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VMware Brings vCloud Hybrid Service to Europe with First UK Location

VMware Brings vCloud Hybrid Service to Europe with First UK Location

First unveiled at VMworld 2013 in September, vCloud Hybrid Service is an IaaS solution that competes with AWS over the 60 percent of organizations that utilize VMware software in their IT environments. The virtualization giant is now launching a new data center in Slough, 20 miles west of London, to make the platform available for customers in the UK. Select clients will be able to participate in a private beta for vCloud Hybrid from the fourth quarter until the service becomes generally available in early 2014. VMware hybrid cloud services head Bill Fathers, who stopped by the theCUBE at VMworld to... more »
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Square Cash Raises Security Questions : Too Simple for the Masses?

Ever looking to simplify the mobile payments arena, Square launched a new feature today allowing users to send money with little more than an email address.  Called Square Cash, the update is targeted at debit card holders in the US, now able to send money using any email service.  While simplicity is at the heart of Square Cash, such easiness raises a slew of security concerns already plaguing the mobile payments industry.  For all its forward-thinking, Square tends to push for a revolution that sometimes requires patience as the rest of us play catch up. How Square Cash works   Here's how Square... more »
HP Boosts SDN with New SDK and App Store

HP Boosts SDN with New SDK and App Store

The allure of software-defined networking's ability to deliver automated technology has once again caught a tech giant’s eye. Last month, Hewlett-Packard unveiled on of the industry’s first enterprise-class SDN open ecosystems with the HP SDN Developer Kit (SDK) and the HP SDN App Store.  The hope is for the creation of new business opportunities for HP’s partners, as well as providing a simple way for customers to purchase and deploy network services. “With SDN the networking industry has an opportunity to disruptively innovate and is now primed for a monumental leap forward,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking,... more »
Apple Turns to the Fashion Industry to Boost Sales as iPhone 5c Struggles

Apple Turns to the Fashion Industry to Boost Sales as iPhone 5c Struggles

Apple has hired Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to runs its retail division, which means she'll be leading both its online and physical retail stores.  Though some may question the wisdom of hiring someone from the fashion industry, Ahrendts has been very successful in making the once iconic Burberry brand into something the younger generation wants. Before joining Burberry in 2006, the company was trading at £4.30, or $6.87 a share - but  this has by 268 percent during Ahrendts’ tenure, and the company's stock is now trading at £15.85, or $25.32 a share. Ahrendts’ official title at Apple will be senior vice... more »
Backup and Recovery in the Spotlight with New Funding, Innovation

Backup and Recovery in the Spotlight with New Funding, Innovation

Historically a pain point, backup is quickly becoming an asset for many enterprises as vendors push the envelope on security and bring analytics into the mix. The Sunnyvale, California-based Druva is a leader in realizing the potential of data protection as a source of tangible business value. Established in 2008, the startup offers a device-independent backup and governance platform that ensures the availability of mission-critical information through file sharing, encryption and audit capabilities. Druva claims that its software supports nearly two million computers and smartphones across 76 countries. The company announced this week that it has raised $25 million in a Series... more »
Music Industry Shoots Itself In Foot Over Illegal Downloads

Music Industry Shoots Itself In Foot Over Illegal Downloads

So, perhaps the music industry should take a long hard look at itself. Always moaning about the widespread availability of illegal downloads online, and wondering why piracy continues to persist, well here's one possible reason why that's the case – apparently, most people don't have the option of downloading content legally online anyway. At least, that's the findings of a recent report by the Mercatus Center think tank, which analyzed the weekly top ten most pirated media on file-sharing site TorrentFreak, before comparing this with the availability of said media from legal sources online, and publishing its results on Piracydata.org. Their findings... more »
How To Break Free From Google's Latest Privacy Intrusion: "Shared Endorsements"

How To Break Free From Google's Latest Privacy Intrusion: "Shared Endorsements"

If you missed Google's quiet announcement last Friday, when it posted an update to its Terms of Service related to its online ad campaigns, well, you'll probably be in for a bit of a shock when your photo and name starts showing up in adverts scattered across the web. Under the new ToS, the search engine giant will be able to display so-called 'endorsements' from Google+ users in its search result adverts and "other promotional contexts," it says. What this means is that, anyone who has previously provided a review of products, stores, hotels and restaurants etc., could soon see their... more »
Ada Lovelace Day: A Proud Legacy for Coders

Ada Lovelace Day: A Proud Legacy for Coders

Computers have one feature in common from the first engines of computation to the most modern quantum models: they’re all built to permit customization to task. Computers are programmable--either in hardware or software--and this is what makes them the versatile central technology of computation that makes them the “brain.” As a result, computers science and engineering collapses into the art of programming and the craft of the developer. Today is Ada Lovelace day and she is widely, and proudly, pronounced as the first programmer. Her instrumental connection to Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine begins a proud legacy for developers that can be... more »
Rejoice Women in Science During Ada Lovelace Day with Wikipedia ‘Edit-a-Thons’

Rejoice Women in Science During Ada Lovelace Day with Wikipedia ‘Edit-a-Thons’

Today marks the Ada Lovelace Day, a tribute to the British Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, known as Ada Lovelace, and recognized for being the first person to create an algorithm intended to be processed by a machine, that is, the first computer programmer in history. The celebration aims to highlight women who have contributed to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Initiated five years ago, the Ada Lovelace Day is about sharing stories and raising the achievements of women in STEM. Are you interested in doing something special for Ada Lovelace day? How about spending some... more »
Ex-Valve Engineer Launches Kickstarter for CastAR, Augmented Reality Glasses

Ex-Valve Engineer Launches Kickstarter for CastAR, Augmented Reality Glasses

It is true that there are many augmented reality projects, but the question is: do any advanced, practical augmented reality platforms exist today? The answer may be CastAR, a platform developed by none other than Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, two former Valve developers. Valve has never hidden its intention to seek to create new game controllers, the proof is with the recently unveiled Steam Controller, touchpads and SteamOS. At the beginning of the year, Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, started working on the creation of a prototype augmented reality system for Valve. The project did not please Valve, and it... 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.