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Internet of Things Review: Intel, Valve grab headlines

Internet of Things Review: Intel, Valve grab headlines

Intel is getting serious about connected devices. Following in the footsteps of Cisco, the chip maker announced this week that it’s launching a new Internet of Things Solutions group that will develop solutions for embedded sensors, phones and everything in between. The division will be led by general manager Doug Davis, who previously served as the head of Intel’s Netbook and Tablet Group and led the Embedded and Communications unit before that. He will report directly to CEO Brian Krzanich. "Krzanich is saying, 'I want a higher level of focus on this to help us grow it and put the level... more »
Weekly Security Review: China and Google

Weekly Security Review: China and Google

Cyber-espionage is back on the agenda now that China’s army hackers have renewed their efforts to penetrate organizations in the U.S. and abroad, according to a newly published congressional report by Mandiant. The cybersecurity firm had previously charged China’s secretive PLA Unit 61398 with stealing hundreds of terabytes of data from government agencies, defense contractors and technology companies, among others. The cat and mouse game between Mandiant and the Chinese military first hit the spotlight in February, when the company traced dozens of separate attacks to an innocuous white building in Shanghai’s Pudong district. The ensuing uproar has not deterred Unit... more »
SmartWorld Weekly : From open sourcing to barring the signals

SmartWorld Weekly : From open sourcing to barring the signals

This week’s SmartWorld Series features an effort to open source smart home automation solutions, watch that counts down your life, cars that changes color based on the driver’s mood, and fashionable wearable tech. If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. Open source the Smart Home : Cure app fatigue   If you are experiencing app fatigue because of the many apps you... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: OpenStack and Hyperscale

It’s been an action-packed week in the cloud ecosystem, with several big-name vendors putting their weight behind OpenStack and upping the ante in the open source race to zero. Linux distributor Canonical set itself apart from the pack by forging an alliance with Pivotal to accelerate the convergence of IaaS and PaaS. As part of the partnership, the pair will build an OpenStack-based version of Cloud Foundry into the next major release of Ubuntu, which is used to power 80 percent of all OpenStack deployments. They companies also plan to integrate the PaaS platform with Canonical's Juju orchestration tool to make... more »
Security developments on Android KitKat mean more enterprise and more stability

Security developments on Android KitKat mean more enterprise and more stability

Android KitKat has been out well over a week now (in production on the Nexus 5) and for those that are running it, the new operating system is packed with many new features.  Less obvious to most however are a bunch of security features that are meant for the enterprise, for better security than was ever possible before.  A list of the new features and details are available over at the Android developer site, they include such things as enhanced sandboxing, certificate pinning and boot verification.  Bogdan Botezatu, Senior E-Threat Analyst from the computer security software company Bit Defender produced some... more »
IBM puts together a package of predictive analytics for IT administrators

IBM puts together a package of predictive analytics for IT administrators

Today, organizations are increasingly faced with managing complex server systems, networks and applications. Combined with the proliferation of cloud computing and mobile environments, these systems generate more than 1.3 terabytes of data per day, including log files, software failure alerts, IT service tickets and network configuration updates. This can result in more than a million ‘events’ or system alerts per day, some of which are critical to performance and others that are irrelevant, which can clog the system administrators. To manage such large amount of structured and unstructured data, it takes a mix of IT, corporate strategy, skills and a data... more »
Wearable tech for fashion-forward women + paranoid peeps

Wearable tech for fashion-forward women + paranoid peeps

This week’s Wearable Tech roundup features a glove fit for the techie woman, a jacket to help you get away from all the buzz, and a wearable lock to protect your Mac. Mujjo touchscreen leather gloves for women   Mujjo, a company that specializes in smartphone accessories and touchscreen gloves, finally unveiled the first ever touchscreen leather gloves for women.  This is in response to requests made by women when the version for male touchscreen leather gloves was released. These leather crochet gloves are equipped with a revolutionary nanotechnology that allows them to work on almost every touchscreen device.  You can now pre-order these... more »
SA Week in Review : #IBMIoD, BlackBerry Switch Off + Anonymous

SA Week in Review : #IBMIoD, BlackBerry Switch Off + Anonymous

This week IBM's Information on Demand 2013 event took center stage, bringing Big Data to the front and center of the tech community. Mixed into all of the #IBMIoD coverage was news that Blackberry called off the selling of its assets, instead raising money to refocus its strategy on enterprise services. But those are only two of the top stories featured on SiliconANGLE this week.  Here are the six stories you can't miss.   Big Data + Analytics : A $200 billion market | #IBMIoD .  Dave Laverty, Vice President, Big Data & Analytics at IBM, explored the company’s Big Data go to market... more »
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RightScale complements management platform with multi-Cloud cost analytics

RightScale is tackling cloud sprawl in multi-provider environments with a new service that integrates with its flagship management platform to let IT organizations take action before the charges start piling up. Dubbed Cloud Analytics, the offering can track and visualize usage trends across a wide range of public and private clouds, including AWS, Azure and on-premise OpenStack implementations. The solution helps users keep track of individual instances and “slice and dice” costs by cloud, application, department, and team, according to the company. Besides providing visibility, Cloud Analytics also boasts “sophisticated forecasting” capabilities that enable  decision makers to predict cloud expenditure based on... more »
Canonical jumps into open cloud ecosystem with OpenStack + Cloud Foundry

Canonical jumps into open cloud ecosystem with OpenStack + Cloud Foundry

Seeking a bigger slice of the public cloud pie, Canonical has joined forces with Pivotal to reposition Ubuntu at the center of the open PaaS ecosystem. Under the partnership, the Linux distributor will integrate an OpenStack-based version of Cloud Foundry into the next major release of its operating system to let customers consolidate their infrastructure- and platform-as-a-service implementations into a single environment. Pivotal’s PaaS solution will be made compatible with the Juju service orchestration tool to simplify the deployment of these unified clouds. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the news during his keynote speech at this week’s OpenStack Summit in Hong... 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.