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3 Biggest Security Mistakes You’re Making – Without Even Knowing

3 Biggest Security Mistakes You’re Making – Without Even Knowing

You know where your most valuable data is stored. Your data is locked safely in a fortress of layered defenses. You’ve protected those treasures with well-configured edge devices, a lean fully-patched DMZ, a tightly woven net of firewall ACLs and an intentional architecture that separates your servers’ functions. Your logs are continually examined and anomalous behavior is analyzed. Your privileged identities are well defined by role and rigorously managed. Overall, you’re able to sleep well at night knowing that you have a well-oiled machine protecting your company’s — and your customers’ — most valuable data. Right? There’s Not an App for That Alas,... more »
7 Stories You Don't Want to Miss : TALOS, Bitcoin + More

7 Stories You Don't Want to Miss : TALOS, Bitcoin + More

In the immortal words of Iron Man, "Lets do this." This past week was packed with noteworthy developments in the tech sector. Along with a stream of third quarter news from the big boys of tech, we covered a lot of interesting developments spanning the wire from the US military building its own Iron Man, to analytics for all in the realm of Big Data.  Here is a recap of the seven must reads from SiliconANGLE this week. Is “Analytics for All” Finally at Hand? . Business intelligence vendors have kind of been like that one "guy" in your friends circle. You know... more »
BitTorrent Megasite IsoHunt to Shut Down, Pay $110 M Settlement

BitTorrent Megasite IsoHunt to Shut Down, Pay $110 M Settlement

isoHunt – a massively popular bit torrent sharing site will be shut down as part of a settlement following a piracy suit launched by a number of major Hollywood studios.  The settlement also includes an agreement to pay $110 million pursuant to claims that the site encouraged pirating of television shows and movies.  It was an interesting case that played out over several years.  The case launched heavily against site founder Gary Fung, isoHunt, and three related sites, which are also part of the shut down that are to be completed by October 23, 2014.  The settlement came just before... more »
SmartWorld Weekly: Nike FuelBand SE, Chatty Kitchens + More

SmartWorld Weekly: Nike FuelBand SE, Chatty Kitchens + More

This week’s SmartWorld Series features the talking kitchen, improved tracking bands, the future of connected cars, and smart devices that you can help fund. If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. The Talking Kitchen : Dieting Fridges + Sensory Milk Jugs   SmartHome Monday featured some of the smartest new concepts in kitchen design at this year’s Electrolux Lab Design event.  Of... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: Service Market Heats Up

It’s been an interesting week for the platform-as-a-service market. Following in Google’s lead, Russian search giant Yandex announced that it’s jumping headfirst into the cloud fray with a new tool for creating web hosting apps. Dubbed Cocaine, the open source platform utilizes the increasingly popular Docker container engine to address the complexity and performance issues associated with VM-based PaaS offerings. The software can only run applications written in C++, Python and JavaScript, but a forthcoming update is set to add support for Java and Lisp offshot Racket. Unlike Google App Engine, which limits customers to deploying their software on the... more »
VDI Poised for Growth: Wikibon

VDI Poised for Growth: Wikibon

VMware is acquiring VDI-as-a-service provider Desktone as part of a push to dent Citrix’s dominance in the desktop virtualization space. Announced this week at the VMworld 2013 Europe conference in Barcelona, the deal underscores what Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman perceives as the “steady growth” of the virtual desktop infrastructure market. In a fresh piece entitled VDI Marketplace Maturing and Poised for Growth, Miniman observes that the technology is starting to edge toward widespread adoption in segments where it has not gained significant traction in the past. VMware’s robust ecosystem of technology vendors and channel partners positions it to capitalize on... more »
Lenovo Rekindles Interest In BlackBerry - Part Of It, Anyway

Lenovo Rekindles Interest In BlackBerry - Part Of It, Anyway

China's Lenovo is believed to have rekindled its interest in buying the struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry, which despite the earlier Fairfax Financial deal, is still actively looking for buyers. However it's not clear just what the Chinese firm might want out of BlackBerry, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that its bidding to take over the entire company, while Reuters said that it only wants a part of it owing to regulatory concerns that would prevent a complete takeover. BlackBerry is something of a laughing stock in the smartphone world these days, having failed to transition from its legacy mobile platform... more »
Nexus 5 Briefly Appears in Google Play, Pricing Starts at $349

Nexus 5 Briefly Appears in Google Play, Pricing Starts at $349

Some Google Play users had a bit of a shock earlier today when they stumbled across the Nexus 5 device for sale alongside the Nexus 7 and 10, although Google's newest smartphone apparently didn't show up for everyone, with many users still only seeing the Nexus 4. Was this a glitch, or could it be Google getting ready to unveil the Nexus 5 any day now? Whatever it is, Google has now fixed the issue and Google Play is now only displaying the older Nexus 4. Those who have seen the leaked page state that the Nexus 5 is priced at $349... more »
Google Posts Strong Q3 To Beat Analysts' Expectations Once Again

Google Posts Strong Q3 To Beat Analysts' Expectations Once Again

Google has once again beat analysts' expectations by posting consolidated revenues of $14.89 billion for the quarter that ended September 30, 2013.  Consolidated revenues for the previous quarter were 12 percent higher compared to same quarter in 2012. “Google had another strong quarter with $14.9 billion in revenue and great product progress,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google.  “We are closing in on our goal of a beautiful, simple, and intuitive experience regardless of your device.” Of the reported consolidated revenue, Google segment revenues make up 92 percent, or $13.77 billion, representing a 19 percent increase from the same quarter in 2012... more »
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Acer Review: $250 Chromebook In; Microsoft Windows Out

Pundits left and right make fun of Google's  Chromebook laptops, claiming they are toys that can't compete with Microsoft  and Apple. They are "not real computers," we are told -- not worthy, a fad -- sort of like the temporary netbook craze from early 2009. Half of these deniers have never used a Chromebook for even a full day. They tend to be the same people who dismissed the iPhone in 2007 before even trying one. Perhaps they are also the same people who dismissed Tesla's car in 2012 without having driven one. The computer snobs who make snarky comments about Chromebooks... 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.