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Apple's Planning To Offer Ad-Free TV Enjoyment. Interested?

Apple's Planning To Offer Ad-Free TV Enjoyment. Interested?

Apple has yet to change how the Apple TV, its set-top box for streaming iTunes and Internet content to TVs, delivers content to viewers, but that's not to say it doesn't have a few ideas brewing. According to reports, Apple execs met with media companies last week and pitched ideas about a revolutionary new ad-skipping feature for the Apple TV. The reports state that Apple wants to empower viewers by giving them the opportunity to skip the ads and continue watching their favorite programs without interruption.  Such a privilege will of course come at a cost - most likely in the form... more »
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Dell Unleashes New Version of Desktop Virtualization Platform

Dell says that the latest version of its Wyse WSM desktop and application virtualization platform can help organizations of all sizes boost efficiency and drive down costs. The soon-to-be-available solution features server provisioning capabilities, support for 64-bit software, and several other notable improvements. Dell teamed up with virtualization firm CloudVolumes to make WSM’s management and streaming functionality available for server environments. The vendor also added support for Hyper-V- and ESX 5.1-based virtual machines, compatibility with 64-bit applications and operating systems, and enhanced Active Directory integration. Another major enhancement is the ability to manage and configure BIOS settings on Dell Cloud Desktops directly... more »
Spy Games in the Enterprise: The Business Value of Telephony Metadata

Spy Games in the Enterprise: The Business Value of Telephony Metadata

Ever since The Guardian first published its explosive report on the wide-ranging access that the NSA has been given to Verizon's call records, there's been lots of discussion about this thing called “metadata” and the kinds of insights it provides. According to no less than President Obama himself, it's this metadata that holds the most significance for his spooks – they're not listening into your calls – but rather, just keeping tabs on who's calling who, where they're calling from, and how long they're talking. “When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” stated the President. “That’s... more »
DevOps Diva Takes on Orchestration, Provisioning + Moving Past Just Ops

DevOps Diva Takes on Orchestration, Provisioning + Moving Past Just Ops

Mandi Walls, Senior Technical Evangelist for Opscode, also known as the DevOps Diva, discussed DevOps trends, along with automation, orchestration, and other key aspects of the marketplace with theCUBE host John Furrier, live at the recently concluded O'Reilly Velocity conference in Santa Clara. DevOps has been validated, Walls said, even "in the enterprise where they are interested in improving their relationship and performance for the customers." The biggest frustration involving DevOps is that a lot of people still consider it "a replacement for operations. The whole idea was that successful products and services you give the customers are fully integrated," walls... more »
Impetus Business Development Chief Shows Off Company's Big Data Lineup

Impetus Business Development Chief Shows Off Company's Big Data Lineup

SiliconAngle Studio B host Winston Edmondson caught up with Yue Cathy Chung, the senior director of business development for Impetus Technologies, to discuss her company and take a look at their newest Big Data solution. Chung starts the interview by providing a brief rundown of Impetus. The firm is a software engineering and IT services provider that started out in India 22 years ago and entered the U.S. market in 1997. It undertook its first Big Data project 10 years later. Chung highlights that the analytics space is radically different than the traditional services market in that customers typically don’t have clearly... more »
Cloudera’s Drew O’Brien Says Hadoop is Set to Become the Facebook of Big Data

Cloudera’s Drew O’Brien Says Hadoop is Set to Become the Facebook of Big Data

SiliconAngle Studio B host Winston Edmonton stopped by the Cloudera booth at Hadoop Summit 2013 to discuss Big Data and search with Drew O’Brien, the company’s senior manager of product marketing. O’Brien boasts that Cloudera introduced two new products this year: Impala, its real-time SQL query engine for Hadoop, and Cloudera Search. As the name suggests, the latter is essentially a search bar. “If you can use Google you can use Cloudera Search. It opens up Hadoop to folks like lawyers and doctors who may not know SQL, may not how to code Pig or Hive, but do know how to do... more »
Kim Dotcom Ready for Yet Another Mega Debut, Spy-Proof Messaging and Email

Kim Dotcom Ready for Yet Another Mega Debut, Spy-Proof Messaging and Email

Ever since PRISM discussions and Edward Snowden/ NSA debacle picked momentum, perhaps every Internet user is worried about online privacy, and has been looking for tools that do not spy on their personal and confidential information (or at least prevent others from spying on the same.) Cashing on the opportunity of crypto war, or maybe trying to fulfill the demand of online users, Kim Dotcom’s Mega is planning to release its encrypted messaging service in four to six weeks. His company will first roll out a spy-proof web-based messaging platform, which will be followed by encrypted email. “We expect to have messaging... more »
Kickstarting The Fab Lab: The 3D Manufacturing Facility

Kickstarting The Fab Lab: The 3D Manufacturing Facility

The arts charity SPACE is looking to crowdfund an accessible and affordable 3D manufacturing facility for artists and creative on Kickstarter. Branded the Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratory), the London, Hackney-based facility would provide access 3D tools and instruments including 3D construction material such as a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, soldering irons, 10kg of filament in ABS and PLA and a sewing machine for conductive thread use and a prototyping and experimentation two 3D printer. “The Fab Lab will allow the many thousands of artists in the East End to really push 3D printing technology and laser printing technology in directions that... more »
Mozilla Lunches Firefox OS Simulator 4.0

Mozilla Lunches Firefox OS Simulator 4.0

The wait is over for the Firefox OS developers, who have been awaiting the latest version of the Firefox OS Simulator. Mozilla has officially announced the release of Firefox OS Simulator 4.0. Aside from allowing developers to make money with apps in the Marketplace, several new features have been introduced in Firefox OS Simulator 4.0, such as the new Dashboard. It installs as an extension in Firefox, so you’ll need Mozilla’s browser to use it. Once installed, it will be available in Firefox under the Tools => Web Developer menu. Let’s take a look at the features. Connect Button This is a new Connect... more »
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2 Spotify + Pandora Alternatives for Musicians to Make Money

Consumers are in love with music-streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. Pandora is the "old kid" on the block, while Spotify is the new, but both are bursting with users. Recent figures peg Pandora at 69.5 million active users, and Spotify with 24 million, with six million of those active users on Spotify paying a monthly fee for added features. But musicians aren't nearly as in love with music-streaming services. The examples of musicians taking a stand against music-streaming services are growing. According to a BBC News story, Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has pulled some albums from music-streaming service Spotify... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.