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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)

EC Takes Sides in the Mascara-Smearing Bitch Fight Between Intel & AMD

One wonders whether it matters what Intel says in its defense now that the European Commission has finally gone ahead and accused it of the taint of antitrust. Intel has 10 weeks, until October 8, to present its defense. Then there could be a hearing. One suspects that the EC's reaction to what Intel says will have a lot to do with how the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg treats Microsoft on September 17, the day it's supposed to hand down its decision in Microsoft's appeal of the EC's 2004 judgment that it too trifled with the antitrust laws to maintain its monopoly. If the EC gets its ears boxed, that big stick it's carrying could turn into a toothpick. If it's totally upheld, that stick could sprout spikes. The EC has been investigating Intel on-and-off for seven years and Intel's defenders say that the EC's economists have regarded the case as dicey for th... (more)

Sun's Java Desktop System to Support AMD Athlon 64 Processor

(September 25, 2003) - Sun Microsystems has announced support of the Java Desktop System on the AMD Athlon 64 processor, leveraging the momentum of Sun's Java Desktop System and fulfilling customer demand for an alternative desktop. Sun will provide both 32- and 64-bit Java Desktop System support for the AMD Athlon 64 processor recently announced in San Francisco. Customers in areas such as manufacturing, call centers, and governments will benefit from the system's increased processing and memory power, and enhanced ability to process mixed and digital media as well as graphics-intensive computing. The Java Desktop System represents the first viable Windows alternative in 15 years, delivering a secure, familiar, affordable desktop solution to enterprise customers for a fraction of the price. The Java Desktop System includes a full desktop environment, a seamlessly int... (more)

Enterprise Open Source Magazine: Intel Among Walking Wounded

The worst thing that could have happened to Intel on Wednesday (April 19) happened. It hit its Q1 consensus numbers, its worst in four years, which has caused it to launch the first company-wide analysis since the mid-1980s. CFO Andy Bryant called it a time for "resolute determination" in getting competitive new products out and holding down spending. He is trying to limit the cuts to "around the edges," and not hamper the liftoff of Intel's next-generation chips next quarter or fire people. (He confirmed the hiring freeze we previously reported.) Good little squirrel that it is Intel is also cutting its stock buy-back by half to preserve principal. And it's going to cut capex spending and R&D by $700 million, altogether it adds up to about a billion pruned. Complaining that sales were off - and making no allusions to AMD, its little share-stealing nemesis in its pres... (more)

Salesforce-Google Anti-Microsoft Deal Imminent

Salesforce has been making noises that sound like it'll announce that anticipated, supposedly anti-Microsoft deal with Google on Tuesday June 5. It's assumed to have something to do with Google's online productivity apps. StarOffice, Road Warrior Singapore Airlines is going to carry StarOffice for the use of its passengers as part of its KrisWorld inflight entertainment system. Remembering heightened security, Sun says passengers won't have to open their laptops and will be able to access Office and IDF files and export documents in PDF. IBM Runs Up King-Sized Debt IBM borrowed a king-sized $11.5 billion so it could buy back 8% of its shares for $12.5 billion, tickle its earnings per share 13%-14%, make its stock popular again, add to the shares it has on hand for options and jack the price up. It's part of the company's latest $15 billion buyback plan. It will cost ... (more)

Ubuntu Fails to Impress

Mark Hinkle's Blog Okay, that was a catchy title but for the first time in my love affair with Ubuntu have I had an install failure. I tried to install Ubuntu on my Dell Inspirion 1505 and couldn't get X11 to automatically configure. It was very dissappointing. It's really not Ubuntu's fault, it's ATI's because they didn't open source their drivers. So my ATI Mobility x1400 video card wasn't supported by X.org. AMD has announced that they will be working on a strategy to open source drivers for their ATI hardware including their X1000 series and HD2000 series. It's been a long time coming as any Linux desktop guy knew to go for the nVidia graphics card because they support open source.  I am still puzzled by hardware company's protectiveness of their drivers are they really that big of a competitive advantage?  Tags: Ubuntu, Linux Desktop, ATI, Dell, AMD ... (more)

Cirrhus9 Announces Innovation in Cloud Computing

Cirrhus9 has announced the availability of its new cloud computing infrastructure and related managed services. Powered in part by 3tera's AppLogic cloud computing platform and managed by Cirrhus9, the new services enable customers to benefit from Internet-scale infrastructure and prepackaged applications while paying only for the resources they actually use. To enhance the clients' capabilities in the cloud, Cirrhus9 has configured a suite of open source products, which provide prepackaged solutions that include email, document sharing, learning management and others. Service is available immediately at www.cirrhus9.com. The AppLogic grid operating system is a commercial cloud computing platform designed to enable a utility computing model. The system converts commodity servers into scalable grids on which users can visually deploy, operate and scale transactional... (more)

Microsoft Brings Cloud Interoperability Down to Earth

Microsoft Azure Sessions at Cloud Expo An interoperable cloud could help companies cut costs and governments connect constituents, say Microsoft executives. Governments and businesses alike are looking at cloud services as a way to consolidate IT infrastructure, scale their IT systems for the future, and enable innovative services and activities that were not possible before. To help organizations realize the benefits of cloud services, technology vendors are investing in the hard work of identifying and solving the challenges presented by operating in mixed IT environments, and are collaborating to ensure that their products work well together. In fact, although the industry is still in the early stages of collaborating on cloud interoperability issues, there has already been considerable progress. But what does ‘cloud interoperability’ mean, and how is it benefiti... (more)

AMD Does Better than Thought

AMD did better than people thought it would in Q2. Even so it barely looks like number two in a two-horse race. Revenues were up 40% year-over-year to a record $1.65 billion when it was expected to come in with $1.55 billion and it would have earned 11 cents a share, better than the six cents forecast, were it not for write-offs connected with the spin-off of its factories. In reality it lost six cents or $43 million, which is a drop in the bucket compared to previous losses. This time last year it lost $330 million. Its operating income this time was $125 million and its gross margin 45%, roughly 20 points below Intel's but healthy for AMD. In a canned statement, CEO Dirk Meyer said customers launched a record number of new mobile and desktop platforms. Processors revenue increased 4% sequentially and 31% percent year-over-year primarily from notebooks. ASPs increas... (more)

Cloud Expo NY: "It's Now Official, Everyone On the Planet is Going To Be There"

"I finally registered for #CloudExpo," tweeted Michael Baylor (@CloudVisions) Monday. "It's now official," he added, "everyone on the planet is going to be there." Baylor was just one of thousands of IT professionals who are using Twitter right now to connect with other like-minded Cloud & Big Data experts and compare notes as they prepare to attend The Largest Cloud Computing Event in the World...10th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York. Cloud Expo New York currently has a billboard in, where else, New York's Times Square! Here are just some of the past few days' tweets hashtagged #CloudExpo, including Baylor's: After a violent shove off the fence, I finally registered for #CloudExpo. It's now official, everyone on the planet is going to be there. — Michael Baylor (@CloudVisions) June 5, 2012 Who else is going to Cloud Expo in New York? Sounds like it is going to be ... (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)