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If Mt. Gox Can Change Public Opinion, Bitcoin Market Wins

If Mt. Gox Can Change Public Opinion, Bitcoin Market Wins

Bitcoin used to be a currency you could use almost anonymously, and that has been one of its greatest assets.  Unfortunately, with the Department of Justice’s take down of Liberty Reserve, MT.Gox, the most used Bitcoin exchange market, changed its policy and will now require valid identification for transactions. The government is concerned that exchange markets are being used by cybercriminals or for Black Market transactions, since it’s pretty hard to trace where the money comes from.  By installing verification methods, MT.Gox is making it known that they do not condone money laundering, and it’s willing to go out of its... more »
SuccessFactors Founder Lars Dalgaard Signs Up with Andreessen Horowitz

SuccessFactors Founder Lars Dalgaard Signs Up with Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz snagged SAP’s famed cloud boss to inject more synergy into its investment operations and boost entrepreneurs’ leadership mojo. Ben Horowitz blogged the news on Thursday. Lars Dalgaard has an impressive resume. SAP brought him on board to head its Cloud Business and serve on its Executive Board and Global Managing Board after it acquired SuccessFactors for $3.5 billion, the most anyone ever paid for a software-as-a-service firm. Dalgaard is credited as the mastermind behind the cloud HR vendor: he founded it in 2001, took the reins as CEO and led it to earnings of $364 million in annual revenue. Before... more »
Putting Virustotal to Work with Bro and Splunk

Putting Virustotal to Work with Bro and Splunk

Virustotal, Splunk, and Bro are different tools, but all aimed at monitoring and analyzing swaths of data. While all three tools are good individually, we've come across a decent example of using all these tools together. In a blog post, Keith Tyler told about an experiment using Virustotal's API to search md5's gathered from Bro logs on Splunk to suss out viruses and malware lurking in the network. Tyler does malware analysis on a regular basis and sought to ease the sifting through reams of data seeking these bugs in the system without having to grind through sweat and tears to get... more »
Git 1.8.3 Releases with Better Triangular Work Flow Support

Git 1.8.3 Releases with Better Triangular Work Flow Support

Git is a version control system in the distributed source code management applications category for managing projects. Every Git working directory is a repository with complete history and full change tracking, without a central server or network access. Git is used in the open source scene often as a development platform, including the Linux kernel, Ruby on Rails, or Wine. Unlike the operators of centralized version, the distributed nature of Git enables greater flexibility in how developers collaborate in projects. To ensure the integrity and stability, Git releases version 1.8.3 distributed source control system. Every Git version released so far has... more »
Lars Dalagaard Joins Andressen Horowitz & Pepsi Puts-Out for Likes - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Lars Dalagaard Joins Andressen Horowitz & Pepsi Puts-Out for Likes - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Andressen Horowitz is boosting its investing team today with the addition of Lars Dalagaard as their newest general partner. Dalgaard was the founder of SuccessFactors, a human-capital management software firm that was purchased by S-A-P in 2011 for a whopping $3.5 billion. According to Horowitz, that buyout was “by far the most important acquisition in the history of software as a service.” After deciding to move to the investor side of the entrepreneur equation, Dalagaard considered joining many venture capital organizations. He ultimately decided on Andreesen Horowits after visiting the firm. Dalgaard has niche startup investment interests. When describing the kind of deals... more »
In Europe: If Your IT Startup Fails, You're Done | #fluentconf

In Europe: If Your IT Startup Fails, You're Done | #fluentconf

Ozana Giusca, Founder and Director of Romanian startup Tooliers.com, discussed her company's offering and the differences between the European and the US IT&C market with theCube co-hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick at the O'Reilly Fluent Conference 2013. Giusca stated that there are many skilled developers in Europe, especially in Romania, as there are many great technical schools, but they lack management skills, and this is the issue Tooliers.com addresses. Tooliers products are actually self-diagnosis tests that evaluate the personality of the business, not the individual. Their product looks at 16 different dimensions of the analyzed businesses, starting at strategy and... more »
Hart Hoover of OpenStack Says "Closed Cloud Days Are Numbered"

Hart Hoover of OpenStack Says "Closed Cloud Days Are Numbered"

In their ongoing coverage of the O’Reilly fluent conference, John Furrier and Jeff Frick spoke with Hart Hoover in theCube. The three discussed the evolution of OpenStack, its agility across multiple platforms and common concerns for OpenStack customers. Furrier also describes Rackspace as pioneers of the DevOps movement and concludes by reviewing its overall contribution to the ecosystem. OpenStack has allowed users to incorporate what Furrier calls “real software engineering” that goes beyond front-end development with pretty websites to more server side scripting. Hoover notes that OpenStack is evolving to meet demand.  He suggests that Rackspace has launched developer support, helping... more »
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Terremark’s Jim Anthony Reveals the New eCloud

Terremark’s representatives showed up at that EMC World 2013 conference in Las Vegas to spread the word about the new functionality that was recently added to Enterprise Cloud (eCloud) platform, the firm’s highly configurable infrastructure-as-a-service solution. SiliconAngle Head Writer Winston Edmonton interviewed Jim Anthony, the vice president of sales engineering at Terremark, to bring you the insider’s take on the update. Anthony provides a bit of background about the platform before elaborating on the update. He says that Terremark launched eCloud five years ago to replace an aging managed hosting solution called Infinistructure. Unlike its predecessor, eCloud sports a console that... more »
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SmartBody Review: Smart Chips, Smart Sensors and Smart Experts

In this week’s SmartWorld roundup we’ll be focusing on apps and devices that help our bodies function better.  There’s a new Bluetooth chip that can be used for heart monitors, a new range of personal medical devices, and an app that helps you bring out your A game no matter where you are, or what situation you are in. Broadcom’s Bluetooth smart chip Broadcom recently introduced a new Bluetooth Smart system-on-a-chip (SoC) that would propel a broader range of low-cost, low-power peripherals to work with Android-based smartphones and tablets. The new  BCM20732 Bluetooth Smart SoC is designed to be simply integrated into coin... more »
Aviation Needs to Tap Big Data for Engine Design, Maintenance

Aviation Needs to Tap Big Data for Engine Design, Maintenance

The aerospace industry, and specifically jet engine manufacturers and the airlines that are their customers, need to catch up with the Big Data revolution, writes Wikibon Big Data Analyst & Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly in his latest Wikibon Alert, "Big Data in the Aviation Industry". Big Data analysis of the huge amounts of data that are and theoretically could be captured from a jet engine in operation could provide important benefits in the area of engine maintenance by identifying developing problems early. This would allow airlines to do the right maintenance at the right time to prevent failures, reducing aircraft... 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.