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SAP Strives for Unified Experience, Even with Varied Underlying Systems [VIDEO]

In their ongoing coverage of SAP SAPphire at #theCube, John Furrier and Dave Vellante interviewed Dinesh Sharma, VP of SAP Cloud Marketing to discuss the company’s new directions (see full video below).  Sharma explained SAP’s new emphasis on money, people and suppliers, a shift from their earlier focus on integrated application.  The transition is a part of SAP’s aim to allow clients to tailor their own suites for more efficient cloud solutions. Furrier asked about the implications of Oracle’s 6-year Fusion project for SAP platforms and Success Factors.  Sharma responded: “[SAP] does not want to be religious in terms of platforms…trying... more »
Pure Storage Reveals Version 2 of All-Flash Array [Video]

Pure Storage Reveals Version 2 of All-Flash Array [Video]

Pure Storage’s engineering team has evidently been keeping busy in light of this week's news that the company is debuting the second generation of its flash storage array. FlashArray 2.0 with the new Purity Operating Environment software packs several extra features that are promised to add much more value to the solution. This latest release features a web-based GUI that simplifies a lot of admin tasks such as RAID configuration and provisioning, while adding analytics on top of it all to allow  historical performance assessment. A command line interface has been tossed in as well to make the platform more DevOps... more »
SAP Technology Adoption in the "7th Inning Stretch" says NetApp VP

SAP Technology Adoption in the "7th Inning Stretch" says NetApp VP

As part of their continuing SAP SAPphire 2012 coverage at #theCube, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Thomas Stanley, former baseball player turned tech Global Alliance VP for NetApp (see full interview below).  Vellante noted that SAP SAPphire messaging had changed since last year, now focusing more on “speed, simplicity, personalization [and] mobility.” Using the baseball analogy, Stanley explained in terms of new technology adoption and SAP, “we are definitely in the 7th inning stretch.”  Now the products are on the marketplace and the important questions according to Stanley are: “How does the ecosystem come together?...What are [the] workloads [and]... more »
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OpsCode Unveils New Chef Features, Trial Version

Now that the Chef has reached the 1,000,000 downloads mark, OpsCode released a major update to the open source systems integration framework. It now includes a whole new lineup of features, and there’s a free two-month trial available to those who want to test one the Private edition of the software. The tweaked-up Chef in turn features quite a few added capabilities that justify a trial.  Components written in the Erlang programming language have been introduced to realize a threefold increase in scalability, which is also credited to certain ‘proven relational database management system principles.’ In addition, OpsCode released an installer... more »
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5 Standout Features We Want for Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

Google is working with several smartphone manufacturers to provide early access to its latest operating system -- Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.  The company is also developing a range of new smartphones and tablets that could be launched before the end of this year. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google plans to release the next Android OS version sometime in December in an attempt to prevent Apple from controlling the smartphone and tablet markets. The company has previously worked with only one manufacturer at a time (most recently Samsung) to produce a flagship phone like the Galaxy Nexus, but Google will soon... more »
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SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann: Real Time Analytics Will Change Everything

SAP CIO Oliver Bussman stopped by The Cube (see full video below) at SAP SAPphire 2012 this week to talk about our own John Furrier and David Vellante about his life as a social media maven and how his internal IT staff becomes the taste-tester when it comes time for SAP to eat its own dog food. The conversation kicked off with a discussion of how Bussmann was recently named the most socially-active CIO out there, ahead of his counterparts at Google and IBM. Basically, Bussmann says that it's just become a natural part of his day - SAP partners, peers,... more »
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Google Knowledge Graph Means Smarter, Data-Driven Searches

Today, Google unveiled the Google Knowledge Graph, an enhancement to the search engine that gives it the brains to tell the differences and relationships between places, people and things - to use Google's own example, the difference between Taj Mahal, the famous landmark, and Taj Mahal, the musician. As Google Senior VP of Engineering Amit Singhal put it in a blog entry, Knowledge Graph is about searching for "things, not strings." Understanding that kind of ambiguity is powerful enough, but Google's also leveraging Knowledge Graph to give users better summaries of their search terms: Again using Google's example, a search for Marie... more »
SAP Annnounces Free HANA Developer Images on Amazon Web Services

SAP Annnounces Free HANA Developer Images on Amazon Web Services

Over the past week, SAP and Amazon Web Services announced a number of alliances. Earlier this week, SAP said they would sell Afaria, its mobile management software, on the AWS Marketplace. Last Friday, SAP and AWS announced that SAP customers can now deploy their SAP solutions on SAP EC2 instances in production and non-production environments for both Linux and Windows environments. Now comes the news that developers may now set up a HANA database on Amazon Web Services at no cost. This is huge. HANA is the in-memory database that SAP is positioning to compete directly with Oracle and SAP. It's a... more »
Bernhard Schulzki from EMC and Satinder Sethi from Cisco Talk HANA at SAPphire 2012

Bernhard Schulzki from EMC and Satinder Sethi from Cisco Talk HANA at SAPphire 2012

Bernhard Schulzki, Vice President of EMC Solutions Group, and Satinder Sethi, VP of Service Access & Virtualization Technology at Cisco, spoke with Dave Vellante at SAPphire 2012 about the cloud and HANA infrastructure. (See the video at the end of the article for the full interview.) Schulzki says that the specific emphasis on solutions with SAP in partnership with Cisco involves HANA and the journey into the cloud. Especially because Cisco is one of the leading providers helping to deliver people into the cloud via broader networking and datacenters. He also spoke about how EMC intends to use Cisco led certification for... more »
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EMC and VCE’s Take on HANA at SAPphire 2012

Henrik Wagner, the head of SAP relations at EMC, shared some of his perspective on business software, and value, together with VCE’s D.J. Long during an interview with Dave Vellante on the Cube (see full video below). Speaking at SAP SAPphire 2012, Wagner started by noting how he considers this particular conference as a unique opportunity to talk bottom line with customers, from the financial perspective rather than the technical aspect that is the prime focus of many other tech gatherings. Long in turn got right to the point, making an observation about the ‘resistance’ to virtualization some traditional SAP clients demonstrate.... more »

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