August 16, 2013

NewSQL Startup Keeps Java Devs from 'Throwing the Baby out with the Bathwater'
The emphasis here, and increasingly everywhere, is on scaling out, Morris said, not scaling up. "It's all about commodity data centers," he said. "It's much cheaper to buy a hundred thousand-dollar machines than it is to buy one gigantic, steam-belching machine. A single database running on a hundred commodity servers -- and we can scale out to that kind of number -- it can run on the order ten million transactions per second, so it's an extremely fast database system running on cheap machine, and dynamically."

Google to encrypt Cloud Storage data by default
"If you require encryption for your data, this functionality frees you from the hassle and risk of managing your own encryption and decryption keys," Barth wrote. "We manage the cryptographic keys on your behalf using the same hardened key management systems that Google uses for our own encrypted data, including strict key access controls and auditing."

The Value Architect and Data Scientist: Are They Really New Roles?
As the world becomes consumed by topics and themes on Big Data, the roles of the data scientist and the value architect become ever more paramount. With social media and text data being readily accessible, the ability to understand context and what business insights might be meaningful will remain the purview of the value architect. Meanwhile, the ability to “work” the data in order to create the information necessary for these insights is the responsibility of the data scientist.

Five Arguments Against Virtualization - And Why They Are Wrong
There are many misconceptions about virtualization and its effect on applications and the existing infrastructure. Most of these misconceptions are the result of bad information, not enough information, or simply preconceived notions that are not founded in reality. This post will separate some of the fact from fiction on five of the biggest arguments against virtualization.

Defining the New Data Center Operating System
So, how does the data center operating system really different from other DC management platforms? DCOS really means connecting the logical with the physical. As the modern data center continues to become the “data center of everything” we need to evolve the way we control these vital platforms. New types of threats against the data center environment are continuing to grow. So, to combat new security needs, an ever-scaling environment, and a lot more cloud computing; we must take the next leap in data center control and management.

Researchers create battery-free wireless communication 'out of thin air'
This new wireless communication system seems like "magic," since it "provides connectivity between computers out of what is essentially thin air." It takes us a step closer to an Internet of Things reality as it lets devices talk to each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. Instead, it taps into already existing ambient Wi-Fi, TV or cellular signals to exchange information.

Innovation Opportunity: The Future is Co-Created
The right idea at the wrong time is still wrong. It’s entirely possible to see the future now, but to be unable to capitalise on this vision because the world isn’t ready for it yet. People often have difficulty in telling you what they need – but you can experiment together to figure out what will work. ... We build these new opportunities together with the people that will benefit from our new ideas. It’s co-creation. Nilofer Merchant coined the phrase “the future is co-created” and she’s right

The consumerization of IT: Everything new is old again
"Please don't misunderstand. I am not saying that the challenges posed by consumerization are not real, because they are. I would like to encourage you to recognize that dealing with obstacles and overcoming challenges are your table stakes. Don't earn yourself the title of Chief Impediment Officer (CIO). Instead, focus on the opportunity value of what some call a sea change and what I call the natural evolution of the complex relationship between people and their machines."

The first 4G car, the Audi S3, debuts in Europe; U.S. must wait until spring
Audi is going fully integrated from the get go. The S3 and forthcoming A3 will use their LTE chips to link its on-board nav system to the cloud with access to Google Earth and Streetview. Drivers can access social media networks Facebook and Twitter with voice commands, though its Audi Connect platform is still light on other apps. And the LTE connection can also be redistributed to other devices in the car through Wi-Fi.

Intel to customize chips for big data applications
Through hardware and software improvements, the company is trying to figure out how its chips can perform better in areas like predictive analytics, cloud data collection and specific task processing. The company has already released its own distribution of Hadoop, a scalable computing environment that deals with large data sets, and now chip improvements are on tap.

Quote for the day:

"Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger." --Arnold Palmer