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DARPA Offers Up $2M Cash Prize To Anyone Who Can Build Hacker-Proof Software

DARPA Offers Up $2M Cash Prize To Anyone Who Can Build Hacker-Proof Software

There are few problems that money cannot solve. And with the US government waging a never-ending war against cyberattacks on its systems, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has just decided to get its check book out. The agency has just announced a new competition for budding developers to design a "fully automated cyber defense system" that'll be able to automatically analyze code, spot the weak spots, and repair them to ward off attacks. Whoever wins the so-called "Cyber Grand Challenge" will walk away with a handsome $2 million in cash, although that won't be for a while as... more »
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For Domino’s Pizza, Splunk is the Secret Sauce to Efficiency

Domino’s Pizza, the second largest pizza chain in the United States, is using Splunk to gain operational visibility across 10,300 stores in over 70 international markets. The company detailed its case study in a release that crossed the wire on Tuesday. The takeout giant’s Splunk journey is a familiar one. Its IT organization originally deployed the platform in an effort to address infrastructure bottlenecks and cut overheads, a goal that was quickly reached with upfront savings of more than $300,000. After the initial success, the company decided to deploy the software on a larger scale to gain deeper insights into sales trends such... more »
Smart Sensors Take Over Bike Locks + 3D Scanners

Smart Sensors Take Over Bike Locks + 3D Scanners

This week’s SmartDevice roundup features the latest crowdfunding projects, starting with a smart lock for your bike, a mobile sensor to capture the 3D world, and a device that manages charging for various devices. BitLock   Tired of always fumbling for the keys of your bike lock?  With BitLock, you no longer need a key to lock or unlock your bike.  BitLock looks like any U-lock available in the market, the only difference is, it connects with your iOS or Android device via BLE, so it senses you as you approach, and you just need to push a button to lock or unlock... more »
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SAS, Teradata Team on HDP to Deliver Integrated Analytics

In a move to help organizations consolidate their Big Data environments, analytics giant SAS and partner Teradata have updated their joint offering to support Hortonworks’ fast-growing Hadoop distribution. Dubbed Analytics Advantage Program with Hadoop, the platform marries Teradata’s SAS appliance and Unified Data Architecture, or UDA, with the latest release of the Hortonworks Data Distribution. Combined, these technologies deliver a tightly integrated set of capabilities for in-database processing, analytic model building and deployment across both structured and unstructured data. Shaun Connolly, the vice president of corporate strategy at Hortonworks, noted that “the combined best-of-breed technologies and resources of this partnership center around... more »
The iPad Air Journey: Rumors, the Big Debut, and Competition

The iPad Air Journey: Rumors, the Big Debut, and Competition

It’s been an interesting few weeks in the tablet arena, with the blogosphere noticeably more abuzz in the month leading up to the debut of the Retina-equipped iPad. It all started with a little spark: a hastily recorded video claiming to match up the iPad 4 against Apple's fifth generation tablet. Uploaded by Chinese parts supplier sw-box.com, the 6-minute clip features a thinner and more minimalistic iPad that measures 9.4 inches in height and 6.7 inches across. The device appeared to be more similar to the Mini than its full-sized predecessor, featuring two separate buttons for volume control and rounder edges. Three... more »
HP Giving up Mobile Dreams to Focus on 3D Printers

HP Giving up Mobile Dreams to Focus on 3D Printers

To bolster Hewlett-Packard’s financial position, CEO Meg Whitman is said to be looking for buyers for the company’s mobile-computing patents. According to sources familiar with the matter who chose to remain anonymous as the plan has not been made public, HP has approached potential buyers regarding its mobile patent portfolio.  The portfolio is said to include WebOS, the mobile operating system that came with the acquisition of Palm Inc. in 2010. The sources also claimed that HP has removed restrictions in its patents that have made them unappealing to potential buyers and that could boost their overall worth. “We don’t comment on rumor... more »
HP Autonomy Expands Analytics Lineup with Qfiniti 10

HP Autonomy Expands Analytics Lineup with Qfiniti 10

The contact center, the evolutionary successor of the traditional call center, plays a much bigger role in shaping customer experiences now that mobile has expanded beyond voice and messaging to video and social media. On Monday, HP Autonomy unveiled a new version of its Qfiniti analytics solution to help organizations tap this increasingly valuable source of multi-channel engagement data. Qfiniti 10 adds tighter integration with Autonomy’s IDOL search tool to let users identify patterns in “all forms of human information,” including audio, text and video. The platform analyzes structured and unstructured data, both streaming and historical, to provide enterprises with a... more »
Pinterest Raises $225M, Moves to Expand Globally

Pinterest Raises $225M, Moves to Expand Globally

Social scrapbooking service, Pinterest, has once again raked in some massive funding. According to AllThingsD, Pinterest has raised $225 million in a Series E funding round led by Fidelity Investments, with the participation of current investors Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Valiant Capital Management. “We hope to be a service that everyone uses to inspire their future, whether that’s dinner tomorrow night, a vacation next summer, or a dream house someday. This new investment enables us to pursue that goal even more aggressively,” said  Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest. This round of funding will be used to invest... more »
Microsoft's Scathing Attack On Apple Makes It Look Desperate

Microsoft's Scathing Attack On Apple Makes It Look Desperate

Apple caused a bit of a stir yesterday when it announced that its iWork productivity software for Mac and iOS devices would be available to download for free. This was immediately taken as a shot at rival Microsoft and its own Office productivity suite – the undisputed leader to be sure, but also very expensive – with some bloggers even going as far as to suggest that Apple had "declared war" on Microsoft. Well, guess what? Microsoft apparently didn't take it too well, dismissing iWork as just a collection of "struggling, lightweight productivity apps" that don't even come close to threating... more »
Codero Launches Industry-First On-Demand Hybrid Cloud

Codero Launches Industry-First On-Demand Hybrid Cloud

Codero Hosting launched a revolutionary first of its kind platform today called the On-Demand Hybrid Cloud.  Among the numerous standout unique features is rapid hybrid cloud deployment and instant scalability.  It is designed to give its customers the power of hybrid computing in a truly on-demand fashion, at the click of a mouse.  So cloud users can now go right a hybrid configuration, dedicated systems and cloud systems behind one dedicated private network.  There’s no proprietary bridges, no gear to implement, nothing to burn in – you just select one of their numerous cloud system offerings, integrate and you have... 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.