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IT Faces Revolutionary Change, Who Will Survive?

IT Faces Revolutionary Change, Who Will Survive?

An unprecedented group of technological and market forces are forcing a radical restructuring of the IT industry at a blinding pace never seen before in the history of IT, and indeed not in human history since the end of WW II. The closest thing to it in recent history was the PC revolution of the 1980s. In 1980 Digital Equipment Corp., Data General, Wang, and Prime Computer were among the fastest growing companies in the industry. By 1990 only DEC was left, and it finally disappeared in 1998, when what was left of it was bought by Compaq, which itself was... more »
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IBM to Make New York’s Lake George the “Smartest Lake” in the World

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Fund for Lake George commissioned IBM to build a sophisticated monitoring system that will help scientists gain new insights into the lake’s ecosystem. Big Blue said that it will provide the hardware, software and know-how needed to assemble a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster at Rensselaer’s Margaret A. and David M. Darrin `40 Fresh Water Institute. Upon completion, the multi-million dollar platform will provide scientists with the means to transform historical records, real-time sensory data and weather patterns into 3-D models and simulations. These visualizations will help the University’s researchers investigate issues pertaining to the overall health... more »
Hadoop Summit Recap: Who Will Come Out Ahead in the Race to Zero?

Hadoop Summit Recap: Who Will Come Out Ahead in the Race to Zero?

TheCube stopped by Hadoop Summit in San Jose to bring you the latest news and analysis from the Big Data ecosystem. Near the end of Day 1, SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly assembled for a special discussion about the industry and the intense price competition in the Hadoop marketplace. Dave highlights that the industry has changed a lot in the past couple of years: practitioners who once regarded Hadoop as a mere point of interest are now building use cases atop the framework. He mentions that Merv Adrian, an analyst for Gartner, said that... more »
Microsoft Drops Patch Fees for Xbox 360 Developers

Microsoft Drops Patch Fees for Xbox 360 Developers

Microsoft traditionally has provided Xbox 360 game developers with a single free patch after which the company would charge hefty fees--but now has withdrawn this requirement. Indie game developers have strongly supported the Xbox Live Arcade of the Xbox 360 service so far--but for every update, patch or release, developers had to suffer a re-certification process with the company and this used to be a very expensive procedure that can sometimes go up to several tens of thousands of dollars.  These requirements caused  amidst developers, mainly the “small and middle class” who had to spend such large sums for a patch. Now,... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for 28 June 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for 28 June 2013

HP Wins Place in U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network Contract HP Enterprise Services and its NGEN Alliance partners, AT&T Government Solutions Inc., IBM Global Services Federal, Lockheed Martin Services Inc., and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., have been awarded the U.S. Department of the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract. Valued at $3.45 billion over five years if all options are exercised, the contract covers a broad range of IT services and support for more than 800,000 sailors, Marines, and civilians in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Japan. More   Jefferson Project to Manage Pollution, Invasive Species Threatening Lake George Rensselaer Polytechnic... more »
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Could the Cloud Become America's Greatest Defense in Cyber War?

The US Department of Defense announced that it will be investing $23 billion to upgrade its cyber defense in the next four years, which will include a "secure 4G wireless network that will get iPads, iPhones and Android devices online by mid-2014." The announcement was made by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey after stating that the cyber attacks on the US’ critical infrastructure has increased 17-fold since his appointment in 2011.   Dempsey also stated that the Department would be "consolidating" all 15,000 of its networks into a cloud-based enterprise platform.  This could be related to the recent announcement made... more »
When Culture Shock Meets Social Media: League of Legends Player in Jail Over Facebook Comments

When Culture Shock Meets Social Media: League of Legends Player in Jail Over Facebook Comments

A Texas teen could face up to eight years in prison over a comment left on Facebook that took place as part of an exchange about the online game League of Legends. Justin Carter was 18 years old back in Feburary of this year when a series of comments between him and a friend about the game took a turn for the worse. LoL is a highly competitive game and is well known for bringing out “trash talk” and other similar culturally defined types of language—and it isn’t rare for this talk to spill out from headphone microphones and into online... more »
To Succeed with Hadoop: Find Specific Problem Areas + Solve Them | #hadoopsummit

To Succeed with Hadoop: Find Specific Problem Areas + Solve Them | #hadoopsummit

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, broadcasted live from San Jose this week during Hadoop Summit 2013, inviting Stefan Groschupf, CEO and Founder of Datameer and an early contributor to Hadoop, to give his two cents about the current state of business, the adoption of Hadoop, as well as to share a couple points of advice for young entrepreneurs. In his own words, Stefan Groschupf is ''a Big Data veteran and serial entrepreneur with strong roots in the open source community.'' He was one of the very few early contributors to Nutch, the open source project that spun off Hadoop,... more »
Small Businesses to Cloud Storage : Pinky Promise We Can Trust You?

Small Businesses to Cloud Storage : Pinky Promise We Can Trust You?

SMBs to cloud storage...promise promise??? In the second annual global survey by Thales and Ponemon Institute, researchers examined small businesses' attitude towards data protection and encryption in the cloud. Businesses, both big and small, are starting to use of cloud services for handling sensitive information in hoards. The verdict: the majority of small businesses transfer sensitive or confidential data to the cloud and that same majority believe the cloud provider has primary responsibility for protecting that data. Here is a full rundown of the key findings: Trust is a lot higher than you might have thought.   More than half of all respondents say... more »
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Rise of the Smart Pills: Invasive Tech to Keep You Healthy

Wouldn't it be cool if NZT was real?  You know, the pill from the Bradley Cooper movie Limitless that unlocks the full potential of the brain, allowing a person to develop into the perfect version of himself?  Without the side effects, of course. There’s no telling if a drug like that already exists in one of the government’s experimental labs, but if it does, it would be life changing.  Lucky for us, there's plenty of initiatives taking place that are working on developing pills that could very well change your life in ways you never would have imagined. Smart Pills   ePill Proteus, a British... 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.