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Stu Miniman on VMware’s Plan to Virtualize Hadoop

VMware is hoping to secure its place at the intersection of cloud and Big Data with Project Serengeti, a set of open-source tools designed to speed up the deployment of Hadoop in virtualized environments. At this week’s Hadoop Summit in San Jose, the company announced that the initiative is entering the next phase of its life cycle. Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman went over the news and shared his angle on the story in a recent Q&A with SiliconAngle NewsDesk host Kristin Feledy. According to Miniman, most of the world’s data will be stored in Hadoop environments a few years from now. With... more »
Adobe Snaps Up Neolane As Marketing Tech Battle Lines Are Drawn

Adobe Snaps Up Neolane As Marketing Tech Battle Lines Are Drawn

Adobe has just splashed out $600 million in cash to acquire the French marketing automation firm Neolane, best known for its “conversational marketing” technology. It's products are pretty nifty, allowing marketers to integrate data from multiple online and offline channels, so they can send out customized, targeted messages, carrying out what it calls “lifetime dialogues” with customers. According to Neoland, the idea is that marketers can keep on top of the increasing diversity and flood of digital interactions they need to manage, whilst delivering “timely, relevant and interactive” marketing messages at scale. The entire platform is said to be built on... more »
"Atlantis" Online Black Market Flaunts Itself On YouTube

"Atlantis" Online Black Market Flaunts Itself On YouTube

Most of us have heard of these so-called 'underground' websites like the Silk Road lurking amidst the “dark web”, where it's supposedly possible to buy anything from drugs to guns and even assassins for hire, but actually locating them is an altogether different story. To access the Silk Road for example, you'll need to navigate through a site like TheHiddenWiki in order to find its correct URL, and to do that you'll first of all need to download the Tor browser. Not exactly child's play if you happen to be wasted on meth and hoping to put off that come down... more »
Dr. Konstantin Boudnik Discusses WANdisco's 100% Guarantee

Dr. Konstantin Boudnik Discusses WANdisco's 100% Guarantee

Dr. Konstantin Boudnik, Director of Engineering and Big Data Distribution for WANdisco joins John Furrier and Dave Vellante in theCUBE. The three discuss WANdisco’s unique guarantees as a pioneer in the industry. Traditional high availability architecture in HDFS allows users to copy over edit logs, but usually comes with downtime (ranging anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes or half an hour). Boudnik states that for users that absolutely need 100% availability, WANdisco is the sole option. Boudnik makes a bold claim, according to Furrier, in guaranteeing 100% uptime with WANdisco. Boudnik acknowledges that the solution will not prevent switches from getting blown... more »
Hadoop Advances Healthcare Research - Children's Hospital Use Case | #hadoopsummit

Hadoop Advances Healthcare Research - Children's Hospital Use Case | #hadoopsummit

Mohamed Elmallah, Manager of Enterprise Applications and Architecture at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, discussed the hospital's implementation of Hadoop and the value they have driven from it with theCUBE co-hosts Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante, live at the 2013 Hadoop Summit The Los Angeles Children's Hospital has bee around for over 100 years and has implemented the electronic medical records system in 2004. They are now rolling out the EMR implementation for their outpatient clinics. Why Hadoop for healthcare digitization?   The drivers that lead Hadoop were based on their needs of allowing research department scientist access large amounts of data, the hospital's... more »
Understand Your Own Scale : The First Step in Adopting Hadoop for Enterprise | #hadoopsummit

Understand Your Own Scale : The First Step in Adopting Hadoop for Enterprise | #hadoopsummit

Karthik Ranganathan, Member of Technical Staff, Nutanix, discussed the advantages of converged infrastructure for Hadoop and their benefits to the enterprise with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the 2013 Hadoop Summit in San Jose. Asked about the differences between the hyperscale market and the enterprise, and how Nutanix addressed it, Ranganathan said that "the idea is that's a device, that encompasses all your performance needs at the ratio you need so that you can configure a distributed cluster," allowing companies to grow as needed. "The magic sauce is a continuum over time," he added, "you see new use cases,... more »
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 »

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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.