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Using Splunk to Do Stuff It's Not Supposed to Do | #splunkconf

Using Splunk to Do Stuff It's Not Supposed to Do | #splunkconf

"Saving the best for last" at Splunk.conf 2013 in Las Vegas, our program hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante invited Shawn Rogers to theCUBE, to talk about the newest releases from Splunk, the trends, while also recapping the whole event. Shawn Rogers is the Vice President of Research, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing with Enterprise Management Associates and has more than 20 years of IT experience, with a focus on Internet-enabled technology. He is passionate about analytics, social media, business intelligence, cloud, Big Data, collaboration and open source. His interview revealed that he was pretty sold on Splunk 6, but it touched... more »
Nexus 5 Leaked Service Manual Unveils Specs, Chips + More

Nexus 5 Leaked Service Manual Unveils Specs, Chips + More

Here’s a treat for Google fans: leaked specs of the upcoming Nexus 5. In the past weeks, there have been rumors that Google is gearing up to reveal the next Nexus smartphone in time for the holiday season and with that, the Moto X, the Google-Motorola flagship smartphone, is rumored to get a huge price drop to make way for the said Nexus device. Previous reports suggested that the Nexus 5 will have a 5” 1080p HD display, octa-core processor running at up to 2.3GHz, a 13MP rear camera, 3GB of RAM, and will be the launch device for the Android 4.4... more »
Top Tips to Keep Your iPhone Battery From Dying

Top Tips to Keep Your iPhone Battery From Dying

Smartphones are getting more powerful which means there are more things they can do, plus the graphics make it hard for us to stop playing games or watching videos on the damn things.  The only downside is, with all this extra power and functionality, even if the battery gets bigger, it seems like your smartphone never has enough juice to last you the whole day. Even if you leave the house with 100 percent battery, there’s a good chance that you’ll be coming home with just enough juice to get to your charger without it dying, or more likely it's already... more »
Why We Must Future-Proof Developer Woes for Intelligent Machines + Automated Operations [Part 1]

Why We Must Future-Proof Developer Woes for Intelligent Machines + Automated Operations [Part 1]

The challenges for software developers   Connectivity and big data are remaking the industrial world. Who knew that an aircraft engine could detect issues before it causes downtime; or that a wind turbine could alert the on-ground field technician what needs to be fixed or looked at without having to climb up to perform a diagnostic inspection; or that a busy hospital could predict capacity bottlenecks and improve patient flow. Advances in both technology and business models continue to drive the next wave of productivity and efficiency gains across the industrial sector. Software developers building these next-generation machine-centric Industrial Internet solutions face a... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: From AWS to Mainframes

Weekly Big Data Review: From AWS to Mainframes

It’s been a big week for NoSQL. MongoDB, the company behind the hugely popular document-oriented database of the same name, raised $150 million from Intel Capital, Salesforce.com and other bigname investors. The round not only brings the company’s total funding to $231 million, the most any Big Data vendor has raised to date, but also makes it the highest valued startup in New York. MongoDB CEO Max Schireson said that his company will use the capital to scale its global presence, make partners in new industries, and hire 300 new workers over the course of the next 12 months. MongoDB announced its... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: Funding and DaaS

Netskope exited stealth mode this week with $21 million in fresh capital and a radically new approach to taming the growing phenomenon of shadow IT. The ambitious startup offers a subscription-based analytics service that aims to provide enterprises with the insights they need to identify and control the unauthorized use of cloud services. Netskope’s offering includes a database of more than 2,600 apps that have been assessed based on 30 “objective criteria” such as security, auditability and disaster recovery capabilities. The platform empowers admins to deploy the services that best meet their organizations’ requirement, enforce policies, and keep tabs on user... more »
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Weekly Security Review: Adobe Hacked, Silk Road Sacked

It’s been an eventful week in the cybersecurity space, especially for Adobe and its customers. In one of the largest and most sophisticated cyber attacks in recent memory, hackers compromised the software maker’s corporate network and got away with the personal information of as many as 2.9 million customers. Adobe chief security officer Brad Arkin disclosed in a blog post that the stolen data includes names, encrypted credit and debit card numbers and expiration dates. Besides user information, the hackers also obtained the source code for three of the company’s products: Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder. SiliconANGLE cybersecurity editor John Casaretto... more »
How Faster, Smarter and Cleaner iOS 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design

How Faster, Smarter and Cleaner iOS 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design

Apple recently announced iOS 7 and with it a completely redesigned stunning new user interface for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users.  iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri, and iTune Radio.  In addition, iOS 7 has been engineered with deep technical and design integration with both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device. Building it faster Aside from massive changes, enhancing almost everything about user experience and... more »
IBM Lands Cloud Infrastructure Deal with Top European Hosting Provider

IBM Lands Cloud Infrastructure Deal with Top European Hosting Provider

IBM announced on Thursday that it has beat out Dell for a lucrative infrastructure deal with Avalon, a leading hosting provider that manages more than 16,000 websites across Europe. Established in 1997, the Croatian firm offers monitoring, online collaboration, email and other services to organizations in a wide range of segments from healthcare to telecommunications. In an initiative to consolidate its infrastructure and accommodate future growth, Avalon implemented a hybrid cloud architecture using IBM System x3550 and x3650 servers. The company also upgraded its network environment to support over 1,000 fiber optic connections across three geographically separated routes. “The IBM solution was... more »
Twitter Timeline : From Jack to IPO

Twitter Timeline : From Jack to IPO

Microblogging service Twitter is going public and no one can stop it.  In the process of filing for an IPO, Twitter's obligated to release some facts and figures that may otherwise have never been released as official metrics from the mobile platform. We now know that Twitter’s revenue for 2012 was at $316.9 million, and that amount is expected to be surpassed this year, given that its revenue for the first half of 2013 has already reached $253 million. The social network is looking to raise $1 billion when it goes public, money that will be used to expand Twitter in terms... 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.