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Better late than never: LinkedIn alerts users of data breach

Better late than never: LinkedIn alerts users of data breach

While news of the LinkedIn data breach, which put over 167 million accounts at risk, has been spreading around the Internet, LinkedIn itself was rather quiet on the news until recently. Today the social network sent out an email to all users notifying them of the breach, and detailed its actions. In its email, LinkedIn described the situation as such: “On May 17, 2016, we became aware that data stolen from LinkedIn in 2012 was being made available online. This was not a new security breach or hack. We took immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of all LinkedIn accounts that we... more »
Don’t lose your current customers; put them in a modern world | #SAPPHIRENOW

Don’t lose your current customers; put them in a modern world | #SAPPHIRENOW

Beginning at a time where most enterprise customers were skeptical about cloud security, availability and management, thinking it would never work, Virtustream, Inc., founded by Rodney Rogers and Kevin Reid, recognized an underserved market and an opportunity to install SAP and mission-critical applications on the cloud. They believed that there was a tremendous value proposition for the cloud in the future, and this has been their cornerstone for success. Michael Hoch, senior VP at Virtustream, sat down with John Furrier (@furrier), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the recent SAP Sapphire 2016 event to talk about the company’s work with... more »
CloudBolt automates cloud bursting

CloudBolt automates cloud bursting

CloudBolt Software Inc. has added cloud bursting support to its virtual machine self-provisioning software, enabling customers to specify CPU thresholds at which workloads can automatically expand into public infrastructure-as-a-service without user intervention. Cloud bursting is simple in concept but difficult in execution. The idea is to relieve temporary spikes in demand that can bog down server performance by automatically reallocating resources to public or private clouds. For example, a retailer may cloud burst its e-commerce traffic during the holiday season but confine it to local servers at other times of the year. In reality, setting up a cloud bursting environment requires a... more »
SDN buzz: Viptela raises $75M on $875M valuation

SDN buzz: Viptela raises $75M on $875M valuation

Raising $75 million would constitute a major feat for a four-year-old startup even under normal circumstances, but Viptela Inc. has managed to do so amid a historic slump in venture capital activity. The round was led by Redline Capital Management, which had previously invested in security provider vArmour Inc. earlier this week, and saw Northgate Capital contribute too alongside existing backer Sequoia. The cash infusion will enable Viptela to continue fueling feature development and marketing efforts for its namesake WAN management software. According to the startup, the system lets organizations shave up to 50 percent off their wide-area network costs by providing... more »
Breaking down the SAP HANA offerings for the enterprise | #SAPPHIRENOW

Breaking down the SAP HANA offerings for the enterprise | #SAPPHIRENOW

At the recent SAP Sapphire 2016 event, SAP SE revealed its latest products and services to create agility, scalability, and ease of use for the enterprise customers. With so many product announcements with the word HANA in them, theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, asked Dan Lahl, VP of Product Marketing at SAP, to stop by and break it all down. HANA buzzwords Joining theCUBE cohosts John Furrier (@furrier) and Peter Burris (@plburris), Lahl said, “We’ve been very confusing to the market on how we branded the two different HANA products.” Database management Explaining to the hosts that the HANA database data management platform was released... more »
Red Hat beefs up Ansible with broader support for Docker, Windows & Azure

Red Hat beefs up Ansible with broader support for Docker, Windows & Azure

Red Hat Inc. has updated its recently acquired Ansible technology, launching a new version that comes with enhanced support for Docker containers and also Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. Ansible was only acquired by Red Hat in October of last year, and the new Ansible 2.1 update is actually the second new version of the DevOps IT automation technology since then. Ansible 2.0 was released last January, with a cleaner code architecture, but today’s release offers a lot more practical functionality. The Azure-related updates include support for Azure Resource Manager, which uses RBACs and templates to deploy resources for applications consistently and repeatably.... more »
Why the future will be 3D printed

Why the future will be 3D printed

The next big breakthroughs in additive manufacturing – also called 3D printing – won’t be as showy as notable recent examples of printed houses and cars, but they will be no less dramatic in their impact. The process of taking ideas from concept to reality is being transformed by software, promising to shrink design times, improve production efficiency and change the way many everyday items look and behave. Design and simulation capabilities are merging, and software is taking a more active role in guiding design decisions. Designs can now also increasingly be tested in software without going through a prototyping stage,... more »
Salesforce hitches a ride on Amazon's cloud, eyes international expansion

Salesforce hitches a ride on Amazon's cloud, eyes international expansion

Salesforce.com, Inc. and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are solidifying their relationship in the cloud, with the former announcing that it’s chosen AWS as its “preferred public cloud infrastructure provider”. Salesforce says it’s decided to go with AWS in order to further its international expansion plans. As a result, services including its Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud and Analytics Cloud will all soon be running in AWS data centers located outside of the U.S. The announcement strengthens the existing relationship between the two cloud companies, as Salesforce’s Heroku, Marketing Cloud Social Studio, SalesforceIQ and the newly announced Salesforce IoT... more »
How to watch the UEFA Champions League Final on Android, iOS, Roku, Chromecast, more

How to watch the UEFA Champions League Final on Android, iOS, Roku, Chromecast, more

On Saturday, May 28, Real Madrid will take on Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final. This Spanish pairing is a repeat of the final in 2014 when Real Madrid eventually took victory 4 - 1 in extra time.   We look at how you can use FOX Soccer 2Go, Sling TV or PlayStation Vue to watch the final this weekend. Live stream with FOX Soccer 2Go The FOX Broadcasting Company has the English language rights to the UEFA Champions League in the U.S. If you are an avid soccer fan you will want to sign up for FOX’s standalone streaming service... more »
iPhone 7 rumor roundup: Dual-lens camera, redesigned antenna bands, wireless charging, more

iPhone 7 rumor roundup: Dual-lens camera, redesigned antenna bands, wireless charging, more

The rumor mill surrounding the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, due out in September, has been running in overdrive. One of the longest running rumors is the fact that the 3.5mm headphone jack will be gone from the next model, allowing for a thinner version of the iPhone. With the removal of the headphone jack, rumors emerged that Apple and Beats were working on wireless headphones dubbed ‘AirPods’. Other rumors include a bigger 3,100mAh battery for the iPhone 7 Plus and 256 GB of internal storage. While the iPhone 7 Plus is also rumored to have 3 GB of RAM,... 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.