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In big data computing, and more generally in all commercial highly parallel software systems, speed matters more than just about anything else. The reason is straightforward, and has been known for decades. Put very simply, when it comes to massively parallel software of the kind need to handle big data, fast is both better AND cheaper. Faster means lower latency AND lower cost. At first this may seem counterintuitive. A high-end sports car will be much faster than a standard family sedan, but the family sedan may be much cheaper. Cheaper to buy, and cheaper to run. But massively parallel software running on commodity hardware is a quite different type of product from a car. In general, the faster it goes, the cheaper it is to run. Time Is Money As has been noted many times in the history of computing, if you are a factor of 50x slower, then you will need 50x more nod... (more)

The Realtime Commerce Revolution

Over the next few years, the "realtime commerce" space is set to experience phenomenal growth. Companies such as One Kings Lane, Groupon, LivingSocial, Ideeli and others are developing a whole set of new retail business models. Others such as Amazon and Netflix are developing ever more powerful recommendation engines, and a huge number of companies are looking to develop more accurate models for personalization and targeted advertising. A new "realtime commerce" revolution is underway that will be as profound a shift for the business world as the eCommerce revolution of the 1990s... (more)

The Consumerization of Big Data Analytics

With Dropbox, Jive, Yammer, Chatter and a number of other new services, the modern enterprise is rapidly becoming "consumerized". And it's not just business, the same is happening in major web companies, on Wall Street, in government agencies, and in science labs.  Thirty years of bad "enterprise software" experiences is making this transition happen much more quickly than anyone would have expected. The shift to cloud computing is also accelerating the trend, as is the goal of developing a much more "social" approach to business. The other major change that's going on today thr... (more)

Get Ready for the "BigData Office"

First it was just about documents, then about collaboration, now it's all about data. Office software is changing, and changing fast. It's moving to the cloud, and moving to the age of big data. Data is growing exponentially everywhere. With this relentless data deluge, every enterprise from global Fortune 50 companies down to SMBs, every government agency, and every R&D lab, now needs a "big data office" solution to ensure that everyone in the organization has instant access to all the information they require, at all times. We're now entering the third generation of office soft... (more)

'World Cloud Computing Market Revenues to Reach $35.6 Billion in 2013' Says Visiongain Report

LONDON, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Visiongain's analysis indicates that the total value of the global cloud computing services market revenues reach $35.6 billion by the end of 2013, driven by increasing adoption of cloud services from the enterprise side. Companies are often held back by an inflexible and complex IT infrastructure that cannot keep up with the evolving needs of business. These restraints result in slow deployment of critical applications and services, limited resources, poor operation management, and unpredictable system integration. Yet cloud computing appears ... (more)

VMware & Nokia Celebrate Vergence Labs "World Changing" Social-Video Electric Eyewear With Coveted "Technical Innovation Awards"

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/26/12 -- If you aren't already aware of the cutting-edge social video streaming glasses, Epiphany Eyewear, being developed by Vergence Labs (, here's your chance to get in on the ground floor. Vergence Labs is creating computer enabled eyewear -- video recording and video streaming glasses with software that integrates with the mobile app ecosystem and the social web. "Picture it as stylish glasses that will let you touch a button on the frame, and stream your point of view to apps like Instagram or SocialCam, then p... (more)