Sweden

Facebook Opens a REALLY COLD New Data Center in Sweden

Facebook has just announced the opening of a new data center in the frosty climes of Lulea, in Northern Sweden, right on the edge of the Arctic Circle, as it looks for novel ways to reduce operating costs whilst boosting its environmental friendliness. The new data center becomes the first such facility that Facebook's opened up inside Europe, and is located some 600 miles north of the Swedish capital, Stockholm. More than that however, it's also the first Facebook data center that will use servers designed entirely by its own engineering team. The icy wastes of Scandinavia might seem like an odd... more »
IBM Wants Puts Cloud Java Virtual Machines at Developers' Fingertips

IBM Wants Puts Cloud Java Virtual Machines at Developers' Fingertips

Realizing the value proposition of Java Virtual Machine (JVM), IBM is trying to bring JVM to the cloud environment for the benefit of that platform in mobile and cloud devices. For those who are not aware about Java Virtual Machine, it is an open source program developed by Sun that allows you to load and run Java applications that run on any software or hardware with a JVM version installed. Apparently, IBM is conducting a research to realize its intentions revealed by Jan Rellermeyer researcher at IBM Research, who spoke at Design Automation Conference in Austin, Texas. “If the research project works... more »
Shadow IT Drives Innovation : HP Envisioning a Hyper-World of Convergence | #HPDiscover

Shadow IT Drives Innovation : HP Envisioning a Hyper-World of Convergence | #HPDiscover

TheCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante were joined in Las Vegas by Saar Gillai, SVP & GM of HP Converged Cloud, on the second day of HP's annual Discover event, to talk about convergence in the data center, and other industry trends. Saar Gillai is responsible for driving HP’s cloud portfolio and solutions that enable enterprises to build, operate, and consume cloud services seamlessly across traditional, public, private, and managed clouds. He loves the current environment, where everything is so dynamic and moving at a high speed. A Holistic Approach to Convergent Cloud: Common-User Experience Customers Gain Portability With a Single... more »
The Watson Healthcare Revolution Begins #IBM Edge 2013

The Watson Healthcare Revolution Begins #IBM Edge 2013

Ed. Note: The following is a summary of a presentation by Dr. Samuel Nussbaum on progress in the Watson in Healthcare program announced in February. An in-depth article based on this presentation and a SiliconAngle interview with Dr. Nussbaum will be published next week. After two years of development that resembles human education as much as it does programming, Watson, the first virtual intelligence, is entering medical practice says Dr. Samuel R. Nussbaum, EVP for Clinical Health Policy and Chief Medical Officer of Wellpoint Inc. Its impact on outcomes, medical costs, and efficiency will be revolutionary. Today doctors spend less than a... more »
Open Ecosystems Will Always Win : OpenStack Paves New Paths | #HPDiscover

Open Ecosystems Will Always Win : OpenStack Paves New Paths | #HPDiscover

Dave Vellante, theCUBE host, interviewed Roger Levy, GM HP Cloud Services, on day two of HP Discover 2013, touching on hot topics such as OpenStack and enterprise cloud trends. OpenStack is a huge piece of the hybrid cloud solution. Over two years ago, HP looked at this promising but unproven technology, made a major commitment to it, along with a major investment - not only in the financial sense, but also in the strategic sense - working on making OpenStack a very successful community. A key observation on OpenStack was that early on in its history, there was a fair amount vendor-driven... more »
Flash, Software-Led Storage Ready for Mainstream Says IBM’s Ambuj Goyal #IBM Edge 2013

Flash, Software-Led Storage Ready for Mainstream Says IBM’s Ambuj Goyal #IBM Edge 2013

Ed. Note: The following is a synopsis of some of the points in Ambuj Goyal's presentations at IBM Edge this week in Las Vegas. A full story, based on his presentation in the opening General session, his interview on TheCube, and an exclusive interview with SiliconAngle, will be published next week. Flash and software-led storage are revolutionizing storage, and every IBM client should start moving off disk, Ambuj Goyal, General Manager for System Storage & Networking for IBM's Systems Storage & Networking in the Systems & and Technology Group told the crowd at IBM Edge 2013. In his first major public... more »
Did the ESA Attempt to Shut out OUYA from E3?

Did the ESA Attempt to Shut out OUYA from E3?

OUYA, a successful Kickstarter-funded gaming startup recently faced the heat at E3 2012 Expo. Apparently, Entertainment Software Association (ESA) called the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in order to shut down Ouya’s public presence at the E3 event. Being a startup and crowdfunded company, OUYA does not have budget to pay up the hefty fees to get inside the Los Angeles Convention Center, let alone the equipment for setting up a booth and advertising. So, it rented a parking space in a nearby lot. This certainly offended ESA, who organizes E3 Expo and called the cops to get rid of OUYA... more »
HP & IBM Face-off Over Flash Based Storage

HP & IBM Face-off Over Flash Based Storage

HP Discover 2013 is on its last day and Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman is in attendance to provide us the latest happenings at the event. Some of the announcements Hewlett-Packard made include the HP Public Cloud which runs on the newly announced HP CloudOS which is a comprehensive private/hybrid cloud system running on HP Moonshot hyperscale servers; and Project HAVEn, a new platform for data analytics. But just like at IBM Edge2013, talk at HP Discover was big on flash, hybrid storage and software-defined storage which Milan Shetti, VP and CTO for HP Storage, claimed as hot because it “provides a... more »
Galaxy S5 Goes Metallic, HTC One + iPhone Get Mini

Galaxy S5 Goes Metallic, HTC One + iPhone Get Mini

Samsung has unveiled another iteration of the its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4.  First there was the S4 mini, which sported less powerful chips and lower display resolution, then came the S4 zoom, a fusion of camera and phone, as it features a physical lens that zooms in and out so you can take better photos. The S4 zoom aims to address the dilemma of bringing two devices, a smartphone and a camera, when going out.  Now, people will have the benefits two devices in one gadget right in their pockets - if the device can fit in.  The updated camera-ready... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.