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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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Datalink Principal Architect Discusses ONTAP and Software-Defined Data Centers

NetApp recently bolstered its presence in the software-defined data center with the launch of Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2, the latest release of its flagship storage platform. Datalink’s Jason Anderson provided his take on the new version and shared how Datalink customers are approaching software-led infrastructure in an exclusive chat with SiliconAngle founding editor Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins. Anderson starts the interview by providing a brief rundown of his company. The Minneapolis-based firm provides data center infrastructure solutions for Fortune 1000 enterprises and other medium to large businesses. As Datalink’s company’s Principal Architect, Anderson is charged with managing the largest and most strategic... more »
Crowdsourcing Takes Off in China with Danger Maps & More

Crowdsourcing Takes Off in China with Danger Maps & More

Not to be outdone by our own crowdsourcing efforts recently, Chinese netizens are getting in on the act as well. A new project called Danger Maps that taps on the knowledge of China's 564 million web users is helping to draw attention to pollution hot spots in the country, and is now set to expand to include themes like child abuse and missing persons. Bloomberg reports that Danger Maps was built on Baidu Map – the Chinese version of Google Maps – by net user Lin Chunlei last year. It allows Chinese web users to look up sources of pollution in... more »
LIVE: Yahoo Buys + Kills Two More Startups : Takes on Instagram + Hangouts?

LIVE: Yahoo Buys + Kills Two More Startups : Takes on Instagram + Hangouts?

Updated live recording with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Thursday June 13, 2013 (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand). Watch the live show here, every morning! Yahoo is scooping up new companies at a rate like no other, with two acquisitions in only 24 hours! Yahoo has quietly announced that they’ve acquired GhostBird Software, the creators of advanced iOS photography apps, KitCam and PhotoForge2.  Yahoo says that they’ve acquired GhostBird for the sake of improving Flickr.  Prior to yesterday’s acquisition, GhostBird had released three iOS photo apps: KitCam, PhotoForge, and PhotoForge 2.  While the apps... more »
#Facebook Hashtags Actually Work Now

#Facebook Hashtags Actually Work Now

Good news for Facebook users who are fond of using Twitter-style hashtags on posts - those hashtags will actually be supported from here on in. Yep, you read that right, hashtags on Facebook now make sense, and will no longer just be some random words preceded by “#.”  Many Facebook users have been using hashtags on the social service like they do on Twitter, apparently without wondering why the hashtags aren’t getting hyperlinked or remain non-clickable like they are on Twitter. Until now, when you use a hashtag on Facebook, it doesn't actually do anything. However, Facebook announced on its page that hashtags... more »
It's Not Just US: Google Says That Iran Spies On its Citizens Too

It's Not Just US: Google Says That Iran Spies On its Citizens Too

Google may or may not be spying on its users, but it certainly knows what's going on elsewhere around the world wide web. In an announcement yesterday, the company's security division revealed the existence of a vast Iranian government spying campaign that's been keeping a close eye on thousands of its citizens in the run up to its presidential elections. Google's Eric Grosse, VP of Security, said in a blog post that Iran's surveillance efforts were being facilitated by a vast "phishing" program that had targeted thousands of Gmail users in the country in recent weeks: "These campaigns, which originate from within... more »
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Apple iOS 7: Clean and Modern...and Android User-friendly

As expected, Apple released the latest version of its mobile operating system at this week’s WWDC. The consumer tech behemoth also launched iRadio, an iTunes music subscription service that bears a passing resemblance to Pandora. SiliconAngle Web Producer Mark Zamora spent a day assessing the new software and shared his findings in a recent NewsDesk interview with Kristin Feledy. Zamora describes iOS 7 as very flat, clean and modern. Apple did away with the old pseudo-realistic design and replaced it with thin fonts and a good bit of layering affects, similar to what Microsoft did with the Windows Phone 8 and... more »
WWDC Keynote Deep Dive: OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, iRadio + Mac Pro Sneak Peek

WWDC Keynote Deep Dive: OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, iRadio + Mac Pro Sneak Peek

I'm an admitted Apple fanboy. And for all you Fandroids, I'm aware the majority of iOS 7 updates are features already found on Android. If that is your argument, fantastic -- there's some good points to this end. Now that we've got that out of the way, I think the WWDC 2013 keynote had a lot of pop for a keynote that lacked a new iPhone, iPad or iPod. In a keynote that was void of product announcements, minus the new MacBook Air, Apple attempted to make it up with software updates. Let's rundown all of the announcements from Monday's keynote... more »
HP's in the Open but is HAVEn Safe for CIOs?

HP's in the Open but is HAVEn Safe for CIOs?

The success of Hewlett-Packard’s new data analytics platform will depend on integration and its ability to generate business value, writes Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly. The recently unveiled HAVEn (short for Hadoop, Autonomy, Vertica, Enterprise Security and “n,” as in the number of apps that will run on top of the solution) is pegged as a unified framework for analyzing structured and unstructured data. As the name suggests, HAVEn is based on number of different products. Among these are Hadoop distributions from Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR, three of the largest software vendors in the Big Data market. Partnering with these firms allows... more »

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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.

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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?

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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,

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- 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

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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.