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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

AMD Responds to Intel Viiv with its "Live" Microprocessor Chips

In response to Intel's ViiV digital home platform, AMD unveiled a chip called AMD Live, saying that it plans a full-featured Athlon 64 X2 dual-core-based consumer multimedia desktop PC and AMD dual-core mobile-based notebook PCs to be delivered mid-year using Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and later its Vista operating system. With a Live-branded desktop or notebook PC, consumers are supposed to be able to extend their PCs to stream music through their entertainment center, view and share photos on the TV, burn recorded TV shows, videos, music and pictures to a DVD or CD, or transfer this same content to a notebook, MP3, portable media player or PDA. In conjunction with the announcement, AMD launched a new LIVE web site in collaboration with Microsoft featuring artists and producers who are supposed to have experienced creative breakthroughs using AM... (more)

Nicholas Negroponte Accuses Intel on "60 Minutes"

Armed with an Intel government presentation critical of the One Laptop Per Child box, OLTC dream spinner Nicholas Negroponte accused Intel on "60 Minutes" of dumping ~$200 Classmate PC laptops on the third-world markets where he's trying to sell his $176 AMD-based widgets - currently in minimum quantities of 250,000. Chalking it up to the Intel-AMD feud, he said Intel was hurting his "mission enormously" and called it "shameless." He needs three million pre-paid orders for Quanta to start volume production. Intel's unabashed chairman Craig Barrett, speaking of the Intel marketing document, said, "That's just the way our business works." Intel isn't "trying to drive him out of business. We've trying to bring capability to young people." And according to Barrett, "There are lots of opportunities for us to work together." Meanwhile, in the states, some schools have sta... (more)

Cloud Bootcamp at Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

Being held for the first time at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA, on November 19, 2008, the Cloud Computing Bootcamp will show you how to take advantage of the cloud. Cloud computing is an opportunity for businesses to implement low-cost, low-power and high-efficiency systems to deliver scalable infrastructure. But moving to a cloud infrastructure is not necessarily as nice and clean as the providers would want you to think. With cloud infrastructures problems don't magically go away; they just shift: you don't have scalability or storage problems any more, but you need to constantly monitor the cloud and your application in it. Led by Alan Williamson, the Cloud Computing Bootcamp will illustrate all the major players and provide a hands-on program with configuration samples, live demos and working setups you can further adapt and play with. Jeremy Geelan, confe... (more)

Facebook Moves to Crush Servers in a Group Hug

Um, something happened this week you ought to know about. Facebook blew up the traditional monolithic server - and lit charges under the entire $55 billion-a-year server industry. GigaOm was first to say it that way and it may turn out to be true so it bears repeating. Facebook, along with its user-leaning Open Compute contingent, is bent on redesigning servers to suit themselves using interchangeable, disaggregated, independently upgradeable parts. Ultimately it's supposed to free the customer from the tyranny of the vendor roadmap. To advance this crusade, Facebook released a Common Slot architecture specification for data center motherboards at the Open Compute Summit Wednesday. The thing is nicknamed "Group Hug" and it's supposed to produce boards that are completely vendor-neutral and last through multiple generations of processors from multiple vendors. Ha... (more)

Weighing the pros & cons of IBM's mainframe Linux, Part 2

(LinuxWorld) -- Part 1 in this series showed: The high-end z900 lists for around $5 million to start Offers a maximum of 64 gigabytes of real memory and 16 CPUs running at 770-MHz Is designed for high-speed batch processing, not interactive user support. There seem to be no clearly defined, third party, audited benchmarks giving the price performance ratio of the zSeries relative to conventional Unix hardware. A view from outside the box The dominance of the better solution is an important issue at both technical and business levels. A solution may be the best choice in its own context and still be a poor choice when viewed from outside that context. Consider an exaggerated example: Imagine arriving at an airport 50 miles from your final destination and being offered three choices for covering the remaining distance: A unicycle rental counter offers wheels at $10 p... (more)

