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CBC Mandate: Efficient Content Programming | #velocityconf

CBC Mandate: Efficient Content Programming | #velocityconf

From the recently concluded Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, John Furrier, theCUBE host and Silicon Angle founder, managed to talk with Barbara Bermes, Senior Architect Mobile Web with CBC. Picking a couple of ideas from her Keynote, Barbara Bermes declared: "We're trying to focus on performance because we're trying to deliver content to millions of people, and it's CBC's mandate to provide content programming in the most efficient means." To the IT team, that meant focusing on performance, so they started to create a "culture of performance", by setting up a bunch of tools that helped them monitor the web performance. "Velocity... more »
Ask DevOps: Nine Top DevOps Tools for Management of Cloud Applications

Ask DevOps: Nine Top DevOps Tools for Management of Cloud Applications

When it comes to DevOps a good team is essential but the tools will make-or-break the entire philosophy--so know the tools, to have the best tools on hand. The concept of “Dev” represents a software development and engineering aspect, and “Ops” has always stood for IT operations. The combination of the common “DevOps” tries to convey an intuitive alliance between software developers and IT operations. And indeed, this is the basic idea of DevOps and the trigger of the corresponding motion: a coming together of the two fundamentally different in the traditional areas of perception software development and IT operations. Somewhat simplified,... more »
Good Mobile Experience Variables + Web Performance | #velocityconf

Good Mobile Experience Variables + Web Performance | #velocityconf

While broadcasting live from Velocity Conference 2013 in Santa Clara, John Furrier, theCUBE host, caught up with Steve Souders, Web Performer Engineer at Google. Souders works on web performance and open source initiatives and he is the creator of YSlow, one of the top 25 of 2 billion Firefox add-ons. The variety of topics on this Velocity Conference comes from the ideas bounced at the organizers in terms of topics of interests and problems that need to be solved. Furrier started by asking Souders what were the new performance variable that people need to be thinking right now. Souders believes that thing... more »
California Sends Cease and Desist Order to the Bitcoin Foundation

California Sends Cease and Desist Order to the Bitcoin Foundation

The Bitcoin Foundation caught the attention of California’s Department of Financial Institutions after last month’s Bitcoin 2013 conference and this prompted the CFDI to send a cease and desist letter alleging that the Foundation was engaged in “the business of money transmission without a license or proper authorization.” An odd cease-and-desist to say the least because as far as everyone who attended Bitcoin 2013 or has seen the Bitcoin Foundation’s mission statement, the organization doesn’t engage in money transmittance. According to a Forbes article written by Jon Matonis, a member of the Bitcoin Foundation’s Board of Directors, the penalties for violating... more »
Fusion-io Makes Play for CIOs with ioTurbine, the First Unified Virtualization Software Solution

Fusion-io Makes Play for CIOs with ioTurbine, the First Unified Virtualization Software Solution

Fusion-io upgraded its ioTurbine software today, reportedly marking the industry's first unified virtualization software solution. The upgrade boasts features such as hypervisor caching, virtualization-aware caching in the guest VM, dynamic reallocation of cache memory during live migration of virtual machines in VMware vMotion, and unified management of caching across virtual and physical environments. The update is timely for Fusion-io, a disruptive player on a field of established vendors like EMC currently scrambling to update their storage systems with Flash technology and software-driven virtualization methods. It's been a game of catch up for Fusion-io rivals, and the pressure's been on for Fusion... more »
Facebook Reader Cures IPO Woes & These Apples Don't Rot - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Facebook Reader Cures IPO Woes & These Apples Don't Rot - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Facebook Reader?   Facebook is aiming to become the face of news for mobile devices, and a new service internally called Reader could be their winning ticket. Reader’s Flipboard-like functionality is said to display content from users and publish it in a new format tailored to mobile devices. The aggregator will let users swipe to flip through articles, helping Facebook act more as a socially driven news site, rather than the news-driven social site that it’s known as today. The change in identity for Facebook is natural, given it’s sagging stock price which remains 35% below its IPO value. Projects like Reader provide new ways... more »
3 Ways Facebook Can Beat Flipboard + Thrive as Google Reader Replacement

3 Ways Facebook Can Beat Flipboard + Thrive as Google Reader Replacement

A week from now, Google Reader will be seeing its final day.  There are already some news readers that have gained plenty of attention ever since the news of Google Reader’s demise surfaced, which means there are several news readers to choose from and more are coming.  It's no surprise then, to learn that some of Google's larger rivals may be looking to fill the void left by Google Reader, most recently Facebook and AOL. AOL Reader   AOL, regarded as one of the things that shaped the Internet to what it is today, released the AOL Reader this week - a web based... more »
Xbox One Up-Time Gets Boost With Microsoft's $700 Million Iowa Data Center

Xbox One Up-Time Gets Boost With Microsoft's $700 Million Iowa Data Center

There was a lot of speculation as to which company was the mysterious company behind the $700 million 'Project Mountain' data center in Des Moines, Iowa. With many pegging it an Amazon or Apple data center, 'Project Mountain' in fact belongs to Microsoft. The aforementioned Microsoft is plowing $700 million into a data center that will power Xbox One and Office 365. According to state documents, Microsoft’s investment will total a more accurate $677.6 million, and comes on the heels of Facebook’s announcement two months ago that it would invest $300 million in an Altoona data center. (The investment is expected... more »
PayPal on API Redesign + the Influence of DevOps on Monetization | #velocityconf

PayPal on API Redesign + the Influence of DevOps on Monetization | #velocityconf

Broadcasting live from the recently concluded Velocity Conference 2013 in Santa Clara, theCUBE host John Furrier interviewed Jonathan LeBlanc, Head of Developer Evangelism, PayPal, about web performance, user experience and data mining. At Velocity, LeBlanc was amazed by the variety of topics; the event ranges from talks about API design to subjects such as data mining and the principles behind that. The topic of performance leads to numerous other paths, to whole new realms, because of so many intelligent people all combined together. Talking about adaptability, LeBlanc said that "The full-stack engineer is the new front-end engineer." In one of his tweets, LeBlanc revealed... more »
Project Tempora: How the British GCHQ Helps the NSA Spy on US Citizens

Project Tempora: How the British GCHQ Helps the NSA Spy on US Citizens

Amidst all the media excitement over Ed Snowden's dramatic flight from Hong Kong to Moscow, one story that slipped under the radar at the end of last week relates how the UK's version of the NSA, the GCHQ, has been secretly tapping into the fiber optic systems running into and out of the British Isles. Project Tempora was exposed by The Guardian as part of the Ed Snowden leaks, and is immediately worrying due to its size and the fact that Britain is a major hub for the world's internet traffic. US readers might think that there's nothing to worry –... 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.