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Kraken has acquired Dutch Bitcoin exchange CleverCoin

Kraken has acquired Dutch Bitcoin exchange CleverCoin

San Francisco-based Bitcoin exchange Kraken (Payward, Inc.) has acquired Dutch Bitcoin exchange CleverCoin B.V. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed. Founded in 2013, CleverCoin aimed to help fintech companies in Europe by providing Bitcoin services via a platform "that makes trading Bitcoins accessible for everyone." The company provides payment options through SEPA, credit card, Sofort, Giropay, Bancontact and iDEAL, is fully registered under Dutch law, and offers a platform that is equipped with multiple security layers that are constantly monitored for fraud or other nefarious activities. Under the deal the CleverCoin brand will be folded into Kraken’s global umbrella while providing... more »
How Kafka is helping to improve visibility for data analytics | #HS16SJ

How Kafka is helping to improve visibility for data analytics | #HS16SJ

Customers are excited about the opportunities that come from data analytics. As the Hadoop Summit is making clear this week, there is a lot of exploration going on right now, and a lot that can be achieved. Apache Kafka is one system helping to do just that. “The demand for Kafka is for the ability to simultaneous broadcast to multiple ecosystems,” said Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity, Inc. Kafka can take a stream of data, such as real-time transactions, put it into a data loop where it can mingle with the data lake of Hadoop, including social media streams.... more »
Cool: AI chatbot lawyer slays 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York

Cool: AI chatbot lawyer slays 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York

Proving that chatbots can actually be useful in real life, an automated lawyer chatbot has successfully challenged 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York. DoNotPay uses artificial intelligence to discuss the circumstances of the parking ticket with those who have received one, asking questions such as if there were clearly visible parking signs and then guides users through the process of lodging an appeal to the ticket using publicly available information. The 160,000 successful appeals are out of 250,000 seen, a success rate of a 64 percent, and is believed to have saved drivers around $2.5 million in fines. Perhaps even more... more »
Catching the increasing flow of data with an expanding ecosystem | #RHSummit

Catching the increasing flow of data with an expanding ecosystem | #RHSummit

There is more data in the wild now than ever before. That data has value, but only to those who can catch it. As people go digital and the Internet of Things ramps up, the amount of data to catch is also growing exponentially. There is no way a single company can develop and manage all the technologies necessary to work with that much information, so partnerships and ecosystems have become essential for the modern business world. To shed some light on catching data, Stu Miniman (@stu) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, visited the... more »
Report: Airbnb looking for raise more money 2 weeks after it took $1b in debt financing

Report: Airbnb looking for raise more money 2 weeks after it took $1b in debt financing

Online accommodation marketplace Airbnb, Inc. is reported to be looking to raise even more money less than 2 weeks after it took $1 billion in debt financing. According to The New York Times quoting people familiar with the matter, the new round would be raised on a $30 billion valuation, meaning Airbnb has tripled its valuation in just two years and would place it as the second highest valued startup in the United States behind Uber, Inc. The amount the company is trying to raise was not disclosed but the money would be used to further expand it business, including funding growth... more »
Letting the data flow: Managing multiple data streams | #HS16SJ

Letting the data flow: Managing multiple data streams | #HS16SJ

Having multiple data streams can be hard to process and even harder to manage. It can be almost as cumbersome as sorting through thousands of reams of paper. Luckily, Hortonworks, Inc. has a way to keep enterprise data structured. Scott Gnau, CTO of Hortonworks, Inc., and Tendu Yogurtcu, GM of Big Data at Syncsort, Inc., talked with George Gilbert (@ggilbert41), host of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the Hadoop Summit 2016 about Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF). Sort it out HDF helps enterprises manage the flow and distribution of data. As data platforms become more connected, there's a demand for "all data, all the time," said Gnau. In... more »
OpenNotes impacts quality of healthcare through data access | #RHSummit

OpenNotes impacts quality of healthcare through data access | #RHSummit

Even the most routine visit to the doctor’s office can cause many people to worry, much less managing a serious chronic health condition. Oftentimes this nervousness combined with complicated instructions can cause patients leaving their appointments feeling overwhelmed and underprepared. A national initiative called OpenNotes is working to change that by allowing patients access to their doctor’s notes once they leave their appointment. “It is a movement to bring openness to the healthcare system,” said John Santa, director of OpenNotes dissemination at Beth Israel Deaconess. A panel of those working with OpenNotes joined Stu Miniman (@stu) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely), cohosts of... more »
How Red Hat is bringing open source to the enterprise | #RHSummit

How Red Hat is bringing open source to the enterprise | #RHSummit

With a $2 billion evaluation, Red Hat, Inc. is the largest open-source software company in the world. With resources and abilities of this magnitude, it is no small wonder that Red Hat is the keystone company in the push to bring the open source and enterprise communities together. As theCUBE kicked off three days of wall-to-wall coverage of Red Hat Summit from the Moscone N & W in San Francisco, Stu Miniman (@stu) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, began the day by discussing how Red Hat is being leveraged to bring open-source development to the enterprise on a grand scale. Big opportunities for open source in enterprise While... more »
Managing data management under international regulations | #RHSummit

Managing data management under international regulations | #RHSummit

With no slowing in sight for the production of data, finding ways to manage it is naturally a swelling industry. But beyond simply finding ways to manage the data is the need to do it in ways that fit with the complex sets of laws governing transmission of that data across national lines. Richard Wilson, head of Portfolio and Strategy for Systems Integration, UK and Ireland, at Atos IT Solutions and Services A/S, met with Stu Miniman (@stu) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, at this year's Red Hat Summit to talk about what his company... more »
The revolution will be digitized: Open-source and the next industrial revolution | #RHSummit

The revolution will be digitized: Open-source and the next industrial revolution | #RHSummit

Red Hat Summit kicked off today at the Moscone North in San Francisco with a keynote that began with an orchestral ensemble playing on stage. The theme of the summit was "the power of participation," and the orchestra was chosen to illustrate that theme. The session's keynote speakers talked about open-source collaboration and the way individual actors synthesize to form a whole -- much the way musicians produce music. The introductory speakers, Thomas Cameron, senior principal cloud evangelist at Red Hat, Inc., and Sharmey Shah, global account manager at Red Hat, kicked off the keynote. Shah told the audience, "Because open source is now at the forefront... 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.