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US Tech Firms Will Pay The Price For NSA Spying

US Tech Firms Will Pay The Price For NSA Spying

Was anyone really that surprised at last week's news? Surprised that is, at reports that NSA spies have been secretly helping themselves to all of our emails, voice communications, chat records, photographs and other communications over the last few years? No? What with the level of pessimism towards the US government these days, I doubt that very few people were even remotely shocked about the extent of its surveillance network. After all, what with reports of government acts like SOPA and CISPA that supposedly threaten our online privacy being blocked, it was pretty obvious that if these didn't get voted in, the... more »
"Flash will be as disruptive to the data center as server virtualization," says Brocade's Jack Rondoni #IBMEdge

"Flash will be as disruptive to the data center as server virtualization," says Brocade's Jack Rondoni #IBMEdge

Jack Rondoni, VP, Data Center Storage and Solutions, Brocade, discussed the latest storage trends with theCube co-hosts John Furrier and Stu Miniman, live at the IBM Edge 2013 conference that kicked off this morning. "When I talk to customers, a lot of their challenges are 'I have all these problems today, how can I think about software-defined anything when I have these immediate issues'," Rondoni said. "We help customers to focus on what's important," by consolidating what's important today - infrastructure, applications, etc. "We develop our systems to help customers get to the value they're bringing to the business." Then they... more »
CIOs: "Move away from your traditional roles or you'll be left behind," Warns EllisDon's Joe Jagodich #Edge2013

CIOs: "Move away from your traditional roles or you'll be left behind," Warns EllisDon's Joe Jagodich #Edge2013

Joe Jagodich, VP & CIO of EllisDon, discussed the impact of Big Data and IT on the construction industry with theCube co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the IBM Edge 2013 conference that kicked off today. EllisDon is a privately held company that's been operating for over 60 years in the construction industry. Based in Toronto, the company originated in London. Talking about his role at EllisDon, Jagodich sad "I wear two hats," which allows him to be very much in line with the business.  "I have my profits and loss center," Jagodich goes on. The company offers services and... more »
Microsoft E3 2013 Bring on the Games—Ryse: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Halo

Microsoft E3 2013 Bring on the Games—Ryse: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Halo

A new console will make-or-break its debut based on what games will launch with it and especially which games will be exclusive to that console. Looking at the market of the Microsoft press event it’s not too shabby. Between the expected Halo and Battlefield 4, we can add Romans on the beach, big-stompy robots, and lots of zombie games. For those who don’t know, Xbox One will be $499 and shall appear November 2013. On to the games! Ryse: Son of Rome got a glorious demo on the stage: Romans storming a beach generates a very much Saving Private Ryan intro as another trailer... more »
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Your Guide to IBM #Edge2013 : Live News + Expectations

IBM Edge2013 is kicking off today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada and will run through until the 14th.  We'll be broadcasting live from theCUBE for the entire event, so be sure to tune into SiliconANGLE.TV for all-day coverage, featuring exclusive interviews and analysis. IBM recently coughed up $2 billion to acquire SoftLayer, a fast-growing cloud service provider that directly competes with AWS in the public cloud space. Wikibon Chief Analyst Dave Vellante stated that IBM will use the SoftLayer platform to build technologies on top of its existing products to accelerate the delivery of those services. One opportunity... more »
Can’t Make it to E3? Check Out These Sites

Can’t Make it to E3? Check Out These Sites

The 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, but the big players are already showing off their new products and game titles. Those of you who are not roaming the show floor as we speak can tune in to the conference via one of these channels: Video Twitch - Xbox: A new Generation of Games Revealed Microsoft teamed up with gaming startup Twitch.tv to deliver a real-time broadcast of its long-anticipated Xbox One launch keynote for online audiences. The 720p stream, which you can access for free via the link above, has already attracted over a hundred thousand viewers from... more »
Flash-Based Storage, 3PAR, Vertica Expected to Make Waves at HP Discover 2013

Flash-Based Storage, 3PAR, Vertica Expected to Make Waves at HP Discover 2013

HP Discover 2013 kicks off this week. We've set you up with what to expect late last week: Flash, 3PAR + More. HP Discover 2013 is a pretty important conference for the storage landscape. I, along with the industry, are very interested to see two things: what Hewlett-Packard defines as 3PAR’s role in HP’s goals to update its flash-based storage technology, and what Vertica's momentum means for HP's Big Data play. HP needs to articulate its flash + software-defined + Big Data strategies to the world at HP Discover 2013, and if it cannot for whatever reason, the other sharks... more »
Microsoft Brings It Back to Gaming at E3: Xbox 360 Revamp, Xbox One Game Reveals

Microsoft Brings It Back to Gaming at E3: Xbox 360 Revamp, Xbox One Game Reveals

The Xbox One really needed something for gamers after what felt like a huge flop for the gaming community when Microsoft showed that the company intended to make the new console into an entertainment center. During the controversial Xbox reveal, Microsoft frustrated the gaming community with the potential of always-on DRM (now expected as call-home every 24 hours on the Internet) and having a requirement for fees to play used or pre-owned games and no backwards compatibility with Xbox 360. We have a lot we expect from this year’s E3, but as usual it’s the big three console developers who will... more »
Finally, You Can Track Your Dwolla Account on Mint.com

Finally, You Can Track Your Dwolla Account on Mint.com

For those who have been longing for Dwolla on Mint.com, here comes the good time as Mint.com has integrated Dwolla. Here’s what Dwolla announced on its official blog: “Many of you have asked for it, and now it’s finally here. Mint.com has integrated Dwolla, allowing you to easily track your expenses alongside your other financial accounts. We’re proud to work with companies like Mint that can innovate quickly, providing both of our customers with the tools that they’ve requested.” Having integrated with Mint.com, Dwolla will help its users track their expenses on the go and know where their money is going. It’s easy... more »
GamePop: Android Console that Plays iOS Games on Your TV

GamePop: Android Console that Plays iOS Games on Your TV

Android consoles are all the rage, and BlueStacks is hoping its new console could pull ahead the game with an amazing feature. The gaming console, GamePop, is far more than many consoles based on Android that are about to appear on the market. Unfortunately, even today Apple is superior to Android in the gaming apps market with many exclusive titles first appearing in the iOS platform. BlueStacks, a start-up company, want to remove this difference allowing developers to launch their games for both systems. One of the first developers to utilize this option is Fieldrunners developer Subatomic Studios. BlueStacks is adding support for games... 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.