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In SiliconANGLE’s ongoing coverage of the Sapphire Now 2013 conference, John Furrier spoke with Henrik Wagner of Global SAP Practice at EMC and Hsinte James Yen of SAP Basis. In The Cube they discuss the advantages of the SAP environment, particularly concerning virtualization. Yen’s advice to potential SAP end users is straightforward: “[Don’t] be afraid. Virtualization is there now, not in the future. Have to do it now to start saving. Feel confident. [We've had] no unplanned outages.” Wagner mentioned that a major advantage of the SAP Environment was “improved business agility,” which fundamentally reduces the cost of infrastructure. Clients can... more »
David Floyer, Co-founder and CTO of Wikibon, addressed the business value conversation around SAP, HANA, consolidation on top of Oracle with theCube host John Furrier, live from the Sapphire Now conference. Analyzing major trends such as software-led infrastructure, consolidation and virtualization, the Wikibon recent research took a look at the value of consolidation of Oracle, and of SAP as an application on top of Oracle. "We talked to SAP customers and looked at how they've gone about the consolidation and vitualization of SAP. We've looked at the business of it" and the technology they used, Floyer said. Asked of the business reasons for migrating... more »
Nvidia has announced that pre-orders for its portable gaming device, Nvidia Shield, will start on May 20 and will cost $349 at Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center, Canada Computers, and Nvidia.com. If you’re an eager beaver who can’t wait for May 20 to pre-order your hand-held gaming console, you can head to Nvidia’s “Notify me” page where you can sign up and be the first to know about Shield updates or be the first to pre-order the device. Nvidia Shield was first introduced at CES 2013 and has seen a series of upgrades since then. It features a 5” 720 pixel retinal quality... more »
The consumerization of IT has made its mark on the enterprise in the form of BYOD, and that's led to a healthy debate over where the responsibility of mobile security lies: with the IT department or the end-user? The trend has also driven demand for more software-led solutions within IT and across every other department at an organization, with things like data visualization and interface design taking precedent more than ever. This has all presented some interesting challenges for traditional IT vendors, but many are handling the transition with vigor and resolve. NetApp, a storage vendor known for identifying the right... more »
With all the fuss around emerging technologies such as Big Data and hyperscale computing, it seems as if more mundane priorities such as data center power efficiency have fallen to the sidelines. In fact, the opposite is true. General Motors recently open a multi-million dollar facility near its primary engineering center in Warren, Michigan. The building is home to two massive data halls that can hold up to 24 server clusters each, and the subfloor is lined with thousands of miles of cable. The complex will eventually house over 10,000 servers that will provide the horsepower for GM’s massive Oracle deployment... more »
Mozilla has just come out with a new Firefox 21 open source browser release, just six weeks after its previous update, including at least eight security fixes, three of which were rated as being critical. In addition, the new browser comes with a range of new features including more social media integration and a new tool that ultimately wants to transform Firefox into the first 'self-healing' browser on the web. A Healthier Browser? The new Health Report feature is by far and away the most interesting new aspect of Firefox. Mozilla first mentioned that it was working on such a tool last... more »
Google AllAccess vs. YouTube Music : Cross-Device Strategy Will Likely Integrate Later | #breakinganalysis
Google has announced its Google Play Music All Access, a subscription service that lets users listen to millions of songs across devices as well as store your own music in it, at the I/O 2013 event. Users can create a radio station based on a song or artist they like, browse recommendations from Google’s expert music team or explore by genre. The service will cost $9.99 per month and users can store up to 20,000 songs at no additional cost. Interested music lovers can try it for free for the first month or start your trial by June 30 and pay... more »
Microsoft has released version 3 of WebMatrix, a set of free tools to create, publish and maintain web sites. The new version of WebMatrix Web Development Tools 3 contains a number of changes designed to make developers life easier. This is not only for.NET, but also for PHP, Node.js and HTML5. The focus of the new WebMatrix release is on a better integration with the Microsoft Azure cloud service. By pressing a button the user can create new web projects in different programming languages and then start the Azure service. This is possible not only with. NET projects, but also for... more »
If you’re lucky enough to snag a ticket to Google I/O 2013 then you’re probably jumping for joy or bragging your heart out because you just received your free, $1,300-worth Chromebook Pixel. Yup, Google just gave away a Chromebook Pixel to each attendee of this year’s I/O event. Why? Because they want to, and they can. And maybe because not many have bought the device since it’s an overpriced web-enabled, ultra powerful netbook, so the best way to get users is to literally give them away. Pixel: useless present, promising future The Chromebook Pixel was unveiled last February and quickly went on... more »
Cisco and Brocade are blaming their weakened sales on softened government spending. Wikibon senior analyst Stu Miniman discussed the impact of the federal budget sequestration on the big IT whales in a recent interview with SiliconAngle’s Kristin Feledy. Miniman says that financial uncertainty is driving government agencies to delay contracts and even cancel some of their larger projects altogether. Costly platform migrations and large scale rip-and-replace initiatives in the network and other parts of the data center are often being put on permanent hold. The networking industry is after all not the only vertical technology that has taken a hit from... more »