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3 Ways Fashion Makes Tech More Curious for Girls

3 Ways Fashion Makes Tech More Curious for Girls

The fashion world is often considered a female-dominated industry, while the tech world seems most appealing to males.  That view may seem sexist, but it's the prevailing stereotype of the day. Only now, the line between the two is dissipating as fashion and technology find themselves irreversibly intertwined, bridging two distinct industries in unimaginable ways.  While females are still fewer in count than male counterparts within the tech sector, the growing influence of technology in retail and fashion design could very well encourage girls to study engineering, mathematics and other fields in science. Why many girls avoid tech as a career... more »
Apache CloudStack 4.2.0 Brings Open Source Compute, Storage and Networking Cloud Platform in One

Apache CloudStack 4.2.0 Brings Open Source Compute, Storage and Networking Cloud Platform in One

The open-source Apache Foundation announced the release of Apache CloudStack 4.2.0, a scaling construct for the cloud platform. The Apache CloudStack 4.2.0 cloud platform delivers across the board improvements for the cloud computing platform and is the third for the open-source project since it became part of the Apache Software Foundation in November of 2012 with its 4.0 release. The free software is written in Java, which is designed to implement and manage large networks of virtual machines, as highly available, fully scalable cloud computing platform. Currently CloudStack is supported by the most popular hypervisor player such as VMware ESX /... more »
Track Your Kids with FiLIP - the Smarwatch for Kids

Track Your Kids with FiLIP - the Smarwatch for Kids

These days, you’ll think nothing of kids below 10 years old tapping on a smartphone.  It’s not their parent’s smartphone, it’s their very own smartphone.  Some see nothing wrong with this as it helps the parents keep tabs on their kids, but on the downside it might make them more interested in playing games on their phones instead of actually engaging in physical activities. For those who don’t see smartphones as the answer to keeping tabs on their kids, then they might consider the FiLIP. FiLIP is a smartwatch directed at kids aged 4 to 11.  This will not only help parents... more »
Scalability + Support Make Splunk a Great Choice, Says Neustar | #splunkconf

Scalability + Support Make Splunk a Great Choice, Says Neustar | #splunkconf

Nathaniel Collinsworth, Media Operations, Neustar, talked about the company's experience building the UltraViolet platform around Splunk with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live from Splunk .conf. UltraViolet is described by Neustar as a cloud-based "digital rights locker" system for consumers, or as Collinsworth explains, "a centralized library platform.The idea is that we can disconnect your assets from your retailer," which prevents the lock-in that usually happens when buying from a certain company. The portability of media entails certain privacy, security, tracking requirements, as Furrier pointed out. Collinsworth agreed, saying that was the basic idea of how the platform works. "For the retailers we... more »
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On the Heels of Acquisition, BlackBerry Unveils Enterprise Cloud Service

BlackBerry, the second dying mobile giant to have been acquired in recent weeks, is under renewed pressure to monetize its patents and multi-billion dollar service business. To this end, the company announced a new cloud-based enterprise mobility management solution that aims to help organizations drive value in the BYOD era. Unveiled at this week’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 event, the service marries device and mobile application management functions with a self-service console that lets users perform certain tasks without the help of an admin. BlackBerry touts that its platform eliminates the complexity associated with deploying on-premise solutions while also simplifying security configuration... more »
Organizations Should Use a Risk-Based Approach to Security | #splunkconf

Organizations Should Use a Risk-Based Approach to Security | #splunkconf

Demetrios Lazarikos, IT Security Strategist & Thought Leader, discussed the evolution of security and the latest trends with theCUBE co-hosts Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante, live from this year's Slunk .conf. "I grew up on the computer," Lazarikos, who had his first computer at age 12, said. He has worked in the US Air Force and then the private sector, focusing on privacy and security. Talking about the views of his early career, Lazarikos commented, "a lot of companies didn't take security seriously back then." It was all about a checklist, part of the standards. "PCI changed that, people started to take security seriously." Starting... more »
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iTunes Radio Beats Pandora Abroad : Apple vs. Spotify + Google

By early 2014, Apple's iTunes Radio is going to expand to both the U.K. and Canada -- before Pandora, according to a Bloomberg report from people with knowledge of the situation. Apple's iTunes Radio will also be expanding to Australia and New Zealand, where Pandora already exists, and is targeting other Nordic countries around that same timeframe. According to the same source, Apple is moving faster than Pandora because it forged agreements for international rights with Vivendi SA (VIV)’s Universal Music Group and other record companies. There is no doubt Apple has an opportunity and the reach to trump other music... more »
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Dell Revives Venue Brand with Four New Tablets

Not to be outdone by Microsoft, Dell has unveiled a new line of Venue Tablets that offer greater flexibility at a lower price point than the Surface Pro 2. The crown jewel of the product family is the Dell Venue 11 Pro, a multi-purpose Windows device that gives customers a choice between cost-efficiency and performance. At $500, the cheapest model comes with an Intel Bay Trail processor and 2 gigabytes of RAM. What it lacks in horsepower it more than makes up for in mobility, weighing only 1.57 pounds with a 10-hour battery. Customers who are more keen on performance can... more »
iTunes Radio Prepping to Go Abroad as Beats Music Gears Up for Launch

iTunes Radio Prepping to Go Abroad as Beats Music Gears Up for Launch

The launch of iOS 7 gave birth to Apple’s own music streaming service.  Though it’s something music-loving fanbois are quite excited about, only those in the US are enjoying the service for now.  But that may soon change. According to reports, Apple will be launching iTunes Radio in the UK and Canada by early 2014, which will place it far ahead of Pandora, its number one contender in the music streaming business. Pandora is already available in Australia and New Zealand, and Apple plans to invade those two countries early next year.  By making  iTunes Radio available in the UK and Canada... more »
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Adobe Source Code Hack Presents Serious Risk To Enterprise Customers

Last week's highly publicized theft of source code from a number of Adobe products, including its popular Acrobat and Cold Fusion tools, poses a serious threat to the thousands of enterprises around the world that have the company's products installed on their computers. Adobe's Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin wrote a detailed blog post admitting the security breach last week, describing the attacks against Adobe's network as "sophisticated," adding that they involved "the illegal access of customer information, as well as source code for numerous Adobe products". As well as the source code, the credit card records of some 2.9 million customers... 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.