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NetApp, Internet of Things + Consumer Cloud : Interview with Val Bercovici

NetApp, Internet of Things + Consumer Cloud : Interview with Val Bercovici

NetApp is the last pure play “storage company” standing. Storage as we’ve known it for the past twenty years is over. When it comes to Big Data and cloud computing there isn't a slam-dunk winner right now. NetApp, Cloudera, Hortonworks, Amazon, Google, EMC -- wherever Wall Street places its bets by no means is a guarantee. Not only is the storage space in the middle of a titanic shift right now, but there happens to be a Hollywood-Summer-Blockbuster-worthy "Perfect Storm" rumbling in: the Internet of Things. NetApp forges on, though. Recently its Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 release introduced a number of... more »
Double Trouble: Malware 'Tag Team' Creates Unending Malicious Infection Loop

Double Trouble: Malware 'Tag Team' Creates Unending Malicious Infection Loop

Security experts from Microsoft have stumbled across an interesting phenomenon - two unique malware programs that 'collaborate' with each other in an effort to outfox antivirus software by automatically downloading the other virus should it be removed from the host computer. The existence of the deadly duo was revealed by Microsoft's Hyun Choi in a blog post earlier this week. Writing on Technet, he explained how the two malicious programs belong to a family of 'worms' known as Win32/Vobfus. One of the two malwares, which was first identified in 2009, goes by the name of “Vobfus”, and plays the role of... more »
LIVE: Tales From the Road, A Summary of the Spring Tour with Jeff Kelly

LIVE: Tales From the Road, A Summary of the Spring Tour with Jeff Kelly

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Tuesday July 2, 2013. Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly has had a busy two months on the road with The Cube covering SAP Sapphire, HP Discover, GE Industrial Internet, MongoNYC and Hadoop Summit among others. This morning he catches up with us to share what he’s found from his adventures on the road. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. Jeff's had a very busy couple of months, and he's here to tell us about his experiences of SiliconANGLE's Spring Tour. On today's show, you'll hear Jeff discuss what he discovered over the... more »
Wow, Xbox's Don Mattrick Joins Zynga as CEO: Even Sony's CEO Thinks it's Hilarious

Wow, Xbox's Don Mattrick Joins Zynga as CEO: Even Sony's CEO Thinks it's Hilarious

Zynga’s stocks has risen as much as 12.7 percent after news of change in leadership at the online games company broke out. A report from AllThingsD stated that Zynga has succesfully tapped up Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment unit, which is responsible for the Xbox and all of the company’s gaming and entertaining efforts. As of today, he will now serve as the Zynga’s CEO and will work closely with former CEO Mark Pincus. Soon after rumors broke out, Zynga made an official announcement, formally naming Mattrick as CEO of Zynga and a member of the company’s Board.  As for... more »
HP Seeks Android Alternatives to Re-Enter Smartphone Race

HP Seeks Android Alternatives to Re-Enter Smartphone Race

According to Yam Su Yin, HP’s senior director of consumer PCs and media tablets for Asia-Pacific, the tech juggernaut is once again eyeing a share in the heavily crowded smartphone market. The executive told The Indian Express that the company is looking to double down on all segments of the mobile market, including tablets, notebooks and all-in-ones. When asked if HP has a smartphone in the works, Su Yin replied that “the answer is yes but I cannot give a timetable. It would be silly if we say no. HP has to be in the game." He added that "being late... more »
The Chinese Just Found Out About Bitcoin

The Chinese Just Found Out About Bitcoin

A couple of months ago the Bitcoin community went silly with excitement as its value rose spectacularly against the US dollar, reaching the heady heights of around $250 for one Bitcoin, only to crash back down to around $80 within a couple of weeks. Such was the excitement during that roller-coaster that more than a few 'outsiders' who'd never even heard of the cryptocurrency suddenly had their curiosity piqued, and nowhere was this more true than in China – a nation that's well known for its sharp business acumen. You might think that the currency's fluctuating valuation would give investors cause... more »
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The Future of Flash For Storage Solutions

Earlier this year, SiliconANGLE's own Maria Deutscher penned an article on QLogic’s FabricCache and how it could be well positioned for the flash storage revolution. This new adapter bridges the chasm between servers by allowing direct-attached storage, typically unable to be shared between servers, to connect embedded SSDs with SAN. According to Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman, “QLogic is an arms supplier to the storage world. It makes adapters, and this is really another adapter. While it is related to flash, QLogic is not making flash, not getting into the flash business.” Miniman goes on to offer the prediction that flash will,... more »
Skype for Android Goes 'Metro' With New Update

Skype for Android Goes 'Metro' With New Update

Skype has just updated its Android app, and the new software feels an awful lot like Windows Phone. We've seen Microsoft attempt to take advantage of its Skype ownership before, most obviously when it merged Skype accounts with its own, and today's redesign of its popular VoIP app is nothing if not a subtle attempt to remind us all that there is indeed a worthy alternative to Android. Sporting a distinct 'metro-style' look, Skype's new design is said to put “conversations first”, with a focus on putting all of the important functions at the user's fingertips the moment they open the... more »
Xbox Music + The Future of the Consumer Cloud

Xbox Music + The Future of the Consumer Cloud

Only a few years ago, any discussion on cloud computing typically centered on its potential use and implementation as it pertained to corporate IT departments. For the general public, however, the concept of storing data in a cloud was as ethereal a concept as any. With just a short fast-forward, we are seeing the ubiquity of this mode of data storage in a whole host of consumer cloud services. Anyone who has purchased an Amazon Kindle e-reader is presented with the option to store their books, music and apps directly on their device or to free up storage on the device... more »
Minecraft 1.6: Horses—Need I Say More?

Minecraft 1.6: Horses—Need I Say More?

The much-anticipated latest-and-greater version of Minecraft developed by Marcus "Notch" Persson and published by Mojang hit the Internet today with v1.6 and it adds horses. It adds a lot of other things, like bug fixes, better performance, a new launcher, and a lot of other stuff—but for many players, this update is all about the horses. As an indie-hit that makes it clear that gaming can be popular even if it’s not about guns, explosions, and horror—Minecraft has carved out a very-square shaped niche in gamer culture. With each update, Minecraft has worked upwards from an extremely simplistic beginning: build a world... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.