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Happy days are here again: Twilio stock price surges after going public

Happy days are here again: Twilio stock price surges after going public

Cloud communications company Twilio, Inc. went public on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday in a sign that is being interpreted as being a return of happy days for tech initial public offerings (IPOs). Shares in Twilio, listed as TWLO, floated at $15 a share, up from an initial price guidance of $12-$14 a share, and closed its first day of trading up a remarkable 91.93 percent at $28.79, with a market capitalization of $2.03 billion. Twilio is the third company to float in 2016, and follows network equipment maker Acacia Communications Inc.’s successful float in May and Dell, Inc. spinoff SecureWork’s... more »
New York school district suffers a hack and data breach

New York school district suffers a hack and data breach

Sometimes the important lessons about security are not learned in schools, but by schools. In this week’s course on cyber security, Holley Central School District itself has been schooled, after a cyber attack leaked the data of thousands employees, old and new alike. According to cloud security company BatBlue Networks, a secretary at the New York-based school district discovered an attack from back in April 2016. In the attack, hackers stole information on over 150 employees and contractors, in addition to thousands more who worked for the district any time before 2004. Officials connected to the school district are claiming that no... more »
Chronic robot abusers Boston Dynamics unveil dish-cleaning giraffe robot

Chronic robot abusers Boston Dynamics unveil dish-cleaning giraffe robot

Alphabet-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics first developed a reputation for abusing its impressive yet slightly creepy creations when it posted a video of several employees kicking and pushing a robot to show off its stability. Now, the company once again continues that abusive trend in a video introducing an odd, giraffe-like robot called SpotMini. SpotMini is a smaller, more agile version of the company's Spot robot, which was showcased in the original robot abuse video that was posted roughly a year ago. In addition to being able to cross rough terrain and even climb stairs, SpotMini is also capable of more delicate tasks like doing... more »
Millions of voter records leaked on Google

Millions of voter records leaked on Google

Did you know that there are database records stored on Google? Anyone who wasn’t aware before certainly knows now, as a voter list containing around 154 million records was exposed, thanks to a small misconfiguration. Security researched Chris Vickery of MacKeeper discovered the database leak, as The Daily Dot reports, which was exposed due to a misconfiguration in a CouchDB installation. As such, a massive amount of voter information was left exposed and unprotected on the Internet, and similar information is already for sale on the dark web. The information includes the basics, such as names, addresses, and phone numbers. However, given... more »
Finally, the first venture-backed tech IPO in months - but don’t expect many more just yet

Finally, the first venture-backed tech IPO in months - but don’t expect many more just yet

A tech startup goes public for the first time in months and gets a big first-day pop in share price. Time for Silicon Valley to break out the champagne, right? Not so fast. Enterprise communications startup Twilio Inc. (Chief Executive Jeff Lawson pictured above) today managed to pull off the first initial public offering of stock by a venture-backed company since Atlassian Corp.'s IPO last December, as its shares jumped at the opening and closed up 90 percent on its first day of trading. And that was after the company raised $150 million, pricing its offering Wednesday higher than expected at $15... more »
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 »

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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.