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Private Search Engines Gain Traction, Does it Even Matter?

Do people really care about privacy?  Well, obviously not everyone does, but if you look at Duck Duck Go and other private search engines’ latest numbers, you’d have to admit that more than a few people do. DDG tweeted last that “It took 1445 days to get 1M searches, 483 days to get 2M searches, and then just 8 days to pass 3M searches: https://duckduckgo.com/traffic/.” “We offer that in web search, and there are others that offer it in other verticals. As people find out about these alternatives, they make that choice,” explained DDG founder & CEO Gabriel Weinberg via email. The increase... more »
LIVE: Fusion-io Updates ioTurbine - The Importance of Virtualization-Aware Caching for CIOs

LIVE: Fusion-io Updates ioTurbine - The Importance of Virtualization-Aware Caching for CIOs

Fusion-io has introduced the industry's first unified virtualization software solution with a powerful upgrade of its ioTurbine software. Joining us now on today's Live NewsDesk Show to provide us with more details on this latest announcement is Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand Hoping to lead the industry with unique features that make virtualization viable for even data-intensive applications, Fusion-io Turbine delivers the option for 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... more »
Bitcoin Foundation Under Attack in California

Bitcoin Foundation Under Attack in California

Bitcoin has just found itself a new enemy in the shape of the California Department of Financial Institutions, which has just sent a cease-and-desist letter to the nonprofit Bitcoin Foundation, an organization that's devoted to promoting best practices for the cryptocurrency. The California Department of Financial Institutions, which regulates banks and credit unions in the state, has apparently ordered the Bitcoin Foundation to cease all operations within California, accusing it of "engaging in the business of money transmission without a license or proper authorization." Should the Bitcoin Foundation be found guilty of violating California's Financial Code, it could face fines of up... more »
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LIVE: What PRISM Has Taught Us About Trust + Human Nature

Edward Snowden’s NSA breach has topped headlines over the past few weeks.  But what steps can enterprises and the public at large take to better ensure the protection of our data?  Joining us now on today's Live NewsDesk Show to share his thoughts on these mounting security concerns is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand Since the 2008 Buckshot Yankee incident, in which a malicious software worm was uploaded to military networks by a thumb drive, the Pentagon has bolstered efforts to prevent removal of classified data. Now, in light of the recent Edward Snowden... more »
MongoDB Days 2013 Highlights: 10gen has a Bright Future Ahead

MongoDB Days 2013 Highlights: 10gen has a Bright Future Ahead

TheCube set up shop in the New York Marriott Marquis ballroom to bring you wall to wall coverage of MongoDB Days 2013, 10gen’s buzzed-about NoSQL conference. After chatting with most of the notable attendees, including chief executive Max Schireson, co-hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly wrapped up the stream with an in-depth discussion about the startup and its red-hot database technology. The way Dave sees it, MongoDB is gaining traction thanks to two important features: support for a wide range of data types, and ease of use. Jeff agrees, and notes that the 10gen community is very passionate about the technology. According... more »
Feeding the Patent Trolls: Here's Their Side of the Story

Feeding the Patent Trolls: Here's Their Side of the Story

When something as mundane as using Wi-Fi in a coffee shop or making an online purchase with your smartphone provokes a lawsuit, it's clear that the legal system is seriously flawed. Unfortunately, that's the way things have been in the US for a number of years now, but with any luck, it might be about to change. Recently, President Obama announced a series of measures aimed at putting an end to the most abusive acts of so-called "patent trolls," but identifying who these trolls are could prove to be somewhat troublesome. The term "patent troll" is slang for a company, more properly... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: Take that, IBM!

Last week Amazon signed a massive private cloud contract with the CIA, and Adobe announced the general availability of its subscription-based Creative Cloud suite. Additionally, Nutanix introduced two hyperscale boxes and Dell unveiled a converged system for SMBs and remote branch offices. Earlier this month, IBM cried foul after the CIA awarded Amazon with a $600 million contract to provide an on-premise replica of AWS. Officials from the U.S. Government Accountability Office sided with IBM at first, but apparently had a change of heart earlier this week. The GAO approved the deal on the basis that Amazon offers a “superior technical... more »
MongoDB + Scale : Performance, Simplicity.  Database-as-a-Service by ObjectRocket

MongoDB + Scale : Performance, Simplicity. Database-as-a-Service by ObjectRocket

Kenny Gorman and Chris Lalonde, founders of ObjectRocket which has since been acquired by Rackspace, discussed offering MongoDB database-as-a-service (DBaaS) with theCUBE host Dave Vellante, live at the MongoDB Days conference in New York City. ObjectRocket was founded 2012, and a year later was acquired by Rackspace. Explaining the concept of DBaas, Gorman said that "a lot of folks out there are looking to forget about infrastructure," what they are interested in is to develop applications, have quick time to market, and not worry about database management. "We're trying to provide an interface with a higher order than other database providers." ObjectRocket... more »
Homegrown Load Balancing vs. Inherent Mongo Capabilities | #mongodbday

Homegrown Load Balancing vs. Inherent Mongo Capabilities | #mongodbday

Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante broadcasted live from New York, from the MongoDB Days Event, talking with the big names in the industry. One of these key people is Jon Hoffman, Engineer Infrastructure Lead at Foursquare. Jon leads the infrastructure team in New York, and one of the things they do is building higher-level services on top of Mongo itself. That involves building tools that the developers can use to interact with Mongo. Right now, another big project they tackle is splitting up their monolythic application server into multiple, smaller applications. "We're developping this server-oriented architecture and we're building a lot... more »
The Rationale for a Private Dell A Blow to Icahn’s Plans

The Rationale for a Private Dell A Blow to Icahn’s Plans

Michael Dell defended the controversial takeover bid for his company in an elaborate presentation entitled “The Rationale for a Private Dell.” The eight-page slideshow, which he used as part of a pitch to investors in a meeting that took place last Friday, outlines a number of good reasons Dell would (and will, if its founder’s plan goes according to the script) perform better without stockholders to worry about. Michael Dell and partner Silver Lake are offering to privatize the tech juggernaut for $24.4 billion, or $13.65 per share. Dell told investors that going off the market will ease his company’s transition... more »

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- 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

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- 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.

- 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?