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China-US Summit Means Determining the Rules of Cyber-Warfare Engagement

China-US Summit Means Determining the Rules of Cyber-Warfare Engagement

On today's NewsDesk segment we discussed this situation with Chinese cyber-espionage and their sustained campaign again U.S. defense contractors, government agencies, and private industry.  It's a perilous state of affairs to say the least.  I also made the point that we are in a new arms race only that this time around we are not talking about nuclear weapons or missiles, today's arms race is based in cybersecurity, cyberweaponry, and cyberintelligence.  This upcoming week President Obama is scheduled to summit in Palm Springs with Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People's... more »
JavaScript Developers Are "Eclectic" People : Must Be Web Platform Savvy   #FluentConf Highlights

JavaScript Developers Are "Eclectic" People : Must Be Web Platform Savvy #FluentConf Highlights

Peter Cooper, Founder of Cooper Press, discussed the highlights of this year's O'Reilly Fluent Conference, major trends and next year's plans with theCube co-hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick. "We've gone to being more about the web platforms and less about pure JavaScript," Cooper said, commenting on the evolution of the Fluent conference. There is more focus on things that are tied together with JavaScript, making room for talks about gaming and other directions where JavaScript wasn't usually involved. This year, and more so next year, the conference focuses more on web platforms, not just JavaScript.   Discussing the trends of Fluent's first day,... more »
Could Google Glass Secure Better Services in the Future? #fluentconf

Could Google Glass Secure Better Services in the Future? #fluentconf

A very excited Jake Spurlock joined theCube hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick on the second day of Fluent Conference 2013, proudly wearing the Google Glass. He was happily embracing the goofiness of the situation, pointing out that, while it already does some cool things, Google Glass is certainly the future. Frick agreed, predicting that the phone will be the base station of one's life and the reality will definitely be augmented. Google Glass represents the future of what is possible. User expectations are evolving, with Glass, real-time and server-side technology, along with agile and mobile capabilities all hitting the... more »
Big Data Can Never Be Visualized, but Its Baby Brother Can

Big Data Can Never Be Visualized, but Its Baby Brother Can

Irene Ros, Data Visualization & Open Source Senior Developer at Bocoup, discussed data visualization trends and best practices with theCUBE host Jeff Frick, live at the 2013 O'Reilly Fluent Conference. Bocoup does consulting, training, and community development to turn open source into a viable alternative to closed source software, giving it a sustainable future. Ros commented on her conference keynote, initially titled "The ABCs of Data Visualization," which she ultimately changed to "Architecting Better Charts."   Reducing & recycling data, tools "In terms of working with clients, what we found is that we follow a certain pipeline," Ros said.  A lot of time goes into... more »
Fear the Cloud? Helpful Tips for Stifling DevOps Progress in Your Enterprise [Humor]

Fear the Cloud? Helpful Tips for Stifling DevOps Progress in Your Enterprise [Humor]

There’s a lot of talk going around right now about “DevOps,” a so-called marriage of Development and Operations functions. DevOps will change the world, say some, and will supposedly enable enterprises to be more nimble, efficient, and creative. But to get there, those organizations will have to shift mindset, workflow, and in some extreme cases, resources. Is DevOps right for your organization? That depends. Can you handle the change? Does the thought of facilitating rapid development make you break out in hives? When you think streamlining, does a paved riverbed come to mind? Is your job security contingent on preserving operational bottlenecks? If you... more »
HP Announces Comprehensive App Development Solution & Service Set for Enterprises

HP Announces Comprehensive App Development Solution & Service Set for Enterprises

Under the rubric of "Modern Apps for the New Style of IT", HP today announced a comprehensive set of platforms, products, and services designed to facilitate the creation of compelling end-user apps, what HP calls "systems of engagement" as opposed to background "systems of record", terms it attributes to Consultant & Author Geoffrey Moore, founder of Geoffrey Moore Consulting. Dr. Moore was one of several presenters in the live webcast of the announcement. Today apps are one face, in some cases the face, of many companies for their customers and employees. These apps need to be compelling, fun to use, and... more »
App Development Drives Big Growth in Big Data : Infographic

App Development Drives Big Growth in Big Data : Infographic

Big Data is NOW.  It is not something that will benefit the enterprise in the future it’s already benefiting it today.  From the energy to healthcare industries, airline and finance, Big Data is helping people figure out what to do with huge amounts of information in order to benefit their respective sectors. And all this has been possible via emerging technologies such as Hadoop that has enabled big companies to get a piece of the Big Data action. Wikibon, the first analyst firm to publish  a comprehensive Big Data market report, has been a strong believer in Big Data from the very... more »
Why DevOps Trump Traditional Ops: A Rebel Labs' Report Lets Us Know

Why DevOps Trump Traditional Ops: A Rebel Labs' Report Lets Us Know

Is DevOps more effective and efficient compared to traditional operations?  Rebel Labs seem to think so and it has a compelling report that backs up its claims. According to Rebel Labs’  IT Ops & DevOps Productivity Report 2013 – Tools, Methodologies and People report, DevOps is the key initiative that delivers much benefits to engineers, managers, and businesses. Rebel Labs conducted a survey that involves over 600 IT professionals and asked them about which activities consume their work weeks, why failures happen and how teams recover, which tools & technologies they use and ask whether teams are truly in control of their... more »
Could Chinese Hacks End the Open Internet? - Breaking Analysis

Could Chinese Hacks End the Open Internet? - Breaking Analysis

Reports from earlier this week revealed that US Military technologies and and weapon systems were infiltrated by Chinese hackers.  The news was confirmed by a US Official and confirmed the list of weapons and technologies that have been compromised. The weapon systems hacked includes the stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft program, the most expensive weapons program in history whose breach was previously reported; the Global Hawk long-range surveillance drone; aspects of the Patriot missile system; the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship and Black Hawk helicopters.  As for the technologies, the cyber criminals extracted information regarding nanotechnology, directed energy, space surveillance telescopes,... more »
Pure Storage FlashArray 400 Cracks All-Flash Marketplace but Competition is Imminent

Pure Storage FlashArray 400 Cracks All-Flash Marketplace but Competition is Imminent

Pure Storage announced that it has started shipping FlashArray 400, the latest iteration of its flagship storage system. The array sports double the performance of the preceding model, new data protection capabilities and enhanced support for third party software. FlashArray 400 delivers up to 100 terabytes of usable storage capacity and as much as 400,000 8K IOPs with Intel’s latest 8-core Sandy Bridge processor. Pure Storage says that unlike more traditional alternatives, its platform is optimized to perform smoothly across all IO sizes including 512byte to 128K and beyond. FlashArray features a number of software improvements as well, most notably non-disruptive maintenance.... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.