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Big Data Regulation In The Financial Services Industry

All week long, we’ve been previewing the information sessions to be presented at next week’s MIT Chief Development Officer Information Quality Symposium to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Later today, SiliconANGLE will post a wrap-up of the handful of sessions we have highlighted thus far. The challenges and applications of big data apply across several industries. Today, we will look at a proposed panel discussion meant to deal with the utilization of big data in the financial services industry, entitled ‘New Directions in Financial Services Standards: Feeding the CDO’s Soul’. The session, chaired by Said Tabet, Senior Technologist and Industry Standards... more »
Did You Hear About YouSendIt?

Did You Hear About YouSendIt?

The re-branding of a company is not a decision that should be undertaken lightly. Changing a corporate image is a reintroduction of your company’s values and products to your established customers while also seeking to broaden your outreach to a new population of potential clients. The world of cloud computing was introduced, in no small part, thanks to the foundation of file sharing service YouSendIt in the middle of the last decade. Their iconic paper-airplane logo effectively conveyed their purpose of allowing users to post large data attachments to their cloud storage platform so that intended recipients could access the files,... more »
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Qubole CEO Talks Big Data Analytics

SiliconANGLE Head Writer Winston Edmondson caught up with Ashish Thusoo,  co-founder and chief executive officer of Qubole, to discuss his company’s Big Data solution. Qubole sells a managed Hadoop cluster called QDS. Thusoo tells Winston that the platform helps users free up resources for innovation by eliminating most of the plumbing work associated with Big Data environments. He describes it as a turnkey analytics service that offers all the benefits of a data scientist at fraction of the cost. Analyzing data is relatively straightforward, Thusoo says, but collecting it is a different matter. For this reason, Qubole’s Hadoop stack features a set... more »
Euro Cloud Powerhouse Colt Technology Picks SolidFire SSD Storage

Euro Cloud Powerhouse Colt Technology Picks SolidFire SSD Storage

One of the biggest enterprise cloud providers in all of Europe Colt Technology Services made the announcement today that SolidFire, the SSD storage provider out of Boulder, CO, will be their primary storage provider going forward.   The multinational Colt Technology Services operates a range of services including cloud amongst 20 data centers.  The move affirms SolidFire’s proposition to cloud computing, featuring quality of service, cost advantages and performance.  SolidFire beat out a number of major storage vendors in getting to this, and the proof-of-concept requirements set up by Colt were solidly demanding. SolidFire’s Scale-Out, all SSD storage system was selected by... more »
Developing for Virtual Reality Gaming with Support from Oculus Rift VR System

Developing for Virtual Reality Gaming with Support from Oculus Rift VR System

One of the most talked-about among those recently appeared on Kickstarter is without a doubt Oculus Rift, an innovative virtual reality viewer that will allow you to feel completely immersed within the mainstream. After finishing the Kickstarter fundraising campaign (which has reached a total of $2.4 million and attracted 9,522 backers), Oculus Rift promoters have started pre-orders development kit to allow teams interested to begin experimenting and possibly support the viewer in waiting for the public launch. The idea is that by getting the tech out to the gaming community. Prices will be in line with those of the Kickstarter campaign, with... more »
Lumia 1020 vs. S4 Zoom: Which Has the Better Camera?

Lumia 1020 vs. S4 Zoom: Which Has the Better Camera?

There are now two smartphones on the market featuring outstanding cameras.  The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and the new Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView. Before we compare the cameras of these bad boys, let’s check out how the other features stack up against each other. Dimension Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView: Height 130.4 mm x Width 71.4 mm x Thickness/Depth 10.4 mm, Weight: 158g Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm, 208 g Display Lumia 1020 PureView:  4.5 '' ClearBlack AMOLED with super-sensitive touch technology featuring PureMotion HD+, Brightness control, High brightness mode, Refresh rate 60 Hz, easy to clean sculpted glass, Nokia Glance screen,... more »
A Student Project Could Eliminate Haunting Digital Ads

A Student Project Could Eliminate Haunting Digital Ads

You know them, ads that haunt you on the whole Internet. You could see pair of shoes, newly arrived styles for dresses, and all other ads for sites where you surf. Advertisements are so ubiquitous in our everyday Internet lives that they've become a sort of background-radiation--and there's numerous tools developed to thwart them from NoScript to ad blockers; but what if there was a more active, privacy-enhancing way to strike back at intrusive advertisements? Rachel Law, a 25-year-old graduate student from Singapore, has created a browser plug-in-cum-game that could mean the end of the use of private data by the... more »
Let’s Talk About Git’s Blemishes

Let’s Talk About Git’s Blemishes

We all are great admirers of Git; it's a powerful, useful, and extremely popular platform kept in the toolbox of many-a-developer. We keep reading good stuff and adulation pieces about Git too. Here we are going to talk about the flip side, the shortcomings and blemishes of Git, as discussed in an essay by Peter Lundgren who is a self-confessed Git admirer. Now this is going to be interesting; let’s hop to the key points! Complexity Git has a complex information model, comprised of directed acyclic graphs, commits, trees, blobs, branches, tags, and remotes. Git has a staging area, a stash, and a... more »
Discover OpenReflex, the First Open Source 3D Printable SLR Camera

Discover OpenReflex, the First Open Source 3D Printable SLR Camera

3D printing technology has made rapid production towards the "domestication" of home 3D printing. Personal 3D printing started with printing parts for printers, phone cases, jewelry, and figurines. To date, Marius Leo was not satisfied with the state of 3D printed cameras. This is why he set out to build an entire home printable camera: The OpenReflex, the first open source 3D printed camera. Leo, a graduate student from France, interested in design modeling and 3D printing has created a fully functional SLR camera you can print only by spending $30 in materials. The camera has all the body molded from 3D... more »
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NSA Backlash Hurts Recruiting - Stay Away from DEF CON

It was just about a year ago when the NSA came openly knocking with job opportunities at the annual DEF CON conference.  This year the organizers of the convention have asked the feds to stay away in response to the ongoing saga of Edward Snowden and PRISM.  There’s a high level of mistrust in light of those events and they apparently would like to have this particular conference fed-free.  Jeff Moss (aka “Dark Tangent”), the founder of DEF CON posted on the convention’s front page: FEDS, WE NEED SOME TIME APART: For over two decades DEF CON has been an open nexus of... 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.