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Infineta Offers Free Data Migration to Those Hit by Superstorm Sandy

Infineta Offers Free Data Migration to Those Hit by Superstorm Sandy

WAN optimization firm Infineta  is giving away free 30-day Data Migration Accelerator licenses to enterprises whose IT infrastructure was compromised during Hurricane Sandy.  The vendor’s goal is to make things a bit easier for companies that have terabytes of even petabytes of mission-critical data sitting in affected locations throughout the East Coast. “Such major disasters impact the entire country and not just the communities that were in Sandy’s path, and we all have to come together and help rebuild.” Haseeb Budhani, Infineta’s chief product officer, said.  "Our contribution is to make inter-data center traffic acceleration available at no cost in the... more »
Anonymous Leaks Kernel Source Code of VMware to the Internet

Anonymous Leaks Kernel Source Code of VMware to the Internet

Collective hacking group Anonymous has started the action it pledged for the 5th November, targeting Australian government websites and big hitters such PayPal, VMware, Symantec, as well as defacement of NBC-affiliated sites and Lady Gaga’s fan page. Without explaining the origin, Anonymous has published the source code of the core VMware ESX virtualization professional solution. VMware confirmed the leaked source code for its virtualization software, ESX. Stun, a hacker using the banner Anonymous, published the software blueprints on file-sharing networks and BitTorrent tracker and promoted by various tweeters on Sunday. Some of these tweets with the hashtags #Anonymous #AntiSec and #SourcySleazySundays posted... more »
Is Mobility Really Making the Enterprise More Productive?

Is Mobility Really Making the Enterprise More Productive?

The use of mobile devices in the workplace is becoming increasingly common. Employees appreciate the flexibility and convenience mobility offers; employers enjoy increased accessibility to workers. A growing list of studies show business leaders believe mobile adoption is driving higher levels of employee responsiveness and productivity, and according to a recent study by eMarketer, the potential benefits are prompting companies to increase their spending on mobile devices and services. However, not everyone is convinced. Some express concerns that mobile devices are just a distraction that will entice employees to play games, surf the web and cruise social networks, decreasing the amount of work... more »
Breaking Analysis: Voting Security - Could Your Vote Be Compromised?

Breaking Analysis: Voting Security - Could Your Vote Be Compromised?

Election Day is finally here and the question may not be who you voted for, but how secure your vote was. There are many editorials coming out that are questioning the security of our votes at a technological level, with two main categories under scrutiny: fraud prior to pulling the lever and fraud within the voting machine itself. Harmony Tapper wrote a post at SiliconANGLE that laid out the concerns about voter roll security, stating that overall, the topic of voter security is largely ignored.  SiliconANGLE founding editor Mark"Rizzn" Hopkins weighed in with his views. He noted that there are state... more »
Dataskill's Nigel Hook Discusses Big Data Analytics at IBM IOD

Dataskill's Nigel Hook Discusses Big Data Analytics at IBM IOD

IBM's Information On Demand conference revealed some compelling insights about big data that undoubtedly deserve a second look. SiliconAngle's own John Furrier and Wikibon's Dave Vellante had a chat with Dataskill CEO and President Nigel Hook about some of the innovations his company is in the process of unfurling in collaboration with IBM. Companies are struggling to find ways to bring different data sources together. They are finding themselves holding heaps of structured and unstructured data and are now trying to figure out exactly how they can monetize it and gain some value from it. Vellante asked Mr. Hook how he... more »
What's the Science Behind Political Data? [Infographic]

What's the Science Behind Political Data? [Infographic]

Storage vendor NetApp is offering voters a fresh perspective on the election with a new infographic that lets us glimpse into the data science that goes on behind the scenes. The Democratic and Republican conventions each generated one terabyte worth of e-mails, tweets, video streams and mobile data.  The infrastructure for these conventions consisted of 70 miles of copper wiring and another 50 miles in fiber, a setup designed to accommodate 20,000 participants. Twitter in turn seems to be playing a significant role in this election. The presidential debates generated more than 10 million tweets, and prominent accounts associated with the Save... more »
How Samsung's Rebranding Could Set them Apart from Apple

How Samsung's Rebranding Could Set them Apart from Apple

A couple years ago, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone that could see a day when Apple didn't rule the mobile device scene.   Lo and behold, someone rose up to the challenge and it’s munching away at Apple’s success.  Who's the culprit?  Samsung Electronics Co. Reports from IDC state that more Android devices are being activated every day, and though Apple still holds the top spot in the tablet market, their market share's declined while Samsung’s tablet market share tripled in the last year. And it looks like Samsung is far from complacence, with fresh rumors of a serious  rebranding which will... more »
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Pentaho Adds More BI Features to Flagship Product

Data visualization firm Pentaho just debuted Business Analytics 4.8, the latest release of its data integration and analytics platform. The new version features two major enhancements, including an iPad app. The company says that Pentaho Mobile is a full-featured port for Business Analytics, with interactive dashboards and the “power to create new analysis on the go.”  This is great news for executives that want to get their colleagues up to speed on the latest intel, but it’s only one of the additions that Pentaho is introducing with v4.8. The other one is Instaview – a unified interface for data scientists. Instaview is... more »
Big Data Today? An All-Around Challenge, says Pervasive

Big Data Today? An All-Around Challenge, says Pervasive

Pervasive Software’s Senior Director of Big Data Products and Solutions David Inbar came to theCube to talk with SiliconAngle founder John Furrier and Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante at IBM’s Information On Demand 2012. When asked about Pervasive Software, Inbar says that they have been an independent company for over 25 years and they make roughly $50 million a year. Some of Pervasive’s database products are embedded in accounting applications, project management applications, and other “transaction centric” applications of their worldwide clients. They also have data integration products that allow for the shuttling of data between applications. These integration products are... more »
Facebook Beats Twitter to the Punch, Adds Instagram Filters to Mobile App

Facebook Beats Twitter to the Punch, Adds Instagram Filters to Mobile App

In today’s mobile news roundup: Facebook adds Instagram filter to mobile app; Court slams Apple case against Motorola;  Unlocked iPhone 5 prices revealed; and Samsung to reinvent brand. Facebook adds Instagram filter to mobile app At the height of rumors regarding Twitter developing an Instagram-like tool, Facebook adds Instagram filters to their mobile iOS app.  At least now their Instagram acquisition finally makes sense.  Facebook released version 5.1 on Monday, but the new version doesn’t mention any Instagram integration in the app’s description on iTunes. When you upload a photo using the Facebook app, you can now add filters to images such as... more »

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- 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?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.