Oh, Look, Opteron Systems

Einux, a LA-based white box maker, is taking pre-orders - on a first come, first served basis, it says - for the two AMD Opteron 1U servers it's cooked up reportedly using boards from MSI, the Taiwanese motherboard maker, the first indication that Newisys won't have the field to itself, as it feared. Einux says "several" Fortune 500s, universities and research places are validating the things, which are supposed to ship when AMD gets its act together starting the end of next month. Einux says it's managed to stick two Opterons in the skinny little 1U and credits what it calls its patent-pending ServerKool technology for it. The technique reportedly allows the company's Acceleron64 family to perform in as hot an environment as 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). It's apparently got two configurations: an A1840 that it reckons is an enterprise server and an A18... (more)

Debian GNU Linux

Linux is rapidly becoming a household name. More and more people are aware of the various distributions that make up the Linux scene - but until now the vaguely science-fictionish sounding Debian has not entered the public consciousness in the way of names like Red Hat or SUSE. Through this article I hope to help LinuxWorld Magazine readers enter the world of what many consider to be Linux in its purest form. The Debian Project: History and AimsIf you think Linux is hard to install today, pity the poor pioneers of the early '90s. They had to scour the Internet to find software to run, porting and integrating it themselves. There were a few fledgling distributions that made the task easier, but Linux was still only for the most dedicated and knowledgeable. In 1993, an Indiana college student named Ian Murdock became dissatisfied with the existing Linux offerings and... (more)

Red Hat to Deploy "NX" vs Viruses

Transmeta, Intel, and AMD have already started supporting "No eXecute" (NX) technology in their next core revisions, and now comes an announcement from Red Hat that it will be adding NX support to Linux. Specifically, Red Hat has just announced the availability of the following kernel patch, which makes use of the "NX" x86 feature pioneered in AMD64 CPUs. Windows support for NX has also been announced by Microsoft, for their next service pack. The NX feature is also being marketed as "Enhanced Virus Protection" and this patch, says Red Hat, makes sure Linux has full support for this hardware feature on x86 too. Red Hat engineer Ingo Molnar explains: What does this patch do? The pagetable format of current x86 CPUs does not have an "execute'" bit. This means that even if an application maps a memory area without PROT_EXEC, the CPU will still allow code to be executed i... (more)

Exclusive Linux.SYS-CON.com Interview: Where Is Sun Going with Linux?

Linux.SYS-CON.com's senior contributing analyst, Bill Claybrook, spoke with John Loiacono, executive vice president of Sun Microsystem's Software Group about his new job, and what he has in store for Sun's Linux strategy. You replaced Jonathan Schwartz several months ago as Sun's software leader. Jonathan was very visible. Is this the way you are going to do it? In my previous job as VP of Sun's operating platforms group, I was more visible than over the past few months simply because we were making some changes internally regarding implementation strategy. Not the strategy itself, but how we were going to get things done, and how we were going to deploy some of the things that we had been talking about. Jonathan is a great visionary and paints a good picture, and he hired me to make sure that things happen. Now we are making some course corrections, not changes. Cour... (more)

AMD Loses More Money, Reports Q1 Loss of $17M

Maureen O'Gara reports: AMD came in Wednesday with a Q1 loss of $17 million, or four cents a share, on sales of $1.2 billion, down 1% year-over-year, and to balance the unhappy tidings said that its loss-making Flash joint venture with Fujitsu, Spansion, was going to be spun off in a $600 million IPO. Spansion will keep the money, but then AMD won't have to keep funding it and will get to lighten its debt load. AMD said its MPU business delivered record sales of $750 million, up 31% year-over-year despite the seasonally down quarter, but that its Flash business was worse than expected with depressed ASPs. It lost $30 million, or eight cents a share in Q4. Chips generated an operating profit of $92 million, but AMD's overall operating loss amounted to $46 million and its gross margin worked out to 34%, down seven points sequentially, which it blamed on Flash. The com... (more)