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What's in Store for the Future of SDN? |#ONUGFall2013

What's in Store for the Future of SDN? |#ONUGFall2013

The ONUG event (Open Networking Users Group) for Fall 2013 is all set for October 29 and 30, bringing together a range of organizations and individuals interested in the world of networking.  The sector has undergone quite a transformation in recent years, largely due to software.  Virtualization is impacting every layer of the stack, and software-defined networking is making this space smarter and more efficient. Event details   Hosted by JPMorgan Chase at their New York headquarters, day one of the two-day event will focus on the new ONUG Academy, which is all about tutorials and workshops open to the industry.  Day two is all... more »
The ObamaCare Website - The Biggest Tech Gaggle Ever?

The ObamaCare Website - The Biggest Tech Gaggle Ever?

Despite the quiet here on this subject thus far at SiliconANGLE we have been keeping our eyes on what is possibly the biggest tech topic happening in the news right now.  The issue at hand is the launch of ObamaCare online.  It’s a hot topic that is philosophically dividing the country right now along political lines, along socio-economic lines, along just about every line there is to be divided over, many Thanksgivings could get cancelled over this (there’s also this big government shutdown) – it’s that contentious.  Regardless of the variety of places to hear whatever facts and justification align... more »
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FalconStor Improves Cloud Support with Software Refresh

Disk-based data protection specialist FalconStor has unveiled the latest versions of its Continuous Data Protector backup solution and Network Storage Server business continuity platform. Featuring the company’s new RecoverTrac 2.7 DR automation function, the solutions simplify data migration to and from the cloud while providing tighter integration with VMware environments. In addition to supporting VMware vSphere Storage APIs or VAAI, NSS 7.5 features a configuration tool that aims to accelerate the deployment of stretched clusters and help admins increase data availability. Other additions include the ability to set specific encryption formats for different data types, and an enhanced continuous protection journal that... more »
Blackhole Malware Creator "Paunch" Arrested in Russia

Blackhole Malware Creator "Paunch" Arrested in Russia

It's been reported that Russian authorities have arrested the individual believed to be responsible for the notorious "Blackhole" malware that's widely used by cybercriminals around the world to infect PCs. The arrest of a "high-level suspected cyber criminal," was later confirmed by Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, though it did not provide further details. “I know it is true, we got some information, but I cannot say anymore,” said Troels Oerting, head of the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol, in an interview with TechWeekEurope, reports IBTimes UK. The arrest was confirmed in a separate report by Reuters, which was told... more »
Report: Russia's CyberCrime Market Hits $1.9 Billion

Report: Russia's CyberCrime Market Hits $1.9 Billion

It’s cyber security month, and if you weren’t following that and the news that cyber security organizations are being attacked at an extremely high rate this month, well another alarming cyber crime report become public today.  Following  yesterday’s “Cost of CyberCrime” report from the Ponemon Institute and HP, Group-IB released its own annual report this time it illustrates how the Russian Cybercrime industry has reached $1.9 Billion dollars.  The research in this report known as “Market of high-tech crimes:” status and trends of 2013” was released through the news agency RIA Novosti.  Group-IB is a global Cyber Security company based... more »
5 Ways Big Data Can Cure Healthcare

5 Ways Big Data Can Cure Healthcare

Big Data encompasses much of our lives, whether you are aware of it or not.  It's there when you use social sites like Facebook and Twitter, the enterprise is using it to better understand the whims of consumers, and even in healthcare, Big Data now plays a vital role. With the use of Big Data and analytics, xMatters, a communications platform responsible for alert management, created an infographic detailing how communication between patients and healthcare providers is crucial. According to the infographic (below), over 85 percent of patients are comfortable with communicating with their physicians over email, and 81 percent believes that... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 9th: Bitcoin Community Mocks FBI Over Silk Road Takedown, Bitcointak.org Is Back, BitPay Updates Pricing

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 9th: Bitcoin Community Mocks FBI Over Silk Road Takedown, Bitcointak.org Is Back, BitPay Updates Pricing

The Silk Road takedown has shaken up the Bitcoin community to an extent but once the dust settled it’s hard to say that it hurt anything. In fact, it’s easy to argue that in taking down the Silk Road the FBI has just forwarded their cat-and-mouse game with illegal activity and vindicated the use of Bitcoin in anonymizing transactions—especially because the FBI is currently having trouble getting at the founders stash of bitcoins. The Bitcointalk.org forums are now back after having been hacked last week. Merchants can look forward to even better pricing from BitPay enabling yet-easier transactions with Bitcoin as well. As... more »
How NSA Tries to Break into Computers to Circumvent Tor

How NSA Tries to Break into Computers to Circumvent Tor

The Washington Post and The Guardian continue to publish articles based on leaked documents about NSA capabilities via Edward Snowden. Writing in The Guardian, Bruce Schneier explains in his latest article related to Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) had tried, unsuccessfully, to mount an attack on the Tor network, hoping to circumvent the protection of anonymity of service. The presentation documented in the NSA library is called Tor Stinks. The agency admits that it will never be able to draw from anonymity to all network users in a sustained manner. The Tor network, originally known as The Onion... more »
Advertising and Kinect: Challenges for Microsoft

Advertising and Kinect: Challenges for Microsoft

Kinect for Xbox One has been somewhat enhanced over the previous model, but to achieve this, the research team of Microsoft and its hardware partners (Silicon Architecture and Management) had to overcome several obstacles during the development phase. Succeeding in fact to improve the device, increasing the precision in the detection of objects without sacrificing performance, has not been an easy task. But Microsoft is no stranger to controversy when it comes to the Xbox One. The Redmond company found itself in hot water again this week over a story in Advertising Age that stated Microsoft is planning advertising on the... more »
The Better Model for Hadoop: Open Source or Proprietary Approach?

The Better Model for Hadoop: Open Source or Proprietary Approach?

There's a debate going on inside the Hadoop community. On one side are open source purists who believe that data infrastructure software should be free and open with revenue generated solely from services. On the other side of the debate are those who feel the only viable long-term business model is selling proprietary software built on top of an open core. The two leading examples of the competing sides of the Hadoop debate are Hortonworks and Cloudera. If you're not sure which company takes which side of the debate, consider these recent comments from Cloudera's Chief Strategy Officer (and until recently... 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.