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Microsoft Puts Windows 8.1 to the Test with $100,000 Bounty

Microsoft Puts Windows 8.1 to the Test with $100,000 Bounty

The news of Windows 8.1 availability has sparked interest across the world.  We have a nice breakdown of what you will find in the latest release.  Many people are interested in what comes next from the software giant – everyone from retailers, to consumers, to the enterprise.  Make no mistake about it, hackers are watching too.   Those nefarious parties that write code to exploit systems are surely interested in not only the features, but what vulnerabilities arise from the latest OS.  Those vulnerabilities allow them to write code and malware to exploit weaknesses that are subsequently sold on the black... more »
Replacing Dope with Data : One Athlete Sets Out to Reform Sports | #hadoopsummit

Replacing Dope with Data : One Athlete Sets Out to Reform Sports | #hadoopsummit

Often describing theCUBE as "the ESPN of tech", co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante are engaging "tech athletes" in lively conversations at Hadoop Summit this week, broadcasting live from the San Jose event. After countless interviews with these "tech athletes," theCUBE managed to welcome an actual athlete, Sky Christopherson, former cyclist and current entrepreneur. Sky Christopherson talked a bit about his career, from the early days to his more recent accomplishments. Called a ''Wunderkind'' by The New York Times, Sky broke a world record by training with a ''digital health'' program. All the more impressive, given the previous record holder received a... more »
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Platfora CEO Discusses Innovation in Business Insight and Company Growth

Ben Werther CEO of Platfora joins John Furrier and Dave Vellante in theCUBE for their ongoing coverage of Hadoop Summit. The three discuss Platfora's innovation in business insight and corporate growth. Vellante notes that many companies have not been able to derive the value promised from business insight. He asks Werther what gives him the confidence that Platforma can live up to the often unfulfilled promise. Werther suggest that there are naysayers that ask how will you leverage the existing strategies. He believes in shifting the discussion to “talk about the kinds of things you’re trying to answer and the different... more »
Hadoop Is Enterprise-Ready + Delivers Value, says Cloudera | #hadoopsummit

Hadoop Is Enterprise-Ready + Delivers Value, says Cloudera | #hadoopsummit

Charles Zedlewski, Vice President, Products, Cloudera, discussed the current state of Hadoop, the company's contributions to the industry, and the concept of enterprise-grade Hadoop in the Big Data space with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the 2013 Hadoop Summit in San Jose today. Talking about the current state of Hadoop, Zedlewski said "it's a market category, a new kind of platform, an incredible set of stories about how this technology is changing businesses" that you read about in the news, it's an exciting time. People's minds are starting to change about what it's going to do, where it's... more »
New Sqrrl CEO Discusses Security and Business Strategy

New Sqrrl CEO Discusses Security and Business Strategy

Mark Terenzoni, CEO of Sqrrl, joins John Furrier and Dave Vellante in theCUBE for their ongoing coverage of Hadoop Summit. sqrrl builds software for Apache Accumulo and enables the development of secure, real-time applications that leverage big data. The three discuss security and Sqrrl’s business strategy. Vellante observes that there is significantly greater awareness of security in the industry and asks how Sqrrrl architects security. Terenzoni states that security is not a bolt on. He explains,“You can’t at some point decide you want to be secure and try to bolt it on.” We’ve built the ecosystem to allow it to interface and... more »
Cisco Live Touts SDN + Internet of Things : Blue Sky Marketing?

Cisco Live Touts SDN + Internet of Things : Blue Sky Marketing?

Cisco Live 2013 has wrapped up and there were a few exciting announcements made. Cisco announced that within the next 12 months, it will support software-defined networking across its entire portfolio starting from its two new routers, the ISR 4451-AX which is a high-performance branch platform that offers up to 2Gbps of forward performance with native WAN optimization and will be released immediately, and the ASR 1000-AX WAN, an edge router that integrates Application Visibility and Control and AppNav capabilities with virtual wide area application services, will be released next month and will both be made compatible with Cisco’s Open Network... more »
Hadapt Wants to Replace Traditional Data Warehouses with Hadoop : the OS for Big Data | #hadoopsummit

Hadapt Wants to Replace Traditional Data Warehouses with Hadoop : the OS for Big Data | #hadoopsummit

Scott Howser, Vice President of Marketing, discussed the uniqueness of Hadapt in the Hadoop space where their approach to data and SQL queries is concerned, with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the 2013 Hadoop Summit. One of the key differentiators for Hadapt is its "focus on building a real relational engine," Howser explained, with indexing and all the benefits of SQL, along with search capabilities, which the company has been offering for over a year. Searching Hadoop is a specialty   Asked what was special about search in Hadoop, Howser said that "one of the most unique things of search is... more »
Tresata CEO and Founder On Revolutionizing the Information Arms Race #HadoopSummit

Tresata CEO and Founder On Revolutionizing the Information Arms Race #HadoopSummit

In theCUBE’s ongoing coverage of Hadoop Summit 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with CEO and Founder of Tresata, Abhishek Mehta. The three discuss Tresata business strategy, new trends in big data analytics and growing opportunities for emerging businesses with a stake in the “information arms race” among Amazon, Facebook and Google. Mehta says that one of the biggest industry shifts since founding Tresata is a widespread understanding and appreciation of big data. He notes that in 2011 big data had more skeptics than believers. Now, he argues, there is no question that “big data is here to stay and is... more »
This Gmail Snoop Tells the Worth + Secureness of Your Most Precious Data

This Gmail Snoop Tells the Worth + Secureness of Your Most Precious Data

Have you ever wondered how much your online account is worth to a hacker?  If so, then this article is for you.  Though there's dozens of web-based services that conveniently store your data, today's focus is on one of the most popular and personal - Gmail. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago developed a tool, Cloudsweeper, for a  study which aims to make people more aware of the importance of keeping their online accounts secured by giving value to your Gmail account by analysing how you reuse passwords and if you store mails containing sensitive information such as passwords... more »
ESRB Revamps New Child Privacy Program for Mobile Apps

ESRB Revamps New Child Privacy Program for Mobile Apps

The mission of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is to provide concise and objective information about the content of video games and applications for consumers, especially parents, to make informed decisions. Mobile devices, especially in relation to mobile games, have become extremely prevalent and this means that children more-than-ever are exposed to not just mobile gaming (and thus social media attached to them) but even payment services and systems. Seeing this could become a controversial issue in mobile gaming, the ESRB has responded to the rapid release cycles of download games on Apple’s App store, Android Marketplace, Xbox Live Marketplace,... 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

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- 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.