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Datameer Simplifies Analytics with Self-Service Functionality

Datameer Simplifies Analytics with Self-Service Functionality

Datameer wants to make Big Data more accessible for decision makers with “Smart Analytics,” a set of self-service machine learning capabilities built into the newest release of its flagship solution. The toolset empowers users to “identify patterns, relationships, and even recommendations based on data stored in Hadoop” using a simple point-and-click interface. Smart Analytics covers a lot of bases. It automatically sorts data based on location, operating system and other criteria, and generates decision trees that map consumer behavior. It also includes a column dependency function that identifies and visualizes non-obvious correlations between metrics such as location and disease type, or... more »
Cloud Adoption Growing Fast and Not Just in Enterprises

Cloud Adoption Growing Fast and Not Just in Enterprises

Cloud adoption is growing at greater than 25% CAGR says Jane Munn, cloud business line executive for IBM's Systems & Technology Group. And that growth is not confined to online services & large enterprises. SMBs are a definite growth market that IBM is working with its partners to tap. Implementation strategies are highly individualistic, however, Munn said in an interview with SiliconAngle at IBM Edge 2013 in Las Vegas. Most large companies run their own private clouds and tend to start with one or two workloads and then add more in a carefully phased approach. The hybrid versus private approach varies... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for 25 June 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for 25 June 2013

Midokura Announces Integration with Apache CloudStack Network virtualization startup Midokura has announced integration of its flagship MidoNet technology with Apache CloudStack, available immediately. MidoNet is a disruptive network virtualization technology that virtualizes the network stack for cloud platforms, a decentralized, multi-layer, software-defined virtual network system specifically designed for IaaS. It adds automation that significantly reduces the human cost of managing the network and impacts the overall economics of cloud computing by simplifying network requirements. More   Dell KACE Reduces Software License Risk Dell KACE has released the latest version of its K1000 Management Appliance, adding integrated software asset management to boost software licence compliance... more »
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On Leadership + Productivity in Tech: Focus on People + Culture

Where do great ideas come from?  At the top of the corporate ladder?  Nope.  Great ideas can come from anyone in the company, and they usually come when you least expect it. This is how Kate Matsudaira sees the world.  Anyone in a company can be leader, not necessarily to take over the company, but rather to head projects or oversee some aspects of the company. Matsudaira is the founder and CTO of popforms, a startup that is developing software to help employees and managers increase productivity.  Aside from leading the startup, Matsudaira is involved in Culitvate, a one-day O’Reilly event for... more »
Oracle to Support its Products on Microsoft Hyper-V -- First non-Oracle Hypervisor it Officially Supports

Oracle to Support its Products on Microsoft Hyper-V -- First non-Oracle Hypervisor it Officially Supports

In a surprise move, Oracle Corp. and Microsoft Corp. have announced that Oracle products, including Java, the Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic, are certified for Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. This means that Oracle will provide full support for customers running those, and presumably other Oracle products, on Hyper-V. This is a complete reversal of Oracle’s policy, which until now has been to refuse to officially support its products on any hypervisor except its own. Customers have run Oracle database products and ERP on VMware, but they can be on their own if problems arise. Under the agreement announced Monday,... more »
Roambi Business Delivers Big Data Visualization from the Cloud

Roambi Business Delivers Big Data Visualization from the Cloud

Roambi has launched a new version of their service today that is cloud-based called Roambi Business.  The product is designed to help businesses of all sizes access and visualize data in exciting new ways.  Roambi has been in the mobile business intelligence business for some time now with a focus on iPhone and later iPad visualization.  The product had previously required a build-out of infrastructure in an on-premise scenario.  Roambi Business now utilizes the power of Amazon’s cloud to eliminate concerns of the initial install and ongoing support.  The product is immediately available on yearly contracts with a ten user... more »
UI Development Starts with Data and Analytics, Says Nicole Sullivan #velocityconf

UI Development Starts with Data and Analytics, Says Nicole Sullivan #velocityconf

Nicole Sullivan, Founder of Liquid Elephant, discussed user interface (UI) trends from the front end, CSS, side of the issue with theCUBE host John Furrier, live at the O'Reilly Velocity . UI settings are able to "bring your site to a complete halt," Sullivan said, explaining that what she usually does is work with big UIs for enterprises, "When it's at that scale, it's a big difference in the performance aspect." In UI development, there are things companies are doing really well, and other that don't work at all. Sullivan focuses on trying to make them all work really well together. There... more »
Cisco Spin-In Insieme Networks and Its Dynamic Fabric Automation Comes Out of Stealth Tomorrow

Cisco Spin-In Insieme Networks and Its Dynamic Fabric Automation Comes Out of Stealth Tomorrow

The data center is changing, and with it, networking must evolve. Software-defined networking has emerged as a top trend in the industry, layering software atop the physical components of the data center to make it run more efficiently and more intelligently. And while SDN is a key contributor to the hyperscale developments expected to revolutionize the future of networking, it's not the whole story. To that end, we've seen some interesting developments from industry leader Cisco, who hopes to stay ahead of the curve with a new spin-in, Insieme Networks. Insieme Networks is a zero touch provisioning for Dynamic Fabric... more »
Big Data Player Hortonworks Secures Huge Funding $50 Million To Expand Hadoop Ecosystem

Big Data Player Hortonworks Secures Huge Funding $50 Million To Expand Hadoop Ecosystem

Hortonworks announced a massive funding round led by new investors Tenaya Capital and Dragoneer Investment Group, with participation from our existing investors Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures and Yahoo!. The new funding injection of $50 million puts Hortonworks in the center of the conversation in the big data space and silences the rumors about any acquisition. According to CEO Rob Bearden "the market reception of our business model and strategy of ensuring 100% open source Apache Hadoop becomes an enterprise viable data platform is resonating strongly with the market. This includes a rapidly growing number of Hortonworks customers – 100+ and counting... more »
The Frantic Race To Replace Google Reader

The Frantic Race To Replace Google Reader

Google's surprise announcement that it's going to kill off its popular Google Reader at the end of this month has spurred a race among developers all eager to get their own alternative nSews delivery products out into the wild. This week and last, we've seen a whole bunch of new RSS readers emerge out of the woodwork, ready to work for on both PCs and mobile devices. For the developers, getting their products up and ready before that crucial June 30 cut off date is absolutely imperative, as that'll be the last day on which users can import their old... 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

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- 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.