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Weekly Big Data Review: Converged Analytics, Mobile Metrics Dominate Headlines

Weekly Big Data Review: Converged Analytics, Mobile Metrics Dominate Headlines

Several notable Big Data developments cropped up this week. GridGain raised funding for its in-memory analytics solution, Cisco and NetApp expanded their FlexPod portfolio with two Hadoop systems, and App Annie released the latest version of its application performance tracking tool. IBM also put itself into the limelight with a new PowerLinux server that combines the best of Watson and open-source database software. GridGain kicked off the week with a $10 Million Series B funding round led by Almazl. The firm said that it will use the capital to accelerate the development of its flagship in-memory analytics offering, which consists of... more »
This Week in Storage: Hyperconvergence, Flash + Next-Gen Optical Disc

This Week in Storage: Hyperconvergence, Flash + Next-Gen Optical Disc

Storage this week pretty much covered the gamut of the entire industry, from hyper-convergence to optical discs that blow Blu-Ray out of the water, it had a taste of all of the delicacies emerging technology has to offer.  Here's a recap of this week's top stories and news developments in the storage place.  Enjoy! Hyperconvergence: the Next Tidal Wave in IT Infrastructure . Organizations have traditionally acquired the biggest servers, storage and networking equipment money could buy, all to get the best performance and capabilities. But with virtualization now making its way into the enterprise, these traditional solutions are no longer enough. Enter... more »
What Does Self-Publishing on the Xbox One Mean for Indie Developers?

What Does Self-Publishing on the Xbox One Mean for Indie Developers?

Microsoft did it again. The company pulled a 180 degree stance on one of its policies, allowing small developers to self-publish their games on the new Xbox One console without a publisher. First, Microsoft was criticized from all corners of the industry following their DRM policies, which were then quickly revoked. Then, Microsoft stopped self-publishing of games from independent developers; but after confirmation from Sony that Sony will allow self-publishing on PS4, game developers became quite vocal slamming Microsoft’s decision. But then Microsoft later confirmed self-publishing on Xbox One and said that every game and experience can take advantage of all of... more »
Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes Vs Women in Video Games Part 3 Talks About Gender Roles in Games

Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes Vs Women in Video Games Part 3 Talks About Gender Roles in Games

The third video in Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series is out and she speaks in this one primarily about the role that gender generally takes in games and how the video game industry is doing a poor job of “growing out of” the last century. This is the third in a series that her original Kickstarter and the resulting backlash led her to produce. As usual, her videos are focused on the portrayal of women in video games and how, in general, women do not have a strong or bold role in many. In her critical examination... more »
Giving Never Felt So Tweetable: tinyGive's Big Fundraising Solution

Giving Never Felt So Tweetable: tinyGive's Big Fundraising Solution

Everyday charitable organizations are missing out on big funding opportunities online. In our digitally connected world, micro-donations and social media have forever changed fundraising strategies. At the same time, smartphones (now natural extensions of ourselves), are used to pay bills and share everything we experience. In this climate, tinyGive’s co-founders thought it was time to create a platform that made giving to charity as simple as sending a tweet from a smartphone. tinyGive harnesses the convenience of Twitter and innate human altruism to make giving and receiving donations quicker and more efficient. In this regard, tinyGive addresses an important void... more »
SmartWorld Roundup: Chromecast, New Smart Home Gadgets + Apps

SmartWorld Roundup: Chromecast, New Smart Home Gadgets + Apps

In this week’s SmartWorld Series, we covered everything from smart solutions for home entertainment, and apps and gadgets that would help you achieve the best version of yourself.  Here's a recap of the latest trends in smart apps for the home, health and fitness, as well as recent developments in the self-quantified movement. How Google + Others are Building a New Brain for Your Home   Google launched Chromecast, a USB key-like device that would allow you to stream online content to your TV and be controlled by your Android, iOS, OS X, Windows, or Chrome OS device while Revolv managed to make... more »
Kofax Picks Up Kapow to Bolster Enterprise Portfolio

Kofax Picks Up Kapow to Bolster Enterprise Portfolio

Kofax, a leading provider of enterprise process automation and content management solutions, has acquired Kapow Software for $47.5 million in cash. The data integration firm will continue to operate independently under the leadership of John Yapaola. Kapow’s flagship solution is Katalyst, a near real time application integration framework. The platform features a simplified graphic interface that enables users to manage APIs without doing any coding, and sports a tool that delivers API-level functionality where none is available. It achieves this by wrapping an interface around web applications’ presentation layer. Kofax will utilize Kapow’s technology to bolster its smart process application lineup with... more »
The Future of Ecommerce With Web 3.0

The Future of Ecommerce With Web 3.0

The internet continues to evolve and as such, new retail business strategies are constantly being developed that take advantage of internet technology. In the first two evolutionary phases of the internet, most retail strategies chased technology; however, as the internet has firmly established itself as an integral part of retail business marketing and sales success, a much more proactive approach is being taken by ecommerce business strategists. Developers who once waited for trends are now creating internet technologies instead. The enormous customer base created by social media has been realized and now the next evolutionary phase of internet, Web 3.0, is... more »
A Deeper Look into Data-Driven Advertising: If you can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em

A Deeper Look into Data-Driven Advertising: If you can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em

Traditional advertising agencies are fighting an uphill battle against Google and Facebook. Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group, two of the largest ad agencies in the world, recently announced that they will merge in a move that analysts view as an attempt to even the playing field. Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly outlined the trends that are reshaping the ad industry in recent piece entitled “Advertising Agencies Must Adapt to Big Data or Die Trying.” The way Jeff sees it, the likes of Publicis and Omnicom have no other choice than to scale operations and abandon the traditional one-to-many model. “In order... more »
Moto X [Official] vs. iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 + HTC One

Moto X [Official] vs. iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 + HTC One

Google and Motorola have finally lifted the veil on their latest flagship smartphone the Motorola Moto X, and people are very interested about this much-hyped device. It’s not because of the technical specifications -- the Moto X doesn’t brings anything new to the table -- but because of its features and customization options.  Unfortunately, though it was rumored that the Moto X will have a lower price than most high-end smartphones in the market, it’s actually priced in the same range.  The customization feature may be what brought about the high price tag.  But if you think about it, the ability... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Red Hat.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended DockerCon 2016 in Seattle. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Docker.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the evolution of PaaS and Container platforms, and evaluates the critical architectural criteria that should be considered by CIOs, Enterprise Architects, Developers and Operational teams.

- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.