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British Columbia outlaws hunting animals with drones

British Columbia outlaws hunting animals with drones

Humans have had an unfair advantage when hunting animals ever since we first started sharpening sticks tens of thousands of years ago, and our advantages have only gotten stronger thanks to the unending progress of technology. These days, some hunters have even turned to drones to track game from above without frightening them away, but now it seems that the government of British Columbia has decided that using drones to hunt is taking things a bit too far. "Certainly it doesn't fall within the realm of fair chase that should be conducted when hunting," said Al Martin, director of strategic initiatives for the B.C.... more »
US Navy accused of pirating 558k copies of VR software

US Navy accused of pirating 558k copies of VR software

German software company Bitmanagement Software GmbH has accused the United States Navy of illegal installing over 558,000 copies of its BS Contact Geo product, a virtual reality program used for visualizing real world geography in a virtual environment. According to Bitmanagement, the company offered a small batch of software licenses to the Navy on a trial basis, but the Navy then copied that software on a large number of computers well beyond the scope of the original trial without paying for them. Here is an excerpt from the lawsuit, which includes some odd self-promotion on Bitmanagement's part when referring to the quality of the BS... more »
Teradata bolsters Hadoop consulting biz with new UK acquisition

Teradata bolsters Hadoop consulting biz with new UK acquisition

There’s much more to the Hadoop ecosystem than just software. The market also boasts numerous professional services providers that focus on helping companies deploy and customize the analytics platform, a segment where Teradata Corp. has emerged as a frontrunner. The vendor cemented its position this morning by acquiring a UK-based consultancy called Big Data Partnership Ltd for an undisclosed amount. The outfit was established in 2012 by three veterans of the professional services world to capitalize on the rising European demand for Hadoop and has since experienced “exponential growth”, according to its website. Big Data Partnership now does work in industries... more »
Nintendo's Pokemon GO bubble bursts as stock prices tank

Nintendo's Pokemon GO bubble bursts as stock prices tank

The phenomenal success of Pokemon GO caused Nintendo Co Ltd's stock prices to soar to the highest they have been in years, but after the company recently downplayed the earnings it would make from the popular mobile game, those prices went plummeting by 17.7 percent While Nintendo is a major investor in Pokemon GO creator Niantic Inc., it is only a partial owner of Pokemon GO. Nintendo's relationship with the Pokemon brand itself is somewhat confusing, and it is not helped by the fact that many fans and even the media continuously refer to Pokemon as a Nintendo product. In reality, Pokemon belongs to The Pokemon Company, in... more »
Gridstore becomes HyperGrid, touts flexible cloud migration

Gridstore becomes HyperGrid, touts flexible cloud migration

Get ready for another “as-a-service.” Hyper-converged systems startup Gridstore Inc. said it has merged with application migration specialist DCHQ Inc. to form a new company called HyperGrid Inc. that plans to deliver what it calls the first hyper-converged infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). Gridstore raised more than $44 million, including a $19 million funding round in January, for its all-flash appliance. It claims to be growing at a 340 percent clip this year. The company was founded in 2007 as a flash storage vendor, but pivoted in late 2014. Since then, Gridstore said it has doubled its customer base in a crowded market with a... more »
It's official: Verizon acquires Yahoo for $4.83b, will fold business into AOL

It's official: Verizon acquires Yahoo for $4.83b, will fold business into AOL

After a process lasting months with multiple rounds of bidding, Verizon Communications, Inc. has been named the successful bidder in Yahoo, Inc.'s auction process and has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the company. Under the terms of the deal, Verizon will acquire Yahoo’s operating business, that is the entire company excluding their shareholding in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the company's stake in Yahoo Japan, Yahoo's cash at hand, convertible notes and certain minority investments for $4.83 billion in cash. The remaining assets will be spun off into a new business, but the details as to whether they will be kept together... more »
Wikibon says It's too early for Big Data performance benchmarks

Wikibon says It's too early for Big Data performance benchmarks

Several Wikibon clients have asked about performance benchmarks for Big Data systems. The problem, writes Wikibon Big Data and Analytics Analyst George Gilbert, is that the technology is too immature. Meaningful benchmarks are based on standard workloads, but "common Big Data workload remains an alien concept” in Big Data, the analyst writes. Yahoo! Inc., for instance, created the Yahoo! Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB) to benchmark key-value scale-out NoSQL databases in 2010. That standard seems to be losing favor, however, because these databases are deployed in widely varying scenarios that are not covered. Apache Spark is particularly difficult to benchmark because each new... more »
What you missed in the Smart World: Hearables catching on?

What you missed in the Smart World: Hearables catching on?

The Internet of Things healthcare market is expected to reach over $160 billion by 2020, and just last week we saw the launch of new connected devices, including Samsung's new biometric earbuds, all aimed at helping people live a healthy lifestyle. Every week we round up the latest developments in the Smart World, from new developer platforms to smart city initiatives around the world. Here’s what you missed in the Smart World: Biometrics whiz explains hearables The global wearables market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 35 percent over the next five years, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. aims... more »
What you missed in Big Data: Acquisitions are reshaping the analytics world

What you missed in Big Data: Acquisitions are reshaping the analytics world

When an established vendor identifies a gap in its product lineup, acquiring a startup with the necessary technology is often faster and more convenient than trying to build a competing solution from scratch. The latest example of this dynamic came last week when Workday Inc. scooped up Platfora Inc. to obtain its namesake business intelligence software. The platform harnesses the speedy Apache Spark data processing engine to help analysts quickly find patterns in operational data. Workday didn’t go into much detail about its plans for Platfora, but the little information available indicates that the startup’s technology will be incorporated into its... more »
What you missed in Cloud: Security and machine learning top the agenda

What you missed in Cloud: Security and machine learning top the agenda

The one-upmanship in the public cloud continued as usual last week, with several major providers rolling out new features for their infrastructure-as-a-service platforms. Microsoft Corp. led the charge by launching a breach prevention tool called Azure Security Center that aims to help customers deal with hacking attempts more effectively. The service’s arguably biggest selling is an automated diagnostics engine that can identify weaknesses in a cloud deployment and provide suggestions on how to solve them. It’s then possible to quickly implement the necessary changes thanks to built-in configuration functionality. Azure Security Center enables administrators to tighten user access permissions, place restrictions... more »

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- Brian Gracely

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- David Floyer

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- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended DockerCon 2016 in Seattle. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Docker.

- Brian Gracely

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- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.

- David Vellante

Leading CIOs are changing the way they communicate to their boards about cyber security by emphasizing response, not infiltration. Rather than solely focusing on how to thwart penetration, CIOs are treating cyber security as an integral part of business/service continuity and risk management agendas, with a priority on rapidly responding to critical breaches. This research note is based on data gathered through proprietary social analytics, extensive collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and business executives; and is designed to assist CIOs in advancing security agendas with boards of directors.