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IBM Refreshes Infrastructure Lineup as Part of Hybrid Cloud Initiative

IBM Refreshes Infrastructure Lineup as Part of Hybrid Cloud Initiative

IBM is augmenting its already massive infrastructure portfolio in a move to capture the hybrid cloud market. Driven in large part by the increased adoption of open systems in the enterprise, this segment is witnessing double digit growth that is only expected to accelerate as the technology trickles down to small and midsize businesses. Underscoring its recently announced commitment to inject $1 billion into the Linux ecosystem, IBM unveiled a Power Integrated Facility for Linux that aims to make it easier for enterprises to scale their cloud environments without overspending on software licenses. The system is joined by two low-end PureFlex... more »
GE Sells Efficiency as a Service : Smart Machines Shed the Downtime

GE Sells Efficiency as a Service : Smart Machines Shed the Downtime

GE shows potential in $20 billion productivity boost behind Industrial Internet, demonstrates how the movement will change human behavior and "unleashes" the power of the workplace through intelligent machines. There's a great story about the Industrial Internet, what it can do and how it will carry us into the future.  In fact, there's millions of great stories, each demonstrating the vast and creative ways in which machines are already helping our lives.  We're all becoming a little smarter, a smidgen more efficient and a whole lot more productive.  The Industrial Internet will once again shift our concept of time, reconfiguring the... more »
Silk Road Shutdown Leads to Further International Arrests

Silk Road Shutdown Leads to Further International Arrests

Further arrests have surfaced in relation to the recent raid, and shutdown, of Silk Road--an anonymized website existing in the “dark web” that facilitated illegal activity and drug sales. Only last week the FBI raided the Silk Road website and arrested the alleged founder, 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht (aka the Dread Pirate Roberts.) The raid appears to only be the beginning of a wider operation by authorities across the world. Brian Krebs from Krebs On Security has cited a complaint in Washington state against Steven Lloyd Sadler, 40, of Bellevue, Washington. His arrest is tied to Silk Road through the nickname “NOD” where... more »
HP Ponemon Cyber Attack Study Shows Cyber Attacks, Costs Rising - The Solution is Big Data, People

HP Ponemon Cyber Attack Study Shows Cyber Attacks, Costs Rising - The Solution is Big Data, People

HP today unveiled the results of an annual cyber attack study of companies worldwide conducted by the Ponemon Institute.  The research in the report shows that both the cost and frequency of cyber attacks continues to increase for the fourth consecutive year. Cybercrime Up 78 Percent, Time to Resolve Attacks More Than Doubles The findings illustrate the challenges in an ever more complex and difficult cyber security landscape, one that results in significant costs, but it also clearly illustrates some of the best paths to help deal with this.  The challenges are huge, the task to protect data and intellectual property is... more »
UK Cyber Reserve Army Sets to Batten Down Countries Against Cyber War

UK Cyber Reserve Army Sets to Batten Down Countries Against Cyber War

A report by the US Department of Defense accused China’s government and military of targeting US government computers as part of a cyber-espionage campaign. The report said that Chinese attacks aimed to scoop up intelligence on US diplomatic, economic and defense sectors which could benefit China’s own military capabilities. The British government admits that the "threat is real." One of the recent examples is a message sent by hackers from the Twitter feed of the Associated Press, saying that the White House had been hit by the two explosions and that President Obama was injured. The fake tweet caused a sensation... more »
Sense-U Monitors the Old and Young for Safety + Posture

Sense-U Monitors the Old and Young for Safety + Posture

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features an all-in-one tracking device, a smart bracelet, and an app that helps you get motivated in your journey to a healthier you. Sense-U   This little device does more than track your activities and sleep.  It also helps keep your back straight, and even helps keep the elderly safe. Sense-U is a small device that clips onto your shirt, belt, bracelet, or pants to track your movement and sleep patterns.  It is able to determine dangerous activities like falling down, as well as periods of inactivity, sending a message to family members or healthcare providers immediately.  It also... more »
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Splunk.conf Recap: Splunk to Become the Google of Big Data

Wrapping up last week’s Splunk.conf 2013, SiliconAngle founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly gathered in theCUBE to discuss how the machine data analytics firm is disrupting enterprise IT. Dave remarks that Splunk’s recently unveiled cloud offering and Hunk, its Hadoop-based querying and visualization tool, are highly strategic products that “bump into a lot of adjacent markets.” He predicts that these solutions and the channel will continue to drive value for the company as it expands into new segments. Adding his own take on the vendor’s rapid growth, Jeff notes that “the ability to land and expand if you... more »
3 Ways Fashion Makes Tech More Curious for Girls

3 Ways Fashion Makes Tech More Curious for Girls

The fashion world is often considered a female-dominated industry, while the tech world seems most appealing to males.  That view may seem sexist, but it's the prevailing stereotype of the day. Only now, the line between the two is dissipating as fashion and technology find themselves irreversibly intertwined, bridging two distinct industries in unimaginable ways.  While females are still fewer in count than male counterparts within the tech sector, the growing influence of technology in retail and fashion design could very well encourage girls to study engineering, mathematics and other fields in science. Why many girls avoid tech as a career... more »
Apache CloudStack 4.2.0 Brings Open Source Compute, Storage and Networking Cloud Platform in One

Apache CloudStack 4.2.0 Brings Open Source Compute, Storage and Networking Cloud Platform in One

The open-source Apache Foundation announced the release of Apache CloudStack 4.2.0, a scaling construct for the cloud platform. The Apache CloudStack 4.2.0 cloud platform delivers across the board improvements for the cloud computing platform and is the third for the open-source project since it became part of the Apache Software Foundation in November of 2012 with its 4.0 release. The free software is written in Java, which is designed to implement and manage large networks of virtual machines, as highly available, fully scalable cloud computing platform. Currently CloudStack is supported by the most popular hypervisor player such as VMware ESX /... more »
Track Your Kids with FiLIP - the Smarwatch for Kids

Track Your Kids with FiLIP - the Smarwatch for Kids

These days, you’ll think nothing of kids below 10 years old tapping on a smartphone.  It’s not their parent’s smartphone, it’s their very own smartphone.  Some see nothing wrong with this as it helps the parents keep tabs on their kids, but on the downside it might make them more interested in playing games on their phones instead of actually engaging in physical activities. For those who don’t see smartphones as the answer to keeping tabs on their kids, then they might consider the FiLIP. FiLIP is a smartwatch directed at kids aged 4 to 11.  This will not only help parents... 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.