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PRISM, NSA, and Privacy: The Fundamental Need for Whistleblowers and the Danger of Institutional Secrecy

PRISM, NSA, and Privacy: The Fundamental Need for Whistleblowers and the Danger of Institutional Secrecy

Whistleblowers and leaks mean more than ever in this era of information overload and information security. The intelligence community is fundamentally about two things: knowing true things and spreading untrue things so that rivals know less true things. The Internet has changed fundamentally not just how information is gathered—but how personal information is produced and shared. What we have learned from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden may be far less important than what we don’t know about what’s going on. If you haven’t read about it yet: it’s time to catch up on the NSA’s spying presence with Verizon and the PRISM... more »
Before Adopting Software-Defined Storage, You Must Know Where + What to Modify | #IBMEdge

Before Adopting Software-Defined Storage, You Must Know Where + What to Modify | #IBMEdge

Karim Abdullah, IT Operations Director, Technolgy Services at Sprint, discussed his company's recent SVC implementation as well as software defined trends with theCube co-hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman, live at the IBM Edge 2013 conference. Explaining Sprint's choice of SVC, Abdullah said it had been a matter determined by costs and the need to replace end of the line components in their storage arrays. "As we rolled the virtualization platform up, we eliminated the end of line storage arrays." In this migration, SVC brought lower costs for what would have been a very pricey propositions two years ago. The cost of storage migration   Exploring... more »
DataStax and The New Rules Of Data-Driven Clouds – Breaking the Oracle Chains

DataStax and The New Rules Of Data-Driven Clouds – Breaking the Oracle Chains

Big Data is accessible for any organization – whether big or small, reaching across the spectrum of data demands, in clouds throughout the world – and your best possible data infrastructure can be achieved quickly, easily and with cost-effectiveness with DataStax and Apache Cassandra. In a recent conversation with DataStax CEO Billy Bosworth, we talked about the growing market and infrastructure opportunities that are steadily being realized with their enterprise-ready big data platform. In doing so, the company is witnessing a growing wave of interest in breaking free of dependence on Oracle for their database requirements, and customers are finding... more »
OpenStack Enables Thriving Innovation, but Where's the Money for IBM?   #IBMEdge

OpenStack Enables Thriving Innovation, but Where's the Money for IBM? #IBMEdge

Dave Vellante and John Furrier invited Paulo Carvao, VP North America STG at IBM, to talk with theCUBE about the changes in the storage industry, OpenStack and emerging ways to generate revenue. Paulo seemed very excited about the changes that are happening in the industry, but, as Vellante put it, change is a two-edge sword. Vellante invited his guest to talk about the shifts in the business and the client's response to change. Thinking in terms of all that has been happening with virtualization, adoption of software-defined environments, it is a major shift for hard-ball players, who value migrating, not only for... more »
Wanna Know How The Big Boys Make Big Bucks With Big Data?

Wanna Know How The Big Boys Make Big Bucks With Big Data?

We always hear people banging on about the potential of Big Data and what it can do for big businesses, but rarely do companies come out and say exactly how their analytics programs have helped improve their bottom line. That's all changed today though, with a whole host of multinational firms and banks breaking their silence to describe how their Big Data programs have benefited them. The insights comes from a research report called "Big Data in Big Companies", co-authored by the analytics software firm SAS and Tom Davenport of the International Institute for Analytics (IIA). In it, they describe how... more »
Putting Data to Work: Cores Will Drive More Performance Capabilities | #IBMEdge

Putting Data to Work: Cores Will Drive More Performance Capabilities | #IBMEdge

TheCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante interviewed Dylan Larson, Director of Xeon Platform Marketing at Intel, during our live broadcast at IBM Edge 2013 this week in Las Vegas, asking him about the company's key message at this event. Larson happily obliged, explaining how Intel has been busy refreshing their product lines, while working closely with IBM and bringing great products to the market. For Larson personally, the best thing that happened was his involvement with the division that will drive the next generation of server platforms. Apart from its trademark, Intel has bitten a large chunk of the storage market,... more »
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iRadio Price vs. Spotify + Pandora : What You Need to Know About iTunes Radio

At the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday, Apple unveiled its revamped iOS with features that resemble the Android platform, so much so that one of our Producers Zamora says Android users will feel "very, very familiar" using the new interface.  Included in the announcement is iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service, that, as Apple puts it, "features over 200 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store, combined with features only iTunes can deliver.”  Yes, it’s called iTunes Radio, not iRadio, though it would have been better if Apple went with the latter. iTunes Radio can be accessed... more »
Application Development on Apache YARN Simplifies with Release of Weave

Application Development on Apache YARN Simplifies with Release of Weave

Developers love the latest and greatest development tooling. And next up it’s Kafka, a real-time framework for managing data streams or YARN (or Yet Another Resource Manager) aka MapReduce 2.0, the next generation processing framework for Apache Hadoop. Continuuity, the provider of scale-out application server for Apache Hadoop, announced the release of Weave, a new open source project for Java developers to build, deploy, scale and manage scalable, distributed applications on YARN. Weave is a simple set of libraries for easy management of distributed applications on Apache YARN. The tool allows you to build a much wider class of applications on top... more »
Emulex Has "Forensic" Capabilities to Analyze Data | #IBMEdge

Emulex Has "Forensic" Capabilities to Analyze Data | #IBMEdge

Stu Miniman, Senior Analyst at Wikibon, invited Shaun Walsh, SVP Marketing and Corp Dev at Emulex, to talk about the intersection of storage and networking during theCUBE's live broadcast from IBM Edge 2013 in Las Vegas this week. Emulex recently acquired a company called Endace, and the decision left certain people in the industry a bit confused. Explaining the decision, Walsh narrated the whole endeavour of Emulex looking at storage management from an end-to-end perspective. Analyzing all forms of storage out there, they came to the conclusion that they lacked the right information in order to do their job, because not... more »
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Dell Quest Releases Big Data Security Solutions

A recent survey conducted by Dell Software found that 52 percent of organizations saw their unstructured data volumes increase by at least 25 percent in the past year, but only 45 are taking the appropriate measures to secure their sensitive information. These figures reflect a business opportunity that Dell is eager to exploit. This morning, the company announced a new module for its Quest One Identity Manager - Data Governance Edition software. The update introduces a system that scans the user’s infrastructure and produces a Management Risk Index (MRI) report which helps admins identify the parts of their environment that are... more »

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- 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.

- 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?

- Brian Gracely

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,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- 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

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- 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.