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Jason Mendenhall of Switch on the Value of Ecosystems

SiliconAngle Head Writer Winston Edmondson caught up with Switch Communications’ Jason Mendenhall at EMC World 2013 to get his take on co-location, connectivity, and the value of a strong cloud ecosystem. Switch fancies itself the world’s best coloc provider. The company operates a 2.2 million square foot data center in Las Vegas that its founding CEO bought from Enron, which equipped it with unique bandwidth sharing capabilities before it went under. Mendenhall tells Winston that the facility’s networking infrastructure enables Switch to support 30 carriers and combine customers’ buying power to reduce bandwidth costs by 40 to 60 percent. Switch’s edge over... more »
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Big Brother

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Big Brother

Samsung finally unveiled the little brother of the Galaxy S4, dubbed as the Galaxy S4 mini.  Some claim that it’s the sub-par version of the device, as it uses less powerful components.  But since Samsung's only announced a handful of the S4 mini features, there's still hope that it will inherit a few more of the awesome features of its big brother. So, without further ado, let’s look at how the S4 mini compares to its older, bigger sibling. Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs. Galaxy S4   Design Galaxy S4 mini: Special polycarbonate body, slim bezel, wide display, unique textured design Samsung Galaxy S4: Special polycarbonate... more »
Big Data: Today's Reality, Not Tomorrow's

Big Data: Today's Reality, Not Tomorrow's

Big Data's one of the hottest topics of discussion in the tech world at the moment, what with all the hype about its potential and its problems, and how its going to transform our world. All well and good, but it's actions that speak louder than words, and for all the talk of how its going to affect our future, some people prefer to just knuckle down and quietly get on with it. Big Data is not just something we have to look forward too. As Wikibon's Jeff Kelly stated on the Wikibon blog earlier this week, "The reality is that... more »
Motorola's Crazy Idea to Replace Passwords With Pills & Tattoos

Motorola's Crazy Idea to Replace Passwords With Pills & Tattoos

Most of us are aware that we shouldn't use the same password for different accounts, but managing multiple passwords can be a huge pain in the ass. What with email, banks, games, productivity apps, blogs, social media accounts and everything else, most people are far too lazy to go creating different passwords for each one and then trying to remember them. Sure we have password manager tools that can do this for us, but most people don't even know what they are. Wouldn't it be great if someone came up with a simpler way, some kind of system that would automatically... more »
GE Chief Dedicates Future to Industrial Internet - Breaking Analysis

GE Chief Dedicates Future to Industrial Internet - Breaking Analysis

To say the very least, there was no shortage of big names at this year's All Things D. Elon Musk showed off his ambitious plans to make cross-country travel possible for electric cars with an array of supercharging stations. Dennis Woodside unveiled Motorola's latest addition, the super-slim and sleek looking Moto X (Moto-Cross?). And in an unsurprising and uninspiring fashion, the head of Apple, Tim Cook, discussed the future of his business without really saying much at all. But to me, a huge fan of computing and big data, the biggest presence at D11 came from a person whose business has nothing to do with computers - GE's CEO, Jeff Immelt. For those not in the know, GE is involved with pretty much everything. In fact,... more »
Google I/O 2013 Developer Blitz With Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins [Watch Full Series Now]

Google I/O 2013 Developer Blitz With Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins [Watch Full Series Now]

  At its recently concluded I/O developers conference, Google introduced various updates to its social networking platform. This year's event is focused on software and services, not hardware. Still, it’s easy to see how the new features dovetail with Google’s overall hardware/device strategy. Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins, Founding Editor of SiliconANGLE, had an in-depth conversation with the participants of the event. Here is a collection of the top interviews from Google I/O 2013 (see the entire Playlist below). Matt Steiner and Denise Ho Share new features of Google photo Matt Steiner and Denise Ho, two of the product managers behind the Google+ photo features, were... more »
Splunk is Ultimately Saving Lives | #fluentconf

Splunk is Ultimately Saving Lives | #fluentconf

With a working experience spanning over 15 years and across many fields, from post-sales to developing cloud tools, Paul Sanford is currently the general manager of the Splunk Seattle engineering team responsible for delivering Splunk’s developer platform and Microsoft solutions. Paul joined theCube host John Furrier to talk about his latest projects, and Big Data as part of the development process. Furrier predicted back in 2008 that "data was going to be the development kid of the future", and obviously that moment has arrived. Paul Sanford pointed out that "all apps are new data". What the Splunk team is trying to... more »
Need for Speed, Web Edition : If Your Site's Slow, You Will Lose Money

Need for Speed, Web Edition : If Your Site's Slow, You Will Lose Money

Courtney Nash, Editor at O'Reilly Media, discussed the future Velocity Conference with theCube host John Furrier, live at the O'Reilly Fluent Conference 2013.  Organized under the "Building a faster and stronger web," the Velocity Conference "is about speed and power on the web," Nash said. With the influx of mobile devices and all kind of devices, people's expectation of speed for web and mobile devices is always increasing. And there is real revenue here, "if your site is slow, you're going to lose money." As an example of how speed impacts financial aspects, speed increased donations in the Obama campaign. "Speed... more »
What Is Connected Storage & Which Service is Most Secure?

What Is Connected Storage & Which Service is Most Secure?

Connected Data, maker of the Transporter - a file storage and sharing device that is connected to the internet - announced version 2.0 of the device today, and a possible merger with Drobo, another company that specializes in hardware storage. It seems like connected storage components that you can keep in your home are a big part of the new consumer cloud, acting as a good stepping stone for full-fledged cloud services.  So what makes these connected storage devices different from the cloud? 3 Perks to Connected Storage   No monthly or yearly fees Unlike cloud storage, personal cloud storage doesn’t have a monthly or yearly... more »
True Cost of Oracle's New ZFS Hybrid Storage Appliance : CIO Tips

True Cost of Oracle's New ZFS Hybrid Storage Appliance : CIO Tips

Wikibon recently published a report on the Oracle ZFS storage appliance, ultimately giving it a rather positive review. The IT market research firm has been very critical of Oracle products and policies in the past, which makes this recommendation all the more noteworthy. The ZFS's design is a true “flash-first” hybrid storage architecture. That is an interesting highlight, because Wikibon founder and CTO David Floyer has been extremely bullish on flash-only storage arrays. It clearly shows the importance of flash-first arrays, while also focusing on the flexibility of hybrid storage. Cost considerations for Oracle ZFS   Because of the true hybrid design of he ZFS... 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.