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Hadoop Ready for Primetime? 4 Things Hortonworks Needs to Succeed

Hadoop Ready for Primetime? 4 Things Hortonworks Needs to Succeed

With this week's release of HDP 2.0, Hortonworks is marrying Big Data and business analytics to make Hadoop more viable for the traditional enterprise. The latest version of the startup’s flagship distribution utilizes the YARN resource manager to let users store all of their data in one place for more convenient access and analysis. Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 takes Hadoop beyond batch analytics with support for stream processing and adhoc query courtesy of the Stinger Initiative. Phase 2 of the community-based effort resulted in Hive 0.12, a revamped version of the SQL-like interface that processes queries 100 times faster than the... more »
Microsoft, Amazon + Samsung Surpass Analyst Expectations, Posting Record Breaking Quarter

Microsoft, Amazon + Samsung Surpass Analyst Expectations, Posting Record Breaking Quarter

Three of the biggest tech giants - Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung - posted their earnings report for the quarter that just ended today, and things are looking better than expected for all three companies Amazon:   Online retail giant Amazon posted its financial results for the 3rd quarter, revealing that its operating cash flow increased by 48 percent to $4.98 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $3.37 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2012.  Net sales increased 24 percent to $17.09 billion in the third quarter, compared with $13.81 billion in third quarter of the previous year. The company... more »
Freedom With Open Source: How Nations Can Escape Their Dependence On US-Made Tech

Freedom With Open Source: How Nations Can Escape Their Dependence On US-Made Tech

Foreign nations have been left reeling by news that the NSA has been happily monitoring the private communications of at least 35 world leaders, on top of its all-encompassing PRISM program that was leaked earlier this year. Ed Snowden's leaks paint a miserable picture of the dystopian position we're in now, with the US government doing whatever it takes to dismantle our freedom and privacy online. Even worse, various sources suggest that US-based tech firms are willfully collaborating with US spy agencies to give them what they want, while said companies are simultaneously unable to inform users they're being spied upon... more »
Twitter To Sell 70M Shares At $17-$20 In IPO

Twitter To Sell 70M Shares At $17-$20 In IPO

Twitter has submitted its amended Form S1with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which revealed that the company will be offering 70 million shares in its initial public offering. The document stated that shares are priced at $17-$20, which will allow it to raise somewhere between $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion, and will bring the company’s value to $11 billion.  Previous rumors had put Twitter’s valuation at $15 billion. Some may think that Twitter has valued its stock too low, but the microblogging service is just being cautious.  They do not want a repeat of what happened to Facebook - whose stocks were... more »
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Apple Taking a Page Out of Google’s Book to Grow in the Enterprise

Tim Cook’s Apple is playing it safe with an iterative approach to innovation, focusing on evolution as opposed to revolution. The company stuck to its guns yet again this year with a Retina-equipped follow-up to the iPad mini and a new variation of its full-sized tablet that boasts an array of significant improvements. More than a quarter lighter and 20 percent thinner, the fifth generation iPad Air offers twice the performance of its predecessor and 72 times the graphical horsepower of the original iPad. It’s joined by the latest 13- and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models, which come with Mavericks pre-installed. For... more »
Apple Condones Piracy Because Free Software Has More Value

Apple Condones Piracy Because Free Software Has More Value

Apple is deadly serious about its free software commitment. Following its announcement earlier this week that OS X Mavericks, along with iLife and iWorks would be made available to downloaded completely free of charge, something curious happened. The updates were made available to all – even those using trial or illegally downloaded versions of its software were able to receive the updates, including for the entire iLife and iWork suites, and Apple's Aperture program. But this is where it gets more interesting. Contrary to reports elsewhere, this is no mistake – Apple has purposely allowed everyone to get the free updates.... more »
This Is Gonna Hurt - ObamaCare Site Code Needs Major Overhaul

This Is Gonna Hurt - ObamaCare Site Code Needs Major Overhaul

Over the past few weeks SiliconANGLE has brought down the microscope on Obamacare’s laughable attempt to launch the healthcare.gov website. Reports continue to pile in of skewed traffic projections, inadequate contractors, and even self-inflicted DDoS type of wounds. While all of these excuses hold some truth; with a December 15th deadline rapidly approaching, instead of wasting more time to assign blame, let’s take a moment to explore a proposed solution that carries some weight. To Solve a Problem you must first consult the Source: Fact: The federal health care exchange was built using a 10-year-old technology. Think of your iPhone, would you... more »
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Springpad Declutters Bookmarks + Boards with New Update

Springpad recently revamped its look, improving already great aesthetics for Apple’s iOS 7.  With the new look came the ability to format Springs on any device, syncing, and save and share. But Springpad is far from being done with the transition, with a few new updates released today. Springpad promises a distraction-free experience by eliminating clutter and streamlining features. “All that noise and distraction in your life, we put a silencer on it when you’re in Springpad notebooks. Like our new Notes, we gave you a simpler workspace that hides all the distractions, so you can stay focused and get things done,” Springpad... more »
PHP.net Compromised, Caught Potentially Spreading Malware

PHP.net Compromised, Caught Potentially Spreading Malware

For a short time today, it appears that something managed to compromise the PHP.net web pages and alter some of the JavaScript present to spread malware. Earlier today, Barracuda Labs quickly published a blog post researching the hits and speculating about what happened. Earlier today Google’s stop-badware system caught this as well and flagged php.net as distributing malware, warning users who’s browsers support it not to visit the site, etc. Interestingly enough, the Google diagnostic page now seems to say otherwise and there seems to be some controversy and disbelief that a site like php.net could be doing this, and as... more »
6 Pinterest Apps + Alternatives for iPhones and More

6 Pinterest Apps + Alternatives for iPhones and More

Pinterest is going global, with a heavy concentration on the international mobile scene.  Having just raised $225 million in a Series E funding round, the massive cash infusion will be used for its global expansion and investment in infrastructure to improve the service. As Pinterest aims for global domination, having revealed plans earlier this year to expand in Europe and Asia, mobile is an important focus for the social network.  More and more people now consume web content from their mobile devices, and mobile has been a late focus for Pinterest.  While the photo-centric sharing platform does have apps on all... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.