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Weekly Big Data Review: From AWS to Mainframes

Weekly Big Data Review: From AWS to Mainframes

It’s been a big week for NoSQL. MongoDB, the company behind the hugely popular document-oriented database of the same name, raised $150 million from Intel Capital, Salesforce.com and other bigname investors. The round not only brings the company’s total funding to $231 million, the most any Big Data vendor has raised to date, but also makes it the highest valued startup in New York. MongoDB CEO Max Schireson said that his company will use the capital to scale its global presence, make partners in new industries, and hire 300 new workers over the course of the next 12 months. MongoDB announced its... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: Funding and DaaS

Netskope exited stealth mode this week with $21 million in fresh capital and a radically new approach to taming the growing phenomenon of shadow IT. The ambitious startup offers a subscription-based analytics service that aims to provide enterprises with the insights they need to identify and control the unauthorized use of cloud services. Netskope’s offering includes a database of more than 2,600 apps that have been assessed based on 30 “objective criteria” such as security, auditability and disaster recovery capabilities. The platform empowers admins to deploy the services that best meet their organizations’ requirement, enforce policies, and keep tabs on user... more »
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Weekly Security Review: Adobe Hacked, Silk Road Sacked

It’s been an eventful week in the cybersecurity space, especially for Adobe and its customers. In one of the largest and most sophisticated cyber attacks in recent memory, hackers compromised the software maker’s corporate network and got away with the personal information of as many as 2.9 million customers. Adobe chief security officer Brad Arkin disclosed in a blog post that the stolen data includes names, encrypted credit and debit card numbers and expiration dates. Besides user information, the hackers also obtained the source code for three of the company’s products: Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder. SiliconANGLE cybersecurity editor John Casaretto... more »
How Faster, Smarter and Cleaner iOS 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design

How Faster, Smarter and Cleaner iOS 7 Will Spark a Boom in App Design

Apple recently announced iOS 7 and with it a completely redesigned stunning new user interface for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users.  iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri, and iTune Radio.  In addition, iOS 7 has been engineered with deep technical and design integration with both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device. Building it faster Aside from massive changes, enhancing almost everything about user experience and... more »
IBM Lands Cloud Infrastructure Deal with Top European Hosting Provider

IBM Lands Cloud Infrastructure Deal with Top European Hosting Provider

IBM announced on Thursday that it has beat out Dell for a lucrative infrastructure deal with Avalon, a leading hosting provider that manages more than 16,000 websites across Europe. Established in 1997, the Croatian firm offers monitoring, online collaboration, email and other services to organizations in a wide range of segments from healthcare to telecommunications. In an initiative to consolidate its infrastructure and accommodate future growth, Avalon implemented a hybrid cloud architecture using IBM System x3550 and x3650 servers. The company also upgraded its network environment to support over 1,000 fiber optic connections across three geographically separated routes. “The IBM solution was... more »
Twitter Timeline : From Jack to IPO

Twitter Timeline : From Jack to IPO

Microblogging service Twitter is going public and no one can stop it.  In the process of filing for an IPO, Twitter's obligated to release some facts and figures that may otherwise have never been released as official metrics from the mobile platform. We now know that Twitter’s revenue for 2012 was at $316.9 million, and that amount is expected to be surpassed this year, given that its revenue for the first half of 2013 has already reached $253 million. The social network is looking to raise $1 billion when it goes public, money that will be used to expand Twitter in terms... more »
MongoDB Raises $150M, Now the Most Funded Big Data Startup

MongoDB Raises $150M, Now the Most Funded Big Data Startup

Riding the Big Data tidal wave, MongoDB has raised $150 million in financing to accelerate its global expansion. The round was led by an unnamed financial services company and attracted industry heavy hitters such as Salesforce and Intel. Altimeter Capital, T. Rowe Price Associates and Sequoia Capital also participated, bringing the NoSQL vendor’s total funding to a record $213 million. Now the most valuable startup in New York, MongoDB offers a highly scalable document-oriented database for analytical and fast-changing operational workloads. The platform has been downloaded over 5 million times, and deployed by SAP, MTV Networks, Foursquare and other big name... more »
Splunk Support of AWS Cloud Designed to Bridge the Data Divide

Splunk Support of AWS Cloud Designed to Bridge the Data Divide

Splunk enables organizations to monitor, search, analyze, visualize and act on massive streams of real-time and historical machine data. Splunk Storm, which is aimed at companies who develop their applications in the public cloud and provide for infrastructure services such as AWS, Heroku, Google App Engine, or Rackspace, uses Amazon EC2 as its infrastructure, and also uses Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (Amazon ELB), AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). Extending the Amazon cloud reach, Splunk announced a free analytics-as-a-service product based on the Amazon Web Services cloud at the Splunk Conference 2013. Organizations can now... more »
With Eyes Set on Mobile, Pivotal Picks Up Xtreme Labs

With Eyes Set on Mobile, Pivotal Picks Up Xtreme Labs

Pivotal, the open cloud venture that spun off EMC and VMware last year, has made its first acquisition this week in a milestone move to enter the mobile scene. The firm announced on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement to buy Xtreme Labs, a privately-held development studio based in Toronto, Canada. No financial details were disclosed, but an anonymous tipster told AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher that the deal is valued at over $65 million. Founded in 2007, Xtreme boasts an impressive client list that includes Facebook, Twitter and  Fortune 500 brands in the retail, entertainment and financial services industries. Pivotal plans... more »
Can Splunk Make the Nation More Secure? | #splunkconf

Can Splunk Make the Nation More Secure? | #splunkconf

Mark Seward, Senior Director of Security and Compliance Marketing with Splunk, talked with John Furrier and Dave Vellante at Splunk.conf 2013 in Las Vegas, covering the data management platform and various security issues. Furrier started the interview by pointing out that a lot of people are using Seward's product for security and compliance reasons, and asked the security angle for this conference. "I've seen that liberating feeling coming over people. What is liberating is that they're able to answer questions with what is usually considered to be exhaust gas in the business - the exhaust gas of data that comes out of... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.