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Accel Big Data Conference Set for May 9th At Stanford University

Accel Partners has announced that its inaugural Big Data Conference, which promises to "uncover the future disruptive ideas and technology trends in Big Data," will be held on the Stanford University campus on May 9th. The one-day event will see entrepreneurs, researchers and IT thought leaders converge to discuss how the ability to crunch petabytes of data is transforming the entire services market, from analytics to collaboration to mobile. The Accel Partners Big Data Conference program, still in development, includes sessions with titles like "Big Data in Production: How Enterprises are Dealing with Big Data," "Academia: What Big Data Research Will... more »
Puppet vs. Chef: Which is More Popular?

Puppet vs. Chef: Which is More Popular?

Which configuration manatement tool is more popular: Puppet or Chef? RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady recently did some Web mining to find out. O'Grady's not sure. I'm betting that Puppet has more traction, but that Chef is growing fast. O'Grady explains the project thus: Although discussions of the platforms’ relative technical merits can be interesting – the comments on this HN thread display the usual range of opinions on the subject – we’re typically more interested in usage patterns. Quality of implementation is an important consideration in technology selection, but history demonstrates adequately that technically inferior solutions can and often do outperform competitors.... more »
How Salesforce.com Deals With Big Data

How Salesforce.com Deals With Big Data

During his keynote session, Salesforce.com CEO and Chairman Marc Benioff brought video game publishing giant Activision's CIO Robert Schmid on stage.  They talked about how the Salesforce Service Cloud enables it to meet unique challenges facing a gaming platform where 5 million concurrent users of a total 50 million are generating terabytes of data a day, every day. Later, during a press Q&A session, Salesforce Executive VP of Applications Alex Dayon explained how that challenge represents the cloud company's approach to analytics and big data. Dayon, who spent the 1990s with business intelligence (BI) Business Objects, since snapped up by SAP, explained... more »
Scott Weller of HP Talks Services and the New Role of the CIO

Scott Weller of HP Talks Services and the New Role of the CIO

Scott Weller, the VP of the support business within HP’s technology services group, stopped by theCube  after Hewlett-Packard’s announcement of the new Always On support portfolio to discuss some of the trends in his field (see the full interview below). He started off by outlining a product from his point of view: hardware and propriety, often third party software elements that make up the stack or platform, which powers customers’ apps.  Weller says that because these customers care more about the apps than the infrastructure powering it, it becomes a challenge for them to solve any backend issues that can arise... more »
Social Technology for Kids That Create Safe Spaces from PixyKids to PBS

Social Technology for Kids That Create Safe Spaces from PixyKids to PBS

Kids and gadgets go hand-in-hand, like they’re meant for each other, they can figure things out much faster than an adult like how to finish a level in a game or how to actually play a game.  It’s quite fascinating but it’s also concerning.  Since they know how to operate our gadgets, who knows what they might find on the web? Often, we just give the little ones our gadgets to keep them entertained or quiet so we can have a little bit of piece, and most of the times, we don’t actually supervise what they are doing or if the... more »
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VMware Updates Spring Support in Light of Accelerated Growth

Virtualization software maker VMware announced that it has updated its Spring expansions to support version 3.1 of the framework. The list includes Spring Integration, Spring Security, Spring Batch, Spring Data, Spring Mobile and Spring for Android. Spring enables developers to integrate various components such as web services in enterprise Java-based environments, and has picked up a lot of support according to data cited by VMware in the release. Monthly downloads from Raven Central apparently increased by 40 percent, and the framework’s popularity level is at its all time high. VMware posted some addition info by research firm Evans Data: -Spring is the framework... more »
Firefox Copying Chrome but Prepares for Windows 8

Firefox Copying Chrome but Prepares for Windows 8

Mozilla released the latest version of their browser, Firefox 10.2, this week and critics aren’t really impressed, saying nothing much has changed.  The only addition worth noting is its ability to sync add-ons among multiple systems and to import bookmarks, history lists and other data from Chrome.  Firefox 10.2 is now available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Android. Chrome Copycat But aside from syncing data from Chrome, there are other things that Mozilla is taking from its Google rival.  They’re lifting transparent versioning and silent updating from Chrome’s playbook. Robert Nyman, technical evangelist for Mozilla stated that: “Version numbers will play a... more »
Malware Infiltrating Anonymous Not So Different from Any Other Trojan Trickery

Malware Infiltrating Anonymous Not So Different from Any Other Trojan Trickery

Wednesday, an operating system designed around a flavor of Linux was released by an apparent cell of Anonymous accordingly loaded with anonymity tools, hacking suites, and privacy software—but it also potentially came with a side of Trojans and malware—and this brought Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle to ask “Is Anonymous Spinning out of Control?” The presence of malware in widely spread software, even from the vasty deeps of Anonymous, doesn’t seem like it’s something that at all suggests control or lack of control; especially because “Anonymous” itself is entirely a label convention. Trojans and malware being released under the banner of Anonymous is... more »
How the Daily Dot Uses Data Journalism to Understand Tumblr, Reddit and the Role of the Influencer

How the Daily Dot Uses Data Journalism to Understand Tumblr, Reddit and the Role of the Influencer

Like the past few years at SXSW,  the buzz over the past week came down to what apps are hot and what are not. But the deeper questions will go unanswered for quite some time.  We do not know what the data says about the direction for new apps such as Highlight or Forecast.  We can only speculate how the community will shape the identity of the apps that got the buzz. Until then, the only ones who may have a clue are the technologists themselves. But that depends on how well they are studying their own data and the relative activity... more »
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Integration, Convergence, Virtualization Demand Holistic Approach to Services says HP Director

HP has redesigned its services offerings in response to the increasing amount of integration, convergence, and virtualization in data centers, says Flynn Maloy, senior director of the HP Support Services Portfolio. In a live interview from the Cube, webcast on SiliconAngle.tv (see video below) from HP's Always On Services Launch, he said that most services companies are falling behind the evolution of IT environments in the wild. Convergence and virtualization are breaking down the traditional IT operational silos of server, storage, and network. “But most service offerings are still based on those silos.” A year ago HP's services executive team started redesigning... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.