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WANdisco Snaps Up Dev Site to Boost Open-Source Mojo

WANdisco Snaps Up Dev Site to Boost Open-Source Mojo

WANdisco announced that it has snagged TortoiseSVN.net, the website that hosts the open source Subversion client of the same name. According to the company, this domain attracts 500,000 unique visitors each month and supports over five million downloads each year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but WANDisco revealed that lead developer Stefan Küng will be joining its ranks. Subversion, also known as SVN, is a widely-used version control system distributed under Apache license. WANdisco is the main corporate backer of the project, and as such, it employs a sizable portion of the core contributors. The company’s enterprise software lineup... more »
PRISM Scandal Rumbles On: Facebook, Microsoft & Apple Come Clean Over Data Requests

PRISM Scandal Rumbles On: Facebook, Microsoft & Apple Come Clean Over Data Requests

And so the drama over the NSAgate scandal rumbles on. This weekend, three technology companies implicated in the so-called PRISM spying program released limited information about the number of surveillance requests they had received over the course of the last year, in an apparent effort to show that they aren't hiding anything. Google made a similar move late last week, and this was followed by Facebook on Saturday when it released aggregated numbers of requests it had received. According to the social media firm, it received "between 9,000 and 10,000 requests" for its user's data in the second half of 2012,... more »
Google Announces Big Data Plan To Eradicate Child Porn

Google Announces Big Data Plan To Eradicate Child Porn

For all the benefits it brings to the world, the internet also has a much darker side to it that only causes harm. And of these shady corners of the world wide web, few will disagree that none are more abhorrent than those sites which harbor child pornography. But despite growing awareness of this problem and the efforts of law enforcement to clamp down on such sites, the presence of this sickening material on the web has steadily been growing. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, it came across 17.3 million videos and images of suspected child... more »
Why HP Wants to Grow its Stake in the Cloud

Why HP Wants to Grow its Stake in the Cloud

Hewlett-Packard hopes to penetrate the hyperscale market with Moonshot, an ultra-efficient box built to power the services of cloud providers and web-scale technology firms. The company got a step closer to realizing its ambitions last week, when it pulled the curtains back on Cloud OS. The OpenStack-based solution is pegged as a private cloud platform that empowers users to lower their infrastructure costs. It provides a common architecture across all HP systems, including Moonshot, and offers integration with HP Public Cloud. This feature suggests that the company is looking to carve out a space for itself in the increasingly lucrative infrastructure-as-a-service... more »
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HP Discover Infographic: Big Data is About to Get a Lot Bigger

Researchers estimate that 90 percent of the data in the world will be unstructured by 2015, the year when the digital universe is expected to hit the eight zettabytes mark. This projection reflects an unprecedented increase in data volumes: the Internet amounted to 2.7 zettabytes in 2012 and 1.4 zettabytes the year before. With these figures in mind, it becomes apparent why 90 percent of CIOs plan to incorporate Big Data into their organizations’ processes and strategy. That’s the percentage Hewlett-Packard cited in an infographic it prepared for last week’s HP Discover conference in Las Vegas. According to the company, Internet users... more »
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HP Discover Infographic: NASCAR Knows What You’re Thinking

Big Data is a big deal for companies like NASCAR, which have to keep a close eye on social media to keep their audiences engaged. Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s Chief Marketing Officer, shared his company’s social media analytics use case at this week’s HP Discover gathering in Las Vegas. The heart of NASCAR’s Big Data operation is a massive fan and media engagement center jam packed with 47-inch HP Micro-Bezel Video Wall Displays and LCD Interactive Digital Signal Displays. Stacked up, the monitors in the facility would take up 500 square feet. The company is putting all that glass to good use. NASCAR... more »
HP Looks at Convergence at a Datacenter Level, says Jim Ganthier

HP Looks at Convergence at a Datacenter Level, says Jim Ganthier

Jim Ganthier, VP of Marketing, HP Servers, discussed the company's server business, their collaboration on converged infrastructure, fabric, cloud, and future innovation trends for HP, with theCUBE co-hosts, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at HP Discover 2013 in Las Vegas. Rounding up the HP Discover announcement, Ganthier mentiond the press release and event for the HP storage team on launching their virtual SAN appliance (VSA), their released on flash based storage, the announcement on entry level servers, the 320 product which is "a single application, extremely compact server for embedded environments," and what he called the "darling of the show," microserver.... more »
Data Scientists + Generalists Pull It All Together : Top Future IT Roles | #HPDiscover

Data Scientists + Generalists Pull It All Together : Top Future IT Roles | #HPDiscover

Rebekah Harvey, Director of Worldwide Product Management, HP ExpertOne, discussed the company's education, training and certification offerings with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at HP Discover 2013 in Las Vegas. "HP ExpertOne is designed for IT professionals wherever they are in their career," Harvey said. Structured as a pyramid, there is a registration level, where people who are just starting in their IT careers learn about HP's products and solutions, then there is a mid level of training, where HP's training partners also contribute. "On top is our certifications portfolio" and HP offers about 150 certifications. "Our program is focused around... more »
Everything's a Computer Thanks to Embeddable Software | #HPDiscover

Everything's a Computer Thanks to Embeddable Software | #HPDiscover

George Kadifa, EVP & GM at HP Software, discussed the company's software business, the new styles of IT and business, and other current trends with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the HP Discover 2013 conference. "We announced HAVEn which stands for our no 1 Big Data platform in the industry," Kadifa said. "We have integrated our capabilities in Vertica and Atami, added support for Hadoop, we have a very leading position there as well. We are also launching a range of new applicationss," as the n in HAVEn stands for this new style of applications. "The mission of... more »
Software-Defined Networking Makes the Network Responsive to the Business

Software-Defined Networking Makes the Network Responsive to the Business

Bethany Mayer, SVP & GM at HP Networking, discussed trends in fabric, software defined networking, network behavior, and security with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at HP Discover 2013. "The business has continued to go very well, we're at our 14th consecutive quarter of growth for HP Networking," Mayer said. "We're shipping now a whole new line up of products," including the newly released SDN controller. Talking about SDN, Mayer said that "there's really about what it does from a benefits perspective from the business." The network used to be the main issue when adding apps, going to the... more »

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- David Floyer

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- Brian Gracely

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- George Gilbert

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- David Vellante

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- David Floyer

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- 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.