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SecurityScorecard's security grading service attracts $20M from Alphabet and friends

SecurityScorecard's security grading service attracts $20M from Alphabet and friends

Modern threat detection tools with machine learning technology under the hood can pick up on even the most subtle signs of malicious activity. But sometimes, a higher level view is needed to effectively identify vulnerabilities, which is where SecurityScorecard Inc. enters the picture. The startup has developed a service for surveying network weaknesses that attracted a $20 million investment today from a group of backers led by GV, Alphabet Inc.’s venture capital arm. The platform can automatically rate an organization’s security based on ten criteria that pertain mainly to internal network protection operations. SecurityScorecard looks for unpatched and misconfigured workloads, checks... more »
What's Comcast win with Icontrol acquisition?

What's Comcast win with Icontrol acquisition?

Updated: Comcast is acquiring Icontrol to boost its Xfinity smart home platform. What’s the buy mean for SHaaS market consolidation and rivals? Before smart homes were smart, there was Icontrol Networks, Inc.  An early entrant in the home automation market, Icontrol helped establish the Smart Home-as-a-Service (SHaaS) sector and twelve years after its launch, Icontrol is witness to market consolidation. Divvying up its assets, Icontrol is being sold to Comcast Corp. and Alarm.com, Inc. Its smart home software will become part of the Comcast Xfinity Home offering, while its standalone Piper smart home security system will go to Alarm.com. To date,... more »
Elon Musk's Hyperloop idea could be coming to Moscow

Elon Musk's Hyperloop idea could be coming to Moscow

Los Angeles-based startup Hyperloop One has reached a deal with the city of Moscow that could bring the high-tech transit concept to the Russian capital, and at least one Russian industrialist hopes that the experimental technology will play a major role in current efforts to re-establish the ancient Silk Road that transported goods between China and Europe. "Hyperloop" is a term coined by Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk for what is essentially an enormous pneumatic tube system capable of transporting people and goods at high speeds. According to Musk, the Hyperloop would be immune to weather and would be capable of travelling at at least... more »
Navigating the infrastructure market | #NEXTConf

Navigating the infrastructure market | #NEXTConf

When Nutanix, Inc. started a few years ago, many wondered whether the world really needed another hypervisor. What they may not have realized is that companies and organizations are all unique, and they have different infrastructure needs. On a scale of one to 10, something like security could rank two for some, five for others, or even 10 for some. This is why the whole gamut, from on-prem physical clusters to the public cloud, has a place. Louis Carr, Jr., CIO of Clark County, Nevada, spoke to Stu Miniman (@stu) and Dave Vellante (@dvellante), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the Nutanix .NEXT Conference about... more »
Opera goes toe-to-toe with Microsoft over what it feels is a sketchy Edge browser claim

Opera goes toe-to-toe with Microsoft over what it feels is a sketchy Edge browser claim

Opera Software has taken umbrage with Microsoft over a recent claim by the Redmond company that its Edge browser is way more efficient in terms of laptop battery life than others browsers when surfing the web or streaming video. In what Microsoft called a Microsoft Edge Experiment its own browser came out smelling of roses when pitted against Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Opera Software, whose browsers are used by around 350 million customers worldwide, has fired back at Microsoft. The Norwegian company said in a blog post that when earlier this year it was busy revealing how its new battery... more »
Facebook 360 photos: How to capture your surroundings from every angle

Facebook 360 photos: How to capture your surroundings from every angle

Facebook Inc. introduced support for 360 photos, an immersive photo that allows you to view it from all angles, a couple of weeks ago. With 360 photos your friends and family can feel part of your special moment without actually being there with you.   We look at what devices and apps you can use to create your own 360 photos, how to load and view them on the social media platform, as well some issues other users are experiencing. How to create a Facebook 360 photo? To create a Facebook 360 photo you will need to take a panoramic photo using... more »
US Regulators warn that Bitcoin and Blockchain tech is a threat to financial stability

US Regulators warn that Bitcoin and Blockchain tech is a threat to financial stability

A group of powerful United States regulators has named Bitcoin and Blockchain technologies as being a threat to financial stability in a new report. The report (pdf) from the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which includes representatives of the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Treasury Department, serves to identify risks and respond to emerging threats to the stability of the U.S. financial system. A section in the report called “Financial Innovation and Migration of Activities, dedicated to distributed ledger systems, explained that "market participants have limited experience working with distributed ledger systems, and it is possible that operational... more »
Bitcoin & Blockchain startup Circle raises $60m Series D for push into China

Bitcoin & Blockchain startup Circle raises $60m Series D for push into China

Bitcoin and Blockchain startup Circle Internet Financial, Inc. has raised $60 million Series D in a round led by IDG Capital Partners that included leading Chinese firms Baidu, CICC Alpha, China EverBright Investment Management, Fenbushi Capital and CreditEase. The new funding will be used to establish a dedicated China-based subsidiary, Circle China. Founded in 2013 by Jeremy Allaire, best known as the founder of video service BrightCove, Circle describes itself as a consumer finance company focused on transforming the world economy with secure, simple, and less costly technology for storing and using money. The company is best known in the United... more »
Samsung reveals new end-to-end VR ecosystem including hosted service, limited Gear 360 release

Samsung reveals new end-to-end VR ecosystem including hosted service, limited Gear 360 release

Samsung Electronic Co. Ltd. has announced a number of changes to its virtual reality (VR) related services, as well as a limited release of its virtual reality camera for sale in the United States. The company is referring to the changes as delivering an end-to-end VR ecosystem and includes its hosted VR content site and app previously known as Samsung Milk VR now simply being known as Samsung VR. Unlike the original Milk VR which only allowed certain content partners and brands to upload content, Samsung VR has now opened its doors to anyone who wishes to upload virtual reality content as... more »
Is hyperconverged worth it for your business? | #NEXTConf

Is hyperconverged worth it for your business? | #NEXTConf

Hyper-converged infrastructure is touted as a next-generation solution for businesses that want to scale back on the space and time their IT takes up. Clearly, smaller and simpler are better, but hyper-converged isn't cheap. The price tag still has some wondering if the investment will pay for itself over time or if it might ultimately be a waste. Joris Vuffray, head of Network and System Management at Swisslos in Switzerland, which manages several lotteries, said his company weighed the options and decided that the Nutanix hypervisor was a sound investment for Swisslos. He told Stu Miniman (@stu) and Dave Vellante (@dvellante) of theCUBE,... more »

Premium Research

- 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.