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Splunk Seeks Non-Geeks with Platform Upgrade, Gives Away Storm to Developers

Splunk Seeks Non-Geeks with Platform Upgrade, Gives Away Storm to Developers

In full swing this week, Splunk's fourth annual .conf gathering in Las Vegas kicked off this morning with two noteworthy announcements from the data management platform.  The first is a refresh on its Enterprise suite, making version 6 of its platform available today.  The second is a complete cloud version of its Enterprise suite, delivering a fully virtualized offering to appease the SaaS crowd.  Splunk Chairman and CEO Godfrey Sullivan will provide the first public demonstration of Splunk Enterprise 6 during his keynote session at .conf2013. Democratizing Data   It seems Splunk is seizing an opportunity to democratize data, approaching the Business Intelligence... more »
iPad 5 Launching on October 15: Here's What it Looks Like

iPad 5 Launching on October 15: Here's What it Looks Like

With Apple launching its new iPhones last week, the focus has already switched to what other new products the Cupertino-based firm will be rolling out next. And now it looks like we might soon see legions of fanbois camping outside Apple stores once again in the very near future, as leaks of a new iPad have just surfaced on the interwebs. Chinese parts supplier sw-box.com posted an almost 6-minute-long video comparing the device, dubbed as the iPad 5, to the iPad 4 and the iPad mini. The video shows a new iPad that’s looking thinner and smaller without the usual tapered edges,... more »
Symantec Sinkholes Part Of ZeroAccess, One Of The Largest Known Botnets

Symantec Sinkholes Part Of ZeroAccess, One Of The Largest Known Botnets

The security firm Symantec may have dealt a devastating blow to the cybercrimimal gang behind ZeroAccess, one of the largest known botnets in existence, removing their access to over a quarter of machines within its grasp following a special operation to liberate them, reports the IDG News Service. Symantec says that at its height the ZeroAccess botnet consisted of over 1.9 million infected computers, which are deployed by cybercriminals in Bitcoin mining and click fraud operations to generate cash. The botnet is said to be built on peer-to-peer architecture, meaning that each machine in the network is capable of communicating with... more »
BitTorrent Chat Promises "Private, Secure & Free" Instant Messages

BitTorrent Chat Promises "Private, Secure & Free" Instant Messages

What with the extent of the NSA's spying now public knowledge, both individuals and organizations are keen to find ways to keep their communications secure. That's led BitTorrent to launch a new experiment called BitTorrent Chat, a server-less chat system that follows its basic principles of decentralized data transfer. As of today, BitTorrent is inviting users to sign up for its private alpha available at labs.bittorrent.com. It's not clear how many applicants will be accepted, but most likely it'll be no more than a few hundred at the most. BitTorrent says that it isn't entirely sure what this experiment will lead too,... more »
Missing Worlds Media Announces Kickstarter Date for City of Heroes Spiritual Successor City of Titans

Missing Worlds Media Announces Kickstarter Date for City of Heroes Spiritual Successor City of Titans

The much-anticipated spiritual successor to Paragon Studios’ doomed superhero MMORPG City of Heroes has had its developer announce the official Kickstarter date after a little delay. Previously set for September 8th the project is now back on track for October 2nd. The City of Titans Kickstarter is now live. This should come as a comfort to the thousands of CoH fans who have been looking at the current crop of superpowered massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs) that just can’t hold a cape to the old MMO. Along with the Kicksarter date announcement, Missing Worlds Media has also announced the name... more »
Good Technology Expands the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform - More Dev Support and Ecosystem Integration

Good Technology Expands the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform - More Dev Support and Ecosystem Integration

News out of Good Technology just keeps rolling out.  The Sunnyvale-based company is a leader in mobile enterprise technology.  Their comprehensive line of secure mobility solutions and ongoing innovations designed for the enterprise have been joined by the announcement of support for the IBM MobileFirst Application platform- IBM Worklight 6.0. IBM Worklight provides app developers with support across multiple mobile operating environments and devices with the simplicity of a shared code base.  With Worklight, developers can efficiently build, run and manage HTML5, hybrid and native apps and and integrate them with the growing ecosystem of third-party tools, libraries, and frameworks, including... more »
Oracle OpenWorld DevOps Round Up: Automation is Needed in Key Areas of IT Innovation | #oow13

Oracle OpenWorld DevOps Round Up: Automation is Needed in Key Areas of IT Innovation | #oow13

Open source plays a key role in IT innovation strategy this year and it's obvious from watching Oracle do its thing. In fact, Recent years have seen the emergence of a system in which the open source and free software are keeping innovation in IT world. This system takes root in some large web companies that do not consider their core system as the owner, but as technologies that they can share with others and pool. At the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 held from September 22 to 26 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, the company offered IT organizations with... more »
Alternative Cloud-Hosting Sites Offering Migration to Nirvanix Users After Its Closure

Alternative Cloud-Hosting Sites Offering Migration to Nirvanix Users After Its Closure

Last week, San Jose, California based Nirvanix caught the industry by surprise when it announced it was shutting down its cloud services. The company has given short notice to its customers so that they can retrieve their data and move it to some other cloud service provider. Nirvanix has told customers they must stop replicating data to its cloud service and download any data they wish to save by Oct. 15, although it still hasn’t made a public statement or changed any of the marketing or other information on its website till the time the article is written. With the spread... more »
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Newest Smart Home Solutions for You + Pets

This week’s SmartHome roundup features a new way to intuitively control home appliances, a smart thermostat maker that's expanding its product line to more smart devices, and a smart doorbell for your pets. WigWag   This device helps you control your automated devices at home, such as lights and switches, and even helps you gets organized with your activities and appointments.  WigWag comes with a QR code on the back that you scan to connect it to your smartphone. After that, controlling things is as simple as a few taps on your mobile screen.  You can set conditions that, when met, automatically perform actions.... more »
NSA Goes Social - Collecting Social Network Data of US Citizens

NSA Goes Social - Collecting Social Network Data of US Citizens

Another week, another revelation about the NSA.  This time the New York Times has reported that the NSA is collecting social networking data about US citizens.  Here’s what they’re collecting: Who your friends are, who your contacts are, location information, and more.  This isn’t a spreadsheet, but a massive sophisticated graph of all this social information about you, your family, and everyone you may know.  The revelation comes from interviews with various officials and a batch of newly revealed documents. The policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the... 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.