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Companies Who Don't Use Data Are at a Disadvantage : Exclusive Hadoop Summit Coverage

Companies Who Don't Use Data Are at a Disadvantage : Exclusive Hadoop Summit Coverage

Sanjay Mathur, Founder and CEO of Silicon Valley Data Science, discussed data driven businesses and recently launched Silicon Valley Data Science plans live with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the recently concluded 2013 Hadoop Summit. Silicon Valley Data Science is striving to bring together a team of engineers, data scientists and platform experts in order to "solve problems for data oriented companies," Mathur explained. The company's current team has deep background in both data science and engineering, having brought together people from companies as Accenture and Walmart. The main purpose is to create a team of experts that can... more »
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This Week in Storage: Xbox Music, the Cloud and Boxee

Last week was a short week for Americans, so we held off the 'This week in storage' until Monday so you can get caught up. We hope that you had a great Fourth of July and there were no fireworks accidents. Last week's storage news consisted of a strong focus on the cloud from Xbox, NetApp, Netflix, Hadoop and Boxee. Trends are starting to emerge in cloud storage. The demand from the enterprise along with the growing question of "what does this mean to my data" are two big ones. Who owns what is a track that is going to be... more »
Printing UAVs & Solar Drone Crosses the Continent - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Printing UAVs & Solar Drone Crosses the Continent - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Printers & The Geeks Who Love Them   A new kit for 3D printers allows users to turn almost anything into an unmanned aerial vehicle. The Drone-it-Yourself kit was developed by Jasper van Loenen, an independent designer working in interactive art, and aside from a central control unit, the entire project can be recreated using a standard 3D printer. The simple design consists of four vice-like clamps which latch onto the edges of any flat object, and house both the motors and accompanying rotary blades. Though the motors aren’t particularly powerful, various demonstrations of flying telephones, books and bicycle wheels gave the drone-it-yourself... more »
iOS 7 Looks to Rip Off Android Again with 'Offline Dictation' Feature

iOS 7 Looks to Rip Off Android Again with 'Offline Dictation' Feature

Using an iOS device?  If yes, then it's probably safe to say that you aren't too fond of the long loading times that you have to suffer whenever you use the voice input feature. Fortunately, one of iOS users' pet peeves might soon be resolved, as Apple is said to be testing an offline dictation tool that will eliminate loading times altogether. At present, when you use voice input in your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, the device uploads your speech to the cloud where Apple's software can convert this to text.  This results in long turnover times, errors, and even... more »
What Chance a Nikon Smartphone?

What Chance a Nikon Smartphone?

More than a few consumers these days are content to give up on the idea of buying a camera, instead settling for whatever happens to be built into their smartphones, especially now that the quality of these optics has improved immeasurably in recent years. From the consumer's perspective, it's cost-efficient and convenient, as it only means carrying one device arounnd with them. But for the companies that build the cameras, it's becoming a problem. To that end, Nikon is said to be creating a new division that'll be charged with creating a new kind of camera that's “competitive” with smartphone optics.... more »
Will Apple Follow in the Footsteps of BlackBerry?

Will Apple Follow in the Footsteps of BlackBerry?

BlackBerry earned approximately $40 per subscriber as of June 1, down from $886 three years ago. SiliconANGLE Senior Managing Editor Kristen Nicole commented on this sharp decline and addressed the possibility that Apple might meet a similar fate in a recent Q&A with NewsDesk host Kristin Feledy. In Kristen’s view, the drop in value that BlackBerry recorded last quarter is merely the latest reminder of its rapid decline. She found it more notable that the phonemaker reached its peak in the US two years before it achieved it internationally, an indicator that she believes reflects the overall strength of the domestic... more »
Facebook Graph Search Rolling Out to US English Users Today

Facebook Graph Search Rolling Out to US English Users Today

If you didn’t volunteer to be one of the first to try out Facebook Graph Search when it was introduced last January, you no longer have to sign up for anything as Facebook is finally rolling out the feature to everyone starting today.  All users who have their Facebook profile set to US English will start receiving the update today.  If not, you might wait a little bit longer, or else you can still join the waiting list (and see a preview) here. When Graph Search was first introduced, users could no longer see a white search bar as it was... more »
LIVE: Motorola + NSA | Sit In Trees, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

LIVE: Motorola + NSA | Sit In Trees, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Monday July 8, 2013. Is Motorola in cahoots with the NSA? A recent discovery by a security engineer may hold the answer to this question. Joining us now to reveal details surrounding a privacy breach that may be affecting you is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. Beneath the Waves writer and security engineer Ben Lincoln recently wrote about a disturbing new discovery on the Motorola Droid X2 smartphone. In his editorial Lincoln claims that Motorola is silently collecting personal info including passwords, GPS data from photos, email addresses, and usernames just to name a few. Along with silently sending... more »
Don't Stuff your Big Data in a Woman's Handbag

Don't Stuff your Big Data in a Woman's Handbag

All kinds of businesses are looking to get into the Big Data game, but a worryingly high number of them are doing so without fully understanding what they're getting themselves into. It's one thing to collect and store masses and masses of data, but doing so is only half the battle – companies also need to optimize their stored data correctly in order to make the most of it, and this is where numerous firms have fallen flat on their face. A new report, produced by Inbox Insight, Computacenter and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), reveals that nearly 60% of European organizations... more »
Samsung and SK Take Aim at Apple with Licensing Agreement

Samsung and SK Take Aim at Apple with Licensing Agreement

Samsung and SK Hynix, two of the largest memory chip manufacturers in the world, recently entered a cross-licensing agreement that will have broad implications beyond the realm of copyright law. SiliconANGLE Senior Managing Editor Kristen Nicole provided her insights into the unexpected alliance in an interview with News Desk host Kristin Feledy. According to Kristen, the newly announced pact will enable the South Korean rivals to resolve their back-and-forth legal conflict and free up more resources for innovation. The deal was unanticipated, she notes, but it didn’t come as too big of a surprise in light of the current industry climate. Kristen... 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.