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Igniting New Levels of Industrial Performance : More Intelligent Machines + Automated Operations: Part 2

Igniting New Levels of Industrial Performance : More Intelligent Machines + Automated Operations: Part 2

Machine apps and software-defined machines   In my last blog, I discussed some of the challenges software developers face in building next-generation machine-centric Industrial Internet solutions as well as how the industrial sector can increasingly leverage interoperability to drive value. Here’s a look at how machine apps and software-defined machines (SDM)—concepts that GE introduced—can advance software for the connected devices landscape.   . Machine apps Just as consumer apps allow consumers to easily add or improve discrete functionality by downloading or updating a wide variety of third-party apps on their smartphones, industrial machine apps abstract the complexity of developing machine software. How? By providing a standard... more »
Facebook, Google + 2 More Brands Commercializing IT for the Masses

Facebook, Google + 2 More Brands Commercializing IT for the Masses

Facebook's fresh acquisition of Onavo is the network's latest step towards boosting web access for its most prized target - you.  It's another example of how Facebook, a consumer service, is investing in the underlying technology that connects you to the web, ultimately ensuring its connection to you as a user. It makes sense that Facebook would be interested in the business of consumer IT, especially in the mobile sector where the social networking giant is still building its user base in developing countries.  But it's not the only consumer-facing company that's interested in connecting users.  From Google to Amazon, and... more »
US Army Building TALOS: Real-Life Ironman Armor To Give Troops "Superhuman Strength"

US Army Building TALOS: Real-Life Ironman Armor To Give Troops "Superhuman Strength"

Wouldn't you just love to get your hands on a high-tech armored suit that makes you nearly invincible, à la Tony Stark in the "Ironman" movie? Well, that kind of super-power might still be some way off, but the dream has gotten one step closer, so long as you happen to be in the US Army. According to reports, military chiefs have just commissioned a program to create a 'Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit' (TALOS) for its soldiers of fortune, with the promise of "superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection". Sounds amazing right? And that's because it really is – some... more »
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Wipro’s Nitin Narkhede Talks Megatrends at Splunk.conf 2013

Nitin Narkhede, the general manager of Wipro’s Emerging Technologies and Innovation group, appeared on theCUBE with Wikibon chief analyst Dave Vellante at the recently concluded Splunk.conf 2013 summit to share his take on the technology trends that are reshaping corporate IT. Starting with a little background on his company, Narkhede highlights that Wipro is a global system integrator with more than 145,000 employees and 900 enterprise-scale customers worldwide. His unit is responsible for identifying emerging technologies that can help the company enhance its services lineup and break into new industries. For the last four years, Wipro has been working to grow its... more »
Netflix : 3 Roadblocks to Cable + Set-Top Box Apps

Netflix : 3 Roadblocks to Cable + Set-Top Box Apps

As if it weren't already easy enough to watch movies on Netflix, the popular movie rental service, is said to be in talks with top U.S. cable operators with regards to allowing its online service to appear as an app on set-top devices. It's a tough nut to crack, but Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T and Verizon are said to be considering Netflix’s offering.  The deal will allow cable subscribers to watch programming on demand, older shows that are no longer available in networks offered by the cable operator, and even serve as the go-to place for network blackouts. New set-top boxes... more »
Breaking Analysis : Facebook + Onavo Boosts Web Power, Mobile IaaS

Breaking Analysis : Facebook + Onavo Boosts Web Power, Mobile IaaS

Can a social networking giant break free from the norm and deliver more than just check-ins to consumers? Facebook's acquisition of Onavo is certainly a step in that direction, boosting the infrastructure demands currently limiting some users from readily accessing the web.  As smartphones, tablets and other connected devices take over, Facebook could have a vested interest in helping end users stay connected.  Infrastructure-as-a-Service has become big business for the enterprise, but can Facebook help revolutionize the consumer market around IT products and services?   In a IDC report released last September, it was predicted that the worldwide smart connected device market... more »
Google Chrome Flaw Leaves Passwords, Credit Cards & Bank Details Exposed

Google Chrome Flaw Leaves Passwords, Credit Cards & Bank Details Exposed

With its minimalistic design and its lightening-fast loading times, its little wonder that Google Chrome is the web browser of choice for 40.8% of internet users, according to the latest data from StatCounter. But while people love the fact that Chrome usually works without a hitch, could it be that the world's favorite web browser is leaves something to be desired when it comes to keeping your data secure? That's what the security folks at Identity Finder seem to think. The research firm has just published a blog post highlighting a number of security flaws in Google Chrome that could give... more »
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JouleBug Founder on Fostering Sustainable Behavior with Analytics @ Splunk.conf 2013

JouleBug offers a free iOS application that encourages users to conserve energy while providing decision makers with the insights they need to drive down overheads. Founder Grant Williard stopped by theCUBE during Splunk.conf 2013 to discuss how his startup is utilizing analytics and gamification to kill two birds with one stone. JouleBug rewards sustainable actions with points and badges that individuals can post to a leaderboard for their peers to see. The company is driving personal sustainability through social sharing, Williard explains, a unique approach that is benefiting from the proliferation of connected devices. Focusing on Nest’s self-tuning thermostat, a particularly popular... more »
Netflix in Talks with US Cable Operators, Service Could be Available on New Set-top Boxes

Netflix in Talks with US Cable Operators, Service Could be Available on New Set-top Boxes

Netflix is said to be in talks with top U.S. cable operators with regards to allowing its online service to appear as an app on set-top devices. Though a partnership between cable operators and streaming services is something cable providers used to frown upon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T and Verizon are said to be considering Netflix’s offering.  The deal will allow cable subscribers to watch programming on demand, older shows that are no longer available in networks offered by the cable operator, and even serve as the go-to place for network blackouts. If the deal pushes forward, it will be the... more »
Internet of Things Review: Mobility Takes Center Stage

Internet of Things Review: Mobility Takes Center Stage

Seeking to reduce its dependence on the rapidly shrinking PC market, Intel is rolling out new Atom chips that can be used to power anything from the networked machinery that GE is eyeing to smart home appliances. Ton Steenman, the head of the chip maker’s Intelligent Systems Group, revealed during a press conference held earlier this week that the next generation Atom processors have a wider operating temperature range, which makes them suitable for use in a broader spectrum of connected devices. The upcoming lineup also features “integrated security” courtesy of Wind River and McAfee, which Intel acquired in 2011 for... 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.